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Mad Eyed Misfits
Writings on Indie Animation

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ISBN 9781032207711
March 2, 2022 Forthcoming by CRC Press
64 Pages

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Book Description

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, Cartoon Saloon and many many more.

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.








Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Masaaki Yuasa Speaks in Many Colors

52 Films, 1 Year: Meet John Morena

Passing on by Us – Clyde Peterson Talks Torrey Pines

"People are Finally Listening" – Indigenous Animation Rises Up

Fight, Fight Fight - Malcolm Sutherland’s Bout

Ghosts of a Different Dream – The Films of Mariusz Wilczynski

Bruce Bickford: Wondering Boy Poet

Niki Lindroth Von Bahr: The Burden of Dreams

Unity by Tobias Stretch

Don Hertzfedt’s Beautiful Days

Don Herzfeldt Talks World of Tomorrow II

Joy Street: Remembering Suzan Pitt

Nightlights in the Forest: Cartoon Saloon

Beautiful Maladies – The Uncanny World of Rosto

Producing Indie Animation: The Golden Touch of Marcy Page

Ann Marie Fleming’s Window Horses

Daisy Jacob’s The Full Story

Špela Čadež’s Nighthawk

Kaspar Jancis’ Motel of Fools

The Moneygoround: Liu Jian’s Have a Nice Day

Clyde Henry talks Gymnasia

The Crushed Dreams of a ‘Magnificent Cake’

The Frog, The Dog and The Devil: The Ballad of Bad Whiskey

Consuming Chris Sullivan

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

Yield by Caleb Wood

Visiting Ville Neuve with Felix Dufour-Laperrière

Where is Here: Felix Dufour-Laperrière’s Archipelago

Laughing at Chaos: Alex Boya talks Turbine

Banana Skins and Cigarette Butts: Mental Illness in the films of Adam Elliot

Pineapple Calamari

A Joy: The Films of Jodie Mack

Moving On with Ainslie Henderson

Peeping Wong Ping

On the Weave of Construction: Rhode Island School of Design

Lesley the Pony Has an A+ Day



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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’.