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Animated Life by Floyd Norman

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The Other Floyd

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The Comic Strip

Mickey Mouse has always been a favorite.

Mr. Gottfredson and His Famous Mouse

The old battered drawing table sat in the corner of my office at the Walt Disney Studios. Though it occupied the corner for a number of years, I never worked on it. I considered it a priceless relic—a special piece of Disney history that had been rescued from the dumpster by a few hardy souls who knew the significance of this well-worn item. It was the drawing table used by Floyd Gottfredson.

If you're not up on your Disney history, you may not know the name Floyd Gottfredson. Floyd was the artist Walt Disney chose to write and draw the Mickey Mouse comic strip. Back in the 1930s, comic strips were as important as film in ...

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