Category:Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award winners
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The following 24 pages are in this category, out of 24 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Forrest J Ackerman – He was based in Los Angeles, California. During his career as an agent, Ackerman represented such science fiction authors as Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, A. E. Van Vogt, Curt Siodmak. He was, for seven decades, one of science fictions staunchest spokesmen. Ackerman was the editor and principal writer of the American magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland, as well as an actor, and Charles Beaumont, The Short Life of Twilight Zones Magic Man, about the late author Charles Beaumont, a former client of The Ackerman Agency. Famous for his play and neologisms, he coined the genre nickname sci-fi. In 1953, he was voted #1 Fan Personality by the members of the World Science Fiction Society and he was also among the first and most outspoken advocates of Esperanto in the science fiction community. Ackerman was born Forrest James Ackerman, on November 24,1916, in Los Angeles, to Carroll Cridland and his father was from New York and his mother was from Ohio, she was nine years older than William. His name was used for the character of the reporter in the original Superman story The Reign of the Superman in issue 3 of Science Fiction magazine and he was one of the early members of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, and remained active in it for many decades. He attended the 1st World Science Fiction Convention in 1939, where he wore the first futuristicostume and sparked fan costuming and he attended every Worldcon but two thereafter during his lifetime. Ackerman invited Ray Bradbury to attend the Los Angeles Chapter of the Science Fiction League, the club changed its name to the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society during the period it was meeting at the restaurant. Among the writers frequenting the club were Robert A. Heinlein, Emil Petaja, Fredric Brown, Henry Kuttner, Leigh Brackett, Bradbury often attended meetings with his friend Ray Harryhausen, the two Rays had been introduced to each other by Ackerman. With $90 from Ackerman, Bradbury launched a fanzine, Futuria Fantasia and this second house, in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles, contained some 300,000 books and pieces of movie and science-fiction memorabilia. From 1951 to 2002, Ackerman entertained some 50,000 fans at open houses - including, on one such evening, Ackerman was a board member of the Seattle Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, where many items of his collection are now displayed. He knew most of the writers of fiction in the first half of the twentieth-century. As a literary agent, he represented some 200 writers, and he served as agent of record for many long lost authors and he was Ed Woods illiterary agent. Ackerman was credited with nurturing and even inspiring the careers of several early contemporaries like Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, Charles Beaumont, Marion Zimmer Bradley and his stories have been translated into six languages. Ackerman named the sexy comic-book character Vampirella and wrote the story for the comic. He also authored several lesbian stories under the name Laurajean Ermayne for Vice Versa and he was dubbed an honorary lesbian at a DOB party
2. Ray Bradbury – Ray Douglas Bradbury was an American fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction author and screenwriter. While most of his best known work is in speculative fiction, he wrote in other genres, such as the coming-of-age novel Dandelion Wine or the fictionalized memoir Green Shadows. Recipient of numerous awards, including a 2007 Pulitzer Citation, Bradbury also wrote and consulted on screenplays and television scripts, including Moby Dick, many of his works were adapted to comic book, television and film formats. On his death in 2012, The New York Times called Bradbury the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream. Bradbury was born on August 22,1920 in Waukegan, Illinois, to Esther Bradbury, a Swedish immigrant, and Leonard Spaulding Bradbury and he was given the middle name Douglas, after the actor Douglas Fairbanks. Bradbury was related to the American Shakespeare scholar Douglas Spaulding and was descended from Mary Bradbury, Bradbury was surrounded by an extended family during his early childhood and formative years in Waukegan, Illinois. An aunt read him stories when he was a child. This period provided foundations for both the author and his stories, in Bradburys works of fiction, 1920s Waukegan becomes Green Town, Illinois. The family arrived with only US$40, which paid for rent and this meant that they could stay, however, and Bradbury—who was in love with Hollywood—was ecstatic. Bradbury attended Los Angeles High School and was active in the drama club and he often roller-skated through Hollywood in hopes of meeting celebrities. Among the creative and talented people Bradbury met this way were special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen, throughout his youth, Bradbury was an avid reader and writer and knew