“in the span of some five minutes, mr. diaz manages to encapsulate the ennui, trepidation, and general sweat stains that overwhelm a touring artist, or anyone out of their element in a new city. if you’re standing in the corner, hoping someone will notice the thing you made… then this is your bittersweet doppelgänger.”
-paul hornschemeier
author-cartoonist-designer-filmmaker of FORLORN FUNNIES VOL. 1, ARTISTS AUTHORS THINKERS DIRECTORS, THE THREE PARADOXES, MOTHER, COME HOME, LET US BE PERFECTLY CLEAR, ALL AND SUNDRY: UNCOLLECTED WORK 2004-2009, FORLORN TV, designer of the title sequence for COMEDY BANG! BANG! and the upcoming pair of animated short films, GIANT SLOTH
photo by chris anthony diaz & colored by graham willcox

“in the span of some five minutes, mr. diaz manages to encapsulate the ennui, trepidation, and general sweat stains that overwhelm a touring artist, or anyone out of their element in a new city. if you’re standing in the corner, hoping someone will notice the thing you made… then this is your bittersweet doppelgänger.

-paul hornschemeier

author-cartoonist-designer-filmmaker of FORLORN FUNNIES VOL. 1, ARTISTS AUTHORS THINKERS DIRECTORS, THE THREE PARADOXES, MOTHER, COME HOME, LET US BE PERFECTLY CLEAR, ALL AND SUNDRY: UNCOLLECTED WORK 2004-2009, FORLORN TV, designer of the title sequence for COMEDY BANG! BANG! and the upcoming pair of animated short films, GIANT SLOTH

photo by chris anthony diaz & colored by graham willcox

“the inner dialogue is spot on. forsman is an ace writer. this is a beautifully condensed portrait of aimless uncertainty. the loneliness of it is just great.”
-noah van sciver
author-cartoonist of FANTE BUKOWSKI, RUFUS BAXTER: THE OLDEST UNKNOWN ROCK STAR, THE LIZARD LAUGHED, YOUTH IS WASTED, I DON’T HATE YOUR GUTS: THE DIARY OF NOAH VAN SCIVER, SAINT COLE, THE DEATH OF ELIJAH LOVEJOY, DEEP IN THE WOODS, A CITY OF WHISKEY AND FIRE, THE HYPO: THE MELANCHOLIC YOUNG LINCOLN and BLAMMO
photo by chris anthony diaz & colored by graham willcox

“the inner dialogue is spot on. forsman is an ace writer. this is a beautifully condensed portrait of aimless uncertainty. the loneliness of it is just great.”

-noah van sciver

author-cartoonist of FANTE BUKOWSKI, RUFUS BAXTER: THE OLDEST UNKNOWN ROCK STAR, THE LIZARD LAUGHED, YOUTH IS WASTED, I DON’T HATE YOUR GUTS: THE DIARY OF NOAH VAN SCIVER, SAINT COLE, THE DEATH OF ELIJAH LOVEJOY, DEEP IN THE WOODS, A CITY OF WHISKEY AND FIRE, THE HYPO: THE MELANCHOLIC YOUNG LINCOLN and BLAMMO

photo by chris anthony diaz & colored by graham willcox

“i like it! it really reminded me of myself trying to meet people when I first moved to L.A…. it was a bittersweet time. nice work on the film; i bet a lot of us can relate to it for the same reasons. and the beautiful colors and scenery really bring it back too!”
-rick altergott
author-cartoonist of DOOFUS and comic strip contributor to VICE and THE BELIEVER
photo by chris anthony diaz & colored by graham willcox

“i like it! it really reminded me of myself trying to meet people when I first moved to L.A…. it was a bittersweet time. nice work on the film; i bet a lot of us can relate to it for the same reasons. and the beautiful colors and scenery really bring it back too!”

-rick altergott

author-cartoonist of DOOFUS and comic strip contributor to VICE and THE BELIEVER

photo by chris anthony diaz & colored by graham willcox

“WOW. great video! love chuck’s narrative—i’m always impressed by people who can jot down thoughts like, “i haven’t been good at making friends the last few years, it’s just so exhausting.”… beautiful photography too… i love films like this…. very nice all around—music is perfect too. reminds me a bit of hal hartley.”
-rich tommaso
author-cartoonist of THE CAVALIER MR. THOMPSON, PETE AND MIRIAM, DRY COUNTY, the soon-to-be-released KILLER IN MY SLEEP and THE MYSTERIOUS CASE and publisher of RECOIL COMICS


“how did you think to collaborate with chuck forsman?!… that was so cool! trevor is going to be a star!”

