Has Passive Storytelling Reached the End of the Road?

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Passive storytelling has been around since the dawn of time. It will likely continue to exist until the end of time too, as humans have exhibited the trait…

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Some Thoughts on Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Being in development for some time, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir has been through a convoluted development process that wound it’s way through various countries and…

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More Tough Choices Ahead for Independent Animators

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

This time last year, I speculated that the ‘You’ part of ‘YouTube’ was about to become as irrelevant as the ‘Music’ part of ‘MTV’. As it turns out,…

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Minimum Wage Artists & The Price of Work

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Earlier this week, Noah Bradley published a piece concerning the astonishingly low wages that many artists endure. Although raising valid points, he neglects to address the multitude of…

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Thirteen and Out: Why Concise Series Runs Will Become the Norm

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

If the thirteen episodes mentioned in the title seems a bit short, just imagine how the Simpsons would be viewed today if the original order was all that…

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TV Animation Is About to Dive Off a Cliff

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The production of animated TV programs has never been greater. All three kids channels have full slates, numerous cable networks have their own shows, and FOX continues its…

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Copyright Shmopyright and 90s Kids’ Lust for Nickelodeon Nostalgia

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

If the events of the last 15 years have taught us anything, it’s that young people in particular, really don’t give a damn about copyright. What it stands…

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Is The Nickelodeon OTT Service Bad for Animation?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Nickelodeon is launching an OTT service. Yes, basically it’s like Netflix, but just for Nickelodeon shows. That should be an awesome announcement, right? Well, in theory, yes, it…

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Get Innovative with Merchandise: Hold an Auction!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Merchandise has become an ever more important part of the making-money-from-animation pie. Services such as Redbubble, Society6 and Etsy have exploded the number of options available to creators…

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The Compelling Reasons That Will Make You a Fan of Hatsune Miku

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

If we’re being honest, even I wouldn’t have believed that headline if it was written even six months ago. Clearly being only vaguely aware of who Hatsune Miku is wasn’t enough and it took a proper introduction before I ‘got’ her. Of course there’s a lot of appeal to the character of Miku herself, and that forms the basis for many young fans’ devotion. That’s not what makes her appealing to me though; what does is the concept and execution of the character’s role and what she represents from a business standpoint. To put it simply: she’s the future.

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Boomerang Relaunch is Too Little Too Late

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cartoon Network was the original home for the vast library of Hanna-Barbera and MGM cartoons that Ted Turner had at his disposal. It soon outgrew that purpose as…

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