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Podcast EP74: Spike & Kat Share ‘Animation Outlaws’ Spike & Mike Documentary

Spike Decker and Kat Alioshin share a behind the scenes look at their new film chronicling the famous ‘Sick and Twisted’ animation show’s fascinating, hilarious and ground-breaking history.

Take a moment to head over to Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, home now to 74 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.

His most recent interview is Episode 74: Spike & Kat Share Animation Outlaws: The History Of The Spike & Mike Animation Festival

This episode features Spike Decker, of Spike & Mike's Animation Festival, and producer Kat Alioshin, who share a behind the scenes look of their new documentary, Animation Outlaws. The film, which premiered July 14, covers the history of the infamous Spike and Mike Animation Festival theatrical short film programs and how they changed the face of modern animation as we know it.

Check out Ibele, Decker, and Alioshin to learn:

  • The guerrilla marketing tactics that had people pouring into theatres
  • How Spike gave a start to today’s animation bigshots including Tim Burton and Nick Park
  • What risks animators can take to get noticed in today’s marketplace

Find out where to watch Animation Outlaws here.

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.