1st Edition

Mad Eyed Misfits Writings on Indie Animation

By Chris Robinson Copyright 2022
    214 Pages
    by CRC Press

    214 Pages
    by CRC Press

    One of the most stylistically original and provocative writers in animation returns with this

    informal sequel to his previous books on indie animation, Unsung Heroes of Animation and Animators Unearthed.

    In this collection, award-winning writer Chris Robinson looks at a wide range of films and filmmakers, including cult favourites Don Hertzfeldt, Adam Elliot, Masaaki Yuasa, Wong Ping, Bruce Bickford, Jodie Mack, Rosto, Suzan Pitt, Clyde Henry and Cartoon Saloon.

    Eclectic, opinionated, passionate and personal, Robinson’s writing will amuse, confuse, infuriate and enlighten while introducing readers to some of the most astonishing and important animation artists from around the world.

     Chapter 1 ◾ Masaaki Yuasa Speaks in Many Colors

    Chapter 2 ◾ 52 Films, 1 Year: Meet John Morena

    Chapter 3 ◾ Passing on by Us: Clyde Peterson Talks Torrey Pines 

    Chapter 4 ◾ Marcel, the King of Tervuren

    Chapter 5 ◾ "People Are Finally Listening": Indigenous Animation Rises Up 

    Chapter 6 ◾ Fight! Fight! Fight!: Malcolm Sutherland’s Bout 

    Chapter 7 ◾ Ghosts of a Different Dream: The Films of Mariusz Wilczynski

    Chapter 8 ◾ Wondering Boy Poet: Bruce Bickford

    Chapter 9 ◾ The Burden of Dreams

    Chapter 10 ◾ Unity by Tobias Stretch

    Chapter 11 ◾ Don Hertzfelt’s Beautiful Days

    Chapter 12 ◾ Don Herzfeldt Talks World of Tomorrow II

    Chapter 13 ◾ Joy Street: Remembering Suzan Pitt 

    Chapter 14 ◾ Nightlights in the Forest: Cartoon Saloon

    Chapter 15 ◾ Beautiful Maladies: The Uncanny World of Rosto

    Chapter 16 ◾ Špela Cˇadež’s Nighthawk 

    Chapter 17 ◾ Kaspar Jancis’ Motel of Fools

    Chapter 18 ◾ The Moneygoround: Liu Jian’s Have a Nice Day

    Chapter 19 ◾ Clyde Henry Talks Gymnasia

    Chapter 20 ◾ The Crushed Dreams of a Magnificent Cake 

    Chapter 21 ◾ The Frog, The Dog and The Devil: The Ballad of Bad Whiskey

    Chapter 22 ◾ Consuming Chris Sullivan

    Chapter 23 ◾ It’s a Good Life , If You Don’t Weaken: Luc Chamberland and Seth’s Dominion

    Chapter 24 ◾ Yield by Caleb Wood

    Chapter 25 ◾ Visiting Ville Neuve With Felix Dufour-Laperrière

    Chapter 26 ◾ Where Is Here: Felix Dufour- Laperrière’s Archipelago

    Chapter 27 ◾ Laughing at Chaos: Alex Boya Talks Turbine

    Chapter 28 ◾ Banana Skins and Cigarette Butts: The Films of Adam Elliot

    Chapter 29 ◾ Pineapple Calamari

    Chapter 30 ◾ The Joys of Jodie Mack

    Chapter 31 ◾ Moving on With Ainslie Henderson

    Chapter 32 ◾ Peeping Wong Ping

    Chapter 33 ◾ On the Weave of Construction: RISD Animation

    Chapter 34 ◾ Lesley the Pony Has an A+ Day


    Chris Robinson is a Canadian writer and author. He is also the Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) and is a well-known figure in the animated film world and was recently given the 2020 award for Outstanding Contribution to Animation Studies by the World Festival of Animation Film - Animafest Zagreb.

    Robinson has been called "one of the stylistically most original and most provocative experts in the history of animation. He made a name for himself with a unique and eclectic magazine column Animation Pimp, which became a book of the same name (the column was later renamed into Cheer and Loathing in Animation).

    Mastering different methods and styles in critical and scholarly approaches, Robinson covers a broad range of Canadian and global subject matters in his books Estonian Animation: Between Genius and Utter Illiteracy, Unsung Heroes of Animation, Canadian Animation: Looking for a Place to Happen, Ballad of a Thin Man: In Search of Ryan Larkin, Animators Unearthed, and Japanese Animation: Time out of Mind.

    In addition to his writing on animation, Robinson also wrote the Award-winning animated short, Lipsett Diaries (2010) directed by Theodore Ushev.

    Currently, Robinson is writing two books on animation and is working with German artist, Andreas Hykade on My Balls Are Killing Me, a graphic novel about his experience with cancer. He is also collaborating with Theodore Ushev on a live action feature film, Drivin’.