Many people new to AnimationNation.com wonder what the 4.1 stands for in the AN logo.
It's a not so secret code for April 1st.
AN endeavors to make April 1st of every year a day of celebration for artists, animation enthusiasts and creative people in general.
On the afternoon of April 1st, artists at studios the world over are asked to take the afternoon off. To empty the studios and to come together in groups.
We first did this in 1999. It was called the Great Alliance. It was held at Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, California. At the time, the community here in Los Angeles was factioned. There was a lot of finger pointing going around that was detrimental to our commonwealth. It was playing into the hands of an executive management community that was in the first throws of dismantling our industry as we knew it, after many years of creative and commercial successes followed by increasing managerial problems that were paid for at the expense of the creative community here in LA and elsewhere.
April 1st is a day in which animation artists are asked to unite for just one afternoon in a show of collective power. To remind the world that without artists, there would be no animation industry.
On April 1st, artists, creative technicians and assorted movers and shakers here in LA come together and share a common unifying experience.
-- Charlie Zembillas, from the main page at AnimationNation.com
Charlie deserves our kudos and support for the time and effort he's put into the most vibrant, fascinating, infuriating and liberating forum for animation talent on the Internet.
If you haven't been a part of this, maybe now's a good time to start. Details are here.