Savannah’s SCAD To Host Exhibit Highlighting “MAD Magazine” Cartoonists

Savannah, Georgia – The Savannah College of Art and Design and the Southeast Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society will present “IT’S A SCAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WEEKEND,” a special weekend celebration of the enduring influence of MAD Magazine’s cartoonists from Nov.11—13 at locations throughout SCAD in Savannah, Georgia.

Highlighting this conference will be “A SCAD, MAD, MAD, MAD Discussion,” a panel discussion with some of the original artists from MAD on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 5—6:30 p.m. at the Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St., Savannah, Georgia. This panel will be free and open to the public.

“SCAD and the sequential art department are both honored and excited about the historical significance of hosting MAD Magazine artists with the National Cartoonist Society, Southeastern Chapter,” said SCAD sequential art chair Anthony Fisher. “This is truly a unique opportunity for students to meet and learn form master artists who have contributed to the advancements in the art form of sequential art and defined cultural satire for nearly 60 years.”

Self-dubbed “The Usual Gang of Idiots,” the legendary cartoonists scheduled to appear on the panel include:

· Jack Davis. Davis was one of the original cartoonists for MAD in 1952. He illustrated the very first story in the very first issue of MAD.

· Al Jaffee. With his first piece in 1955, Savannah-born Jaffee is MAD’s longest-running freelance contributor. He is best known for creating one of the magazine’s trademark features, the MAD fold-in. Every issue since April of 1964 has featured a Jaffee fold-in.

· Paul Coker, Jr. Coker has been a contributor to MAD since 1962 and has appeared in over 300 issues.

· Nick Meglin. Meglin is a former editor of MAD Magazine, a position he held for over thirty years.

· ‘Duck’ Edwing. Edwing began his career with MAD in 1961 and wrote Spy vs. Spy for about 12 years, along with his own feature, Tales from the Duckside.

· Sergio Aragones. Aragones has been at MAD since 1963. He distinguished himself with his “Marginal Thinking” strips, which were printed up, down, across, and around the corners of comic panels to fill in the margins.

· Sam Viviano. Viviano began his MAD career as a freelance artist and while still illustrating articles also currently serves as MAD’s art director.

· Tom Richmond. Richmond has been a regular contributor to the magazine since 2000.

This esteemed group of artists will also be working with SCAD sequential art students in workshops and portfolio reviews.

4th Annual Machinima Expo Set For November 19th & 20th on Second Life

The 4th annual 2011 Machinima Expo (MachinExpo) will take place on the weekend of the 19th and 20th November 201 in the virtual world of Second Lifeâ„¢ and live on the web. The Festival celebrates the art of Machinima, which is 3D animation created in real-time. The MachinExpo will feature screenings, panel discussions, interviews and opportunities to meet and learn from machinima filmmakers all over the world.

191 machinima films were submitted to this year’s Expo. Four films will be selected by a handpicked jury, One film will win the Grand prize and 3 will win Jury prizes. The prizes will be announced during the weekend events. A selection of the other submitted films will be screened during the expo as well as the week running up (and the week after) to the event. All films will stream 24/7 at the Expo web portal.

There is no cost to attend the Expo either within Second Life or to watch via the live steam web portal. If you’ve never been to Second Life before, we recommend you download the free software and try it out before you attend.

The weekend event is being sponsored by Muvizu, Reallusion and the machinima filmmaker Anim8tor Cathy. They all have made generous donations to help provide with the running costs and prizes at this year’s Machinima Expo.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the MachinExpo is collaborating with the New Media Film Festival, a real-life festival taking place in Los Angeles
in May 2012, the Expo’s films selected by the screening jury will be also screened at the New Media Film Festival.

Aardman Sets Up Art Auction To Benefit Bristol Children’s Hospial’s Cardiac Ward

Famous animators from Aardman Animations and around the world have donated unique artwork for an online auction to raise money for Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal.

