David McGowan
Hi everyone,

I've been a lurker on this board for some time - even before it went "in exile". Today marks the release of my book Animated Personalities: Cartoon Characters and Stardom in American Theatrical Shorts, and I hope it will be of interest to many of the members of this group.
The book argues that cartoon characters should be regarded as legitimate movie stars - not just because they appeared in films, but also because the media often constructed "private lives" for these figures, including fan magazine interviews, product endorsements, and so on. I consider studio-era protagonists such as Felix the Cat, Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, and many others.
The book is available from major book retailers in hardback and paperback. The ebook version is currently particularly discounted in the USA via both Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Animated-...ical-ebook/dp/B07K7WQ583 ) and Google Play (https://play.google.com/...s?id=bIaCDwAAQBAJ&gl ).

More information about the book can be found at: https://utpressnews.blogspot.com...f-animation-history.html 

David McGowan
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