Next week, on Wednesday January 10th, if you are in L.A. and are a member of ASIFA, you can join me at Nickelodeon Studios in Burbank where I will host a preview screening of several new cartoon shorts. We will be running six Random Cartoons (Frederator’s new series for Nick) including Doug TenNapel’s Solomon Fix, Nikki Yang’s Two Witch Sisters, Pen Ward’s Adventure Time, Hiroshi Chida’s Boneheads, Melissa Wolfe and Anne Walker’s Sparkles and Gloom… and, oh yeah, my Hornswiggle. It’s gonna be fun.Tonight I’m doing a Q&A with producer John Williams at an Asifa-Hollywood members screening of HAPPILY N’EVER AFTER (I’m also showing cartoons at my monthly Janet Klein gig – don’t ask how I’m doing both at the same time, but I am!). Next month is the Annie Awards ceremony in Glendale. In advance of voting, ASIFA-Hollywood members received DVD screeners of HAPPY FEET, CARS, MONSTER HOUSE, FLUSHED AWAY and OVER THE HEDGE. The ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive is growing and has become an Internet hit. In case you can’t tell, this is a plug for ASIFA-Hollywood. If you live in L.A. you really should be a member. ASIFA-Hollywood isn’t a closed clique of animation elites – it’s for everyone who cares about the artform – whether your interest is anime, games, stop-mo, cg or traditional; or if your interests are in classic theatrical shorts, current TV animation or the latest feature film; or if you just like cartoons – ASIFA is your resource, an invaluable resource.The group was founded in the 1960s by the likes of Bill Scott, Ward Kimball, Chuck Jones and June Foray. Be part of that tradition. Now is the pefect time to join, we’ve got a lot of great events planned for this year. For more information go here.

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