Stars of the popular Rooster Teeth anime series “RWBY” — Lindsay Jones (Ruby Rose), Kara Eberle (Weiss Schnee), Arryn Zech (Blake Belladonna), Barbara Dunkelman (Yang Xiao Long) and Michael Jones (Sun Wukong) — reveal their favorite Monty Oum memories in a funny and touching exchange with fans at their 2018 Montreal Comiccon Q&A panel. Monty Oum suffered a severe allergic reaction during a medical procedure and fell into a coma on January 22nd, 2015. Tragically, he died on February 1st, 2015 leaving behind his wife, Sheena Duquette whom he had only recently married.
Monyreak “Monty” Oum (June 22nd, 1981 – February 1st, 2015) was an American web-based animator and writer. A self-taught animator, he scripted and produced several crossover fighting video series, drawing the attention of Internet production company Rooster Teeth who hired him. There, he provided custom animations for “Red vs. Blue” and created the original animated series “RWBY.” Oum married Sheena Duquette on May 10th, 2014.
RWBY (pronounced “ruby”) is an American web series and media franchise created by Monty Oum for Rooster Teeth. The show is set in the fictional world of Remnant, where young people train to become Huntsmen and Huntresses to protect their world from the creatures of Grimm. The name RWBY is derived from the four main characters’ forenames: Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang, as well as their associated theme colors: Red, White, Black and Yellow. Following several promotional trailers, the first episode was screened at the Rooster Teeth convention event RTX and then released on their website in July 2013. Subsequent episodes were released approximately every week — first to Rooster Teeth’s subscribers and then to YouTube a week later. The series became a viral hit, and a second season, subtitled Volume 2, was released in July 2014.