ShaneHo

Shane Houghton blogs about stuff you probably already know about. He also writes comic books and cartoons. He is currently a staff writer at Nickelodeon on the animated show, BAD SEEDS.

Oct 14
I have been absolutely digging this book. It’s close to 500 pages of conversations with comedy writers on all things funny and writer-ly.
I’d highly reccommend this and Mike Sacks’ other book with comedy writers, And Here’s The Kicker.

I have been absolutely digging this book. It’s close to 500 pages of conversations with comedy writers on all things funny and writer-ly.

I’d highly reccommend this and Mike Sacks’ other book with comedy writers, And Here’s The Kicker.


chgreenblatt:

Some thumbnails for poster ideas.

I can’t wait for this show to premiere!

chgreenblatt:

Some thumbnails for poster ideas.

I can’t wait for this show to premiere!


Oct 11

iamanmoe said: Thanks for the explanation I've been stuck on that for a while

*winks, throws down smoke bomb, and disappears*


iamanmoe said: Did you just call Mabel and dipper "fictional"

I’m contractually obligated to state that Dipper and Mabel are “fictional characters from the TV show Gravity Falls” to further perpetuate the myth of whether or not they actually exist.

Mysteries, bro.


Wife: I need to go to the store to get toilet paper or we’ll starve!

Me: Are we eating toilet paper now? Do we use food to wipe?

Wife: (laughs)

Me: What’s the best food to wipe with? Lettuce?

Wife: Banana peel?

Me: What’s the WORST food to wipe with?

Both: (thinking)

Me: Chilli.


Oct 9

From Script to Final Page - Adventure Time

Here’s a couple of script and final pages from BOOM! Studio’s ADVENTURE TIME #9 back up story, “Fishsling”. Written by me, penciled, inked and lettered by Chris Houghton, and colored by Josh Ulrich.

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PAGE 4 - Six Panels

Panel One

Later, we see one ENORMOUS VIOLET fish sitting lazily out of the water. It’s really gross and violent-looking, but right now, it is just lying there, crushing some nearby trees. Finn and Jake are very small in this panel.

            CAPTION: Soon…

            FINN: I caught the biggest fish in the pond! That fat baby is mine!

            JAKE: I can’t believe all those fish would just keep eating each other. Fish are weird.

Panel Two

Finn crosses his arms and looks accomplished. Jake hangs his head in defeat.

            FINN: I win, dude.

Panel Three

Suddenly, the enormous fish ROOOAAAARS! Spit and little chucks of fish fly out of his fanged fish mouth.

            ENORMOUS FISH: ROOOAAAAAR!

Panel Four

The enormous fish waddles over a nearby hut. Literally OVER it and crushes it. A couple of members of the Candy Kingdom run out in terror.

            CITIZEN: I’m like, so afraid of fish!

Panel Five

Finn and Jake stand in the foreground, but we see their backs as they look out at the enormous fish. It’s heading towards the Candy Kingdom and crushing everything in its path.

            JAKE: That’s your fish on its way to destroy the Candy Kingdom, bro.

            FINN: No way, father in Spanish*!

            CAPTION: * Padré, for all you non-spanish speakers.

Panel Six

Finn and Jake leap through the air in a heroic awesome jump. Finn has his sword drawn and Jake has big pummeling fists. The enormous fish is in the foreground with his mouth open. Jake notices the open mouth and looks afraid.

            FINN: Fish Finishing Finalé!

            JAKE: Watch out for his mouth!

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PAGE 5 - Splash Page

One Panel

This is like an x-ray vision page, or like we cut all the fish in half and can see inside them all— each fish that was previously eaten by the respective bigger fish. Basically, as Finn and Jake are eaten by each fish, we see they are then eaten by another, and another, and so on. So when they land, they are in a fish, inside a fish, inside a fish… and so on.

So they’ll start at the top, the enormous fish gulping them down. They tumble and fall as they are seen inside the next fish and then the next. There will be multiple Finn and Jakes on the page as the reader reads from the top down.

At the very bottom of the page, Finn and Jake lay crammed in the second to last fish (orange human-sized). The actual smallest red fish (Jake head-sized) is pinned against them inside that fish. They’re too big to be eaten by that small fish.

