Author/comics and animation historian, Funnybooks, Hollywood Cartoons
Michael Barrier founded and edited Funnyworld, the first magazine devoted to serious examination of comic art and animated cartoons. He is the author of Funnybooks: The Improbable Glories of the Best American Comic Books (University of California Press, 2014), The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney (University of California Press, 2007), and Hollywood Cartoons: American Animation in Its Golden Age (Oxford University Press, 1999). He is co-author, with Harvey Kurtzman, of From Aargh! to Zap!: Harvey Kurtzman’s Visual History of the Comics (Prentice Hall, 1991) and co-editor, with Martin Williams, of A Smithsonian Book of Comic-Book Comics (Smithsonian/Abrams, 1981).