If you have a burning desire to be a cartoonist but can’t get Disney on the phone, you may want to turn to
. The home page of animator Todd Gallina offers plenty of samples of his work, but it also shows how he whips up Macromedia Flash animations. Using his own cartoons as a guide, Gallina leads curious viewers through each step of the job–from hand-drawingthe initial storyboards to applying the finishing touches in Flash. Along the way, you’ll find helpful tips about tools and strategies for getting the right effect. When you’re done with the lesson, check out Gallina’s portfolio for a fresh dose of Flash inspiration. Watching Gallina’s hapless crocodile hunter get pummeled by loan sharks may not get you that high-paying animation gig, but it’s certainly a better way to end a lesson than taking a pop quiz.