Terry Ibele’s in-depth interview series, with guests including JJ Villard, John Musker, Tina Nowracki, and Fred Seibert, shares their stories, their insight, and their career advice.
If you get a chance, take a moment to head over to Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, home to almost 70 in-depth interviews he’s done with a very cool selection of artists from animation and related industries. With a new podcast every week, Ibele is dedicated to sharing the stories of today’s animation professionals - how they got to where they are, and what they learned along the way. Episodes cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, game design, and more. Guests have included the notorious JJ Villard, Disney Director John Musker, Sony Lead Animator Humberto Rosa, Cuphead’s Tina Nowracki, Frederator’s Fred Seibert, Tumble Leaf’s Scarlet Nelson, and many others from major animation studios all over the world.
Ibele, himself a stop-motion animator (see AWN’s Fresh Takes piece on his whimsical short, The Silly Duck Wizard), deftly digs into all manner of topics, facilitating interviewees to share insights and opinions on a wide range of topics like pitching shows, marketing your work online, key skills studios look for when they bring on talent in storyboarding, vizdev, character design and animation.
His most recent interview is Episode 69: How Jackie Davis Quit Her Job to Make Webcomics For A Living (Underpants & Overbites)
This podcast features Jackie Davis, the webcomic artist behind Underpants and Overbites, a watercolor diary comic all about her “often funny, but occasionally serious tiny human life in Rochester, New York.” Frequent themes and characters include her relationship with her husband Pat (aka The Purple Guy), childhood memories, mental health, anxiety, and just how confusing life as a human on this planet can be. In this chat, she shares how she figured out how to make a sustainable income off webcomics.
Check out Ibele and Davis to learn:
- The not-so-talked about details of what quitting your job to pursue your passion is actually like
- How Jackie deals with self-doubt
- How Jackie smashed the perfectionist attitude while still making great art
In 2018, Ibele, who lives in Toronto, decided to quit his career as a Marketer and pursue his love for animation. Since then, he’s become well known for his viral animation productions, which include the previously mentioned Silly Duck Wizard, which is how AWN first came to know him and his work.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.