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It’s Like Creating an Animated Film!!

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!!!

This signature animation community effort was co-hosted by the Creative Talent Network and the Van Eaton Galleries but just like a film, none of this could of happened without the “people”

(Gina Turcios, Don Peri, Maddy O’Neil)

Click Here to see candid shots taken of “the people” that made the BookLook MAGIC!!
Photos taken by BookBuddy Volunteer Gina Turcios.

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.

(Event Coordinator Nicole Aguilar with BookBuddy volunteers)

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

(BookBuddy Volunteers and Mike Van Eaton looking out the tent window wondering if anyone is come…)

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……

From Pre-Prod

To Script ….

To Screen….

To Post…

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).


Posted by admin at 3.59 AM | 39 Comments
Labels: 2008


  1. admin (May 19th, 2008, 6.31 am)

    From Mary Ledding of Animagination:
    Thanks to you we found a lot of our teachers for Animagination. Thanks for connecting us all.

  2. admin (May 19th, 2008, 6.33 am)

    Tee Busustow:
    It was a great event, Tina, I was so honored to be a part of it. I met so many great people, and one of the guys
    who bought a book gave me this great photo of Grim Natwick with his dad. Thank you.

  3. admin (May 19th, 2008, 6.34 am)

    Bob Singer:
    It was a very pleasant affair for me, seeing many old friends and the staff were very attentive and the good food and drinks appreciated. I hope you’ll include me in future events as I really enjoyed the day, even with the heat.

  4. admin (May 19th, 2008, 6.35 am)

    Jennifer and Bert Klein:
    I thought the event went very well and as a participant I was very impressed with the organization of the event and the consideration given to us. Thanks for having me!

  5. admin (May 19th, 2008, 6.36 am)

    Michael Horowitz:
    I just wanted to tell you what a great event it was yesterday and it was nice to see you and some friends I haven’t seen in quite awhile. And of course the books!

    Thanks again for the effort and the invite.

  6. admin (May 19th, 2008, 6.37 am)

    Maureen Furniss:
    I enjoyed it, despite the heat. I saw several people I knew and that was fun. I thought things were handled very well, and the volunteers were great.

  7. admin (May 19th, 2008, 6.39 am)

    David Colman:
    Absolutely fantastic!!!1 You should be proud. I am so honored to be a part of it again….and hope that I will be part of it for years to come. I will definitely have a new book next time.
    Really went off very well even in the heat…

  8. admin (May 19th, 2008, 10.01 am)

    Josh Fong:
    I’m glad I was able to participate in Book Look. It’s
    always fun to hang out with talented and interesting
    people, no matter what the temperature.

  9. admin (May 19th, 2008, 7.23 pm)

    Paul Briggs:
    This was an amazing event Tina! Thank you so much for organizing it – it was actually pretty comfortable in the tent with the fans going. I thought everything was really great – Really like the laid back atmosphere with the artists and really like the check out process of paying for all the books at the back of the tent.

  10. admin (May 19th, 2008, 7.28 pm)

    Tony White:
    First of all, let me say what a pleasure it was to be able to attend the Book Look event this year. It was a long drive down from Seattle and it was extremely hot… but you guys were wonderful, we met an incredible new collection of friends and the fact that so many animation-obsessive folks were all brought together in such an auspicious setting was just a joy to experience! Long may it reign and long may I be productive enough to attend. I am currently completing my third book on animation right now… “HOW TO BE AN ANIMATOR ~ And Make Animated Films”… and so I would like to showcase it at next year’s event, when the new book should just about be coming out.

  11. admin (May 19th, 2008, 7.30 pm)

    Maddy O’Neil:
    Thank YOU soo much! What a great team of volunteers and vendors. Wow! I was amazed how well it went despite the weather. Saw a lot of people I hadn’t seen since my pre-Disney days.

  12. admin (May 19th, 2008, 11.02 pm)

    Wilson Swain:
    Being a volunteer was a good experience. Thanks for the opportunity, and I was glad to meet you.

  13. Mike Inman (May 19th, 2008, 11.29 pm)


    Well done to all my artist friends and colleagues. Thanks for braving the hot weather all day!Daughter Riley enjoyed meeting many of guys and gals she’s heard me talk about from all the studios!

