Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Ghettomation #18: People Are People!

Episode Notes: Talking about personality types, networking with people, meeting other artists, and just basically human nature and how it relates to animation and art.

Friday, November 12, 2010


Click on poster for larger image!

Coming January 22nd, 2011 at GEEKS in Whittier- A brand new animation show featuring some of the coolest independent animation around! Geeks and Nuvein are proud to present "WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' BADGES"! The outlaw independent animation show!

"We ain't waiting for Hollywood to deputize us! Badges?! We Don't Need No Stinkin' Badges!"


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Ghettomation 17: Bill Plympton is Rad!

Raul and Jim tell Kevin about their visit with independent animation icon Bill Plympton.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Ghettomation 16: Looking Back at APE

Kevin, Jim, and Raul look back at their trip to the Alternative Press Expo (APE!)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ghettomation Podcasters at APE!

All three hosts of Ghettomation were up at APE in San Francisco this weekend. This was the first meeting of Raul and Kevin. A brotherhood was forged. We all had a great time and are going to do it again!

Oh yes, feel the suave sophistication of Raul Aguirre, JR.

Two great tastes that taste great together....uh...errr....I mean...Jim Lujan and Kevin Cross!

The trio de Ghetomation Podcast in full effect, boyeeeeee! Thanks to all the visitors at APE!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

All 3 hosts at APE!

Kevin Cross, Jim Lujan, and Raul Aguirre, Jr will all be at APE this year! Just look up Laserbeams GO!, Ghettomation, and Man vs Art. We'll be glad to see ya!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

EPISODE 15: Sweet Reunion!

So we missed August....but you're STILL back for more. We love you too. Were talking a little about Jim's new cartoon DVD, Raul's animation seminar, Kevin's 1985 cartoon and zine, and other things we've been up to since we last recorded an episode.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Solitary Extraction

Check out this very cool story by OFF PLANET FILMS. They used cardboard cutouts and other methods to do this. Great example of how simple animation +cool story= great viewing experience!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Episode 14: SHERM COHEN!!!

Jim,Kevin, and Raul (joins late) talk with the great SHERM COHEN! Sherm's credits include SpongeBob Squarepants, Phineas and Ferb, the Mighty B, Kick Buttowski, and many more! He's worked for Disney, Nickelodeon, and even killed a grizzly with his bare hands (ok, I made that one up). Besides being one of the most talented artists around, Sherm is one righteous dude!

Check out Sherm's cool cartoon website: CARTOON SNAP!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Jim Lujan's latest Ghettomation: PALEFACE

Jim Lujan's latest Ghettomation: PALEFACE.

Running Drain Stormcloud claims to be of Shoshanagwa Indian decent, but is he only try to scam the tribe out of some casino money?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Episode 13: The Sell Outs!

Talking about selling stuff, commerce, and the release of Jim Lujan's Ghettomation Garden DVD!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

EPISODE12 - The Bakshi Boys- Ralph Bakshi's Magic Box Speech

The man, the myth, the legendary Raph Bakshi and his famous "magic box" speech. He talks about going out there and just making animated films yourself. No excuses. Now is the time. No committees, no test groups, no limitations to your imagination. Technology and the viewing capabilities have caught up to the indie animators and now its time to put up or shut up. This is the Ghettomation ethos. In this episode we break down the game film of one of the coolest animation talks ever. The guy is right on the money.


Watch the uninterrupted speech here (thanks to ASIFA-Hollywood!)

Here is the above.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Episode 11: Unconventional Behavior

In this episode we discuss some of our own comic book convention stories and experiences. How do conventions relate to animation/animators?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Ted Seko is back!!

Amazing layout, design, and Ted brings the funny!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Brad Neely Comics (animation!)

For a great example of Ghettomation style cartoons, check out BRAD NEELY'S COMICS. Super somple animatic style cartoons but with a super bizarre edge to them. This is R rated stuff, so beware. Check out the amount of hits these cartoons have received. In the hundreds of thousands in some cases. People dig them. Its a perfect example of the strength of CONTENT over animation technique.

If you are thinking of doing a cartoon fill, but don't know the ins and outs yet of animating- check these out and know that you too can become an animation superstar! Just don't forget to learn the fundamentals, too. Important stuff!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

No Mas Presents: Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No by James Blagden

This is brilliant! Future Ghettomators: Check out how good this is. Shows what narration and creativity can do. Takes this thing to the stratosphere! Great stuff!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Germans in the Woods

This is amazing on every level. Animated by the Rauch Bros.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Episode 10: Raul joins! Talking Music in Cartoons (and more!)

