Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas, Fred Ladd’s personal history of his involvement with producing the American versions of such early Japanese animated TV series as Astro Boy and Gigantor, has now been made available as an Amazon’s Kindle Book for only $9.99, which you can order here. (The original print edition is, of course, still available in its original softcover edition from MacFarland for $35.00.) Unfortunately, as far as I know, neither Fred Ladd or myself will be able to personally autograph your Kindle Edition, but I suppose there are other compensating virtues to getting it via Kindle.
It’s been almost 3 years since took what I thought would be a brief hiatus from my Animation Consultants International website when I took up teaching duties at the Savannah College of Art and Design. A lot has happened in the interim, most obviously the growth of the animation blogosphere, the widespread hysteria surrounding motion capture, and the comeback of 3D stereoscopic films. These and other topics that catch my fancy, including what used to be called live-action movies, will be grist for this blog; however; I will no longer provide links to stories around the world, but concentrate instead on analysis and commentary.
I will continue to maintain my list of Animation Studio Links, as there seems to be a continuing interest in it. (It was the one aspect of my site I continued to do maintenance on during my hiatus.) I will also make available past Commentaries and News on the Web.
As to my work, I continue to teach animation and cinema studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design, having shifted from the Savannah to their new Atlanta campus in June. After undertaking my current job, I gave up my consulting career and my life as a freelance writer; however, I am involved in various book projects, one of which appears close to fruition.
Due to these and other factors, I have decided to drop the name Animation Consultants International and opt instead for the more prosaic harvey @ deneroff.com. Also, I cannot vow that I will be posting material on a daily basis (as I once tried to do), but it certainly will be considerably more frequently than was the case over the past few years. In any case, it’s good to be back.