About W.R. Miller
W.R. Miller—known informally as “Bob”—is a writer whose work includes The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook series, from 1971-1990, The Animated Voice: Interviews with Voice Actors; and May the Facts Be With You, published by Pulp Hero Press. He also contributed to Jerry Beck’s The Animated Movie Guide and The Hanna-Barbera Treasury, and a chapter to Defending the Resurrection, 2010, edited by James Patrick Holding. Since 1985 Bob has written numerous articles covering the animation industry, for publications such as Starlog, Comics Scene, Comics Buyer’s Guide, Animation Magazine, Animato! and Animation World Magazine. He is currently writing a children’s book series featuring The Justice Dragon, who made his first public appearance on PBS affiliate KLCS-TV in March 2010.
Bob has been involved in animation for two decades, as a writer (Gerhard Hahn Filmproductions, Germany; Stretch Films, New York; Cornerstone Animation, Glendale, CA); character animator (Sullivan Bluth Productions), special effects animator (Rich Entertainment, Warner Bros.), and storyboard artist (Film Roman, Universal, Hyperion, Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, Philips Media, Cornerstone Animation and SD Entertainment).
In 1998 Bob became Storyboard Supervisor on The Lionhearts for MGM Animation. A year later he served as Storyboard Supervisor for the first season of Courage the Cowardly Dog for The Cartoon Network. He developed the template for Courage to be the first cartoon compatible with the HDTV format. He joined The Simpsons as a storyboard artist in June 1999. He boarded Act One of “Behind the Laughter,” the episode that won The Simpsons its 16th Emmy. In June 2001, he joined Cornerstone Animation as Creative Director of Your Child, a direct-to-video series for Focus on the Family, and co-wrote and storyboarded two episodes of the hand-drawn animated Veggie Tales series, Larryboy. In 2003, Bob became storyboard supervisor on the Cartoon Network series, Megas XLR. In 2005 he was storyboard supervisor for Say It with Noddy for SD Entertainment. He returned to The Simpsons in 2006 and won a second Emmy certificate for storyboarding Act One of the episode “Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind.”
He served a lengthy term on the board of directors at the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood. He is a member of ASIFA-Hollywood, the Animation Guild and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
For his contributions to the animation field, Bob was honored with a Certificate of Merit at the 28th Annual Annie Awards.