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Tonight! Animatic TO Presents: Mike Geiger and Matt Fernandes

By Mike Valiquette

Want to hear about how Matt Fernandez and Mike Geiger are developing shows at Toronto’s Industrial Brothers? Well, thanks to Barry Sanders and Animatic TO, you can! Tonight, at 7:30, at 410 Richmond St, Toronto. Should be a good one! Here’s the event… »

The Future of Canadian Animation Resources, and maybe the future of animation in Canada too!

By Mike Valiquette

We got a little chatty on Twitter this week, with a bit of a rant about creator-driven content and creative control in the Canadian industry. It took off a bit, so I thought I’d share it here too, for those who are interested. We opened with a comment about the site itself. It’s old and… »

from the internets: Cuphead in Rolling Stone

By Mike Valiquette

Cuphead. Seriously, how long have we been waiting for this? Since 2014, when the trailer blew up online. You can finally get your hands on the game tomorrow. And it’s from Canadian developers Studio MDHR. The team is scattered all over Canada and the “virtual studio” model seems to have worked for them. Rolling Stone… »

Startoon Cartoon Podcast: Emmy Nominated Voice Actor ERIC BAUZA

By Mike Valiquette

The latest Startoon Cartoon Podcast features the voice behind Marvin the Martian, the new Baby Fozzy, and the second man to voice Stimpy: Eric Bauza. Eric’s a real sport, and we get into some great behind the scenes of his time with Spumco working on Ripping Friends and the Ren and Stimpy Adult Cartoon Party…. »

STARTOON CARTOON PODCAST: Behind the Scenes of Running a Studio in Canada

By Mike Valiquette

Over on the Startoon Cartoon Podcast (something else we do that’s pretty much the exact same content we’d like to be producing for CAR), we spoke with Morghan Fortier of Tinman Creative Studios, Hector Herrera of Together Words + Pictures, Kyle MacDougall of Jam Filled, and Style5′s Sam Chou. These guys all operate studios of… »

showcase: Jam Filled’s Tom Pajdlhauser, “Get Off Your Computer”

By Mike Valiquette

Great little video on Art Director Tom Pajdlhauser, who works out of Ottawa studio Jam Filled. More of this, please. Captain Tom for Maru the Circle Brand from Maru Brand on… »

OIAF 2016 in Review, by Noam Sussman

By Mike Valiquette

This year was the Ottawa International Animation Festival’s 40th anniversary, which meant that I had to find a way to get up to Ottawa from Toronto and watch some beautiful works of animation done by some kooky filmmakers. As always, it’s not easy to catch every single screening since there are so many events and… »

Countdown to OIAF 2016: MORE Festival Memories from Rob Anderson

By Mike Valiquette

OIAF 2016 is right around the corner. It’s a big year, the festival is celebrating 40 years. I’ve been going since 1992, and from this vantage point it all seems like one long blur of faces and films. Thankfully there are those out there with clearer memories. One of those is our very own occasional… »

Mike Geiger Honoured by the Youth Media Alliance

By Mike Valiquette

This guy was just so aw shucks at last night’s awards show. It was adorable. Mike’s the best, and it’s nice to see him get some attention.  And boy did he get it! Radical Sheep put together a little tribute video that we can share here. Mike Geiger – YMA Music Video from Radical Sheep… »

Tonight in Toronto: Animatic TO presents, ART DIRECTION WITH SAM BRADLEY

By Mike Valiquette

Sam Bradley has been working in the animation industry for nearly 10 years as a painter, designer and art director. Away from work, he’s almost always pursuing some form of elusive creative bliss. Most commonly that time is spent making & reading comics, absorbing cityscapes around the world, drawing from life in the studio and… »

from the internets: Animation Pimp On Our Golden Age of Animation

By Mike Valiquette

From Chris Robinson, via AWN. If you want to see a true Golden Age of Animation, just take a look around you right now. Never before has there been so much inspiring animation (short and to a lesser degree, features) being produced by so many generations, cultures and genders (although that needs some fine tuning… »

Animatic TO brings lecture series to the internets!

