Cartoon Brew is Six Years Old

Six Years Old

Cartoon Brew launched six years ago today. We’re not doing a whole lot to celebrate–unless eating raisins counts as a celebration–but we didn’t want to let the day pass without some sort of acknowledgment. It would be an understatement to say that the online animation scene is different today than when we launched in March 2004. Back then there was no YouTube or Vimeo, no animation podcasts, only a handful of animation blogs (our pathetic blogroll from March 2004 illustrates the barren landscape of the time), and a much smaller community of animators and cartoon aficionados online. Since those days, the online animation community has grown a lot, and if our site traffic is any indication, continues to grow a lot. In fact, if we may blow our own horn for a moment, we’ve set new traffic records on the Brew five of the last six months.

Your enthusiasm and excitement for this amazing art form and its limitless possibilities is what keeps us motivated to update everyday. And we’re not planning to stop anytime soon. Cartoon Brew TV will return in April with a very special month of new episodes, and we’re refreshing the site’s look and adding new features later this spring. To be sure, many people gravitate to the site for our occasionally controversial topics, but we get our greatest satisfaction from exposing readers to new films, artists, and ideas. When somebody tells us that we made them aware of a classic piece of animation they hadn’t seen before, or when a young, talented artist writes to say that being featured on the Brew got them a job, that’s when we know we’ve done our job right. Who knows what the next six years will bring, but even if the entire industry switches over to making “emotion capture” films, we promise to keep doing what we do as long as you keep reading and participating. Cheers!


  • mark’o

    Big congrats! I don’t post comments here but I just had to send greetings to the site that’s on my window tab for the past 2 years. You are sincerely appreciated.

  • Thomas

    Yeah, this site has definitely helped me become sort of a cartoon guru among my roommates.

    You guys should check out Freaknik on AdultSwim.com if you haven’t yet, it’s a must see, I promise.

  • Michael

    I’m also just a reader or ‘lurker’, but I’d like to thank for this great blog. I got and still get a lot of inspiration from here!

  • Jay Sabicer

    Many thanks for all your work, guys. And yes, I believe raisins is the traditional anniversary present for 6 years.

  • http://weirdurl.com Zekey

    Congrats! Also does a refresh mean you’re going to redesign the whole site?

  • Rooniman

    YAAAAYYY!!!

  • http://www.segaltoons.com Steve Segal

    Happy happy joy joy. For six years my favorite stopover on the digital superhighway.

  • amid

    Zekey – Not sure yet about all the plans. The aim is to keep the site’s visual appearance familiar to everyday readers while adding a lot of functionality and features that we’ve been meaning to add. The site should be a lot more useful when it’s done.

  • http://www.jasondeeble.com Jason Deeble

    Mazel Tov! I remember when you were this big.

  • http://bakertoons.blogspot.com/ Charles Brubaker

    Been visiting the site since day one (more or less). Congrats!

  • http://www.oddballcomics.com Scott Shaw!

    Congratulations, gents! CARTOON BREW continues to present the classic, the obscure and the ridiculous in animation-related news. For me, it’s an essential daily visit!

  • joecab

    Congratulations! CB is definitely a daily ritual.

  • james madison

    Happy, Happy!

  • David Levy

    Congrats.. I never go a day without checking in at the brew.

  • http://www.canadiananimationresources.ca Mike Valiquette

    Happy birthday Brew! Been a daily reader since day one. Thanks for including me in your sidebar.

  • http://rauchbrothers.com Mike Rauch

    Happy Birthday guys!

  • mrscriblam

    happy birthday brahs

  • http://www.taberanimation.com Taber Dunipace

    Way to go guys! You’re now old enough for your first big boy bike with training wheels!

    Seriously though, you guys so great, I set you as my homepage! Keep it up!

  • http://awprunes.com Larry Levine

    Happy Boithday (as we used to say in Brooklyn)

  • http://sandorasan.blogspot.com/ Sandra Khoo

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY,CARTOON BREW!!! Thank for all the updates and heads ups through the years.

