Dynamite Announces Retrospective Art Book On Gumby Creator, Crowdfunds Book Expansion

by Hannah Means Shannon

 

Dynamite Entertainment has announced that they are helping celebrate the 60th anniversary of the big green guy with a full-scale retrospective book paying tribute to the art and history of the creations of Art Clokey, the trailblazer behind pop culture stop-motion icons Gumby and Davey and Goliath.

The retrospective, entitled Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations, will offer more than 60 years’ worth of never before seen images, and takes a behind-the-scenes look at the life of the man that changed the world of animation.

The Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations Kickstarter campaign is live right here, funding until August 3rd, 2017.

Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations is chronicled and told by his son Joe and daughter-in-law Joan Clokey. While working on the project, the writers discovered archives of images that have never been seen before by Gumby fans. Shots that give us a window on the life, vision, and painstaking animation process have now been scanned, cleaned, and inserted into this history of Gumby and of stop-motion animation.

Joe Clokey, son of Gumby creator, Art Clokey, says:

The most fascinating life story I’ve ever known just happens to be about my dad, mom and the world famous characters they created. Art Clokey’s journey intersects and influences major touchstones of our American life. The sixty-year, behind-the-scenes story of Gumby and Davey & Goliath, interwoven with a rich tapestry of photos and rare anecdotes, weds perfectly with Art Clokey and his amazing life.

Dynamite CEO and publisher, Nick Barrucci adds:

Art Clokey and Gumby are as important to the history of American animation as the creations of Walt Disney. To be able to tell the story of this man and his incredible cast of characters is a high watermark, both as a publisher, and for me as a fan. Looking through these incredible, never seen before photos and reading such rich history is guaranteed to make each and every one of us feel like a kid again.

With an expected shipping date of November 2017, backers who support the Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations Kickstarter have the opportunity to receive rewards, including a surprise Kickstarter Exclusive hard cover edition, collectible prints, DVDs, toys, and creator signed exclusives.

Some of the rewards include:

  • A digital copy of the Complete Alice in Wonderland graphic novel,
  • PDF copies of Boo, the World’s Cutest Dog and Bettie Boop graphic novels,
  • A digital edition of Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations,
  • A surprise Kickstarter Exclusive hard cover edition of Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations,
  • A surprise Kickstarter Exclusive hard cover edition of Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creationssigned by both Joe and Joan Clokey!
  • Gumbitties and Gumby flexible figures,
  • A Gumby 60th anniversary t-shirt,
  • The full 1950’s Gumby television series on DVD,
  • A hard cover copy of both The Art of Atari and The Art of Atari Poster Book,
  • Gumby foam top hats, Gumby canvas tote bag, Gumby and Pokey bendable figures, Gumby socks, and much, much more!

The Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations Kickstarter is live now and you can visit the campaign right here.