As well as a specially created painting by Wallace & Gromit creator and Grand Appeal patron Nick Park, other lots in the exclusive online charity auction will include a hand-drawn Roger Rabbit sketch, a Peter Lord Morph artwork and a unique drawing featuring the well-loved character Mr Fredrickson from the motion picture Up donated by Disney-Pixar.
This exciting auction will be hosted on eBay from 1st to 10th November, with all proceeds going to the Grand Appeal. Over 30 artworks have been donated by the world’s most renowned animation artists. With rare and exclusive artwork up for auction, the auction will raise funds towards our Echocardiogram Appeal to support the Cardiac Ward at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

To register an interest and be one of the first to receive the full interactive auction brochure please email [email protected]

Rainmaker Partners with Jane Starts For 2 Book-To-Film Adaptations: “Tiger’s Apprentice” and “Far Flung Adventures: Fergus Crane”

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Oct 19, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Rainmaker Entertainment, the multifaceted animation studio and one of Canada’s largest producers of CG animation, is joining forces with Jane Startz, the distinguished producer of family entertainment, on the development and production of two family-oriented feature films. Utilizing Rainmaker’s extensive CGI talents, the two films - Tiger’s Apprentice, based on Newbury Honor winner Laurence Yep’s best-selling young adult novel of the same title, and Far Flung Adventures: Fergus Crane, based on the children’s fantasy tale written by Paul Stewart and illustrated by Chris Riddell which was also the winner of the Nestle Children’s Book Prize – will be produced by Startz and Catherine Winder, President and Executive Producer, Rainmaker Entertainment, who announced the two film projects today.

“Jane is by far one of the most talented producers of family entertainment in both film and television as evidenced by her work as the producer of Ella Enchanted, The Indian In The Cupboard, Tuck Everlasting and the multi-award winning The Magic School Bus,” said Winder. “She has also earned a reputation as one of the most respected producers of children’s book adaptations and we are very pleased to be partnered with her on these two exciting literary properties, which both lend themselves to big screen adventures and storytelling.”

Startz added: “I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to bring Tiger’s Apprentice to the big screen. The book’s mythology is so rich and one that has not been seen before. The rich storylines are further enhanced by visually exciting and complex characters. Fergus Crane is fresh and funny and has all the elements to become a classic evergreen family film. I look forward to working with Catherine and the talented, creative forces at Rainmaker to adapt both these properties into exceptional movie going experiences.”

Oscar nominated screenwriter David Magee (Finding Neverland, The Life of Pi) has written the feature adaptation to Tiger’s Apprentice, the first book in a trilogy that follows the adventures of Asian-American teenager Tom Lee, whose beloved grandmother is killed trying to protect a rare and precious ageless object, which is then stolen by a mythical creature upon her death. Orphaned, Tom is put under the protection of Mr. Hu, a mystical tiger and three other creatures from the Chinese Zodiac – a monkey, a dragon and a rat – all of whom can also take human form. Together, Mr. Hu and his unlikely comrades have to train Tom to become a warrior capable of retreating the stolen treasure.

David Berenbaum (Elf, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Haunted Mansion) wrote the screenplay for Fergus Crane. The story is a rollicking comedic adventure that focuses on Fergus, a poor 10-year old boy whose explorer father has mysteriously disappeared on his “last fateful voyage”. When pirates, passing themselves off as teachers offering Fergus and the other underprivileged children of his seaside town a free education, come searching for him, a mystery of epic proportions begins to unravel and Fergus must leave the safety of his home on a fantastical voyage to save those he cares about.


Take a look at WindMills, a beautifully stylish graduation film from France’s Georges Méliès school, directed by Guillaume Bergère, Guillaume Coudert, Maria Glinyanova, Bruno Guerra and Charlotte Jammet.

Synopsis: It is a dead, lightless world, where a little girl, despite her father’s renunciation and despair facing the death of his wife, maintains their dream of building a machine powered by magic winds to fly and reach the sun.

