Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I keep mentioning that the 5th volume in this great series of CDs has been released. Definitely worth picking up.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The new issue of the Carl Barks Fan Club Pictorial has just been released. A great issue, as always.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The other book I just got from Disney Publishing is Disney During World War II: How the Walt Disney Studio Contributed to Victory in the War. Author John Baxter did a fine job on this volume. He unearthed some artwork that had never been seen before and summarized very well the different projects the Studio worked on during WWII. There is even new information that I had not seen anywhere else until now. This is a book that is well-worth picking up and which will complement nicely David Lesjak's recent volume Service with Character: The Disney Studios and World War II and Richard Shale's Donald Duck Joins Up.

Of course the book(s) I am really looking forward to on this subject is Paul F. Anderson's magnum opus on Disney and WWII which should be complete once Paul stops being the unfortunate protagonist of his own version of the Book of Job. Soon, hopefully. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I have just received two new books by Disney Publishing which I will review today and tomorrow. The first one is the long awaited Marc Davis: Walt Disney's Renaissance Man.

Needless to say, this is a "must have" and the type of book I wish existed for most of the key Disney artists. This is an absolute beauty encompassing all aspects of Marc's career, including his personal art, the notes he took during his trips, his work for Imagineering, etc. And it is written by a true "Who's Who" of Disney historians and Disney-history enthusiasts: Don Hahn, Andreas Deja, Mindy Johnson, Paula Sigman-Lowery, etc...

If you are reading this blog, this is clearly a book you should pick up right away. No second thoughts. Very, very clear endorsement on my part.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Indexing Project - Help Needed

The Walt's People book series urgently needs an index. Without one, its value to historians and enthusiasts is much more limited than it could and should be.

A few years ago, Paula Sigman-Lowery and Diane Disney Miller started working on the project with a small team of volunteers. Unfortunately Diane's passing last year put a temporary stop to the effort and Paula is no longer able to lead this project.

I need to find someone who would be willing and able to take Paula's place to lead this critical project. It would have to be someone who has a solid understanding of general Disney history and can identify themes that would be important to researchers. Unfortunately it is not just a matter of knowing the names and indexing the words. Good organizational skills are also critical, of course. And the volunteer should be detail-oriented, meticulous and willing to check and double-check.

Could anyone help? If so, please email me at didier.ghez@gmail.com A million thanks in advance.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I was excited to discover that not just one but two new books by Jim Korkis have been launched today by Theme Park Press. Since I wrote the foreword for the latest volume of The Vault of Walt that title was not a surprise, but Jim's compilation of Animation Anecdotes (non-Disney) was. I am really looking forward to getting both books soon.

Monday, September 22, 2014

This just in from Dave Mason:

[In Remembrance
Royal "Mickey" Clark
1918 - 2014

Royal Clark was among the most trusted life-long friends and business associates of the Walt Disney family.

He served as Executive Vice President of WED Enterprises, retiring in 1984. In addition, he served as Treasurer and as Vice President of Walt Disney's privately held company, RETLAW Enterprises.

For many years he served as Walt Disney's personal accountant and may be best known to Disney historians for the signature he would provide on thousands of documents for Walt and Lillian Disney, their family, and their business interests.

In 1961, Clark was instrumental in helping to facilitate Walt Disney and Roy Disney's merger of the Chouinard Art Institute and the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music to establish the California Institute of the Arts. He would provide invaluable service to the revitalized school during those early years as he effectively served on the CalArts Board of Trustees.
Royal Clark's steadfast service to Walt Disney is honored with the window that remains prominently displayed above the Carnation Café on Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A.]

I had the pleasure of being asked a few months ago by my good friend Sasa Rakezic to write the introduction for a book that has now been released in Serbia: The complete reprints of the Mika Mis comic book strip from the '30s. I had always loved that weird version of Mickey Mouse and his bizarre adventures around the world and I therefore provided this introduction with tremendous pleasure. I just discovered the cover (above) and I am looking forward to getting a few copies of the book itself.

If you are interested in ordering teh book, you can email the publisher, Vuk Markovik at info@komiko.rs