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Robin Allan is a writer and art historian based in Derbyshire, England. He has written extensively on Disney and has lectured on the subject in Britain, Europe, Canada and the United States. His book, Walt Disney and Europe, will be published this year by John Libbey.

Amid Amidi is associate editor of Animation World Magazine.

Joseph K. Bevilacqua, a protégé of Yogi Bear voice artist Daws Butler, is a veteran radio comedy writer, producer, and actor, as well as cartoonist. His programs have aired on public radio stations nationwide since 1980 and have been honored by The Museum of Television and Radio as part of their "Contemporary Radio Humor" exhibits. He is currently developing animation scripts with his wife and creative partner, Lorie B. Kellogg. Their comedy can be heard in RealAudio and seen in comic strips on their website, Joe & Lorie's Comedy-O-Rama.

The Classical Animation Society is a student organization at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Devoted to character animation and the animation industry, the Society was founded to unite the animation students at SCAD to promote learning about the art, craft and industry of animation.

Tony Craig is Executive Producer of Disney's Mickey MouseWorks.

Maureen Furniss
, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor and Program Director of Film Studies at Chapman University in Orange, California. She is the Founding Editor of Animation Journal and the author of Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics (John Libbey, 1998).

Ilene Renee Gannaway 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 and unashamedly admits to loving Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals.

Michael Geisler is an award winning cartoon sound effects editor/designer, for feature films (Small Soldiers, Dante's Peak, Space Jam, Cats Don't Dance, Demolition Man), television (Disney's Aladdin, Rocko's Modern Life, The Ren & Stimpy Show), and various short films (Chicken from Outer Space, Smart Talk with Raisin). He is currently Supervising Sound Editor on the new Johnny Bravo series and Kampung Boy.

Wendy Jackson is a Los Angeles-based writer, consultant and educator specializing in animation. Her articles on the subject have been published in Animation Journal, Animation Magazine, ASIFA News, Cinefantastique, FPS, Television Business International and Variety, as well as Animation World Magazine, where she was formerly associate editor.

Heikki Jokinen is a freelance journalist and critic living in Helsinki, Finland. He is president of ASIFA Nordic, the ASIFA regional body for the five Nordic and three Baltic countries. In his lifetime, Heikki has spent a total of two and a half months at the Tampere International Short Film Festival.

Heather Kenyon is editor-in-chief of Animation World Magazine.

Bill Mikulak got a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania for his dissertation, "How Cartoons Became Art," then left academia for L.A.

Bill Plympton is an award-winning independent animator based in New York. His new feature film, I Married A Strange Person, is currently touring the festival circuit. Bill Plympton's web site can be seen in AWN's Animation Village at

Dan Sarto is the Co-Publisher of Animation World Network.

Stéphane Singier is the director of Paris' Z.A. Productions. Since 1987, the studio has won more than 20 international prizes and has become known as one of the most creative in the field of digital simulation with such 3-D series as The Quarx. He is also a consultant on new imaging technologies and a member of the Administrative Council of CARTOON, a media council of the European Commission, where he represents France. He is also a member of CST and AFCA and was formerly vice president of the Union of Animation Producers (SPFA).

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.

Léa Zagury is an independent animator. She is also one of the co-directors and co-founders of Brazil's Anima Mundi International Animation Festival, established in 1993.

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