Animation World Magazine, Issue 3.3, June 1998

This Month's Contributors

Jerry Beck is a cartoon historian, writer and animation studio executive. He was editor of The 50 Greatest Cartoons (Turner), recently co-wrote Warner Bros. Animation Art (Levin) and is currently a freelance writer and consultant through his own company, Cartoon Research Co.

Robert Gonzales is director of Technology & Operations at Warner Bros. Online.

Michelle Klein-Häss is a San Fernando Valley-based writer, photographer and webkeeper. Her flagship web site is Animation Nerd's Paradise, one of the Animation World Network family of animation sites. ANP can be visited at

Ilene Hoffman is a freelance writer who served as director of development for Turner Feature Animation and as manager of development for Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in English Literature.

Wendy Jackson is associate editor of Animation World Magazine.

Heather Kenyon is editor in chief of Animation World Magazine.

Kit Laybourne is behind one of the sweetest shows on TV (Gullah Gullah Island) for Nickelodeon and the most twisted (Liquid Television) for MTV. He is currently executive producer of Hank The Cowdog, an animated feature film and television series being developed by Nickelodeon. During the 1995-96 academic year, he taught the Advanced Animation Seminar at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He also authored one of the standard texts on animation, The Animation Book, with a new edition covering digital animation to be published by Crown in September 1998.

Patrick Loughney, Ph.D. is head of the Moving Image Section of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division of The Library of Congress.

Michel Ocelot is president of the International Animated Film Association (ASIFA).

Barry Purves is a Manchester-based filmmaker. Through his production company, Bare Boards Productions, he has directed several stop-motion animated films and commercials, including Next, Screen Play, Rigoletto and Achilles.

Kellie-Bea Rainey is in the animation and SPFX industry and has produced both traditional animation and computer animation. Kellie-Bea has worked for Pacific Title Digital, National SIGGRAPH `95, The Baer Animation Company, and most recently, Jim Henson Interactive. Kellie-Bea is currently the owner and president of her new studio and school, The Better Mouse Trap.

Chris Robinson is executive director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival and the founder and director of SAFO, the International Student Animation Festival of Ottawa. In his spare time, Robinson is vice president of ASIFA-Canada, and managing editor of FPS Animation Magazine. Robinson has curated film programs (AnimExpo, Images Festival, and Olympia Film Festival), served on juries (AnimExpo, World Animation Celebration), and written articles on animation for Animation World Magazine, FPS, and Take One.

Glenn Vilppu teaches figure drawing at the American Animation Institute, the Masters program of the UCLA Animation Dept., Walt Disney Feature Animation and Warner Bros. Feature Animation, and is being sent to teach artists at Disney TV studios in Japan, Canada and the Philippines. Vilppu has also worked in the animation industry for 18 years as a layout, storyboard and presentation artist. His drawing manual and video tapes are being used worldwide as course materials for animation students.

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