© 2019 by Mindy Johnson Creative

 

Mindy Johnson has a talent for discovering intriguing stories that cast a light on the human experience. She deftly takes her readers on extraordinary journeys into unexplored realms of our collective past.

— Speaker Series 2017

Mindy Johnson

Creative

Bio

Award-winning author, historian, filmmaker, educator, musician and more, Mindy Johnsons creative accomplishments reflect the diversity of her talents and experience. 

A leading expert on womens roles in animation and film history, Mindy frequently writes and speaks on early cinema, animation, womens history, and creativity. Her ongoing research and groundbreaking discoveries continue to cast light on the invisible narrative of womens presence within the first century of the motion picture industry. 

 

Mindy has produced record-breaking global campaigns, creative content, exhibitions and events for a growing list of clients including: The Walt Disney Company, AMPAS/Oscars.org, WNET/American Masters, The Walt Disney Family Museum, Bing Crosby Enterprises, SiriusXM Radio and Horipro Entertainment. 

 

In addition to her film expertise, literary efforts and consulting, Mindy is also an award-winning playwright, songwriter, composer, and contributing artist on several internationally acclaimed recordings and published compositions. A longtime professor of film and animation, Mindy teaches cinema history, aesthetics and intercultural film, within the Los Angeles area.

Books

A groundbreaking and game-changing book that examines the unsung women artists whose contributions defined the legendary animated classics of our time.

Now

Available

Book Trailer

Tinker Bell – An Evolution
Ink & Paint – The Women of Walt Disney's Animation
Disney Editions Deluxe

 

Groundbreaking and game-changing,
Ink & Paint – The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation examines the unsung women artists whose contributions defined the legendary animated classics of our time. Mindy's landmark volume lifts the lid on the never-before-explored world of hand-rendered artistry of Ink & Paint and tracks women's advancement into virtually every discipline of animation, forever changing what we thought we knew about animation and cinematic history.

Mindy’s critically acclaimed volume,
Tinker Bell – An Evolution, explores
nearly 100 years of animation artistry and pop culture chronicling the development of everyone’s favorite fairy. Honored with consecutive Family Choice Awards, this lush fairy tome features never-before-seen artwork and photographs, this chronicle of all things Tinker Bell is a must for everyone who knows that “all it takes is faith, trust and pixie-dust!”

Disney Editions Deluxe
The Walt Disney Film Archives – The Animated Movies 1921-1968
Taschen America

This lush volume, featuring essays by eminent Disney experts, traces the complete journey of Walt Disney’s animation from the silent era to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to his 1967 classic, The Jungle Book. Mindy shares her expert insights on two of Walt Disney’s crown jewels: Cinderella and Peter Pan featuring the renowned artistry of Mary Blair. Excerpts of story meeting notes, rare photographs, and behind-the-scenes insights supplement the dizzying array of 1,300 illustrations to vividly tell the production story-behind-the-stories of Walt Disney.

Marc Davis – Walt Disney's Renaissance Man
Disney Book Group

Legendary Animator and Imagineer, Marc Davis, defined some of the most beloved animated characters and designed many of the most iconic attractions, enjoyed by generations.
Walt Disney declared: “He’s my Renaissance man.” This celebration of Davis’ artistry features experts in fine art, animation, Imagineering and filmmaking, honoring the extraordinary work and life of Marc Davis with their contributions. Mindy’s contribution explores the indomitable spirit of Alice Estes Davis, Marc’s beloved wife and Disney Legend.

Walt Disney présente Marc Davis – Anatomie d'une légende
Walt Disney présente Marc Davis: Anatomie d'une légende
Urban Comics

The French release of Marc Davis – Walt Disney's Renaissance Man, featuring a stunning re-envision of this timeless volume, celebrating the glorious artistry of Marc Davis.

