Yesterday was the deadline for 2023's Society of Animation Studies Conference Call for Papers; New Jersey for 2023. It's been a year since I submitted the last time, and - wow! - a lot happened in a year. The speech I ended up giving at Teesside U. was in the wrong context for the conference; a valuable lesson I am applying this year as I've dived full body back into academia to learn to write gooder. But, I am still proud of what I got done. Here's what I wrote, a first time participant in an animation academic conference; truly a place and group of people that seemed unreal to gather together. My time across the pond ranks up there with the time I visited Japan; there's a before the trip me and after the trip me, and the two are very different. The amount I learned and the people I met have had a positive and immense impact and I cannot wait until June.
Sunday, October 2, 2022
Monday, October 4, 2021
Sometimes you receive a package and the thought and love put into its presentation give you childlike glee. Today that happened to me, check it:
CARTOON NETWORK WRAPPING PAPER!? Bro. . . .
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
This year is flying. I cannot believe it's already September. As slow as last year was during the Pandemic, this year is flying by the speed of light. Lots of cool things are happening, lots of changes from the pandemic now becoming permanent. Let’s catch up.
Cartoon Research has started a new streaming channel on Twitch. They've been showing off all sorts of awesome animation and features. There have been four podcasts with some awesome people throughout the industry. I highly recommend checking them out. They've been produced by Mauricio over at rockingpins.com and if you haven't already checked out his website, he's got lots of cool licensed stuff!
Recently going through Amazon and came across a deal that seem to be too good to be true and, for once, it was not too good to be true! It was real. I'm assuming somebody mistyped a price on a book for it was supposed to be $95, $100. I saw it available for $9.50.
Friday, February 26, 2021
One of my favorite Nicktoons is Avatar: The Last Airbender. It is one of the best animated series to have been produced in the last twenty years. It won a Peabody!
I've been sitting my parents through it. They were hooked by fifth episode of the first season. We're on episode two of season two. I always forget how relatively slow paced the first season is. There's high action and drama, but there is quite a bit of world building occurring.
The production history of Avatar is a tale of push an pull. While it seems Avatar went off fairly well, even acquiring the funding to finish the story in 61 episodes instead of the agreed 60, shows the lengths the business minded folks at the ol' Nickelodeon rallied behind what would become a modern day classic. It's sequel, The Legend of Korra, not so much.
Korra has a notoriously famous identity crisis throughout all four seasons of its run. Nickelodeon had a hit on their hands that wasn't their target demographic, and so the show shifted from time slot to time slot, then to from channel to channel, and eventually premiering it's final episodes online.
That's just the animated universe. The live-action retelling of the first season by M. Night Shyamalan is a notorious production nightmare where Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko were pushed aside. The film would eventually premiere without the creators attached to the project. Today, the film has a 5% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Netflix is currently at work trying to fix the mistakes of the past, working on a new live action series of Avatar. The original creators were publicized as being attached to the project and guiding it's trajectory.
In October of 2020, the creators put out a statement they were no longer attached to the project.
And now to today! Nickelodeon has put out the following press release:
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
After doing research of the magazines seen in my previous blog entries, I happen to run across on eBay an auction for three issues of Animation Planet. I wrote down the numbers of the issues and kept on my merry way researching further topics.
A couple days later I ran across the eBay auction again, this time with the knowledge that those three issues are the only three issues of the magazine’s run.
Long story short, I won the auction at a really decent price and now have the aforementioned magazines in my possession. And they are well put together and fairly deep for there only being three issues. Financial support seems to have been pulled between issue 2 and 3, but a further publisher couldn’t be found to keep the boat afloat.
The three cover stories on Hercules, Bill Plympton, and South Park have very interesting interviews, respectively.
The presence of many animation historian writers is becoming less surprising the more research I do in this topic.
Friday, February 12, 2021
The only magazine I currently own that has a focus on Western animation, Animato! ran for 40 issues between 1983 and 1999.
So far, in my research, Animato! was the sixth magazine with a focus on Animation. FunnyWorld, Mindrot, Animania, Animazine and Apatoons all precede it or run concurrently.
I ordered these two issues off of eBay for fairly cheap; issue 14 and the final issue, issue 40. I have yet to do more than thumb through the pages; though they are really interestingly put together. Since Animato! was one of the first magazines to be printed, the earlier issue has a very homemade feel. It appears to have been written out on a typewriter.
The final issue looks more in line with a professional magazine. No criticism implied, that’s growth over time.
I was excited to get the last issue specifically because its subject matter focuses on the What a Cartoon Show, a particular favorite.
There is more information about this magazine run with an article written by Jim Korkis as well as an entire book aptly titled Escape!: How Animation Broke Into the Mainstream in the 1990’s by G. Michael Dobbs. As well as a small cluster of issues available at archive.org.
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