Ichibancon 2016 Convention Report (With Vic Mignogna Interview!)

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A few years ago, when I was still in high school, a person who liked anime was made fun of for it. My school had a manga/book club, and the entire group was often ridiculed by jocks who wouldn’t know good writing if it were mixed in their protein shakes. Despite this, I grew to love the art form, and when I learned that there were whole conventions devoted to it, I begged my dad to take me to one. Surprisingly, he agreed.

Anime conventions were smaller then, including my first, Ichibancon 2012, which was held at a tiny hotel in Charlotte, NC. I originally went with two friends to meet none other than Vic Mignogna, who was–and remains to this day–my favorite voice actor. We stood in his autograph line for about 30 minutes, and when I finally got to his table, I said “Hi” in a talking-to-your-crush-for-the-first-time voice.

Now, five years later, I’m still going to that same convention. It was held this year over New Year’s Day weekend at Embassy Suites Hotel in Concord. Comparing this year’s Ichibancon to the one in 2012 is like comparing the inside of the TARDIS to the inside of my closet. Over 5,000 attendees pre-registered this year, which doesn’t include those who bought a badge on-site. I don’t think 5,000 people even knew about it in in 2012. The cosplayers were awesome. I saw anime, Marvel, and DC characters, plus assorted Pokemon and pop culture figures (the guy dressed as John Cena was meme-tastic). One group of cosplayers was from Undertale, a video game that just came out, which was impressive in its immediacy and quality. Dozens of panels were scheduled on just about any nerdy topic you could imagine, even for Homestuck, the webcomic created in 2009 by Andrew Hussie. The gamers had their own room: dozens of PlayStations and Nintendos (and I don’t mean Nintendogs) projected onto the walls. There was even a TARDIS bouncy house for all the children. I didn’t see the cosplay contest, but I’m sure it was fabulous, especially since, for the first year, a $500 prize was available for first place (this would probably cover the cost of half an automail leg).

Speaking of automail, I got a chance to talk to my five-years-ago idol, Vic Mignogna. Vic is the Johnny Depp of anime. Other voice actors were there, including several members of the cast of Durarara!! (Saki Mikajima, Kasuka Heiwajima, Seiji Yagiri, and Saburo Togusa), whom you don’t see often. But Vic was clearly the biggest draw: one girl came all the way from New Jersey to meet him.

After seeing him a dozen or more times over the years, I felt more relaxed than that initial time. Here is what we discussed.

Me: As Edward Elric, you’re very emotional and over the top. Then you recently switched to playing Kasuka on Durarara!! who is emotionless with a very emotional brother. What was that like?

Vic: You know, I have to tell you, I’m kind of naturally emotional and expressive with my voice. Then, when I was doing Durarara!!, started, and they asked me, can you take the emotion out of it? Can you make it flatter? I’m thinking, it’s pretty flat already. So, yeah, that was a big change.

Me: How long have you been doing conventions?

Vic: Wow. Honestly, maybe a total of thirteen years.

Me: How did you get started?

Vic: Well, I got started in voice acting sixteen or seventeen years ago, and I didn’t know anything about conventions. In fact, there weren’t any at the time. Then, a few years into my career, I saw Monica Rial, and she said to me, “Hey, do you want to go to an anime convention?” I was like, “A what? They have conventions?” I went to Star Trek conventions when I was a little boy, but I had never been to an anime convention. So I went as a guest to one in Ohio, in Columbus, and I was just blown away. I couldn’t believe that there were these wall scrolls with my characters on it and pencil boards and plushies. I had no idea this stuff existed. That was the first one I went to, and of course it ramped up since then.

Me: I’ve also seen you at conventions like DragonCon that are not strictly anime conventions. Talk about the difference between those.

Vic: Anime conventions are very special in and of themselves. There is a real strong sense of community because everybody is there because they love this one specific genre of entertainment. Multicultural, pop culture conventions are more of something for everyone. It’s nice to have an anime presence there, but they don’t typically have the same feeling, a sense of family that you get at an anime convention. I suppose it would probably be the same for any convention that pertains to one thing. If you went to a Supernatural convention, it’s a little more focused. But I enjoy pop culture conventions, mostly because I’m a big sci-fi fan myself, so it’s a real pleasure to get to meet other sci-fi actors that I’m a fan of.