Events

FRIDAY

7/14/17

4:30pm – 5:30pm

D23 Expo Panel Event
Anaheim Convention Center / Walt Disney Archives Stage

INK & PAINT – THE WOMEN OF WALT DISNEY'S ANIMATION

Women have been at the forefront of animation from the very beginning, yet in the past, their presence and artistic contributions have largely been unrecognized. Mindy Johnson, author of the landmark volume Ink & Paint – The Women of Walt Disney's Animation  (Disney Editions Deluxe) introduces you to some of the extraordinary artists who’ve made remarkable contributions to Walt Disney’s animation.

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Book Signing / Meet & Greet
Anaheim Convention Center / Disney Dream Store

San Diego Convention Center

  • Cartoon Creatives: Woman Power in Animation / Panel

  • The Genius of Animation: Cartoon Legends and Game Changers Speak / Panel

FRIDAY

7/21/17

Comic-Con® International: San Diego

FRIDAY

7/28/17

DreamWorks Animation

Private Presentation

MONDAY

8/7/17

7:30pm

Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences

Samuel Goldwyn Theater / 8949 Wilshire Blvd / Beverly Hills, CA 90211

AN INVISIBLE HISTORY: TRAILBLAZING WOMEN OF ANIMATION

From the earliest pioneers of hand-rendered animated films, to the advent of digital technology, women have been at the forefront of the animation medium, yet their extraordinary contributions have largely gone unrecognized.  Join Mindy Johnson, author of the landmark volume Ink & Paint – The Women of Walt Disney's Animation  (Disney Editions Deluxe) along with a stellar panel of trailblazing artists, as they raise the celluloid curtain on the remarkable history of women in animation.

FRIDAY

9/29/17

Lucasfilm

(Private Event)

Presentation & Book Signing

SATURDAY

9/30/17

1:00pm

The Walt Disney Family Museum

Presentation & Book Signing

The Presidio / 104 Montgomery Street / San Francisco, CA 94129

SUNDAY

10/1/17

Doors open at 11am

The World Animation Celebration

Presentation & Book Signing

Sony Pictures Animation / 9050 W. Washington Blvd. / Culver City, CA 90232

WEDNESDAY

10/4/17

11:30am – 1:30pm

Disney Studio Store

Book Signing / The Walt Disney Studios (Studio Exclusive)

Mark Taper Auditorium

Presentation & Book Signing / LA Public Library

630 West 5th Street / Los Angeles, CA

SATURDAY

10/7/17

2:00pm

PAINT, PENCILS & PIXELS – HOW WOMEN TRANSFORMED WALT DISNEY’S ANIMATION

Join Mindy Johnson, author of the landmark volume Ink & Paint –
The Women of Walt Disney's Animation
  (Disney Editions Deluxe), as she raises the celluloid curtain on the remarkable
‘her-story’ of how women artists defined the classic animation of Walt Disney.

SATURDAY

10/14/17

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Center Stage Gallery

Book Signing and Gathering

847 Hollywood Way, Space 100 / Burbank, CA 91505

Disney TV Animation – Empire

(Private Event)

Presentation & Book Signing

WEDNESDAY

10/18/17

12:00pm

USC Cinematic Arts Seminar Series

Presentation & Book Signing

John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts

930 West 34th Street / Los Angeles, CA  90089-2211

WEDNESDAY

10/18/17

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Wonderful World of Animation

Book Signing

9517 Culver Blvd. / Culver City, CA 90232

SATURDAY

10/21/17

Walt Disney Feature Animation

(Private Event)

Presentation & Book Signing

WEDNESDAY

10/25/17

Disneyana, Main Street U.S.A.,
Disneyland
®  Resort

Book Signing

1313 Disneyland Drive / Anaheim, CA 92802

SATURDAY

11/4/17

9:00am – 11:00am

1:00pm – 3:00pm

World of Disney®  Store,
Downtown Disney
®  District

Book Signing

1580 Disneyland Drive / Anaheim, CA 92802

WEDNESDAY

11/15/17

7:00am

LA Breakfast Club

Breakfast / Friendship Auditorium

3201 Riverside Drive / Los Angeles, 90027

8:00am – 9:00am

Presentation

THE PIONEERING WOMEN OF WALT DISNEY'S ANIMATION

Book Signing / CTN Booksigning B1

Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney's Animation

CTN Expo

Burbank Airport Marriott Convention Center
2500 N. Hollywood Way / Burbank, CA 91505

FRIDAY

11/17/17

3:00pm – 4:30pm

Featuring Mindy Johnson, along with 12+ Disney artists.

