SPX is bearing down on us sooner than we could have expected — September 11-12 — and guests are being announced — Kate Beaton, Dean Haspiel, James Sturm, Raina Telgemeier and Jim Rugg have thus far been announced. And now the selections for the first annual Animation Showcase are here and it sounds like a fine addition to an already great show.
The 2010 SPX Animation Showcase features indepedently made animation created in a variety of styles and techniques. “These films let people know independent animation is as sophisticated as its big-budget brothers,” says Showcase committee co-chair Paul Nadjmabadi. “Every year at SPX we see that pool of talent in comics that hasn’t been recognized yet, that one-off that someone did that’s the most amazing thing you’ve seen all year. We want to bring that to animation.”
Animations screening in the showcase include traditional and abstract storytelling in a variety of styles including stop-motion, clay-mation, hand-drawn, and computer animation. Selections include:
Good %^&$ing Morning Nick Arcidy
Suck It Up Rebecca Boensch
Building Blocks Vanessa Chan
Bleach and Glitter Vanessa Chan
Head Garden Lilli Carre
The Discovery Rodgers Dameron
The Magician Dustin Maassen
Wonders of Nature: Our National Parks Yosemite Clasrissa Maralone
Hocas Croakus Mark McDonald
One of a Kind Dixie Pizani
The Melting Pot Shani Vargo
Krawll Matthew Wade
Birdy Agnieszka Woznicka
Deadline Bang Yaoliu
More information on animators and films is available via the SPX Animation Showcase Web site at www.spxpo.com/animation.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.