Group: Super ModEARator
Joined: April 1992
||Posted: Feb. 11, 2007, 7:17 pm
Disney star (and, we are also honored to have him as an EchoEar -- Disney Echo member -- as well), Gary K. Wolf is the author and creator of Roger Rabbit and all his pals featured in Disney's "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" as well as the animated Roger Rabbit short features Disney created at the Disney-MGM Studios before closing the working portion of that Walt Disney World theme park.
I had the pleasure of conducting a live chat interview with Gary K. Wolf right here on emuck.com back on August 6, 1997, which you can read more about by clicking here, including the transcript made of the entire thing.
More recently, Gary was kind enough to present to the Disney Echo his latest Roger Rabbit story, "Stay Tooned, Folks!" so that all registered EchoEars can read it here for free.
Gary just let me know what he's been up to lately, which I'm passing along to all EchoEars now:
He recently published a novelette "The UnHardy Boys In Outer Space". It is a humorous adventure story of two friends, a priest and a science fiction writer, on board the International Space Station in 2051. It’s not a Roger Rabbit story, but he does feature prominently in several conversations. The story appears in "Amityville House of Pancakes Volume 3". AHOP is the leading anthology of long form humorous science fiction. Here's the link.
Also, for the past 5 years Gary has been co-writing a book with Archbishop John J. Myers, his best friend from when he was growing up in Earlville, Illinois. The really interesting thing about this is that two lifelong best friends, the creator of Roger Rabbit and the Archbishop of Newark, have collaborated on an action/adventure science fiction novel entitled "Space Vulture" that pays homage to the first science fiction book they read as school boys.
Over at "Whispers In The Loggia", a blog widely read by Catholics around the world, is coverage of "Space Vulture" which is very funny, and includes the photo of Gary and Jessica in his Corvette -- the same one Gary has here in his Disney Echo profile!
This is a link to the "Whispers In The Loggia" write-up about Gary and below is the official press release about "Space Vulture" as well as pictures Gary provided me to share with all EchoEars here.
Roger Rabbit Creator and Archbishop of Newark Team Up To Write Science Fiction Novel
In what might be the oddest literary pairing of all time, Gary K. Wolf, noted science fiction author and screenwriter, best known for creating the Roger Rabbit characters and Toontown, and John J. Myers, Catholic Archbishop of Newark, have teamed up to co-write an action/adventure science fiction novel entitled “Space Vulture.” The book is an homage to “Space Hawk,” the first science fiction novel the two read as schoolboys. “Space Vulture” recently sold to Tom Doherty Associates for publication by their Tor imprint in late 2007 or early 2008.
In the fast paced story, heroic Intergalactic Marshal Victor Corsaire and cowardly con man Jack Edward join forces with a beautiful and courageous widow and her two young sons to battle Space Vulture, the most villainous marauder in the cosmos.
Wolf and Myers have been close friends since childhood. They grew up together in the small farm town of Earlville, Illinois. Wolf’s father ran the pool hall there. Myers’ father was the town milk man.
“We were in the seventh grade,” recalls Wolf. “We were both big readers, and we both liked science. John came to me with a book he’d discovered. He told me I had to read it because it was science AND it was fiction. It was science fiction. That book was Anthony Gilmore’s pulp classic ‘Space Hawk.’ I read it and loved it just as much as John had. We were hooked. After that, we sought out and read all the science fiction books we could find. I can honestly say that ‘Space Hawk’ changed my life. Without ‘Space Hawk’ there would be no Roger Rabbit.”
“For as far back as I can remember,” adds Archbishop Myers, “reading has been one of my favorite pastimes. I still read voraciously. ‘Space Hawk’ made as much of an impression on me in my early years as it did on Gary. We can both still quote passages from that book verbatim. Nowadays my reading is mainly theology although I do make time for fiction and even science fiction which I still greatly enjoy.”
“One day, almost as a joke” says Wolf, “I told John we ought to collaborate on a science fiction novel of our own, an homage to ‘Space Hawk,’ doing a story as appealing to science fiction readers of today as ‘Space Hawk’ was to us. To my great joy, John said, ‘Let's do it.’”
The two wrote the novel over a five year period collaborating by phone, e-mail, and face-to-face during Wolf’s frequent visits to Newark from his Boston home.
“We had great fun writing ‘Space Vulture’ and it shows,” says Wolf. “It’s just as adventuresome and exciting as ‘Space Hawk.’”
“Collaborating with Gary on ‘Space Vulture’ has been satisfying for me on several levels,” says Archbishop Myers. “It has given me the opportunity to create an exciting, interesting, and morally principled tale in one of my favorite genres. It has also provided the opportunity to renew and deepen one of my oldest and dearest friendships.”
Archbishop Myers has published extensively in the scholarly and religious press. This is his first work of fiction. Wolf has published five previous novels including ‘Who Censored Roger Rabbit’ which formed the basis for the Spielberg/Disney blockbuster movie ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit.’
Agent Mickey Freiberg of The Acme Literary Agency brokered the six figure deal with Tom Doherty Associates editor Moshe Feder.
Archbishop John J. Myers
Gary K. Wolf and John J. Myers in Earlville High School's library in 1959
Gary K. Wolf today