In this 10th Ghettomation Podcast, Raul Aguirre, JR joins Jim Lujan and Kevin Cross as a regular onthe show. Oh yes, a good thing just got even better! In this episode we talk music in cartoons and the importance it plays in our own projects and in cartoons in general. We also talk about one million other things!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

New Wave Dentist

Jim Lujan's latest ghettomation: NEW WAVE DENTIST. Come experience the joys of new wave sub tonal dentistry. His cliental is exclusive and his methods are unorthodox. Let him play his synthesizer for you now. The New Wave Dentist. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Episode 9- Gras Rodriguez

The Pomona Queen of Ghettomation! Gras Rodriguez helped to make the first Ghettomation Animation fest happen and is quite the Ghettomator herself. She takes real life stories and turns them into the coolest trashy-toons you'll ever see!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Ghettomation Pomona Fest! (post by Jim Lujan)

Thanks to Steve and Dahveed from Supa Pirate Booty Hunt for this pic. These are the animators from the Ghettomation Pomona animation fest. From left to right we have:
Gras Rodriguez, Bob Pece (host), Franz Keller, Jim Lujan, Steve Seivers, DahveedKolodny-Nagy, Scott Essman, and Raul Aguirre, Jr. Wooooo Hooo! All that talent in one frame! Can you dig it?!

I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had the Ghettomation poster hanging at the DA gallery in downtown Pomona. Now I can finally say I have had art displayed at the DA.

Bob Pece is the artist that lent us his home/gallery/studio to have the event. What a wonderful host he was. We had a full house but Bob made us al feel very at home. It was cool to see how everyone mingled and hung out before and after the show.

I did the kick off intro. You can check out a full wrap up on the Ghettomation podcast (will be posted week of 29th).

View from the screen pre-show.

Thank you to everybody that came out and showed support for some really cool indie animation. All of us animators appreciate your attendance. Hope you had fun. I know we all did! We'll be doing this again sometime , but at a BIGGER venue. Stay tuned for more.

...and Finally....Freakdaddy made its public premiere at the fest. It did really well. People dug it. Big applause and lots of laughs. A live audience is the best test you can give yourself. Getout there and SHOW your STUFF! YES....success! Thank you Pomona, goodnight!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Gene Deitch

Cool listening to Gene Deitch talk animation.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Freakdaddy preview #2

This one is a big ol' scene from the upcoming Jim Lujan cartoon FREAKDADDY. It will be premiering at the Ghettomation Pomona animation festival. Enjoy! Subscribe on youtube!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Cirkus' Animation ABC - How IT works

Thanks to mcguirk68 on Twitter for sending this to us! Pretty cool and pretty funny!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Ghettomation Pomona Animation Fest!

Saturday, March 27, 2010
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Pomona, CA
281 S. Thomas St. # 1

Come on down and see some of the coolest, strangest, and funniest underground animation around! Ghettomation at its funky finest......and its all FREE!!! Show starts at 8:00pm!

Featuring short animated films by:

and MORE!!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Saturday, February 20, 2010

EPISODE 7- Back for More

Kevin n Jim shoot the breeze about their latest projects, animation tips, and their desire for ToonBoom.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

DEN OF THE BEER THIEVES (New Jim Lujan Ghettomation!)

AlphaNerd: DEN of the BEER THIEVES

My latest cartoon! Feel free to leave me a comment and subscribe to my YouTube page! Thanks to everyone who voted to make this a "viewer's choice". Enjoy!

Friday, February 5, 2010


Interesting technique. Creepy? Genius? You be the judge! Thanks to mcguirk68 from Twitter for the link!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ghettomation episode 6: Raul Aguirre, JR!

"Keeping it Raul!'


He's worked at Disney, on the Family Guy, hosts his own artcast Man vs Art, and is a tell it like it is dude! Raul Aguirre, Jr talks to Jim Lujan and Kevin Cross on the latest Ghettomation!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Life and Times of Tim

Here is an outstanding example of Ghettomation. The LIFE and TIMES of TIM. The animation is purposely simplified and the dialogue and characters (and scenery)serve to make this entertaining to watch. I'm a big fan. This show is on HBO. Just goes to show that writing and pacing can make for animation that people will really get into. I really like the style of this show. The backgrounds and locations are just right. Very simple, funny, and really well executed. Ghett-o-may-shun!

-Jim Lujan