These last two days have been writing days; eighteen hours straight yesterday, the same today (my wife’s out of town). Yesterday I nearly completed my remembrance and tribute to Dave Stevens. It will appear in an upcoming issue of The Comics Journal. It came out to about 6500 words; Michael, the editor, asked that it be no longer than 5000. So, a good chunk of my day was spent editing out 1500 words.
Today I finished the piece on Dave, then revised and polished an article on a distant relative: Danish children’s book illustrator Kay Nielsen. This will appear in the upcoming California Art Club Newsletter.
After that I wrote the Foreword to my friend Aaron Lopresti’s wonderfully whimsical new Watson-Guptill book, Fantastical Creatures Field Guide – How to Hunt Them Down and Draw Them Where They Live. I’m very happy with the Neil Simon-ish structure of that baby: Funny, funny, funny, funny…then (in the last paragraph) BAM! — something quite thoughtful, serious, a little sad…and funny. You’ll see…
Contemplating Dave, though, got me to thinking about a lot of my friends. You can get little text snapshots of some of them if you read the short dedications that are on the inside front covers of my Terra Nova Press books.
I thought that for the rest of today’s entry, I’d list the books and identify to whom they’re dedicated.
William Stout – 50 Convention Sketches – Volume 1
Greg Irons & Rick Griffin: Two good friends, both fantastic, highly original underground cartoonists, both taken from us well before their proper time.
William Stout – 50 Convention Sketches – Volume 2
Bud Plant: Long time friend and bookseller (and a great source for my sketchbooks).
William Stout – 50 Convention Sketches – Volume 3
Scott Dunbier: The friend and art dealer who bought all — and I mean all — of my early convention sketches. It was Scott’s financial faith and encouragement that directly resulted in my 50 Convention Sketches series of books.
William Stout – 50 Convention Sketches – Volume 4
Ed Leimbacher: Ed bought the first piece of original art I ever offered for sale at a comic book convention (1972). We’ve been great friends ever since.
William Stout – 50 Convention Sketches – Volume 5
Marv Newland: Long time friend, animator and creator of “Bambi Meets Godzilla.” Marv did small digest-sized sketchbooks before I began doing my 50 Convention Sketches series. A real inspiration!
William Stout – 50 Convention Sketches – Volume 6
Mark Schultz and Jim Gurney: The two unbelievably talented artists respectively responsible for Xenozoic Tales (Cadillacs and Dinosaurs) and Dinotopia; two more long time friends.
William Stout – 50 Convention Sketches – Volume 7
Dave Stevens: Studio mate, close friend and creator of The Rocketeer who just passed away March 10.
William Stout – 50 Convention Sketches – Volume 8
Bob Chapman: Long time friend as well as president and founder of Graphitti Designs…and my T-shirt printer.
William Stout – 50 Convention Sketches – Volume 9
Byron Preiss: Long time friend and publisher. Our friendship goes back even before he published my 1981 book THE DINOSAURS – A Fantastic New View Of A Lost Era. Tragically, Byron died a couple of years ago in an auto accident.
William Stout – 50 Convention Sketches – Volume 10
Brian Gaughan: A good friend to me and my family ever since he worked for me on Masters of the Universe. Brian is my regular Booth Buddy at Comic-Con International. He’s my webmaster, too!
William Stout – 50 Convention Sketches – Volume 11
Richard “Blue” Trimarchi: Long time friend who photographs all of my art and does my giclee printing.
William Stout – 50 Convention Sketches – Volume 12
Dave Stevens: I hadn’t realized I’d already dedicated a book to Dave but I can’t think of anyone more deserving of two dedications than my little brother and fellow Lost Brushman of the Kalahari, Davie.
William Stout – 50 Convention Sketches – Volume 13
Baba Ron Turner: Long time friend, loveable historian, fellow gourmand and the owner of Last Gasp Comix.
The Dinosaurs Sketchbook – Volume 1
Sylvia and Stephen Czerkas: Two long time friends and great dinosaur sculptors. Sylvia co-wrote the first biography of Charles R. Knight and formed the Dinosaur Society of Los Angeles. They now own and operate a dinosaur museum in Monticello, Utah.
William Stout – Dinosaur Sketchbook – Volume 2
Charles R. Knight, Lucy Steele and Rhoda Knight Kalt: Knight was the greatest paleoartist who ever lived; his daughter Lucy was my friend and her father’s business manager; granddaughter Rhoda is my close friend and co-publisher of the Charles R. Knight Sketchbooks.
