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Call for Entries’ for 42nd Annie Awards Begin Today!

The “Call for Entries” begins today for the 42nd Annual Annie Awards. There are 36 categories this year, which include Production, Achievement and Special Juried awards. Please use this link for the online submissions portal. Step-by-step instructions are available at the Annie Awards Website, and so are the Categories and Rules.  If you need help, [...]

Diary of a MAD Job Revisited: Part 3!

Once the pencil roughs are approved with the gang at MAD, I can move on to the final pencils. This is the stage where most of the hard work occurs. The first thing I do is transfer the roughs on to the final boards. I do this by blowing up my scans of the roughs […]

Paolo Del Toro’s way with wood

  I fell in love with Paolo Del Toro’s work.  He’s based in Wales, and in addition to being an illustrator, he’s a woodworker – he creates these beautiful wooden boxes in the shape of heads (check out that last one with the teeth!) His...Show More Summary

Diary of a MAD Job Revisted: Part 2!

The next step in a MAD job is the package I get from the art department. In it is a copy of the script, printouts of the layouts and the reference materials they have gathered and the boards. The boards large pieces of Strathmore bristol with all the pages, panel borders and text boxes drawn […]

Diary of a MAD Job Revisited

This week I am in lock down, do-or-die, 24-7, no follin’ dealine Demon mode trying to finish an eight (That;’s right EIGHT page parody for MAD by the weekend. No time for anything else. So. Welcome to flashback week. About eight years ago I posted this little walk through of a typical job for MAD […]

Stan Goldberg: 1932-2014

It’s with great sadness I pass on the news that comic book legend Stan Goldberg passed away today at age 82 from complications of a severe stroke he suffered a few weeks ago. Stan and his wife Pauline were two of the most wonderful, friendly and genuine people the Lovely Anna and I ever had […]

Sunday Mailbag- Working From Home?

Q: I have a series of questions for your blog regarding the mental state one goes through when working from home as a freelancer (or just working from home in general). Do you ever get depressed from being locked in one room by yourself for an extended period of time without speaking or seeing anyone […]

Sightseeing for the Sketchbook Tourist

  I like touring with a sketchbook. It requires something from me, the tourist. Drawing becomes an indelible piece of my travel experience, glued by hand into the flapping scrapbook pages of memory. The camera is essential, of course, and catches more images than the sketchbook ever will. I’m … Continue reading ?

Artist interview: Sarah Dennis

I was attracted at once to Sarah Dennis’ paper-cutting work when she sent me an email – and so I invited her to talk a little bit more about her process! I enjoy seeing how others interpret their style in various ways, especially ifShow More Summary

The Ice Bucket Challenge

I officially succumbed to peer pressure and did the Ice Bucket Challenge: Embarrassing, but I ended up donating to ALS research anyway… BTW I was challenged by illustrator Howie Noel, comic book superstar Doug Mahnke and Reuben award winning “Baby Blues” cartoonist Rick Kirkman, and I in turn challenged my brothers-in-law Joe, Paul, Dave and […]

One Plus Hub September Event

Join One Plus Hub on the campus of Sony Pictures Animation & Sony Pictures Imageworks for an evening of meeting up, eating & drinking, and celebrating the studio’s movies. No need to RSVP – just show up! When: Wednesday, September 10, 7pm-10pm Where: Sony Pictures Animation & Sony Pictures Imageworks, 9050 W Washington Blvd, Culver [...]

Sketch o’the Week- Mel Brooks!

This week’s SotW subject is legendary comedian Mel Brooks. Quick study actually for a job I am working on.

John Canemaker Celebrates Winsor McCay and Walt Disney at the Academy

Oscar and Annie winning animator, John Canemaker, will be at the Motion Picture Academy on September 13th hosting a not-to-be-missed presentation, that examines some of the art form’s most remarkable early achievements. “Animation Masters: John Canemaker Celebrates Winsor McCay and Walt Disney” will feature rare footage and art. The presentation will be in three parts: [...]

Have you registered for the Creative Talent Network’s Animation eXpo?

Early bird pricing for this terrific annual event ends August 31st. The greatest gathering of animation talent on the planet comes to the City of Burbank from Friday, November 21st through Sunday, November 23rd. There is no other event where you can meet so many animation industry icons under one roof. Make contacts, learn new [...]

Women in Animation Event At Walt Disney Family Museum

You are invited to a private event at the Walt Disney Family Museum on THURSDAY, AUGUST 28th hosted by Women in Animation San Francisco. Schedule for the evening: - 5:00pm – 8:00pm: Mary Blair and other WDFM galleries open, mix and mingle with other professional Bay Area women in animation while sipping wine and enjoying [...]

Chuck Jones 102Gether: A Celebration of Collaborative Creativity

Chuck 102-Gether is a film festival tribute to the teams that created the Golden Age of Warner Bros. cartoons. For the first time ever, the families of many of the great directors, producers, writers and more of the era will come together, including the families of Tex Avery,  Robert Clampett,  Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, Robert [...]

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