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Posted by: RichKoster on 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


Posted by: RichKoster on Feb. 11, 2007, 7:30 pm



This is what Volume 3 of Amityville House of Pancakes looks like, and the link is feature above. If you choose to order it through that link to Amazon.com (or if you order anything there after clicking that link) you'll be helping out the Disney Echo.
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Posted by: chief19spixi on Feb. 11, 2007, 8:24 pm

Wow.. I learned a lot!!! thanks !!!  :bowdown:  :bowdown:  :minnie:
Posted by: RichKoster on Feb. 19, 2007, 8:11 pm

Read about a Disney Echo Roger Rabbit trivia contest < here on the Disney Echo! >
Posted by: RichKoster on July 07, 2007, 12:48 pm

Here's the latest from < Gary K. Wolf >!



Archbishop and Roger Rabbit Creator Take A Rocket Ride To The Stars.

Hey all you Junior Jet Men, Rocketeers, Space Cadets, Planet Patrollers, and Outer Space Outlaws. Here’s your must-read instruction manual for all deeds good and evil throughout the galaxy. It’s the cover for Space Vulture, the new action/adventure science fiction novel from Roger Rabbit creator Gary K. Wolf and John J. Myers, the Catholic Archbishop of Newark. Here’s what the book jacket has to say:
    They grew up together in a tiny Illinois town and together discovered the special thrills, the magic and wonder, that only science fiction and fantasy can offer. Half a century later, Gary K. Wolf (creator of Roger Rabbit) and John J. Myers (Roman Catholic Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey) are still the best of friends. They still love fantastic fiction and its ability to stretch the mind, enrich the spirit, and warm the heart.

    Determined to recapture the exhilarating science fiction of their youth, not just as it was, but as it should have been, they transport us now to the far reaches of the galaxy, where the mere mention of the interstellar pirate known as Space Vulture strikes fear into every heart and a pioneering settler’s only hope on a hardscrabble colony world is that the dauntless lawman, Marshal Victor Corsaire, will rocket to the rescue.

    Come along for the ride and discover all the adventure, suspense, action and fun that Gary and John first found in science fiction fifty years ago, and now share with you in this rollicking tale of the spaceways.


You can read all about it at < spacevulture.com >.

Space Vulture will be published by TOR in March 2008.




Gary K. Wolf and Archbishop John J. 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. Myers’ father was the town milk man.




This is them in 1945, John on the left, Gary on the right, at a party welcoming John's father home from World War II.


Thank you, Gary, for providing this to me to share with all the EchoEars!
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Posted by: RichKoster on Feb. 29, 2008, 8:12 pm

Gary's Space Vulture comes out Tuesday. Check out the new web site: < www.spacevulture.com >
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Posted by: RichKoster on June 11, 2008, 1:08 am

Take a look at a review of Gary K. Wolf's new science fiction short story, Who We Need Here Is Mister Tom Edison, at < TheFix-Online. >.

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Posted by: RichKoster on June 15, 2008, 3:08 am

Gary K Wolf and Archbishop John Myers are doing an on-line, live interview this Monday, June 16, at 8 pm EST.  

Gary asks that all call in and ask them "embarrassing questions." LOL  

< Here's the link. >

Posted by: RichKoster on July 21, 2008, 8:49 pm

Gary K Wolf was recently interviewed on his local FOX TV station's newscast.

Take a look at it here!

It is quite a good interview! :clapping:

Posted by: Bunnyfriend on July 21, 2008, 10:41 pm

Thanks for sharing with all of us, Rick. I've read the whole story a gazillion times, but it's not the same hearing it from the core source, the creator of one of my most beloved characters (in movies and also in books) and a guy I really admire. :bowdown:

And it's true: Roger Rabbit will never get old   :coolgrin:  

P.S. Does he always carry Roger Rabbit with him? Since I kinda feel related (I take my own Roger Rabbit plush once a week, usually saturdays, for hitting the streets together --and yup: people get easily amused with Roger and is always asking me for him ;) ).

Posted by: RichKoster on Mar. 03, 2010, 2:01 pm

Roger Rabbit author Gary K Wolf's "Killerbowl" is his first scifi novel and it is now on Kindle. It's the most action/adventure you can get for 99¢. Read a review < here >.
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