It’s Time For 365 Days Of Ward Kimball

A companion to my upcoming biography of Ward Kimball, 365 Days of Ward will be updated EVERY SINGLE DAY for the next year. The site is a bit of an online experiment–an attempt to explore biographical storytelling through the crisp rapid visual bursts of the Tumblr format. Perhaps there’s something dissonant about presenting someone’s life via a blogging platform that didn’t exist when they were alive, but considering Ward’s forward-thinking approach to life, I want to honor his legacy with a little unconventional thinking.

By itself, I hope 365 Days of Ward will provide a daily jolt of inspiration–an introduction to the wealth of creativity that flowed from Ward’s mind for over 80 years–but I also hope it’ll whet your appetite for the in-depth book Full Steam Ahead!: The Life and Art of Ward Kimball, which provides the context for much of what I’ll be sharing over the next year.

Below is the daily schedule of posts. I anticipate there’ll be breaks in the format, but this is the general plan:

Mondays: Animation-related artwork by Ward

Tuesdays: “Asinine Alley”, a look at the antique automobile comics that Ward drew for thirty years

Wednesdays: Animated GIFs of some of Ward’s famous animation moments

Thursdays: Dedicated to the Grizzly Flats, the legendary full-sized railroad that Ward operated in his backyard

Fridays: Music-related posts that explore Ward’s twenty-plus years as the leader of the quirky jazz group The Firehouse Five Plus Two

Saturdays and Sundays: Random fun–childhood artwork, personal sketches, caricatures, posters, photos, and other ephemera

If you’ve always wanted to know more about animation’s rebellious wild man, pay close attention for the next 365 days.


  • http://popyea.deviantart.com/ nick

    This is awesome. It’s like a daily vitamin I can take. My usual uninterested self has no choice now, it’s right there in my dashboard.

  • http://www.youtube.com/distrakt DISTRAKT

    This is great looking forward to it Amid, congratulations!

  • http://a113animation.com William Jardine

    Sounds great, Amid! Can’t wait for the book, and I think the Tumblr idea was a very smart call.

  • Toonio

    I subscribed to the feed. Surprise me Amid!

    TIL he was married for 66 years (WOW!) Ward was a saint! :)

  • Christian

    Looking forward to the book. Hope it’s as good and insightful as John Canemaker’s Nine Old Men book. That’s going to be tough to top.

  • Pedro Nakama

    Who is the Ward Kimball of today? Most of the top animators I know are overweight and lazy and have no interesting hobbies.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Sad really.

    • Toonio

      Guess it’s the reflection of an era.

      Back in the days, people focused on having a life. Today people focus on having an (pick your poison) iPhone, BMW or whatever is hip these days.

    • http://www.youtube.com/2MKcreations Matthew Koh

      Michael Ruocco, I think?

  • http://brandonjamesscott.com Brandon James Scott

    Great subject for your next book, Amid. Looking forward to it!