“Fantasy” by Jérémie Périn (NSFW)

Talk about your “adult swim”: this anime-inspired music video for DyE, directed by French animator Jérémie Périn, is clearly Not Safe For Work (NSFW). A group of teens break into the local pool for an innocent nighttime swim, or so they think…

Directed by Jérémie Périn
Written by Laurent Sarfati & Jérémie Périn
Artistic Direction by Mikael Robert
Produced by Excuse My French / PH & Tigersushi
Executive Producer : Constance Guillou
Production Coordinator : Perrine Schwartz

(Thanks, Mike Gettel via the Cartoon Brew Facebook page)

Beany & Cecil Toys were the coolest

I have never seen a bad piece of merchandise from Bob Clampett’s Beany & Cecil. All of it looks incredibly appealing to me. These pieces (above and thumbnails below – click to enlarge) are currently available via the latest auction at Hakes. The current bids are a bit rich for my blood, but at least we can live vicariously through the photos.

(Thanks, Billie Towser)

MONDAY NIGHT: Cartoon Dump!

On Monday October 24th Cartoon Brewmaster Jerry Beck will once again be hosting Cartoon Dump, his monthly live comedy and worst cartoons showcase, in Hollywood. Join him, Frank Conniff (MST3K), Erica Doering and special guest comedian Andy Kindler for their our annual Halloween special. There’s nothing spookier than Mighty Mr. Titan… except maybe Moodsy, the Clinically Depressed Owl, Compost Brite, and Dumpster Diver Dan.

Join them Monday (10/24) at 8 PM, for an evening of hilarious comedy, demented songs, and really, really crappy cartoons. It’s again at the Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd. (two blocks west of Vermont). Map here, see you there!

“Le Soleil Chante” by Delphine Burrus

If the opening titles written on what appear to be toilet paper rolls aren’t an indication, “Le Soleil Chante” (“The Sun Sings”) has a certain quirky, hand-crafted charm. It was made over eighteen months by Delphine Burrus for French musician Ignatus, who has also used animation in past videos like “Dans l’herbe” and “Les p’tits chiens”. There’s some behind-the-scene photos here, which show the tiny set, as well as all the fabric, plaster, wire and cardboard that went into its making.

Director, Script, Sets, Puppets, Camera: Delphine Burrus
Additional Artist: Violaine Lecuyer
Editing: Biljana Labovic

“Nightingales in December” by Theo Ushev

Nightingales in December

Nightingales in December is a hauntingly beautiful three-minute short by Theodore Ushev (Lipsett Diaries, Drux Flux). The film’s aggressive flood of painterly imagery, alternately violent and melodic, leaves a powerful impression on the viewer. Perhaps that’s because Ushev makes animated films with an emphasis on the filmmaking part of the equation. He understands that when space, time, and light are manipulated thoughtfully, animation can express a deeper emotional resonance. The individual pieces of artwork in Nightingales in December are lovely, to be sure, but it’s the way that Ushev builds it into an animated film that truly sings.

Watch the film after the jump (due to auto-play on the video):
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Tickets for 39th Annual Annie Awards On Sale Now

BURBANK, Calif. (October 18, 2011) — The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood announces today that tickets for the 39th Annual Annie Awards are now on sale. General admission tickets are $25 and are for the awards ceremony only. General admission tickets are only sold through UCLA Central Ticket Office,, or VIP tickets are available to ASIFA-Hollywood members at a discounted price of $150 through December 31, 2011. VIP tickets are only sold through ASIFA-Hollywood. Complete ticket information and order forms can be found online at The 39th Annual Annie Awards will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

HOUSEKEEPING: How to Send Stories to Cartoon Brew

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* If you are submitting an item, DO NOT SUBMIT using our personal contact forms or Twitter accounts. Submissions via our personal forms will be junked. Use our SUGGEST A STORY form, which is conveniently located in the right sidebar.

* An easier way to get our attention is to submit items via Cartoon Brew’s Facebook page. The benefit is that even if we can’t post it, it becomes part of the public discussion among nearly 5,000 Brew readers. Our FB page is quite active and we both both haunt it regularly.

* If you have a company press release, submit it to our CB BIZ news editor Chris at PR [at] cartoonbrew [dot] com

* Do not send links to film fundraising campaigns.We haven’t linked to a single fundraising campaign in over 18 months. That includes Kickstarter, IndieGogo and all their imitators. We instituted the no-fundraising policy as a fair way of dealing with the barrage of requests. If a film project is newsworthy for a reason other than the fact that it needs money, we may write about it AFTER the fundraising campaign is over, or we’ll post about the project without promoting the fundraising effort.