at a young age that he was going into one of the arts. Bradbury began writing his own stories at age eleven, during the Great Depression — sometimes writing on the available paper, butcher paper. In his youth, he spent much time in the Carnegie library in Waukegan, reading such authors as H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, at twelve, Bradbury began writing traditional horror stories and said he tried to imitate Poe until he was about eighteen. In addition to comics, he loved Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan of the Apes, the Warlord of Mars impressed him so much that at the age of twelve he wrote his own sequel. The young Bradbury was also a cartoonist and loved to illustrate and he wrote about Tarzan and drew his own Sunday panels. He listened to the radio show Chandu the Magician, and when the show went off the air every night he would sit, as a teen in Beverly Hills, he often visited his mentor and friend, science fiction writer Bob Olsen, sharing ideas and maintaining contact. In 1936, at a bookstore in Hollywood, Bradbury discovered a handbill promoting meetings of the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society. Excited to find there were others sharing his interest, Bradbury joined a weekly Thursday-night conclave at age sixteen, at age 17, Bradbury read stories published in Astounding Science Fiction, and read everything by Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur C
3. Comic Book Legal Defense Fund – The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is an American non-profit organization formed in 1986 to protect the First Amendment rights of comics creators, publishers, and retailers covering legal expenses. The Executive Director is Charles Brownstein, who has served in capacity since 2002. The CBLDF is supported by big names of the industry, the board of directors includes Chris Staros, Peter David. Fund Comics, More Fund Comics, and Even More Fund Comics are compilations of work by famous artists sold to support the CBLDF. Additionally, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab offers a line of perfumes whose profits go directly to the CBLDF, popular artists such as comedian Bill Hader, cartoonist Jeff Smith, and comic book artist Frank Miller have expressed support for it. The CBLDF is a sponsor of Banned Books Week, and also works with libraries, in the past they have partnered with such organizations as the Kids Right to Read Project, the American Library Association, and the Office of Intellectual Freedom as part of this mission. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund began as a means to pay for the defense of Friendly Franks comic shop manager Michael Correa. The comic books deemed obscene were Omaha the Cat Dancer, The Bodyssey, Weirdo, Kitchen Sink Press released an art portfolio of pieces donated by comics artists, proceeds were donated to Correas defense. First amendment attorney Burton Joseph defended Friendly Franks and ultimately had the conviction overturned, denis Kitchen officially incorporated the CBLDF in 1990 as a non-profit charitable organization with capital left over from Correas defense fund, and Burton Joseph became their legal counsel in 1996. Since then the Fund and Burton Joseph have provided advice and legal assistance in many cases, in 1991 the CBLDF got honoured by the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award. The Fund publishes a newsletter called Busted. The official newsletter of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the CBLDF intends to use the seal in merchandise through licensing agreements, with proceeds from the licenses benefitting the CBLDF. He was convicted, but the conviction was overturned on appeal, funds donated to the appeal exceeded costs, and the remainder went towards founding the CBLDF. 1991, Comic artist Paul Mavrides protested against a resolution by the State of California to levy a tax on comic strips. He challenged the law in court, with assistance from the CBLDF, arguing that the strip is a communications medium that should be classed with books, magazines. In 1997, a ruling in Mavrides favor was handed down by the California State Board of Equalization,1994, Florida-based underground comic book artist Mike Diana was convicted in March for obscenity stemming from his self-published Boiled Angel. After relocating to New York City to serve out his sentence,2000, Comic book artist Kieron Dwyer was sued by Starbucks Coffee for parodying their famous mermaid logo within his comic book Lowest Common Denominator. 2002, The Castillo v. A mistrial was called in 2007,2008, United States v. Handley, A 38-year-old Iowa comic collector named Christopher Handley was prosecuted under obscenity charges
