One thing I did notice was a feeling of the slight inbreeding going on in the character designs and styles which was disturbing, especially CG characters. But for the most part there was a lot of good stuff to see and study.
Some topics I'd like to see discussed at next year's Expo:
- Why is tuition so damn high at Calarts?
- Discrepencies between US animation and Japanese animation in terms of themes and maturity of the topics explored
- A panel dedicated to talking about animation from a single decade in animation history
- Animation history in general
- Television: Last bastion for traditional animation?
- The decline and rise of the theatrical short
- CG: Just another tool or a change in mindset?
- Outsourcing and its effects on the US animation industry