Phil Bourassa Talks Character Design On “Son of Batman” DTV

One of my favorite character designers, Phil Bourassa, tweeted about a featurette from DC Comics’ recent Son of Batman DTV, which you can view above. The featurette is a really neat insight into Phil’s approach and sensibilities toward character design for animation. Phil has an attention to detail in his character designs that is really refreshing. Even going back to his character designs on Young Justice, Phil puts a lot of care toward the practicality of a costume design and where certain elements come from, what purpose they serve, and what history they have, such as Phil’s insight into Robin’s hood in the featurette.

Reading Phil’s interviews over the years and referencing his character design work has really helped me turn my eye toward those areas of character design and what to keep in mind while designing. It’s really helped me as I fleshed out the cast of Intercept Now and how I’ve approached the aesthetics and design elements of my series.

For more insight into Phil’s approach toward character design, check out The World’s Finest Interview with him about his work on Young Justice.

Make sure to follow Phil on Twitter and check out his DeviantArt page!

For more info about Son of Batman, check out The Worlds Finest Online for Reviews, Backstage Content, and much much more, and make sure to follow The Worlds Finest on Twitter!

Help Greg Weisman Kickstart Full Cast AudioPlay of Rain of the Ghosts

Greg Weisman (Star Wars Rebels, Young Justice, Gargoyles) has launched a Kickstarter to adapt his YA paranormal novel RAIN OF THE GHOSTS into a full-cast AudioPlay:

I’m proud of these books. They tell a story that’s a complex tapestry, steeped in real history, authentic culture and actual mythology, with healthy doses of fantasy, humor, horror and even a little romance.

These are the adventures of Rain Cacique, a young girl descended from the indigenous Taíno people of the Caribbean. Rain lives on the Ghost Keys, a chain of islands on the edge of the Bermuda Triangle, where her parents own and run a Bed & Breakfast that is both Rain’s home and place of employment. Over the course of the first book, Rain goes from making beds for tourists to learning she has the ability to communicate with ghosts. Rain has a mystery to solve, a mission to accomplish and a destiny to fulfill. I can honestly guarantee that if you enjoy the sensibility, characters, plotting and surprises I’ve brought to such series as Gargoyles and Young Justice, you’ll love Rain of the Ghosts.

Now, we’re in the process of bringing that first novel to life as a Rain of the Ghosts AudioPlay. This is not a standard audiobook recording, with one guy reading a novel from front to back, struggling to play all the characters, male and female, without any help from music or effects. No, this is a full cast recording: an unabridged AudioPlay with twenty actors, sound effects and a full musical score. It’s got everything but the visuals – and I promise it’ll fire your imagination enough so that the images will be there too – right inside your head. This is a studio-quality production without any studio backing or studio interference. (Frankly, that’s why our goal is as high as it is.)

Weisman has assembled an amazing cast including Edward Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Gargoyles, Up), Steve Blum (The Spectacular Spider-Man, Star Wars Rebels), Jim Cummings (Gargoyles, Darkwing Duck, Winnie the Pooh), Josh Keaton (The Spectacular Spider-Man, Green Lantern: The Animated Series), and more!

Make sure to check out the official Kickstarter campaign page for more info!

Worlds Finest: Weisman Talks “Rain of the Ghosts” Book Series, “Young Justice”

Young Justice executive producer Greg Weisman chats with The Worlds Finest about the Warner Archive release of Young Justice: Invasion, a two-disc Blu-ray title collecting the final twenty episodes of the acclaimed animated series. Young Justice: Invasion on Blu-ray arrives on November 18th, 2014 for $24.95US.

Weisman recently authored the highly recommended Rain of the Ghosts book series, published by Macmillan’s St. Martin’s Press. Weisman had this to say about the series:

Via World’s Finest:

WF: The Rain of the Ghosts book have a pretty wide appeal to them, even outside of the marketed pre-teen/tween group. For those who haven’t tried the books because they think they’re “just” for the younger set, what do you say to them?

GW: Again, I always write primarily for myself. It’s the only way I can prove out my passion for a given project. So if you’ve enjoyed my previous work on television or in comics, odds are you and I share a common sensibility. And if so, then you’re sure to enjoy Rain. The characterization, the plotting, the mythology, the backstory, the environment should all work for a younger audience, but I don’t believe in writing down to kids. So there’s plenty of meat on these bones for an older reader to sink her or his teeth into.

Click the image below to check out the first volume of Rain of the Ghosts on Amazon: