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I was Gumby. Now it can be told.

Long time readers of this blog might recall that I briefly played claymation superstar Gumby on a local TV show in Toronto back in the 80s.  At least I did until the Art Clokey Productions people got wind of the WAY I was playing Gumby on the air and eventually took the suit back and put a stop to it.

Pictured above: The REAL Gumby.

We were given the suit and paid a couple of bucks to promote the Gumby video episodes that were on sale at the time, but because I am who I am, I tended to make Gumby tell dirty jokes and claim that the books he liked to walk into were mostly pornographic, and the owners of Gumby took the suit away after about three weeks of this.  I like to think the time we rented a live horse to play our Pokey, and took it to a dance club where it shat all over the floor on TV might have played a part as well.

Anyway, I was at a birthday party for Bob Segarini tonight (the host of the show LATE GREAT MOVIES, where these appearances happened), and ran into someone who actually has video tape of this legendary time in my life, and promises to send me some clips to share with you guys.   In the meantime, here’s a screengrab from one of the episodes.  I’m the idiot in the suit to the right.

Ah…memories.

“I can walk into any book, so I have a house in Fifty Shades of Gray…What do you mean I’m fired?”

I’ll let you know as soon as there’s video.

Ty the Guy OUT!

Here now, your BONUS Guy-In-A-Gumby-Suit moment:

Last year, someone in a Gumby suit tried to rob a convenience store in San Diego.   I have an alibi for the day, and police did not suspect me.

MORE Hoverboy Radio Excitement!

So I’ve been offline for more than a week, half because I’ve been swamped with work, and half because my computer had a minor problem with the inner workings and had to be repaired.  BAD electronics!  Bad!

I think it's fixed now, but no sudden moves...

While I was away, the magnificent Marcus Moore and the gang at HOVERBOY ARCHIVES has put up the next THRILLING installment of Hoverboy’s olde tyme radio show.

Of course, these old shows are very close to my heart as they were written and produced by my grandfather, and the grandparents of many of my friends.  This episode features the grandfather of my pal, 70s rock star BOB SEGARINI, as well as the grandfather of my son TAYLOR, who performed in the commercial segment as the deeply confused boy, “BILLY”.  It’s a seminal role in my son’s grandfather’s career, as he was only 13 at the time it was recorded.  And of course, the episodes continue to feature the grandparents of Steve (Ed the Sock) Kerzner and Liana KRick Green (from History Bites, Red Green Show, The Frantics) and Rob Pincombe (from Kid vs. Kat)

We’ve also found more of those exciting HOVERBOY vs. ROBOT HITLER daily strips, and scanned ’em for your enjoyment up at the Hoverboy Museum!

Because Robot Hitler is still pretty cool, right?

Even with all this FLOOD of new Hoverboy material that we’re bringing you today,  I’m at work on a cool, secret Batman-related project that’s going to own me for the next few weeks or so and will be out next year.

But now that my computer is back, I’ll be hanging around here a little more regular-like.

Oh, and the next issue of Mad Magazine has some work in it that I did.  Go buy that when it’s out on December 22, 2010….like you just bought the Northern Guard and Strange Tales issues that came out yesterday….RIGHT?  You can see a preview page I did from the MAD DUMBEST 20 MOMENTS from 2010 issue HERE.

But first…go listen to the latest installment of the Hoverboy radio show.  It’s funny, I promise.

Ty the Guy OUT!

Here now, your comic book/radio moment of Zen.

 

Seriously? This is a real comic?

Gumby Scandal Haunts Templeton

It has recently come to this journalist’s attention that, in an obit for Art Clokey, the writer mentioned Ty Templeton‘s portrayal of Gumby on Canadian Television in the 1980s, second only to Eddie Murphy’s SNL portrayal in fame and infamy. This scandal, which Templeton had hoped was long-forgotten, came about when he portrayed Gumby on CityTV on a number of episodes of Late, Great Movies.  Pretending to be Gumby walking through a book, Templeton remembers, “The host, Bob Segarini asked me what book I was next planning to walk through next, and I answered, “The Joy of Sex and Portnoy’s Complaint.” Within 24 hours, Clokey Productions called our show and said I was never to play Gumby again.”

Templeton points out that, unlike Eddie Murphy‘s unofficial portrayal, he was an officially-sanctioned Gumby performer.  The costume had been supplied by Clokey Productions to promote Gumby.  (The show had to supply Pokey, the horse.) Templeton is unclear as to why there was a promotional push for Gumby at this time, but it might have been linked to the comic book.

The obituary for Art Clokey (and reference to the shameful Templeton Gumby Scandal) can be found on www.comicmix.com.

This journalist shudders to think of the repercussions if any actual video footage of the offending incident were to be found and put on the internet where any innocent member of the Gumby-loving public could encounter it.

Bunny Funnies!

Today’s Bunny Funny is dedicated to Scott Shaw!, with love and respect. (He’ll know why.)

This was produced back in the 90s for DC Comic’s Shop Talk, so I understand the references are a little dated (for instance, who uses “phones” anymore?), but there might be the shred of a the funny in there, especially for octogenarians such as myself….and reprinting old material here is sort of the point of the blog…because it requires no effort on my part, whatsoever.

Seventies pop star, Bob Segarini*, once said to me, ” Fame is the inability to shop,”  but he also told me that you can cook fish inside the engine of a moving car, so we don’t travel together anymore.  The point is, I’ve been in the comics industry for more than a decade at this point, working on big, big characters, creating first issues and gaining critical success, decent sales and even an industry award or two…but still I shop completely unpestered by the great unwashed.  How do I do it?  Well, follow these six simple instruction, and fame and fortune will always be just out of reach.  It’s easy and fun!


(*Bob Segarini)

For those who are keeping score, I did eventually participate in one of the last issues of Mad Magazine before it went the way of all flesh…sigh.  But I outlasted Bob Harras at Marvel, and actually went on to draw some Spider-Man stuff after this came out.  In fact, Bob Harras had this page up on the wall of his office for months after it came out, and was very good-natured about it when we met.  He never offered me work, though, so I succeeded at that!

Of course, Frank Miller has ACTUALLY become famous since this page came out, or at least as famous as Sin City and 300 could make you…but he didn’t become famous as a cartoonist, he had to jump to making crappy films.  Again, sigh.

And to the very famous and successful Scott Shaw!   You didn’t follow the instructions buddy, but you still pulled it off!  Congrats.

Ty the Guy.  Somewhere in the wilds of downtown Canada, watching the wife dig the car out of the snow, lazy bastard.

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