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Independently Animated: Bill Plympton: The Life and Art of the King of Indie Animation Hardcover – March 22, 2011
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“Independently Animated: Bill Plympton, The Life and Art of the King of Indie Animation juxtaposes the story of Academy Award-nominee Plympton’s life and art against the background of the animation industry.” ~Publishers Weekly
“...reads like a meandering journey into the mind of a slightly demented and always devious social agitator who wielded his colored pencils to entertain fans and influence artists around the world.” ~Coolhunting.com
“Mention indie animation and Bill Plympton’s name is the first to pop to mind. Since the mid-1980s, the New York-based animator has entertained audiences with his unique and quirky take on human (and canine) foibles, without having to conform to any particular formula, genre or studio mentality.” ~Animation Magazine
“The lavishly illustrated new book Independently Animated: The Life and Art of the King of Indie Animation, by Bill Plympton and David Levy, is part biography, part retrospective, and part behind-the-scenes look at Bill Plympton’s life and career.” ~flavorpill.com
“This is definitely a retrospective book that everyone should pick up.” ~Juxtapoz
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I always wonder how a guy like him can survive as an independent animator. This book answers that question, and more.
This is a 264 page book that's beautiful printed and bound with thick paper. It's an autobiography written by Bill Plympton in his own words. It's sincerely written and you can feel the enthusiasm he has for animation. He talks about everything from when it all started in school to creating Oscar nominated short films. You can see the different types of jobs he took to pay the bills (like creating music videos for Madonna), about serving the army (where he learned the power of shadows), where and from whom he gets his inspiration from, the different types of people he has to work with, or how to find Paul Giamatti to do a voice-over.
The book's also filled with lots of artwork. There are sketches, cartoons, paintings, storyboards, photos, animated stills, etc. Bill Plympton's style of colour pencil drawings is unique but his other works show the other side of him. He's has included some amazing caricatures he created during his fifteen years in making political cartoons. The sketches and storyboards are great because of the wacky ideas, and you get to get a glimpse into how his mind thinks.
It's fascinating to look into this world from a perspective of an independent animator. You get a new sense of appreciation for the medium after realising the sheer effort it takes to create one.
This is a very inspiring book. Highly recommended.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)