Lineboil – Our New Animation Site!, a new entertainment website focusing on the ENTIRE character animation industry. We’ve actually been running silent for over a year now, getting a feel for the task of covering the whole industry and building our contributor team. Speaking of contributors, head over to Lineboil to meet Brendan Burch, Pasquale D’Silva, Ron Doucet, Keith Staskiewicz and Alan Cook. They’ll be helping me write about all things animated – feature films, TV commercials, music videos, TV shows, student shorts and whatever else is crafted with “the illusion of life.” If you’d like to join our contributor team, contact us here.

So, what does “Lineboil” mean anyway? Well, a “boiling line” is what happens when an artist repeats a particular drawing and the inevitable inconsistencies make for a wobbly line that appears to be boiling. Some teams have chosen to utilize this for stylistic effect.

Ed, Edd n Eddy
a boiling line from Ed, Edd n Eddy

Shows like Ed, Edd n Eddy and Dr. Katz are good examples of this effect.

A big thanks goes out to the infinitely talented Tyler Schroeder, the Vancouver-based artist who designed Renda, the Lineboil mascot. Tyler is also one of the founders of Industry Creative – a new game development and animation services team you should keep an eye on. Additional props go out to Dizzain, who built the new site and continue to help us here on CHF. And finally to Tim Barkow and Sean McKenzie for their excellent feedback and advice.

So we hope you’ll bookmark our new site and make it part of your daily routine. And if you get a chance, let us know what you think of the design and concept in the comments.


  1. You want boiling lines? You need to watch some Roobarb. I think the more recent Flash series featured here a while back but the original, done in magic marker, is both crazy and fantastic in equal measures. Now that’s some good boil.

    I could be completely wrong on this but did the term ‘boiling’ for this type of line originate with Bob Godfrey? Possibly. Or I could have totally made that up. One or the other.

  2. Oh, and good luck with the new site!

  3. oh, another animation site i have to subscribe to now! when will it ever end? :) good luck with it, ill be watching.

  4. I’m guessing when you say the “ENTIRE” character animation industry what sets Line Boil apart from ye olde Cold Hard is the Flash–and I assume other digital animation tools–aspect. Don’t mean to be dense but I just got off from work and the brain is stuck in first gear.

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    ronald – it’s essentially everything NOT made in Flash. the site won’t be focusing so much on the software behind the films, but more the creators behind the films. as i scour the web each morning looking for stuff to post here, i see so much good stuff that’s not produced with Flash. so grew….

  6. hey aaron–the site looks amazing! i’m adding it to my list of sites to peruse first thing. kudos!

  7. Mike Luzzi November 11, 2008

    Great Job on the new site! Nice design.

    Glad to have a site dedicated to all things character animation related. In today’s animated landscape things seem to defy categorization more and more based on technique or software used. Good to have a one stop for all character stuff (cause that’s what I care about!)

  8. Mike Luzzi November 11, 2008

    Oh also…

    When I first glanced at this post, I thought that maybe Adobe had announced a tool for lines to create a simple line boil effect.

    Oh well. The site is great news either way.

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