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The Upside of Uploads – YouTube Animation Success

The Upside of Uploads – YouTube Animation Success

Description: Aaron Simpson, VP of Animation Development at Mondo Media, will host a discussion with online animation maestros Arin ‘Egoraptor’ Hanson, Dick Figures’ Ed Skudder and Zack Keller and Rob DenBleyker and Dave McElfatrick from Cyanide & Happiness. Collectively, their online animations have been viewed over 200 million times, and we’ll add 3 or 4 views to that tally during the session.

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Moderator Aaron Simpson is the Founder of both Coldhardflash.com and Lineboil.com, two of the more popular, animation video blogs. Prior to joining Mondo Media as VP of Animation Development, Simpson was VP of Animation & Development at JibJab Media, and Senior Producer of Original Content at Sony, where he helped architect a forward-thinking entertainment portal, Screenblast.
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Ed Skudder and Zack Keller from Dick Figures

Zack Keller and Ed Skudder are a writing and directing duo based out of Los Angeles. After both graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Zack spent time at Pixar Animation Studios as an editor while Ed worked as a freelance animator creating content for commercials, music videos and television. Ed and Zack direct both live-action and animation for such notable clients as McDonalds, Microsoft, Lexus and The Jim Henson Company. Dick Figures, a web-series the two recently created, wrote and directed for Six Point Harness and Mondo Media, has generated over fifty million views and is currently the #1 show on YouTube.

For more details on Ed and Zack: http://www.remochoso.com

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Arin “Egoraptor” Hanson

Egoraptor, or as he’s more often called ‘Ego’, is pretty sweet. Sometimes he draws, sometimes he writes music (which is weird because he doesn’t know anything about music), and sometimes… SOMETIMES… he makes Flash movies. But I doubt it. Anyway, most of all, Ego voice acts. I mean, that’s what he loves to do, you know? He’s crazy about it. Doing voices is his life, man. He does it for random people, mostly friends, but he does it for THE MAN (MTV), which is sly. Ego’s made his rounds on the internet. In fact, you may have seen some of his creations out and about. Some of the fan favorites include Metal Gear Awesome, Final Fantasy 7 Flash Spoof, The Stupid Adventures of Mark and Tony, and many more (which is amazing).

For more details on Ego: http://egoraptor.net/

Dave McElfatrick and Rob DenBleyker

Rob DenBleyker and Dave McElfatrick write and work on Cyanide & Happiness shorts, and do the bulk of the animation and artwork. They’re swell guys once you get to know them.

For more details on Dave and Rob’s work: http://www.explosm.net

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