By Mike Valiquette

Animatic T.O. the animation lecture series and social event that has been bringing education, inspiration and community building to Toronto’s animation scene for two seasons is taking those lectures online! Starting today with Designing with Genevieve FT online now! New lectures will go up every two weeks on the Canadian Animation YouTube channel. Just follow… »

events: IN CONVERSATION WITH… PETE DOCTER AT TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX ON MARCH 23

By Mike Valiquette

Pixar Animation Studios’ Academy Award-winning director joins Richard Crouse for a special onstage conversationToronto – TIFF welcomes Pete Docter, Academy Award®-winning director and Vice President, Creative at Pixar Animation Studios, for a special on stage conversation on March 23 at 7 p.m. where he’ll discuss his extraordinary past projects — including Up, Monsters, Inc., WALL•E… »

events: Storytelling Masterclass with Mike Surrey(Lion King, Tarzan, Princess and the Frog), presented by TAAFI

By Mike Valiquette

TAAFI is excited to present an inspiring and intimate drawing workshop with Mike Surrey, supervising animator on The Lion King, Tarzan, and The Princess and the Frog. This is a special opportunity for participants to learn from one of the industry’s classically and digitally trained artists’ in both story and animation. Workshop: Understand your Character,… »

Best Thing Ever Today: Torill Kove Reacts to Oscar Nomination

By Mike Valiquette

Via Michael Fukushima. This just makes me smile so much. Torill Kove reacts to her 3rd nomination! from Michael Fukushima on… »

from the internets: Over the Garden Wall BG Paint tutorial by Nick Cross

By Mike Valiquette

There’s a great little BG painting tutorial up on Nick Cross’ Tumblr. It’s a process piece he put together for painters on Over the Garden Wall. Check it out… »

cool beans: Nadege artist series features Brandon James Scott

By Mike Valiquette

Nadege is an upscale bakery in Toronto’s super hip Queen West neighbourhood. Their particular claim to fame is what some people consider the best Macaron in the city. They even have a mission statement: Welcome to Nadège, a place where your senses are tickled by excellence. Combining the art of French pastry with fresh, modern… »

Process: Sneak peek behind the scenes at Over the Garden Wall

By Mike Valiquette

We’ve made no secret of our love for the work of Canadian expat animator Nick Cross. The expat part is because he’s been working at Cartoon Network for the last year or so. Nick headed south to Art Direct on Over the Garden Wall. Which happens to be crazy awesome and unlike anything else that… »

Amir Avni’s McLaren retrospective available online

By Mike Valiquette

In honour of the legendary Canadian-by-way-of-Scottish animation pioneer, Norman McLaren’s 100th birthday, animator Amir Avni put together a wonderful tribute that was presented at this year’s Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI). I wasn’t able to catch it there, but thankfully, it’s now available on Amir’s Vimeo page. “A retrospective I curated about Norman McLaren… »

SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS Master Post- Animation update #7

By Mike Valiquette

I love this more than most things. Maybe as much as I love sandwiches. Tinman Creative Studios is a wonderful little studio in Toronto run by wonderful people. They make wonderful things. The most wonderful of those things is Super Science Friends. They refer to it as “the show that no one will ever buy”…. »

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… »

even more cool beans: Over the Garden Wall Promo

By Mike Valiquette

So, this weekend we shared some news regarding Angora Napkin co-creator Troy Little and the announcement at Comicon that he’s going to be adapting Hunter Thompson’s seminal novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in comic book form from IDW. Now it’s other Angora Napkin co-creator Nick Cross‘ turn in our dimly-lit spotlight. Nick has… »

cool beans: Hobo Divine Teases Superhuman Cartoon Extravaganza!

By Mike Valiquette

I can’t get enough of the sweet, sweet teases showing up on Hobo Divine’s blog these days. He’s making what appears to be the greatest cartoon ever. If you don’t believe me you should seriously rethink your life choices. I can not wait…. »

CAR Presents: Redesigning Looney Tunes with Jessica Borutski

By Mike Valiquette

Today is the last day of TAAFI’s 48 hr workshop sale on all workshops – $75 (regularily $99). The price goes up today (Tuesday) at midnight. The panels look great this year, but I’d be doing ourselves a disservice here if I didn’t point out that Canadian Animation Resources is a presenting sponsor for the… »

Best thing today: Yellow Sticky Notes Anijam, by Jeff Chiba Stearns and Friends

By Mike Valiquette

It’s finally here! Look at all the amazing talent! I don’t think I’m going to post anything else today, it would be unfair to everything. There’s a press release attached after the film, it’s worth reading. For those of you who don’t know, Jeff Chiba Stearns made a film called Yellow Sticky Notes, then he… »

from the internets: Mike Geiger’s Leroy Dorsalfin pitch

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s a treat! Mike Geiger just posted up a whole bucketload of art from his Leroy Dorsalfin pitch. Check it… »

from the internets: Amid Amidi (Cartoon Brew) Identifies Exactly What Canadian Animation Should Aspire to

By Mike Valiquette

Amid’s a pretty opinionated guy, and I don’t always agree with him. But in his description of the European animated feature climate, he presents very eloquently the model Canada should be aspiring to: Amid: The big advantage that European animated features have is their lower budgets. Why is that an advantage? The benefit of smaller… »

from the internets: the best god-damned thing I’ve read about in forever.

