Animators Are God?

Jimmy Picker

New Yorkers can enjoy plenty of animation goodness this summer thanks to the Observatory, an arts and event space in Brooklyn (543 Union Street at Nevins, Brooklyn, NY 11215). They’re hosting an awesome-sounding lecture series called “Animators Are God?” Curated by GF Newland and Trilby Schreiber, the series will offer lectures, presentations and screenings by New York animators of all stripes. It kicks off this Saturday with Academy Award-winning animator Jimmy Picker who will discuss and screen his work.

Upcoming speakers include:
Signe Baumane, Animator
Kevin Brownie of Beavis and Butthead, SNL TV Funhouse
Bob Camp of Ren and Stimpy
Jonny Clockworks of the Cosmic Bicycle Theatre
John Dillworth creator of Courage the Cowardly Dog
Ted Enik Children’s book Illustrator
Nina Paley creator of Sita Sings the Blues
Bill Plympton showing his new film The Cow Who Wanted to be a Hamburger
R. Sikoryak, Masterpiece Comic and Cartoon Parodies
Debra Solomon, co-creator of the Disney Channel’s Lizzie McGuire
Mike Zohn on the History of Automata

Additional guests will be announced. Tickets are $5 per show. For more details on the series, visit the Observatory website.


  • Yay_For_Kari

    Oh my! I recognize Picker’s work from the obscure little 1986 special “My Friend Liberty”, in which (I believe) actor Josh Saviano (Paul from the Wonder Years) is given a brief history of the Statue of Liberty via clay animation. The songs are catchy, the characteristics of the figures are humerous and entertaining, and quite possibly the best rendition of Ed Koch singing “New York, New York” ever seen.

  • http://okgrillo.blogspot.com Oscar Grillo

    Animators are dog-s

  • http://www.sitasingstheblues.com/ Nina Paley

    The weird thing is I look kinda like the 2nd from the right.

  • JOSE M.

    animators are god?

    mmmmmh! OF COURSE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8u7px_GzWQ

  • David Breneman

    Are we supposed to know who these people in the illustration are? The one on the far right looks like Alfred E Newman from Mad Magazine.

  • http://www.smartcomix.com Robert J. Hemby

    I would have to agree … that is Alfred E