Books I’ve Recommended and Why


For this post I’m going to focus  on books I’ve talked to other artists and creatives about. I am fortunate to have many friends who are writers, screenwriters, comic writers, comedians, and visual artists. So these are books I’ve collected over the years that I always felt were inspiring and I like to mention in conversation. 

The Addams Family Evilution

I’m and Addams friends and my cousin is too. This is an interesting book that looks at the beginnings of the Addams family and traces how the characters developed into what we are familiar with today. Mortician Addams is my idol. 



Picture This: A Near Sighted Monkey Book/ Lynda Barry

This was recommend to me by a stand-up comedian friend and then I recommended it to another friend of mine who specializes in mixed media art. It’s good for anyone really. Partly autobiographical, it also has creative exercises that get you thinking a lot about your own personal experiences and the emotions that go into your work. 


Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons/ Leonard Malkin

And older book now (1987) but still a great one covering the early days of animated cartoons and the great studios. I used to take film classes many years ago and I wore out my first copy. I later told another film student about it. Still love it. 


I’ll be blogging at Coffee Time Romance on Thursday. I’ll be doing two giveaways! Feel

free to stop by.



12 responses to “Books I’ve Recommended and Why”

  1. Some of the few nonfiction books I enjoy are about the early days of different kinds of film making… going to check out Of Mice and Magic for sure! My post is here.


  2. Took me three tries for my brain to see “Of Mice and Magic” and NOT “Of Mice and Men”. LOL! I love these kinds of books. I’m a collector of trivia and information and read a lot of non-fiction, so thank you!

    My post is here:

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    1. Mice and Magic is a great book for lovers or trivia.


  3. I read it as of mice and men, too. But then I read it as of Muppets and Men (about Jim Henson and the Muppets – which was really good), so I’m all over the place. Good list!

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  4. The Addams Family Evilution looks like a fun read.

    My post.

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    1. It’s a fun book just to look at. His New Yorker illustrations are classics.


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    I have got to read these! Thanks for suggesting them.

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  6. Well, i’ve not read any of the books listed, so will check ’em out. Thanks for sharing. Here’s mine:

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  7. I love reading Non-Fiction just as much as I love Fiction! but I haven’t found any good ones lately. I will go check out Mice and Magic!

    Here is my list.

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    1. Mice and Magic covers some smaller animation studios as well as the major ones. And it’s easy to follow even if you don’t know much about animation. Thanks for visiting!


  8. The Addams Family book looks really interesting, and it’s been a while since I’ve seen either Lynda Barry or Leonard Maltin’s names mentioned. Could be some very good reads 🙂

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    1. The Leonard Malkin book is probably at the library. That’s where I got it the first time.

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