-rina ayuyang
author-cartoonist of WHIRLWIND WONDERLAND & publisher of YAM BOOKS

photo by chris anthony diaz & colored by graham willcox

“WOW. great video! love chuck’s narrative—i’m always impressed by people who can jot down thoughts like, “i haven’t been good at making friends the last few years, it’s just so exhausting.”… beautiful photography too… i love films like this…. very nice all around—music is perfect too. reminds me a bit of hal hartley.”

-rich tommaso

author-cartoonist of THE CAVALIER MR. THOMPSON, PETE AND MIRIAM, DRY COUNTY, the soon-to-be-released KILLER IN MY SLEEP and THE MYSTERIOUS CASE and publisher of RECOIL COMICS

how did you think to collaborate with chuck forsman?!… that was so cool! trevor is going to be a star!

-rina ayuyang

author-cartoonist of WHIRLWIND WONDERLAND & publisher of YAM BOOKS

photo by chris anthony diaz & colored by graham willcox

“i’ve never visited los angeles — and thanks to chris anthony diaz, now I feel like i don’t need to. his latest short film “DESTINATION UNKNOWN” serves as a bittersweet introduction to the city of angels, a place notorious for its ability to attract, and then repel, newcomers. the film expertly captures this by allowing us entry to the anxious inner monologue of a young cartoonist as he frets over an impending book signing (“what am I doing here?”). like the famous first few minutes of robert altman’s THE LONG GOODBYE, diaz’s film does a great job of communicating the ennui that inevitably exists when thinking people are left alone with their thoughts.”
brad mackay is an ottawa-based writer, journalist and co-founder/director of THE DOUG WRIGHT AWARDS. he wrote and co-edited the 2009 book THE COLLECTED DOUG WRIGHT: CANADA’S MASTER CARTOONIST and an upcoming profile of the doomed canadian cartoonist george feyer for canada’s HISTORY MAGAZINE
photo by chris anthony diaz & colored by graham willcox

“i’ve never visited los angeles — and thanks to chris anthony diaz, now I feel like i don’t need to. his latest short film “DESTINATION UNKNOWN” serves as a bittersweet introduction to the city of angels, a place notorious for its ability to attract, and then repel, newcomers. the film expertly captures this by allowing us entry to the anxious inner monologue of a young cartoonist as he frets over an impending book signing (“what am I doing here?”). like the famous first few minutes of robert altman’s THE LONG GOODBYE, diaz’s film does a great job of communicating the ennui that inevitably exists when thinking people are left alone with their thoughts.”

brad mackay is an ottawa-based writer, journalist and co-founder/director of THE DOUG WRIGHT AWARDS. he wrote and co-edited the 2009 book THE COLLECTED DOUG WRIGHT: CANADA’S MASTER CARTOONIST and an upcoming profile of the doomed canadian cartoonist george feyer for canada’s HISTORY MAGAZINE

photo by chris anthony diaz & colored by graham willcox

“nice little short. well shot overall and I can relate, obviously, to all the L.A. musings.”
-david chien
director of FUKUSHIMA, producer of SALAD DAYS, co-writer of ETIENNE! and co-created, with director patrick wang, the interactive multimedia iBOOK POST SCRIPT: THE MAKING OF THE FILM, THE GRIEF OF OTHERS for wang’s latest feature



“hey, i just watched your short.  i think it’s great! you have some really fantastic shots and some nice pacing and mood. … your actor has a great look… his drawing is probably the most compelling thing in the film.  it’s so fun to watch the faces come to life and it’s when he’s obviously in his element.”
-joyce wu
director of the soon-to-be-released feature SHE LIGHTS UP WELL and shorts: SCREAMING IN ASIAN and WITHHOLDING
photo by chris anthony diaz & colored by graham willcox

“nice little short. well shot overall and I can relate, obviously, to all the L.A. musings.”

-david chien

director of FUKUSHIMA, producer of SALAD DAYS, co-writer of ETIENNE! and co-created, with director patrick wang, the interactive multimedia iBOOK POST SCRIPT: THE MAKING OF THE FILM, THE GRIEF OF OTHERS for wang’s latest feature

“hey, i just watched your short.  i think it’s great! you have some really fantastic shots and some nice pacing and mood. … your actor has a great look… his drawing is probably the most compelling thing in the film.  it’s so fun to watch the faces come to life and it’s when he’s obviously in his element.”

-joyce wu

director of the soon-to-be-released feature SHE LIGHTS UP WELL and shorts: SCREAMING IN ASIAN and WITHHOLDING

photo by chris anthony diaz & colored by graham willcox

“… i love humor, and I think sadness and depression and tragedy just goes hand in hand with humor. I find myself laughing at really bad situations.”

-charles forsman

author and cartoonist of CELEBRATED SUMMER and TEOTFW and publisher of the OILY COMICS line and writer of DESTINATION UNKNOWN’s narration

photos by chris anthony diaz & colored by graham willcox, credits designed and hand-lettered by charles forsman