Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday 🎨

The name's Yukon Cornelius!

Will the real Jerry Lewis please sit down?

 I created both of these 8-1/2" x 11" colored pencil drawings based on the Filmation design of my favorite comedian Jerry Lewis, who passed away today at the age of 91.  I was fortunate to meet him back in 1982 on a book signing tour and he signed some cool things for me!   After becoming the Rankin/Bass historian/biographer, I learned that Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass tried to launch several projects with Jerry over the years and visited the set of THE BIG MOUTH with Maury Laws.   In my second book, The making of the Rankin/Bass Holiday classic:  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, I included a full proof sheet of Jerry Lewis as an Animagic figure.  They were going to do a show called HEY, BELLHOP.   They were also going to do an episode of THE ENCHANTED WORLD OF DANNY KAYE of Punch and Judy, with Carol Burnett and Jerry Lewis.   None of these projects ever got past the puppet making stages.   After my Rudolph book came out in 2001, I heard from Jerry via email.   He wanted to resurrect these projects and I put him in touch with Arthur Rankin, Jr..   Arthur told me he talked with Jerry, but didn't have what he wanted anymore.  Eventually, Jerry went with Filmation and the series, Will the real Jerry Lewis Please sit down.   Photos of Punch and Judy can be seen in all of my books as well.


Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Everybody Loves A Clown (Uncut, with introdu...

Harry isn't happy..

Jerry won't be forgotten around here!

Jerry Lewis R.I.P.

I knew it was coming!  Things have been quiet since he entered the hospital about three months ago.  Still kind of shocking, since he has always been around and still active for so many years!   I have binders full of Jerry Lewis original stuff!  My mom drove me to see him in high school at a book signing and he signed some rare things for me and was very cool!  A life long fan of his work!  He will live on through all of that wonderful work!



To celebrate the Bears win, I will include a DVD of this bear with a book bundle order on Sunday at  #chicsgobears #jamescagney #smokeythebear #rankinbass #animagic #sunday 🏈

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Saturday night!

I will stick a Daydreamer soundtrack CD disc in your book today, with book orders at #thedaydreamer #soundtrack #rankinbass #pattyduke #sessuehayakawa #august #saturday

SEÑORITA COMETA * HD * CAPITULO 56 * LA AMENAZA DE DOGER KONG, ATRAPA A ...Not only did IT (King Kong) survive the blast on the Isle of Evil, but he got his own show!


Palm Springs, CA date change to October 22 at noon!

Just heard from Shag!  Our Palm Springs brunch appearance is now set for Sunday October 22nd at noon!  If you are on the West Coast, this will be a Halloween event you will not want to miss! #shag #theshagstore #palmsprings #madmonsterparty #rankinbass #halloween #october #fun #art #animagic #monsters #popculture

The Monkees on the Last Train to Clarksville

Bil Baird meets a Witch

Friday, August 18, 2017

Steve Rude


Free DVD of Rankin/Bass Willy McBean and his magic machine with a book purchase tonight at #rankinbass #animagic #dinosaur #cavemen

Doin' the Banana Split!


Thursday night



Hollywood park