Thursday, July 21, 2016

Van Eaton Galleries updated their website this morning and I could not resist sharing this new Mary Blair that they just unearthed and which I hope to include in They Drew As They Pleased - Volume 4.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

With the recent passing of Tom Tumbush, it is likely that Tomart's Disneyana Update issue 82 will be the last issue of the magazine. I find it to be very sad news, obviously.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I just realized that the 1980s UK magazine Animator had posted all its archives online. This is a great resource if there is one.

Monday, July 18, 2016

I just received Disney Villains - Delightfully Evil by Jen Darcy. I was hoping that the book might be full of never-seen-before artwork and new information. Unfortunately it is a re-packaging of what most of us have already seen a million times before.

Don't get me wrong, this is a very nice product that should sell well. It's a nice gift for families who have kids with an interest in Disney or for collectors with a passing interest in the art of Disney.

For Disney historians and true Disney history enthusiasts, however, this book is clearly not a "must have". If you do not already own it and want a great book on the same subject, do not forget to pick up The Disney Villain by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, which remains a classic.

Friday, July 15, 2016

If you have read Mel Shaw's autobiography, Animator on Horseback, B-1st, or the recently released Walt's People - Volume 18, could I please ask you to review them on Amazon?

By the way, here is the table of content of Walt's People - Volume 18:

Foreword: Tom Sito
The Mique Nelson letters
Dave Smith: Katherine Kerwin
Michael Barrier: Gerry Geronimi
Ross Care: Gerry Geronimi
Ross Care: Ward Kimball
John Culhane: Ward Kimball
John Culhane: Dick Huemer
Ron Merk: Ken O’Connor
Janet Martin: Chaperone for Donald Duck
Kathy and Richard Greene: Herb Ryman
Don Douglass: Five Years with Walt
Bob Thomas: Ken Peterson
Alberto Becattini: Kay Wright
Bill Spicer: Del Connell
MICA Productions: Elma Milotte
Doobie Moseley: Bob Gurr
Jim Korkis: Bob Gurr
Didier Ghez: Bob Gurr
Michael Broggie: Barbara Palmer
Julie Svendsen: Hani El-Masri

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Do you own any original pre-production artwork from "Man in Space" or any other rare documents linked to the Kimball "space and science" projects? If so, could you please email me at I am trying to gather illustrations and documentation for the chapter about John W. Dunn in They Drew As They Pleased - Volume 4.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I learned with great sadness yesterday evening that my good friend (and publisher for many years) Tom Tumbusch, passed away last week.

Tom is known in the Disney history community for the tremendous research he conducted about the history of Disney merchandizing, which resullted into 5 seminal books on the subject and a magazine (Tomart's Disneyana Updates) spanning 82 issues.

I probably would not have become a Disney historian without the discovery of Tom's books during my first trip to the US in the mid-'80s.

Tom will be missed dearly.

This is a book I will pick up and read as soon as it is released. The back cover reads:

[“Hi, Lawrence?” the caller asked. “This is Steve Jobs. I saw your picture in a magazine a few years ago and thought we’d work together someday.”
After Steve Jobs was unceremoniously dismissed from Apple, he turned his attention to a little-known graphics art company that he owned called Pixar.

One day, out of the blue, Jobs called Lawrence Levy, a Harvard-trained lawyer and Silicon Valley executive to whom he had never spoken before, in the hope of persuading Levy to help him get Pixar on the right track.
What Levy found in Pixar was a company on the verge of failure. To Pixar and Beyond is the extraordinary story of what happened next: How Levy, working closely with Jobs and the Pixar team, produced and implemented a highly improbable roadmap that transformed the sleepy graphics art studio into one of Hollywood’s greatest success stories.

Set in the worlds of Silicon Valley and Hollywood, the book takes readers inside Pixar, Disney, law firms, and investment banks. It provides an up-close, first-hand account of Pixar’s stunning ascent, how it took risks, Levy’s enduring collaboration and friendship with Jobs, and how Levy came to see in Pixar deeper parallels that apply to all aspects of our lives.