Animation World Magazine, Issue 2.12, March 1998

This Month's Contributors

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Russell Bekins is a writer and media and story analyst working in Hollywood. He has worked for such film companies as MGM, Tri-Star, CAA and labored mightily (not to mention fruitlessly) as a development executive at Disney-based Tidewater Entertainment. Most recently, he has written for a satirical web site,, detailing the despair of a small high-tech company.

Pat Boyle is the Product Manager for RealFlash at RealNetworks.

Karl Cohen is President of ASIFA-San Francisco. His first book, Forbidden Animation: Censored Cartoons and Blacklisted Animators, has recently been published by McFarland Publishers. He also teaches animation history at San Francisco State University.

Dresden Engle is Public Relations Coordinator for George Eastman House in Rochester, New York.

Mark Farquhar is a CG character animator currently working on the Iron Giant project at Warner Bros. Feature Animation. His credits include Batman Forever, Marvin the Martian, Mars Attacks, Jonny Quest, and commercial work. He is also an instructor in the Warner Bros. training program and continuing education courses at Glendale Community College.

Ben Fried is a Los Angeles-based freelance graphic designer and animator who works for many of the major television animation studios. He also creates independent animated films and has supervised ASIFA-Hollywood's life drawing workshops for over two years.

Steven Hagel is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Chromacolour International Limited. He was directly responsible for the development and introduction of Chromacolour's ProGrade and ProGrade `Plus' lines of Animation Paper. Steven was recently awarded the `E Award' for Quality Enhancement by Venture Magazine in Canada for the development of the animation papers in addition to other products Chromacolour has introduced into the animation marketplace over the last five years.

Michelle Klein-Häss is a San Fernando Valley-based writer, Associate Editor of Toon Magazine and Editor/Webkeeper of Animation Nerd's Paradise.

Wendy Jackson is Associate Editor of Animation World Magazine.

Heather Kenyon is Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Magazine.

Andrew J. Lederer has been a writer and editor for Wild Cartoon Kingdom, Sci-Fi Universe, Film Threat and The Elmo Aardvark Newsletter. He recently contributed to an essay on the history of Paramount cartoons that accompanies a just-released CD featuring music from the films.

Scott Maiko is an LA-based freelance writer having been published in such obscure zines and magazines as MOO juice, Thrift SCORE, Wild Cartoon Kingdom, A to Z, and Snackbar Confidential. Time, The New Yorker, and Variety are but a few of the much more widely-known publications for which he's never written. In his spare time, Scott enjoys writing short, three-sentence-long bios about himself in the third person.

Dave Marshall co-directed FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue for Fox at Wild Brain in San Francisco.

Shelley McIntyre is the Project Coordinator for the RealFlash Animation Festival.

Sherry Niedelman is a Los Angeles-based independent artist, writer and educator, who promotes non-violence in media through affiliation with the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles County.

Bill Predmore works as Creative Director on a team of award-winning on-line designers and programmers at Seattle-based POP! Multimedia. POP! specializes in the production of web-based Flash and RealFlash animation, working with clients such as PBS On-line, The Microsoft Network and Disney's Bill Nye to create some of the coolest stuff on the web.

Phil Robinson co-directed FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue for Fox at Wild Brain in San Francisco.

Kath Soucie is a Los Angeles-based voice actor. Her animation credits include voice work on Disney's Beauty and the Beast, 101 Dalmatians, Jungle Cubs, Quack Pack, Gargoyles, Pepper Ann and Recess; Nickelodeon's Rugrats and Hey Arnold; DreamWorks' Invasion America and Toonsylvania; Universal's Casper, Earthworm Jim and Savage Dragon; Hanna-Barbera's Dexter's Laboratory; HBO's Spawn; Warner Bros.' Space Jam, and Lucas Arts games Full Throttle, Outlaws and Mortimer.

Joseph Szadkowski writes on various aspects of popular culture and is a columnist for The Washington Times.

Emru Townsend is a freelance writer who won't stop talking about cinema, animation and computers. He is also the founder and former editor of FPS, a magazine about animation.

Kirsten Winter runs a film production company, which specializes in experimental animation. She recently created a short animated sequence for the Absolut Panushka web site. She is also a part-time lecturer for animation at the college of higher education in Hanover, Germany. She is involved in several film festivals and loves to leave Germany temporarily, in search of new inspirations and collaborations.

Mike Wolf, a 20-year veteran of the animation industry, is currently producing the animation for both The Simpsons and King of the Hill for Fox at Film Roman.

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