Gender bias in media is a topic society has been tiptoeing around since the women's liberation movement of the 1960s. Although women represent 51% of the population, a woman has yet to achieve the position of president of the United States -- though one is trying -- and for some reason the number of women represented in animation or G-rated entertainment is not even close to the number of men. Why?
Actress Geena Davis, who has portrayed moms and swashbucklers, asked that very question while she was watching TV with her then two-year-old daughter. On her fingers, she started counting girls on the screen in lead roles. Then she counted the girls in the crowd scenes. She had too many fingers left over.
Animator/historian Tom Sito illuminates the singular career of a major figure in animation education.
In a departure from his usual subject, this month James Brusuelas takes a look at the live-action, manga-based films Maiko Haaaan!!!, Nana, Love*Com The Movie and Honey and Clover.
For her Mother's Day column, Pamela Kleibrink Thompson says that sometimes it's OK to toot your own horn.
In this month's "Press Start," Peter "The Rizk" Rizkalla checks out Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword, God of War: Chains of Olympus, Nanostray 2, Insecticide and, yes, Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys.
Janet Hetherington reports on juicy animation and vfx tidbits from New York Comic Con -- including X-Files 2, Hellboy 2, The Incredible Hulk, Wall•E, Prince Caspian and more.
In his month's column, Mark Simon reports on alarming new developments in his continuing campaign against the Orphan Works Act.
Ellen Wolff talks to the animator/illustrator about his reversion to childhood in order to create the artwork for the highly anticipated indie film.
In this month's column, Martin Goodman explores the strange tale of Adolf Hitler's infatuation with Snow White and the artistry of Disney animation.
Joe Strike visits the fourth annual Red Stick International Animation Festival in Baton Rouge and likes what he sees.
Andrew Farago reviews five short films: Irresistible Smile by Ami Lindholm, Karaoke Show by Karl Tebbe, Sleep with the Fishes by Belle Mellor, Yellow Sticky Notes by Jeff Chiba Stearns and Yours Truly by Osbert Parker.
In which Russell Bekins reports on the animated activities taking place in and around Salerno, both on- and off-screen.
In this edition of her bimonthly column, Nancy Cartwright interviews Kath Soucie, one of the top voice-over actors working today.
The intrepid Heather Kenyon reports on new business models and other sea changes in the air at the recent confab in Cannes.
Mary Castillo looks at some of the leading players in the rapidly growing world of virtual communities.
Following the unprecedented response to his last column, Mark Simon offers supporting evidence regarding the threat to artists' rights.
Alain Bielik visits The Ruins with Rising Sun Pictures, which devised a new system for animating the nasty, man-eating vines.
Janet Hetherington talks to the creators of the newest animated incarnation of Spider-Man and discovers that ol' webhead still suffers from teen angst.
Joe Strike talks to executive producer Eryk Casemiro about the latest incarnation of the much-loved British franchise.
Audrey Brown chats with the veteran voice actor about Star Wars, haunted mansions, and all things Disney.
Mark Simon is mad as hell and, in this month's "Mind Your Business," he tells you why you should be too.
Alain Bielik talks with the creators of the new 3D adventure-comedy in which Prince Charming is a dragon hunter's worst nightmare.