Andrew McGlinchey

Andrew McGlinchey likes to read all kinds of books. His favorite authors include the enigmatic J. D. Salinger; novelist and nonfiction writer Anne Lamott; memoirist and fiction writer Tobias Wolff; and David Benioff, who composes novels and screenplays on both historic and mythic topics. Andrew McGlinchey also loves to read about ancient Greek and Roman civilizations and World War II. Andrew McGlinchey takes special interest in comics and animation, because these genres incorporate his other interest, visual art. Andrew McGlinchey’s friends know that he always carries a sketchpad, so that he can draw and write while riding public transportation, for example. A classic cartoon series from the past that Mr. McGlinchey loves is The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé, the pen name of Belgian writer and comic artist Georges Prosper Remi. Over a period of 54 years, from 1929 to 1983, Hergé wrote and illustrated 23 full-length adventures taking the title character Tintin, a young reporter, and his faithful white terrier, Snowy, around the globe, with regular appearances by a humorous bunch of supporting characters. The author managed to mix the genres of mystery, science fiction, political thriller, and fantasy with a healthy dose of slapstick, using a clean yet imaginative and detailed drawing style. Andrew McGlinchey regards Bill Watterson as a more recent master of the comic form. Like the boy in Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes, he remembers living in his own world for much of his youth, so he identifies with Calvin and his clever stuffed tiger, Hobbes. Watterson’s strip provided funny and moving commentary on worthwhile subjects like compassion, friendship, and the power of the imagination. Like so many other fans, Andrew McGlinchey was among the heartbroken when, in 1995, Watterson chose to end the strip after a 10-year run of brilliance. Andrew McGlinchey used to enjoy hand-drawing animated sequences, but only when working with a friend, since he finds the intensive work too mind-numbing to tackle alone. He still finds the old stop-action approach to animation the most emotionally effective, however. Andrew McGlinchey gets a kick out of making short videos for websites like YTMND (You’re The Man Now, Dog!) by combining old movie stills with music and punchy quotes. This process is a less labor-intensive method of making animated videos but still a highly addictive one!