4/5 stars I totally thought that this was going to be a fun take on someone’s first wacky adventures when moving to a new city with a new job, but it's the complete opposite. It’s a well-informed guide to moving to LA to work in animation. It covers everything from job hunting to apartment hunting to the reality of living in LA. This graphic novel details both ends of the spectrum, good and bad an all the possibilities in between. The only down side is that it can be a little long-winded, with a lot of text (more than you would usually expect from a graphic novel). But, I highly recommend this read to anyone who might be considering moving to LA to work in animation. Even though that’s not my plan (at all), I learned some really useful things about LA and will definitely put them to use next time I visit.
A charmingly drawn story that is as fun to read as it is sincere and thoughtful. The authors experience offers an invaluable personal perspective for anyone seriously thinking about starting a career in commercial animation, or for artists new to the animation industry who are curious about the accounts of more veteran artists. A fun read even if you've been in the industry for years, and a great gift idea for a college or highschool student serious about working in animation.
Story time: I'm a creative professional in a different area (in-house graphic design), and grew up 60 miles east of LA. My first job out of school was in LA, and I lived in 3 places in the 2 years I was there. My experience of LA is close the the author's - but I was already familiar with traffic, heat, smog, etc from growing up in Socal. I got hardcore nostalgia.
My youngest sister just graduated from CSUF with a fine arts degree, and she's very talented and has done all kinds of art, but (I think) she doesn't have a lot of direction or know what she wants to do. I remember being there 6 years ago. I happened to check this comic out through Hoopla (through my local library!) and damn. I've devoured it between meetings and tasks today. I just bought it for my sister, and it'll get to her tomorrow. I hope it helps in some way.
I’m a freelance layout design artist living in washington, and this book has lots of info if you’re considering moving to L.A for animation. I found it to be very informative and I really enjoyed reading it.