Frank Forte Creates Cartoon Concept Design Blog

October 17, 2011 — Los Angeles, CA — Frank Forte, a 20 year veteran of the comic book and animation fields, has created a blog entitled Cartoon Concept Design to showcase the art of cartoons and animation.

“This blog will feature a behind the scenes look at how cartoons are made, says frank Forte, ” and hopefully will help students and other artists to prefect their skills and get and keep jobs.”

“There are many facets of the animation biz and it’s difficult to break in, ” Forte continues,” An artist must hone their skills and then select a particular job or position, then prepare a portfolio.”

The Cartoon Concept Design Blog will feature model sheets, Character designs, storyboards, background designs, color theory, pencil tests, 2D Animation, 3D Animation, layout, story sketches and more.  We will feature studios such as Warner Brothers, UPA,  MGM, Pixar, Disney, Dreamworks, Hanna Barbera, Spumco, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Film Roman and many more.

“This blog will be a precursor to a book I’m writing/editing that will be devoted to Animation concept art.  The book will feature different artists talking about different jobs in the business.  (i.e. storyboards, character design, color theory)”

Jennifer McCarron joins Atomic Cartoons as Head of Production

VANCOUVER, BC October 17, 2011 — Atomic Cartoons Inc. is proud to announce the addition of Jennifer McCarron to the studio’s management team. An award winning animation producer, Jennifer Twiner-McCarron joins Atomic Cartoons as the Head of Production in October 2011. Over the past 15 years, Jennifer has produced or executive produced dozens of animated television series, video game cinematics, and direct to dvd features, including the popular Barbie Princess franchise with Mattel Filmed Entertainment. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, and a degree in film studies from the Vancouver Film School. Her career efforts have merited several Leo awards, an ELAN, and a DTV award, and she was voted one of the “Top 25 Women in Animation” by Animation Magazine in 2004. Jennifer’s greatest achievement, however, is her family and she cherishes spending time with her six year- old daughter and two year old twins.

At Atomic Cartoons, Jennifer is Head of Production, tasked with the overall supervision of the in-house production teams.

“I am thrilled to be joining Atomic Cartoons at such an exciting time of growth for the company. The people at Atomic Cartoons are innovative and passionate about animation, and I am honored to be a part of this top notch team” said Jennifer McCarron.

“Atomic has proven creative muscle and has been looked at as a desired production partner and content developer. By adding Jennifer McCarron we’ve added a wealth of experience to our production team and invaluable 3D expertise as we build out that part of our business” said Trevor Bentley, President, Atomic Cartoons.

Sanjay Patel: New Book & Installation At Asian Art Museum

From the dazzling talent of animator and artist Sanjay Patel comes The Big Poster Book of Hindu Deities a colorful, exuberant celebration of a dozen Hindu gods and goddesses. These full-color posters show off Patel’s cute-meets-modern graphic style, bringing Ganesha, Kali, Shiva and nine other deities into a 21st century Technicolor world. Colorful, playful and iconic, each poster is brilliantly produced on thick stock and includes a black-and-white concept sketch on the back along with descriptive text about the subjects. Presented in a clever protective portfolio, the enclosed posters will brighten up any day.

“Green Lantern: The Animated Series” Arrives on Cartoon Network

Green Lantern, a DC Comics mainstay for more than 70 years, will be seen in an entirely new way when Warner Bros. Animation‘s Green Lantern: The Animated Series from world-renowned producer, artist and animator Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League) ‹ comes to Cartoon Network in a one-hour special event. With stunning, stylized CG animation, Green Lantern: The Animated Series takes viewers on a journey of cosmic proportions as Hal Jordan and his band of heroes fight to save the universe. The special premieres Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. (ET, PT) as a precursor to the series debuting on Cartoon Network next year as part of the new DC Nation programming block.

Beginning today, fans can watch a sneak peek of the complete first scene from the series here.

