The 12th Annual Webby Awards has nominated US company RingTales for the Best Animation Video of 2008, based on a selection of RingTales’ animated versions of the print cartoons from The New Yorker magazine.
Winners will be announced on 6th May, 2008, and honoured in New York City on June 10th.
Called the “Oscars of the Internet” by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. This year’s Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from around the world.
“RingTales’ Webby Award nomination is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards.
“The RingTales team is thrilled with the nomination,” said RingTales CEO Jim Cox. “It’s a great confirmation of our commitment to creating quality entertainment, something our rapidly growing audience also confirms.”
“You can expect to see another announcement soon about how we’re expanding our slate of cartoon properties and our distribution network,” added RingTales President Mike Fry.
RingTales’ animations of The New Yorker cartoons premiered online in March 2007 and have enjoyed over 24 million views, with four million views in March 2008 alone. They can be seen on a growing number of websites, including RingTales.com, NewYorker.com, MSN Video, iTunes Podcast, and Comcast Video.
Santa Monica-based RingTales LLC creates animated versions of popular print cartoons and syndicates them across the internet, mobile and broadcast and mobile device markets. RingTales was founded by two industry veterans, Jim Cox and Michael Fry, who previously collaborated on the hit DreamWorks animated feature, Over The Hedge.
“Our goal is to replicate the print comic experience in animated digital form,” says Cox.
• Fans have until May 1st to vote for RingTales in The Webby People’s Voice Awards at http://pv.webbyawards.com.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.