Karen Moltenbrey


Karen has diverse experience in the publishing industry, both in the mainstreamand technical press, including a number of years as an editor at IDG’s Network World magazine. She has been with Computer Graphics World for eight years, writing and editing feature articles pertaining to the areas of film, television, computer gaming, digital fine art, and Web technology. A national ASBPE Gold winner, she has also received a number of Silver and Bronze Awards, and has been named a finalist for the prestigious Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award a numerous times.
Authored Articles
Anticipating Oscar
Published: 2-Jan-2014

Experts in the film industry weigh in on why certain releases may catch the attention of Academy voters in the visual effects and animated feature categories.
Grads Around the Globe
Published: 26-Dec-2013

What schools outside the US are doing to help their graduates land that precious job
Entertainment on Steroids
Published: 8-Nov-2013

Static forms of entertainment, such as movies, may no longer be entertaining enough for today’s connected crowd. Even interactive genres, such as games and apps, may be better with an extra boost of stimuli.
Virtual Lights, Camera, Action!
Published: 18-Oct-2013

Voice recognition and other technologies drive a groundbreaking form of interactive entertainment.
SIGGRAPH 2013: 40 Years in the Making
Published: 31-Jul-2013

Mk Haley, chair of SIGGRAPH 2013, offers her insight on the show.
Lara's New Look
Published: 31-Jul-2013

Artists give the iconic game character Lara Croft an extensive makeover for her latest appearance.
High-tech Weaponry
Published: 11-Jun-2013

High-tech weaponry 3D printing has found a niche in the home market, and as a result, we are seeing unique designs for a variety of objects, from high fashion to, most recently, working handguns.
Business Plan
Published: 11-Jun-2013

University students make their vision real.
CGW Silver Edge Awards: NAB 2013
Published: 11-Jun-2013

CGW reveals its winners from NAB 2013.
Console Wars Redux
Published: 2-Apr-2013

2013 is the year when the Big Three face off again, but expect some unexpected competition
Going Green
Published: 1-Apr-2013

For a while now, visual effects creators have been struggling to stay afloat as facilities have been forced to close their doors. Sadly, Rhythm & Hues had to file for bankruptcy protection just days before receiving an Oscar for Life of Pi. How did the situation across the industry erode so quickly? And, what can be done to rectify this situation for facilities and artists?
Issue Extras: Animation Mentor’s Bobby Beck Discusses the VFX Crisis, Its Effect on Newcomers
Published: 25-Mar-2013

Bobby Beck, CEO/co-founder of Animation Mentor and former Pixar animator, shared his view about the current crisis unfolding in the visual effects industry with chief editor Karen Moltenbrey in the March/April 2013 issue of Computer Graphics World (see Editor’s Note). Here, he shares his opinion about the ongoing struggle of VFX practitioners and the possible effect on those just preparing for a career in the industry.
Issue Extras: A Unique Style of Gaming
Published: 25-Mar-2013

PlayJam’s GameStick puts a revolutionary spin on gaming consoles
Issue Extras: Choose your next-gen game system
Published: 25-Mar-2013

Gamers get ready. By the end of the year, expect to see a number of game consoles and devices on the market. Take the survey at the bottom of the CGW home page and let us know which system is at the top of your list!
The VES Defined
Published: 1-Feb-2013

A look at the Visual Effects Society: What it is, what it does, and more
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