Animation Panel Discussions at ComiCon

At this years ComicCon Int’l, scheduled for July 17-20 in San Diego, Calif., ASIFA Hollywood will present a series of discussions featuring panels graced by school representatives, studio personnel and accomplished animators working on high-profile projects.

“Character Animation: How to Make it Believable from Paper to CGI” will kick things off on Friday, July 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in room 2. The program will take a look at the processes behind what makes cartoony squash and stretch characters believable from hand renderings to 3D computer renderings. Seven top studios will be represented as panelists include Rhythm & Hues Scooby-Doo 2 and Garfield character animator/animation supervisor Chris Bailey, Cinesite X2: X-MEN United animator Angie Jones, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius production designer Fred Cline, DreamWorks/PDI’s Sharkslayer lead character animator Ken Duncan, Pixar Animation Studios character animator Victor Navone, Big Idea Prods. director of animation Mark Vulcano, and Sony Imageworks senior VP of animation Barry Weiss.

“Why go back to school?” will be held on Saturday, July 19th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in room 18. Panelists will include Ex’pressions digital visual media professor Roy Miles, CalArts character animation instructor Sharon Wu, The College of the Canyons animation program chair Sheila M. Sofian, and two assistant academic directors at The Art Institutes of California – Robert Aaron Lyle (Santa Monica) and Christian Bradley (San Diego).

“Pitching your Animation Concept or Intellectual Property to the Studios” will immediately follow at 1:00 in room 18 on Saturday. The session will put studios and independent content creators together to share their insightful stories on pitching. Scheduled panelists are Warner Bros. Animation creative affairs manager Michael Diaz, Warner Bros. Online director of strategic and brand initiatives Sam Ades, ABC Family original series coordinator Jermaine Turner, Nickelodeon Studios independent content creator/storyboard artist John Fountain, Crucial Comics content creator/owner Cliff Galbraith, Wolfmill Ent. producer/president Craig Miller and Cartoon Network director of development for original animation Heather Kenyon.

All panel discussions will be moderated by ASIFA Hollywood’s Kellie-Bea Cooper.