By Mike Valiquette

Or, Fuck Yeah Fox. Say what you will about the content they’ve been previewing online. Axe Cop may not be your cup of tea, nor perhaps Apollo Guantlet. But the situation that is playing out at Fox in LA sounds amazing. The confidence the network has put in the hands of their designated shepherds, Nick… »

showcase: Basilisk, by (M)Ami Thompson

By Mike Valiquette

So this is Basilisk. Ami Thompson‘s grad film from Sheridan. I’ve been told she interned at both Disney and Studio Ghibli. Basilisk by Ami Thompson from Ami Thompson on Vimeo. Kinda breaks your brain, no?… »

Michael Fukushima Interview, Part II

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s the second, and final part of the interview I conducted with NFB producer, Michael Fukushima. Part I can be found here. Thanks again to Michael, Grayden Laing, TAAFI, and the NFB.  This was a… »

Michael Fukushima at Reel Asian Film Festival

By Mike Valiquette

Following part one of our interview with Michael Fukushima, we present, care of Grayden Laing, Michael’s presentation at this year’s Reel Asian International Film Festival.  Michael is the first producer to be honoured by the festival.  Traditionally they recognize directors. A selection of films were screened, including Michael’s first film, Minoru: Memory of Exile, that… »

A conversation with Michael Fukushima

By Mike Valiquette

Last week felt like Michael Fukushima Week here at Canadian Animation Resources.  He was in town being honoured by the Reel Asian International Film Festival, and I had a two day period that was pretty much all him.  For those who don’t know, Michael is a producer for the National Film Board of Canada, his… »

from the internets: Winsor McCay Google Doodle

By Mike Valiquette

Google’s got a Winsor McCay homage up today.  For those who don’t know him, he’s one of the defining pioneers of animation.  He’s best known in cartoon circles for Gertie the Dinosaur, his traveling Vaudeville show where he interacted with an animated Brontosauraus of his own creation, a process that precision timing, and painstaking animation. … »

from the internets: Thunderpaw

By Mike Valiquette

It’s important we all see this.  It’s not Canadian, but it may be the future of everything I love.  It’s Thunderpaw.  Go experience it here, then come back and tell me how awesome your life… »

Post-TAAFI: Guys With Pencils Podcast

By Mike Valiquette

There’s going to be a fair bit of post-festival wrap-up to do, but first, I have to get some day-job under my belt.  So to keep you all from getting too lonely I’m going to link to the Guys With Pencils podcast.  This week they grabbed Nick Cross and Marlo Meekins during their TAAFI visit… »

cool beans: Dave Cooper does Adventure Time

By Mike Valiquette

This is a bit old, but I had problems linking to it back when it was first posted.  Still worth sharing.  It’s the bee’s knees. Click on the image for more of… »

the Making of Rock and Rule, Canadian Animation history lesson on YouTube

By Mike Valiquette

Thanks to Hobo Divine for pointing this out!  I haven’t made it through the whole thing yet (darn job keeps getting in the way), but this is definitely worth a watch.  Rock and Rule is a pivotal film in Canadian animation history, marking both a high and low point for what could be considered Canada’s… »

“Garage” trailer, by Sam Chou and Style 5

By Mike Valiquette

I’m so glad Sam Chou has finally decided to share this.  It’s a trailer he produced to pitch a show called “Garage”.  Sam’s an outstanding director, and he put together a great little team for this.  It was produced with a real balance of artistry and economy, almost perfect in that respect. It’s also an… »

Happy Birthday Cartoon Brew!

