Devon Baxter is creating Research articles, film restorations, video content, and books
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My name is Devon Baxter—writer, video editor and film restoration artist. I’m making this Patreon page to further my pursuits in my research of classic animation. I have written 150+ articles for Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Research blog and assisted on select books devoted to the subject. I have also been a proud contributor (video editing, research consultant and liner notes) for Tom Stathes’ Cartoons on Film in the Cartoon Roots releases of rare silent and early sound cartoons on Blu-Ray/DVD. In addition, I am doing film restoration for Steve Stanchfield’s Thunderbean Animation, an outfit that presents often-neglected animated cartoons. The most anticipated release, as of now, are two sets of Flip the Frog cartoons from the 1930s, produced by Ub Iwerks, sourced from the best surviving materials.

My main reasoning for creating this Patreon is to expand my ambitions in preserving the history of the medium further. The Radio Round-Up columns on Cartoon Research, which touches upon references to broadcast shows in classic animated films, have become popular among my regular articles. Many friends have suggested I make my entire output into a book, and with this, I plan on writing a comprehensive book based on the Radio Round-Up posts. (Research is still underway as of this writing.)

Recently, a series of “Animator Profiles” has debuted as part of my series of posts, where a particular artist in the animation industry is given a thorough overview of their career. So far, I have written in-depth essays about animators Norm McCabe, Myron Waldman, Cal Howard, Burt Gillett, Jack King and Arthur Davis. With the help of many colleagues and historians in assisting me with resources, these posts have also received great response. I would like to undertake is a “who’s-who” sort of project, detailing animators—some with a modest following and some obscure—who have not been written about extensively.

There are some unrealized ideas that seemed too ambitious to write for the Cartoon Research blog. For instance, one of the subjects that has intrigued me is the link between the entertainment of the first half of the 20th century—particularly vaudeville, silent and early sound film comedy—influenced the animated film. Having written a large amount of notes, I envisioned it as a series of essays with a few clips to demonstrate my observations, but it seems to reason that these should be strictly video essays. With your help, I will be able to obtain certain equipment for creating this project.

Becoming a patron on this page will have its perks. There are a few CR pieces early on that are not quite in-depth that require a slight revision. Patrons will receive the rewritten versions only on this page. My hundredth post on the history of the Charles Mintz and Screen Gems studio, “Complimentary Mintz,” co-authored by Charlie Judkins, will be a Patreon-exclusive, for those who pledge on the $5 tier. Another perk for the $5 tier will be "animator breakdown" videos, which indicates each animator to their scene throughout the cartoons. These specific videos will be newly made and only exclusive to Patreon (though, they might end up as future CR essays). Those who choose to pledge up to $8 a month will be able to get an insight into the progress of certain cartoons slated for Thunderbean releases, that have undergone clean-up work with a “before/after” comparison. (However, this may not reflect the final released product that Thunderbean releases, since Steve puts finishing touches on each film after its first clean-up session.)

The collaboration between historians has been resourceful to me throughout my years as a writer and animation researcher. As I have said, this Patreon will lead to much better things. I hope you will all contribute, and I will do my best to keep up the content!

(Profile picture drawn by Meghan Luna.) 
Tiers
In-Betweener
$3 or more per month 1 patron

In-betweeners have access to updated Cartoon Research articles! 

Junior
$5 or more per month 1 patron

Junior patrons have access to exclusive Patreon-only research posts, including brand-new "animator breakdown" videos! 

Head Animator
$8 or more per month 0 patrons

Head animator patrons will be given sneak previews of certain films I am involved with in restoration, with a "before" and "after" demonstration. 

Director
$15 or more per month 0 patrons

Your name in the acknowledgements of a specific book project. 

Producer
$20 or more per month 0 patrons

Your own personalized signed copy of a specific book project. 

My name is Devon Baxter—writer, video editor and film restoration artist. I’m making this Patreon page to further my pursuits in my research of classic animation. I have written 150+ articles for Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Research blog and assisted on select books devoted to the subject. I have also been a proud contributor (video editing, research consultant and liner notes) for Tom Stathes’ Cartoons on Film in the Cartoon Roots releases of rare silent and early sound cartoons on Blu-Ray/DVD. In addition, I am doing film restoration for Steve Stanchfield’s Thunderbean Animation, an outfit that presents often-neglected animated cartoons. The most anticipated release, as of now, are two sets of Flip the Frog cartoons from the 1930s, produced by Ub Iwerks, sourced from the best surviving materials.

My main reasoning for creating this Patreon is to expand my ambitions in preserving the history of the medium further. The Radio Round-Up columns on Cartoon Research, which touches upon references to broadcast shows in classic animated films, have become popular among my regular articles. Many friends have suggested I make my entire output into a book, and with this, I plan on writing a comprehensive book based on the Radio Round-Up posts. (Research is still underway as of this writing.)

Recently, a series of “Animator Profiles” has debuted as part of my series of posts, where a particular artist in the animation industry is given a thorough overview of their career. So far, I have written in-depth essays about animators Norm McCabe, Myron Waldman, Cal Howard, Burt Gillett, Jack King and Arthur Davis. With the help of many colleagues and historians in assisting me with resources, these posts have also received great response. I would like to undertake is a “who’s-who” sort of project, detailing animators—some with a modest following and some obscure—who have not been written about extensively.

There are some unrealized ideas that seemed too ambitious to write for the Cartoon Research blog. For instance, one of the subjects that has intrigued me is the link between the entertainment of the first half of the 20th century—particularly vaudeville, silent and early sound film comedy—influenced the animated film. Having written a large amount of notes, I envisioned it as a series of essays with a few clips to demonstrate my observations, but it seems to reason that these should be strictly video essays. With your help, I will be able to obtain certain equipment for creating this project.

Becoming a patron on this page will have its perks. There are a few CR pieces early on that are not quite in-depth that require a slight revision. Patrons will receive the rewritten versions only on this page. My hundredth post on the history of the Charles Mintz and Screen Gems studio, “Complimentary Mintz,” co-authored by Charlie Judkins, will be a Patreon-exclusive, for those who pledge on the $5 tier. Another perk for the $5 tier will be "animator breakdown" videos, which indicates each animator to their scene throughout the cartoons. These specific videos will be newly made and only exclusive to Patreon (though, they might end up as future CR essays). Those who choose to pledge up to $8 a month will be able to get an insight into the progress of certain cartoons slated for Thunderbean releases, that have undergone clean-up work with a “before/after” comparison. (However, this may not reflect the final released product that Thunderbean releases, since Steve puts finishing touches on each film after its first clean-up session.)

The collaboration between historians has been resourceful to me throughout my years as a writer and animation researcher. As I have said, this Patreon will lead to much better things. I hope you will all contribute, and I will do my best to keep up the content!

(Profile picture drawn by Meghan Luna.) 

Recent posts by Devon Baxter

Tiers
In-Betweener
$3 or more per month 1 patron

In-betweeners have access to updated Cartoon Research articles! 

Junior
$5 or more per month 1 patron

Junior patrons have access to exclusive Patreon-only research posts, including brand-new "animator breakdown" videos! 

Head Animator
$8 or more per month 0 patrons

Head animator patrons will be given sneak previews of certain films I am involved with in restoration, with a "before" and "after" demonstration. 

Director
$15 or more per month 0 patrons

Your name in the acknowledgements of a specific book project. 

Producer
$20 or more per month 0 patrons

Your own personalized signed copy of a specific book project.