I Moved to Los Angeles To Work in Animation

illus. by Natalie Nourigat. 96p. Boom! Box. Jan. 2019. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781684152919.
In 2014, the rising costs of living in Portland, OR, and the uncertainties of freelance work nudged artist Nourigat toward an animation career in Los Angeles. Despite her best efforts to research prior to moving, she was surprised by the idiosyncrasies of California living and her new profession. Part narrative, part how-to, this quick, entertaining 11-part guide collects her insights about pursuing animation. Nourigat relies on confident yet loose linework to create exaggerated and warmly expressive art. The soft pink, purple, and blue hues evoke an ethereal and feminine aesthetic that harmonizes well with the humorously upbeat and casual tone of the writing. The placement of the text, however, is less effective. Some pages are very text-heavy, with sentences that run deep into the inner margins. The prose strikes a pleasant balance of accessible and informative; trade jargon is sparingly used and is defined in simple language. Some of the practical advice will become less useful over time as specifically named websites and apps become obsolete, but it's clear that this book is simply one person's journey. FAQs and eight alternative professionals' points of view are also included.
VERDICT Though niche, this delightful guide shines in its slice-of-life moments. Indispensable for those exploring professional animation.

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