Friday, December 14, 2007

Comic Strip for Writers Strike

As a member of the Animation Writers Caucus, I am considered an associate member of the Writers Guild of America.

This allows me to watch this strike from slightly to outside the battle arena. As a non-voting member of the Guild, I have no influence on the outcome of this strike.  But the outcome of this strike will have an influence on my future and my standing as a member.

Yes, I've been on the picket lines, which has been fun and encouraging, as nearly everyone who drove past honked their horns with positive, supportive, enthusiasm.  (I say nearly everyone because I did see a few faces and downward pointed thumbs from people who are clearly not happy with what we are doing.  And I respect that.)

But I do feel guilty for not being there more frequently along side my fellow writers, so I try to contribute where possible.
The Guild is providing a news letter for the picketers called Writers: On the Line, and I am drawing comic strips to be included in it.
That was for Issue #3, I plan to do more.  Though truthfully we would all like to think that there wouldn't be a need for too many more of these newsletters.

As I said, I can't always be involved, but along with the comic strip, maybe there is something I can write here in support of my friends. These will be my own opinions on such matters, and I will try not to rehash what far better bloggers have already said.


Friday, November 16, 2007

Yes, there are four names up there...

Yes, there are four names up there and they are all mine. It's a family thing. What is important is people remember  me because of it. At least one Hollywood Executive has called me "Mr. Four Names."

Beyond my name, it is the subtitle  that this blog is about; when you see or hear my four names you will think Professional Creativity and think of me.

For over twelve years, I have worked in a wide variety of areas across the entertainment industry, focusing on television animation. I have worked as an assistant to studio executives, producers, and can be wherever needed. I started out as a comic book illustrator, (which I still do online at, then headed into animation both traditional and 3D. Along the way I realized what I was doing was story telling.

And that's when my career as a professional television animation screenwriter began.  Including having co-written episodes of the Japanese series MIDNIGHT HORROR SCHOOL for Milky Cartoons.  I have been hired to write and develop a series bible and pilot script for an independent producer, that received positive responses at MIPCOM.  I was also the creative/business consultant on the series as it went through many stages of development and pitching.  Most recently, I had the opportunity to pitch a series of my own to both Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel.

While waiting for the next writing assignment, I am seeking a "day job," which is just as hard as finding a show with a script opening.  As my passion remains in animation, with an understanding of both story and art I am seeking a production position to coordinate both sides to produce the best possible series.

So, when you need a creative and professional mind to add to your show think of "the kids with too many names", think of "Mr. Four Names," think of...

Kevin Paul Shaw Broden