Want Work In Animation? Natalie Nourigat And Boom! Studios Have The Book For You

by Hannah Means Shannon

In what may be an extremely helpful as well as entertaining graphic novel from Boom! Studios, cartoonist Natalie Nourigat details her move from Portland to LA to work in animation. Her sense of dramatic changes in the “wild world” of Southern California take the fore in this new memoir, but it’s also a “how to” book that renders plenty of advice in practical and direct ways.

Even if you’re just interested in animation, rather than wanting to work in the field professionally, Nourigat’s tale of seeking out her dreams may prove meaningful.

Nourigat explains:

I MOVED TO LOS ANGELES TO WORK IN ANIMATION is a first-person account of how I landed my first animation storyboarding job and survived my first year in Los Angeles, along with all the things I wish I had known while I was trying to break in. I set out to make a friendly, practical guidebook relaying what I have learned thus-far so that other people can be empowered with more concrete information about salaries, career paths, studio cultures, how to meet other artists, what to put in a storyboard portfolio, and much more.  I’m thrilled to release this story as a graphic novel with the potential to reach readers considering big career moves of their own, and hope it’ll help make those decisions easier.

Shannon Watters, Editor at Boom! Studios says:

As someone who spent her entire youth and the timid beginnings of her adult life staring hard at the animation industry with yearning in my heart, I MOVED TO LOS ANGELES TO WORK IN ANIMATION  would have blown my mind with joy as a young creative. Tally’s part-memoir, part-how-to would have been one of my favorite books, and I know that the unique blend of concrete advice, humor, and personal experience will make it a must-have for anyone who has ever dreamed of a career in animation.

Print copies of I Moved To Los Angeles To Work In Animation will be available for sale at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) and bookstores in December 2018. Digital copies will be available to purchase on digital book marketplaces, including ComiXology, iBooks, Google Books, and the BOOM Studios app.