African-American Disney artists?

Dan Cunningham dcunn74 at
Thu Nov 6 01:04:59 CET 2008

Hi, Kaya:

The earliest comic artistI am aware of (which does not mean there are
previous artists) was Floyd Norman who worked in both the story and
animation division of the Disney Studios since the mid-1950s. He worked on
both shorts and features, and when another Floyd (Gottfredson,
natch) retired, Floyd Norman picked up the reins on the Mickey Mouse comic
strip for King Features Syndicate for quite a while. I haven't seen any of
these, but I understand they were something of a return to the longer,
serialized early adventures, to break away from the gag-a-day format. Hmmm,
maybe Gemstone can unearth some for us one of these days for a special or
WDC&S? I'd love to see 'em!

I understand Floyd Norman still does some story consulting, most recently
for the new hand-drawn "Princess and the Frog" at WDAS, and has worked for
both the Disney Animation Studio and PIXAR (I know for sure he worked
extensively on Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc.) Floyd is also around the
Internet and has a blog which offers a lot of great insights and info:

I've never met him, but from reading his posts on message boards and
articles on various sites, he is a smart and savvy guy... not to mention,
extremely talented! Who knows? He might show up here someday!

- Dan
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