This is the Burbank Marriott tonight. It will look nothing like this next week – Friday November 19th through Sunday the 21st – when the CTN Expo is in session. The place will be packed wall-to-wall with animation artists, creators, filmmakers, studio recruiters, art students and cartoon fans.
It’s the “Comic-Con” of animation and animators and the place to be. Cartoon Brew is sponsoring the animators’ lounge, I’m moderating a panel (interviewing the principals of Spain’s Headless Studios), there will be special guests and special events including screenings of The Illusionist, CandyMan and Tick Tock Tale, live drawing demonstrations, raffles, appearances all weekend from Jean Giraud “Moebius”, Chris Sanders, Ronnie del Carmen, Louie del Carmen, Enrico Casarosa, Chris Wedge, Joseph Gilland – just to name a few.
The exhibitor room includes booths from Walt Disney Animation, Warner Bros., Stuart Ng, Pascal Campion, Dean Yeagle, Sony Pictures Animation, Cal Arts, Titmouse, Animation Mentor, Nancy Beiman and over 100 others.
Panels include a preview of Warner Bros. new Looney Tunes Show (Friday @ 12:30pm), Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois interviewed by Charles Solomon (Friday @ 6pm), Jill Culton interviewing Peter de Seve and Carter Goodrich (Saturday @ 2pm), and dozens more seminars, discussions and demonstrations. The complete schedule is now online.
The CTN Expo II will be held next weekend in Burbank. For more information, click here. My advice: Buy your tickets now!