5:15pm – 6:00pm

Hosted by Mindy Johnson, featuring Lorna Cook, Kathy Zielinski, and Jane Baer.

Panel Presentation / Theater 1

Leading Ladies of Animation

Mickey's of Glendale – Imagineering

Group Book Signing

WDI Green Space/Patio

1401 Flower Street / Glendale, CA 91201

WEDNESDAY

11/29/17

11:30am – 1:30pm

Occidental College —
ISLA Fall 2017 Speaker Series

JSC Morrison Lounge

1600 Campus Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90041

WEDNESDAY

12/6/17

6:30pm

Presentation & Book Signing

INK & PAINT – THE WOMEN OF WALT DISNEY'S ANIMATION

Glendale Central Library Authors Appearance

Presentation & Book Signing

WEDNESDAY

11/29/17

7:00pm

SATURDAY

12/9/17

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Light Up the Season

Book Signing

The Walt Disney Studios Store (Disney Employee Exclusive)

500 S. Buena Vista St. / Burbank, CA 91521

SUNDAY

12/10/17

4:00pm – 6:00pm

D23's Light Up the Season

Book Signing

The Walt Disney Studios Store (D23 Exclusive)

500 S. Buena Vista St. / Burbank, CA 91521

Walt's Barn

Book Signing

5202 Zoo Drive / Los Angeles, CA 90027

SUNDAY

12/17/17

11:00am – 3:00pm
(Weather permitting)

Vroman's Bookstore – Pasadena

Group Book Signing with Don Hahn & Dave Bossert

695 E. Colorado Blvd. / Pasadena, CA 91101

THURSDAY

12/21/17

7:00pm

2018 Events

FRIDAY

1/12/18

1:30pm – 2:00pm

    ORLANDO, FL     

Epcot® International Festival of the Arts

Epcot® World Showcase / Orlando, FL

Presentation

Trailblazing Ladies of Walt Disney's Animation

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Art of Disney at Epcot

Epcot® Future World / Orlando, FL

 

Book Signing

SATURDAY

1/13/18

Art of Disney at Disney Springs

Book Signing

1780 East Buena Vista Drive / Orlando, FL 32830

    ORLANDO, FL     

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Epcot® International Festival of the Arts

Odyssey Festival Showplace

Epcot® World Showcase / Orlando, FL

SUNDAY

1/14/18

    ORLANDO, FL     

11:00am – 12:15pm

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Workshop

Pencils, Paint & Pixels – How Women Transformed
Walt Disney's Animation

Art of Disney at Epcot

Epcot® Future World / Orlando, FL

 

Book Signing

SUNDAY

1/21/18

2:00pm

Barnes & Noble
Media City Center – Burbank, CA

731 North San Fernando Boulevard /

Burbank, CA 91502

Group Book Signing to Include:

Mindy Johnson – Ink & Paint –
      The Women of Walt Disney's Animation

Don Hahn – Yesterday's Tomorrow –
      Disney's Magical Mid-Century

Dave Bossert – Oswald The Lucky Rabbit 
      and 
The Art of Tennessee Loveless

MONDAY

1/22/18

5:30pm Lecture

USC Graduate School -
Business of Animation

John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts

930 West 34th Street / Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211

PIXAR Animation Studios 

(Private Event)  

Presentation and Book Signing

WEDNESDAY

1/24/18

 

 

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA     

Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet

Edmonds Community College, Black Box Theater

20000 68th Avenue West / Lynnwood, WA 98036

SATURDAY

1/27/18

1:30pm Showtime

(doors open at 1pm)

