amid-2014-thumbAMID AMIDI (@amid/LinkedIn) is an author, historian, and consultant, with numerous books to his credit. He has written The Art of Pixar: The Complete Color Scripts and Select Art from 25 Years of Animation for Pixar (2011) and was the youngest recipient of the Theatre Library Association Award which he received for his book Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in Fifties Animation (2006). Read his full bio HERE.

Contributing Writers

CHRIS MCDONNELL has created animation for Comedy Bang Bang, Kroll Show, Mike Tyson Mysteries, Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!, Eagleheart, Portlandia, Yo Gabba Gabba, Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!, Tom Goes to the Mayor and more. Chris’s books include Adventure Time: The Art of Oo0, Sasquatch’s Big Hairy Drawing Book and Unfiltered: The Complete Ralph Bakshi. He creates videos with the Goal Achievement Club and works from his studio, McD Workshop, in Philadelphia. Chris is a founding member of the Meathaus comics/art collective and additionally posts at Meathaus.com.

CHAPPELL ELLISON is an award-winning design writer and critic based in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to contributing to various publications, she has lent her editorial skills to several visual arts-based institutions and companies, including the Museum of Modern Art, Design Observer, Etsy and the Museum of the Moving Image. Chappell regularly lectures at universities and currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts. She blogs often and tweetstwice as much.

C.EDWARDS is a New York-based writer and cartoonist who has animated on award winning projects for national broadcast on a variety of networks, including ABC, CBS, PBS, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. He served as a contributing writer of arts and culture editorial for publications like the New York Press, CityArts and The West Side Spirit as well as the websites Out and Queerty. He spends his time tweeting, singing songs from Don Bluth’s Thumbelina, hunting down the perfect Ursula statuette, and writing and drawing his nationally syndicated alt-comic strip, Abel Boddy.

NEIL EMMETT is a cartoonist and aspiring screenwriter based in the United Kingdom. A graduate of the Norwich University of the Arts animation course and former member of the BAFTA Youth Board, he began keeping a regular blog about British animation entitled The Lost Continentduring his studies.

KENDRA BELTRAN lives somewhere in between reality and believing she’ll marry Backstreet Boy Nick Carter while residing physically in Van Nuys, CA. After graduating from CSUN she went into the music realm. After two years of stress thanks to the job she grew to hate, she left and focused 90% of her attention on the one thing that had been her right hand man since she was 13: writing. You can see her formations of letters on Fandomania, A-List Reports, her own blog Golden Mixtapeand MTV Geek (RIP).

CALEB WOOD is an independent animation artist and moving image enthusiast. He incorporates several different mediums within his work, and aims to expand upon and promote the possibilities of animation. He received a BFA in Film/Animation/Video at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011, and has since gone on to show work internationally and continue making animated films. He is most interested in the dynamism of the mundane and overlooked, abstract, and all things moving. Visit his Tumblr.

STEPHEN PERSING is a writer, art critic and blogger and (platonic) cartoon lover based in Connecticut. His writing has appeared in Art in America and the Hartford Courant, as well as online at McSweeney’s and Big Red & Shiny. His art blog and humor blogare updated more or less regularly. He was part of the team that executed Sol LeWitt’s “Wall Drawing #1131, Whirls and Twirls,” at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. For extreme thrills he has been known to watch Van Beuren cartoons and view Conceptual art in the same day.

BEN ETTINGER translates Japanese for a living, travels, and writes about anime as a hobby. On Anipages he explores the history of studios and creative minds that are the hidden backbone of the Japanese animation industry.

tundevollenbroekTÜNDE VOLLENBROEK graduated from the HKU in the Netherlands as a 2D animator in 2012. She is currently the head of programming at KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival, and a producer at Studio Pupil and The Drawing Room. Tünde spends her free time with her Cintiq in Amsterdam, finishing up her second animated short Flashing By. The only thing greater than her love for animation is her adoration for great Italian ice cream.

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COLIN GILES (@cartooncolin) is a Vancouver-based animator, filmmaker, and educator. Currently Senior Animation Instructor at Vancouver Film School, he has lectured at Siggraph 2013 and universities and workshops in Seoul and Vancouver. For over 16 years he has contributed as both animator and supervisor on a wide range of productions including Disney Interactive titles, Ren & Stimpy’s Adult Party Cartoon, Robotboy, and Thomas and Friends (linkedin). Colin has trained many future bosses now working at prominent studios such as Sony Imageworks, MPC, EA, Nerdcorps, Bardel, and Nitrogen. Connect with him on LinkedIn.