Wednesday, August 31, 2005


Hey people, just a heads-up to tell your local retailer that they should order the SPX ANTHOLOGY 2005. It's edited by Brian Ralph and is packed with amazing storytellers. My story, you monkey-lovers will be pleased to hear, is entitled MILLIKEN DARBY READS A BOOK. It features everyone's favorite monkey-who's-a-little-bit-slow, Milliken Darby, in his long-awaited return to comics! The proceeds to the SPX ANTHOLOGY, as always, go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, so buy up! It's for a good cause. And go to SPX in Bethesda, MD!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

JOE RANFT, 1960-2005

It's with a heavy heart that I'm reporting the death of legendary writer/actor/Head of Story Joe Ranft. I've been a recent colleague of Joe's at Pixar, where Joe was Story Head on TOY STORY 1 and 2, A BUG'S LIFE, and CARS, as well as Head of Story for the company as a whole. He voiced the caterpillar Heimlich in A BUG'S LIFE and Wheezey the squeak toy in TOY STORY 2, among others. At Disney, he played an integral part in shaping BEAUTY AND THE BEST and THE LION KING, among other films.

Joe was an incredible person, a big teddy bear of a guy who always did his best to make you feel welcome and important to the company. I was looking forward to working more closely with him. His inspiration as a storyteller, and more importantly as a good person, will resonate with me always.

You can read more about Joe at , and more personal notes at .