The October Acrobat issue of Animation World Magazine is now on-line! In this issue, we investigate Innovative Animation Techniques. Karl Cohen goes behind the scenes at Pixar to look at the making of their latest blockbuster Monsters, Inc. Pierre Hérbert proves that independent animation isn't being left in technology's wake. Sweden's Studio FilmTecknarna offers innovative design coupled with a love of music and a smart subversive wit. Joan Kim interviews Nina Paley, Michèle Cournoyer, Stephen X. Arthur and others about their innovative filmmaking techniques. Fred Patten describes the production process of Blood: The Last Vampire, anime's first digital feature and he takes a look at another innovative anime feature -- Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. John Edgar Park discusses the best films of Siggraph's Electronic Theater. Martin "Dr. Toon" Goodman invades the mind of Jhonen Vasquez, the creator of Invader Zim. Gene Deitch explores the importance of premise and Jerry Beck offers up some TV reviews and gets ugly in his review of Butt-Ugly Martians! Wendy Jackson Hall reviews Giannalberto Bendazzi's latest book, Alexeieff: Itinerary of a Master and Will Ryan asks artist Mike Kazaleh slightly fewer than ten questions. Glenn Vilppu continues his "sketching on location" installments with a lesson about creating silhouettes and the importance of positive and negative shapes. We also hear from regulars The Animation Pimp, The Career Coach and Catherine Winder and Zahra Dowlatabadi. To download your free copy of the October issue go to http://mag.awn.com/index.php3?ltype=acrobat.