By: Elyse                Categories: AnimationBooksGeneral

Are you going to be at CTN Animation Expo 2013? We sure hope so!

Come visit Focal Press at Booth #B17 & B18 and enjoy a 20% discount off all Focal Press books!

Books can be purchased at the booth or online at Use discount code GRK61 at checkout. Orders over $35 receive free shipping.

By stopping by our booth, you will be entered for a chance to win a free Focal Press book of your choice… a perfect stocking stuffer for the upcoming holidays, if you ask me!

Don’t miss your chance to get your copy signed by one of our best-selling authors


Ron HusbandQuick Sketching with Ron Husband

Friday, November 15 at 10:30 am

About The Author:

Ron Husband is a Disney animator who has worked on films such as The Small One, The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective, Oliver & Company, The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Fantasia 2000, the re-release of Beauty and the Beast in IMAX format and Treasure Planetreleased in 2002 where he animated Long John Silver. He also animated the cool cat in the music video for Paula Abdul’s “Opposites Attract”. On top of his animation credits, Ron has also illustrated numerous children’s books and magazines, and runs drawing workshops at Cal Arts, Gnomon school and other locations all over the world.

Tony BancroftDirecting for Animation: Everything You Didn’t Learn in Art School

Friday, November 15 at 2:00 pm

About the Author

Tony Bancroft, director of Disney’s Mulan, is an award-winning animator whose work is well-known to animation audiences. He served as supervising animator on new Disney classics The Lion King and The Emperor’s New Groove, for which he created the recognizable characters Pumbaa and Kronk. He has gained experience in every artistic position from assistant animator to director, serving as the animation supervisor over all CG characters in Stuart Little 2(Sony), and gaining directorial credits on numerous animated commercials for Disney, Hasbro, and others. Bancroft’s years of experience have culminated in the founding of his own animation studio, Toonacious Family Entertainment, where he directs and produces commercials and direct-to-DVD projects. A multiple animation award-winner, Bancroft’s proudest moment came when he was given the Annie award for Best Director for his work on Disney’s Mulan.

Tom BancroftCharacter Mentor: Learn by Example to Use Expressions, Poses, and Staging to Bring Your Characters to Life

Friday, November 15 at 3:30 pm

About the Author

Tom Bancroft is a 30 year veteran of the animation industry. In his artistic career he has specialized in children’s character designs, animation, video game development, and comic books. Formerly, he worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation for twelve years, animating on new Disney classics, including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mulan, Brother Bear, and more. He is the author of the popular character design book Creating Characters with Personality: For Film, TV, Animation, Video Games, and Graphic Novels.

Mike Mattesi, Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators, 2e

Saturday, November 16 at 3:00 pm — 3:45 pm

About the Author

Director of the Entertainment Art Academy based in Southern California. He has been a professional production artist and instructor for almost 20 years with clients including Disney, Marvel Comics, Hasbro Toys, ABC, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Dreamworks and Nickelodeon.

Floyd NormanAnimated Life: A Lifetime of Tips, Tricks, Techniques, and Stories from an Animation Legend

Sunday, November 17 at 10:00 am

About the Author

Floyd E. Norman (born c. 1936) is an American animator who worked on the Walt Disney animated features Sleeping Beauty, The Sword in the Stone and The Jungle Book along with various animated short projects at Disney in the late ’50s and early ’60s. After Walt Disney’s death in 1966 Floyd Norman left Disney Studios to co-found the AfroKids animation studio with business partner animator/director Leo Sullivan. Norman and Sullivan worked together on various projects such as the original Hey! Hey! Hey! More recently he has worked on motion pictures for the Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, having contributed creatively as a story artist on films such as Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc. for Pixar and Mulan, Dinosaur and The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Walt Disney Animation among others. He continues to work for the Walt Disney Co. as a freelance consultant on various projects. Floyd Norman has also published several books of cartoons inspired by his lifetime of experiences in the animation industry : Faster! Cheaper!, Son of Faster, Cheaper!, and How The Grinch Stole Disney.He was named a Disney Legend in 2007. In 2008, he appeared as Guest of Honor at Anthrocon 2008 [2] and at Comic-Con International where he was awarded an Inkpot Award.

Be sure to check out his interview with HLN TV!

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