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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Comic-Con: Zim Cartooning Course Debuts

Comic Con 2009
Zim Book

THE ZIM CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL OF CARTOONING, COMIC ART AND CARICATURE

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For the first time in nearly a century, Eugene "Zim" Zimmerman's legendary 1914 cartooning course is available again in a deluxe two-volume edition published by the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive. Lavishly illustrated with nearly 1,000 B&W illustrations and 22 hand-tipped color plates, this landmark course deserves a place on every cartoonist's bookshelf.

Zim BookZim BookEdited by Stephen Worth and with a foreword by Ralph Bakshi, these books cover a broad range of subjects, from practical advice for aspiring artists to philosophical musings on what it means to be a cartoonist. Zim's infectious sense of humor and vividly observed caricatures leap off the page. This drawing course may just be the keystone document of American cartooning.

These two volumes will be available beginning July 23rd at ASIFA-Hollywood's booth at the San Diego Comic-Con. (Booth #5334: To the right of the main entrance, against the lobby side wall.) Quantities are very limited. Copies will also be available for sale on ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive website soon after. Also available is a series of high quality glicee fine art prints of some of Zim's finest cartoons produced by imagekind, a CafePress company.

Zim BookZim BookThe books are available to the general public for a donation to the ASIFA-Hollywood of $125 per volume. ASIFA-Hollywood members may receive the books for a donation of $100 per volume. (Non-members: Buy both books and join ASIFA-Hollywood and take the discount right away. This means that ASIFA-Hollywood membership is just an additional $25!) Proceeds from the sale of these books go to support the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive. ASIFA-Hollywood is a 501(c)(3) California non-profit organization, so your contribution may be tax deductible. (See your tax accountant for details.)

ABOUT EUGENE ZIMMERMAN (1862-1935)

Zim BookZim BookZIM was a familiar a name to people in the early years of the 20th century; but today, he is largely forgotten. He was a pioneer of the art of caricature with over 40,000 illustrations published in his lifetime. ZIM was a mainstay of the magazines Puck and Judge, lampooning politicians of all parties and poking fun at the ethnic roots of America's melting pot. After his retirement, he created a correspondence school in cartooning that educated many fledgling artists who went on to follow his lead.

For more information on Eugene "Zim" Zimmerman and his cartooning course, see...
http://www.animationarchive.org/labels/zim.html

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD

An extensive electronic press kit is available upon request to members of the press and bloggers interested in spotlighting the books on their sites. Email sworth@animationarchive.org for a complimentary copy.
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