With the release date of Independent Animation looming and the onus of marketing being on the author's shoulders in a large way these days, I'm planning on doing some presentations over the coming months to spread the word in lieu of a traditional book tour. The first stop will be at Animation Grill, a regular Cardiff-based meetup organised by Gareth Cavanagh, this coming September. These are a great opportunity for people to gather together and show works-in-progress to industry professionals for honest feedback, something I feel is absolutely key to making a standout short film and as such is a great fit for the overall spirit of the book. This edition will be a little different as it will be an all-day event include presentations, a panel discussion chaired by Dani Abram and other good stuff. As well as my talk you'll be able to hear from the ever-brilliant Jane Davies (AKA Upstart Thunder), stop-mo maestro Ben Halliwell and Double Negative's Stephen Enticott. Early-bird tickets will be available from tomorrow onward for the first week, after which the price will go up a bit so get yours booked early!