Tuesday, September 02, 2014

It has been a while since I gave you an update of my ongoing projects and I thought that, with so much on my plate, now might be a good time. Here are the book projects I am currently involved with and which should be released over the next 18 months:

- Walt's People - Volume 15 (Theme Park Press). The manuscript is ready and is being checked by the contributors. I am hoping to see it released by December at the latest.

- The Drew As They Pleased - Volume 1 (Chronicle Books). The manuscript is ready and the illustrations have been selected. It focuses on Albert Hurter, Ferdinand Horvath, Gustaf Tenggren and Bianca Majolie. About 90% of the content will be released in book form for the first time ever. Planned release date: Fall 2015.

- Eric Larson's autobiography (Theme Park Press): I am hard at work on this with Joe Campana, JB Kaufman, and Dan Jeup. I am hoping to see it released by January of next year.

- The Wilfred Jackson / Ross Care letters (Theme Park Press): I am helping Ross put his correspondence in shape for release in book form. Some of the content is truly revolutionary, and while working on this project I managed to unearth some rare (never-seen-before) photos as well as... the lost diaries of Wilfred Jackson!!

- I also had the pleasure of writing a short introduction for the upcoming reprint of the Serbian comic book Mika Mis (Mickey Mouse) from the 1930s (more on this next month).

In addition to those "short term" projects, I have started working on Walt's People - Volume 16, They Drew As They Pleased - Volume 2, and on the editing of the Ward Kimball diaries. I wonder why I felt I needed a break two weeks ago ;-)

Friday, August 29, 2014

I had the pleasure of picking up this very rare photo of Mary Blair and Kay Kamen (left) on HowardLowery.com last week and had to share it with all of you.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Not to be missed if you are in LA in September.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This movie seems to be so different from anything that preceeded it at Disney that I am actually looking forward to seeing it and to getting the Art of book, of course.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I am very much looking forward to Andreas Deja's upcoming book, The Nine Old Men: Lessons, Techniques, and Inspiration from Disney's Greatest Animators which will be released by Focal Press in February and is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Monday, August 25, 2014

I am back and in great shape. I really needed that break.

No better way to start blogging again than with this upcoming book from Theme Park Press.

This just in from Bob McLain, Theme Park Press's owner:

[The book is written by Art Adler, a former Disney executive who got wind that "Walt's Garage", the building once owned by Walt's uncle and where Walt did some of his earliest animation in California, was coming up for auction. He found out that Disney wasn't interested in bidding for it. Disney had no interest whatsoever in the garage. Art didn't want the garage to fall into the hands of someone who might demolish it or who wouldn't be aware of (or appreciate) its historic value. So he bought it himself, and then spent a considerable amount of time and money attempting to convince local/state/national government to recognize the importance of the structure. Adler was also the person responsible for "Walt Disney Recognition Day" (December 5), which Ronald Reagan signed into law in 1986 (crediting Adler as its proponent). More information here:

The book deals not just with the history of Walt's Garage, Adler's acquisition of same, etc., but also with the inner workings of Disney corporate in the 1970s.]

As we say in French: "The more things change, the more they stay the same..."

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Temporary shutdown

There are days when trying to preserve Disney History is really not fun. Unfortunately the last two months have been full on those on my end. It looks as if I need a break. The blog will be closed until August 25 to allow me to regain faith and stamina Disney-history-wise.
Two web sites which are definitely each worth several visits:

- Passport to Dreams Old and New about Disney live-action movies (Thanks to Andrew Toffoli for the link).

- Alberto Becattini's fantastic blog