War Buddies

There’s never any question in my mind why I got out of animation. I didn’t like coming to work and begging. Get finished with your work, knowing that you need to make rent, wondering where the money is going to come from. When I would complete my scene, my director would tell me to go around and see if anyone else needed help. Imagine having to go from person to person like a Dickens character asking for alms just to keep your work day going. I wasn’t up to it, it got to my psyche. There were so many of us young bucks just out of college in the same situation that the full-time workers held a seminar on freelancing. The problem was, with no other skills handy, there wasn’t a lot of alternate freelancing available. Not one of us really knew how to go about doing that for a living. Eventually, most of us dispersed. For the ones that remained, most of them are over at Turner, working on Harvey Birdman. After 10 years of only communicating by email it was a pleasure to get to see Joe again. We probably bored the party by talking so much about the good old days, but honestly, working in a studio with someone is a lifelong fraternity. It’s like being in an army unit together. Being close to Atlanta again makes visits possible, I plan to take advantage.

Author of Strawberry Shortcake: Return of the Purple Pie Man, Disney’s Frozen Comic Collection, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated and Littlest Pet Shop: Open for Business. She’s written for IDW Publishing, Hasbro, Lion Forge, American Greetings and Scholastic, and her work has been discussed in Comics Beat and The Washington Post. Subscribe to the newsletter

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