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BILLY J. WRIGHT

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Billy J. Wright is a storyboard artist and cartoonist living in Atlanta, Georgia.  After graduating from the Savannah College of Art & Design-Atlanta in 2014 with a B.F.A. in Sequential Art and a minor in Animation, they did some work as a comic strip artist for a theatrical company before turning their attention to animation. They are presently working as a storyboard artist for a children's web series.

 

Much like the classic cartoons of Hanna-Barbera, Disney, and Warner Brothers that they grew up watching, they have interest in stories with anthropomorphic characters. Their personal work consists of light humor that will tackle series subjects while also having hopeful content.

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THEIR STORY

Billy J. Wright always loved drawing, but it wasn't they were 13 years old when they started drawing and writing their own comics. Their stories primarily focused on super hero characters. And the more that created these stories, the more they realized that this is what they wanted to do with their life. It would eventually lead them to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, GA in 2008, where they majored in Sequential Art. Their dream was to work with a comic book company such as DC Comics or Marvel, but that dream was going to change.

They were introduced to independent publishing at SCAD Atlanta, and they explored that prospect with creation of two comics that would both turn into comic book series that they continue to create today, THE VAMPIRE MOUSE and GARY THE MOUSE. Still as much as they love creating those two characters, they still felt that their future was elsewhere. When they began taking classes in their Minor, their interest turned towards the world of Animation, and they interned as a green screen compositor on an Adult Swim show called YOUR PRETTY FACE IS GOING TO HELL. Although they have desire to work as a compositor, they felt like they learned a lot from that experience. It created the desire to return to the studio atmosphere.

 

A year after graduating from SCAD Atlanta, they took a freelance job as a comic strip artist for a theatrical company, and all three of their strips were published in a theater magazine. It was in 2015 when they decided to revisit storyboards that they had created at SCAD Atlanta and turn them into a short animated film entitled THE OVER THINKING RABBIT.

While their focus as been on creating two short animated films (THE OVER THINKING RABBIT and THE DOG & THE BOX), they have continued looking for work where they can work on a creative team. They finally achieved that in 2021 when they took a freelance storyboard job on a children's web series called TIBBY, which would earn them their first film credit.