The Leaves Are Changing But I Haven’t

Happy October!

As I haven’t updated since before school started, and because some exciting new things have happened to me, now seemed like a good time to share that!

Cartoon Brew

The biggest thing that spurred me to post is that I’ve been published on Cartoon Brew! The article is about an upcoming animation symposium in LA that sounds absolutely amazing. I was able to interview two of the women responsible for the symposium, and getting to talk to them was such a privilege. I’m very grateful to Amid for the opportunity.

I’m honestly really jealous of the people who get to attend this, but I’m not able to fly out next weekend. I’d love to try to put on an event like that for the east coast in the future.

This post also allows me to cross off the #1 item on my 30 Before 30 list!!

Back to School

I’ve been back in school for a month now, and it’s so surreal. I don’t have to be on campus (not that you can say SVA has a proper campus) as much, as I can get a lot done on my computer at home, and I also don’t know any of the other students, so there’s a slight disconnect.

A self-imposed one, mind you, but it’s definitely not the same experience as undergrad or my last go at SVA.

Thesis

As I’ve said in past posts, the thesis film is the main focus for me this academic year.

And….it’s going. It’s tough. It’s scary.

I’ve been documenting it in weekly in a vlog on my animation blog‘s YouTube channel. So that’s a thing. I’m actually a little behind right now because I caught a cold and was AWOL for a week, so I need to catch up. But it’s not the priority? So it’s hard to justify it? I’ve gotten really good at mental gymnastics–for better or worse–throughout this process.

Here’s the latest, Week 10, of a planned 40:

NYCC

I’m going to New York Comic Con! I mean, I’ve been going for the last eight years or so. But I’m going multiple days which I haven’t done in a while.

The first two days I’ll be there by myself and I sort of wanna walk around with a recorder and interview people. Ask them what their favorite animated movie is. I just think it might be fun. I don’t really have a plan with this beyond that.

To be honest I also don’t really have a plan with NYCC, which is very different than my usual strategy of circling every panel I need to be at, having my day scheduled to the hour, and having back up plans.

Every year I treat NYCC as this benchmark for where I want to be with my blog and Animation Complex as a brand, basically, and year after year I get frustrated because it still just this little baby site. Not that I expect it to grow and become this massive thing, but rather with the kind of stuff I want to create. The last few months I was at work were really stressful, and then I moved, and then I started school. It’s taken me this long to get where I am right now, and I frankly need to be a little nicer to myself. But also I don’t think I deserve to be nicer to myself because I can do better.

I think in general that’s just where I am mentally right now. I’m happy with where I’ve been but I can do so much more, but I’m afraid. I don’t know when I became such an insecure person but it’s fucking annoying.

Anything Else?

That’s sort of it, regarding this update. I saw the My Hero Academia movie in theaters and it was so good! Whoever the layout artists are for those fight scenes deserves an Oscar, man. It was such a nice opportunity to see non-Ghibli Japanese animation on the big screen. I’m glad they’re doing more of these limited releases. I also got to see the last of the new Digimon Tri. movies in theaters too. Not quite sure how I feel about that one yet.

I also just finished Hank Green’s book, A Absolutely Remarkable Thing, which is an amazing and relevant piece of speculative fiction for our social media-enamored world.