Lou Scheimer by Lou Scheimer
Creating the Filmation Generation

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Mr. Scheimer’s story is an important part of the history of television animation. Filmation’s use of limited-style animation may not have been pioneering...but Mr. Scheimer and his colleagues knew how to adapt that style better than anyone.
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Hailed as one of the fathers of Saturday morning television, Lou Scheimer was the co-founder of Filmation Studios, which for over 25 years provided animated excitement for TV and film. Always at the forefront, Scheimer's company created the first DC cartoons with Superman, Batman, and Aquaman, ruled the song charts with The Archies, kept Trekkie hope alive with the Emmy-winning Star Trek: The Animated Series, taught morals with Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, and swung into high adventure with Tarzan, The Lone Ranger, and Zorro. Forays into live-action included Shazam! and The Secrets of Isis, plus groundbreaking special effects work on Jason of Star Command and others. And in the 1980s, Filmation single-handedly caused the syndication explosion with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and its successors. Now, Lou Scheimer tells the entire story to best-selling author Andy Mangels, including how his father decked Adolf Hitler, memories of the comics of the Golden Age, schooling with Andy Warhol, and what it meant to lead the last all-American animation company through nearly thirty years of innovation and fun! Profusely illustrated with photos, model sheets, storyboards, presentation art, looks at rare and unproduced series, and more ― plus stories from top animation insiders about Scheimer and Filmation's past, and rare Filmation art by Bruce Timm, Adam Hughes, Alex Ross, Phil Jimenez, Frank Cho, Gene Ha, and Mike McKone ― this book will show the Filmation Generation the story behind the stories!
 

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Andy Mangels is the "USA Today" bestselling author and coauthor of over a dozen novels -- including "Star Trek" and "Roswell books" -- all cowritten with Michael A. Martin. Flying solo, he is the bestselling author of several nonfiction books, including "Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Characters and Animation on DVD: The Ultimate Guide", as well as a significant number of entries for "The Superhero Book: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Comic-Book Icons and Hollywood Heroes" as well as for its companion volume, "The Supervillain Book".In addition to cowriting several more upcoming novels and contributing to anthologies, Andy has produced, directed, and scripted a series of sixteen half-hour DVD documentaries for BCI Eclipse, for inclusion in the "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" DVD box sets.Andy has written hundreds of articles for entertainment and lifestyle magazines and newspapers in the United States, England, and Italy. He has also written licensed material based on properties from numerous film studios and Microsoft, and his two decades of comic book work has been published by DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse, Image, Innovation, and many others. He was the editor of the award-winning Gay Comics anthology for eight years.Andy is a national award-winning activist in the Gay community, and has raised thousands of dollars for charities over the years. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his long-term partner, Don Hood, their dog, Bela, and their chosen son, Paul Smalley. Visit his website at www.andymangels.com.
 
Published December 4, 2012 by TwoMorrows Publishing. 288 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Mark Squirek on Nov 07 2012

Mr. Scheimer’s story is an important part of the history of television animation. Filmation’s use of limited-style animation may not have been pioneering...but Mr. Scheimer and his colleagues knew how to adapt that style better than anyone.

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