The 2012 CTN Expo in Burbank California is next week – and I’ll be there. Cartoon Brew will have a table on the exhibit floor and that’s here you’ll find me signing books and discussing animation with my friends (perhaps like the gang above, from last year’s CTNX: David Silverman, Craig Bartlett, Bill Plympton, Matt Groening… and me). If I’m not at the booth, I’ll be out and about introducing several panels and screenings… including these (in no particular order):

Meet the Talent Behind the Making of the Hotel Transylvania
Saturday: 11/17/2012
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Moderator: Jerry Beck
With: Genndy Tartakovsky | Director
Michelle Murdocca
William Haller
Karl Herbst
Location City Ballroom

Rise of the Guardian Artist Panel
Saturday: 11/17/2012
Time: 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
MC: Jerry Beck
With: Hamish Grieve, Head of Story
Gabe Hordos, Head of Character Animation
Other Guests TBA

New Talent Spotlight and Showcase – Nacho Rodriguez, Jacob Wyatt, Faye Hsu
11/17/12 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
City Ballroom
Moderators Jerry Beck, Kazu Kabushi, Robh Ruppel
Guests: Nacho Rodriguez, Jacob Wyatt, Faye Hsu

“Bottom of the Ninth” and the Game Plan to Succeed as a Creator
Sunday: 11/18/2012
Time: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
MC: Jerry Beck
With: Ryan Woodward

Team Prime: The Artists and Design of Transformers Prime
Friday: 11/16/2012
Time: 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Location City Ballroom
MC: Jerry Beck
With: Supervising Director Dave Hartman (Bubba Ho-Tep, Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles, Jackie Chan Adventures), Art Director Jose Lopez (Green Lantern: First Flight, The Batman, Jackie Chan Adventures), Production Designer Vince Toyama (Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, The Boondocks, Godzilla: The Series) and Visual Effects Art Director Christophe Vacher (Enchanted, 9, Treasure Planet).
Panel moderated by Mathias Dougherty, Production Manager (The Mighty B, El Tigre, Invader ZIM).

I’ll be introducing these screenings of Gkids animated Oscar hopefuls:

The Rabbi’s Cat Wed 11/14 7:30PM

The Painting (Le Tableau) – 11/15 7:30pm

From Up On Poppy Hill 11/16 – 7:30 pm

Secret Surprise Screening – 11/17 7:30pm

Zarafa – 11/18 7:30pm

Another panel I plan to sit in on is this one:

Meet John K.’s Virtual Studio
John Kricfalusi is doing a workshop on his “Virtual Studio Model” sponsored by ToonBoom.
Saturday: 11/17/2012
Time: 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Location: Sunset A+B

Currently working on his new cartoon sitcom titled Cans Without Labels, John K. will share how he is using the internet to raise the funds to produce his project and find animators all around the world to work with remotely.

There are so many great exhibitors, panels and events associated with CTNX this year. I wouldn’t miss it. A complete list of guest speakers is posted here. More details and information about the event is posted on the CTN website.

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