Pictoplasma will hold a conference in New York City for the seventh time on November 7 and 8, 2018.

The two-day event focuses on character design and character art through artist talks, film screenings, and panel discussions. This year’s NYC event is noteworthy for its strong focus on animation designers.

The confirmed speakers include:

  • Félicie Haymoz, lead character designer on Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs and Fantastic Mr. Fox.
  • Jeron Braxton, whose short film Glucose premiered online as part of CB Fest and which won the animation prize at Sundance earlier this year.
  • Artist and creative Mike Perry, who just won an Emmy for his animated sequence in Broad City.
  • Independent filmmaker Sophie Koko Gate, whose short Darcy A/S/L was a Cartoon Brew Pick last week, and whose new short Slug life will debut on BBC next month.
  • Orion Tait, creative director and partner at commercial studio Buck.
  • Independent filmmaker Réka Bucsi, whose shorts Symphony No. 42, Love, and Solar Walk have all been festival hits.
  • Mirandia Tacchia, whose credits in the L.A. industry include design work on Apple & Onion, Pickle and Peanut, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, and Pinky Malinky.
  • Animation director Peter Sluszka, who is repped by Hornet Inc.

Other guest speakers include designer/stop-motion artist Taili Wu, Superplastic founder Paul Budnitz, and webcomic artist Alex Norris.

Pictoplasma Conference NYC takes place in the auditorium of the Parsons School of Design. Early bird registration is available at $180 per pass. For more details and registration, visit the event’s website.