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Cartoon North Fundraising: What’s it for?

By Mike Valiquette

Good question! It’s pretty straightforward. With the money we raise on our Patreon we’re going to do 2 things. 1) Update the site. It’s been years. Honestly, this old dinosaur needs an overhaul. I’d love to be able to pay someone to do it. 2) Micro-grants. That’s right, we’re going to give money away to… »

Press Release: Feature Documentary, Hand Drawn, Seeking Support On Indiegogo

By Mike Valiquette

I like this. It’s got a bunch of awesome people, including a whole whack of Canadians, so I’m sharing. If you can support them, please do. This is the kind of discussion and documenting we always need more of. HAND DRAWN – A feature documentary all about 2D hand-drawn animation, its current state, and its… »

Cartoon North is on Patreon

By Mike Valiquette

Well, we did it. We launched our Patreon. It’s a big leap for us, and as much as we try our best to help out in similar situations, it’s always a tricky thing to actually reach out and ask for help. I’m not good at it. But we did it, and you guys are responding…. »

Cartoon North Is Coming: the Next Step For Canadian Animation Resources

By Mike Valiquette

Hi guys. Things are going to start changing around here pretty soon. We’ve been hinting at it for a while, but it’s time. Part of the reason is that we simply need to be doing more. Also part of the reason is that the tools we’re using are getting more complicated. For instance, Facebook just… »

Super Science Friends Video Game Kickstarter!!!!! Only 2 Days To Go!!!!

By Mike Valiquette

The gang from Tinman are expanding the Super Science Friends experience with a new game, and they’re looking for your support to get it up and running. We’ve never hidden our admiration for Tinman, or the Super Science Friends show they make, so we’re always happy to give them a plug. These guys are a… »

Christmas Cartoons: A Super Science Friends Christmas, Tinman Creative, 2016

By Mike Valiquette

Yesterday we posted a blast from the distance past of 1990, today we’re only going back a year. But time travel is nothing new to the Super Science Friends! From the amazing gang at Toronto’s Tinman Creative, Super Science Friends is a truly independent animated series, and the Christmas episode is a personal favourite. If… »

CROWDFUNDING: A World Without End, by Pasquale La Montagna

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto Animator Pasquale La Montagna is trying to raise a few bucks to produce a cartoon. You know how this works. A World Without End – Episode One, A Beginning A Mad man. A King. The pursuit of truth. An evil intention. And a world which never seems to end! It looks great, and it’s… »

Crowdfunding: Winston Rowntree’s Peoplewatching, Season 2

By Mike Valiquette

Produced for Cracked.com and CBC digital, Winston Rowntree’s Peoplewatching is back for a second season. They’re expanding their scope and looking for some extra budget, so they’re raising money on indiegogo! Check it out over here:… »

events: VANIMATIC! April 18th, Grahaeme Cowie Talking About the Impotents, and how they ran a SUCESSFULL KICKSTARTER!

By Mike Valiquette

If I were in Vancouver on April 18th, I’d be here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1892151544392891/ Last year, Grahaeme Cowie and his partner Jeff Cooper set out to get their idea for an adult comedy animated series funded via Kickstarter. They pulled it off. They also made a funny cartoon. I supported it. I got a t-shirt. All this… »

showcase: IMPOTENTS PILOT IS ONLINE! from Vancouver’s Smoking Doors

By Mike Valiquette

Independent animation production wins again! After a successful crowd-funding campaign, Vancouver studio Smoking Doors has just completed and released their adult-animated comedy pilot for the Impotents! Check it out!… »

Robert Valley Kickstarter Live: Pear Cider and Cigarettes

By Mike Valiquette

In crowdfunding news, Robert Valley has launched a campaign to complete his long-in-progress film Pear Cider and Cigarettes. It’s based on a true story, one he’s told in graphic novel format before, and this is the inevitable final version. Robert’s a Canadian animation rockstar who’s best known for his work on Gorillaz, Wonder Woman shorts… »

TODAY! SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS!!!

By Mike Valiquette

It’s on it’s way later today. We’ll keep you posted. Super Science Friends Trailer from Tinman Creative Studios on… »

Super Hip Indie Game Kickstarter: the Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods, from Chris de Castro

By Mike Valiquette

I try to be fairly upfront on here when it comes to personal bias. Just search Nick Cross on here and that should be fairly clear. So when I share this latest Kickstarter for Chris de Castro’s new game Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods, I really should mention that I live 1 city block away from… »

Crowdfunding Cartoons: The Impotents Kickstarter UPDATE: $3500 TO GO!!!

