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Podcast EP 229: Mindy Johnson On Women in Animation & ‘Pencils Vs Pixels’

The award-winning author, historian, filmmaker, and educator discusses animation’s history and the upcoming documentary highlighting Disney’s transition from hand-drawn to CG animation.

Check out Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, featuring a new podcast every week focusing on the stories of today’s animation professionals - how they got to where they are and what they learned along the way. Now home to 229 episodes, the podcasts cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, and game design. Guests have included returning guest Aaron Augenblick; the notorious JJ Villard; Spike & Mike’s Spike Decker; Disney Director John Musker; Sony Lead Animator Humberto Rosa; Frederator’s Fred Seibert; Tumble Leaf’s Scarlet Nelson; and many others from major animation studios all over the world.

Podcast EP 229: Mindy Johnson On Women in Animation & ‘Pencils Vs Pixels

This episode features award-winning author, historian, filmmaker, and educator Mindy Johnson, author of “Ink & Paint,” and “Pencils, Pens, and Brushes,” who discusses women in animation, including the first woman in animation. Johnson also talks about her part in the upcoming documentary Pencils Vs Pixels, which covers the history of Disney’s transition from hand-drawn animation to CG and the artists that helped make it happen.

Tune in to Ibele and Johnson to hear:

  • The newly discovered first woman in animation.
  • What compelled Johnson to pursue a career in animation history?
  • Highlights of the upcoming documentary, coming November 7.

Ibele has begun to publish the interviews as videos as well – you can find previous interviews here!

Social Links:

  • Check out Johnson’s website
  • Check out Pencils vs Pixels’ website

Watch the trailer for Pencils Vs Pixels:

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, encouraging 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.

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 A.W.N. first came to know him and his work.

Learn more about Ibele’s work and podcast by visiting You can find all The Animation Podcast episodes on his Soundcloud site:

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.