Me: Who is your favorite celebrity you’ve ever met?

Vic: Oh, Bill Shatner, of course. I’ve loved Captain Kirk since I was a little boy. [Want to see Vic as a little boy? Click here.] And you know, when I was young, I used to go to Star Trek conventions, and he is the only one of the original cast I never got to meet. Now, to literally be represented by the same manager who represents Bill, we get booked into conventions together, and we’ve gotten to have dinner together and travel a little bit and hang out, so it’s a real privilege.

Me: Have you had to suppress the urge to squeal like a fangirl?

Vic: All the time. All the time. [Laughs.] I want to respect him and not turn into one of those fanboys he’s dealt with for forty years.

Me: I read on your Wikipedia page that you were once a law enforcement officer.

Vic: I was. Right after college, my mom, who lives on the eastern shore of Maryland, was very good friends with the chief of police in the city where she lived. She always used to brag to him about her son who was a moral, ethical, upstanding member of the community. And so he said, well, I’d like to have someone like that on the police force. I didn’t have any plans right after college, so I went back there and went through the police training and became a cop for two years. It was never a career move. I enjoyed it a lot, but it isn’t something I want to do forever.

Me: It takes a special person to do that job.

Vic: It does. And to deal with the darker side of humanity so much of your life, always having to enforce the laws and deal with people breaking the rules can make a person very cynical and depressed.

Me: I have a copy of your Gospel of John CD. What was the genesis [see what I did there?] of that project?

Vic: Actually, it’s kind of interesting. I was at a convention, and a mother came up to me and said, “My daughter loves your work. She could sit and listen to you for hours. She loves your voice. You could read the phone book and she would listen to it.” I thought, what a nice thing to say. Then I thought, maybe not the phone book, but what if I were to record something of more importance and give it away. So I went home and recorded the Gospel of John and used a contemporary translation and played the piano underneath it to make it easy to listen to. I put a lot of money into it myself to get all the discs pressed, and now I give it away at conventions because what better thing to give to fans of my work than something that is very precious to me?

Me: Do you have plans to do more books?

Vic: I would love to, but it takes a lot of time, and to be honest, I don’t know what book I would do. There aren’t a lot of books of the Bible that stand by themselves, that tell the whole story. If you’re gonna get one chance to tell someone the story of Jesus, why he came, what he did, his ministry, his rising again, all of that, it’s all pretty self-contained in the Gospel of John. So I don’t know what book I would do, and it’s very time-consuming. I don’t have a lot of time, especially now with the Star Trek series I’m doing.

Me: So the Star Trek series is still going well?

Vic: Oh yeah. Bigger than ever. We just finished shooting episode six. Popularity is growing, and viewership is growing. At the risk of sounding partial, it’s fantastic. It looks and feels and sounds exactly like the original series. We have managed to continue the original series in every way, so you feel like you’re watching episodes that were never broadcast.

Me: But they’re all original stories.

Vic: Oh yes. From the recreation of the sets to the lighting, costumes, make-up, story, music, editing, characters—everything. No amount of description can prepare you for the quality. And it’s free. Just go to startrekcontinues.com. The first episode is wonderful, and the second is better than the first, and the third is better than the second. They just get better and better

Me: Last question. What is it like dealing with all the fangirls who are much younger than you?

Vic: Well, it’s kind of funny because, if I were half my age, I would be flattered. But I really look at it more like a father looking at younger people and going, Man, if I can give some joy to this person, if I can make them feel special about themselves, because so many of these kids are struggling with who they are and their place in the world and their security and self-esteem. I feel as if I have been given an opportunity to be an encouragement, somebody that they look up to and notices them and compliments them and puts his arms around them and gives them a big hug and engages with them. I think that’s very important. I didn’t used to realize how important that is, and over the years, with all the emails and letters I’ve gotten and interactions I’ve had at conventions, I’ve come to realize that God has put me here for a very specific purpose, and that is to bring encouragement and love and kindness and support to a lot of people who are at a very sensitive crossroads in their lives.

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Of course, everyone has their criticisms no matter how much they enjoy something, and Ichibancon was not without flaws. For one thing, it needs a larger venue. There were lines to get into the dealer room and artist alley, and some of the panels were standing room only. Parking was ridiculous. I squeezed my car in next to a dumpster, and I saw people walking over from car dealerships and other hotels. According to one staff member, however, the only place large enough to expand to is the Charlotte Convention Center, whose surrounding hotels are much more expensive–$240 a night or more. Anime conventions are largely attended by teenagers, who don’t have much money (and spend what they do have on Call of Duty).

