Animag Book Signing in Big Apple

Last week, Animation Magazine hosted a party in celebration of our 20th anniversary retrospective art book at New York City’s very cool Animazing Gallery. We were fortunate enough to have several of the book’s talented contributors in attendance at the party. Bill Plympton, John Canemaker, Linda Simensky and Terry Thoren were all kind enough to attend this one-of-a-kind event and sign the book for friends and fans.

Among the scoops we got at the party was that Bill Plympton will be taking his new 2D animated feature Idiots and Angels to the Annecy Film Festival this year (June 9-14) and that Oscar-winning filmmaker John Canemaker is hard at work on an exhaustively researched book about beloved animators Joe Grant and Joe Ranft. The book will be titled Two Guys Named Joe. Judging from their previous efforts, we have a feeling both the movie and the book are going to be fantastic.

By the way, if you happen to be in New York’s SoHo district, you have to stop by and visit Heidi Leigh’s Animazing Gallery (461 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013). Established in 1984, the gallery has a rich collection of limited edition artwork, graphic art and sculptures that will blow you away. You’ll find some remarkable works by Dr. Seuss,Tim Burton, Charles M. Schulz, David Kracov, Tom Everhart and Daniel Merriam to name a few. Animazing is also the exclusive New York distributor of art from the Disney, Fox, Warner Bros., Peanuts, Hanna Barbera and Cartoon Network. For more info, visit www.animazing.doc or call (800) 303-4848. A big animated thank you to Heidi and her wonderful staff who were our gracious hosts that night!

Animation Magazine: 20-Year Collection is a 320-page, hardcover book featuring new essays by Pixar’s John Lasseter, Aardman’s Peter Lord, indie animation icons Bill Plympton and John Canemaker, Nancy “Bart Simpson’ Cartwright, ILM VFX guru John Knoll, film critic/historian Leonard Maltin and others. You’ll also enjoy leafing through full-color images and a gallery of magazine cover art going back to the first issue, printed in 1987. Order your copy today at www.animationmagazine.net/book.html.

Photos from our New York City launch party can be seen here: www.animationmagazine.net/ny_party_pics.html