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Animation director Sophie Koko Gate introduces us to the characters who populate her work

Animation director Sophie Koko Gate took to the Nicer Tuesdays stage last month to take us through her personal practice, but also give us a sneak peek at her new short for Adult Swim’s series Off the Air before it was seen by anyone else!

Speaking about her personal work via her reoccurring characters (“characters that live alongside me and stew”), Sophie introduced us to Marcy the pervert, her two personal favourites who are really good at rollerblading CC and Jane, and Darcy, who is Marcy’s twin brother.

These characters pop up in various forms in Sophie’s work, whether they’re the focus or just making a quick cameo. Working across styles and narratives, the animator took us through the details she finds inspiring, and ones you’ll undoubtedly recognise once she points them out. One, for instance, is her love for really, really small things, like those floaters that appear in the edges of your eyesight if you’re really tired or the tiny teeth that slugs have.

In a talk that loops through her practice, influences and illustrational methods of working in animations, Sophie breaks down the influences, jokes and meanings behind her many animations.

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