I have asked Jerry to post this request today to try to catch the attention of those who read and enjoy the “Animation Anecdotes” column.
As some of you may know I have just recently released another book that is now available on Amazon: The Vault of Walt: Volume 2.
If you enjoyed the original The Revised Vault of Walt, this second volume is similar with seven stories about Walt Disney, seven about Disney films (including the battle between P.L. Travers and Walt Disney during the making of “Mary Poppins”), seven stories about the Disney theme parks and seven miscellaneous stories (including the battle between Friz Freleng and Walt Disney).
I have convinced the same publisher to consider printing a paperback edition of “Animation Anecdotes” that would include some of the ones included in these columns (with all the corrections and additions) mixed with ones from columns I wrote for a variety of magazines over the years and some brand new ones.
Since you are the primary audience for such a book, I am requesting your help.
How would you like to see the book formatted? Should it retain the random format I have always used for individual columns? Should I group anecdotes by year (eg. 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, etc.)? Should I group anecdotes by topic (eg. Disney, Hanna-Barbera, Bakshi, Saturday Morning, etc.)? Is there some other format that would be most appealing or useful? There will be an index in the book so no matter how it is arranged you should be able to find your Richard Williams quote or Yogi Bear story.
Is there a particular type of anecdote that you prefer seeing or a particular type that should be eliminated from reprinting?
There will be no illustrations in the book. The time and expense of getting clearances at this stage would prevent the book from being published next year.
I have two ideas for an eye-catching cover. I designed the covers for my previous books including “Cartoon Confidential” that I co-wrote with John Cawley. However, as long as I am asking for help, do you have any ideas of what might be effective at capturing not only the animation audience but a larger general demographic?
When the book is published, I will depend on all of you to spread the word. The hardest thing is not writing a book but letting people know it exists to be purchased.
Thanks for thinking about this and I will keep you in the loop about what is happening with the book.
Editor’s Note: Though Jim mentioned it above, an all-new second volume of his Vault of Walt (vol. 2) was news to me. I’ll be ordering it right away. As I said in my review of the initial edition, I love how Jim goes after the Disney stories no one else tells – and the studio would rather you didn’t hear.
You can order and scan the contents page here. Amongst the goodies within are:
• The Tale of the Seven Snow Whites
• Walt’s Bitter Battle over Mary Poppins
• The Birth of the Disneyland Jungle Cruise
• And over two dozen additional stories
Check out the Theme Park Press website for further information. This is good stuff! - Jerry Beck