VISIONARY MICHAEL HIRSH OF NELVANA, ATTENDING SDCC24 for new book “ANIMATION NATION: HOW WE BUILT A CARTOON EMPIRE”

VISIONARY CO-FOUNDER OF NELVANA, MICHAEL HIRSH

ATTENDING SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON FOR SESSION WITH

MARK EVANIER AND NEW BOOK SIGNING

“ANIMATION NATION: HOW WE BUILT A CARTOON EMPIRE”

From the Award-winning creator of some of the most popular animated TV series of our time, including  Babar, Little Bear, The Adventures of TintinBerenstain BearsFranklinThe Magic School Bus, Beetlejuice, Rolie Polie Olie, Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test, Caillou, Arthur, Max & Ruby, Droids, Ewoks, Cyberchase and beyond (also an animated Star Wars short produced for George Lucas that introduced the Boba Fett character), Michael Hirsh has written a tell-all book Animation Nation: How We Built A Cartoon Empire, featuring untold stories of the making of some of the most cherished cartoons of all time.

Michael is attending this year’s San Diego Comic-Con for a session with comic book and TV writer Mark Evanier, signing copies of his debut book, a memoir that follows his journey in creating a cartoon empire, where he will also be meeting and greeting his fans.

Available on July 23, the book by the visionary co-founder and CEO of Nelvana (nelvana.com), takes readers on an exhilarating journey through the rise of one of the world’s most influential independent animation companies, in addition to his follow-up enterprises, including Cookie Jar Entertainment and WOW! Unlimited Media. Michael’s work left an indelible mark not only on the animation industry but also on children worldwide. Through Michael’s vision and perseverance, he brought these characters off the page and into children’s living rooms where children could immerse themselves in the world of their beloved animated friends.

All in all, Michael Hirsh produced and created over 6,000 episodes of children’s TV programming. These programs ran on every children’s network and cable channel around the worldPBS, Cartoon Network, CBS, FOX, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, to name just a few. He understood the secret ingredient needed to captivate children with entertaining shows that parents would wholeheartedly endorse and enjoy.

 In his book, Hirsh provides readers with a unique glimpse into the creative process and entrepreneurial spirit that fueled Nelvana’s success and created an animation nation. Also included are anecdotes and insights from his collaborations with iconic personalities like George Lucas, Roseanne Barr, Mr. T., Debbie Harry and Tim Burton.

Animation Nation: How We Built A Cartoon Empire is not just a memoir; it’s a celebration of the power of creativity and perseverance. Packed with humor and hard-won wisdom, Hirsh’s narrative is a testament to how passion and entrepreneurial zeal can build a global empire from humble beginnings.