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Trans-Neptunian region The area beyond Neptune, or the “trans-Neptunian region”, is still largely unexplored. It appears to consist overwhelmingly of small worlds (the largest having a diameter only a fifth that of the Earth and a mass far smaller than that of the Moon) composed mainly of rock and ice. This region is sometimes known as the “outer Solar System”, though others use that term to mean the region beyond the asteroid belt.

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Plot of all known Kuiper belt objects, set against the four outer planets The Kuiper belt, the region’s first formation, is a great ring of debris similar to the asteroid belt, but composed mainly of ice. It extends between 30 and 50 AU from the Sun. It is composed mainly of small Solar System bodies, but many of the largest Kuiper belt objects, such as Quaoar, Varuna, and Orcus, may be reclassified as dwarf planets. There are estimated to be over 100,000 Kuiper belt objects with a diameter greater than 50 km, but the total mass of the Kuiper belt is thought to be only a tenth or even a hundredth the mass of the Earth.

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Carmen Hanibal, KAU09


Steffen Hansson, KAU07


Christyan Lundblad, Open Workshop


Ida Andreasen, CGA09


Arna Diego, KAU08


Christyan Lundblad, Open Workshop


Glenn Vilppu, Acton, California


GLENN VILPPU

Classical drawing master

Where were you born and raised? I was born in 1936 in the US. My parents are both Finnish, and when I was a couple of months old, we moved to Finland. I didn’t learn English, which is my second language, until I started school in the States.

What was your 1st contact with drawing? My father was an engineer and a Sunday painter. My earliest memories of my father are of him painting. I would take his art books and I would copy them by the time I was six.


Tell us shortly about your career. You’ve been in and out of animation as far as we know. I started my own school, doing everything myself. But eventually I needed someone to give me a check, to feed the family. So I started working in the animation industry. I worked at Disney for 7 years, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Marvel and Fox. I’ve been at the UCLA for 11 years, and at CalArts for 5, where I was the head of the character animation course. I worked with Woolie Ritterman, Frank an Ollie (in Fox and the Hound), John Lasseter and Don Bluth (while they were at Disney) and Tim Burton. He was actually a (lousy) clean-upper at this time. When did you find out you enjoyed “drawing + talking”? (laughs) When I first started teaching, I was petrified. What I do best

is draw, but when I explain what I am doing, it makes it easier. When I’m not drawing, I’m not a person that talks a lot. What do you do in your spare time? I draw all the time. When I’m at home, I help tak-


ing care of the garden and the horses and I’m also teaching at UCLA when I’m home. I live in Acton, CA, 45 min away from LA. I don’t watch a lot of television, we rarely go to movies. I’m not very social (laughs). What are your main/favorite artists? I would say. in the clasical line, Pontormo, Rubens, Michelangelo, Barocchio, Cezane, Picasso, Domier, and many others. A good contemporary artist is David Levine - very nice watercolors. Have you ever done any comic boks? What were they like? Do you enjoy reading them? I did comic books when I was a student. I did a lot of pencil work in secondary characters in around 1960. I worked on Zorro, Restless Man, Maverick, but I didn’t give them much value. I doubt I was even credited.

I love the Prince Valiant comics and how the sense of space is used in them. I actually got some here in Denmark even though I don’t understand Danish. The scene, the backgrounds are beatiful. I find it very interesting how contemporary


comic book artists use and break the space. And a lot of the drawings are pretty good. Do you teach a lot of comic book artists, or any contemporary famous artists? Basically half of the animation industry professionals take my classes. One famous that comes to mind is Drew Struzan, he was a student of mine. What do you think when you get a superhero comic book in your hands? Story. Pictures seem much more inretesting when they are related to a story. Do you have a favorite fantasy artist? Fazetta’s paintings are actually pretty nice. Me and him were probably


influenced by the same people. I do a lot of fantasy art too. I take some weeds or clouds and turn them into characters. You’ve been teaching for 50 years, is that right? What do you think is the best lesson you have learned so far? I teach by demonstrating, so I stick to the point. Constantly explaining what I’m doing while drawing has helped


me clarify my own thinking, therefore develop my skills better. That is a great advantage of enjoying the process of trying to explain what’s going on. You have to enjoy it to start with. And students always come up with interesting questions, that make you question what you’e doing yourself. Any future projects? I have so many projects. One of them is the new online live teaching. I’m on lesson 187 now. If you go to vilppustore.com, I have 60 lesson DVDs, I got 6 or 7 books, and increasing. Is the world a better or a worse place now, compared to when you were born? Since I grew up in the


WWII period, I definitely think the world is a better place now. I’m an optmist and I’m very keen on communication. As a child I made my own radio signal and found foreign radio stations. I’m fascinated bythe fact that I can communicate with

my son in Japan through e-mails and Skype.

The Blazing Squids team would like to thank mr. Vilppu for taking his time to talk to us.