By Mike Valiquette

Cartoon Brew is 8 years old today, and is the second longest-continually operating animation blog around.  Congrats to Jerry and Amid for all their hard work.  I’m a pre-Brew reader, and followed both Jerry’s Cartoon Research blog, and Amid’s Animation Blast, and they’re still a daily stop for me, along with being a huge inspiration and… »

coolest beans: new trailer for Nick Cross’ “Black Sunrise”

By Mike Valiquette

you must watch this. I’ve written about Nick and his work extensively on here before.  So I’m just going to urge you to watch this and form your own… »

RIP, Ron Searle, 1920-2012

By Mike Valiquette

The new year is off to a rocky start with the announcement this morning that legendary illustrator Ron Searle has passed at the age of 91. Ron is best known in non-animation circles as the creator of the St. Trinian’s stories, with which I’m admittedly not too familiar.  I know him better by his breadth… »

Happy New Year’s, from Norman McLaren

By Mike Valiquette

Friend of the site, Amir Avni directed us to Kaj Pindal’s blog and this: a New Year’s greeting from legendary NFB animator Norman McLaren.  I love the “handy  reference guide.” Cheers!… »

cool beans: Living Lines Library

By Mike Valiquette

A colleague of mine pointed me in the direction of the Living Lines Library blog.  It’s a phenomenal resource for animation art, including character model sheets, background design, pencil tests, all kinds of stuff.  I’ve barely had a chance to scratch the surface, but I’ve already seen some great materials.  Go check it out if… »

from the internets: Jon Klassen on Cartoon Brew

By Mike Valiquette

Great interview by Chris Arrant with Toronto-based artist Jon Klassen over on Cartoon Brew.  Jon’s an animation guy who’s moved into illustration and pretty much kicks ass.  I’m a fan. Go read. Here’s the… »

the making of “the Devil and Daniel Mouse

By Mike Valiquette

A look back at animation production at Nelvana through the wayback… »

Checking in with Kevin Parry

By Mike Valiquette

I’ve been meaning to post this chat I shared with Kevin Parry.  It’s been a busy year for Kevin, with a lot of well-deserved attention from his first film, the Arctic Circle, and the release of a new film, a music video he directed with the help of a few friends.  I though it would… »

Canadian Animation Resources presents: the 30 Second Film Challenge

By Mike Valiquette

We’re trying something new here at Canadian Animation Resources.  It’s called the 30 Second Film Challenge. Here’s what it’s all about.  For the last few years, I’ve been informally challenging recent grads to use the time after graduation to make a second film.  These kids, at that point, have just come off the most productive… »

A conversation with Nick Cross, part II

By Mike Valiquette

A while back, I posted part I of my conversation with indie-director, Nick Cross.  Here’s part two.  Nick’s got less than a month left on his IndieGoGo fundraising campaign to finance his next film, an ambitious attempt at producing an animated feature, Black Sunrise.  We’ve got a link posted to the campaign, and I’d encourage… »

A conversation with Nick Cross, part I

By Mike Valiquette

Back on April fourth, we reported filmmaker Nick Cross’ announcement that he was embarking on the production of his latest film, Black Sunrise.  Regular readers will be familiar with Nick and his work, along with my clear and unabashed bias towards both.  With Black Sunrise, he’s making a big jump, from short films to features. … »

blogroll update

By Mike Valiquette

We’ve just added a few names to our blogroll, and they’re doozies. Graham Falk (creator of Untalkative Bunny), Dave Cooper, Bob Jaques’ Popeye Animators blog, and Marc Bell.  Marc’s got less of a connection to animation than the others, but his work is gorgeous. You can check them, and a ton more, out on our… »

cool beans: Curtis and Tara

By Mike Valiquette

Not sure where to put this.  Maybe under profiles, maybe under showcase?  Either way, today I’m introducing you to Curtis and Tara.  Apart from being two of the most genuinely (as far as I can tell) nice people I’ve met since I got my first job in animation, they also make stuff.  They’re responsible for… »

Nick Cross announces feature film project: Black Sunrise. Trailer after the jump

By Mike Valiquette

He’s been talking about it for a few years, but it looks like Nick Cross, the director of  critically acclaimed shorts such as Yellowcake and the Pig Farmer, is making the leap to feature films.  He’s posted a trailer to his next project, Black Sunrise, over on his blog(I’ll embed it below).  As usual, it’s… »

Hothouse report 1, by Tabitha Fisher

By Mike Valiquette

A little while back, the NFB announced this year’s Hothouse participants.  Among them was Tabitha Fisher, an animator and illustrator from Toronto.  I’ve featured some of Tabitha’s work here on the site before, and I’m very glad to announce that she’ll be doing a bit of writing for us for the next little while, sharing… »

non-canadian: yeah, ok…Pixar’s pretty cool

By Mike Valiquette

New York Times goes to Emeryville. The embed code didn’t work, sorry.  Follow the link for a rare look inside the Pixar campus.  Those are some happy, fullfilled… »

cool beans: the Making of Samurai Jack

By Mike Valiquette

Thanks to Todd Kauffman for sharing the… »

Own it, don’t groan it.

