2006 Cold Hard Flash Holiday Gift Guide
In my quest to buy each and every one of my holiday gifts online, I’ve managed to put together a mighty-good list of gift ideas. Below, I’m sharing my favorites, sorted by wallet thickness. Some fit the Flash-animator’s wish list, others work for anyone with animation in their hearts. Awwww…..
Prices start at $8.99
Take a digital video, upload it and FlipClips will create a custom-made flipbook out of lignin-free, heavy bond digital paper. What’s lingin?
Homestar Runner Figurines – Series #2
Five of the more popular Homestar Runner characters all done up as collectable figurines.
Walking Robot Pencil Sharpener
Any of your co-workers still use a pencil (snicker)? Well, we understand, and the Walking Robot Penicl Sharpener does too. Graphite just smells good, and if you stuff your favorite lead-based beauty in Mr. Robot, he’ll start walking.
Homestar Runner Assorted Patch Set
Five 3″ patches for sewing pleasure. Includes The Official Seal of The Cheat and a Membership Patch for the Trogdor Game Hi-Score Club.
Comic Blocks – Week @ Work
Two-inch square, wooden blocks, one for each day of the work week, each with 6 different work-related cartoon comics.
Dodge ‘Ems Bowling Game
A desktop bowling game re-imagined as a dodgeball outing. Cool character designs on 8 screenprinted, hardwood blocks.
i am 8-bit: Art Inspired by Classic Videogames of the ’80s
A book featuring art inspired by video games from days of yore. Lots of artists who do Flash work joined Jon Gibson, the author, including Jorge Gutierrez, the co-creator of Nickelodeon’s upcoming Flash series El Tigre.
Homestar Runner – Everything Else, Volume 2
The latest Homestar Runner DVD (their 5th release!) contains all of the Cheat Commandos Cartoons and, just in time, the entire collection of Holiday Cartoons.
The Animator’s Survival Kit
There’s perhaps no better-selling animation book in the last few decades. Richard Williams just got it right, and this paired with some thick skin should set you on your way to a long and fruitful career in animation.
30 Second Bunnies – Bun-dolph T-Shirt
If you’ve ever watched one of Jennifer Shiman’s 30 Second Bunnies Theatre shorts, you know she can put a funny, bunny twist on anything familiar. Well, Bun-dolph is Jennifer Shiman’s answer to Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer.
The Animation Book
Kit Laybourne & John Canemaker, who took home an Oscar last year, offer a broad perspective on all things animated. Perfect for someone just starting out in the field.
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Vol. 2 DVD
Not originally animated in Flash, but this hysterical show about a third-rate lawyer who used to be a third-rate superhero, is now animated vector-style. Extras include a “Clothes-less Animation Pass,” so we can see scenes “all naked all the time!”
Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends – Season 1
Pre-order this first of what surely will be many season sets from the Flash TV series that helped put the medium on the map.
Happy Tree Friends: Season 1, Vol. 1
Just released – this DVD features episodes from the new Flash-animated TV series airing on G4TV.
Salad Fingers Tshirt
If you watch a lot of David Firth’s Salad Fingers episodes, you may have noticed that skin will begin to crawl. Lightweight, organic cotton is the solution! Suit up in a new Salad Fingers Tshirt and your skin will never crawl again!
The Animation Show (Vol. 1 & 2 Boxed Set)
Pre-order (Jan 2007) this DVD double-set that features 3-hours of animation and related materials. Volume 1 is already out, but Volume 2 is new and has Plympton’s Guard Dog and a 2004 film by PES titled Fireworks.
Joe Cartoon Gerbil Plush Toy
One of the more famous Joe Cartoon characters, The Gerbil will say 7 different phrases when you squeeze his hand.
Shelf Space: Modern Package Design 1945-1965
A pop-culture overload that sports shelf-siting designs from the mid-1940s to mid-1960s – an era that’s had an immense influence on modern animation.
Boinx iStopMotion 1.10 DV
Hook up your DV-cam or Webcam, and you can quickly build a professional-looking stop-motion or time-lapse animated film.
Adam Philips – Bracken Bitey T-shirt
They’re selling out fast, so snap ‘em up while you can.
The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation
Two of Disney’s famous 9 Old Men deliver the essential animation knowledge dump along with a fascinating peek into the history of the Walt Disney Company.
Hollywood 2D Digital Animation
Sandro Corsaro and Clifford J. Parrott, two men deeply involved in the Flash-animation revolution, drop down a hefty block of knowledge. Interviews with plenty of industry vets, including yours truly.
35.00 for 12 issues
Juxtapoz magazine presents a gallery of underground artists who influence much of the fashion, graphics, and new art we see today.
Giant Robot Magazine
$34.00 for 6 issues (12 months)
From movie stars, musicians, and skateboarders to toys, technology, and history, Giant Robot magazine covers cool aspects of Asian and Asian-American pop culture.
Insanity Prawn Boy Plushie
A 7-inch weighted-beanie version of one of the great characters from Weebl’s Flash-animated On the Moon series.
The Toast King Tshirt
The Toast King is one of the many classic characters emanating on a regular basis from Weebls-stuff.com, a site jam-packed with Flash-animated goodness.
Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in 1950s Animation
Amid Amidi, one half of Cartoonbrew.com, looks at the beginning of a highly-graphical, shape-based animation revolution that began in the 40s, the influences of which resonate loudly today.
12 issues of Animation Magazine
For over 20 years, Animation Magazine has been reporting on our favorite topic – animation. Animation Magazine’s slate for 2007 lists features on Charlotte’s Web, Meet the Robinsons, Ratatouille, The Simpsons Movie, and Seineld’s The Bee Movie. Comes with 12 months of online access.
Wacom Graphire4 6×8 USB Tablet
Not sure tablet-based drawing is for you? Well, ease in with minimal investment, then work your way up to the $2,500 Cintiq.
Swift 3D v4.5
This is the standalone version (also offer plug-ins for 3DSMax and Lightwave) of this popular software that helps you create 3D vector and raster animation.