Looking for some good Disney books for the rest of 2013? There are a handful being released during the busy fall months that might catch your attention.
- Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms by Marty Sklar (August 13, 2013) Marty Sklar’s book is probably going to be the most anticipated book of the year for Disney fans. Initial reports about the title are pretty negative, which is unfortunate since Sklar has been so integral to the Imagineering process. Sklar has always maintained an iron fist when information about Imagineering is concerned so a lot of Disney enthusiasts and historians are hoping for some interesting insider stories.
- Walt Disney (True Books) by Tamra B. Orr (September 2013) This is a children’s biography about Walt Disney. I’m not familiar with the author but I’m always glad to see a work about Walt that’s geared towards school-aged kids (and I buy them all, anyway).
- Handsome Heroes and Vile Villains: Masculinity in Disney’s Feature Films by Amy M. Davis (Sep 12, 2013) I have Amy’s Good Girls and Wicked Witches but I haven’t read it yet. This looks like a good academic work on masculinity in Disney films.
- Remembering Roy E. Disney: Memories and Photos of a Storied Life by David A. Bossert (Sep 17, 2013) This book looks like it might be a very interesting read about Walt’s nephew. It’s more of a scrapbook than biography and I hope it offers some insight into the man that some say saved the company his father helped start.
- Tinker Bell: An Evolution by Mindy Johnson (Oct 8, 2013) This book should provide plenty of fodder for researchers. It’s an official Disney release that is associated with the Animation Research Library, so I’m hoping it’s spectacular.
- Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Gift Box Set (Vols. 1 & 2) by Floyd Gottfredson, David Gerstein and Gary Groth (Oct 10, 2013) I can guarantee you that this set is going to be amazing. Everything that Fantagraphics has donehas been well researched, well archived and very well presented.
- Jerry Bruckheimer: When Lightning Strikes – Four Decades of Filmmaking by Michael Singer (Oct 29, 2013) A look at one of the most popular and prolific film makers of the past 40 years. It’s probably going to be fairly glossy.
- Ears of Steel: The Real Man’s Guide to Walt Disney World by Bart Scott (Nov 1, 2013) It might not be as dark as the Dark Side of Disney but this one could cover similar ground. The blurb makes me think that this is a Disney guide book for guys that don’t like Disney. But honestly, it’s one of the worst cover designs I’ve seen in a while.
- The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream by Sam Gennawey and Jeff Kurtti (Nov 5, 2013) I’m a big fan of Sam’s Walt and the Promise of Progress City title and I have high hopes for this one.
- Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: “Christmas On Bear Mountain” (Vol. 5) by Carl Barks and Gary Groth (Nov 10, 2013) Another Fantagraphics re-release of some amazing and groundbreaking comic strip art. Another must have!
- The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World Trivia: A Ride-by-Ride Exploration of the History, Facts, and Secrets Behind… by Susan Veness (Nov 18, 2013) I was not impressed with the 2009 book she released. There were erros and myths that were purported as facts. I’m not too excited about this one.
One of my favorite publishers, Bamboo Forest Publishing, Leonard Kinsey mentioned some of his upcoming titles and I’m pretty excited!
Bamboo Forest Publishing has a few awesome titles slated for release before the end of the year. First up is Hollow World by Deadline author Nick Pobursky. We’re describing it as ‘Die Hard in Walt Disney World’, complete with shootouts on the Monorail and explosions at The Contemporary! That’s in the editing phase now, and should be out by October. There’s also my new novel, called Habst and the Disney Saboteurs, which is a comedy/mystery that I’m pitching as ‘Fletch does Disney’. It’ll be out before the end of the year, probably in November. I’m super excited about both of them – they fit perfectly into our mission to release high quality, adult oriented, Disney related books that are a bit offbeat and subversive.
There are some pretty interesting titles scheduled for the first part of 2014.
- Inside the Whimsy Works: My Life with Walt Disney Productions by Jimmy Johnson, Greg Ehrbar, Didier Ghez and Grey Johnson (Feb 1, 2014) Greg and Didier are familiar names for Disney fans. This one looks like it’s going to fill an interesting void.
- Newsies: Stories of the Unlikely Broadway Hit by Disney Book Group (Feb 4, 2014) Newsies has found success on Broadway and I assume this book will detail the history of the production.
- The Art and Flair of Mary Blair: Updated Edition by John Canemaker (Feb 4, 2014) Canemaker is pretty much a god when it comes to animation and animation history. A revised edition of this work is extremely welcome!
- The Imagineering Field Guide to Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort: An Imagineer’s-Eye Tour: Facts… by Imagineers and Alex Wright (Feb 25, 2014) Alex has penned all of the other Imagineering Guides and he does an amazing job. I can’t wait to see all of the tidbits he shares about DCA.
- The Secrets of Disney’s Visual Effects: The Schultheis Notebooks by John Canemaker (Mar 11, 2014) There’s mot much about this title, but if it makes it to the light of day, it will be an incredible read.
- Mickey Mouse: Emblem of the American Spirit by Garry Apgar PhD (Apr 29, 2014) This is a Walt Disney Family Foundation press so it’s going to be good. I hope it’s not too academic but we’ll have to wait and see.
- Space Mountain: A Graphic Novel by Bryan Q. Miller, Disney Book Group and Kelley Jones (May 6, 2014) A graphic novel about Space Mountain? It’s going to be amazing or embarrassing…
Which book are you looking forward to the most? Which one is going to be on the top of your list?
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