Thomas McLean

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Thomas J. McLean is a freelance writer, editor, author and speaker who has written extensively about animation, visual effects, cinematography and sound for such publications as’s AwardsLine, Variety, Animation Magazine, Los Angeles Times and The Hollywood Reporter. He has moderated and appeared on panels at Comic-Con International: San Diego, Book Expo America, The World Animation and VFX Summit and New York Comic-Con. He has been a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Book Industry Awards and the Comic-Con International Film Festival. He is the author of Mutant Cinema: The X-Men Trilogy From Comics to Screen (2008), available from the Sequart Research and Literacy Organization. He blogs occasionally at A native of Canada, McLean has a degree in journalism from the University of Arizona and has worked as a reporter and editor in various capacities for the Arizona Daily Sun, Idaho Statesman and Daily Breeze newspapers. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two daughters and a lot of old comic books.
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University of Arizona, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
Los Angeles, CA, USA|English

Published Content

Mark Cuban, Dawn Ostroff to Speak at Variety’s CES Summit
January 6th, 2020
Santa Barbara Fest Surfs Wave of Local Gems and Art House Offerings

Above all the titles screening at the 35th Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival, a 13-minute world premiere short stands as perhaps the ultimate example of the event’s goal of presenting films that balance local interests and global perspectives. Titled “Santa Barbara,” the short is about director Diana Markosian’s mother, who came to the coastal California town as a Russian mail-order bride after seeing the NBC soap opera of the same name.

January 15th, 2020
Global Hit Toon ‘Weathering With You’ Signals Climate Change for Japanese Anime

Makoto Shinkai’s “Weathering With You,” which tells the tale of a young boy who falls for a girl with the power to stop ceaseless rainstorms pounding Tokyo, marks the first time an anime has been chosen as Japan’s foreign-language Oscar entry.

January 15th, 2020
‘The Report’ Solidly Struggles for Relevance – Thomas McLean
December 10th, 2019
Who remembers that Mandalorian boyo, Fenn Shysa? – Thomas McLean
December 20th, 2019
Teen Girls to the Rescue: Lauren Faust Powers Up ‘DC Super Hero Girls’

Article on the making of the new animated TV series DC Super Hero Girls.

March 8th, 2019
‘Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse’ Colored Outside the Lines

Article on the technology and techniques used to make Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

February 15th, 2019
‘Isle of Dogs’ Called for a Thousand Sophisticated Puppets

Article on making of stop-motion feature Isle of Dogs.

February 15th, 2019
‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Revives 2D Animation

Article on the making of the animated sequences in Mary Poppins Returns.

February 14th, 2019
Animated Shorts Pack Big Punch in Oscar Race

Article featuring interviews with the filmmakers of the 2019 Animated Short Film Oscars nominees.

February 12th, 2019
Tooned Up Animated Oscar Contenders Aim for Big Emotional Moments

Spotlight on the nominees for the 2019 Best Animated Feature Oscar, including interviews with filmmakers for each movie.

February 12th, 2019
Blog Post
U2, Martin Luther King Day and Arizona — A Defining Battle of the 1980s

Detailed and personal look back at Arizona politics in the mid-1980s and rock group U2.

January 22nd, 2019
‘The LEGO Movie 2’: Playing Outside the Box

Article on the making of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.

January 4th, 2019
DreamWorks Animation Television Spreads its Wings

Article on the growing business of DreamWorks Animation Television.

June 29th, 2018
Blog Post
Ways to stay atop the news in the social media era

Ideas for balancing news consumption in the social media age.

September 7th, 2017
YOUNG JUSTICE: The Same as It Ever Was ... If Not Better

Comic-Con coverage on revived TV series Young Justice.

July 21st, 2017
The Making of “Toy Story 3”
January 12th, 2011
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