As Earth’s Green Lantern, Hal Jordan is used to being in dangerous situations  but he¹s never faced anything like this! Set at the farthest reaches of deep space, Green Lantern: The Animated Series finds Hal on the Guardian Frontier, where he must face down an invasion by the Red Lantern Corps. Powered by pure rage, the evil Red Lanterns have sworn to destroy the Green Lantern Corps and everything they stand for. Dispatched on the experimental spacecraft The Interceptor, Hal is soon joined by an all-new group of heroes on a mission to protect Guardian Space ‹ and the Green Lantern Corps itself!

“Green Lantern: The Animated Series is an epic space adventure that has something for everyone, and we are delighted for fans to see it November 11 on Cartoon Network. We can’t wait to show the world this fresh take on an iconic hero; one that represents not only the first Bruce Timm series to be produced in CG, but also the first time Green Lantern has been rendered in CG,” said Sam Register, Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, Warner Bros. Animation, who also serves as an executive producer of the series.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series is inspired by current and classic Green Lantern mythology, but it’s also an all-new story ‹ one that is the perfect vehicle for the great Bruce Timm’s take on the character.”

“It’s exciting for me to see Hal Jordan re-imagined in such a compelling way, with fantastic CG and visual effects that only enhance the story,” stated Geoff Johns, chief creative officer of DC Entertainment and longtime writer of the Green Lantern comic book series. “Working with Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network to create Green Lantern: The Animated Series has been a great experience, and most importantly, we¹ve created a show that I can¹t wait for people to see.”

Boogie Studio Announces Key New Hires

Montreal: Oct. 18, 2011… Montreal-based audio and VFX house, Boogie Studio, announced a spate of new hires and appointments, including new producer/business development manager Patrice Cormier, online assistant/color artist Cristel Bergeron and online editor and visual effects artist Cadie Desmeules-Desbiens, all formerly with Technicolor Montreal’s commercial/VFX division, as well as internationally renowned colorist Gary Chuntz.

Technicolor decided to cut the commercial/VFX division and go back to its roots in DI,” explained Cormier. “So we spoke with Boogie Studio and discovered we had a perfect fit. Everything was aligned — even the timing was perfect for all parties. They have an exceptional team at Boogie and we’re delighted to be able to join them.”
Patrice Cormier, Producer
Cormier comes to the new position with over 25 years of experience in the visual effects industry. Prior to joining Technicolor, where he served as operations manager and senior producer for the company’s commercial/VFX division, he worked both freelance and for numerous facilities, including MétéoMédia, RDS, Buzz, Autodesk and Technicolor. He was also an instructor at Autodesk and participated in the development of Smoke, the comprehensive postproduction system widely used in commercials work.
Cormier has played a key role in the world of film and advertising postproduction. He is recognized for his organizational skills, business acumen, artistic expertise and encyclopaedic knowledge of postproduction and visual effects.
Cormier explained that some former Technicolor advertising clients will be making the move to Boogie Studio as well. “We’re looking forward to filling the niche that Technicolor left for us. When the announcement was made, I’d already booked sessions for a national campaign for Nissan and we had several clients we’d been working with for years,” said Cormier.
Cadie Desmeules-Desbiens, Online Editor and Visual Effects Artist
A native of the Saguenay, Desmeules-Desbiens studied media arts and technology in Jonquière. After spending the next three years as a journalist for the Grand Journal TQS, she began co-producing live segments and editing reports while diving into postproduction technologies and online editing. She spent four years at Technicolor where she mastered compositing and visual effects on Smoke, Flame, After Effects and Modul8 and worked on the visual effects for films such as Incendie, Les amours imaginaires, Filière 13, Le journal d’Aurélie Laflamme and Gerry pour l’amour de Dieu, as well as TV commercials for Nissan, Rogers, Danone, and many other brands. An artist in her own right, Desmeules-Desbiens is also known for her remarkable VJ performances!
Gary Chuntz, Senior Colorist
Gary Chuntz is one of the world’s top commercials colorists and has worked with many of the best facilities, directors and cinematographers in the business.
Chuntz began working in a film lab before starting his digital career in South Africa at Video Lab in 1982. He was senior colorist at The Moving Picture Company in London and at Command Post/Toybox in Toronto. He was a co-founder of Notch, one of Canada’s premiere boutique post houses.
Most recently, Chuntz served as a senior colorist at Technicolor Montreal where he became part of the core commercials team now making the transition to Boogie Studio. Chuntz’ client list is a virtual who’s who of international brands, including Ford, VW, Budweiser, Molson, Canon, Hyundai, Pepsi, and countless others.
“Gary and Patrice and their group are a strong addition to our facility,” said Boogie Studios’ co-founder Benoit Martel. “We are delighted to have them join our team.”

