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  • November 06, 2023 10:35 AM | Robin Schwartzman (Administrator)

    Surprise Speaker Announcement!

    We’re excited to announce a new ISCAcon32 seminar! An Hour with John Musker will see the longtime Disney director/writer/animator (and colleague of our Guest of Honor, Jeff Ranjo) give attendees a private screening of his new short, I’m Hip, which features over 120 caricatures of his friends, family and collaborators in just 4 minutes. After the initial screening, Mr. Musker is treating us to a presentation on caricatures present in the short, which leads into a second viewing followed by a brief, moderated Q&A session.* 

    About John Musker:

    “John Musker is a 40 year veteran of the Walt Disney Animation Studio where he was an animator, writer, director, and producer. 

    John grew up in Chicago, Illinois as part of a large Irish Catholic family. He followed up his English Literature studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, with two years at CalArts as part of the new Character Animation Program in the mid-Seventies, where he learned not only from Disney and Chouinard veterans like Elmer Plummer, Bill Moore, and Ken O’Connor, but also his fellow classmates there, many who have gone on to direct distinguished films: folks like Brad Bird, Henry Selick, John Lasseter, Tim Burton, and Chris Buck. At Disney he was mentored by Eric Larson, the veteran animator and one of Disney’s fabled “Nine Old Men,” who brought Figaro the cat to life in Pinocchio, among many other characters in his distinguished career. 

    John became an animator on The Fox and the Hound (1981), and later joined Ron Clements to direct The Great Mouse Detective (1986) alongside Disney veterans Burny Mattinson and Dave Michener. Ron and John paired up to write and direct The Little Mermaid (1989) which John co-produced with Howard Ashman. Ron and John also wrote and directed a number of subsequent animated features including Aladdin (1992) Hercules (1997) Treasure Planet ( 2002) and The Princess and the Frog ( 2009.) John’s most recent project was Moana ( 2016) which he once again directed with Ron Clements, along with co-directors Don Hall and Chris Williams. 

    John retired from Disney Feature Animation in the spring of 2018, and in spring of 2023 completed animating by hand his own short film, “I’m Hip” which was selected to be screened at Annecy in summer 2023, one of 36 films picked from more than 3200 submissions. It has also begun a round of screenings at festivals around the world including the Animasyros festival in Greece in late September 2023,  the BIAF festival in Seoul, Korea, and the upcoming Sparks Festival in Vancouver.

    John resides in La Cañada, California, with his wife Gale, a former researcher at Disney, not far from two of his grown children: son Jackson and daughter Julia and her husband Michael.  Son Patrick and wife Andrea and their three daughters now live on Columbus, Ohio.  John loves to visit his granddaughters Lucy(6), Gwen (4) and Marigold (2) in his role as “Boompah,” and delights when they come to visit him and Gale in California.”

    *Time is limited, so please understand we may not get to every question.

  • November 05, 2023 10:11 AM | Robin Schwartzman (Administrator)

    For those who reserved a room under the con block, the hotel will charge $17.55 for self-parking and $35/day for valet. If you did not get a room under the group rate, valet parking is $60/day. The lot is $24 + tax daily rate for self-parking whether or not you are staying at the hotel, and it's across the street at Skyview Center Parking.

    There are also some affordable options for nearby offsite parking at Many are walkable and/or have free shuttles from the lot to the hotel. You can find some rates as low as $20/day. We hope this helps your planning!

  • October 20, 2023 1:59 PM | Robin Schwartzman (Administrator)

    Want to gear up for ISCAcon32? Con logo t-shirts and hoodies are now available for purchase in our store at! Note - these are NOT the same as the special con t-shirt designed by Ricky De Los Angeles that will be given to Professional Members at registration. But, why not have both?!

  • October 18, 2023 10:54 AM | Robin Schwartzman (Administrator)


    ISCA in partnership with Warner Bros. Animation is purr-oud to present a special late night screening of Cats Don’t Dance, followed by a live Q&A with two of its animators, Michael Polvani & Dave Woodman. While tying in thematically to our LA location, Cats Don’t Dance features a number of caricatures of Hollywood stars. Be there or be square, all the hippest cats are sure to show up. 

  • September 29, 2023 1:08 PM | Robin Schwartzman (Administrator)

    We are thrilled to announce a special exhibition of 30 original Al Hirschfeld works to be on display at ISCAcon32! As tremendous fans of Hirschfeld’s work, it is an honor to have the opportunity share these with ISCAcon32 attendees. 

    These works will be on display at the Icebreaker event on Sunday, November 12th and again at the public Caricature Showcase on Thursday, November 16th.

    This exhibition is made possible by Stuart Ng Books and The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. Works will be for sale, with all proceeds benefitting the Al Hirschfeld Foundation.

  • August 27, 2023 9:08 PM | Robin Schwartzman (Administrator)


    The competition ballroom will NOT have WiFi access for the duration of ISCAcon32.

    This was a difficult decision for the Board of Directors to make, but a necessary one. We want to be fully transparent about this decision as we know it may cause some significant concern, frustration, etc.

    As you are all aware, costs have been rising for a variety of things over the last few years. What you may not know is that ISCAcon planning begins well over a year in advance. (Right now we are reviewing and signing contracts for ISCAcon33!) Costs for each venue are different, and Los Angeles is an expensive location. The cost for WiFi in the ballroom is $5,000 PER DAY for 200 devices. Again, that is for 200 DEVICES. Meaning, With 137 people registered already, we would max out those available spots very quickly, even if each attendee was limited to a single device being connected to the WiFi. With the current registrants, the cost would be $25,000 to offer WiFi for the week. All attendees WILL have WiFi access in their individual hotel rooms.

    Registration costs increased this year to account for the other various costs associated with Los Angeles, and we wanted to keep that increase as low as possible and still cover all of the expenses tied to holding ISCAcon.

    We know this is likely disappointing, and perhaps frustrating, but this is a decision that had to be made in the best interest of ISCA. Because of this decision, we wanted to communicate this early to allow everyone as much time as possible to plan for alternative options for internet connection (personal hotspot, etc.). Please know that we are also working on ensuring every attendee will be able to follow the schedule of events, and find needed information with or without the use of WiFi throughout the conference. We are doing everything we can to make this year’s ISCAcon the best one yet!

    If you have any questions, please reach out to Kara at, or any member of the Board of Directors.

  • March 08, 2023 4:04 PM | Kara Mundy (Administrator)

    Welcome to the ISCAcon32 Updates Blog! 

    The Board has been hard at working bringing this year's con together. Check back soon for more updates!  


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