It was clear from artist alley and the dealer room that neither of them was “juried.” Some conventions judge vendors’ merchandise ahead of time and then make decisions on who gets a slot. This is done to make sure there is enough variety and quality in the room. Ichibancon, it seems, didn’t do this because there was a lot of repetition in both areas. Merchandise was mostly plushies, posters, and wall scrolls. There was no manga, and I saw only one dealer selling comic-related stuff (usually, there are more).

Even with all these negative things going on in the convention, that is no reason for the muggles to boycott this convention (I saw a picketer in the parking lot). In fact, I believe that this convention is the perfect one for any anime convention newbies.

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This was only part of the line to get into the dealer’s room.

I hope this doesn't mean what I think it means.

I hope this doesn’t mean what I think it means.

Even broken up bands come to conventions.

Even broken up bands come to conventions.

Don't be upsetti, have some spaghetti!

Don’t be upsetti, have some spaghetti!

My dad stole my brand new beanie.

My dad stole my brand new beanie.

Cosplaying is a lot of work!

Cosplaying is a lot of hard work!

A consequence of a growing convention is more rules.

A consequence of a growing convention is more rules.

Some cosplayers really know how to get a-head.

Some cosplayers really know how to get a-head.

Let me tell you about Homestuck.

Let me tell you about Homestuck.

Even wizards need to eat.

Even wizards need to eat.

I don't think these guys are cosplayers.

I don’t think these guys are cosplayers.

The gaming room is always packed.

The gaming room is always packed.

Wow! My TV isn't this big!

Wow! My TV isn’t this big!

Don't take "friendliness pellets" from strangers.

Don’t take “friendliness pellets” from strangers.

Every year, The Chalk Twins have something new for the silent auction.

Every year, The Chalk Twins have something new for the silent auction.

The sign said "pets are not allowed" but an exception was made for these two.

The sign said “pets are not allowed” but an exception was made for these two.

And this is why pets are not allowed.

And this is why pets are not allowed.

Who invited this guy?

Who invited this guy?

Memes. Memes everywhere.

Memes. Memes everywhere.

Indiana Jones to make return in 2019

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Indy is coming back!

Disney just announced that Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford will return to one of their most famous franchises as Indiana Jones 5 opens on July 19, 2019.

“Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios, in a news release. “It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.”

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The Good Dinosaur Stampedes Home on February 23

January 22, 2016 by  
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Good Dinosaur

Press Release:

From the Studio That Brought You “Inside Out” Comes the Hilariously Heartwarming Tale of Unlikely Friendship

 The Perfect Adventure for the Whole Family Stampedes Home On Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere February 23

Extensive Bonus Features Include the Academy Award© Nominated Theatrical Short “Sanjay’s Super Team,” Making-of Featurettes, Deleted Scenes and More!

 

SYNOPSIS: From the innovative minds of Disney•Pixar comes a hilariously heartwarming adventure about the power of confronting and overcoming your fears and discovering who you are meant to be.

The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely, and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

Bring home this original story full of humor, heart, action and imagination, perfect for the whole family!

CAST:  Raymond Ochoa (NBC’s “The Night Shift,” TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”) as Arlo; Jeffrey Wright (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts I & II”, HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) as Arlo’s wise Poppa; Frances McDormand (HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge,” “Fargo”) as Arlo’s strong Momma; Marcus Scribner (ABC’s “black•ish”) as Arlo’s brother, Buck; Jack Bright (“Monsters University”) as Spot; Steve Zahn (“Captain Fantastic,” “Ridiculous Six,” “Rescue Dawn,” “Mad Dogs”) as a fearless pterodactyl named Thunderclap; A.J. Buckley (TNT’s “Murder in the First,” FX’s “Justified”) as teen T-Rex Nash; Anna Paquin (HBO’s “True Blood”) as Nash’s tenacious sister, Ramsey; Sam Elliott (FX’s “Justified,” “I’ll See You In My Dreams,” “Grandma”) as T-Rex patriarch Butch

