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Headline News Stan Lee to Make Indian Superhero

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 10:42am

Stan Lee and his POW! Ent. have teamed with Liquid Comics to create a new Indian superhero called Chakra – The Invincible, writes The Hollywood Reporter.

Blogs CTN-X: A Student's Perspective

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 2:00pm

CTNX is for the young and hungry, boasting a crowd of current students and the recently graduated, who are looking at an angle into their beloved, but notoriously tough, contemporary animation industry. There’s no doubt the event will keep on drawing in professionals, studios, and students, but it remains to be seen whether it can live up to high expectations. Seeing young talent engage with their idols, and feeling their way into a field they are clearly passionate about, is where CTN truly shines.

Blogs LHOOQ Magazine Profiles Canadian’s Fallows, Robinson and Taylor

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 14, 2011 at 5:16pm

Noted animation producer / director / technologist / multimedia guru / man of international mystery Christopher Panzner has launched a brand new bi-yearly digital magazine, LHOOQ (pronounced “Look”), a pluridisciplinary (pronounced “double-you tee eff”) look at mindstyle, lifestyle, arts, literature, anything, everything. The first issue includes a great piece spotlighting three well-known Canadian (pronounced “Kun-ay-dee-yan”) animation-type folks, none other than Mike Fallows, Chris Robinson and L. Elliot Taylor.

Headline News Producing Animation, 2nd Edition Now Available In Print & E-Book Formats

Producing Animation, 2nd Edition is a one-of-a-kind reference book that stands as the entertainment industry’s go-to information source for the many “how to” questions involved with television and feature animation production.

Headline News Vaughn, Millar, Gibbons Team on Secret Service Comic

Director Matthew Vaughn, comic book writer Mark Millar and WATCHMAN artist Dave Gibbons are teaming up for the comic THE SECRET SERVICE, reports Heat Vision.

Blogs Dice Tsutsumi’s Sketchtravel Art Project is Auctioning a Masterpiece of Art History

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 4:06pm

Recently, I had an opportunity to talk to Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi, whom many of you know as a driving force behind the Totoro Forest Project and most recently, the Sketchtravel charity art project. An accomplished artist who spends his days applying his formidable skills as an art director at Pixar Animation Studios, Dice gave me an inside look at the unprecedented Sketchtravel sketch book, a historic collection of sketches which is being auctioned off this coming October 17th.

Headline News HIT Ent. Appoints Bonnier Group as Publishing Partner for Angelina Ballerina

HIT Entertainment, one of the world’s leading independent children’s entertainment producers and rights owner, today announced it has appointed The Bonnier Publishing Group, the UK based subsidiary of Bonnier Books, a division of the Swedish media giant Bonnier AB, as the first UK and Australia CGI publishing partner for popular pre-school brand, ‘Angelina Ballerina’.

Blogs Review: ANIMASOPHY - Theoretical Writings On The Animated Film

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 8:21am

Estonian animation director and educator Ulo Pikkov has accomplished a remarkable feat in producing a most readable book on animation theory. For those who do not know about the technical side of animation Animasophy – Theoretical Writings On The Animated Film is a great place to start. Readers who are already well versed in animation techniques will be reminded about what they already know but don’t always think about.

Blogs Review: ANIMATORS How Did You Do That?

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 8:03am

If you have ever watched an animated film and wondered “How did they do that?” then Tobias Wengert’s ANIMATORS how did they do that? is the book for you. Wengert has transcribed in print his conversations with twelve diverse members of the Stuttgart, Germany animation community who reveal the secret techniques behind the magical images they create.

Headline News Bob the Builder Workshop Manual Launches Today

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 11:13am

HIT Entertainment, one of the world’s leading independent children’s entertainment producers and rights owners, and Haynes announce the launch of the Bob the Builder Owners’ Workshop Manual which is available to buy in stores from today, 1 September.

Blogs How To Flush Writer’s Block Down Your Mental Drain

There is no precise definition of what writer’s block is. Most likely, it’s just the terror of staring at a blank page or screen and thinking that the next words that come out of your cranial matter have got to be Oscar quality. Whatever it is, it’s really not that hard to handle. Over the years I have found three effective ways to get past whatever is blocking my creativity...  

Blogs But Wait, There's More! A Final Post on Self-Promotion

Self promotion turned out to be the hottest topic yet on my blog.  My three posts on the subject are approaching 6,000 reads! I have received dozens of comments, both on the blog and at LinkedIn, over 95% of which were in agreement that self-promotion is vitally important. You get it!  That's good!  Here's what I got...

Blogs Does Self-Promotion Really Work? The Results Are In for My Experiment In Self-Promotion

Does self-promotion really work?  What happens when you promote your writing via blog, Facebook and LinkedIn?  Over the past several weeks I’ve done just that.  The results are in.  Check out this post and find out exactly what happened with my experiment in self-promotion...

Blogs Does Self-Promotion Really Work? Let’s Try It And Find Out

I got a huge response to my last post, Why Do Many Artists & Writers Hate Self-Promotion?, including several active discussions on various LinkedIn groups. Self-promotion is a very hot topic! Many of the people who commented on the post talked about their shyness, self-doubts, the unworthiness of their creativity, and other barriers to promoting themselves and their work.  One of the biggest concerns was whether or not self-promotion was really effective.  Well, let's find out...

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