By Mike Valiquette

  UPDATE: 8 days to go, and only about 3500 bucks left to¬† get these guys to the gate. Clearly they’ve got momentum in their campaign, clearly it’s being well-received by those who check it out. By crowd-funding standards, this one’s a good bet. Let’s spread the word some more and support home-grown, creator-owned cartoons!… »

crowdfunding: Carla Veldman’s Uncle Antlers on IndieGogo

By Mike Valiquette

We’ve been following and covering Toronto animator Carla Veldman‘s work for some time. She’s produced a couple of great films(Dog Walker, the Scarf), and is in production on another: Uncle Antlers. This time around she’s raising some money via Indiegogo. Here’s a description of the project: Uncle Antlers is a 5-minute film traditionally animated on… »

The Ottoman Kickstarter, 7 days to go

By Mike Valiquette

There’s just so much amazing work, worthy of support, happening via Kickstarter. At the risk of just becoming exclusively an outlet for such things, here’s the latest that’s been brought to my attention: The Ottoman. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1027198543/the-ottoman-animated-short-film The Ottoman is an ambitious short film that’s attempting to bring the look and feel of classic European comics… »

SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS: 40 hours to go!!!

By Mike Valiquette

You’re almost done putting up with all my shilling for the Super Science Friends Kickstarter. They hit their goal a few days ago, and added a super science stretch goal of a digital comic if they reach 30K. With 40 hours to go, they’re getting close. I’ve made no effort to contain my excitement for… »

What? Another Super Science Friends update? $22,709 of $25,000! Big news: Fearless Fred Kennedy cast as Albert Einstein!

By Mike Valiquette

We heard a little rumour, and turns out it’s SUPER TRUE! Not only is Super Science Friends less than 3ooo bucks away from reaching their crowdfunding goal, but they just cast none other than Fearless Fred Kennedy to voice the young Albert Einstein in the show! So move over, Yahoo Serious, Fred Kennedy is Young… »

SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS UPDATE: $21,102 of $25,000 goal! Animated intro unveiled! Handmade comics as a perk!

By Mike Valiquette

Lots of great news on the Super Science Friends front! It looks like word is getting out to the whole damn world, and the results are right there on the screen. With 7 days to go, they’re less than 4K away from their goal. (support here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2034721517/super-science-friends) The project has momentum, and I got a… »

SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS KICKSTARTER update: $8,887.00 of $25 000.00 goal

By Mike Valiquette

UPDATE: C’mon people. Not even halfway? 11 days to go? What part of awesome are you not seeing? Who doesn’t want this? What’s a guy gotta do? So let’s figure this out. We need to spread the word. Can we mobilize our community to help a little Toronto studio make a very cool cartoon. What… »

Urbance Kickstarter: FUNDED!!!!! and still 43 HOURS TO GO!

By Mike Valiquette

UPDATE: With 44 hours to go, Urbance just hit their goal of raising $189 000.00!!!!!! I’ve seen projects bounce back, but this is amazing. Just two days ago they were short about 35K (if I’m not mistaken), and now they might be looking at stretch goals. I’m excited to be supporting this project, and I… »

Urbance Kickstarter. This is what it’s all about.

By Mike Valiquette

This is perfect. This is how crowdfunding should be used. It’s embarrassing to me that I didn’t know they were Canadian when I first came across the project. I will be supporting… »

crowdfunding cartoons: HP Lovecraft’s Mountains of Madness!!!

By Mike Valiquette

The latest Kickstarter campaign I wanted to stick in front of your charming little faces is a feature adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness”. It’s being spearheaded by Algonquin College alum Stephen Robert Sloan, and looks both ambitious and exciting. I’m not a Lovecraft guy, but the impact the writer has had… »

crowdfunding cartoons: The Sketchbook, by Chris Williams

By Mike Valiquette

Expat Canadian animator, Chris Williams, is running a Kickstarter campaign for an ambitious short film, The Sketchbook. It’s a Canadian story of a 16-year-old boy who enlists in the army to search for his father, who is away at war in World War I. Chris has set himself a goal of $198 000 dollars to… »

Campaigns We Like: Toronto Alice

By Mike Valiquette

I came across this little IndieGogo campaign via Carla Veldman: Toronto Alice. Toronto Alice is Jennifer Linton‘s take on Lewis Carroll’s classic, Through the Looking Glass. It features the Alice character riding a Toronto streetcar, and is done using a timeless paper cut-out stopmotion technique. This is exactly the kind of campaign I’m happy to… »

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