Editor-in-Chief / NYC
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.
VFX & Tech Editor / Sydney
IAN FAILES (@vfxblog) is a former lawyer and now writer with a focus on visual effects and animation, writing at vfxblog and fxguide. He is the author of Masters of FX which profiles 16 of the world’s leading special and visual effects supervisors. He lives in Sydney, Australia, and has the world’s largest collection of memorabilia from the 1994 film Speed.
European Correspondent / 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.
Legal Correspondent / LA
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.
Artist of the Day Editor / Philadelphia
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.
Cartoon Brew-ED / Vancouver
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.