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Thursday, July 20 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Animation Brain Trust: Animation’s Most Influential Authors Talk Cartoons

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From Disney’s vast history of features to the best both beloved and forgotten shorts from Warner Bros. and Hanna Barbera, from the unsung female artists in animation history to the Nine Old Men of Disney, and from the most important How Tos to the most fascinating How They Did Its, these panelists—who between them have authored over 50 books on animation—will touch on all that and more. Animation historian, author, and Comic-Con Special Guest Jerry Beck (The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons, Animation Art: From Pencil to Pixel) is joined by Oscar-nominated Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King producer and author Don Hahn (Animation Magic, Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Disney’s Magical Mid-Century), educator and expert on the history of women in animation Mindy Johnson (Ink & Paint, The Women of Walk Disney’s Animation) USC animation professor and prolific animation artist Tom Sito (Moving Innovation: A History of Computer Animation; Eat, Drink, Animate: An Animator’s Cookbook), Emmy-nominated story artist and author Jenny Lerew (The Art of Brave), and renowned critic and animation historian Leonard Maltin (Of Mice and Magic, The Disney Films) for a lively discussion in which they lay some cartoon wisdom on all those in attendance. Moderated by Leslie Combemale (lead contributor, Alliance of Women Film Journalists; writer, Motion Picture Association’s The Credits).


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Jerry Beck

Comic-Con Special Guest
Jerry Beck is a noted animation historian and cartoon producer. As a film distributor, his company Streamline Pictures brought Miyazaki’s Totoro and Otomo’s Akira to the U.S. His over 15 books on animation history include The Animated Movie Guide, Looney Tunes: The Ultimate... Read More →


Thursday July 20, 2023 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 10