Right on the heels of my mentor Vincent Cafarelli passing away
comes the sad news that Buzz Potamkin
has moved on as well.
the namesake of
the company he started and later sold to
Mr. Cafarelli, Candy Kugel and Marilyn Kramer
and renamed Buzzco Associates.
The studio was famous for animating
the first, iconic MTV spots...
and the Berenstain Bears TV specials...
And the Hawaiian Punch commercials...
Buzz later made the move to LA where
he worked for Disney
and Hanna Barbera,
where he oversaw the What A Cartoon shorts program.
I only got to meet him once or twice,
but heard many stories via Vinnie and J.J. Sedelmaier,
who Buzz gave his first animation job to.
You can read more about Buzz and his career over HERE.
And while we're on the topic
of artists passing on,
I gotta shout a big RIP to Beastie Boy
His music has kept me company while
I've drawn, doodled, illustrated, animated, and designed
for as long as I can remember.
I never got to meet the man,
but there was a day when we
shot each other a
as we skateboarded past one another
on the streets of NYC.
That kinda made my day.
Big ups to ya, MCA.