  14. admin (May 20th, 2008, 1.49 am)

    Thomas Baker:
    Very very nice.

  15. admin (May 20th, 2008, 1.51 am)

    Jean Gillmore:
    Again, you blow me away………..

  16. Stefan G. Bucher (May 20th, 2008, 6.10 am)

    Thank you very much for organizing a great event. I had a great time and loved meeting everybody. I hope you’ll do another one of these as soon as you’ve recovered from this one. (I know how much work goes into these events. :^)

  17. Tom Sito (May 20th, 2008, 5.17 pm)

    I’ll add my thanks and praises for a great event! Even though it was a pretty toasty day, it was lots of fun. I was impressed by the effort and the thorough organization. I was curious what kind of crowd you’d get, but was happily surprised to see it packed almost constantly.
    I even sold a bunch of books! Gloriouskies!

    I met lots of old friends, and made many new ones. Congrats to the team and the terrific volunteers who did so much!

  18. admin (May 20th, 2008, 6.16 pm)

    Torstan Schrank:
    I just have seen some pictures of the Animation BOOKLOOK on Facebook. Wow, seems that you guys had a really good time and that the event was a success. Pretty nice!

    Cheers from Argentina,

  19. admin (May 20th, 2008, 10.58 pm)

    Willie Ito:
    I wanted to commend you and your group for a wonderful day of meeting and greeting many old and new friends from animation past and present. It was a great day. We were happy to see so many creative books done by our fellow artist and writers. We loved how convenient it was to park and have such a nice facility to take our breaks. It was very well planned except for the weather. That of course was not your problem! The fans were of great relief.
    Thanks again. Looking forward to next year!

  20. admin (May 21st, 2008, 6.02 am)

    Don Peri:
    This was my first trip to the Animation BookLook with my first book and I had a great time. I enjoyed meeting lots of people and being part of a special group. I bought a lot. I had a great time. I liked the tent setting, the chance to be with a community of artists and authors–everything. Even the heat was okay because I had flown down that morning from Davis where it was going to be at least as hot and had been for several days. I really don’t have anything I could complain about. I thought it was a wonderful venue and thank you for including me in it.

  21. admin (May 22nd, 2008, 1.15 am)

    Sandra Cheng:
    I had a wonderful time. I appreciated your watching out for my well-being, standing in the sun too much and giving me ice cream as the BookBuddy Volunteer receipt checker.

  22. Dave Kupczyk (May 25th, 2008, 3.58 am)

    Hey Tina,

    I had a great time at the Booklook, many thanks again for the opportunity.

  23. Ellen Woodbury (May 25th, 2008, 7.40 pm)

    The Book Look was fantastic, even from 1,000 miles away.

  24. Rik Maki (May 25th, 2008, 8.25 pm)

    It was great to see everybody. I saw people I hadn’t seen in four or five years. CTN hit another home run. Thanks.

  25. Stephen Worth (May 25th, 2008, 9.46 pm)

    Hanging out in the circus tent at the Book Look was more fun than a barrel of monkeys! I met old friends, and new friends that will surely become old friends. It was great to see so many talented artists under one roof. I can’t wait for next year.

  26. Tracey Miller-Zarneke (May 25th, 2008, 10.29 pm)

    Thanks so much for including me in such a wonderful event. Regardless of Mother Nature’s surprise sauna, everyone kept their cool and had fun–and the popsicles were a very thoughtful touch! It was great to meet so many new faces and see so many familiar ones, too. Big props to Tina and CTN, the Van Eatons and Nicole, Ron our Book Buddy and everyone who made this gathering possible!

  27. Ed Ghertner (May 26th, 2008, 8.32 pm)

    The book look was a lot of fun! With the sweltering hot weather the turn out for the Booklook was great. With all the varied artists and their books I personally met up with quite a few people I hadn’t seen for a long time and some new faces as well. It was an interesting group of people from old timers to younger artists just getting started sharing stories. The tent was a big help as well as all the helpers you had to guide people through the exhibit. I hope to be there next year with my books!! Thank you for all your hard work, it’s really paying off.

  28. mauro maressa (May 27th, 2008, 8.59 pm)

    Tina and all of you that participated, congratulations on a fantastic event. Got to see a lot of great books and even bought some.
    Even in the heat it was a cool show!

