Frank Thomas was an American animator and pianist. He was one of Walt Disney's top team of animators known as the Nine Old Men. He began his career at the Disney Studio in 1934 as only the 224th employee! He retired from Disney as an animator in 1978, working on many of the most beloved animated feature films created by the studio. He also was the pianist for the Dixieland band, Firehouse Five Plus Two.
John Romita Jr. is an American comic book artist best known for his extensive work for Marvel Comics from the 1970's to the 2010's. He has created artworks for series such as The Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man, Dazzler, Uncanny X-Men, Daredevil, Black Panther, and more.
Thornton Hee, better known as T. Hee, was an animator, director, and teacher. His career spanned stints at Leon Schlesinger Productions, Walt Disney Studios, UPA Studios, and Terrytoons. Hee was well respected for his caricature work as seen in The Coo Coo Nut Grove, The Woods are Full of Cuckoos, the opening credits of The Life of Riley, and his Christmas card designs. Hee is also recognized for his work directing the Dance of the Dance of the Hours segment of Fantasia (1940), and went on to teach character design and caricature, even co-founding the Character Animation program at Cal Arts.
Ruel Pascual has been an artist for over 20 years. He has spent the last 10 years working in the animation industry, but his love of painting is what he holds most dear. He takes a personal approach to his work, using life's hardships as his muse. His idea is to achieve beauty through narratives by painting familiar landscapes that portray simple life experiences. Ruel fosters his art as if it were a living breathing extension of who he is and the life journey we all share. He currently spends his days as the Sr. Animator for Disney Consumer Products.
California based artist Brandon Ragnar Johnson's aesthetic is born at the intersection of illustration and design. His work is often some combination of the things he most loves; film noir, fashion illustration, classic cartoons, the great men's magazine artists, mid century design and architecture, punk rock, monsters and old Las Vegas. His work has been collected in numerous books and can be found on television, films, apparel, toys, textiles, home goods, museums and galleries. His clients include- Disney, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, Gigantic, Spectrum, Legendary Pictures, DC Comics, Sony, MTV, Matel, Bad Robot. Partners include Lamps Plus, Cranston Fabrics, Dark Horse, 3D Retro, Sin In Linen, House Of Secrets, Mead, and ACME Archives.
Gris Grimly can be best described as a storyteller. His vision traverses the media world in the form of writing, illustration, directing, animating, and more. His work can be seen in over 20 illustrated books, 2 music videos, and 4 self-produced films. Some of his most revered work has been the illustrations for the books Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness, Boris and Bella, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Neil Gaiman's Dangerous Alphabet, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Pascal Campion is a French-American illustrator and animator. He studied narrative illustration at Arts Decoratifs de Strasbourg, in France. He revels in the company of his wife and daughter and finds it very hard to write about himself. He works in a studio with high ceilings in San Francisco.
Pascal has worked in a wide variety of media, from games, music videos, feature films to books. His past clients include Dreamworks Animation, Disney TV, MTV, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Hulu, PBS, They Might Be Giants, and more.