A few years back, I stumbled across a “how to” book on cartooning by Eugene “Zim” Zimmerman. I happened to be speaking on the phone to Ralph Bakshi, and I mentioned the book. “Oooooohhh! So you’ve discovered ZIM now! He’s one of my secrets…”
In 1967, right after he had resigned as the head of the Paramount cartoon studio, Ralph and his wife Liz were walking through Brooklyn when they saw a sign on an old house advertising an estate sale. They went inside, but it was late in the day and there wasn’t much left. Ralph glanced up at a tall bookcase and saw a pile of pamphlets stacked up on a high shelf. It was too high to reach, so he didn’t bother to look at them. As they were walking out the door, he got the feeling that he needed to go back and look at the pamphlets. It was a good hunch. The stack contained a nearly complete set of Zim’s correspondence course in cartooning. He asked the estate agent how much they cost, and was told $50. That was more than he and his wife had in their pockets, so Liz volunteered to run home and get the money. The Zim books were on Ralph’s desk every day throughout the production of Fritz the Cat, Heavy Traffic and especially Coonskin. This set is Ralph’s most prized possession, and now he is sharing them with Animation Resources.
For more information on this volume of the Zim Course, see… http://animationresources.org/education-the-zim-course-in-cartooning-comic-art-and-caricature/