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Flasher Ghost: XGB Main Title

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By filbarlow   |   
Published: August 14, 2012
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I've put together this design flowchart of the Flasher Ghost character from the Main Title of the animated TV show, Extreme Ghostbusters. I just thought you might find it interesting to see the process.

I often helped Executive Producer Richard Raynis with the main titles when the storyboard artists just weren't capturing the look and feel that he was after.

The original concept drawing on the top left was created by Character Designer Everett Peck for the Real Ghostbusters TV show, a decade earlier and Richard wanted to reuse it. So I designed a new version in the style of the show on the right, (A) and (B).

On the left are the notes that Richard faxed me that he drew to give me an idea of how to make the second image more dramatic, so I came up with the bottom right (C).

Richard is an amazing artist in his own right. So he would be embarrassed to discover that I have revealed his above sketch to the world. However I think it's an important part of the collaborative process that needs to be acknowledged.


Edit: :iconhelenmaier: Helen Maier was my inker through most of the Sony shows. I would do the small details like eyes, she would do the rest. Most of the production art are collaborations between us.
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Kapalsky's avatar
KapalskyProfessional Traditional Artist
It's really great to see your fabulously detailed production art. Also, glad to know more about Richard Raynis, can't believe the level of involvment he had on so many of our childhood cartoons.
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
As far as I'm concerned he's the unsung hero of these shows and the Simpsons, yes there were teams of artists who's unpaid overtime and devotion made these productions possible, but we were largely following Richard's vision.
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ItchyscratchyProfessional Traditional Artist
Whoa, awesome. Always love seeing your Ghostbusters stuff and reading the background story on the design. Sucks to hear IDW ignored you, have they no idea who you are?
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Honestly I have no idea, both Tristan and Dan who are regular IDW contributors ... :icondapperdanschoening: :icontristjones: have been kind enough to try to get me involved. I just don't think the timing is right, I need to focus on my own projects for my own sanity at the moment. I feel like I'm following a trail of breadcrumbs at the moment it will probably make sense one day, but for now I'll take life one crumb at a time. O.o;
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ItchyscratchyProfessional Traditional Artist
Yeah, you'd think having someone whos been a part of the Ghostbusters franchise work on the comic would be a big plus, but who knows how those bigshot editors think...
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Probably too much stuff on his plate. I've moved on from the franchise now, so it's no skin off my nose. :)
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deanrankineProfessional
Brilliant, Fil! Have you considered approaching IDW for work on the Ghostbuster comic? Though I imagine you've got lots of other stuff on.
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
I actually have, twice, but the Editor never replied. So I'm focusing on Image at the moment.
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deanrankineProfessional
Yeah. I hear that. I've tried both IDW and Boom without any joy so far. But all the best with Image. It's a tough gig this comic thing. BTW I had a peek at your contribution to 'Clubhouse' the other day. Very cool!
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
My emails are probably in the Editor's spam folder. I'm sure they get a lot of unsolicited stuff. I know a few artists who work there, but.. meh. It's made me more determined to focus on my own comics, Rex Vectar included, I'm glad you got to see it all dusted up and recolored. Will you be contributing to Clubhouse? I hope so!
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deanrankineProfessional
Yeah. I dug out a two pager for Clubhouse. It's not anything to write home about but it's all right :)
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
2 pages is still 2 pages in print! We'll be published together as well!
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He was the ghost that absorbed Slimer in the original serie wasn't he? Always was a really creepy design, especially the fact that his mass was flesh colored. That just put it into body horror territory. I don't think the effect would have worked if he had been green or blue or something.

As always, love the bits of history and the peeks at the process! thanks for sharing!
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
I really don't know, because the Real Ghostbusters didn't air in Australia, or if it did I didn't have a TV. We'll have to research that one. Richard chose the Everett designs he wanted in the Main Title and I reworked them.
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Ghash! Nice, didn't care for the animation in that episode but the ghost's design was rad. I loved the reuse of a couple ghosts from RGB in the main title and end credits, even a few incidental ones. Thanks for posting the flowchart and talking about the process on this ghost.
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
You are welcome. The XBG intro was basically a nod to real ghostbusters.
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DanSchoeningProfessional Traditional Artist
Genius! Love this Fil, thank you for posting. Just amazin!
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Hey thanks Dan! I love all your hard work, keeping the dream alive! :thumbsup:
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
I'm glad you like it :)
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avancnaHobbyist Traditional Artist
I remember this bastard... He was so scary. Seriously!
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
And flashy!
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avancnaHobbyist Traditional Artist
He reminds me of this one cartoon by Gahan Wilson, where the flasher is revealed to be a composite of various monster heads and tentacles. Not as scary, though.
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
I remember that one.
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