Wednesday, October 30, 2019

I have been working in recent days on an in-depth essay about, Grace Huntington, the second woman to join Disney's Story Department. I am extremely proud of that essay which covers a lot of new ground and which will be released next year in the second volume of the Hyperion Historical Alliance Annual.

For those of you who have yet to pick up the first HHA Annual, it is still available on Amazon and contains some really in-depth essays exploring a large variety of fascinating Disney-history-related topics. From my standpoint (I am not the most objective observer, of course) this is Disney history at its best.

Speaking of which: you will notice that I try to review or promote all the relevant Disney history books that are released. You will also notice, from time to time, that I specifically avoid mentioning a few books. Usually when I ignore them it means that they do not meet bare minimum of quality standards when it comes to Disney history, This is especially the case for books that present themselves as "non-fiction" and end up being "historical fiction."

Thankfully there are not too many of those and there are enough well-researched, reliable new Disney history books that I still have my work cut-out for me for years to come.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

This website contains some marvelous documents. Thanks to Michael Goldberg for the heads up!

Monday, October 28, 2019

I thought I had finally caught up on all the great Italian books about Disney comics that have been released in recent years, when I realized that three more have been published when I wasn't looking. Oh well...

Thursday, October 24, 2019

This newly released book by Les Clark's daughter could be really interesting. I am especially looking forward to the illustrations and the personal insights about Les that only Miri can share.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

As the holidays are getting closer, please remember that the great hard-cover, full-color, 148-page long, heavily-illustrated (more than 150 illustrations) monograph about The Making of Walt Disney's Fun and Fancy Free by J.B. Kaufman is now available for purchase at this link and on Amazon.

For those of you who live in Europe, it should become available soon via a French distributor in order to lower the shipping costs (more about this soon).

Monday, October 21, 2019

The new Vault of Walt volume has just been released.

Friday, October 18, 2019

The Disney Books Network has just been updated.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The fifth volume of They Drew as They Pleased is being sold at a very great 36% discount on Amazon at the moment. Time to pick it up if you are looking forward to get it now or for the holidays.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

There have been so many good books released about Disney history in recent months that I started re-reading my recent reviews a few days ago to make sure than I did not short-change some of them by reviewing them too quickly.

While doing so, I realized that I had made at least one obvious mistake in one of those reviews. I have now been able to read in detail The Art of Disney Costuming and, while I do regret that it does not feature more costumes and historical info about Walt's era (which I suspect comes from the fact that those costumes did not survive), I really, really enjoyed the absolutely gorgeous photographs of the new costumes as well as the great stories and anecdotes that discuss their creation!

If you are a fan of the new live-action Disney features or if you have friends who are, this is definitely a "must-have" for you or a great gift for your friends.

And there is even a double-page about one of The Black Hole costumes, which truly made my day!

I have now removed my original review which does not reflect how I truly feel about this beautiful book.

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Someone just found our full 2019 D23 Expo presentation on YouTube. Glad to share.

Monday, October 07, 2019

I just received a copy of this upcoming book.

If you love Disney musicals you will love it. It is beautifully illustrated and well-written. Not a lot is new in it. It is just a very enjoyable, very well produced book that makes for a great gift for the holidays.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Did anyone of you read this recently released Italian book? Is it worth picking up?