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Obsidian National Forest

In 2018, JoJo acted as producer for the first season of Obsidian National Forest, working with series creator Andrew Ihla to bring ten episodes of independent film to life. Obsidian National Forest is a dark comedy series combining puppetry and animation to tell the story of a mysterious forest where some very bad things have happened…and the owls who are too dumb to realize any of that. Season two is currently in development.

 Poster prop created by JoJo Seames for episode eight, “Out of Nothing”. This poster for the fictional titular national forest was made after the style of the WPA's Federal Art Project National Park Service serigraphed posters of the late 1930s.

Poster prop created by JoJo Seames for episode eight, “Out of Nothing”. This poster for the fictional titular national forest was made after the style of the WPA's Federal Art Project National Park Service serigraphed posters of the late 1930s.

 The characters Wormwood and Sheriff Horse the Horse Sheriff were designed and crafted by JoJo for episode three, “Time for the Puppet Show”.

The characters Wormwood and Sheriff Horse the Horse Sheriff were designed and crafted by JoJo for episode three, “Time for the Puppet Show”.

 One of five block print illustrations by JoJo for episode six, “The Raccoon Box”.

One of five block print illustrations by JoJo for episode six, “The Raccoon Box”.

“The past is veiled. The night is dark. The owls aren’t too bright, either.”

JoJo’s role as producer involves helping Andrew with story development, script supervision, and visual development. She’s designed and built several of the puppets and props for the show, and also acts as a member of the voice cast, playing the characters Evelyntine the owl, Truman the vole, Tina the bat, and the raccoon Morgan the Scratched.

 Salamanders sculpted by JoJo Seames for episode four, “Bright Tongues of Murder”.

Salamanders sculpted by JoJo Seames for episode four, “Bright Tongues of Murder”.

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 Character designs and illustration by JoJo Seames. Environment painting by  McCal Joy . User interface design by  Kyle Weik .

Character designs and illustration by JoJo Seames. Environment painting by McCal Joy. User interface design by Kyle Weik.

The Abettor’s Letters: French

In 2013, JoJo worked with the educational software startup Beach Alt Ed to develop a game demo for “The Abettor’s Letters: French”, a point-and-click adventure game intended to engage the player in practicing foreign language skills in order to solve mysteries and save the day.

JoJo designed all characters for the game demo, and illustrated them in watercolor, along with some props and scenic detail. During this time, JoJo also contributed to story and gameplay development, storyboarded game cutscenes, and served as de-facto art director for the project.

The Abettor’s Letters: French game demo is available for free on the App Store, exclusive for iPad.

 Promotional poster art by JoJo.

Promotional poster art by JoJo.

 Character designs and illustration by JoJo Seames. Environment painting by  McCal Joy . User interface design by  Kyle Weik .

Character designs and illustration by JoJo Seames. Environment painting by McCal Joy. User interface design by Kyle Weik.

 Character design and illustration by JoJo.

Character design and illustration by JoJo.

 Gameplay screencap. Character, environment, and props all designed and illustrated by JoJo.

Gameplay screencap. Character, environment, and props all designed and illustrated by JoJo.

 Character design and illustration by JoJo.

Character design and illustration by JoJo.

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 Character design and illustration by JoJo.

Character design and illustration by JoJo.