DIRECTOR: Peter Sohn (Short – “Partly Cloudy”)

PRODUCER: Denise Ream (“Cars 2,” “Up”)

EXEC. PRODUCERS: John Lasseter (“Inside Out”), Lee Unkrich (“Monsters University”) and Andrew Stanton (“Inside Out”)

ORIGINAL CONCEPT AND DEVELOPMENT:  Bob Peterson

STORY: Peter Sohn, Erik Benson, Meg LeFauve, Kelsey Mann and Bob Peterson

SCREENPLAY BY: Meg LeFauve (“Inside Out”)

MUSIC: Academy Award®-winning film composer Mychael Danna (“Life of Pi”) and Emmy®-nominated composer Jeff Danna (“Tyrant”)

RELEASE DATE: February 23, 2016

PRODUCTS: Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA), Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand

BONUS: Digital HD*, Blu-ray Combo Pack & Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA)

THEATRICAL SHORT – Sanjay’s Super Team – Sanjay loves the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into his Hindu traditions. Reluctance quickly turns into awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on an amazing journey, returning with a new perspective they can both embrace.

TRUE LIES ABOUT DINOSAURS – We know – it’s preposterous to think Apatosaurs spoke English. Learn more about what separates the fictional dinosaurs of “The Good Dinosaur“ from what scientists know about real dinosaurs.

RECYCLOSAURUS – Pixar takes creative competition seriously. Maybe a little too seriously. Watch as “The Good Dinosaur” crew competes to see which department can create the best dinosaur ever…using only discarded items from the studio’s “free table.”

THE FILMMAKERS’ JOURNEY – Finding your way from an idea to a film takes a lot of exploration. Director Peter Sohn and his fellow filmmakers talk about the challenging, inspiring, and unexpectedly emotional experience of making “The Good Dinosaur.”

EVERY PART OF THE DINOSAUR – The filmmakers talk about the special animation challenges of “The Good Dinosaur” – including figuring out how to animate a dinosaur who’s really a boy, and a boy who’s got the spirit of a dog.

FOLLOWING THE T-REX TRAIL – Follow the filmmakers as they travel to a working cattle ranch and meet the McKays, a close-knit family whose work ethic, generosity, and stories inspired the T-Rex ranchers of the film.

COMMENTARY – Commentary from director Peter Sohn, story supervisor Kelsey Mann, supervising animator Mike Venturini, director of photography/lighting Sharon Calahan, and supervising technical director Sanjay Bakshi.

DINO BITES – Montage of original animated pieces produced to promote “The Good Dinosaur.”

HIDE AND SEEK – A short animated clip produced to promote “The Good Dinosaur.”

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DELETED SCENES

o   The Attack  – An idyllic introduction to the family farm is cut short when a savage predator attacks the newborn Arlo. With an introduction by Director Peter Sohn.

o   Building the Silo – An admiring Arlo is thrilled to follow along as his father builds a silo for the family farm. With an introduction by Director Peter Sohn.

o   Waiting for Poppa – Arlo awaits the return of his beloved father on a stormy night, only to be greeted with tragic news. With an introduction by Director Peter Sohn.

 

Blu-ray 3D & DVD:

  • THEATRICAL SHORT – Sanjay’s Super Team

Digital Exclusive:

JUST LISTEN – Trace the development of the unique soundscape of “The Good Dinosaur,” from the wilds of British Columbia as Sound Designer Craig Berkey collects sounds, to the recording studio where Jeff and Mychael Danna use instruments from around the world to create the music.

*Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer               

 

FEATURE RUN TIME:      Approximately 93 min.

RATING:                               Feature Film: PG in U.S.; PG in CE; G in CF

ASPECT RATIO:                 Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / 2.39:1

                                                DVD Feature Film = 2.39:1

AUDIO:                                 Blu-ray = 7.1 DTS

DVD = 5.1 Dolby

LANGUAGES:                      English, French & Spanish

SUBTITLES:                        English SDH, French & Spanish

SOCIAL MEDIA:            Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixarTheGoodDinosaur

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheGoodDinosaur

Instagram:  https://instagram.com/thegooddinosaur/

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Star Wars: Art Awakens Contest Announced

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Press Release:

In celebration of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm and HP proudly present “Art Awakens.”

