Animation World Magazine, Issue 3.4, July 1998

This Month's Contributors

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Samantha Berger edits and publishes the comic book Pure Friction. Her self-published graphic novel, The Dungeon Diary, will be released in 1999. By day, she writes, draw and narrates children's books on tape for Scholastic in new York City.

Peter Chung is the creator of Aeon Flux, the animated series on MTV. He studied animation at Cal Arts and has worked in the animation industry since 1981. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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

Maureen Furniss is the editor and publisher of Animation Journal, a scholarly journal based at Chapman University, in Orange, California, where she is an assistant professor in the School of Film and Television.

Dr. Robert R. Hieronimus traveled with numerous rock and roll bands as spiritual advisor and poster designer in the late 1960's, as he began his long career as a muralist and painter. His highly acclaimed occult and symbolic murals include the 2,700 square foot prophetic "Apocalypse" at the Johns Hopkins University. Together with his wife and partner, Zoh, Bob operates a media research service called Hieronimus & Co., Inc., providing story and guest ideas and materials to television, newspapers and radio worldwide. Their work has been featured on ABC Radio, CNN, C-SPAN, PBS, and in dozens of leading publications like The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe and The San Francisco Chronicle. Dr. Robert R. Hieronimus is presently at work completing his long-delayed history book on the turbulent journey of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine, and how it evolved from Liverpool to Pepperland. This book should see publication by the summer of 1999.

Wendy Jackson is associate editor of Animation World Magazine.

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

Andy Klein is a film critic for the New Times newspaper chain. He is head of the animation committee for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA).

Cedric Littardi is one of the founders of the AnimeLand  magazine in France and has worked as a specialized journalist in various European countries. He created the first japanese anime label in France (KAZE Animation) and now works as a consultant in all graphic and animation areas.

Sean Murch has worked in the development, production, financing and sales of animated film and television programs for the past eight years. He has lived and worked in London, Paris, San Francisco, Vancouver and most recently, Toronto. In 1998, Sean joined Nelvana Enterprises as Director of Canadian Sales and Distribution. In addition to his sales duties, Sean also sits on Nelvana's development committee and is responsible for program development in Canada.

Ron Merk has art directed more than 200 limited editions, featuring characters such as Speed Racer, Superman, Astroboy, and characters from Warner Bros., MGM, King Features and others.

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

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 then executive vice president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons.

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.

Tom Sito
is a 20-year animation veteran and teacher who's credits include He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Prince of Egypt and Paulie. He was elected president of the animator's union M.P.S.C. 839 in 1992 and has served in that capacity ever since.

Adam Snyder is President of Rembrandt Films, producer of Nudnik and Friends, distributed by Sunbow Entertainment, and other cartoons and several series distributed by Palm Plus Productions, including classic animation from Zagreb Film and the Sofia Animation Studio, which are packaged into two thirteen part series, Maxicat and Friends and Three Fools and Friends respectively.

Charles Solomon is an internationally respected critic and historian of animation. His most recent books include The Disney That Never Was (Hyperion, 1995), Les Pionniers du Dessin Animé Américain (Dreamland, Paris, 1996) and Enchanted Drawings: The History of Animation (Knopf, 1989; reprinted, Wings, 1994). His writings on the subject have appeared in TV Guide, Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, Modern Maturity, Film Comment, the Hollywood Reporter, Millimeter, the Manchester Guardian, and been reprinted in newspapers and professional journals in the United States, Canada, France, Russia, Britain, Israel, the Netherlands and Japan.

Joseph Szadkowski writes on various aspects of popular culture and is a columnist for The Washington Times.

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