Tuesday, November 26, 2013
BTW, she's holding a small giveaway so there's another reason to not miss this interview ;)
Friday, November 15, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The thing is, Roger is loved in other countries a lot more than he is where I come from. In America, he is well known, but that is about it. But in Japan, like Oswald and Stitch, he is well loved.
Here is an example. The Takara Tomi Roger doll.
You may notice that it's a smaller size than most Roger plushes, but in my opinion, it's the most based off of the character. Things from the tie to the one eye being smaller than the other are perfectly replicated.
Then there is this talking doll from the 80's that I found.
If you are interested in buying them, here are the links on Ebay.
Talking doll: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1988-18-EXTREMELY-RARE-Japanese-ROGER-RABBIT-talking-disney-doll-figure-MIB-/200973212099?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ecaefd9c3
Takara Tomy Roger: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Brand-New-Takara-Tomy-Arts-Beans-Collection-Roger-Rabbit-From-Japan-Pre-Order-/251337251263?pt=Stuffed_Animals_US&hash=item3a84de19bf
Bunnyfriend, sorry for not telling you about this, but it was important enough to post.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Gary K. Wolf’s “Ask Me Anything” at Reddit, and the first chapter of “Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?” narrated by Gar— I mean, Walter Windchill
Are you interested to know some interesting stuff about Roger Rabbit, Toontown, his novels and their creator: Gary K. Wolf? Then go here and read all the answers he left to several Redditors who asked him some great questions about “Who Censored Roger Rabbit?”, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, “Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?” and basically everything related to the floppy-eared rabbit.
Again, the link where you can find Gary Wolf’s “Ask Me Anything” is:
Also, he shared with all Roger Rabbit fans this video, in which Walter Windchill (the gossip columnist who bores a striking resemblance to Gary Wolf) is narrating the first episode of “Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?” for us:
Are you willing to know what comes next? Better keep your simoleons ready! “Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?” will be available for pre-order on October 22nd, and then you’ll know the rest of this story ;)
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013
This giant rabbit plush looks like your average giant rabbit plush, right? Well, take a second look at him: this handsome fella is, in fact, THE ORIGINAL Roger Rabbit.
Yup: this giant rabbit plush is the first accurate portrayal of Roger Rabbit as a character, based of course in the description of him wrote by Gary K. Wolf, author of “Who Censored Roger Rabbit” and the whole Toontown concept.
Do you wonder who’s the owner of this particular rabbit? If your answer is Gary K. Wolf, you’re absolutely right!
In fact, he was kind to share with us the origin of the first Roger Rabbit ever, which is in fact tied to the very origins of “Who Censored Roger Rabbit” and his own characterization as Eddie Valiant in the first cover of the novel.
Let’s allow Gary speak for himself:
How I Became A Male Model
I published the first Roger Rabbit novel, Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, in 1981.
The publisher asked me for a book jacket photo for the inside back flap.
For my science fiction novels I had done a variety of poses. The kinds of poses writers were doing back then. Me out in the woods looking ethereal in long hair, long scruffy beard, and a turtleneck sweater. Me wearing a cowboy hat, bush jacket, and my military medals. Me slouching insolently against an alley wall wearing my leather Air Force flight jacket, white T-shirt, and shabby blue jeans.
For the Roger Rabbit novel I wanted something different, something more in keeping with the premise of the book.
I arranged for a toy company called Kamar to do me up a rabbit based on my description of Roger in the book.
I put that toy rabbit into a trench coat. I wore what Eddie Valiant wore, a shirt, tie, trench coat and period hat.
We shot the photo looking at me over Roger’s shoulder.
The hardest part of the photo shoot was holding the lighted cigarette. This was way before we could add that effect with Photoshop. We had to do the action for real. I’m not a smoker. I kept coughing because the smoke was drifting up my nose.
I sent the picture, which was black and white, to the publisher.
They got very excited. They said the pose would be perfect for the book jacket.
They hand tinted the picture to give the scene a period look.
They used the photo on the cover of the book.
The flap jacket copy says “The detective on the book’s jacket is portrayed by Mr. Wolf.”
I was a very happy guy.
Doubleday brought out a hard cover book club edition.
They changed that edition to an all-artwork cover. They drew Eddie Valiant as I had described him in the book, a craggy, clean-shaven, Robert Stack-type.
Except they didn’t change the flap jacket copy. That still said “The detective on the book’s jacket is portrayed by Mr. Wolf.” Which of course it wasn’t. Not even close.
When I do autographings, I still get copies of that book to sign. The owner always looks at the cover then looks at me suspiciously. I can tell they suspect I’m an imposter.
I do always draw a beard on that artwork Eddie after I sign one of those book club editions. That brings him a little closer to me.
We continued the Censored tradition with Who Wacked Roger Rabbit? Once again, the detective on the book’s jacket is portrayed by Mr. Wolf.
As an interesting sidelight, ever since the Wacked cover got released, I’ve been getting calls from Abercrombie & Fitch. They want me to be the cover boy on their next catalog. I’m gonna decline. They want me to take off my shirt, pull down my pants, and show my underwear.
I’m just not that kind of guy.
At least not anymore.
You can find more of Gary’s anecdotes and memories (as well as some wonderful and funny ramblings) on his own blog and his Facebook wall.
Thanks again for sharing this history with us, Gary! Of course, you and Roger look as great as ever =D