“Art Awakens” is an exciting new program for Star Wars fans old and new, across the country to revitalize creativity by “Bending the Rules” of the Force, themed around a galaxy far, far away.

“Art Awakens” kicks off August 11th with the launch of a two-month-long nationwide fan art competition across the US. Amateur artists can submit theirStar Wars: The Force Awakens inspired art on ArtAwakens.com for a chance to be featured in an upcoming professional art exhibit later in the year.

Additionally, coming this November to Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles is a three-day Star Wars: The Force Awakens art exhibit featuring top professional and emerging contemporary artists. All new original pieces will be auctioned off in the name of Star Wars: Force for Change to benefit UNICEF Kid Power, which gives kids the power to save lives. By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power band, kids earn points which unlock food packets for malnourished children around the world.

Five lucky winners of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Fan Art Contest, chosen by a judging committee that includes members from Disney, Lucasfilm and the legendary visual effects house Industrial Light & Magic, will have their art featured in the professional gallery exhibit. The winners will also have the opportunity to be flown out to Los Angeles to attend the VIP opening night, among other prizes from HP.

Additionally, an HP “Bend the Rules” Award will be granted to one of the five grand prize winners upon completion of a questionnaire with the highest score in the Innovative Use of Technology category. The HP “Bend the Rules” Award winner will receive an HP Notebook Computer to help them push the boundaries of art and creativity. Get more details at the link…

Scene and Reviewed: 101 Dalmatians Diamond Edition

February 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Animation, Everything Else

101 Dalmatians Diamond EditionJust released on Tuesday, Disney’s classic animated film 101 Dalmatians is now available in on Blu-ray™, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand. This new Diamond Edition includes several new bonus features.

I was supplied with a review copy and was very impressed. I wasn’t sure how the animation would hold up in the Blu-ray format. I don’t know if they did a lot of clean-up or not, but it was gorgeous!

Based on the 1956 book by Dodie Smith, the story of 101 Dalmatians still holds up. One of Disney’s most fiendish villains, Cruella De Vil, loves fur coats and wants to make one made up of the skins of Dalmatian puppies. We find our way into the story first through songwriter Roger and his adult Dalmatian Pongo. Pongo sets about to find a mate for Roger and succeeds in bringing Roger together with Anita, an owner of a female Dalmatian Perdita. It’s love all around, and Perdita soon gives birth to a little of pups. When Roger and Anita rebuff Cruella’s offers to buy the puppies, she decides to not take no for an answer the excitement kicks in. At times, the movie might actually be a bit intense for the truly young as the puppies do encounter their share of peril.

Did you know that 101 Dalmatians was the highest grossing movie of 1961? Or that it was the first Disney animated film to use a contemporary setting? There is a lot of fascinating info in the bonus features. Traditionally, the animation process started with sketches by artists that were then inked over by other artists onto sheets of acetate. The making of 101 Dalmatians came at a critical time for the animation department after Sleeping Beauty failed to be a big money-maker. Looking for ways to cut costs, 101 Dalmatians became the first full-length animated movie to make extensive use of a Xerox machine to take the original sketches straight to the acetate sheets. Although that resulted in a lot of inkers losing their jobs, the primary artists were thrilled that their original drawings were being realized on the screen for the first time.

Here are some clips from the special features:

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I definitely think that this package of 101 Dalmatians would make for a worthy addition to your collection.

Cast:                                      Rod Taylor (Inglorious Bastards, The Birds) as Pongo, J. Pat O’Malley (The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland) as Jasper and Betty Lou Gerson (The Fly, Cats Don’t Dance) as Cruella de Vil

Producer:                   Walt Disney

Directors:                            Wolfgang Reitherman, Hamilton S. Luske and Clyde Geronimi

Writers:                               Story by Bill Peet. Based on the book “101 Dalmatians” by Dodie Smith

Release Date:                    February 10, 2015 (Direct Prebook: 12/16; Distributor Prebook: 12/30)

Product SKUs:                        Digital HD & SD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, Disney Movies Anywhere & On-Demand

 

New Bonus Features:            All New Short – The Further Adventures of Thunderbolt

Walt Disney Presents “The Best Doggoned Dog in the World” (1961 Version)

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Dalmatians 101: Hosted by Cameron Boyce (Disney Channel’s “The Descendants”)

Plus a Selection of Classic Bonus Features

Ratings:                                G in US & Canada (bonus materials are not rated)

Feature Run Time:          Approximately 79 Minutes

Aspect Ratio:                     1:33:1

Audio:                                  Blu-ray: 7.1 DTS-HDMA / 1.0 Dolby Digital (English); 5.1 DTS-HDHR (French) & 5.1 Dolby Digital (Spanish)

Languages:                         English, French and Spanish

Subtitles:                            English (ESL/SDH), French and Spanish

 

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For 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!

