Seth MacFarlane can do anything: create animation, make live-action features, sing, act, produce live-action sitcoms and science documentaries, host the Oscars, and add to that list now, write novels. Of course, whether he does any of it well is another question.
Jonathan Clements’ “Anime: A History” differs greatly from more populist overviews of anime available in the English-language market. This book is not about the anime texts themselves, but the surrounding industry: Clements delivers a tightly-packed account of anime production, distribution and viewership from the silent era to the present day.
DreamWorks Animation has announced the launch of DreamWorks Press, an in-house publishing operation that will produce digital and print books based on their popular properties like “Kung Fu Panda,” “Madagascar,” and “Shrek,” as well as upcoming films like “B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations.”
In October, Disney Editions will release “Marc Davis: Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man,” a 208-page portfolio of artwork dedicated to Disney Nine Old Man Marc Davis.
On March 25, Abrams will release “Adventure Time: A Totally Math Poster Collection,” a collection of 20 removable posters.
The personal styles of individual animation artists will be front and center in a new book series being prepped by Disney Publishing.
Don’t miss this rare find on Archive.org: A complete PDF copy of John Halas and Roger Manvell’s book “Design in Motion” (1962).
New books about “Adventure Time,” Mary Blair, Alex Toth, Disney Golden Books, Pixar, and DreamWorks will be published in 2014.
Taking part in a “Wall Street Journal” survey, Pixar and Disney Animation president Ed Catmull shared his two favorite books of 2013.