Ronald Wimberly

 

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Ronald Wimberly but some folk call me Dπ. I’m an artist. Right now I am designing characters for a Black Dynamite animated series to premiere on Adult Swim in July. I am also dropping a original graphic novel from Vertigo in September called Prince of Cats.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I didn’t have any crazy jobs really. I’ve been everything from a lumberyard worker to an arcade attendant (arcades are what we had before online gaming). The most unlikely job was security/bag check at a record store on st. marks. I literally stood on a box to appear more imposing.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’m new to the animation game, but I am very proud to cut my teeth on black dynamite. Pause.

 

How did you become interested in animation?
As far back as I can remember I’ve been into animation. I started out making Continue…

John Schnall

What is your name and your current occupation?
John Schnall, president of the thriving multi-national (or at least multi-floor) animation emporium called Quality Schnallity Inc. We make explainer videos, music videos, games, and sundry. Lots of sundry.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
You know how circuses shoot a clown out of a cannon, and he ends up on top of a far-away circus tent? Well, the dirty little secret is it’s a different clown that’s in the cannon and that’s on the circus tent: the clown in the cannon is completely incinerated when the blast goes off, and the one on top of the tent is a completely different clown. I bring up this unfortunate situation because one of my many pre-animation jobs was: I was the guy who had to clean the clown viscera out of the cannon. Hey, someone has to do it…

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’m very proud of my various independent films, particularly The Dead Comic. What makes me proud of this film is how many people absolutely hate it; I must be doing something right if I can get absolute hatred. The film can be seen on my website, but I’m not putting a link here; if you can’t take five minutes to search it out then you don’t want to see it, really.
How did you become interested in animation?
I fourth grade the teacher passed around a strip of blank 35 mm film, and had us draw on it. I spent a long time, totally getting the sequential frame by frame thing, and tried to make the ultimate character walk; I drew the Continue…

Rob Feldman

 

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Rob Feldman and I am a designer and animator of several web series along with working for Fangoria Entertainment.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I had a LOT of jobs, mostly when I was younger—sold meat from a  truck (or rather “gourmet foods”), swept sewer waste into a little drain hole as groundskeeper when I was 15.  The craziest job though was selling copiers!  AAAGGGH!!!
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’m proudest of my animated series, Dr. Shroud—-aside from that, I have been a part of several good projects with some network professionals.  I’ve had a good combination of pitches and service work, but I am most proud of my own stuff.  🙂

How did you become interested in animation?
It was really by default.  In 2000, I had a comic book version of Dr. Shroud and friends turned me onto Flash.  I was addicted (and Continue…

Josh Mepham

What is your name and your current occupation?
Josh Mepham, Director.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I was a bartender in Portugal where we would blast shots into our customers’ mouths with a supersoaker gun.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’m really proud of the two seasons of Kid vs. Kat that I co-directed with creator Rob Boutilier at DHX Media. It’s a fantastic show and deserves all the success it has achieved. I’m also extremely proud of the show my company Slap Happy Cartoons has in development with YTV right called Nerds & Monsters. Slap Happy has also produced some animated shorts for the Vancouver Canucks that play on the big screen at the games. I’m really excited to be working with that organization seeing as I’m a huge Canucks fan.

How did you become interested in animation?
I’ve loved to draw ever since I can remember picking up that first crayon, and I’ve always loved watching cartoons. So I guess I’ve been interested in animation my whole life. I just didn’t think I’d be Continue…

Ralph Kidson

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Ralph Kidson  Cartoonist/Writer/Storyboard Artist

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I worked briefly for a charity-run home for young autistic people, some of whom were VERY challenging…quite often you were just trying not to get punched in the head! Useful life skill I suppose… Ummm…jet-washing UPS vans, at night, in Winter. One time I stepped backwards to admire my handiwork and fell head-first into a massive bloody ditch, to much general amusement. Awful.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Definitely this current Wildseed project, it’s very exciting, Miles and Jesse have assembled some seriously talented bods in the animation field. We’re like the Avengers. I’d have to be the crap bloke who shoots arrows though ‘cos I’m very new to the industry. Hawkeye.

 

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from the giddy, exciting, dangerous world of Small-Press Comics…making my own comics and selling them in shops and comic-fairs for the last 20 years! I got into animation via Continue…

Rich Murray

What is your name and your current occupation?

My name is Rich Murray – illustrator, animator, interactive designer and owner of RichToons.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Before becoming an animator I had a lot of jobs. I was a landscaper, stock boy, fence painter, library page, copy writer and graphic designer. I was a dishwasher for two weeks at a restaurant in a mall. One afternoon I was wheeling the garbage cart through the mall’s hidden hallway on the way to the dump. I burst through a set of doors to find a large room full of mostly naked very plus-sized models who were in the middle of a costume change for a live fashion show. I’m still not sure who was the victim in that situation.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
There are several projects that RichToons is very proud of.  Among them – http://www.myteenlounge.com. This was a site created for Upper Canada Mall to help promote teen-related events happening around the mall – new stores, contests, etc. We developed an online web-osodic series about a group of teens and their experiences in the mall. We also developed the site around the personalities of the various teen characters and even developed their profiles on various social media sites such as Facebook and Blogger. The site and series garnered 4 marketing awards for Upper Canada Mall. Another project we’re very proud of is a campaign of spots written and animated by RichToons to promote a site where teens can socialize and share their acne horror stories http://www.youtube.com/user/stressometer.

How did you become interested in animation?
I became interested in animation at an early age. I remember always drawing cartoons. Usually I was trying to make perfect copies of the characters I would see in the Sunday paper. Comic books were next and I would often be drawing my own comics on lined binder paper. I was fascinated by the idea of Continue…