ASIFA-Hollywood at San Diego Comic-Con 2018

ASIFA-Hollywood is going to be at San Diego Comic Con this July and we want to see you there! Be sure to visit our booth at space 1534 and say hello to us! We’re currently in the planning stages of the event and we’ll post updated information as soon as it becomes available.

In the past, our organization became a headlining participant with panel discussions ranging from animation in games, repetition in animated features to discussions on the state of the animation industry. If you’re at the event, be sure to visit us and become part of the experience:

The Genius of Animation: Problem Solving in Character and Story, Friday, 7/20/18, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: 23ABC
Did you know The Flintstones started out as a show about hillbillies? Frozen’s Anna and Elsa didn’t start out as sisters? So many of the cartoon characters and storylines we love went through lots of changes to become the versions we know.  We examine some of your favorite movies and cartoon shorts with the artists responsible for creating/developing them, learn about fascinating bumps in the road, and how they got past them.

Join a lively discussion with Floyd Norman (Disney Legend, animator and story artist: Sleeping Beauty, Jungle Book) Jane Baer (animator, Sleeping Beauty, Who Framed Roger Rabbit) Nik Ranieri (character animator: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beauty and the Beast) Ricardo Delgato (production designer: Atlantis, Visual Development Artist: The Incredibles, Wall-E) Kathy Zielinski (lead animator,The Little Mermaid, Frozen), Willie Ito (Ink Pot Award Winner, layout/character animator: Lady & the Tramp, The Flintstones) Randy Haycock (character animator: The Lion King, Moana) Shadi Petosky (co-creator Danger & Eggs, executive producer Twelve Forever) and Mindy Johnson (animation historian, author: Ink and Paint: The Women of Disney Animation). Moderated by Leslie Combemale (, ASIFA-Hollywood)

Games: Pioneers of 1990s Gaming Animation, Friday, 7/20/18, 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room: 23ABC
As advancements in computer animation technology take video game development to ever-more impressive heights, ASIFA-Hollywood looks back at the early days with pioneers and giants of video game animation. We’ll go back in time to explore the challenges of creating immersive gaming environments and celebrate the accomplishments of classic video game history on titles such as Aladdin, The Lion King, Duck Tales, and much more!

The panel will include Sue Shakespeare (President, Creative Capers Entertainment), Jon Burton (Founder of development studio Traveller’s Tales and its parent company TT Games), Mike Dietz (animation director on Aladdin (genesis), Earthworm Jim, The Neverhood (claymation)), Craig Allen (CEO, Spark Unlimited), Terry Shakespeare (Dragon’s Lair, Space Ace), and will be moderated by John Omohundro (Actor, Writer, known for Bravest Warriors, Scalebound and Revolution).

The State of the Industry: Animation Superstars, Friday, 7/20/18, 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m., Room: 28DE
For the 12th year in a row, ASIFA-Hollywood will bring together some of the greats in animation to discuss the animation industry, where it’s headed, and anecdotes on how they broke into the industry.

Join moderator Brooke Keesling (animation talent recruiter at Cartoon Network, Warner Bros., Disney, and director of communications & culture at The Animation Guild), who will lead a lively discussion with animation giants Dave Thomas (Wander Over Yonder, Mickey Mouse shorts, Fairly Odd Parents, El Tigre), Katie Rice (New Animaniacs, Mighty B!, Pinky Malinky, El Tigre), Jorge Gutiérrez (Book of Life, Son of Jaguar, El Tigre), and Ashley Long (Paradise P.D., Brickleberry, American Dad).

Worst Cartoons Ever! – Hosted by Jerry Beck, Friday, 7/20/18, 8:15p.m. – 9:15p.m., Room: 6BCF
For the 16th year in a row, esteemed animation historian Jerry Beck ( will once again foist upon the Con a new selection of the most terribly written, ugliest drawn and unintentionally funniest animated films ever made. All for real, all from TV’s glorious golden age! Cartoons will include Con favorites Mighty Mr. Titan (the physical fitness superhero in a form fitting costume a little too tight for comfort) and Super President (making America great again by donning spandex and going nuclear)! Jerry promises his 16th anniversary screening will be one for the history books. You’ve been officially warned!