I just pre- ordered my book.
I think it ships in July, 2013.
Full Steam Ahead!: The Life and Art of Ward Kimball [Hardcover]
Amid Amidi (Author)
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(Author), Brad Bird (Foreword)
Release date: July 9, 2013
"Ward's the one man who works for me I call a genius," Walt Disney once noted. Ward Kimball's career as an animator and Academy Award-winning director at Disney between the 1930s and the 1970s is legendary, but the work he created outside of the animation studio was equally fascinating, including operating a railroad in his backyard and founding the notorious Dixieland jazz band Firehouse Five Plus Two. With unprecedented access to his personal archives, celebrated animation historian Amid Amidi unearthed hundreds of never-before-seen drawings, paintings, comics, letters, and photos, including concept art and stories from his occasionally turbulent career at Disney. Featuring interviews with dozens of Ward's colleagues, relatives, students, and friends, Amidi paints a complex portrait of one of animation's most irreverent and influential artists in this definitive must-have biography.