It's high time I said "hi!" and gave a proper introduction to myself—the author of these blogs, the Launch Your Universe brand and site, and the creator of the Animus transmedia storyworld.
Who am I? Where do I come from? What do I do? I share a look at who Joe Kawano: Animus Creator is in the paragraphs below.
Being involved in Animus has opened up a whole new world of positive experiences for me: from friends, to insights, to personal growth.
Here are 6 ways that Animus has touched my life for you to read and think about!
For centuries, millenia even, human beings have told stories. From before the first cave paintings marked on rocky walls, people have endeavored to communicate their striving, their longing, their hopes, and their fears.
As the creator of the Animus storyworld, the answer to why I create is quite important to me. Here are my reflections on why we tell stories and what it means to us.
Preproduction has begun in earnest for the Animus: Rites of Passage second comic issue, and with it comes the promise of working with another artist in a much bigger way than on the first issue.
This leaves us with a great opportunity to develop a team, and potentially quite a bit more synergy and forward momentum than we've had thus far. One thing that's required, is a common understanding of the (now artistically) shared world of Animus. As such, it's been necessary to visually define some basic elements. One of these things, involves coloring characters for this world for which we're laying a foundation.
You might wonder from whence to source ideas for your stories. Where to start? Animus draws from personal, interpersonal and shared mythology.
Here are some places I look for story inspiration, with examples of how I used them in Animus.
Recently, I met a young woman at a motivational seminar. She struck me as a positive person, despite the struggles that she shared about her life. These struggles, made her feel very familiar to me, as did her proclivity for being a short film director and multimedia artist. Afterall, that's me.
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I told her about my background learning "psychological kinesiology" and doing work on the subconscious mind, as a part of my own healing process. She immediately assumed (perhaps correctly!) that I would somehow be able to do an "energy reading" on her. Rather than reveal the truth about whether or not I have any actual mystical powers, I decided to give her a bit of insightful advice about herself. This is what I said.
Does art arise from a series of rules and principles, or from something which more deeply underlies any conscious form of self-regulation?
Any serious, passionate, or professional creative worker will tell you that you there is a huge amount of craft, discipline and commitment that goes into the work they do. However, it is likely that they will admit that there may be something numinous that more deeply undergirds creative work.