Thought some of you would like to know that Chad over at http://www.incredibletutorials.com/ is holding a contest where the winner will receive a free copy of anime studios 8. Here are a few links on how to enter:
There is around 11 hours of tutorial content, so it will take a while to complete them. I watched a few of them and agree this is a terrific step-by-step project-based approach to learning Anime Stutio.
Basically you following along with the tutorials to build your own "Steve and The Alien" cartoon. The cartoon ends in a cliff hanger and the contest part is to come up with an ending and post the video in response to Chad's youtube video.
The contest deadline is Aug. 5, 2012. That's two months to complete it. I already have the prizes, but I might give it go for the challenge anyway.