Jymn: The World Tour

August 28 – September 12, 2015

Next week, Jymn leaves for a whirlwind 2-week trip to Europe, stepping foot in 9 different countries.

  • AUG 30 – Warsaw, POLAND.  Promotional Interviews for the Disney Channel in Poland.
  • AUG 31 – Helsinki, FINLAND.  Meeting with the owners of Gigglebug Entertainment (a studio Jymn is currently writing for).
  • SEP 1 – 3 – Helsinki.  Teaching a 3-day workshop on Animation Writing for the Animatricks Animation Festival.
  • SEP 7 – Lille, FRANCE.  Meeting with Frederic Puech (CoFounder, Executive Producer, & Creative Director of Planetnemo Studio) to prep for Jymn’s involvement with a new series called “Superbuilders” (commissioned by a Chinese media group, Uyoung.)
  • SEP 9 – Barcelona, SPAIN.  Meeting with BRB Internaccional, regarding “Filly,” a series Magon is currently writing on.
  • SEP 10 – Barcelona.  Lecturing on Animation to a class of art students.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Does anyone know how to get in touch with John Zacherle – or at least direct him to these blogs? I think he’d be interested in copies of his letters to Anne DiDio, which I’d be delighted to share with him.

OK, not a long post today unfortunately. Just a pair of articles.

This first one is from an unknown newspaper. Since it mentions Zach’s show at WABC, this would put the article between 1958 to 1960. It lists John’s age as 40 which would narrow it down between Sep 1958 & Sep 1959. There were only two Friday the 13th’s in that span: Feb 1959 & Mar 1959. So that’s as close as I can get.

Note: Interesting fact about Laurence Olivier!

Article 1 (b:w) Article 2 (b:w).

And an unknown magazine. John is listed as 39 years old here, so this would have been written between Sep 1957 & Sep 1958. Narrowing it further, Zach moved to NYC and started hosting “Shock Theater” there in September of ’58, so this article was probably written before John’s birthday (September 26), and published the following month – sooooo October ’58. (???)

Zacherley article 1 (b:w) Zacherley article 2 (b:w) Mag photo

See ya soon!


D23 EXPO – Part 1

It’s going to take me days to write about this event, and I was only there less than 48 hours! Anyway, the Disney folks have a fan club called D23, and they hold an Expo every two years at the Anaheim Convention Center. This year is was from August 13-16, and the place was packed with Dizzy fans. The event is turning into a regular San Diego ComiCon, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Expo starts turning up EVERY year.


Anyway, this was my first Expo, and I was delighted to attend – as a Guest, no less! Yes, D23 decided to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of A GOOFY MOVIE with a panel presentation in “Stage 28” on Friday night. The other guests were Bill “Goofy” Farmer, Jason “Max” Marsden, Jim “Pete” Cummings, Rob “P.J.” Paulsen, and Jenna “Stacy” Von Oy — and the host was Don Hahn (producer of The Lion King, Beauty & the Beast, and so many other classics).

My call time was 4pm, which was tight for a school day. So Jennie and I yanked our boy Spencer out of class early and raced down to Anaheim. (When I say “raced,” I mean “fought traffic.”) I figured I was going to be late, but we persevered and checked into the Grand Californian at 3:30pm. (I’d never stayed in this beautiful hotel before… so thanks, D23!) I hopped a VIP shuttle and checked in at the Convention Center.

It's good to be the King.
It’s good to be the King.

I legged it upstairs and discovered that I’d arrived at exactly 4pm. WHEW! But I discovered that none of the other guests had shown up yet. There were, however, numerous dancers preparing for a flash mob that would perform that evening at the Panel. These were all talented Disneyland volunteers, and I had the opportunity to video record their rehearsal – Powerline T-shirts and all! Enjoy!


Eventually, the other guests turned up, and it was a crazy reunion, since I hadn’t seen some of these folks in two decades! Here are some photos:

Jason & Bill chat with a dancer.
My best buddy, Tevin Campbell – who I’d never met before!
FLOWERS & FOOD! (l-to-r) Jim Cummings, Don Hahn (behind flowers), Jennifer Farmer (Bill’s wife), Mrs. and Mr. Steve Vagnini.
Jason and his cheese whiz.
The dapper Rob Paulsen – the only one who wore a coat and tie! (That’s Don Hahn in the b.g.)
Jim Cummings tells Don Hahn, “Y’know, I was in the Lion King, too.”
Pre-show. The calm before the storm. Rob, Jim, Jason & Bill.

More tomorrow!!!