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Archive Report: Film Remastering

posted 05 August 2016
It's been six (!) years since I last archived my old work. Last month I booked time at National Boston to transfer my sophomore animation work from 16mm film to HD Quicktime. Director of Film Services and colorist supreme Steve Baldwin was great to work with. And it was fun to be at National again -- I was last there in June 2000 for the SD transfer of Limboscape! I need to do another round and then I'll look to getting this work up here at Inanimate.

Tim Finn gi joe

Book Update #33: Summer/Fall 2015

posted 11 December 2015
Since the spring I've interviewed two more toy designers. Added four paragraphs to Chapter 9 and sent it and revision notes to designer Liz. Had a photoshoot with Andre for Chapters 10 and 13. Finished writing Chapter 10 and sent it to designer Liz. Worked on Chapters 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and X. Chatted with podcasters.

Tim Finn gi joe

Her Dork World, His Dork World interview

posted 06 December 2015
updated 11 December 2015
This past Thursday I was interviewed by Dean Compton and Emily Scott about G.I. Joe and comic book stores on their show Her Dork World, His Dork World. It's recorded, so if you miss the live broadcast, you can listen to the podcast.

Tim Finn gi joe

Now on-sale: INANIMATE #1

posted 30 October 2015
It's been two and a half years since I published a new comic, so I'm happy to announce INANIMATE issue #1, a 50-page black and white minicomic containing two new stories and two stories that aren't new but have never seen print. Read it on my tumblr, or buy it at Hub Comics for $6, or here for that price plus s/h.

Tim Finn comics

MICE 2015

updated 30 October 2015
I tabled at MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) two weekends back along with Ellen Dubreuil. We sold comics and prints, and had a great time chatting with friends and alums. MICE is held at LUCAD, where we both teach, and in its sixth year has become a big, vital part of the indy comics convention circuit.

Tim Finn MICE comics

I curated a gallery show

posted 01 October 2015
On display now through October 18 at the Raizes Gallery at Lesley University College of Art and Design -- Covers, Pages, and Ads: Mainstream Comic Book Art of the 1980s and '90s. Original cover and interior art from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, Transformers, Detective Comics, Amazing Spider-Man, and more. Kate Castelli hung most of the show, big thanks to her.

Tim Finn GI Joe gallery

Follow me on Tumblr!

posted 04 September 2015
I have entered 2012! Now I have a Tumblr. The name's similar to "Inanimate," but with an added pun. I'll post sketches and doodles there since the "Sketchbook" section here has been lying fallow.

Onward to Finnanimate!

Tim Finn finnanimate tumblr

Book Update #33: Winter 2015

posted 03 March 2015
Finalized the text to Chapter 9 and sent it to designer Liz. Thinking about Gary "Goggles" Head. Reviewing the second-to-last draft of Chapter 10 with editor Nick. Photographer Andre and I flew to Texas to shoot the collection of Chris Murray, who took the photo at right. Thanks, Chris!

Tim Finn GI Joe book

2014 Year in Review

posted 29 February 2015
Most links here on the front page of Inanimate take you to my blog. This one's no exception. Two weeks back I wrote a lengthy explanation-and-list of what I did for the book last year. But there are pictures, too. It's here.

Tim Finn GI Joe book

Book Update #32: Fall 2014

posted 15 December 2014
In August, I flew to Chicago to let a smart G.I. Joe fan read Chapters 1-10 of my book and offer feedback. In October I visited a fine artist who sculpted for Hasbro. Later I drove to Rhode Island for a follow-up with a vehicle designer, and trained it to NY for a chat with a famous toy developer. I also telephoned some movie types for a helpful interview. Recently, editor Nick has taken passes on Chapter 9 Draft 6, Ch. 10 Draft 5, Ch. 11 Draft 3, and Ch. 12 Draft 1. I'll incorporate his comments, plus I'm writing Draft 1 of Chs. 13, 14, 15, and X.

Tim Finn GI Joe book

Comic Book Store Goings-On

posted 15 December 2014
It's been a great year for Hub Comics. In May, Joe Quinones signed for the release of Zatanna and Black Canary: Bloodspell. In August we rented the Brattle Theatre for Liz Prince's Tomboy release. Back at the store, three days later we opened our Sailor Moon art show. In November we hosted Raul the Third for Lowriders in Space, and then two weeks later set up at Suffolk University's NESAD gallery to sell copies at Raul's artist talk. And finally, this Saturday December 20th is the opening of Hub Comics' 6th annual Dark Knight on a Dark Night.

Quinones Prince Raul  Hub Comics

Book Update #31: Summer 2014

posted 11 July 2014
Flew to Los Angeles, chatted with Wally Burr and Larry Houston again, and Larry and I visited his local comics shop. Also, I interviewed a former Marvel editor. Back in Boston I talked with a lawyer about Fair Use. At home and at the library, I broke Chapter 12 into two, am shaping draft 1 of Chapter 14, and am trying to track down the last five or ten interviewees I need for the book.

Tim Finn GI Joe book

Interview at 13th Dimension

posted 25 May 2014
Clay N. Ferno and I chat about Hub Comics giving away G.I. Joe #200 and Joe collecting. Over at my blog, I have a post mortem for the Hub Comics giveaway.

Tim Finn GI Joe Hub

G.I. Joe: Retaliation review x2

posted 14 March 2014
Over at my blog I've posted two different film reviews of the live-action G.I. Joe sequel. The first is my written review (with pictures!) of the theatrical release. The second is an audio podcast of the director's cut featuring myself and book editor/smart person Nick Nadel in conversation. What did we think? You'll have to click to find out.

Tim Finn GI Joe Book podcast

My book's on Twitter

posted 22 January 2014
Get updates and read pithy announcements @GIJoeBook.

Tim Finn GI Joe Book twitter

Tabling At MICE

posted 15 September 2013
The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo is September 28 and 29th -- two days this year! I'll be sketching commissions and I'll have on hand Jet Brick, Four Squares, More Squares, Gore Squares, and TransSpoof! What's TransSpoof, you ask? Why, that's the embarrassing Transformers comic I drew between 8th grade and two-years-after-college!

Tim Finn MICE Boston comic

Book Update #30: Fall 2013

posted 15 September 2013
Made contact with four more interviewees, one has responded so far, another I've already interviewed and transcribed (and now the first two pages of Chapter 12 need to be rewritten), and am still working on Chapters 10, 11, 12, plus now assembling early material for 13. At right, a waveform of part of the four-hour interview I conducted in Los Angeles in July.

G.I. Joe book "Tim Finn"

Hub Comics, Two Years Later

posted 15 September 2013
Hub Comics manager Jesse Farrell quietly wished me a happy anniversary two weeks back, a poetic reflection of our less frenetic second year as renovations and stock curating have calmed down. Thanks to Jesse, as well as employees Dave McCarthy and Jack Turnbull for their hard work and dedication, along with designers Kelly Wilbur and Matthew Davis of Wilbur Davis Studios for all the lovely furniture they've made (Archie Tower, Giant Bookcase, Dollar Rack).

Hub Comics Tim Finn

Tabling At Boston Comic Con

posted 20 July 2013
Boston Comic Con is two weeks away, August 3 and 4!

Tim Finn Jet Brick Boston comic

Book Update #29: Summer 2013

posted 20 July 2013
Working on Chapters 10, 11, and 12. Did a follow-up interview to clarify content in Chapter 12. Visiting someone on the West Coast to look for storyboards. At right, sometimes I need to see a whole chapter laid out in order to work on it.

Tim Finn GI Joe book

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