Toon Experts to Peer Into Future in NYC

In the leaving-no-stone-unturned category, a group of animation experts are scheduled to converge on Gotham in September to take a deep look at the future of animation.

The confab is part of the kick-off to the 2003-2004 academic year at Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts, the leading educational institution for animators on the East Coast. Independent publisher Allworth Press (Makin’ Toons, and Animation: The Whole Story) is co sponsoring the Sept. 10 event. Toon Boom or Toon Bust? Will feature a panel of prestigious animation experts, Q&A from the audience, a book signing and a reception at the school’s popular Amphitheatre.

Panelists currently include Linda Simensky, senior VP of original animation for Cartoon Network; John Dilworth, creator of Courage, the Cowardly Dog; David Levy, director of Blues Clues and president of ASIFA East; and Howard Beckerman, author of Animation: The Whole Story. The panel’s moderator is Allan Neuwirth, author of Makin’ Toons.

The event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Amphitheatre at the School of Visual Arts, 209 East 23rd Street, New York City. To RSVP, phone Birte Pampel at Allworth Communications: 212.777.8395, ext. 13, or email [email protected]