Tinseltown Cartoonists draw on experience and sketches for animated panel at Northwest Comic Fest
The highlight of the “Tinseltown Cartoonists: From Hanna-Barbera to Warner Bros., to Disney and Beyond. The Wild and Wooly Careers of Bob Foster and Keith Tucker” panel at the Northwest Comic Fest was the projected examples of the work that Foster and Tucker have done in their careers. Foster also showed photos from sketch books that he had people draw and sign throughout his career. They included sketches from Carl Barks, Ward Kimball, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and Hugh Hefner.
Tucker has 30 years of experience in the field working mainly on story boards. He has done shows like Animaniacs, G.I. Joe and Transformers. Tucker has worked on action, comedy and adventure stories.
“To have a long career in animation, you have to wear different hats,” says Tucker.
While he has worked with Paul Mccartney and Wings, Tucker was bit by the film bug after movies like Star Wars and Indiana Jones. He got his start in film working on animated effects for movies like Conan the Barbarian.
“There was a special effects boom right after Star Wars,” says Tucker. “If you had the chops and could progress,” you could move up.
Bob Foster started with a comic book that he says wasn’t very good, but he was 10 when he drew it. Since then, he has worked for 40 years in the business.
“If I can do it, anybody can do it,” says Foster.
Foster worked at Hanna Barbera as a layout artist and produced an underground comic called “Myron Moose.” From there he worked as a staff writer for Disney and became a managing editor for comics like Donald Duck and DuckTales.
“It was such a joy,” says Foster.
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Keith Tucker talks pencil drawings for Disney and Marvel's influence in the 1970s
Bob Foster networked to get into comics and animation
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