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Spike & Mike’s Festival Of Animation Will Return In 2024

Skybound Entertainment, the company behind Walking Dead and the animated series Invincible, is reviving the legendary Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation. It is now accepting submissions for the 2024 edition.

A date for festival hasn’t been nailed down yet, but the first window of submissions will be free and open to residents of the U.S., U.K., and Canada (excluding Quebec) until January 5, 2024. Skybound is accepting submissions in three categories: Festival of Animation, Sick & Twisted, and Arty Farty.

Initially launched in 1977, Spike & Mike’s festivals played a key role in legitimizing independent and adult animation in the United States. The touring festival became renowned for showcasing the artistry of animation and offering a platform to young and experienced artists alike. The festival’s heyday was in the Eighties and Nineties, but it was a victim of its own success. As animation became an accepted mainstream adult art form, the event’s relevance tapered off, before finally ending in the 2010s.

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