BOOM! Studios announced plans to publish I Moved to Los Angeles to Work in Animation, an autobiographical comic by Natalie Nourigat which also serves as a how-to guide for anyone who wants to follow in her footsteps. It's like two graphic novels for the price of one! How can you beat that?!
A press release provides more details:
When she left her life in Portland to move to Los Angeles and pursue a job in animation, Natalie Nourigat realized that despite her research, nothing truly prepared her for the wild world that awaited her in the studios of Southern California. This autobiographical how-to graphic novel explores the highest highs and lowest lows of pursuing a dream in animation with a dose of humor and advice not found anywhere else!
An entertaining, informative and inspiring journey through one of America's most iconic cities, I MOVED TO LOS ANGELES TO WORK IN ANIMATION is a unique guide perfect for anyone looking to break into animation…or make their dreams come true.
Nourigat said of the comic:
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.
The graphic novel will hit stores in December. Check out the cover (not final) and some pages below: