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Corpus Delicti

The tale of Joe Ball, Alligator Man of South Texas.

Corpus Delicti tells the true story of Joe Ball known notoriously as the Alligator Man of South Texas. During the early 1930s Joe owned and operated a popular saloon by the name of The Sociable Inn. His clientele flocked to engage with all the beautiful women Joe would hire, but most of all they loved Joe’s pet gators. That is until people began to go missing in town. Soon amusement becomes morbid suspicion. And when Deputy Sheriff Gray and Klevohagen begin their investigation of this strange case, the truth begins to unravel itself.

Corpus Delicti

The Makers:

  • Screenplay/ Animation:

    Teppei Ando

  • Music:

    Evan Kertman

Corpus Delicti

The Players:

  • Narrator/ Wheeler:

    Erik Thompson

  • Joe Ball:

    Jonah Olson

  • Deputy Gray:

    Matt Hewitt

  • Klevohagen:

    Aaron Olson

  • Big Minnie:

    Katy Wafle

  • Buddy Goodwin:

    Tracy Whitford

  • Hazle Brown/ Sister Ball:

    Kelli Thompson-Jones

  • Neighbor:

    David Pene

  • Skratch/ Cousin Ball:

    Sam Hoffman

  • Goldsmith:

    Alex Munoz

  • Sinistron Hater:

    Meiyen Shipek

  • Doctor/ Angry bystander:

    Derek McCall


working through the Holidays


Been really loving living in LA. I love my place, and I’ve been in a pretty constant state of inspiration being around so much creative energy.
Luckily I have things to keep me busy or my head would explode. Right now I’m working on a follow up Music Video for a certain favorite collaborator, except this time we’re doing something completley different in technique and style. One thing I’ll say that it’s not a completly animated piece, that in itself is new for me, but also my part is the piece is a huge departure. The other thing I’ll say it’s the grand scale song, and it’s very fitting that it’s an ambitious video.

I’m also in early stages of a video for a new client, and I’ve been building up a brand new world inspired by my new City. I think I’m going to have a ton of fun on this next one.

On personal side, I’m really anxious to complete my new Zine, KIMBALL 3 and have made pretty dang good progress on it. I’m kind of waiting to see if I am able to score a table at LA ZINEFEST this year, cause that would be a good motivator. I don’t really want to rush it, either…

I’m even more anxious to get an episode of 9 to 5 out there before I get too involved in other works, as I’ve been building up too many brain energy for them. I already wrote 9 episodes and really need to catch up! oy, if only I had the ability to hire animators to help me. hint hint, God? Ok, well whatever, in the meantime I’ll get it out there. I had made pretty good progress on Ep 3, but then a bad computer incident set me back. I’ll get it. All the episodes written make ME snicker anyways. Like a lot.

Well, thanks for reading if you’re out there buddy

Cheap Extensions premiers on NPR


Hi! Trying to do a quick update using my phone as I don’t have internet yet in my new apartment.

I’ve been excited about and wanting to share the release of rhe new music video I created for Sonny & the Sunsets, CHEAP EXTENSIONS.  We were very fortunate to have it premier on NPR! They did a nice write up for it and I’m honored to hv it shown on such a incredible platform.

Since it’s premiere, reviews hv been popping up on several other credible  music sites, all positive thankfully.
Though I am humbled and really just along for the musical ride,  it feels great to have my name mentioned and animation/directing effort well received after so much hard work.
Thank you to Sonny & Polyvinyl Records for trusting me to tell their tale.

Happy Thanksgiving,  and thank you to all those who watch and read my stories. It is my greatest desire to tell a story well and hope to tell many more

Change of Address (my personal Los Angeles story)


Interesting days are here for me and Murder Dollhouse.
At of the beginning of November I made the jump to the promised land, Hollywood. As of now I’ve been couch surfing for over a week, now with a week to go until my new place is opened to me.

Luckily I have tons of awesome friends who have been more than welcoming. Though I’ve been having a great time catching up with old friends, as a sensitive-nervous type it’s also been kind of intense jumping from one life to the next. But that will all change when I get to move into my apartment and set up my art studio again. So excited!!

It has been hard not having my art supplies and drawing table (built for me by Liz Dunning **Marty Chronicles**), the only piece of art I’ve done is this doodle on a scratch piece of paper while chilling with Derek Wood **9 to 5/Deadly Garden/Baggage Claim**. I have been sound editing for 9 to 5 and getting scripts ready. I’m pretty excited for the upcoming 9 to 5 episodes, just listening to the actors playing out the dialogue was making me snicker loudly. I also have been working on a new Zine (which will be an audio/visual experience)
Anyways. can’t wait to get back to drawing and animating!!! See you soon!

LA bound


whew! sometimes life gives you a crossroad out of nowhere and you just have to take a path. Well without getting into a long story, I’m making the voyage to Los Angeles by Halloween. I’m excited. I’m going to miss Oakland and all the inspiration it’s given me in the years but it’s time to try making art in a different environment.

I’m just working on the final scenes of my new music video. I’ve been in competition with the videos I’ve done before, and I think this might just be the best one. I think I always feel that way, but that’s a good driving force, to out do yourself. Anyways, with music videos it’s not dialouge I’m selling, it’s music. So there’s always special focus on visuals. And this one has a really unpredictable story and my best animation work yet (I think)

I’m having a big birthday/goodbye party on October 18th, all are welcome. We’re all leaving the historic CAVOUR HOUSE so we’re gonna rager it up as much as we can. Me and my old pal Sam Hoffman, whom I used to perform my original Rock Opera all over Oakland with back in 2006-2007, are reuniting one time only to perform my new Rock Opera, KIMBALL 3 at this party. I’m working towards a Visual/Audio Zine for this Rock Opera, and want to perform it around LA. But I’m really looking forward to rocking it out fast and hard with Sam one time.

Oh, real quick. I’ll be visiting Berkley City College on my actual birthday, October 18th to be on a panel about Mixed Media. I took one flash class at this school and it started all of this. I got hooked, I felt so inspired by this class and it was only like $120 or something. I made my first Sonny & the Sunsets video as a final Project (I got an A). It’ll be fun to visit and show how much I’ve progressed with technique. But I want to show how it all rooted from that 1 class, it’s all about building on your world. It’s at 1pm, October 17th. Maybe I’ll see you there!


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