This Month's Contributors

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Mike Amron is a computer graphics instructor at DHIMA. He has worked for a number of leading visual effects companies, including Digital Domain, VIFX and Industrial Light & Magic.

Tom Calthrop is Managing Director of London-based smudge.

Jennifer A. Champagne is a founding partner at Max Ink Cafe, LLC. Champagne is currently wrapping the first season of Black Scorpion and the animated short, Players.

Judith Cockman
is a freelance journalist, playwright and award-winning documentary writer. Her articles and reviews have been featured in such publications as The Toronto Star, The Sunday Sun, Creative Planet, Kidscreen Magazine and Playback. The mother of four, she has been surfing kid's CD-Roms with her brood for fifteen years.

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

Kellie-Bea Cooper is in the animation and SPFX industry and has produced both traditional animation and computer animation. She has worked for The Baer Animation Company, Jim Henson Interactive, and Warner Bros. TV animation. Kellie-Bea is currently the owner and president of her new studio and school, The Better Mouse Trap.

Lee Dannacher is an animation producer/sound track director of over 300 half hours of television films, as well as numerous network and video holiday specials. Currently based in New York, she is freelancing in audio, project development and new media productions.

Don Filipchuk has been involved with QAS since 1992, taking classes, producing newsletters, serving on the Board of Directors, producing short animated works. Plus, he recently led his first QAS workshop; an animation "Web Jam," a portion of which is now available for viewing on the QAS website. His first completed animated film, Scuba Siv, has been screened at film festivals across North America, including Philadelphia, Chicago, Victoria and Halifax. Don is also the past president and has been the QAS webmaster since 1996.

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).

Eric Huelsman is the head of the 3D computer graphics center at the Abram Friedman Occupational Center.

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

David Kilmer is Associate Editor of Animation World Magazine, a filmmaker, and author of The Animated Film Collector's Guide: Worldwide Sources for Cartoons on Videotape and Laserdisc (1997, John Libbey & Co.). He is currently working on The Do-It-Yourself Cartoon I.D. Kit, a companion volume to his earlier book.

Michael Mallory has written over 100 articles about animation, past and present, for such publications as Comics Scene, Animation, In Toon, Daily Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Millimeter. He is also the author of the book Hanna-Barbera Cartoons.

Bob Miller is an animation professional who has written extensively about the industry for Starlog, Comics Scene, Animation Magazine, Animato!, Animation Planet, Comics Buyer's Guide, and APATOONS. He currently works as storyboard supervisor for John R. Dilworth on Courage, the Cowardly Dog, coming this fall to the Cartoon Network.

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

Buzz Potamkin is an award-winning independent producer, best known for The Berenstain Bears and Dr. Seuss. Before he escaped L.A. for New York, he had been President of Southern Star Prods. and also Executive Vice President of a major cartoon studio. In the Internet world, he is on the Board of Directors of Visionary Media, the creators of WhirlGirl.

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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