4. Will Eisner – William Erwin Will Eisner was an American cartoonist, writer, and entrepreneur. He was one of the earliest cartoonists to work in the American comic book industry, in 1978, he popularized the term graphic novel with the publication of his book A Contract with God. He was a contributor to formal comics studies with his book Comics. The Eisner Award was named in his honor, and is given to recognize achievements each year in the comics medium, Eisners father Shmuel Samuel Eisner was born March 6,1886, in Kolomyia, Austria-Hungary, and was one of eleven children. He aspired to be an artist, and as a teenager painted murals for rich patrons, to avoid conscription in the army, he moved to New York before the outbreak of World War I. There he found getting work difficult as his English skills were poor and he made what living he could painting backdrops for vaudeville and the Jewish theater. Eisners mother, Fannie Ingber, was born to Jewish parents from Romania April 25,1891 and her mother died on her tenth birthday, and was quickly followed by her father. Family introduced Shmuel and Fannie, who were distant relatives and they had three children, son Will Erwin, born on his fathers birthday in 1917, son Julian, born February 3,1921, and daughter Rhoda, born November 2,1929. Eisner was born in Brooklyn, New York City and he grew up poor, and the family moved frequently. Young Eisner often got into physical confrontations when subject to antisemitism from his schoolmates, young Eisner was tall and of sturdy build, but lacked athletic skills. He was a consumer of pulp magazines and film, including avant-garde films such as those by Man Ray. To his mothers disappointment, Eisner had his fathers interest in art, Eisners mother frequently berated his father for not providing the family a better income, as he went from one job to another. Without success he also tried his hand at such ventures as a furniture retailer, the family situation was especially dire following the Wall Street Crash of 1929 that marked the beginning of the Great Depression. In 1930, the situation was so desperate that Eisners mother demanded that he, at thirteen and he entered working life selling newspapers on street corners, a competitive job where the toughest boys fought for the best locations. Eisner attended DeWitt Clinton High School, with influences that included the early 20th-century commercial artist J. C. Leyendecker, he drew for the newspaper, the literary magazine and the yearbook. Upon graduation, he studied under Canadian artist George Brandt Bridgman for a year at the Art Students League of New York, contacts made there led to a position as an advertising writer-cartoonist for the New York American newspaper. Eisner also drew illustrations for pulp magazines, including Western Sheriffs
5. Mark Evanier – Mark Stephen Evanier is an American comic book and television writer, particularly known for his work on the animated TV series Garfield and Friends and on the comic book Groo the Wanderer. He is also known for his columns and blogs, and for his work as a historian and biographer of the industry, in particular his award-winning Jack Kirby biography, Kirby. His father was Jewish and his mother was Catholic and he chose to be a writer after witnessing the misery his father felt from working for the Internal Revenue Service and contrasting that with the portrayal of a writers life on The Dick Van Dyke Show. He graduated from University High School in 1969, Evanier was president of a Los Angeles comic book club from 1966-69. In 1967, he suggested the titles of the officers of the Merry Marvel Marching Society and he made his first professional sale in 1969. The same year, through an association with a Marvel Comics mail-order firm. Coyote stands for Ethelbert, along with comics for the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate, in 1974 he teamed with writer Dennis Palumbo and wrote for a number of television series, including The Nancy Walker Show, The McLean Stevenson Show, and Welcome Back, Kotter. After the cancellation of Kotter in 1979, on which he was one of the editors, Evanier. But he is most noted in animation for his work on Garfield and Friends, since 2008, Evanier has been the co-writer and voice director of The Garfield Show, which went on to win a Daytime Emmy Award for June Foray. Evanier credits himself with convincing Jack Kirby to stop using Vince Colletta as an inker and he wrote a script and provided technical advice about comic books for Bob, Bob Newharts unsuccessful third sitcom for CBS. He has produced a number of books, including Blackhawk, Crossfire and Hollywood Superstars, Groo the Wanderer. For the Spiegle comics, Evanier contributed lengthy essays on the entertainment industry, in 1985, he launched the DC Challenge limited series with artist Gene Colan. He wrote the New Gods series of 1989-1991, Evanier collaborated with Joe Staton on the Superman & Bugs Bunny mini-series in 2000. For many years, Evanier wrote a column, Point of View. Evaniers illustrated Jack Kirby biography, Kirby, King of Comics, was published in February 2008 by Abrams Books and it won the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Book. On May 26,2006, Evanier checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, having peaked at around 344 pounds by then, he subsequently lost nearly 99 pounds by June 2007
