Argentinean cartoonist Guillermo Mordillo, known around the world by his last name alone, will be the featured guest of Tel Aviv's 10th annual comics festival, which opens August 17 at the Cinametheque.
The festival, which will run through August 21, is changing its name from the International Animation, Comics & Caricature Festival to Animix.
Mordillo became one of the most famous cartoonists in the world in the 1970s, thanks to his humorous, colorful and generally wordless drawings that often included his signature long-necked animals (see below ). His drawings have also been the basis for some 400 short animated films.
The festival will also host one of the leading independent animation producers in Hollywood: Ron Diamond, the co-founder and co-publisher of the online publishing group Animation World Network and the executive producer of Los Angeles-based Acme Filmworks, a commercial production company for animation.
Veteran Israel illustrator and animator Yossi Abulafia, who used to head the animation department at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, will receive a special honor at the festival.
Abulafia has created animated clips for television shows in Israel and abroad, including the 1970s Israeli satirical program "Nikui Rosh," worked as an illustrator for several newspapers and created an animated video of the Hebrew children's book "Nehama the Louse" (Hakina Nehama ).