5 Years In The Making

Hey Y’all,

Today is a very special day, both for Dlala, and for me personally.

5 years ago a crazy “uncle” of the studio introduced us to an incredible animator, both 2D, 3D and stop-motion, named Eric Ciccone. For myself, and Craig (Thomas), we instantly knew that we wanted to work with E.

Over the next 5 years we worked on a cancelled Disney project, a game about monsters which we’re definitely going to finish in the not-too-distant future, and a collection of crazy pitches.

One of those pitches was a game about 3 toads with crazy morphing powers.

When that project was picked up for pre-production there was no delay in my first order of business. Get E signed on and tell him I needed him to lead the art with me. We started pre-production and E was working from home in San Diego, as always he was working way too many hours and producing incredible animations. Once we knew this was the real deal and that we were actually making the god-damned Battletoads we started to have a conversation we’d had a long time ago, on a project owned by a Mouse. Could we get him, and he’s lovely wife Karen, over to our side of the pond.

We always knew this was where he belonged. Here at Dlala HQ. With us. Drawing some toads.

We worked with an amazing immigration lawyer named Nicola, from a specialist firm named Astons, and she helped the pair of us navigate all the paperwork and processes. Then. After 5 years. It was on. E and Karen had their visas, the flight was booked and as I type this he’s 26 minutes away from the office in a taxi.

There are a lot of things that have brought me happiness in the 6.5 years of running Dlala. But this is definitely up there as one of the best.

So I’d like to extend a big, official, welcome to Eric “The Flow” Ciccone on his first day in the Dlala office full-time. This is what it’s about mangz!

Thanks for reading,

Aj

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