Edward Gorey is famous for his macabre stories and dark designs. Image courtesy of Storyopolis.

Storyopolis Gets Gorey. On October 29, 30 and 31, 1998, the Los Angeles-based art gallery and book store, Storyopolis will host "English Soup," a performance featuring six actors and a cast of hand-made puppets, devised and directed by Edward Gorey, followed by "Dramatis Artifacti," a one-month exhibition of original art work and ephemera by the artist. Gorey's macabre drawings were brought to life by animator Derek Lamb for the title sequence for the PBS series Mystery. Gorey, a notorious recluse, will not be present at the Storyopolis event, however, it is a rare opportunity for a close-up look at the artist's work. Reservations are by non-refundable pre-payment only. Tickets are $15. each. Call (310) 358-2500.

The January 1998 issue of Animation World Magazine includes
an article about Storyopolis.

Imagina `99 in Two Venues. Imagina, a computer conference and festival which is often referred to as the European equivalent to SIGGRAPH, is expanding for its 18th edition, January 18-22, 1999. In keeping with tradition, the event will start in Monaco, January 18-20, with conferences and panel discussions on the theme "integral images and meta tools", the "Prix Pixel-INA" awards competition and the Innovation Space; then, in Paris, January 20-22, the event will continue with the exhibition of new industrial developments and technologies.
For information, visit

Read Stéphane Singier's review, "
Imagina '98: Digital Becomes Integral" in the April 1998 issue of Animation World Magazine.

Last Month in Animation
The following is a list of events which took place since the last issue of Animation World Magazine was published. These listings are published weekly in the Animation Flash, a free newsletter which is distributed by e-mail.
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* Wednesday, August 26. Burbank, California, U.S.A.
Women In Animation Los Angeles presented "Teaming Up: Artists & Writers in Collaboration," a panel discussion featuring television animation creative teams Sue Rose and Nanatchka Khan (Pepper Ann, Disney), Liz Scofield and John McCann (Animaniacs, Warner Bros.) and Bill Kopp and Jeff DeGrandis (Toonsylvania, DreamWorks). There was also a screening of the stereoscopic computer-animated short Azimuth by Staceyjoy Elkin (3D viewing glasses provided). The event was at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank (Hollywood way entrance). Space is limited and advance RSVP is required. Call (310) 535-3838.

Read a review and view a clip of Staceyjoy Elkin's film,
Azimuth in the August 1998 issue of Animation World Magazine.

* Wednesday, August 26. Burbank, California, U.S.A.
ASIFA-Hollywood presented an evening with animator and educator Jules Engel at 7:30 p.m. The conversation, focusing on Engel's work during the Golden Age of animation in Hollywood, was hosted by Tom Sito, and held at ASIFA-Hollywood's headquarters at 725 South Victory Blvd. (near Alameda) in Burbank. For information and reservations call (818) 842-8330.

Bill Plympton's I Married a Strange Person opened in theaters last month. © Bill Plympton.

* Friday, August 28. New York City, New York, and Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Bill Plympton's animated feature film, I Married a Strange Person launched its North American theatrical run at two theaters simultaneously: the Anjelika in New York and the NuArt in Los Angeles. The film is being distributed by Lion's Gate Entertainment. For more showdates and information, visit
Bill Plympton's web site in Animation World Network.

* Saturday, August 29. Pasadena, California, U.S.A.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) presented the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in a special show at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium which was taped and televised on the cable network, TV Land, on September 11. This was the first time the Creative Arts Awards, including its craft-specific Emmys such as "outstanding individual achievement in animation"--were televised.

* Sunday, August 30 - Friday, September 4. San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Seybold, a conference and exposition of publishing technologies, took place at Moscone Center. Classes covered topics such as "Animation and Video for the Web." On Tuesday, September 1, a keynote speech was given by Steve Jobs, chairman and CEO of Pixar Animation Studios and co-founder and interim CEO of Apple Computer, Inc. For information visit

* Thursday, September 3 - Sunday, September 6. Lake Buena Vista, Florida, U.S.A.
The Disney Institute, a vacation resort, hosted "Mulan: An Animation Experience," a four-day event which gave guests a hands-on look at the making of the animated feature Mulan. The program included animation workshops, appearances by the film's supervising animator Mark Henn, CGI supervisor Eric Guaglione, head of special effects David Tidgwell and voice actress June Foray. For pricing and information, call (800) 496-6337. This event will be repeated September 11-14.

