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Animation and Comic Book Cross-Polenization

Title: Animation and Comic Book Cross-Polenization
Sponsored by The Creative Talent Network
Length: 45min

Description: It all applies when you start looking at animation. One of if not the most collaborative and inclusive mediums let’s listen to these comic and graphic novel artists talk about and show us what applies and crosses over from the huge world of comics into the animation industry.

Moderated by: Frank Gladstone has been working as a professional animator, producer, director, writer and teacher for nearly 35 years. From 1973 to 1989, he managed his own Emmy award-winning studio, Persistence of Vision, producing commercials and educational films, and has since held management positions for Disney, Warner Brothers and DreamWorks, among others. Some of his feature film credits include the DreamWorks productions of THE ROAD TO ELDORADO, SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON, SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS, and SHARK TALE. Prior to his tenure at DreamWorks, Mr. Gladstone was a producer at Warner Bros. Feature Animation and manager of training at Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he was instrumental at recruiting and setting up training programs for Disney’s Orlando and Paris studios. While there, he worked with the production teams on RESCUERS DOWN UNDER, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALADDIN, THE LION KING, POCAHONTAS and MULAN. Additionally, Mr. Gladstone has been actively involved in bringing independent animated projects such as MILLENNIUM ACTRESS and GHOST IN THE SHELL II: INNOCENCE to North American audiences. Frank’s most recent credit is IDT Entertainment’s feature, EVERYONE’S HERO.

Frank is currently the CEO of his own company, Gladstone Film, Inc., producing and directing animated projects, consulting on animation processes, filmmaking skills and story structure at major studios worldwide. Additionally, Frank continues to teach about animation, film history, production techniques and cinematic fundamentals at secondary schools, colleges and professional guilds across North America, in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.

Eric Canete is an illustrator and designer working in the animation and comic book industries. He was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States when he was 12 years old. His professional career got a very early start when at the age of 17 he assisted as a background designer and storyboard artist on several animated shows for television such as X-Men and Exo-Squad, for which he was uncredited.

He later moved his focus to what he has referred to as his ‘true calling’ – comic books. His experience in storyboarding for animation greatly benefitted his comic book storytelling work, for which he has been hailed by his contemporaries. He has worked for every major comic book company in the United States including Marvel and DC Comics.

Never wanting to become stagnant or unchallenged, Eric will move between the animation and comic books, working on whichever projects interests him the most. He is currently working on his own creator-owned project for Image Comics and is slowly shifting his work towards the European market.

J. Scott Campbell is a renowned illustrator and a world famous comic book artist with over a decade and a half in the business. Best known for his landmark series ‘Danger Girl’, where he served as both creator and artist, Scott has also created a huge fan-base over the years from his work on such titles as ‘Gen 13′, ‘Spider-Man’, ‘Wildsiderz’ and most recently his very first pin-up calendar ‘FairyTale Fantasies’, featuring his very recognizable, sexy and playful girly art. An all around talent, Campbell has also dabbled in the fields of film design, video games, toys, animation, commercial art, and self publishing.


Sean Galloway is a self taught artist that is based in Los Angeles. His works include lead character designer on Spectacular Spider-man Animated, lead character designer on Hellboy animated, cover artist for DC Comics and Marvel Comics. He recently has worked as a storyboarder for Marvel Comics’ new Avengers series, Hasbro’s new G.I.Joe series and WB’s new Scooby Doo Mystery Inc. series.

Currently Sean is working with Leapfrog creating a new designs for an upcoming IP.

On the side he is working on his creator own properties such as; Bastion’s 7, Gumshoes 4 Hire, Little Big Heads and Critta Tykes.

Tim Sale was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1956. He and his family moved to Seattle, Washington when he was six years old, and on the car ride west, his father bought him comic books to help pass the time, thus beginning his lifelong interest in visual storytelling. When Sale was 13, his family spent a few months in London, England and he discovered that the Popular Book Centre chain of used book stores also sold used American comic books; the easy access to inexpensive comics intensified his increasingly obsessive immersion in Marvel Comics of the 1960′s, and the artists that worked for Marvel at that time — Kirby, Buscema, Ditko, Romita, Steranko, especially — inspired him to increase his own interest in drawing.

Sale had two years of college at the University of Washington and attended the comics workshop run by John Buscema in NYC in 1976, but is largely self-taught. As his experience with talented writers such as Jeph Loeb and Matt Wagner progressed, his interest in commercial art outside of comics did as well, and Sale believes that it is this exposure and inspiration that is largely responsible for his continued employability and career longevity.

With writer Jeph Loeb, Tim has produced such comics as Batman: The Long Halloween, Spider-Man Blue, and Catwoman: When in Rome. He also created the art on the first two seans of the NBC tav show, HEROES.

He lives in southern California with his two dogs, the mighty and lovable, Jackie and Sammy.

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