6. June Foray – Her career has encompassed radio, theatrical shorts, feature films, television, record albums, video games, talking toys, and other media. Foray was also one of the members of ASIFA-Hollywood, the society devoted to promoting and encouraging animation. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honoring her work in television. June Foray was born as June Lucille Forer on September 18,1917 in Springfield, Massachusetts, the family resided at 75 Orange Street. Her voice was first broadcast in a radio drama when she was 12 years old, by age 15. After entering radio through the WBZA Players, Foray starred in her own radio series Lady Make Believe in the late 1930s and she soon became a popular voice actress, with regular appearances on coast-to-coast network shows including Lux Radio Theater and The Jimmy Durante Show. On radio, Foray did the voices of Midnight the Cat and Old Grandie the Piano on The Buster Brown Program and she later did voices on the Mutual Network program Smile Time for Steve Allen. Her work in radio ultimately led her to recording for a number of albums for Capitol Records. She also did a variety of voices in Walter Lantzs Woody Woodpecker cartoons, including Woodys nephew and niece, Knothead, impressed by her performance as Witch Hazel, in 1954 Chuck Jones invited her over to Warner Brothers Cartoons. For Warner Brothers, she was Granny, owner of Tweety and Sylvester, like most of Warner Brothers voice actors at the time, Foray was not credited for her roles in these cartoons. Chuck Jones is reported to have said, June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc and she played Bubbles on The Super 6 and, on How the Grinch Stole Christmas, voiced Cindy Lou Who, asking Santa why hes taking their tree. In 1960, she provided the voice for Mattels original Chatty Cathy doll, Foray worked for Hanna-Barbera, including on Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You. The Jetsons, The Flintstones and many other shows, in 1959, she auditioned for the part of Betty Rubble on The Flintstones, but the part went to Bea Benaderet, Foray described herself as terribly disappointed at not getting to play Betty. She has done voice acting for Stan Frebergs commercials, albums. She also appeared in several Rankin/Bass TV specials in the 1960s and 1970s, voicing the young Karen and she also voiced all the female roles in Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, including the villainous cobra Nagaina. In the mid-1960s, she devoted to the preservation and promotion of animation and has since written numerous magazine articles about animation. In 1988, she was awarded the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, Foray was the first recipient of the award. In 2007, Foray became a contributor to ASIFA-Hollywoods Animation Archive Project, in 2011, Roz Ryan voiced Witch Lezah in The Looney Tunes Show, opposite June Foray as Granny
7. Neil Gaiman – Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre, and films. His notable works include the book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline. He has won awards, including the Hugo, Nebula. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the work, The Graveyard Book. In 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards and his father, David Bernard Gaiman, worked in the same chain of stores, his mother, Sheila Gaiman, was a pharmacist. He has two sisters, Claire and Lizzy. His other sister, Lizzy Calcioli, has said, Most of our social activities were involved with Scientology or our Jewish family and it would get very confusing when people would ask my religion as a kid. I’d say, I’m a Jewish Scientologist, Gaiman says that he is not a Scientologist, and that like Judaism, Scientology is his familys religion. About his personal views, Gaiman has stated, I think we can say that God exists in the DC Universe, I would not stand up and beat the drum for the existence of God in this universe. I dont know, I think theres probably a 50/50 chance and it doesnt really matter to me. Gaiman was able to read at the age of four, when he was about ten years old, he read his way through the works of Dennis Wheatley, where especially The Ka of Gifford Hillary and The Haunting of Toby Jugg made an impact on him. One work that made an impression on him was J. R. R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings from his school library. He consistently took them out and read them and he would later win the school English prize and the school reading prize, enabling him to finally acquire the third volume. For his seventh birthday, Gaiman received C. S. Lewiss The Chronicles of Narnia series and he later recalled that I admired his use of parenthetical statements to the reader, where he would just talk to you. Id think, Oh, my gosh, that is so cool, when I become an author, I want to be able to do things in parentheses. I liked the power of putting things in brackets, Narnia also introduced him to literary awards, specifically the 1956 Carnegie Medal won by the concluding volume. Lewis Carrolls Alices Adventures in Wonderland was another favourite. Alice was default reading to the point where I knew it by heart and he also enjoyed Batman comics as a child
