(PRWEB) April 17, 2005
It finally happened, like an irresistible force of Nature. With the animation industry in the UK and elsewhere growing by leaps and bounds, David R. SmithÂs popular on-line website known as Skwigly (http://www.skwigly.co.uk) has morphed onto the print page, and the first issue of ÂSkwigly-The Big Animation MagazineÂ is available as of April 12, 2005. What you donÂt know about the animation industry will soon be replaced by all the great details youÂll find in this exciting first-edition.
This initial run of 10,000 copies of the full-color, glossy-print magazine will be sold at on-line at http://www.skwigly.co.uk/print/. A special discount for early customers is available, with the news-stand price set at Â£3.50 British Pounds.
ÂSkwigly-The Big Animation MagazineÂ will be one of the UKÂs first new animation industry print magazines for the new century, so collectors may wish to get in line for this limited run.
What youÂll find inside are 68 pages of news and resources for animators, artists, writers, and fans. Insightful articles from a great staff of experienced writers, and full-color artwork in a modern package, will provide readers with hours of enjoyment. ÂSkwigly-The Big Animation MagazineÂ includes news, reviews, articles, features, commentary, event calendars, premieres, and more, on all subjects related to the entire animation industry. Big-budget 3D-CGI films, more modest 2D films, video games, new techniques, tutorials, artist profiles, software reviews, TV offerings, trends and styles, are found in a complete industry review with every edition.
On the cover of the April, 2005 issue, is the story of the UKÂs first 3D-CGI feature-length animation film for wide release. ÂValiantÂ from Vanguard is not just the story of a World War-2 homing pigeon, itÂs also the on-going saga of the UKÂs hope for a leading role in the feature animation industry, as well as all about how the film was budgeted and produced, in this article.
Also featured is a look at development and production of the new animated series for BBC-TV from LondonÂs Iain Lauchlan of Tell-Tale Productions, and how he pulled together the funds and talent needed for this show. Lauchlan explains his way-out idea for ÂBB3BÂ, his production pipeline, and why he chose to create this show with the popular Flash animation program, in his own words.
YouÂll also find an article about the release and production of a new video game and cinematic from Oddworld; a guide to story-boarding from one of UBSoftÂs Canadian animation directors; an article on the puppetry of Sean and Barrie Robinson with their new creation, ÂProject CobraÂ; a profile of well-known animator Richard Bazley who is working on Steve OedekerkÂs ÂThe BarnyardÂ; a complete review of the 23rd Imagina Convention and digital arts festival held in Monaco in February (including interviews with Pixar animator Travis Hathaway and Japanese anime creator Mitsuhisa Ishikawa); a talk with Studio AKAÂs Philip Hunt about commercial animation in the UK; as well as 10 pages of industry news, film and product reviews, and more.
YouÂll also learn how you can contribute to efforts to provide food and resources for the needy in Africa, with an on-line auction of some great studio prints and art-work. The Skwigly Charity Auction features prints from ÂThe Cramp TwinsÂ, and original story-boards and art-work from other shows, with all proceeds donated to SANFO (Save the African Needy Foundation). Find out how you can link to the auction on Ebay through the Skwigly website, with information in this issue of the print magazine.
And if you like animation art-work, the Skwigly Sketch Pad in the first edition includes three colour pages of drawings, original sketches, images and creations from well-known UK freelance animators. Check out their new ideas, experimental doodling, and way-out inventions in this unique exhibition of self-expression.
The publication is supported by animation-industry advertisers, volunteers, and sponsors, with funding from the Welsh Development Agency. Printing services are provided by the family-run press at WarnerÂs in Lincolnshire, UK ÂTheyÂve been very helpful,Â said SkwiglyÂs David R. Smith. ÂAfter we went to press and got a view of how it would look, it was very exciting.Â
Smith is founding editor and publisher, with Editor Wade Konowalchuk, associate editor Amy Hodman, 2nd associate editor Giselle Fox, editorial assistant Rebecca Downes, deputy art editor Adam Caldicott and 2nd deputy art editor Stuart Jones.
Magazine Contributors are: Wade Konowalchuk, Keith Miles, Julian Philips, Giselle, Eduardo Azevedo, Daniel, Tulay Tetiker, Nancy, Raja Bhattacharya, Stewart Jones. Production offices are in Monmouth, UK. ÂWe have contributors from all around the world, talking to UK animators,Â said Smith. ÂIÂm extremely pleased. ItÂs taken a while and weÂve had our problems, but weÂve overcome them and it came together really well.Â