A Road To Bigger Things, The Federal School of Applied Cartooning -1917

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A Road To Bigger Things, C.L. Bartholomew, Ed. Published by Federal School of Applied Cartooning, Minneapolis, Minnesota. No date. Circa 1917. Assumed First Edition. Stapled pictorial card covers. 4to up to 12″ tall; 47 pages with illustrations and photos on two toned pages and one double page colored display of art supplies provided by the School. Covers have light creasing, rubbing and a closed tear at spine tail, Contents are clean, unmarked and bright with a light crease to lower corner and a few tiny edge nicks; center fold art display neatly detached; remaining pages firmly attached. A collectible copy of a rare piece of cartooning history.
A Road to Bigger Things is an early promotional booklet of the Federal School of Applied Cartooning which was established in 1914. The booklet highlights the origin of the school, its organizational structure, the 12 divisions of the Federal Course, Cartooning by Correspondence; with short essays on opportunities for cartoonists with titles such as “Why the Chalk Talk Expert Is in Demand”; “Why Newspaper Illustrating Offers An Unusual Opportunity”. Photos and biography for the Schools “Authors, Advisors and Contributors” are provided with samples of their work on facing pages. The instructors were all prominent American artists in the field of political, social and advertising comics.
The new course of “Animated Cartooning Instruction” is announced and introduced here for the first time with Zenas Winsor McCay as the instructor. McCay, was an animation pioneer and credited for creating America’s first moving drawing called “Little Flip” and the first animated cartoon Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) as well as the comic strip Little Nemo and its animated film. McCay is featured page 28 with his drawing of Little Flip; a drawing from Gertie the Dinosaur appear on facing page. The editor, in extolling McCay’s credentials notes that it has been only 3 years since McCay’s animation innovation which would date this publication to 1917.

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