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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Lara Croft + Jim Lee = Nerd Heaven

That's right, the gods of Nerd Yore have smiled upon us and teamed up two icons of the comic world. Recently, Gametap launched a new internet mini-series entitled "Tomb Raider: Re/Visioned" to celebrate 10 years of the Tomb Raider franchise. Each episode is a different animated version of Lara as reimagined by various artists including Peter Chung, Cully Hamner, and Louie Del Carmen.

Episode 10:"A Complicated Woman" was designed by Jim Lee and written by Christos N. Gage. We had the privilege of being asked to work with the team at Wildstorm to bring this vision to life. This was a dream come true considering we are all big fans of Jim Lee's work (especially those of us who bought multiple sealed copies of his comics in the 90's). Needless to say, our collective Ghostbot jaw hit the ground when we saw all the artwork that came from Wildstorm. Those guys can draw and Lara Croft was no exception.

Animating something in Flash that is as detailed and complicated as comic art was a unique challenge, yet I think we were blinded by the excitement of being able to work on a project with such a legend in the comic world. Hopefully there will be more opportunities like this in the future!

You can watch the full short HERE (you have to navigate around the menu a little bit to find it).






15 Comments:

Blogger Louie del Carmen said...

Roque,

Wow nice job! I am truly glad you and Gametap are able to work together... I really wanted you guys for the "Raising Thaumopolis" episode but it turned out even better having to work with Wildstorm and the great Jim Lee.

All the best to you guys at Ghostbot!

12:04 AM  
Blogger boob said...

I wanted to write you guys but I couldn't seem to find a functioning e-mail contact. Is there a specific e-mail address I should use? Thanks -

-boob.

11:20 AM  
Blogger andy ristaino said...

congrats again on another awesome project!!!

10:36 PM  
Blogger Bentos said...

A lot of great things going on here, But then that's exactly what I'd expect from you guys.

One thing though, the dialogue, anyon else find it all a little off? I'm English but every so often I find British accents in stuff really grating? Not exactly sure why but it didn't quite work for me.

2:00 AM  
Blogger roque said...

louie: Thanks for the props! One day we'll work with you...one day...

boob: Our email address is on our "Contact" page. It's ghostbot(at)ghostbot.com

andy: "Another awesome project"? We thought this was our first one!

bentos: Thanks! Dialogue was handled by Gametap. At least they were lucky enough to snag authenti-Brit Minnie Driver for the voice of Lara.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Chris Battle said...

Aw, man-- Jim Lee is one of the only Image guys who's art I still geek out on. Awesome stuff.

1:23 PM  
Blogger boob said...

Sorry to bug youse guys - the Ghostbot e-mail on the contact page has bounced back on me twice now. Oh well - I suppose it could be on my end somehow. Not a big deal, but ya might wanna look into it if ya haven't been receiving e-mails.

PS - I watched all the Tomb Raiders. Even with limited animation it was consistent and well done. Top of the heap I'd say.

5:22 PM  
Blogger roque said...

Hey Boob-

Sorry, try again. Our mailbox was filled to the brim with spam. Booo...

5:38 PM  
Blogger Mr Lookback said...

Did someone say "Spam?!?" Mmmm... delicious meat substitute...

10:02 AM  
Blogger Mukpuddy said...

Awesome job guys!!!

3:41 PM  
Blogger Jason Miskimins said...

I liked the short. Pretty sweet. It's cool seeing Jim Lee's style in motion.

7:22 PM  
Blogger wolfboy said...

Holy Cow, REALLY?!?!!? Amazing. And super cool--on ALL fronts.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Jamal O said...

Dam I wondered who was doing those Esurance commercials.

Ya'll fellas kick ansh.

Solid Tombraider ep also.

Keep up the beautiful work.

7:38 AM  
Blogger SHANE PRIGMORE said...

RAD!!! i can't wait to see these things! Congrats guys!

7:56 PM  
Blogger Federico said...

Awesome, and inspiring.
You guys are really skilled!
...and i have a lot to study! =)

8:11 AM  

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