TV Animation Veterans at Wonder Con

What a collection of TV Animation memories in one photo!  Our Imdb pages (not perfect, but close) claim that we five writer/artist/producers have 2,224 produced credits among us (with some overlap).  When I started at Hanna-Barbera in 1985, Alan Burnett had the office next door.  In 1987, Tad Stones hired me at Disney TV Animation, then hired Julia in 1988, to write for Rescue Rangers.  When I got a season of Beetlejuice to run for Fox (1990), just before X-Men:TAS, I hired Marty for his first TV writing job.  These people have left their mark.  Alan, who once ran mega-hit Smurfs for H-B, has been THE man at Warner Brothers animation for an incredible 25 years, writing for many of the animated TV series and animated DVD movies (Batman, etc.) produced there while overseeing every one of them.  Those of us in the know understand that stars like Paul Dini and Bruce Timm worked, gratefully, for the house that Alan built and has only recently retired from.  Similarly, Tad Stones was THE creative force during the long period known as The Disney Afternoon (mid ’80s – mid ’90s).  Julia and I know, since we were there for three years learning from him.  Marty has run more recent major series like Transformers and Guardians of the Galaxy, keeping action-adventure cartoons thriving during the last decade.  And to top it off, we all get to hang out and reminisce, meeting at this Con at our Previously on X-Men signing desk.  It just goes to show that it pays to work, over a long career, with nice, talented people.

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Marty Isenberg, Alan Burnett, Julia Lewald, Eric Lewald, and (kneeling) Tad Stones

Wonderful WonderCon

We’re back!  It’s been a while.  We’ve been getting the word out about the book.  WonderCon in Anaheim was nice enough to ask Julia and me to set up an X-MEN:TAS panel this past weekend.  They didn’t happen to mention that the hall would seat 1700 people!  Well, we found out that there is great love for the show: our panel was standing-room-only.  Producer-Director LARRY HOUSTON and writers LEN UHLEY and BOB SKIR joined us.  Afterward, there was three straight hours of book-signing at our table.  We’re not sure what other cons we can manage to attend (a load of 100 books weighs 210 lbs, so flying places may be tough).   But we’ll try.  We’re set at MomoCon in Atlanta in late May.  Writing can be solitary work, so meeting people who appreciate your efforts can be gratifying.

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Left to right:  niece Rev Wiederspahn, Julia, X-MEN:TAS writer Len Uhley, and me.