Bully blocking bridges and other things…

The big political story this morning is Governor Chris Christie’s bridge problem.  Apparently a couple of Christie’s political hacks, obviously still in a high school state of mind, decided to stick it to a political opponent by creating a massive traffic problem on the George Washington Bridge.  Christie is scheduled to make a statement today at 11am, so more on that later.  Another interesting story to catch my eye early this morning was this from the LA Times:Screen shot 2014-01-09 at 8.00.00 AMSome of you may know I used to work for Disney, so I do have some insight about the whole issue of women and the animation industry.  Too much to talk about right now, but I am looking forward to seeing what the animation blogs make of this.  Meanwhile, here’s a quick sketch of Streep, one of my favorite actors:MerylStreep


Some good news after the Oscar booby show

Just wanted to offer a glimmer of hope after my last post about the Oscars.  I recently returned from a visit to California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where Ralph Eggleston and I did a presentation for the character animation program.  During our question and answer segment it was mentioned that women made up 62.5% of student enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year.  When I attended CalArts in the early 1980’s there were approximately 6-8 women in the entire program.  Progress.Student&Telnaesphoto courtesy of Amanda Candler, one of the inspiring young women at CalArts.  See more of her student work at her blog.