Today launches a resource for all Cartoon Researchers.
Hello, Cartoon Researchers! My name is Orrin Scott and today I would like to share with you The Animation History Bibliography. It is a bibliography that aims to contain every English written book on animation!
This bibliography began as a short resource that I shared at an ASIFA Central meeting. About a month after that meeting the COVID-19 pandemic began. And about two months after that I realized I really needed to sink my teeth into a project of significance. I approached this bibliography with a “take stock” mentality. Without knowing what we have access to, how will we know what we should and shouldn’t put more effort into learning?
While a majority of the work for this bibliography was done in the last two years, the idea for it had been gestating in the back of my head for quite a bit longer. It was most likely spurred on by Jerry’s many book reviews and recommendations over the years. After reaching out to Jerry midway through its creation, he was kind enough to offer a place for the bibliography to live online to be shared with all of you.
The books contained in the bibliography range from topics such as historical non-fiction to the importance of Saturday mornings, from the professional world of the industry to the pioneering world of independents, and the art of everything in between. There are books that look at animation through the lens of dance, architecture, and technological censorship, books that explore the triumphs and setbacks of women and people of color, and books that celebrate the accomplishments of the young and the old.
This bibliography is an attempt to unite all facets of resources available. This includes juvenile literature and academic journals. You will also find additional sources such as periodicals and documentaries.
That leads me to my fellow Cartoon Researchers who are reading this now – I need your help! I have learned about more books and documentaries that I didn’t previously know existed to fill multiple bookcases (and I have filled two of my own while making this bibliography). However, that doesn’t mean I’ve grabbed or listed every single book on animation – I guarantee I’m missing something. If you find omissions or corrections, please let me know! I have set up a Google Form to fill out here, and it is available at the bottom of every page of the bibliography.
Consider me the keeper of the list of animation books. I will ensure that this bibliography maintains its usefulness and reflects what we have access to. We also have room to expand our view, but that’s for another day.
And lastly, thank you to all parties involved! To Jerry for being kind enough to not only offer constructive criticism, but to share in my enthusiasm for this project. To all the authors who wrote the books contained, without you animation research becomes almost impossible…
And to you reading this now, thank you! If you would like a copy of The Animation History Bibliography for your own bookshelf, it is available as a First Edition on Amazon in either paperback or a hardcover. And you can check out the whole bibliography online exclusively here on Cartoon Research.