Band Mentality Suppose that the animation industry was a bit more like the music business. Suppose that a studio was a director, some designers, some animators and some technicians, a group that got signed by a producer. A producer who believes that this group really has some talent and some potential to do some funny, cool and sellable cartoons for TV. The producer doesn’t interfere in the production, because he believes the group knows what to do, and he lets them do their thing. The producer signs with this group to make say four 7 minute short films in one year. If they did well, the producer would renew the contract. If they did poorly, he would drop them from his label. The Warner Brothers Looney Toons had this formation in the 50’s. Back when it was Maurice Noble, Chuck Jones, Robert McKimson and all those people.

The producers sat on the top floor and each director had his own department with BG artists, animators and cameramen. Only they had to crank out ten 7 minute shorts a year. Chuck Jones would draw out all the key poses of the entire film and the animators would animate between them. Suppose a producer had an agreement with a TV station to deliver a specific amount of cartoons for them each year. If it worked back then maybe it can work again. It would mean a lot more artistic freedom, and the styles would probably develop faster to compete with the other studios. The artists would be a lot more appreciated and the whole business would probably be a way less frustrating place to be a part of. People would be a lot more dedicated. It would make a lot more sense to me this way.

- Christyan


The Tremolo Beer Gut “Under the Influence of”, Crunchy Frog (2000) Hence the bikini theme I was gonna write a review of Dick Dale & His Del-tones, but after listening to it I believe that a review of Tremolo Beer Guts’ “Under the Influence of”, their second album, would be a lot more valid. The TBG is 60’s sounding “serf” at its crunchiest. This Danish/Swedish band is so dry that they use the same cover for all their albums. They only change the color of their bad ass looking group shot. This album, recorded in mono, really works as a whole listening experience in itself, which is different from other surf albums from the 60’s, because the songs from back them were meant to be released as singles. “Under the Influence...” is part surf, part western, part 60’s Arizona sun cinema. It’s well variated, it goes up and down in dynamics. Sometimes a certain riff only appears thrice or even just once, which makes you look so much forward to when it comes, and when it comes, you just enjoy every bit of it. What else can I say? It’s deadly crisp. It is at least as good as the stuff that came from the U.S.A., from before Daddy started smoking pot. You can cut through cacti with this disc. Rent a brown Chevy from 66, put on yellow sunglasses and go south with this in your ears. www.thetremolobeergut.dk - Christyan


Yesterday, I was looking at Igor and Christyan putting together the copies of Blazing Squids of May, which I couldn’t write in, sorry, I was in Bolivia. Well, one of the yet unfold pages spread in the chill-out room tables poped in my attention because of that bright red octopus drawing on it. The working crew informed me that the June Squids is going to be a bikini release. - You’ll find some bikini, surf, hawaii, aloha, flower music to advice, right ?! - Yes, of course … For some reason, since I play 3 chords of Ukulele, they all think i’m a fan of surf music. Gosh, I had many idea for that rubrik, but none fit! I LOVE YOU, INTERNET, SOS. For this time, NOT YET in my music library, I found them:

Petty Booka 1 .Cocktail ladies ! Petty and Booka are 2 japanese girls playing ukulele and singing. They’re not composers, they just cover hawaii standard songs. The result is pop-cheesy like japanese music, and topsunny like a hawaiian fruit salad. It seems like they got a great success in Texas, for some reason, their Myspace says they are from Tokyo AND Texas, and some of their songs are very


country-redneck. They also cover Rock classics. And that’s what I prefer from them. The “Born To Be Wild” is indeed delightful. Rock, Hawaii, Japan, and Bluegrass music... good enough summer cocktail. 2 .Quite famous and certainly prolific. Petty and Booka, that’s not their real names. Actually, the original Petty, left the band in 1997, a new Petty came on stage. And in 2002, the Booka became a mother, so she has also been replaced. On some youtube videos from 2003, you can see that the new Booka is not totally comfortable with the ukulele, she keep checking if her hand is doing the right chord. 3 .The story. To discover them, I had to striggle-truggle-google, I found several other artists before. I seriously thought of one of the most important Hawaiian composer, from the 50’s, who influenced the greatest american jazzman, Andy Iona. It’s just good old swing. I also considered presenting the super fat ukulele player Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, but most of his music was a bit cheesy, but not enough to be ironic, and it is actually very soft. Not horny. Because, that’s the point of this release of the Blazin’ Squids.

Petty and Booka, beside wearing almost only flowers, they are funny. Nothing makes me more effects on me than a funny girl. I just hope they are really joking when doing that music... but come on it cannot be serious, “born to be wild” played with ukuleles. -Denis

PS. By the way, my last rubrik’s hero : Shantel, is playing at Roskilde. If you’re there, go for it. Beat Torrent, and Mexican Institute of Sound must worth checking it too !

If you use Itunes, you can listen to my whole library through the network. It’s called : Bibliothèque de « DJ Fromage »



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