Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Some great pieces of concept art that I had never seen before are being sold by Van Eaton Galleries right now. The two above are by Mel Shaw for The Great Mouse Detective. They will not be included in They Drew As They Pleased - Volume 5, sadly, as they feature smoking and drinking.

 The one below is a very early concept for Winnie the Pooh by Mary Blair from the late '30s or early '40s. It is too late to include it in  They Drew As They Pleased - Volume 4 (I am reviewing the galleys at the moment), but you will be glad to know that another piece by Blair from Winnie the Pooh will make it into the book.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Excellent article released by Jerry Beck a few days ago on Cartoon Research:

Louella Parsons on the Great Disney Films

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Today is the day!! They Drew As They Pleased - The Hidden Art of Disney's Late Golden Age has finally been released. If you are curious about Disney's Character Model Department and the elite artists who worked for it, get that book as soon as you can. If you want to see close to 400 pieces of stunning artwork which have never been seen before, get that book. If you want to know a lot more about how the Disney Studio really worked in the late 1930s and in the 1940s, get that book.

Also, please remember that sales of this volume are critical if we want to ensure the future of the series, If possible, try not to delay your purchase, please!

Finally, a quick reminder for those of you in LA:

If you live in LA, here is an event you do not want to miss. On Saturday, October 21, I will be selling and signing copies of They Drew As They Pleased - The Hidden Art of Disney's Late Golden Age at the Wonderful World of Animation Gallery (9517 Culver Blvd., Culver City) from 2PM to 5PM.

This will be the only time this year that I will be in LA and this will mark the official launch of the third volume in the They Drew As They Pleased book series.

Mindy Johnson will also be there selling and signing her seminal book about Ink and Paint - The Women of Disney's Animation. 

Friday, October 06, 2017

On June 12, 2018, Disney Editions will release The Disney Monorail: Imagineering the Highway in the Sky by by Jeff Kurtti and Vanessa Hunt. This is definitely a book I will pick up.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

I have just received a copy of Walt Disney's Nine MORE Old Men - The Flipbooks, presented by Pete Docter.

If you liked the first flipbook box-set, you will love, love, love this one. Finally animators other than than the Nine Old Men get their due: Ub Iwerks, Norman Ferguson, Ham Luske, Art Babbitt, Grim Natwick, Bill Tytla, John Sibley, Hal King, and Freddie Moore.

What a treat!!  

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Walt's People - Volume 20 will be released before the end of November. I just received the cover drawing by John Musker yesterday and I love it.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Here is a great interview about the making of They Drew As They Pleased - Volume 3 by yours truly. Please, please pre-order the book, which will be released in just one week!