It is with sadness that I must report I’m leaving this post at Luna Station Quarterly. I’m taking on new commitments and I must reconfigure the old ones. In August 2013, LSQ became the first market to publish a work of my fiction – the short story “Shaka Bars.” This much-needed acceptance gave me the …

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You work hard. You show kindness. You pay your taxes. You just remembered you have to pay your taxes. You deserve to meet three animators that will explode your brain. There are no fluffy 3D clouds or meet-cute plots here. But there are unforgettable images and squealing rapture. Time Consumption Advisory: these artists’ work is …

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This year’s animated lineup is out of control. There is no controlling it. Don’t try. You will hurt yourself. There are two Disney/Pixar movies coming out this year: INSIDE OUT (June 19) and THE GOOD DINOSAUR (Nov 25). TWO PIXAR MOVIES IN ONE YEAR. But there’s still time to find a paper bag to breathe …

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Think IF might be fun, but don’t know where to start? Here’s how to get hooked in ten minutes. 1) Watch an introduction by Chris Klimas, the founder of Twine. It’s about two minutes and will prime your brain. Anything that can be done in a web browser, you can do with Twine. ANYTHING. But we’ll begin …

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You may not know it when it happens, because it will sneak up on you in your browser or Kindle or mobile device. You were reading a thing, and then it gave you some kind of choice, and you clicked a link, and BAM: interactive fiction. There may have been picture. There may have been …

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For the past two years, between watching cartoons and doing other crazy crap, I’ve helped moderate an online support group forum for survivors of family trauma. In that time the community has grown from fewer than a hundred members to tens of thousands. I no longer do the heavy lifting of moderation duties, but I …

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Sneaky VFX: Read the Flippin’ Manual I am white. I make drawings and stories. I get some of these published. I take up bandwidth. So, I try to make those drawings and stories reflect the people who are stuck looking at them. Continually I discover the areas in which I could be better at this, …

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Sometimes animation is sort of like SNL in the early 90s–it assumes men dressed as women are funnier than actual women. I’m not saying Cross-Dressing Voices is always men-as-women. Where would animated boy roles be without June Foray, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Christine Cavanaugh, E. G. Daily, Laura Torres, Tara Strong, and Cree Summer? Not every show dares to …

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Alison Bechdel’s famous test–one canny gag in an indie comic strip from 1985–has been embraced by entertainment critics, theorists, and journalists as the gold standard for determining whether a film has, as Feminist Frequency describes in its excellent primer, “significant female presence.” Three obvious reasons why: It’s dead simple. It quantifies the vague. It hilariously …

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Maybe you’re out of the cartoon loop. Maybe you don’t have cable TV. Maybe you’re a former fan who got super distracted by Breaking Bad. Well, there’s been no better time to reconnect. We live in a golden age of television, and animation is no exception–plus shows are passing the Mako Mori Test left and …

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