My dog had about him the air of a ruffian with a shady past. Apparently, he’d been seen tossed from a moving car, and when rescued he had no tags and thus no name. A real mystery man.. The people who cleaned him up at the dog pound thought he…

In my final year of high school, Hanna-Barbera‘s Australian studio finally 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 great title sequence is one that you never skip…

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

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

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

James S. Baker

The uppercuts keep me from falling down..

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