ASIFA-Hollywood to Publish Zim’s Cartoon Course

Zim Correspondence School

Stephen Worth, Director of the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive, announces that the organization will re-publish Eugene “Zim” Zimmerman’s Correspondence School of Cartooning, Comic Art, and Caricature.

I’ve decided that we will publish the complete ZIM Correspondence School in Cartooning, Comic Art & Caricature in two editions… a deluxe two volume hardback set at 8 1/2 x 11 inches, and a perfect bound paperback edition in four volumes at 6 x 9. I printed out a proof of the first half of the set tonight, and it looks wonderful! The entire course spans over 700 pages with nearly 1000 illustrations by ZIM.

According to a previous post which reproduced copious art samples, dated 1914, the course originally ran twenty volumes and “covered a wide range of subjects, from practical homespun advice to lofty philosophy.” Worth calls Zimmerman’s correspondence course “the most highly regarded cartooning course of its day.”

Zim's Correspondence Course

Eugene Zimmerman (1862 – 1935) was born in Switzerland and immigrated to the United States as a child. He embarked upon a career as a cartoonist, first at Puck and then, until his retirement, at Judge. In 1927, Zimmerman became the first President of the American Association of Cartoonists and Caricaturists. The Strippers Guide website reprints a 1927 article noting the event. The Lambiek website carries additional examples of Zimmerman’s work.

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