Daily News Bytes: Karyn Parsons Flies with Bessie Coleman, 100 Years of Japanese Animation, 16-Bit Skywalker & More


How ‘Fresh Prince’s Karyn Parsons Became the Founder of a Creative Nonprofit
The actress-producer and Executive Director of Sweet Blackberry discusses her mission to bring the untold stories of African-American cultural figures to light. Having closed a successful Kickstarter campaign, Parsons’ fourth animated project will relate the story of pioneering aviatrix Bessie Coleman when it debuts this month.

Animation Can Help Sell Dry or Difficult Products, Study Says
Unlike sugary breakfast cereals, auto insurance and bathroom business facilitators need a little boost in palatability and entertainment value from toons. Who’da thought?

REPORT: Emerging Trends in 2018 Impacting the VR Entertainment Industry
The Leadership Council for Immersive Art & Entertainment defined four key trends artists and studios need to keep abreast of in the next couple years: professionalization of funding, longer form content, location-based entertainment, and augmented reality.

VIDEO: 100 Years of Japanese Animation
Relive all the amazing moments in anime history from the earliest surviving toon Namakura Gatana in 1917 to modern favorites like Crayon Shin-chan in this 122 clip celebration, and look forward to the “Next 100″! Find out more about early animation in Japan in this online archive.

VIDEO: Luke Skywalker vs. Kylo Ren 16-Bit
SPOILER ALERT for The Last Jedi! Thanks a lot, animator John Stratman.

Bessie Coleman illustration

Bessie Coleman illustration