From the Pulp Hero Press publishing house comes the second volume of
The Animated Voice, available through worldwide. ISBN-13: 978-1683902300, 264 pp.

Editor/publisher Bob McLain writes:

Bob Miller’s new series, The Animated Voice is both a primer for aspiring animated voice actors and a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into this little-known industry for fans.

In this volume:

MEL BLANC discusses his start in animation, his earliest cartoons, the one time he worked for Walt Disney, and other milestones in the career of “The Man of a Thousand Voices.”

JUNE FORAY discusses her many voices, from Witch Hazel and Rocket J. Squirrel, to Spider-Man’s Aunt May, Cindy Lou Who, and Talky Tina, the eerie doll from The Twilight Zone, as well as how she became “The First Lady of Animation.”

A DRAGON BALL Z “symposium” featuring many of the leading voice actors from that series, including Vic Mignogna, Seán Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat, Sonny Strait, Monica Rial, and others.

Plus: Carlos Saldanha, Mamoru Hosoda, Lucille Bliss, Jeff Bergman, and Mari Iijima, with rare photos and commentary, and an extensive foreword by Kathleen Helppie-Shipley!

The first volume of The Animated Voice, is still available through worldwide. ISBN-13: 978-1683901617242, 242 pp.

Bob McLain describes the work thusly:

“You might think that voicing animated characters is a pretty easy gig: go into the studio, affect a goofy voice, spout some silly syllables, and cash your check. But that’s not all, folks. In their own words, and their own voices, the leaders in this field lay bare this anything-but-funny business.

In this volume:

PETE DOCTER, discusses his start in animation, how he auditions and hires voice actors, and his storied career, from voice actor, director, and producer, to chief creative officer of Pixar Animation.

MARK EVANIER, whose writing credits include Scooby-Doo, Groo the Wanderer, and most notably, Garfield, chats about his experience as a voice director, and shares his many tricks of the trade.

WILL RYAN saddles up to survey his lifetime in the business, starting with Mickey’s Christmas Carol for Disney and continuing with Adventures in Odyssey, Courage the Cowardly Dog, and many others.

Plus: Marty Grabstein, Katie Leigh, Phil Lollar, Dallas McKennon, and Keith Scott, with rare photos and commentary, and an extensive foreword by Starlog editor David McDonnell!”

To conserve print space, we have made their filmographies available at my website, here.

At long last, after 41 years of meticulous research, Volume One of The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook is now available to the public, published by Pulp Hero Press (an imprint of Theme Park Press) through worldwide. Volume One covers the years 1971 to 1976. ISBN 978-1-6839-0148-8, 396 pp.

Bob McLain, the publisher, wrote, “Part narrative, part oral history, part exhaustive reference, the Star Wars Historical Sourcebook draws upon dozens of interviews with Star Wars cast, crew, and the cadre of supporters who promoted the films, wrote the novelizations, and worked behind-the-scenes with George Lucas to bring a galaxy far, far away to a theatre near you.

“Miller includes hundreds of excerpts from books, newspaper articles, and magazines, with annotated references, copious notes, and introductory articles for each year.

“For those who want to know everything about how Star Wars was conceived, filmed, and promoted …”

Exclusive commentary comes from

Gary Kurtz, producer of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back
Harrison Ellenshaw, matte painter
Jerry Beck, film historian
Bjo Trimble, “First Lady” of Star Trek
Maggie Thompson, co-editor, Comics Buyer’s Guide
Craig Miller, Director of Fan Relations, Lucasfilm
Steve Sansweet, Director of Fan Relations, Lucasfilm

Kurtz also wrote the foreword. He says, “This historical sourcebook is an extraordinarily complete work, annotating almost everything that has been written about the original Star Wars Trilogy (now called Episodes 4, 5, and 6). I have personally found this sourcebook very useful for my own research into questions I am asked in interviews. Bob Miller has done a monumental job on this sourcebook and any true Star Wars fan or scholar must have this work in their collection.”

Amazon links:

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The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook has a Facebook page, which will have updates and allow for feedback from fans and fellow researchers. Please visit!

How much do you know about the original Star Wars? On January 6, 2018, Pulp Hero Press published May the Facts Be with You: 1200 Star Wars Stumpers for Serious Fans. It’s an anti-quiz quiz book covering Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, plus the documentaries, the two Ewoks movies, and cartoons Ewoks and Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO. It’s available from Amazon here.

Photo of W.R. Miller and Jerry Beck, at The Animation Guild holiday party, Gene Autrey Museum, January 7, 2011. Photo by Enrique May. 

Since I have written numerous animation articles over the years, animation historian Jerry Beck asked me to contribute to two of his books, The Animated Movie Guide and The Hanna-Barbera Treasury.  I was honored to do so.

I’m currently working on future volumes The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook and several other book projects, details of which will be posted here when ready.  Stay ‘tuned!

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