  29. Darren Kiner (May 28th, 2008, 6.21 am)

    The BookLook was an awesome gathering of extremely experienced animation veterans and excited enthusiasts. It was so great to see fantastically talented people like Tom Sito, Francis Glebas, Mike Kunkel and many more. There is so much to be learned in their great books. I think that we all had a great time talking with old friends and buying extraordinary books. I hope to be there again in 2009!

  30. Chris Jenkins (May 28th, 2008, 6.23 am)

    Seeing everyone at this gig was inspirational and emotional – I haven’t seen so many old faces (and I mean ‘old’ in the politest way) in many years. Thanks again Tina – it was lovely to see you and if I can be of any kind of help in the future events – do not hesitate to ask me again any time.

  31. Ann Lee (May 28th, 2008, 8.49 am)

    It was a great event, got some cool books and got to meet some great artists~

  32. Carole Holiday (May 31st, 2008, 6.46 pm)

    Hey, it looks like a lot of fun. I really enjoyed looking at all the pictures! Everyone looks so happy

  33. Ryan H (June 2nd, 2008, 9.55 pm)

    Hey guys!!

    Thanks so much for having me, I greatly appreciate all the hard work and planning that went into this event! I had more fun than the sun! Hope to be a part of it again next year!

  34. Gabriele Pennacchioli (June 2nd, 2008, 10.48 pm)

    Thank you for inviting me to Book Look 2008. The event was very successful and I really enjoyed participating. It was nice meeting so many other artists under one tent and I had a good time connecting with the visitors too. You did a great job of organizing and publicizing the event and should be proud of how nicely things turned out.

  35. Mike Kunkel (June 6th, 2008, 8.06 pm)

    Thanks for all the great work you are doing in keeping everyone connected and for expanding the horizons of artists. It means alot.

  36. Jim Smith (June 10th, 2008, 5.51 am)

    I enjoyed the day very much in spite of being a little under the weather and it was nice to meet new and old friends. The staff was outstanding in every way and I would gladly take part again just – say the word. Big ups to everyone involved for a well organized event.

  37. Nicole Aguilar (June 11th, 2008, 9.28 am)

    Wow, what a show! Now that things are winding down, I
    would like to take this moment to thank you from the bottom of my heart for participating in the second annual co-hosted Animation Book Look event. Van Eaton Galleries and the Creative Talent Network partner up every year to feature some of the most amazing books from CTN members and invited guests. This event brings the animation community together to celebrate you, the authors, artists and influential industry professionals of the art and animation community. It is our way of helping everyone “Stay Connected”!

    This year was a grand undertaking with over 51 participants and 72 assorted books featured all under one tent. We were all are very pleased with the turn out of fans, friends and guests. Throughout the show beaming smiles, laughter and happiness could be seen and heard from many! We saw excited animation students and fans, collectors happy to meet their
    personal animation heroes and many colleagues and friends pleasantly surprised to see one another again.

    This year we were fortunate to have a V.I.P lounge for participants, participant valet parking, sponsors of the event and volunteer “Book Buddies” ready to assist you for the day. We are thankful to all of them for helping us provide a pleasant time for you.

    It was very nice to hear from many of you that you were enjoying the show and were happy to be part of it. We know the weather was uncontrollable but, you were all so patient and understanding with the situation and it is truly appreciated.

    Through this co-hosted event, Van Eaton Galleries and Creative Talent Network will continue to focus on one goal…helping you all “Stay Connected”. We thank you for the assisting us with this and we thank you for sharing your time, energy and most of all you passion for animation and the animation community. This event was to celebrate the true
    talent you all bring to the community of art and animation and we couldn’t have done it without you. Once again thank you all for coming out to share this event with us and I wish you all the best in the future.

  38. Steven Muller (June 14th, 2008, 8.24 am)

    I attended the Animation Book Look event on May 17th with my wife, Ilona. We had a great time, made a few purchases, saw a few old friends made some new ones and even said hello to Tina.

  39. Sue Blanchard (June 24th, 2008, 1.54 am)

    The BookLook was a fantastic event. I was very impressed with its organization and how pleasant you guys made it for everyone. No small feat, I realize.

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