In my final year of high school, Hanna-Barbera‘s Australian studio responded to my (frequent) query letters from the year before, and sent me drawing tests. After eagerly completing them and getting an in-person interview (necessitating a long train trip to Sydney accompanied my dad) I was ecstatic to be…


Whether for a TV show or feature film, the title sequence sets the tone for what is to come. Like an ear/eyeball appetizer. In the age of streaming video, it’s easy to SKIP them altogether, and thus the test of a title sequence is one that you skip…


I’m the oldest of 7 children, but before the rest of the brood hatched, I was an child, and had an imaginary friend to keep me company. His name was .

While Mum was in hospital, my paternal grandmother came to Tasmania from the mainland to look after…


14th of December 1986:
After 6 months working on Saturday morning cartoons in Taipei (and saving more money) I caught an Arimura Line shipfrom Keelung in Taiwan for a 20 hour voyage to Naha in Okinawa to connect onward to Tokyo. My long awaited trip to Japan was finally underway. With…


When I left Australia in 1986 to go see the world, I didn’t bring a camera. Earlier, I’d cheaply acquired a 2nd hand SLR, shot some badly exposed photos.. but found my ‘photography’ so unsatisfying that I departed without the baffling gizmo. …


July 15, 1986, I left Australia for what I thought would be a 6 month or one year trip at most, but it ended up being an overseas jaunt that lasted the rest of my life.

View From the Tower Restaurant, 1986

I’d worked in Sydney animation studios since 1982, saving money for a trip to…


The insufferably cute nuns of my childhood were played by perky actresses like Sally Field or Debbie Reynolds, whereas the nuns who taught me looked like Alec Guinness in a dress. An exception was my 4th grade teacher. She like a young movie nun, but her personality…


2020My first forays into social media were in 2007, when my sister Victoria encouraged me to join FACEBOOK to find old pals. …


It is strange to look at my last post and think how much has changed in a just few months. Back in January, I’d never even heard of the ‘coronavirus’ and wrote about enjoying casually drawing outside. Nowadays, we barely leave the apartment, and it looks as if we’ll

James S. Baker

The uppercuts keep me from falling down..

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