SDCC ’09: Van Eaton’s Book Booth

If you are going to the San Diego Comic Con, don’t miss Booth #501, Van Eaton Galleries. Forget the voluminous amount of vintage animation art they have (which alone is worth the visit) – Van Eaton is the exclusive seller of three brand-new animation history books you should own:

1. Darrell Van Citters’ Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol – which I raved about here.

2. June Foray’s autobiography Did You Grow Up With Me Too?

Legendary voice artist June Foray has compiled a new autobiography with the help of our buddies Mark Evanier and Earl Kress. I’ve seen the book and its loaded with great first hand stories from June, loaded with little known facts about her life and career, and wonderful photos that illustrate June’s most famous (and infamous) roles. Rocky, Natasha, and Witch Hazel are as thoroughly covered as the smallest roles (including Chatty Cathy and her Twilight Zone counterpart, Talky Tina). June’s early work with Disney and on Andy’s Gang and her later involvement with Asifa and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; her friendships with Stan Freberg, Jay Ward, Bill Scott, Saul Bass and others – it’s all here in this wonderfully written volume.

June will be at the Van Eaton booth in person to sign copies from 5 PM to 6 PM on Friday, 4 PM to 6 PM on Saturday and 1 PM to 2 PM on Sunday. Signed copies will also be available from Van Eaton after the show – advance order accepted now.

3. Mark Arnold’s Created and Produced by Total Television

Arnold’s book on Total Television lays out the full story on the studio behind Underdog, The King and Odie, Tennessee Tuxedo, Go-Go Gophers, Twinkles the Elephant and many other TV characters of the 1960s. Often thought by some to be the work of Jay Ward, Total Television’s output was indeed produced at the same Mexican studio (Gamma Productions) that Ward used. Arnold untangles the history of the studio (which includes Gerneral Mills, Peter Piech and even Terrytoons!), the shows they made, the voice talent they employed, and the licensed merchandise that ensued. A complete episode guide is included. A must for your TV-Cartoon bookshelf.

See you at booth #501.


  • top cat james

    Wouldn’t a better title for June’s book be “…Now Here’s Something I Hope You’ll Really Like”?

    Regardless, I’m gonna get it and the Total TV book.

  • http://invaderpetblog.blogspot.com Brandon

    O__O She put a question mark at the end of her title! That’s bad luck!

  • JP

    Has anyone read the Total TV book yet? It’d be nice to get a review before ordering online. Sadly, I’m no where near Comic Con :(

  • http://funideas.home.att.net Mark Arnold

    I’ll let others officially review it. On my behalf, I tried to emulate Keith Scott’s excellent, but sometimes wordy “The Moose That Roared” if that helps one to make a decision on buying my book. It’s also chock full of a lot of photos of comics, scripts, merchandise, etc. and is 380 pages. Hope that helps…

    Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that I will be able to make it to Comic Con this year, despite having this book to promote. I feel like Elvis sending out his gold Cadillac on tour in lieu of going on an actual tour.

    If JP (and others) are interested, drop me a line (thft@att.n[email protected]) and I’ll scan a couple sample pages so that you can see a bit of the inside of the book…

  • Brad

    I have read Mark’s book. I decided to write a review of it without giving much away, targeted somewhat at the general public. Look for it on the Amazon product page within the next couple days. I enjoyed it.

  • Karl Wilcox

    All three books are on my “wish list.” I definitely plan to purchase
    them within the next year (hopefully). Alas, I won’t be able to
    attend the convention either.

  • uncle wayne

    I am, indeed, greatly enjoying the “TTV” Book….and certainly can NOT wait for June’s!

    And damn you, Jerry, for making me spend so much money! You’re worse than the girlfriend. ha-ha!

  • http://booksteveslibrary.blogspot.com/ [email protected]

    I’m proud to say I got to help June, Earl and Mark with some behind the scenes work on her book so I won’t be doing a review but I will say, she has some delightful memories and wonderful anecdotes any cartoon fan will enjoy.