The New Generation of Traditional Animators

I forget where I stumbled across Monocle Magazine. I assume it was a half-asleep late night click around one of my news feeds. However I found the site, I’m very thankful that I did. It has been a constant source of thought provoking stories on music, style, architecture, and art. The articles are  and the videos impeccably produced.

It was one recent video that really grabbed my attention.

I’ve always loved the look of hand-drawn animation. Its imperfections and quirks make it feel organic and full of happy accidents that come with being alive and without control over every variable. The video highlights three animators from the Czech Republic, Netherlands, and Southern England who have taken traditional animation to new heights of complexity and craft.

One sets her stories inside cardboard miniatures, another animates by painting on glass, and the last works with life-sized props and murals.

So, have a look at the latest crop of award-winning and brilliant people innovating in animation.

A Tiny Philcon 2015 Recap


Philcon 2014 was the first Sci-fi/Fantasy convention I ever attended. I was fortunate enough to have interviewed some lovely local and legendary authors who then proceeded to brow beat me into going. It was worth it. It was intimidating, frantic, exciting, and inspiring.

Philcon 2015 was more of the wonderful same except that I was a little more weathered, a little more prepared for the frantic rush between panels, making hard choices between seeing authors discuss ancient computers or story structure, and snagging drinks with friends at the bar.

Since I’ve tumbled into the wonderful realm of short fiction, I organized my day at Philcon around panels on that subject. I spent time listening to incredibly talented writers and editors speaking about their philosophies, processes, and tastes. It was enlightening and entertaining.

But I will say, the highlight of my time at Philcon 2015 was lunch with new and old friends. I got to catch up with some excellent writers I’m honored to call friends and an esteemed editor who has taken a chance on some fool with the last name of Urie and gave me a chance to contribute in my own small way to his legendary magazine.

For now, Philcon has been my only experience with SF/F cons and it’s been wonderful. But, with other con warriors prodding me along, I’m sure, before long, I’ll be heading to Dragoncon, Readercon, World Fantasy Con, and maybe even Helsinki!

Some Quotes and Lessons from Philcon 2015

“Don’t take a dump in the foyer.” – Jon McGoran, on exposition dumps at the beginning of a story.

“Do not send me zombie stories. This is NOT a challenge.” – Neil Clarke, Editor of Clarkesworld on what NOT to submit.

*Fake Weeping* ”Someone just made a sale!” – Ty Drago, Editor of Allegory on reading emotionally charged slush.