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Guild’s Got Groening

July 14th, 2008

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Written By is a magazine published by the Writers Guild of America West. The Summer 2008 issue just came out and the theme is “Age of Animation”. The Cartoon Cover boy is Matt Groening, and you can read an except of his interview here. (One interesting tidbit that I didn’t know is that Bart’s name came from a bad novel that Groening wrote in high school. Bartholemew Simpson was the narrator who was “haunted by the fact that he looked like a beaver.”)

The issue is well worth purchasing: it includes interviews with Seth McFarlane (by Family Guy showrunner, David A. Goodman) and Brad Bird, an opinion piece by Mark Evanier, excerpts from unproduced animation scripts., and of course coverage of the history and present state of animation union organizing (by both the WGA and local 839).

If you’re interested, you can buy a single issue for $5 with this form.

And you can read the full-length unproduced scripts here.

Anne D. Bernstein

P.S.: By the way, Photo © 2008 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved. The Simpsons™!

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