William Stout – Dinosaur Sketchbook – Volume 3
Mary Odano: Close friend, living treasure of a human being and the creator/owner of Valley Anatomical Preparations. Mary has supplied me with nearly all of my dinosaur and prehistoric animal skulls.
Charles R. Knight Sketchbook – Volume 1
Melissa Kalt: Dear friend, actress and Charles R. Knight’s great granddaughter. Melissa says she’s my biggest fan, too!
Charles R. Knight Sketchbook – Volume 2
Donald F. Glut: Long time friend, dinosaur book writer and compiler and co-author of the first Charles R. Knight biography.
Charles R. Knight Sketchbook – Volume 3
Dale Russell & Edwin Colbert: Two friends and two of the greatest and most perceptive paleontologists I have ever met, especially when it comes to understanding art’s important relationship to science. Sadly, Ned has passed away. He was a pioneer in Antarctic paleontology. Dale heads up the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science.
William Stout – Monsters Sketchbook – Volume 1
Joyce Sommers: My mom (and a big monster nut).
William Stout – Monsters Sketchbook – Volume 2
Forrest J. Ackerman: The profoundly influential editor and creator of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine.
William Stout – Real Women – Volume 1
Harold Kramer and David Glover: Hal was the head of the Illustration Department at the Chouinard Art Institute (Cal Arts) when I was there. I studied privately with him for about twenty years after that, until he passed away. David teaches computer graphics at Glendale College. We’ve been friends for about twenty years. Dave is a long time workshop regular who opens up my studio figure drawing workshop, collects the money and pays the model for me when I’m out of town at conventions. He also graciously and generously answers all of my PhotoShop and other computer questions.
William Stout – Real Women – Volume 2
Terry Gordon: Another long time friend and figure workshop regular, Terry is a TV costume designer (currently for Reba McIntyre)…and just the sweetest human being.
Mickey at 60
No dedication! This book came together very quickly; we thought it would be a one-off.
Mickey at 60 – Volume 2
Harvey Kurtzman and Robert Crumb: Harvey created Mad magazine, Little Annie Fanny (Harvey hired me to work on the strip in 1972; we remained good friends right up until his death), and the first realistic war comic books; he pollinated Monty Python’s Flying Circus when he introduced his assistant Terry Gilliam to John Cleese. He is the godfather of the underground comix movement. Robert, of course, is creator of Zap Comix, Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural; he’s one of the most highly respected cartoonists in the world.
William Stout – Animal Drawings From Around The World
Bob Kuhn: The greatest animal painter of our time, Bob was also a good friend (he died last year). We first met when I took his wildlife painting workshop in Loveland, Colorado. Frank Frazetta introduced me to Bob’s work.
William Stout – Tribute to Ray Harryhausen
Ray Harryhausen and Bernard Herrmann: Ray is an old friend and before that, a legendary hero of mine; he’s one of the greatest stop motion animators and special effects wizards who ever lived. We are currently collaborating on an old Willis O’Brien project, War Eagles. Bernard composed the brilliant music for some of Ray’s best movies, including the unforgettable score for The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.
William Stout – Edgar Rice Burroughs Sketchbook
Robert Abbett, Reed Crandall, Frank Frazetta, Roy G. Krenkel and Al Williamson: These were all of my favorite ERB artists in my formative years. That all had an enormously lasting impression upon my work. I eventually became friends with everyone except Bob Abbett, whom I’ve never met.
The Illustration World of Harry Rountree
Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Felstead: Daughter and generous son-in-law of Harry Rountree.
William Stout – Motor Mania!
Dennis Ellefson: My editor on Car-toons and Cycle-toons who tragically took his own life.
Joseph Clement Coll – Masters of the Pen – Volume 1
Walt and Roger Reed: Walt is the founder of the gallery Illustration House, author and a long time champion of illustration as art. His son Roger carries on that tradition.
Zdenek Burian Sketchbook – Volume 1 – Prehistoric Life
Mike Vosburg: Good friend, figure drawing regular and creator of Lori Lovecraft, the Voz tracked down and supplied me with a stack of Burian-illustrated books that were the source of this sketchbook’s line illustrations when he was storyboarding a film in Prague.