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This Month’s Contributors

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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.

Rick DeMott is the Associate Editor of Animation World Magazine.Previously, he served as Media Coordinator for Hollywood-based Acme Filmworks. He holds a BA in Film/Video from Penn State University with a Minor in Comparative Literature.

Borivoj "Bordo" Dovnikovic (1930) is a film director, animator, cartoonist, illustrator and graphic designer located in Zagreb, Croatia. Bordo is one of the pioneers of Yugoslav (Croatian) animation and belongs to the well-known Zagreb School of Animated Films. During his 40-year career he has received a great number of international awards (Columbus, New York, Chicago, Annecy, Berlin, Leipzig, Zagreb, Varna, San Antonio, Krakow and Treviso among others). In 1995 he received the Life Achievement Award Mister Linea at the International Animation Festival in Treviso. Bordo has had special presentations and retrospectives held in: Paris (Cinematheque Francaise), Montreal (Cinematheque Quebecoise), New York (Museum of Modern Art) and 15 other cities in the U.S., Moscow, Ottawa, Barcelona, Prague, Lucca and Erevan. In 1985 he published his book How To Make Cartoons. Bordo has been participating in the organization of the World Festival of Animated Films in Zagreb since its beginning (1972) and from 1985 to 1991 was the festival director. Since 1994 he has been the ASIFA Secretary General.

Mark Evanier made the long, hard struggle to Hollywood all the way from West Los Angeles. He's been writing comic books since 1969 (when he apprenticed with the legendary Jack Kirby), live-action TV since 1976 and animation since 1978. His comic book credits include his own co-creations, The DNAgents, Crossfire and The Mighty Magnor,along with fourteen years of collaborating with cartoonist Sergio Aragonés on Groo the Wanderer. Mark has also worked on pre-existing characters including Superman, Blackhawk, The New Gods, Tarzan, Mickey Mouse, Super Goof, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety & Sylvester, Pink Panther, Woody Woodpecker, The Flintstones, Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear and dozens of others. In animation, he wrote, voice-directed and co-produced 121 half-hours of Garfield and Friendsfor CBS, and can also claim credits on Mother Goose and Grimm, CBS Storybreak, Dungeons and Dragons, ABC Weekend Special, Scooby Doo, Thundarr the Barbarian, The Wuzzles, Richie Rich, Yogi Bearand many more. In the arena of live-action television, he has written for Welcome Back, Kotter, The Love Boat, Cheers, Bob, That's Incredible, The Richard Pryor Show,plus dozens of variety shows and specials. He has three Emmy nominations (no wins) and lives in Los Angeles in a big house full of comic books.

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 Journaland the author of Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics(John Libbey, 1998).

Martin "Dr. Toon" Goodman is a longtime student and fan of animation. He lives in Anderson, Indiana.

Wendy Jackson Hall is an independent animator, educator, writer and consultant specializing in animation. Her articles have been published in Animation Journal, Animation Magazine, ASIFA News, the Hollywood Reporter, Varietyand Wired. She was previously associate editor of Animation World Magazine.

Eric Huelsman is the over-paid, underworked er -- that's underpaid, over-worked -- guy in charge of the Friedman 3D computer animation program.

Heather Kenyon is editor in chief of Animation World Magazine.

Jacquie Kubin, a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, enjoys writing about the electronic entertainment and edutainment mediums, including the Internet. She is a frequent contributor to the Washington Timesand Krause Publication magazines. She has won the 1998 Certificate of Award granted by the Metropolitan Area Mass Media Committee of the American Association of University Women.

Larry Lauria is an animator/educator with 25 years in the industry. When not working on his current millennium animation project, 2KJ,Larry keeps himself busy working as a freelance animator and classical animation instructor. He can also be found designing animation curricula, or traveling around the world giving animation workshops and master classes. His Web site "The Toon Institute" is part of the AWN family.

Andrew Osmond is a freelance writer specializing in fantasy media and animation.

Fred Patten has written on anime for fan and professional magazines since the late 1970s.

J. Paul Peszko is a freelance writer and screenwriter living in Los Angeles. He writes feature articles, interviews and reviews for regional publications. He currently has two scripts under option and is working on a feature comedy, in addition to just completing his first novel. When he isn't writing, he teaches communications courses.

Karen Raugust is the author of several books and reports on licensing and entertainment, including The Licensing Business Handbook, International Licensing: A Status Report(both available from EPM Communications, New York) and Merchandise Licensing for the Television Industry(available from Focal Press, Newton, Mass.). She also writes about licensing, animation and other topics for publications including The Hollywood Reporter, Publishers Weeklyand Animation Magazine,and acts as a consultant to the licensing and entertainment industries. She is the former Executive Editor of The Licensing Letter.

Elizabeth Shin is the Editorial Administrator of Animation World Magazine.She holds a master’s degree from U.C. Irvine and speaks four languages including French, Korean and Japanese. Previously she served as Romance Administrator for New Times and Advertising Coordinator for LA Weekly.She also acts as a facilitator for the University of Phoenix, giving lectures on written communications and has had short stories published in the Berkeley Campanile.

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 has been 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.

Paul Younghusband is editor-in-chief of Visual Magic Magazine,a publication focusing on the 3-D graphics and digital effects industries.

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