Comics Strip Team Interviews - anniemation

deemarie · September 5, 2005 10:00 am

file_289741.jpgWe are excited to present a new series of interviews featuring members of the Renderosity Cartoonist Team. Each week these outstanding artists put the "giggles" in our funny bones, and the "thrills and chills" in our adventurous spirits. This week our featured cartoonist is Janet Lynne, better known on Renderosity as anniemation. Each week Janet's mischievous Catpack parades through the Renderosity Front Page News' Comic Strip pages. Don't miss a week of Janet's strips ... your funnybone will thank you for the giggle! While you are there be sure to say hi to Janet and the rest of the Renderosity Cartoonist Team!
Janet Lynne, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Contrary to first impressions, I have neither curly red hair, nor a dog named Sandy. How long have you been creating your "naughty cats" cartoon strip? The Catpack started out as a single image that I did last October. When I saw Dee-Marie's notice looking for cartoonists a few months ago, I applied. I thought it might be fun to try this as an ongoing comic strip. Do you own cats, or, should I say, are "you" owned by cats? I'm not sure that ownership applies when talking about cats. [laughter]. It's more like a mutually beneficial co-habitation, where I supply all of their food, litter, and toys. Four cats reside here permanently, and another one is a permanent houseguest. They range from eleven to one years old. Three of them were cats/kittens that needed a home and somehow found me. The three youngest, all male and indoor cats, are the ones you see in the comic strip.
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Are they the inspiration for your strip? If not, where do you get your ideas for your weekly Renderosity Comic Strips? The cats are definitely a starting point for all the cartoons, they have such distinctive personalities, and I try to put that into the comic strip. Some of the cartoons are of things they do for real, like sit at the edge of the dining room table (as a group) and wait for the dog to walk by then push stuff off on him. Cat behavior in general, life, the universe and everything else are more starting points. My sons call me with ideas and I have a few of my own too! I keep a list of all the ideas and work from that or sometimes just do something spontaneous.
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Do you use the same software tools each time you create a strip? I mostly use and render in Poser 6, because I can fine-tuned the expressions and poses, and use Photoshop for postwork. The good props that are used in the strip were made by; TrekkieGirl, RenaPD, Sams3d, Faveral, Rodluc, John Malis, and others. I've been trying out different modeling programs, learning to model a bit and made some of the simple props for the strip like: a refrigerator, cat beds, beanstalk, and the "stupid hat."
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How long have you been a part of the Renderosity community? I found Renderosity in 2002. Renderosity is great for its interactivity. The feedback I have gotten here has helped me to improve. Outside of Renderosity, have you been published? Also, do you have a favorite cartoonist, or cartoon character? The Catpack is only featured on Renderosity. My favorite strip is Gary Larsons The Far Side! Everyone experiences a creative block, is there a method you use to get creative again? My favorite way to get creative is to go to a museum or exhibit. I went to the Japanese Tea Gardens in San Francisco a few months ago and that was very inspiring.
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Are you working on anything special that you might want to share with us ... just a teaser? I'm modeling a gothic church and some of the buildings in Petra.
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Message2251852.jpgA special "thank you" to contributing columnist, artist, Angel1, for taking time out of her busy schedule to conduct this month's cartoonist interview. September 5, 2005

Article Comments


genny ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 06 September 2005

Great interview. I am also a cat lover who just happens to "co-habitate" with 4 of the furry critters too. I just adore your weekly cartoons and sometimes I can imagine one of my kitties doing some the things your images depict. LOL! Keep up the good work!

Dynamo ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 06 September 2005

Great work and a very polished interview! I am now a catpack fan for life, the work is clever and very subtle.

butterfly_fish ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 06 September 2005

Awesome interview! You know how much I love your Cat Pack! hugs :-)

BonBonish ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 06 September 2005

Really enjoyed the interview and your works ! I wish you a lot of success for your future works :)...

deemarie ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 06 September 2005

Love those bad boys and can hardly wait to see what they get into next week :] Dee-Marie

MAW3D ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 07 September 2005

My Congrats in making it on the frontpage of Renderosity as well as given this very interesting interview, anniemation! :-) It was great to see this this morning. g Uhmm, I know the Cat Pack from anniemation and I think her images are most excellent as well as funny as heck ;-). Keep it up!

hauksdottir ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 08 September 2005

A now-famous columnist was just starting out when an older colleague advised him to "get a cat". :)= We'll never run out of ideas as long as they share our lives. You've certainly managed to bring their purrsonalities into play! Carolly

nemirc ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 09 September 2005

I love the catpack. Thanks for the interview :)

Elsina ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 09 September 2005

Congrats Janet!

LillianH ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 10 September 2005

Great to meet another member of the cartoonist team and fellow cat fiend. Thank you for sharing yourself and your cats with us. I LOVE your "Then Suddenly" image! Reminded me of a dream I used to have when I was a little girl. I would suddenly start flying as the wind caught up in my favorite dress ;-) Best wishes, Lillian

wizzleteats ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 11 September 2005

Oldest cat pack fan reporting in. Me and my girlfriend have been loving these since my mom started creating them.


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