I’ve got piles stuff on the drawing board to work on, and OH, so little time to play Art-Land this week – but I cannot let this moment go un-blogged!
I’ve been made into a character in the Planet of the Apes.
I’ve been a Planet of the Apes fanatic since birth. The first film I ever saw in a real theater was Beneath the Planet of the Apes, and the poster hung on my bedroom wall for my entire childhood – the first image I awoke to every morning:
After that, I could go deal with school.
I was lucky enough to work on an Apes comic a few years back – writing/editing a six issue mini series called Revolution on the Planet of the Apes.
As a result of my participation in Apes comic book, I got to know Rich Handley, our planet’s No.#1 expert on the Apes’ Planet, and Rich has recently written a delightful Apes book called:
Available from Hasslein Books (www.hassleinbooks.com)
It’s an exhaustive and very entertaining encyclopedia of EVERY character, location, institution, and scroll ever mentioned in a movie, comic, novel, or back of a toy box. Apes fans must own it.
I was surprised to see a listing for Templeton on page 319, because the book only lists the fictional stuff, not the writers, actors, artists and such…
Apparently , Templeton is the name of the narrator of the ANSA Space Program promotional film included in the recent Blu-Ray versions of the original movie. It’s a DVD extra, and a minor one at that, but the character shares my name. How cute. BUT WAIT…!
He’s going to be in an upcoming Planet of the Apes novel, and his name isn’t a co-incidence. He’s named after me!
Now, I know, this is a teeny nothing of a throwaway character, not even a trivia question in the Apes World – but if I could go back in time to the the thirteen year old kid who woke up every morning to a Planet of the Apes poster and told him that one day he’d be a teeny nothing throwaway character in that world, he’d have fallen over dead.
If you at all care, you can see the ANSA film here on Youtube.
Sometimes, it all works out in this grown up fanboy’s life.
Ty the Guy OUT!
Here now, your comic book Planet of the Apes moment of Zen: