SquirrelWarz, our real time strategy iPhone game!

After a long wait and months of work, SquirrelWarz is now available for iPhone! This stylish real time strategy iPhone game was iPad only, but this big update makes the app universal (as well as adds smoother UI, more songs and art, and lots of new maps).

This is one of the biggest games I’ve worked on so far, but our studio consisted of only 4 people. I was the lead game designer/musician and helped create some art with Mike, our lead artist. The game is our tribute to the RTS genre and has our fingerprints all over it. I hope you dig it.


beme? BeMe? Beme? A lesson on why to avoid lowercasing your app name.


A few months back, Casey Neistat launched a new video app called Beme. I love Casey’s work and headed right over to the app store to download. When I got there I noticed a haphazard usage of capitalization all throughout the app description. Lowercase b? Uppercase? Camelcase? Let’s just try them all!

What’s even weirder is that the app mostly commonly written with a lowercase “b”, but their logo is literally a capital “B”… ONE GIANT B.

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I had a little spare time, so took a stab at fixing their app store copy.

beme fixed

Or maybe it’d be easier to just change their logo?


Acoustic cover of Dazzler by Keiko Takamura

I’m insanely flattered and pleased with Keiko Takamura’s this acoustic cover of Dazzler, my song about the singing 70s superhero from Marvel comics. Keiko even did a watercolor “cover” of my trixel art.

Hear the original version of Dazzler, plus E.N. Cowell’s remix, here.

The Skateboarding Fairy: Fan Art For Rayssa Leal

Perhaps you’ve seen this fantastic video of Rayssa Leal, a young Brazilian skater, landing a heelflip while wearing a tiny set of wings… like a skateboarding fairy.

She takes a fall on her first attempt, and on her second attempt, but then she dons her fairy wings and lands the trick on the third try.

I dug Rayssa’s style so much that I made this skateboarding fairy fan art in trixels.

rayssa leal skate fairy

Superman Lives, Lost in La Mancha and other documentaries about failed movies


As an artist, I had learn the hard way to keep my coffee cup far away from the cup I used to clean my watercolor brushes. As a yo-yoer, I earned quite a few little bruises before I finally landed Spirit Bomb. Making mistakes can be the most painful part of the artistic process, but from far away, it just may be the most fun to watch. That’s why I love watching documentaries about failed movies (big budget films that fell apart in the production process).

As far as documentary genres go, “filmplosions” might be my new favorite. So I put together this short list of documentaries about movies gone wrong:

1. Lost In La Mancha– (amazon, Netflix)
A classic in the films-gone-wrong genre, Lost In La Mancha tells the story of Terry Gilliam’s quest to make a Don Quixote film… and everything possible goes wrong.

2. The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?– (www.tdoslwh.com)
A gritty take on Superman, written by Kevin Smith and directed by Tim Burton? I would have loved to have seen this. This documentary suffers from poor audio at moments, but any chance to hear Smith rant about comic books is always entertaining.

3. Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau– (netflix, amazon)
Like “Lost In La Mancha”, Lost Soul is a tale of what happens when everything goes wrong. Unlike La Mancha, the Island of Dr. Moreau did see a theatrical release.

4. American Movie– (netflix)
A great documentary on it’s own right, American Movie follows a Midwestern director who makes low budget horror films. It’s full of fascinating characters and has a great story arch to it. My only complaint about American Movie is that I thought it was a just a semi-funny mockumentary the first time I watched it. After arguing with a stranger about it, I realized I was wrong and what I thought was just bad acting was real documentary about some truly unique artists.

5. comicbookgirl19’s “Fantastic Four’s 8 Factors to Disaster”– (youtube)
Okay, this isn’t really a documentary but this 20 minute vlog about the famously unsuccessful 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four is well worth watching. I haven’t seen the new F4 movie, but cbg19’s take on it is really insightful, and the background she provides on the politics behind it are great.

6. Doomed! The Movie– (doomedthemovie.com)
What makes the failure of the this new Fantastic Four movie so interesting is knowing the background about Roger Corman’s unreleased F4 movie from 1994. The legend goes that the movie was only made so the studio could retain the license and was never intended to be released. I remember seeing behind the scenes shots of this flick in Wizard magazine and always wondered whatever happened to the final release.

7. Jodorowsky’s Dune– (amazon, netflix)
Yeah, Jodorowsky could have made an amazing Dune, but he didn’t. It’s fun to think about all the things that could have happened, but what really fascinated me was what happened to so many of the ideas after the movie collapsed. Considering it’s ultimate influence on films like Blade Runner and Alien, it might be best Jodorowsky’s Dune never got finished.

8. The Sweatbox– (nope)
This “banned” documentary was intended to be a behind the scenes piece for Disney’s “The Emperor’s New Groove”. Ultimately it showed just a little bit more rawness than Disney was willing to share. Unlike the other flicks in this set, I’d say New Groove was never considered a commercial or critical failure, but this documentary shows the “messy” process behind the making of this film… which originally started off as Kingdom OF the Sun before getting scrapped an re-written. I love the part where Sting almost walks from the film over a moral issue.