Shaun McLaughlin

What is your name and your current occupation?
Shaun McLaughlin. Currently I’m working on getting my own projects up with Cheapjack Partners, my company with Gabriel Benson. I’m largely a producer/writer but I’ve directed some of our live-action shorts and do a bit of everything.  We’re running some webcomics and video content on our site. We did a live-action web comedy called The Bullpen and a feature called Gene-Fusion most recently.  I’m also freelancing scripts for animation and comics and doing a little consulting on getting projects up and running.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
 I ran a cowboy stunt show at an amusement park. I played “Marshal Rick” and did the fist fights/gunfights and fell off the occasional roof.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
 Gene-Fusion, Batman Beyond and Static Shock.
How did you become interested in animation?
I was always interested in movies, TV and comics. Never specifically in animation. When I was 8 I told my mother I wanted Continue reading

Ken Pontac


What is your name and your current occupation?
Ken Pontac, animation writer.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?I was a bartender in a place called Roxanne’s in Arcadia, California.  The guzzlery had gone through several incarnations before I worked there, when the new owner decided to make it a “New Wave” bar (whatever the hell that means). He had a big screen that played an Abba laserdisc on endless rotation and he made me dress as a clown while I poured beer and wine.  Roxanne’s had been a motercycle bar in its previous life and on opening day a pack of bikers came in, happy to see that their old watering hole was back in business.  They were the funniest bikers I’d ever seen, right out of Central Casting: furry vests and Prussian helmets and studded leather everywhere.  They were like Get Smart bikers, and they came to the place every night. On New Years Eve I was dancing on the hood of my Gremlin in a jester suit, holding a sign that said “DRINK HERE!” A couple of cute girls pulled up and decided that they’d get the jester drunk, and they escorted me to the bar (somebody else was pouring that night).  As midnight approached I had a babe on each arm, both holding a bottle of bubbly that they were pouring down my throat. Continue reading