    SEATTLE, WA     

SATURDAY

2/3/18

12:00pm – 2:00pm

EVENT INFO

El Capitan Theater /
Disney's Soda Fountain & Studio Store Hollywood

6834 Hollywood Blvd. / Los Angeles, CA 90028

Group Book Signing to Include:

Mindy Johnson – Ink & Paint –
      The Women of Walt Disney's Animation

Marcy Carriker Smothers – Eat Like Walt

Don Hahn – Yesterday's Tomorrow –
      Disney's Magical Mid-Century

Dave Bossert – Oswald The Lucky Rabbit  and The Art of Tennessee Loveless

MiceChat Anniversary
Author Panel Event

The Anaheim Hotel (across from Disneyland)

1700 South Harbor Boulevard / Anaheim, CA 92802

Participating Authors:

Mindy Johnson – Ink & Paint – The Women of Walt Disney's Animation

Dave Bossert – Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons

FRIDAY

2/2/18

6:30pm – 9:00pm

    ANAHEIM, CA     

FRIDAY

2/9/18

6:30pm

California Institute of the Arts

Seminar Lecture

24700 McBean Parkway / Valencia, CA 91355

MONDAY

2/12/18

7:00pm

Open to the Public

ArtCenter College of Design

Presentation 

1700 Lida Street / Pasadena, CA 91103

SATURDAY

2/17/18

5:00pm – 10:00pm

Ryman Arts Benefit

Book Signing

12021 Harbor Blvd. / Anaheim, CA 92840

Featuring:

Marcy Carriker SmothersEat Like Walt
Mindy Johnson
Ink & Paint - The Women of Walt Disney's Animation, along with Jane BaerAnimator –
Sleeping Beauty / The Rescuers / Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

SATURDAY

3/3/18

2:00pm

Barnes & Noble
Media City Center – Burbank, CA

731 North San Fernando Boulevard / Burbank, CA 91502

Women's History Month Book Signing with Women Artists of Disney Animation:

Gretchen AlbrechtInk & Paint Department Head
Jane Baer
Animator
       Sleeping Beauty / The Rescuers / Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Karen Comella
Supervisor Color Models
Phyllis Fields
Assistant Paint Supervisor
Beth Ann McCoy-Gee
Color Model Mark-up
Teri McDonald
Assistant Final Check Supervisor
Robyn Roberts Parra
Supervisor 2D Animation Processing

WEDNESDAY

3/7/18

6:00pm

Mark Taper Auditorium

Ladies of Animation Panel Event / LA Public Library

630 West 5th Street / Los Angeles, CA

Leading Ladies of Animation

From the earliest black-and-white imagery to the advent of digital animation, women have been at the forefront of animation advancements. Meet some of today's trailblazing women whose leading talents brought landmark animated stories to life.

 

Join Mindy Johnson, historian & author of Ink & Paint – The Women of Walt Disney's Animation, as she pulls back the celluloid curtain on the rich history of women who animate and meet these leading ladies of the animated art form.

Panelists:

Kathy Zielinski – Lead Animator

Lorna Cook – Director / Animator / Story Artist

Sue Kroyer – Animator / Art Director / Layout / Producer

Jane Baer – Animator / Studio Head

Gretchen Albrecht – Ink & Paint Department Head

WEDNESDAY

3/14/18

7:00pm – 10:00pm

Hollywood Heritage Museum /
Evening at the Barn

Presentation & Book Signing

2100 N. Highland Ave. / Los Angeles, CA 90068

    FORT LAUDERDALE, FL     

3/14/18–

3/17/18

USITT Conference & Stage Expo

Fort Lauderdale, FL

TUESDAY

3/20/18

6:30pm

    NEW JERSEY     

Ocean County Library - Toms River Branch

Presentation & Signing

101 Washington Street / Toms River, NJ 08753

TUESDAY

3/27/18

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Disney Consumer Products and
Interactive Media

(Private Event)

Presentation and Book Signing

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