The printing is now finished on the first-ever Cartoon Brew book, Inside UPA, and the book is currently en route to LA. They are scheduled to arrive the week of Oct. 15-19 and they’ll be shipped out to people who pre-ordered shortly thereafter.
Of the 1000 books in this very limited edition, the first 50 of them are a super-limited signed edition which come with a bookplate autographed by surviving UPA veterans. Tee Bosustow, son of UPA co-founder, Steve Bosustow, is currently in the process of getting the bookplates signed, and he should have them completed by the end of October. The artists who have signed them so far include Fred Crippen, Bob Dranko, Alan Zaslove, Erv Kaplan, Bob McIntosh and Willis Pyle, and there are many more signatures to come. Twenty-three of the signed copies are already gone, twenty-seven remain. You can purchase a signed or unsigned copy at UPApix.com. And remember that all proceeds go towards the completion of Tee Bosustow’s UPA documentary project.
Below are some pics from the signing sessions so far. From top to bottom: Erv Kaplan, Bob Dranko, Alan Zaslove, the signed cards, and Willis Pyle, yours truly and Bob McIntosh. About that last photo, I have to say that it was a real thrill to be in the room with not one, but two amazing artists who not only contributed to countless UPA classics like Gerald McBoing Boing and the Mister Magoo shorts, but who also worked on Pinocchio and Bambi. Doesn’t happen often nowadays.