Tom Cook Offers Artists Tips For Getting Into Industry Ahead Of Wizard World Comic Con

By Shawn Rice

Tom Cook is appearing at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia. Cook began his career as an animator and director in 1978 at Hanna-Barbera Studios where he was hired to work as an assistant animator on Challenge of the SuperFriends, Godzilla, Scooby Doo, Smurfs, Pacman and the Flintstones.

Cook then moved over to Filmation Studios in 1980, which at this point had become the only animation studio doing animation in the United States, and worked on Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Blackstar, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Brown Hornet, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra Princess of Power, Ghostbusters, Lone Ranger, Zorro, The Kids Super Power Hour with Shazam (Captain Marvel), Hero High and the futuristic Western Bravestarr. He was also involved with many TV commercials such as The Jolly Green Giant, Chevrolet, and the 7 Up Spot campaign.

He also animated on a number of motion pictures such as Walt Disney’s Prince and the Pauper starring Mickey Mouse, Roger Rabbit in Tummy Trouble, The Jetson’s Movie, Rover Dangerfield, Stay Tuned, Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, Steven Spielberg’s Were Back, and Don Bluth’s Thumbelina.

On what fans should expect

One of the favorite parts of my being a guest at Wizard World is the panel I do. The panel is called “The Art of Saturday Morning Cartoons with Animator/Director Tom Cook” and it is a great way for fans to get closer to the cartoons they grew up with. I explain what my early influences were as I was learning to draw and how I got into the Animation business, I tell some stories about the studios I worked at and then take the fan on a step by step journey showing how a cartoon was made back in the days when we used some very rare items called… a pencil and paper. I am now retired and spending my time traveling to Wizard World shows around the country, meeting fans and selling original art and autographs.

On a favorite memory

Wizard World is a very well run convention because they do so many each year that they can tweak things from show to show so that it just keeps getting better and running smoother as time goes on. A favorite memory is meeting Stan Lee a couple of years ago in St. Louis and being that he is one of the people who inspired me to draw due to Spiderman, getting to meet him, get his autograph and have a picture taken with him is a highlight of my life. I have also had other people that I have met making these conventions so much fun.

On tips for fans to become an artist/writer in the industry

The only real tip I have for fans that want to pursue a job in the art field is to study life drawing and learn to draw by observing how the real stars of the industry do it because they are the ones who are at the top and know what they are doing. There are many Go to the full article.

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