I met the guy once for lunch in New York right after graduating. I had no idea who he was, but one of my professors, Roger De Muth was nice enough to set up the meeting. He told me he was an independent animator working at a company (frederator), and I didn't realize just how rare that was. Dan gave me two piece of advice:
1. Don't get sucked into doing the 3d modeling.
2. Make it topical.
Terrific advice which I've done a mediocre job of following.
His name got put on the map when he did a short about the regions of New York, which I can't find. So instead, check out his amazing pop culture charts such as:
and the dozens of shorts he's done such as
Thus concludes my Dan Meth love fest. What an inspirational guy.