By Rob Anderson

A personal retrospective on what it means to be a project manager. Recently I partook in a fireside chat with a bunch of seasoned project managers from around the country. OK it was a pub but there was a fireplace. Plus lots of beer. Inevitably discussion gravitated to all the problems and heart aches that… »

The comfort zone

By Rob Anderson

Or: This must be purgatory. It’s Friday. 5 O’clock. You have spent the week doing your job. You have your check and are ready for the weekend. You had a discussion with some of your co-workers about a game you played recently or a film you watched. You all had strong opinions and had talked… »

PROCESS: Inking, with Nick Cross

By Mike Valiquette

‘Inking’ in Flash demo Here’s a demo video I recorded of myself inking a drawing in Flash CS3. I accidently exported the video in grayscale…oh well…. »

PROCESS: Animation, with Nick Cross

By Mike Valiquette

More from Mr Nick Cross: Animation process with video Okay, after intending to do this for ages, I finally took the time to document my steps in taking a scene from animatic through to finished cleaned up animation. I’ve recorded each stage as a video so hopefully you will be able to see the progression…. »

PROCESS: BG Paint, with Nick Cross

By Mike Valiquette

Nick Cross (Yellowcake, Angora Napkin, Waif of Persephone, Mr Floaf) is a generous soul.  He shares with you, and he shares with me.  Just look at his blog.  See?  Sharing.  Nick has been generously sharing his process in a series of posts, the latest of which exposes the secrets to his succulent background painting.  Nick… »

The art of staying sane

By Rob Anderson

Or: Even crappy McJobs can give you valuable experiences. I was at a conference this week (Casual Connect) for the social online gaming space and had a fun discussion about the awful jobs people have had to do over their careers. It struck me that even that worst job that you have had can be… »

Uncertainty is the principle

By Rob Anderson

Or: Heisenberg would have made a great Producer. A great quote from Ed Catmull: “On managers self-destructive tendencies for creative work: The notion that you’re trying to control the process and prevent error screws things up. We all know the saying it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission. And everyone knows that, but I… »

profile: Kris Pearn

By sir warren b leonhardt

image © ken bautista EDIT NOTE: This article was originally run in the Spring 2007 issue of Apatoons , a closed-loop a.p.a., and the longest running animation related publication in American history. With permission from all those involved, we’ve managed to get a Canadian Animation Resources exclusive! *Be sure to read through to the end… »

Jess Borutski hearts Oswald

By Mike Valiquette

Jess wrote a short post about her love for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.  Here’s the Disney version: And here’s her… »

Pixar Masterclass report

By Mike Valiquette

I was unable to attend the Pixar Masterclass in Toronto last week, but fortunately, I know some people who did.  One of those people is Neil Hunter, Coordinator of Ottawa’s Algonquin College Animation Program.  Here’s his report: Pixar Masterclass, Toronto 2010 By Neil Hunter, Coordinator Algonquin College Animation Program It was a hot summer morning… »

Just do it!

By Rob Anderson

Or: the world of rapid prototyping. I am in the process of recovering from what is known as a game jam. Game jams are an event that you can organize with friends where you try and create a playable game within a set time limit usually 24 or 48-hours. Very similar to the 24-hour comic… »

blogroll update

By Mike Valiquette

May 31, 2010 Just wanted to mention a few new additions to the blogroll.  Four of my students from Algonquin College: Mike Collymore, Cassie Young, Brian Grzech, and Natasha Armolavicius.  Also, Kevin Parry (awesome stopmo from Sheridan), and Jon Izen (Yam Roll!).  Finally, a few readers also sent in there blogs a while back, apologies… »

You don’t know what you don’t know.

