Author: Jim Middleton

From the Archives – Thoughts “Understanding Animation” by Paul Wells (1998)

Understanding Animation, by Paul Wells, Routledge Press, 1998      Written in the style of a textbook, Mr. Wells provides an incredible service with this volume. First, it is actually useful as a textbook, and as such offers a level of scholarship

From the Archive – “Serious Business” by Stefan Kanfer (1997)

Serious Business , Stefan Kanfer, Scribner publishers, 1997, paperback $16.00 Stefan Kanfer is described by Chuck Jones as a “whimsical historian” in the foreword to this book, a reminder to us that nothing, not even the Golden Age of animation, exists

From the Archive – Comments on “The Animation Book” (2nd edition, 2000)

The Animation Book, by Kit Laybourne, Second edition, 2000, $24.95      I love this book. In fact, I love this book in ways that are probably being investigated by Ashcroft. For years it was considered fashionable to toss a copy of

Oskar Fischinger Saved My Life

OK, we can’t take it literally. We never met. In fact, when I first heard the name Oskar Fischinger, he had been gone for over ten years. Nevertheless, this German artist awoke a dormant portion of my skull. It was

ASIFA Central’s President Types – 18 Sept 2016

18 September, 2016, a Sunday in Grand Rapids, “Let Us Play”: The season for meeting and greeting as Deanna mulls a Westward Ho and dyspeptic septic. The avatars of animation, finely found and feted thus, with olives oyled and roads