AMID 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.
DARRYN KING (@DarrynKing) is a freelance illustrator turned writer and critic whose coverage of movies, music, theater, books, art and video games has appeared in the New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Guardian, Time Out, The Monthly, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald and sometimes here. He is also an occasional editor and question writer for Hasbro’s Trivial Pursuit board games.
Feature Writer (Los Angeles)
SCOTT THILL is a freelance writer whose work on culture, politics, tech, and enviro have appeared in Wired, Salon, AlterNet, HuffPo, The Nation, Rolling Stone, XLR8R and other fine publications. He’s writing a book on the Anthropocene; analyzing the future of solar for Pure Energies; trying his hand at film and comics; and playing as much basketball as he can while hiding from the mad, mad world with his wife and daughter in Santa Monica. But you can find him raging against the machine at his site Morphizm.com, as well as on @Morphizm.
Feature Writer (Amsterdam)
TÜNDE 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.
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.
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.
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.
BRIAN GABRIEL studied film and animation at UCLA. He has served as a freelance script analyst for Artisan Entertainment and worked for several years as an assistant animator and lip sync supervisor on South Park, before earning his J.D. from Loyola Law School, with a concentration in intellectual property. His research interests include the history of copyright law and trademark law.
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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.