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Podcast EP115: ‘We Bare Bears’ Mikey Heller On Becoming a Writer at Cartoon Network

Head writer shares his path from webcomics to hit CN show, with behind-the-scenes writers’ room insights.

Take a moment to head over to Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, home now to 115 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, Spike & Mike’s Spike Decker, 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.

One of his most recent interviews is Episode 115: Head Writer ‘We Bare Bears’ Mikey Heller On How He Became A Writer At Cartoon Network

This chat features Mikey Heller, Head Writer for Cartoon Network’s hit show, We Bare Bears and the spin-off series, We Baby Bears. Heller shares how publishing webcomics landed him his first writing role, plus a behind-the-scenes look into the writing room at Cartoon Network.

Tune in to Heller and Ibele to hear:

  • How to make your writing stand out
  • What to do to bump your application to the top of a writing position
  • Three ways animators and writers can better work together

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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 AWN 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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Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.