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.”
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.