8. Archie Goodwin (comics) – Archie Goodwin was an American comic book writer, editor, and artist. He worked on a number of strips in addition to comic books. He is regularly cited as the comic book editor, ever. Archie Goodwin was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and lived in small towns along the Kansas-Missouri border including Coffeyville. But he considered Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he spent his teen years at Will Rogers High School, Goodwin moved to New York City to attend classes at what became the School of Visual Arts. Goodwin began as an artist drawing cartoons for magazines and as a writer and occasional art assistant to Leonard Starrs newspaper comic strip Mary Perkins. His first editorial work was for Redbook magazine, on which he worked both before and after his Army service as a draftee. His first story written before he went into the Army was drawn by Al Williamson and Roy Krenkel and he was never on staff at Harvey Comics. By 1964 he was the script writer for Warrens Creepy magazine. Much of his there, according to Batman editor Mark Chiarello, was a homage to the favorite comics of his youth. By the second issue he was co-credited as editor, and soon became editor of the entire Warren line, Creepy, Eerie and Blazing Combat. After his departure from Warren in 1967, Goodwin would occasionally contribute stories over the next 15 years and even returned for a short stint as editor in 1974. From 1967 to 1980, Goodwin wrote scripts for King Features Syndicate, including the daily strip Secret Agent X-9, drawn by Al Williamson, as well as working on other strips including Captain Kate. Not limited to newspaper strips, he work at the major comics companies as both writer and editor, working for Marvel Comics on titles including Fantastic Four and Iron Man. Goodwin worked briefly for DC Comics during the 1970s, where he edited the war comics G. I, Combat, Our Fighting Forces, and Star Spangled War Stories, and replaced Julius Schwartz as editor of Detective Comics for one year. Goodwins collaboration with Walt Simonson on the Manhunter back-up feature in Detective Comics won several awards, Goodwin wrote the Batman lead feature in Detective Comics as well and collaborated with such artists as Jim Aparo, Sal Amendola, Howard Chaykin, and Alex Toth. Goodwin first worked for Marvel Comics in 1968 and was the writer on the Iron Man series which launched that year. Goodwin speculated, I assume if he had working on Sgt
9. Robert A. Heinlein – Robert Anson Heinlein was an American science-fiction writer. Often called the dean of science writers, his controversial works continue to have an influential effect on the genre. Heinlein became one of the first science-fiction writers to break into mainstream magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s. He was one of the best-selling science-fiction novelists for many decades, and he, Isaac Asimov and he also speculated on the influence of space travel on human cultural practices. Heinlein was named the first Science Fiction Writers Grand Master in 1974 and he also anticipated mechanical Computer Aided Design with Drafting Dan and described a modern version of a waterbed in his novel The Door into Summer, though he never patented or built one. In the first chapter of the novel Space Cadet he anticipated the cell-phone,35 years before Motorola invented the technology, several of Heinleins works have been adapted for film and television. Heinlein was born on July 7,1907 to Rex Ivar Heinlein and Bam Lyle Heinlein, in Butler and he was a 6th-generation German-American, a family tradition had it that Heinleins fought in every American war starting with the War of Independence. His childhood was spent in Kansas City, Missouri, Heinleins experience in the U. S. Navy exerted a strong influence on his character and writing. He graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland with the class of 1929 and he was assigned to the new aircraft carrier USS Lexington in 1931, where he worked in radio communications, then in its earlier phases, with the carriers aircraft. The captain of this carrier was Ernest J. King, who served as the Chief of Naval Operations and Commander-in-Chief. Heinlein was frequently interviewed during his later years by historians who asked him about Captain King. Heinlein also served aboard the destroyer USS Roper in 1933 and 1934, reaching the rank of lieutenant. His brother, Lawrence Heinlein, served in the U. S. Army, the U. S. Air Force, and the Missouri National Guard, in 1929, Heinlein married Elinor Curry of Kansas City in Los Angeles, and their marriage lasted about a year. His second marriage in 1932 to Leslyn MacDonald lasted for 15 years, in 1934, Heinlein was discharged from the Navy due to pulmonary tuberculosis. During a lengthy hospitalization, he developed a design for a waterbed, Heinlein supported himself at several occupations, including real estate sales and silver mining, but for some years found money in short supply. Heinlein was active in Upton Sinclairs socialist End Poverty in California movement in the early 1930s, when Sinclair gained the Democratic nomination for Governor of California in 1934, Heinlein worked actively in the campaign. Heinlein himself ran for the California State Assembly in 1938, but was unsuccessful, while not destitute after the campaign—he had a small disability pension from the Navy—Heinlein turned to writing in order to pay off his mortgage. His first published story, Life-Line, was printed in the August 1939 issue of Astounding Science-Fiction, originally written for a contest, it was instead sold to Astounding for significantly more than the contests first-prize payoff