TONIGHT IN MANHATTAN: J.J. Sedelmaier Outdoor Screening

J.J. Sedelmaier Screening

Tonight in Manhattan: a FREE retrospective screening of work produced by J. J. Sedelmaier Productions. Among the projects that’ll be screened are episodes of “The Ambiguously Gay Duo” from Saturday Night Live and “Tek Jansen” from The Colbert Report, as well as animation from The Daily Show and the Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law pilot.

The outdoor screening, projected onto a beautiful HD-format LED screen, begins at 7pm at 851 6th Avenue (between 29th and 30th St., behind the Eventi Hotel). The screening is part of the Big Screen Plaza, where Cartoon Brew had a screening earlier this month too. There’s a fancy food court and bar connected to the screening area so come hungry!

“To Die By Your Side” by Spike Jonze and Simon Cahn

Midnight in Paris: a stop motion Book Revue? Embroidered handbag designs by Olympia Le-Tan inspired director Spike Jonze to make this animated short, Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die By Your Side). The film, co-directed by Simon Cahn and animated by Sylvain Derosne, made its debut out of competition at Annecy last spring.

(Thanks, David Zweig via Nowness)

Puss In Books

Never judge a book by its cover – especially the one pictured at left. The artwork inside is more like the fantastic painting above. I haven’t seen the new Puss In Boots movie yet, but two books in particular are being released this month, tying into the Dreamworks feature, that are seriously worthy of your bookshelf space. Puss In Boots: The Cat. The Boots. The Legend, adapted by Tina Gallo and illustrated by character designer/story artist Ovi Nedelcu, is a delightful children’s book made moreso by Nedelcu’s appealing images. This 24-page book is part of Simon & Shuster’s Spotlight line (their equivalent of Little Golden Books) and it only costs $3.99. Wanna see more? Check out all the cool art on Ovi’s blog.

Never judge a movie spin-off by its preceding Shrek connections, nor how good its “Art-of” book looks – but once again the concept art connected to a new Dreamworks film looks amazing. My friend Ramin Zahed has penned an informative text to accompany the gorgeous inspirational pieces (Richard Daskas, Ronald A. Kurniawan, Guillaume Aretos, etc.), character designs (Patrick Maté), storyboards (Bob Logan, Paul Fisher, Bob Persichetti), color script (Nate Wragg), and all the paintings, paintings, paintings (by Nathan Fowkes, Dominique Louis, Kirsten Kawamura and so many others) collected in the new The Art of Puss In Boots. I just got a copy and highly recommend it – a worthy addition to the collection. Now, let’s hope the film lives up to all this great visual material.

News Around the Net for October 17, 2011

Disney Channel Orders Musical Pilot “Zombies And Cheerleaders”

Disney Channel has ordered the music-driven pilot Zombies and Cheerleaders. Production on the pilot begins in December in consideration for a Disney Channel series to premiere in 2012.

The story follows Zed Necrodopolis, a typical high school student with one small caveat; he happens to be a zombie. Despite a high-tech wristwatch designed to curb any appetite he may have for his classmates, he and his zombie friends remain unpopular with the school’s most influential group, the pom-pom wielding cheerleaders. Never one to back down from a challenge, Zed sets out to improve zombie student body relations and win the attention of Addison, the cheerleading squad’s newest member.

Zombies and Cheerleaders is executive produced by Eric Weinberg (Scrubs, Death Valley) and was written by Joseph Raso and David Light who also serve as co-executive producers. Todd Strauss Schulson (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) will direct the pilot.