  • http://sketchblakey.blogspot.com Stephanie

    Congratulations! My fellow animation students and I have been addicted to this site since a professor recommended it several years ago, and it’s been a great resource for animation news, great animation we wouldn’t have discovered otherwise, and interesting discussions. Keep it up! :D

  • Jonathan

    Happy birthday CB!

  • Thomas Dee

    Happy Birthday!

  • Scarabim

    Congratulations! I read this blog every day, enjoy it very much. Thanks for all the great, insightful and occasionally controversial articles. I wouldn’t miss this site for the world. Kudos to all!

  • http://lanuez.blogspot.com Javier Prado

    Congratulation !

  • Inkan1969

    Happy anniversary! I check this blog all the time.

  • WellFedEd

    CB is one of my prime RSS feeds

  • Brian

    Have a great birthday! Love the site, love all the great links you keep throwing at us from CartoonBrew HQ. Looking forward to six more!

  • http://www.brucelaing.com Bruce Laing

    Congrats, Jerry and Amid.

    Here’s to the next six years :)

  • G. Melissa Graziano

    Thank you Jerry & Amid for enabling our animation addictions…and for helping filmmakers like me get seen outside my school and my mom’s circle of friends. :)

    And many mooooore….

  • http://jeffoverturf.blogspot.com Jeff Overturf

    Congratulations! One of my favorite blogs to read!

    Keep up the great work!

  • jay

    Happy Bday CartoonBrew!
    I cant imagine the community of animation without you!

  • Hans W.

    Congratulations! You are the only site I check each and every day! Long live animation!!

  • http://gavinscartoons.blogspot.com Gavin Freitas

    Awesome stuff. Keep em coming fellas. I check this site out everyday for my cartoon updates. Cartoonbrew is the best!

  • http://mymedicatedlife.blogspot.com/ Bitter Animator

    Happy blogday, Brew.

  • christy

    happy birthday and congratulations! i come here everyday to get excited and inspired by the great content and articles! thanks guys!

  • http://daryl-rhystaylor.blogspot.com DarylT

    Happy Birthday.

  • http://www.meinardas.lt Meinardas

    Congrats! You are one of the best :)

  • http://www.fantazmigoriuh.wordpress.com Charles K.

    Congratulations lads. You should be really proud of your contributions over the years. The animation community on the web would be a much poorer place without you.

  • http://animationinfatuation.blogspot.com Kevin S.

    HEY WE HAVE THE SAME BIRTHDAY! HAPPY BDAY CARTOON BREW…AND ME!

  • J. Champlain

    Congratulations Cartoon Brew! :)

  • Michael Rosenberg

    Hey guys, congrats!

    This is by far my favourite animation blog on the web.

  • http://emiliegoulet.blogspot.com/ Emilie Goulet

    Happy Birthday Cartoon Brew! :D
    I wish you much success for the future!

  • http://www.jjsedelmaier.com J.J. Sedelmaier

    You guys have the best site around !! Keep it up !!

  • http://www.onanimation.com Daniel Caylor

    Whoa! Nice work guys. I must have been following the whole time then. Or at least very close. :)

  • Gene Vandervoort

    Happy Birthday! Keep up the good work. This is the only site I check and enjoy daily. And look forward to see what’s new in the most exciting industry going.

  • Kristjan

    I remember that 2-3 weeks ago you were wondering why the traffic to this site were increasing, I’m going tell tell you why: Because this is just a fantastic site about all things animation. But congrats with the 6th Anniversary.:)

  • http://pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/ Pilsner Panther

    Pilsner’s Picks is now eight/ years old, having started out as a feature on Dunrobin’s Three Stooges page in 2002 (“Music From The Stooges Era”). We’ve now migrated all over the cyberspace virtual map a number of times, which is a long, tedious story that Ani and I will spare everyone.

    So to Jerry and Amid and friends, long may you reign! History matters, kids of all ages, even if you don’t think so because it bored you in school.

    If you were never taught about the history of cartoons or slapstick comedy or roots jazz and blues, then you were stuck in a lousy school. Not your fault…!

    Pils

  • http://doubled8.blogspot.com/ jeaux janovsky

    congrats Brewsters!!!

  • http://kellytindall.blogspot.com Kelly Tindall

    Happy sixth anniversary! I visit every day, wouldn’t miss it.