Just like creating an animated film that starts with a blank piece of paper, an idea and some really creative people, the Animation BookLook started with an empty street at the corner of Ventura Cyn and Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks, CA, an idea and some really creative people. It was an amazing grass roots team effort that culminated on May 17th, 2008 with over 50 independent self published and published animation writers and authors, 23 volunteers, 8 gallery staff members, 2 sponsors, 2 presenters and 575 guests all coming together to make some MAGIC!!!
A special thankyou to our sponsors this year, Animation Magazine and MyToons and to the amazing 23 BookBuddy volunteers who helped with the tent setup, inventory, and care for 55 writers/artists and guests and everything in between
We anticipated a lot of things but we never anticipated the weather being 100 degrees in May when it is normally 70-80. But once we heard the weather forecast extra large fans were ordered and individual hand held fans and misters were placed at every artists table along with iced water in coolers at every corner.
(BookBuddy Volunteer Rabecca Yasick)
Like a crew that had worked together for years these yellow shirted Book Buddies handled all the heavy lifting of the inventory and stocking each individual table prior to the artist’s arrival and during the event they handled everything inbetween even handing out popsicles for a mid-day break to help cool everyone down.
Everything was ready by 1pm for the VIP artists arrival. Unlike other events where the artists are lugging their wares into the booths themselves, BookLook artists are guests and on the day of the event only need to worry about showing up. For those local to this area we know that Sherman Oaks has severe parking limitations and the event provided valet parking to ease the pain.
See Who Was Where on the Event Floor Plan
For a complete list of participants click here.
I have co-hosted over a half dozen events with the Van Eaton Galleries and make no mistake everyone puts a lot into them from script to screen. With an hour before opening and everything in place Mike Van Eaton, like the father of the bride, has the pre-show jitters and wonders if anyone is actually going to show up
Just like an animated film, everyone does their part. The Creative Talent Network provides the talent and designs all the graphic artwork for the event. MyToons printed up the book bags, lanyards and Book Buddy T-shirts, Animation Magazine ran the ad, Antonio’s Pizzeria provided the food, ASIFA brought their archive, Nickelodeon handled portfolio reviews, Van Eaton Galleries provides the space and staff and everyone helps with marketing and advertising so that on May 17th at 1pm it can all come together with over 575 guests enjoying the event.
These events are designed to be a combination of re-connecting with your peers, networking with new friends and marketing and sales. We pride ourselves on creating an atmosphere where people can connect on an intimate level and come away with something meaningful.
For those who could not participate in this event The Creative Talent Network had a prominent networking table showcasing a slide show of artwork from the Creative Talent Network membership along with their business cards, flyers and posters all advertising what they’re up to and how to connect with them. In addition we prominently display any coming soon announcements like those for “Drawn To Life” the work and words of Walt Stanchfield and “The Alchemy of Animation” both by Don Hahn as well as “Who is Rocket Johnson” a terrific graphic novel illustrated by Paul Briggs and a team of top talent artists from Walt Disney Animation coming soon to the Comic Con 2008 at booth 2302.
After working in animation for 30 years on over 15 feature length films with some of the best talent in the world, one of the things I love about CTN and about putting on these events is carrying on that collaborative tradition that is so signature to the animation medium. Everyone gives without reservation and does more than there share to the best of their ability for the common goal……
To Script ….
And just like a great animated film, this years Animation BookLook was an experience I will never forget because at the end of the day as quoted by Maya Angelou “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” IT’S A WRAP!!
To give you an idea of how much everyone pulled together to grow the MAGIC of this event just click here for pictures from the 2007 Animation BookLook.
(Interviews of the artists coming soon in Animation BookLook Pt 2 care of CTN’s Ron Yavneili and Josh Fong).