Friday, March 10, 2006

Off to Portland.

I'll have to take a break posting for a bit as I move to Portland, OR to begin a new job at Laika, as a character designer on "Jack and Ben". Nickelodeon, and particularly the Danny Phantom crew has been an absolute dream to work for over the close to 4 years that I've been there. I can only hope Laika will be as good. I hear good things from Shannon, Shane, Andy and of course Ovi, who has worked there for awhile now. If anything it'll be fun to be around those guys. Portland is also supposed to have some good micro-breweries which I'll be checking out ASAP! Time to start growing a ponytail and wearing flannel.

30 Comments:

At 3:23 AM, Blogger CosmicPencil said...

Portland is a good place to live! I used to live there for 15 years...it's too bad I live in Minnesota now, or I'd gladly show you around!
I hope you end up in San Diego in July...I'd like to have a chance to actually speak with you.

matt

 
At 5:05 PM, Blogger Mark McDonnell said...

Good luck man.

MAC

 
At 5:32 PM, Blogger Cale Atkinson said...

Good Luck on the new job Ben!
I can't wait to hear and hopefully see some of the great things you will be creating at Laika.
Untill then your last couple posts will do a fine job filling me with artistic glee!

 
At 9:48 PM, Blogger Todd Oman said...

Wow, I lived there for 7 years before moving to LA. One word Rain. Hope you enjoy it there.

 
At 6:25 AM, Blogger Cedric said...

Congrats on the move. We'll miss your blog postings, but I hope your new job is everything you hope it will be and more. Laika is getting a very talented guy.

 
At 8:42 AM, Blogger rngnt99 said...

Congrats on the new job man!!!!

 
At 11:24 AM, Blogger Alex "Toon" Deligiannis said...

Only the best, my man. Train rides won't be the same with out you. Thor forever. Good luck!

 
At 3:35 PM, Blogger Anna Woltz said...

We'll miss you big time! But more importantly, please don't grow a ponytail.

 
At 7:50 PM, Blogger Ryan Donoghue said...

Congrats Ben!

I'm sure it will be awesome up there
(and hopefully a better housing market)

 
At 7:10 PM, Blogger OV! said...

i should also add that Ben is no longer a Packers fan since he moved up. his new fav' team is now the SF 49ers. see, portland does weird things to you.

ps, did you make it to your meeting?

ha,

>oVi

 
At 1:58 PM, Blogger Hans said...

Hey Ben,

Good luck with your new job at Laika. Portland seems to be the hotspot right now, with all you blogstars moving up there!
You'll be busy for awhile, but don't forget about blogging!!!!;)

Hans

 
At 9:55 PM, Blogger Patrick Morgan said...

Ben,

Gald you made it safe and sound. Best of luck my friend. I'll drink a slurpie for ya! Keep in touch.

Patrick

 
At 8:03 AM, Blogger Andre Moore said...

good luck on the new job man! I always love coming to your blog and checking out what you have to post.

 
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At 12:55 PM, Blogger Dan Segarra said...

You have some very inspiring work. Good luck at the new gig.

The bird post on the bottom of the blog is amazing stuff! Great blog!

 
At 10:06 PM, Blogger Bobby Chiu said...

Hi Ben,
I've been following your blog for a while now. Love your stuff. I'm an artist from Toronto Canada and I'd like to exchange links with you if you're up for it.

Check out my blog and if you like what you see, I'd be very happy if you'd give me a link.

 
At 8:17 PM, Blogger alain huynh said...

love your style/work, keep it up, your a big inspiration

 
At 9:48 PM, Blogger Jenny said...

Oh, Ben! Just read this--pretty late on my part, but hey--CONGRATS! And have a great time! It's a beautiful city and I'll bet you'll have a fantastic time up there. New things--especially new jobs at young places--are so wonderful and exciting. Don't forget us down here & keep posting when you find the time!
-Jenny

 
At 6:49 AM, Blogger Jennifer Pollack said...

Congrats on the new job at Laika. I have a few friends from College that went to work there. That was 6 yrs ago but I think a few are still there!

You will enjoy it new adventures are great! I have done 4 cities in 5 years. The networking is KILLER!!

:)

 
At 10:30 PM, Blogger Rocco said...

Yo, Ben! Where you at!?!

 
At 9:26 PM, Blogger the doodlers said...

Hey- congrats! Hope you can find time for posting new stuff soon... Have a ball in your new position!

 
At 10:21 PM, Blogger sushipajamas said...

i've been watching your blog for a little while. love the danny phantom stuff. if you've got a new job does that mean danny phantom really IS getting cancelled next year?

 
At 11:55 PM, Blogger C.Bryant said...

Ben...muy buen trabajo,he puesto un link en Perejilpuntocom

Saludos :)

 
At 5:49 AM, Blogger Hans said...

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At 5:53 AM, Blogger Hans said...

Hey Ben,

Hope you're having fun up there:) Just realized you're working with Jorgen Klubien on his movie. I'm a big fan of his work, both animation and music. I might have to try my luck and send my portfolio to Laika:) Portland looks like a nice place to be.

Take Care,

Hans

 
At 2:37 PM, Blogger Wynne Chen said...

Good luck for ur new job!!
Portland is a beautiful ciy. I passed by when I drove back to canada from LA.
Beautiful trees, fresh air, don't miss the tulip fest.

 
At 7:13 PM, Blogger St John Street said...

hey bro hope all is good!!

 
At 9:20 AM, Blogger Mark McDonnell said...

I miss your pretty pretty pictures.


MAC

 
At 10:04 AM, Blogger stephen Silver said...

come on buddy, you've been out there long enough, lets see some Balistreri love. Hope all is going well.

 
At 1:31 AM, Blogger Ben Balistreri said...

All IS going well. Portland is awesome and "Jack and Ben" is going to be fantastic. I'll try to start posting more now that I'm settled in to my new house and my new job.

Hans, your correct: Jorgen is a stud, especially at story. Working with him is pretty bad ass!

sushipajamas, Yes, Danny Phantom is ending. Butch just finished writing the last episode. It's sad but it had a good run.

Thanks to all of you for your well-wishes!

 

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