FAMILY OF GUMBY CREATOR ART CLOKEY TO HOST REDDIT IAmA IN COMMEMORATION OF THE REVOLUTIONARY CHARACTER’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY
Dynamite Entertainment Joins Joe and Joan Clokey July 31st from 1 – 3 pm Eastern
July 28, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is pleased to announce that Joe and Joan Clokey, son and daughter-in-law of Gumby’s innovative and revolutionary creator Art Clokey, and the writers of our upcoming retrospective Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations, to participate in their first-ever Reddit IAma! The IAmA will begin on July 31st from 1 – 3 p.m. eastern time. Fans will be able to submit their questions, or follow-along by visiting https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/.
“Joan and I are so thrilled to participate in this Reddit IAmA,” said Joe Clokey, son of Gumby creator Art Clokey. “Gumby, Davey & Goliath, my dad’s amazing and intriguing life, and all of the exciting things coming up in Gumby’s life are all on the tip of our tongues. We recently co-authored Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations, a book that explores all of this and so much more. We can’t wait to share this wonderful and inspiring history, as well as answer questions from Gumby fans around the world, so please join us for what is sure to be an….imaginative event!” The Clokeys now run the Gumby companies, and have begun production on the next era of Gumby adventures, including the upcoming retrospective, Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations, which is currently being financed through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. The retrospective explores the incredible behind the scenes story of the man whose vision for characters like Gumby, Pokey, Davey, and Goliath would go on to create many lasting childhood memories for generations of children. This fascinating pictorial history of Art Clokey and his creations is meticulously chronicled and features scores of never before seen images! It is a story that crosses decades and illuminates how the visionary storyteller developed some of the most enduring entertainment images and technologies of the 20th century. The comprehensive biography, written by Joe and Joan Clokey, chronicals the tragedies and triumphs of an artistic genius’ life. It’s a true “American Dream” tale that takes an in-depth look at how Art’s life shaped the characters and stories he invented. From hard-hitting childhood struggles through the Great Depression; a dramatic turnaround brought about by a generous adoptive father; adventure; World War II behind enemy lines; partnerships made and dissolved; success and loss; love and the true meaning of family; each and every milestone was incorporated into the beautiful characters and art he created. This personal and inspiring story brings all of this together. For those interested in learning more, or backing the project please visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dynamiteent/gumby-imagined-the-story-of-art-clokey-and-his-cre.
“Joe and Joan Clokey are two of the most pleasant and kind people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “Their love for Art and his creations shines through every time they speak on the subject. It’s clear Gumby Imagined is a labor of love that truly shows the family bond is eternal.”
To participate or follow along during this exciting event, please visit https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA on July 31, 2017 between 1 and 3 p.m. EST and select the IAmA under the Reddit username GumbyCentral. The Clokeys thank Sam Fuhrer and Eli Graham of Olive Gram for arranging this Reddit IAmA. Follow the Clokeys on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/gumbycentral, or visit their website http://www.gumbyworld.com, to keep up with their latest news, releases, and appearances!
About Dynamite Entertainment:
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high-profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.
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