By Rob Anderson

There is something about that statement that I really like. It makes me reflect back to my younger days in the film industry, the days when I had a huge opinion on anything and everything with absolutely no experience to back it up. That never stopped me from saying things mind you. To this day… »

the challenge of animation, part IV: TCAF and Animation, by Mark Mayerson

By Mike Valiquette

I linked to this yesterday, but I really feel it needs to be read.  I asked Mark Mayerson if I could repost it and he was good enough to say yes. So, here are Mark’s words: TCAF and Animation Last weekend, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival was held at the reference library at Yonge and… »

showcase: Christian Potenza – Day In Tha Life

By sir warren b leonhardt

Canada’s hardest working voice actor, Christian Potenza (Stoked, Total Drama series, 6Teen, Jimmy Two Shoes, Sidekicks, and more), takes fans and civilians on his daily rounds of the studio circuit as a voice actor for dozens of animated projects and various commercial gigs in his ‘Day In The Life’ vidblog series. (The thug spelling in… »

Happy Birthday, Canadian Animation Resources

By Mike Valiquette

Tomorrow is May 8th, and it will officially be one year since Canadian Animation Resources migrated from a bunch of hacked together Blogspot pages to it’s current home, right here.  I’ve had an amazing year running this site.  It’s what I love doing, and I owe all of you a huge thank you for the… »

profile: Troy Little

By sir warren b leonhardt

TROY LITTLE is one of the many maritimers carving their own path through animation. Geographically isolated from traditional media centers like Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver, the maritimes have found themselves the center of attention in the late 90s and early 2000s, becoming a new hotspot for Canadian animation production. While things may have taken a… »

showcase: Key Lime Pie, by Trevor Jimenez

By Mike Valiquette

Finally! Trevor Jimenez got around to posting his Sheridan College 2007 Grad film, Key Lime Pie.  I initially saw this at the Ottawa Festival and was instantly taken in by it’s fresh design and stellar execution.  Trevor’s a heck of an artist, and I’d love to see him get back to making shorts.  This film… »

Weekend Reading Cheat, Video: Pixar’s Ed Catmull

By Mike Valiquette

Posting on the run the past few days.  I’m in Toronto and I’m busy, busy, busy. Here’s a great piece of video with Pixar’s Ed Catmull. A few select quotes: I don’t like hard rules at all. I think they’re all bullshit. I do believe you want a vision, so you start off with a… »

Nick Cross shares his process

By Mike Valiquette

Anyone who reads here regularly knows what a fan I am of the work of animator Nick Cross.  Nick has made some amazing films over the years(Waif of Persephone, Yellowcake), and is currently hard at work on his latest, the Pig Farmer.  Nick has always been very forthcoming with the process behind his films, sharing… »

How I spent my March break

By Rob Anderson

March 29, 2010 A couple of weeks ago now, I went to the Game Developers Summit and The Flash Game Summit to try and absorb as much information as I could on the world of game making. I consider myself to be a game geek. I have been playing board games since I learned to… »

Workspaces: Ward Jenkins

By Mike Valiquette

I found this today.  It’s a flickr set from Ward Jenkins of his home studio, his workspace from when he was at Laika, and his workspace from Primal Screen. I love this kind of thing.  Ward’s a very talented and well-spoken guy.  So it’s a real treat to get a peek into his various work… »

Sylvain Chomet’s the Illusionist, Trailer

By Mike Valiquette

The trailer to Sylvain Chomet’s new feature, the Illusionist, is up. A lot of Canadian talent on this one, and it looks… »

Profile: Jason McArthur

By Mike Valiquette

Today I’m going to introduce you to Jason McArthur. I met Jason two and some years ago at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. He was there as part of the Fatkat contingent, along with another very talented fellow, Steve Valdez. Neither of these guys were execs for the company, or sales reps, or anything else… »

Zen and the art of cartoon making

By Rob Anderson

Or: Wrong, do it again. I have three daughters. They are all aspiring artists with different levels of talent, as you would expect from kids of different ages and mentalities. This past weekend we had an interesting debate around the dinner table. My oldest, (14) was concerned that we didn’t praise her art enough. She… »

Global Game Jam experience. By Rob Anderson

By Rob Anderson

Or: there is such a thing as too much coffee. This past weekend I decided to get involved in the Global Game Jam. It isn’t a competition or a contest but a global challenge. Here in their words is what it is about: The Global Game Jam (GGJ) was founded in 2008 as an IGDA… »

Saul Bass wants to make beautiful things

By Mike Valiquette

Thanks to RobotJohnny at Drawn.ca for linking to this. There are a bunch of other great clips from the same interview available on… »

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