Cartoon Brew Expands Animation Coverage With Three New Writers

Cartoon Brew is pleased to announce an expansion of our extraordinary editorial staff, which furthers our commitment to covering the wide range of ideas and issues that impact the animation community.

The three new writers will each cover specific beats related to their areas of expertise: Caleb Wood (top photo, middle), who has earned quite a name for himself as a filmmaker, will discuss the work of other independent animators, as well as ideas and processes that are relevant to contemporary indie animators. Stephen Persing (top photo, left), whose posts you may have already enjoyed on the site, will explore the intersection of animation and fine art, and wrestle with the ever-blurring line between animation and other artistic disciplines.

Colin Giles, our first Canada-based contributor, will lead our new educational-initiative Cartoon Brew-ED. Colin is an animation industry veteran who currently serves as a senior animation instructor at Vancouver Film School. The new Cartoon Brew-ED subsite will be a curated guide to valuable instructional and educational resources for today’s animation artist. For now, it will remain independent of the main site, and will be available exclusively at Facebook.com/AnimationTips and CartoonBrew.tumblr.com.

Here’s a little more about each of our new members:

CALEB WOOD is an independent animation artist and moving image enthusiast. He incorporates several different mediums within his work, and aims to expand upon and promote the possibilities of animation. He received a BFA in Film/Animation/Video at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011, and has since gone on to show work internationally and continue making animated films. He is most interested in the dynamism of the mundane and overlooked, abstract, and all things moving. Visit his Tumblr.


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 blog are 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.


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.


  • schwarzgrau

    Some great news.

  • Loup Blaster

    This is awesome !!
    But … no women ? why not ?

    • AmidAmidi

      We hire writers when we find the right editorial match, not for gender/race/age-related reasons. The three new contributors were hired because they write about specific topics that match the areas in which we’re trying to expand coverage.

      We currently have two women on our regular editorial staff. We also have guest pieces often written by women, like this report on the Society for Animation Studies conference and this review of the Animator’s Survival Kit app. We are actively seeking more writers, and intend for more of them will be women in the future.

      • jonhanson

        Sounds highly reasonable, but it is interesting considering the articles I’ve read on this site condemning the fact that the animation industry is populated mainly by white men.

  • Charles Huettner

    caleb woooooooooooooooood!

  • Josh Adler

    Colin’s the man!

  • James Madison

    More writers, more coverage. Welcome aboard!

  • Nora Bolles

    So glad you’ve added Mr. S. Persing! Been a fan of his work for years. DO look up his humor blog. It’s wonderful.

  • nog

    very cool!

  • Scott Benson

    caaaaaleb wood

  • Sean Buckelew

    caleeeeeeeeeb wood!