* Thursday, September 3. Melbourne, Australia.
Digital Divas, a networking group for women working in new media, hosted a meeting at Open Channel, 13 Victoria Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne. Existing members include Kathy Mueller, Kiera Poelsma and Maree Woolley. For information, contact

* Thursday, September 3. Studio City, California, U.S.A.
Screenmusic Studios hosted the first meeting of Women In Animation Los Angeles' new Voice Over Group from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Call Muriel Whitaker at (310) 412-2719. Screenmusic Studio is located at 11700 Ventura Boulevard in Studio City.

* Tuesday, September 8. Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Women In Animation Los Angeles hosted a mixer at Lumpy Gravy, the restaurant/gallery co-owned by Gabor Csupo of Klasky Csupo. The event was the second in a series of fundraising animation mixers that will take place on the second Tuesday of every month. The event will feature the original "napkin cartoon" drink special: draw a cartoon on a napkin, get a discount! Lumpy Gravy is located at 7311 Beverly Blvd. For information call (323) 934-9400.

* Wednesday, September 9 - Sunday, September 27. New York City, New York, U.S.A.
The International Festival of Puppet Theater, presented by the Jim Henson Foundation, took place at theaters all around the city. Highlights included performances by the Handspring Puppet Company featuring William Kentridge, and other groups, and exhibits of work by artists such as Janie Geiser. Concurrently, the Guggenheim museum hosted a series of puppet films including work by The Brothers Quay, Jan Svankmajer, Lasislas Starewitch, and others, in addition to an entire program of films by Estonian animators. For information on the festival, visit, and for film series information call (212) 360-4321.

This issue of Animation World Magazine includes an article about
William Kentridge, independent animator and member of the Handspring Puppet Company.

* Friday, September 11. Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
The 50th annual Prime Time Emmy Awards will take place and simultaneously air on the cable network, TV Land. The winner in the animated series category will be included in the next Animation Flash.

* Saturday, September 12 - Sunday, September 13. Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
The second Los Angeles International Short Film Festival took place at Barnsdall Art Park on Hollywood Boulevard. Animation was featured in two programs on Sunday: the Family Entertainment program at 10:00 a.m. included Kissing My Brain by Tanya Hurley, Salad Bowl by Michael Blum and Frieden: The Tree of Peace by Chau, Hiu Fan (Alina); The Animation program at 12:00 p.m. featured 13 films including Science Facts by AMPnyc, Deviant by Eoin Clarke, Knitwits by Buzzzco, The Third Ticket by Doug Vitarelli, Organ Cranker by John Foulk and The Devil Went Down to Georgia by Michael Johnson. For information visit or call (213) 427-8016.

An article by Alina Chau , director of
Frieden: The Tree of Peace, is featured in this issue of Animation World Magazine.

* Wednesday, September 16. Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
The Short Pictures International Film Festival (SPIFF) hosted a mixer at the Bar Marmont on Sunset, one block west of Crescent Heights. The event began at 7:00 p.m. with special guests including a talent-scouting John Andrews, executive producer at Klasky Csupo Commercials. Valet Parking was $3.50 and there was no cover charge to attend. For information visit

* Thursday, September 17. Burbank, California, U.S.A.
Women In Animation's Writers Group met at ASIFA-Hollywood's Animation Center. This month's topic is "Copyright and Trademark: Protecting Your Idea," with speaker Ronda Dixon, entertainment lawyer and creator of the animated show Hip House. Admission was $10 for WIA L.A. members, $20 for non-members. Call (818)842-8330 or contact

* Friday, September 18 -Sunday, September 20. Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.A.
Anime Iowa, a convention for fans of Japanese animation, took place at the Radisson Highlander Inn. For information visit

* Saturday, September 19. Northampton, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
The Words & Pictures Museum hosted an appearance and book signing by its founder, Kevin Eastman, co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The event kicked off at 10:30 a.m. with a members-only discussion and exhibit tour. For information visit

* Saturday, September 19. Santa Clarita, California, U.S.A.
The International Center for Gibbon Studies (ICGS) hosted a private event for artists interested in sketching the live animals, presented by Women In Animation Los Angeles. The trip included a lectured tour and a rare opportunity to practice life drawing of more than 30 animals. "Gibbons are fast-moving small primates that are active in the morning and slow down during the afternoon, so the day will satisfy quick sketch to intense study for all artists," said event coordinator Susan Palmer. The cost per person was $8.00 and pre-paid RSVPs were due by Monday, September 14. Contact

* Wednesday, September 23. Burbank, California, U.S.A.
ASIFA-Hollywood presented Tom Sito's "An Evening With..." series featuring Lou Scheimer. Scheimer started out as a layout artist on the Paramount Popeye series. In 1967 he started Filmation Studios, which produced animated series such as Fat Albert, He-Man and The Archies. The program started at 7:30 p.m. Admission was $7.00 at the door. For information call (818) 842-8330.

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