UK – Big Hero 6 Signing

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Press Release:

Forbidden Planet is,thrilled to offer the rare opportunity to meet Zach Parrish, Head of Animation at Walt Disney Animation Studios, at our London Megastore on Friday 13th February at 6:00pm.

Animation fans will be able to meet and chat to Zach about his work on the BAFTA and Academy-Award® nominated BIG HERO 6. Zach will be signing copies of ‘The Art of Big Hero 6’ and we’ll have free, signed BIG HERO 6 posters to give away!

Zach Parrish oversaw the artists charged with creating the movement, emotion and physical performance of the characters in BIG HERO 6. His team included five animation supervisors and 85 animators. He joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2010 as a character animator for the hit feature “Tangled” before serving as animation supervisor for 2012’s big-screen comedy “Wreck-It Ralph”.

BIG HERO 6 is in UK cinemas now. The film has received widespread audience and critical acclaim with glowing global reviews following its world premiere at the Tokyo Film Festival and #1 US launch.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

CA – Art of Big Hero 6 Signing & Panel

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Scott Watanabe, Victoria Ying, Shiyoon Kim, Lorelay Bove, Kevin Nelson, Paul Briggs, and Kendelle Hoyer appear at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday November 15, 2014 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM!

Press Release:

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Big Hero 6 is the story of Hiro Hamada, a brilliant robotics prodigy who must foil a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. This new title in our popular The Art of series, published to coincide with the movie’s U.S. release, features concept art from the film’s creation—including sketches, storyboards, maquette sculpts, colorscripts, and much more—illuminated by quotes and interviews with the film’s creators. Fans will love the behind-the-scenes insights into Disney’s newest action comedy adventure.

Come see rare behind the scenes artwork by artists from the production design, storyboard, and visual development teams.

Bring your questions for the Q&A session and meet the artists one-on-one as they sign copies of the new Art of Big Hero 6.

$5 Admission at the door or FREE w/ purchase of the Art of Big Hero 6 book (about 75 seats available, standing room also available).

Outside books will be subject to a $10 fee.

Featured Artists:

Scott Watanabe – Art Director, Environments
Victoria Ying – VisDev, Environments
Shiyoon Kim – Character Designer
Lorelay Bove – VisDev, Characters
Kevin Nelson – VisDev Artist
Paul Briggs – Head of Story
Kendelle Hoyer – Story Artist

Event Schedule:
2:00 – 3:00 pm Panel Presentation
3:00 – 3:30 pm Q&A
4:00 – 5:00 pm Signing

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

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NYC – Icons of Animation Exhibit

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Press Release:

The Society of Illustrators celebrates the work of four iconic illustrators- Peter de Sève, William Joyce, Carlos Nine, and Bill Plympton – with an exhibit featuring the original illustrations from numerous movies and shorts.

film screening and panel will take place on Thursday, June 5th at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse Guild, and an Opening Reception will take place on Friday, June 6th at. 6:30 pm

 

About the Artists

Peter de Sève:
Peter de Sève’s illustration and character designs are known throughout the world. His work spans three decades and various media, including magazines, books, print and televised advertising, animated feature films and magazines. Best recognized for his many New Yorker covers and his character designs for the three blockbuster Ice Age movies (“Scrat” is now an international icon), de Sève has also contributed to such films as Mulan, A Bug’s Life, Tarzan, and Finding Nemo.

His many distinctions include the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators, a Clio Award for a Nike television commercial, a Spectrum Annual of Fantastic Art gold medal, a Soleil d’Or award from the Festival BD Sollies-Ville in France, and a Visual Effects Society Award nomination for outstanding animated character design for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

Peter was honored with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Design for his work on Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby’s Flying Fairy School. He has received three Annie Award nominations for Character Design in a Feature Production, the most recent for his work on Arthur Christmas.

