QUOTE Tran­si­tions OF THE MONTH

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

It’s been an amaz­ing sum­mer for an­i­ma­tion — and it’s not over yet! In fact, things are just heat­ing up, as we come off last month’s in­cred­i­ble An­necy In­ter­na­tional An­i­ma­tion Fes­ti­val and dive right back into the thick of it with Comic-Con and SIGGRAPH.

But first, what a year it’s been for vis­ual ef­fects. And one of the most ex­cit­ing movies of the sum­mer is our cover sub­ject: Luc Bes­son’s Va­le­rian and the City of a Thou­sand Plan­ets. Check out our story on the VFX process on this movie, which is fan­tas­tic. But even more ex­cit­ing is that Bes­son has man­aged to put to­gether a film that cost nearly $200 mil­lion to make and get it fi­nanced and dis­trib­uted com­pletely in­de­pen­dently! It’s based on a comic, but not one widely known out­side France, and it’s re­fresh­ing to see some­thing new and orig­i­nal out there.

Which doesn’t mean we don’t love our legacy fran­chises. I didn’t think the dig­i­tal apes could get any bet­ter than they did in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. But then I saw War for the Planet of the Apes, and was com­pletely con­vinced by the vi­su­als and im­mersed in a story that re­ally de­liv­ers on all lev­els. And we’d be re­miss if we didn’t cover the one-two su­per­hero block­buster punch of Won­der Woman and Spi­der-Man: Home­com­ing, both of which wowed crit­ics and had fans lin­ing up around the block to buy tick­ets.

And what three of those four movies have in com­mon is their ori­gins as comic books, which means it must be time for Comic-Con. The show con­tin­ues to grow and test the lim­its of con­ven­tion-go­ing — and we know be­cause we’ve been ex­hibit­ing and at­tend­ing for years. This year, in ad­di­tion to our booth (#1533 — our usual lo­ca­tion), we’ve got a panel to cel­e­brate our 30th an­niver­sary, set for Sat­ur­day at 4:30 p.m. in Room 24ABC! Don’t miss it!

And then there’s the an­i­ma­tion. This month we cover the block­buster fea­tures De­spi­ca­ble Me 3, co­in­cid­ing with the 10th an­niver­sary of Il­lu­mi­na­tion En­ter­tain­ment; and Sony’s The Emoji Movie, which strikes a chord that I think will re­ver­ber­ate with to­day’s au­di­ences. We’ve also got a look at In This Cor­ner of the World, which won the top prize at An­necy; Adult Swim’s lat­est com­edy, Apollo Gauntlet; and a look at the Glen KeaneKobe Bryant col­lab­o­ra­tion, Dear Bas­ket­ball.

Lastly, on a per­sonal note, I want to let ev­ery­one know that I’m tran­si­tion­ing to a new role at An­i­ma­tion Mag­a­zine: Edi­tor at Large! In this ca­pac­ity, I will fo­cus on find­ing and writ­ing great sto­ries that dig into the lat­est and great­est an­i­ma­tion projects the world has to of­fer. It’s an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity with lim­it­less po­ten­tial, and I can’t wait to get started.

So that means next is­sue you’ll be see­ing a fa­mil­iar name in this space, as our old pal Ramin Za­hed re­turns to over­see the process of put­ting out this mag­a­zine. Ramin has been a friend for a long time, and we’re thrilled he’s de­cided to come back to the An­i­ma­tion Mag­a­zine fold.

Un­til next is­sue,

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