There are a lot of books being published throughout the rest of 2012, including books on the theme parks, animation and Disney Legends, like Ron Schneider, Ward Kimball and Rolly Crump. Here is what you can expect over the next year that might interest the nerdier Disney enthusiasts!
- From Dreamer to Dreamfinder A Life and Lessons Learned in 40 Years Behind a name Tag by Ron Schneider (July)
Published by Bamboo Forest Press, this memoir looks like it will be a fantastic and much read summer release. Leonard Kinsey, founding publisher relates, “Ron is an amazing storyteller, and his front-line accounts of the battles between corporate mentality and artistic sensibilities are fascinating, like watching a train wreck played backwards in slow motion. Throw in some behind-the-scenes shenanigans and plenty of bawdy stories, and you have the exact sort of anti-“Pixie Dust” book that Bamboo Forest specializes in.”
- Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse: “High Noon at Inferno Gulch” (Vol. 3) (Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse) by Floyd Gottfredson, David Gerstein and Gary Groth (Jul 2, 2012)
I reviewed Volume One of this series and was completely blown away by it. The presentation was stupendous and really showed the care and attention that Fantagraphics put into the work.
- Dark Side of Disney (Audio CD) by Leonard Kinsey (July 16, 2012)
The audiobook of the Dark Side of Disney is being released just in time for those late summer trips! Read by Jeffrey Kafer, this should be a great choice for an adults-only road trip to Walt Disney World.
- Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge: “Only a Poor Old Man” (Vol. 1) by Carl Barks and Gary Groth (July 17 ,2012)
At 240 pages, this looks like it will be just as well-done as other comic reprints by Fantagraphics. Fans of Scrooge McDuck and Carl Barks will love getting their hands on this compilation.
- Walt’s People Volume 12 by Didier Ghez (July, 2013)
The Walt’s People series is a must-have for researchers and Disney enthusiasts. Interviews with Disney legends by some of the top Disney researchers today. This is a great primary source document for Disney researchers.
- Animated Life: A lifetime of tips, tricks, and stories from an animation Legend by Floyd Norman (Aug 2, 2012)
Floyd Norman was named a Disney Legend in 2007 and was an animator at the Disney Studios in the 1960s. He returned through the past 40 years to work on a majority of the animated films and act as a consultant. This book looks more like an animation tutorial with how-to information and advice. Floyd has had quite a storied career, so this should be a great book.
- Toy Story Films (Foreword by Hayao Miyazaki / Afterword by John Lasseter): An Animated Journey by Charles Solomon (Aug 7, 2012)
Respected animation historian and author takes us into the world of the creators of the Toy Story films.
- A Mary Blair Treasury of Golden Books by Mary Blair (Aug 7, 2012)
This is a compilation of Mary Blair Golden Books, including some stories and artwork that have not been seen in decades.
- Poster Art of the Disney Parks (Introduction by Tony Baxter) by Daniel Handke and Vanessa Hunt (Sep 4, 2012)
This is one of the most highly-anticipated Disney theme park-related titles of the year! It looks like it is going to be an amazing look at the theme park posters that have graced the Magic Kingdom-style parks since the beginnings of Disneyland. There are some surprises promised, as well.
- The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by J. B. Kaufman (Oct 2, 2012)
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney’s Classic Animated Film by J. B. Kaufman (Oct 2, 2012)
J.B. Kaufman has two books celebrating Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He is well known for being an animation historian and author. Since this is a big year for Snow White, you can expect a lot of media involvement. Kaufman is the author of South of the Border and the co-author of Walt in Wonderland.
- A Disney Sketchbook by Ken Shue (Oct 9, 2012)
From Steamboat Willie to Tangled, the Disney Sketchbook is going to share seldom-scene sketches of characters throughout the years. It looks like it is going to present the evolution of some of the more popular characters, as well.
- Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Vol. 4: “House Of The Seven Haunts!” (Vol. 4) (Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse) by Floyd Gottfredson, David Gerstein and Gary Groth (Oct 24, 2012)
Another release by Fantagraphics. If you love the Mickey comics, then you will definitely want this one.
- Walt Disney Animation Studios The Archive Series: Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men: The Flipbooks by Pete Docter (Oct 30, 2012)
The Archive series has been very well received over the past few years. This edition takes a new turn as we are presented with flip books from the Nine Old Men featuring some pretty famous scenes.
- Walt Disney’s Donald Duck Vol. 2: “A Christmas For Shacktown” (Vol. 2) (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library) by Carl Barks and Gary Groth (Nov 7, 2012)
Another looks to be impressive release from Fantagraphics. Carl Barks was well-loved and well-respected and this title compiles some great comics.
- Full Steam Ahead!: The Life and Art of Ward Kimball by Amid Amidi (November 21, 2012)
Amid Amidi is a well-known name in animation circles, not only for the books he has written, but also because he is the co-founder of Cartoon Brew. This is a highly anticipated title, since there has not been a lot to focus on this mutli-faceted artists and Disney Legend.
- It’s Kind of a Cute Story by Rolly Crump and Jeff Heimbuch (December 2012)
I have had the pleasure or proofreading this title and I can tell you that it is going to be fantastic. Rolly shares stories that span his entire career and will make you shake your head in wonder at everything he did. It is almost like you are sitting in his living room as Rolly regales you with simply another cute story.
This book has an early December release and is being released by Bamboo Forest Publishing
- Disney’s Most Notorious Film: Race, Convergence, and the Hidden Histories of Song of the South by Jason Sperb (Dec 1, 2012)
Song of the South has always been a divisive topic among Disney fans. Short of storming the castle and demanding its release, Disney fans have resorted to purchasing Japanese versions and bootleg copies. This book looks rather academic and might bring some serious discourse to the discussion.
Is there a specific title that you are looking forward to?
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