Peter lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife Randall (with whom he recently collaborated on his first children’s book, The Duchess of Whimsy) and their two daughters, Paulina and Fia.

William Joyce:
William Joyce has achieved world-wide recognition as an author, illustrator and pioneer in the digital and animation industry.

In February 2012, he won an Academy Award for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, an animated short film about the curative powers of story. In the past two years, he has also written seven hard copy Simon & Schuster children’s books including The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, The Guardians of Childhood book series: The Man in the Moon, The Sandman: Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core! And Toothania: Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies.

Named by Newsweek magazine as “One of the 100 people to watch in the new millennium”, William has been heavily involved in the world of digital animation from its full-scale inception at Pixar Animation. His projects have been produced by nearly every major film studio including Disney, Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation. His feature films include Rise of the Guardians, Robots and Meet the Robinsons and his television series George Shrinks and Rolie Polie Olie for which he won three Emmy Awards.

Additionally, he is the writer, producer, and production designer on the Blue Sky Studios feature film, Epic, inspired by his book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs.

Carlos Nine:
Carlos Nine is a renowned illustrator, comics author, painter, sculptor, animation film writer, and author of several books. His works have been published in Argentina, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, U.S.A., Brazil, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

He was awarded awarded on several occasions the Silver Clio in Illustration (Clio Awards, New York, 1993), the Caran D’Ache award for best illustrator (Rome, Italy, 1995), the Prix de l’Ecole Supérieure de l’image (France, 2001) and the First Prize at the Angoulême Festival (France, 2001). He has published books and held exhibitions in numerous countries. He has been invited to give seminars, workshops, and courses in his country and in France.

He has also worked for several magazines and journals, including Le Monde (Paris), The New Yorker (USA), Noticas, Humor, and the newspapers La Nación and Clarín.

Bill Plympton
Mr. Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation, and is the only person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, he graduated from Portland State University in Graphic Design. Bill moved to New York City in 1968 and began his career creating cartoons for publications such as New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy and Screw.

In 1987, he was nominated for an Oscar® for his animated short Your Face. In 2005, Bill received another Oscar® nomination, this time for his short Guard Dog. Push Comes to Shove won the prestigious Cannes 1991 Palme d’Or; and in 2001, another short film, Eat, won the Grand Prize for Short Films in Cannes Critics’ Week.

After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike’s, he turned his talent to feature films. Since 1991, he’s made 10 feature films. 7 of them, The Tune, Mondo Plympton, I Married A Strange Person, Mutant Aliens, Hair High, Idiots and Angels, and Cheatin’, are all animated features.

Bill Plympton has also collaborated with Kanye West and Weird Al Yankovic in a number of music videos and book projects. In 2006, he received the Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Award from The Annie Awards.

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
212-838-2560

CA – Art of Frozen Signing

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_frozen_web2Brittney Lee, Lisa Keene, and Paul Briggs appear at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday December 7, 2013 at 7:00pm!

Press Release: 

Join us for a very special presentation of the making of the film from the talents behind it as they share rarely seen images and reveal the interesting details about the creative process.

In Walt Disney Animation Studios upcoming film, Frozen, the fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff—to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. “The Art of Frozen” features concept art from the making of the film—including character studies and sculpts, color scripts, storyboards, and more—alongside interviews with the film’s artists about the making of this comedy-adventure.

$5 Admission at the door or FREE w/ purchase of the art of Frozen book (seats are limited, standing room available)

Featured Artists:

Brittney Lee (Visual Development)
Lisa Keene (Visual Development)
Paul Briggs (Story Artist)

more to be announced…

Event Schedule:

4:00pm – 5:00pm (Panel Presentation)
5:30pm – 6:00pm (Q&A)
6:00pm – 7:00pm (Signing)

Outside books will be subject to a $10 fee.

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

CA – Quick Sketching Signing

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Animator Ron Husband appears at Barnes & Noble on Saturday November 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM to sign his new book, Quick Sketching! A veteran of Disney Studios Mr. Husband worked on many feature films including The Rescuers, Pete’s Dragon, The Small One, The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective, Oliver & Co., The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Aladdin, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Hercules, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Fantasia 2000, and Treasure Planet before moving on from the animation world into the publishing world and working as a  Character Artist for Disney Consumer Products.

Barnes & Noble
13400 Maxella, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
310-306-3213

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