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Day One: CTN-Expo is a hit!

First a few quick snaps:

Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells) and Donnachada Daly

Lou Romano (center) gives a young artist some advice.

Craig McCracken (right) and his wife Lauren Faust (left) look over some of their notes.

For a Friday afternoon of an inaugural event it was pretty spectacular. This was supposed to be the “slow day”, but the first day of the CTN-Expo in Burbank was a overwhelming success due to the large amount of attendees and the incredible array of artist exhibitors. In addition to the large exhibitor room, there are two rooms of informative panels which are seemingly filled at all times. An interview with Mike Mignola (Hellboy) and a seminar on Crafting the Pitch were particularly popular. The day concluded with a VIP Party which ran from 6pm to midnight.

Day two starts today at 10am. If you want to be in the industry, want to be inspired by other artists, or simply want to hang out with a who’s who of current cartoon making, check out the CTN-Expo today or tomorrow. If you were there yesterday (or today) let us know what you think of the Expo in the Comments section below.

  • I have to agree. This was put together so well you’d never know this was its first year. I hope this bodes well for it being an anuual event for a long time.
    Tina and her group deserve a lot of praise.

  • Chris Webb

    It is well run. They are doing a great job. I hope next year they add screenings that run during the day. I’d like to be able to go into a meeting room, take a load off my feet and see some fun short films.

    Once again, they are doing a great job!

  • Kate

    Any plans for CTN-Expo: East? :)

  • It was a lot of fun on the first day. Loved the vibe and all the great stuff to see. I’ll be back on day two and three!

  • I’ll be there on Sunday! See you all there!

  • I hope they plan on doing this again next year.

    Great to see everyone.

  • What a great start for something shaping up to be truly special. I just hope the panels are longer next time. Andrew Gordons panel was totally awesome and informative, but abruptly ended because of time constraints. Staring at peter de seve draw for 30 minutes was heavenly.

  • Steve Gattuso

    They may have to move to a larger venue at this rate. The place was packed and I was able to enjoy discussions with a number of professionals of all types. I think an eastern version of the event is a great idea, too.

    I look forward to next year with great enthusiasm.

  • Paul N

    Adding my voice to the chorus of praise for the CTN event. It was fantastic in every respect. Already looking forward to next year.

  • Thank you all! Mark you calendars for Nov 19-21, 2010 when the Creative Talent Network will be “IN THE HOUSE” at the Burbank Marriott Convention Center.

    Meanwhile videos of the lectures will start to post the first week of Jan, 2010.

    Happy Holidays