QUOTE It’s all per­sonal OF THE MONTH

Animation Magazine - - Front Page - Tom McLean Edi­tor tom@an­i­ma­tion­magazine.net

Edit­ing An­i­ma­tion Mag­a­zine is a job that of­fers plenty of sur­prises, and this is­sue is full of in­ter­est­ing and of­ten per­sonal con­nec­tions. Take this is­sue’s fea­ture story on the new GKIDS re­lease, My En­tire High School Sink­ing into the Sea. It’s di­rected by Dash Shaw, a noted comic-book artist I re­call in­ter­view­ing about a decade ago about his in­no­va­tive on­line comics work. I was re­lat­ing this dur­ing a class I’m tak­ing on cre­at­ing comic books, only to have the in­struc­tor say that in his edi­tor days he gave Shaw some of his first comics work. Con­ver­sa­tion then turned to the new Teen Ti­tans: The Ju­das Con­tract orig­i­nal an­i­mated movie (head to www.an­i­ma­tion­magazine.net to read a chat about that one with di­rec­tor Sam Liu), adapt­ing one of the all-time great comics sto­ries of the 1980s. My very pos­i­tive eval­u­a­tion of it got ev­ery­one in the room as ex­cited to see that movie as they are to check out Shaw’s in­die de­light.

Then there’s our fea­ture on the Nick Jr. se­ries, Digby Dragon, made by the fine folks at Blue-Zoo in Lon­don. It’s a se­ries my 5-year-old daugh­ter turned me on to, and I found the an­i­ma­tion to be so com­pelling, the sto­ries so fun and the char­ac­ters so charm­ing that I had to com­mis­sion a fea­ture on it. U.K.-based writer Karen Yoss­man — who re­cently be­came a mom — was ea­ger to tackle the story and, I think, did a bang-up job.

An­other writer, my long­time col­league and friend Karen Idel­son, was just as ea­ger to delve into the vis­ual ef­fects of The Fate of the Fu­ri­ous, be­ing a huge fan who’s seen every movie in the se­ries mul­ti­ple times. She also delved into the vis­ual ef­fects on Lo­gan, a movie I found tremen­dously en­ter­tain­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing.

And then there’s our cover story on Ghost in the Shell. Putting this movie on the cover was a no-brainer for me. Not only is it adapt­ing a clas­sic, much-loved and thor­oughly ex­cel­lent anime, it’s do­ing so with all the panache mod­ern vis­ual ef­fects can bring to it. See­ing an an­i­mated icon adapted in this fash­ion shows how much anime (and all an­i­ma­tion) is be­com­ing an es­sen­tial part of the global cul­ture. Plus, it’s a real kick to see a new take on some­thing as clas­sic as Ghost in the Shell.

That pas­sion ex­tends be­yond the cre­ative, as we look at an­i­ma­tion’s grow­ing pres­ence at Cannes by pro­fil­ing the three shorts se­lected for the world’s most pres­ti­gious film com­pe­ti­tion, and the ex­cel­lent guer­rilla ef­forts to pro­mote an­i­ma­tion at the fes­ti­val by the or­ga­niz­ers of An­i­ma­tion Day in Cannes. On the busi­ness end, we get into global strat­egy with Pierre Siss­mann of Cy­ber Group Stu­dios — his in­sights are worth read­ing for any­one work­ing in the field.

On the an­niver­sary front, next is­sue is our 30th an­niver­sary is­sue — and it’s go­ing to be big. Plus, we’ve got the World An­i­ma­tion Cel­e­bra­tion re­turn­ing in the fall at Sony Pic­tures An­i­ma­tion, our sixth an­nual World An­i­ma­tion and VFX Sum­mit, and plenty more sur­prises in store. In all, it’s a bright, bright fu­ture and I can’t wait to see what it brings. Un­til next is­sue,

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