Books We Love – Issue #240

Magic Color Flair: The World of Mary Blair

Magic Color Flair: The World of Mary Blair

Magic Color Flair: The World of Mary Blair
By John Canemaker
[Walt Disney Family Foundation Press, $40]

Iconic Disney artist Mary Blair (1911-1978) is one of the most notable illustrators of the 20th century, not to mention a hero of women in animation. With this new collection of historic photos and lush reprints of Blair’s designs (which helped shape the look of Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and Peter Pan), multi-award winning animator John Canemaker celebrates the artist’s whimsical, energetic works.

Assembled to complement this year’s exhibition at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, the 172-page volume offers a glimpse at the evolution of Blair’s distinctive style, from her student paintings created at the Chouinard Art Institute, to her work for Disney and the Little Golden Books, to rarely seen advertisements, fashion designs and installations she created later in life. Magic is a fine addendum to The Art and Flair of Mary Blair and a worthwhile volume in its own right.

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
By Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace

If you’re looking for a guiding light on your studio’s journey, you could do worse than turn to Pixar co-founder and current Disney-Pixar president Ed Catmull. Written for managers looking to inspire their teams to new creative heights, Catmull has created a manual for those striving for originality, handing you the keys to create working environments that allow inventiveness and talent to shine. Delving into the nerve center of Pixar — into the meetings, postmortems and Braintrust sessions where some of the world’s most successful films are fine-tuned — Catmull leads you by example toward the clearest path to fostering a creative culture. The perfect book to “accidentally” leave in the executive bathroom, really.

The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2

The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2

The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2
By Linda Sunshine
[Newmarket Press, $45]

You already know that DreamWorks’ upcoming sequel to its hugely popular CG adaptation of Cressida Cowell’s dragon-riding world will involve high-flying feats, strange new lands, even stranger dragons and plenty of scaly situations. Now, just imagine how many incredible ideas, designs, creatures and locations the team dreamed up that never made it to the screen! With more than 300 paintings, drawings, sketches, models, stills, studies and storyboards to pore over, Sunshine’s definitive guide will take you on an artistic journey behind the scenes, from the ice caves of Berk to the fantastical flights of Hiccup and Toothless. An introduction by writer/director Dean DeBlois and foreword by Gerard Butler, the voice of Viking chief Stoick, don’t hurt either.

Andre the Giant: Life and Legend

Andre the Giant: Life and Legend

Andre the Giant: Life and Legend
By Box Brown
[First Second, $17.99]

If you had to pick a persona who truly epitomized the cliche “larger than life,” chances are you would land on Andre Roussimoff — better known by his stage monicker, Andre the Giant. Best known from his pro-wrestling career and his role as the lovable giant in The Princess Bride, Andre was a normal guy whose life became extraordinary because of his physical massiveness (at his peak, he carried 500 pounds on his nearly seven-and-a-half-foot frame), which ultimately was also his undoing. In this painstakingly researched graphic biography, Ignatz Award-winning comic artist and wrestling fan Box Brown pares this larger than life character down with a mix of historical records, anecdotes from his colleagues and explorations of The Giant’s career.

  • Wimberly William

    My passion for love and life has made me to take to the Internet to

    warn Internet users particularly those in search of solution to their

    problems to beware of and avoid comments about spell caster that can

    use their magical power in helping you out with your problems. I don’t

    want anyone to be fooled because i was a victim of this fraudsters

    who claimed to be spell casters. I am Wimberly William and i was having

    a difficult time in my relationship as my wife couldn’t give birth to a

    child. Although my wife and i loved each other very much as it were.We kept on

    hoping and for 6 years there weren’t any sign of breakthrough .As days

    goes by,i will always weep because at that time i was really down.

    Even though my wife tried to always be by my side,only time would

    tell as we couldn’t cope with pressure coming from friends and she had to leave

    me for another man. I was now left to face my problem alone even

    though my mom would always talk to me and console me on phone. Things

    went from bad to worse when i was sacked from the private organization

    i was working because been happily married was a criteria that was

    needed and that i was now lacking owing to my failure to have a child that has made my

    wife leave me for another man leaving me single. I kept on

    searching and hoping i would find a solution to my problem but there

    wasn’t any coming. I contacted lots of spell caster as i saw them on

    the Internet but all were scams as they demanded money from me

    frequently and nothing happened. i had to relocate from Texas city

    United state to Jamaica where my mom was residing and also because i

    became racially abused because of my color .I spent 4 months with my

    mom and together we kept on looking for solution still to no avail.

    There came a faithful day when i met my high school mate who knew i

    was happily married and living in Texas city United state with my

    wife and had to ask why i flew back to Jamaica. I explained my

    problem to her and with sincere desire in wanting my problems solved

    she led me to DR JAMIN ABAYOMI. Although i was doubtful but soon as i

    explained my problem to him,he laughed and gave me a maximum of

    72 hours for my wife to come back and for she go give birth. I

    did all i was asked to do which included me traveling back to Texas

    city United state. I traveled back to Texas city united state,on my

    arrival during the early hours of the morning,my phone rang and guess

    who?it was my wife who called asking for my forgiveness and saying

    she was coming back home. She came few hours later and on her knees she

    pleaded for forgiveness. Although it was a tough decision for me to

    make because of all the pains i have been through. I love her and

    needed her back so i had no option but to forgive her. We sat together

    and while she was resting her head on my chest we had romantic

    conversation and talked about things that we have never spoken about

    and like husband and wife the urge came to have sex and we had sex for

    a very long time that day. The next day which was still within the

    72 hours given by DOCTOR JAMIN ABAYOMI she felt something different in her

    body and immediately she went for a check up and to our greatest

    surprise,she was pregnant. How possible could this be but it happened

    and am very thankful also my skin color that made me racially abused

    was changed to the preferred and now we are now happily married again

    and no racial discrimination. All thanks to DR JAMIN ABAYOMI for his



    THAT DR JAMIN ABAYOMI isn’t on the Internet so kindly contact him via

    EMAIL: [email protected]