Whenever a school asks me to come and speak I go out of my way to try and make it. Next Monday I’ll be in Denver, Colorado, though it’s rare I’m asked outside of our home territories of Los Angeles or New York. It’s my honor to be at the Rocky Mountain School of Art + Design and AIGA Colorado. Then on Wednesday it’s on to CalArts in Valencia, California.
As some of you might remember I got a boatload of negative comments when I dared to have what I termed an “open source logo competition” for Random! Cartoons last March. One of the private emails I received was from RMCAD. We agreed to disagree but I was thrilled to accept their gracious invitation to meet some of their animation students.
I vividly remember what it was like in college to be a hopeful media student and meeting working professionals from publishing, television, and news. It gave me confidence that it was possible for a son of pharmacists to go into show biz. I hope I can inspire the same optimism to some of the students I’m lucky enough to meet.