            FINN: Fishing is so overrated.

            JAKE: It smells like butterscotch in here.

            SMALL RED FISH (really tiny lettering): Can’t I be eaten in peace?

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The Changes: Chris suggested a “calm before the storm” panel on page 4 and added a couple great lines for Jake. Adding that calm beat before the big attack took up the room I had planned for the original sixth panel, so some of the action/dialogue was bumped to page five.

When visually realizing a script, sometimes the pacing doesn’t work as well as you thought it did when you wrote it. Chris is an excellent visual storyteller and has a keen sense about when and how to shift, trim, or lengthen a beat to better help tell the story.

Listening to your artist’s suggestions and truly collaborating with them helps tell the best story possible and makes you both look good.

If you’re interested in reading the full story, check out the digital version at comixology!


Oct 7
themysteryofgravityfalls:

Bill has returned to deliver a message! Will you accept his challenge and conquer the strange codes left through in this journal? Pick up Dipper’s and Mabel’s Guide to Mystery and Nonstop Fun! wherever awesome books are sold! AVAILABLE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (16, beat that Mabel)
Note: Make sure you get a physical copy if you can. The digital version has less content, is missing more than a few pages and has rearranged text and images, sometimes out of order. The best way to enjoy the puzzles and activities is with the actual hardcover book. Order it now at Amazon.com!

This is a page from the Gravity Falls book where Bill takes over and writes his own evil pages. The majority of the book is “written” by Dipper and Mabel (sometimes with them interjecting in each other’s pages), but there are also sections written by Soos, Wendy, and Grunkle Stan!

themysteryofgravityfalls:

Bill has returned to deliver a message! Will you accept his challenge and conquer the strange codes left through in this journal? Pick up Dipper’s and Mabel’s Guide to Mystery and Nonstop Fun! wherever awesome books are sold! AVAILABLE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (16, beat that Mabel)

Note: Make sure you get a physical copy if you can. The digital version has less content, is missing more than a few pages and has rearranged text and images, sometimes out of order. The best way to enjoy the puzzles and activities is with the actual hardcover book. Order it now at Amazon.com!

This is a page from the Gravity Falls book where Bill takes over and writes his own evil pages. The majority of the book is “written” by Dipper and Mabel (sometimes with them interjecting in each other’s pages), but there are also sections written by Soos, Wendy, and Grunkle Stan!


Out today? Who knows! It’s a mystery!

But yes, yes the Gravity Falls book is out today. Despite the cover that claims a couple of fictional characters wrote the book, it was in fact me and Rob Renzetti who co-authored the book! Another mystery solved!

This hardcover book is chock full of mystery, fun, puzzles, codes, and cool stuff! It’s in full color, has a pull out poster, and is perfect for hiding all of your supernatural secrets! We tried to pack it full of as many cool things as we could and I’m very happy and proud of how it turned out. If you’re a fan of Gravity Falls, you’ll love this book!

Thanks to Alex Hirsch for all his great notes, punch-ups, and for creating a great show!


Oct 3

We’re over halfway through creating the first season of Bad Seeds and therefore had to celebrate. We also celebrate whenever someone eats a bowl of cereal, gives a good high-five, and every other Tuesday.


Oct 2

chrishoughtonart:

The Simpsons Comics recently had an issue that featured a bunch of two page stories/spreads. Shane came up with an idea for a crazy Homer power plant scene, pitched it, and got it approved by Bongo. Then we packed it full of a ton of gags and fun stuff to look at. I roughed out the illustration in Photoshop, printed it out in light blue on two 11”x17” pieces of bristol, penciled it, then inked it. Then it’s off to Bongo to be colored and lettered.

In the upper left, there are cameos of Kassandra, Shane, Charlie, and Bongo’s Creative Director: Nathan Kane! I’m also drawn in as one of the kids in Lisa’s class.

Mine and Chris’ first appearance in the SIMPSONS COMICS title from Bongo! This issue was filled with 2-page spreads. Chris did an amazing job cramming in tons of gags and Easter eggs!


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