(2002)

Top Shelf, 2002 Series
 
Price:
14.95 USD
Pages:
148
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Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Top Shelf Productions
Brand:
Top Shelf Productions
ISBN:
1-891830-31-7 Search at WorldCat
Barcode:
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Editing:
Chris Staros (editor); Rob Venditti-Kramer (assistant editor)
Format:
Black and White; 11'' x 9''; Squarebond; Graphic Novel

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils:
Rich Koslowski (painted, signed)
Colors:
Rich Koslowski (painted, signed)
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Rickey Rat

Indexer Notes

Wraparound cover

[Prologue] (Table of Contents)

Three Fingers / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Rich Koslowski
Pencils:
Rich Koslowski
Inks:
Rich Koslowski
Letters:
Rich Koslowski

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Rickey Rat; Rog Walters
Synopsis:
Introduction to the documentary written as an exposé of mutilation practices in the toon movie industry.
Keywords:
mockumentary

Indexer Notes

Like in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?", it's written as if cartoon characters existed in the real world. Characters introduced in this chapter: Rickey Rat (parody of Mickey Mouse), Rog Walters (parody of Roy Disney).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

credits / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

[Title sequence] (Table of Contents)

Three Fingers / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Rich Koslowski
Pencils:
Rich Koslowski
Inks:
Rich Koslowski
Letters:
Rich Koslowski

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Dizzy Walters
Synopsis:
Beginning of the documentary, with establishing shots of the American movie industry in its early years, including a picture of director Dizzy Walters.
Keywords:
mockumentary

Indexer Notes

Characters introduced in this chapter: Dizzy Walters (parody of Walt Disney).

Kings (Table of Contents)

Three Fingers / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Rich Koslowski
Pencils:
Rich Koslowski
Inks:
Rich Koslowski
Letters:
Rich Koslowski

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Wolfgang Walters (flashback, Dizzy Walters' father); Anna Walters (flashback, Dizzy Walters' mother), Dizzy Walters (flashback); Beatrice Clark; Rog Walters; Hales Corners Camera Club ["Hiccups"] (flashback); Ohio Players (flashback); Rickey Rat
Synopsis:
Description of Dizzy Walters' start in the movie industry and first meeting with Rickey Rat
Keywords:
mockumentary

Indexer Notes

Characters introduced in this chapter: The Hiccups; Ohio Players (both a parody of sorts of the Laugh-O-Gram Studio); Beatrice Clark (toon historian, unclear if she is a parody of someone).

In The Beginning (Table of Contents)

Three Fingers / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script:
Rich Koslowski
Pencils:
Rich Koslowski
Inks:
Rich Koslowski
Letters:
Rich Koslowski

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Dizzy Walters; Rickey Rat; Wallace Ladmo; Chester Chimp; Carhorn Armwhistle; Hans Wurstmacher; Portly Pig; Millie Marsupial; Beatrice Clark; Friedrich Von Katze
Synopsis:
Description of Rickey Rat's early career and the toon film explosion that followed, with comments by contemporary toon actors.
Keywords:
mockumentary

Indexer Notes

Characters introduced in this chapter: Wallace Ladmo (the name is a parody of the "Wallace & Ladmo" comedy show); Chester Chimp (loose parody of Bosko); Carhorn Armwhistle (parody of Foghorn Leghorn); Hans Wurstmacher (parody of Fritz Lang?); Portly Pig (parody of Porky Pig); Millie Marsupial (parody of Minnie Mouse); Friedrich Von Katze (parody of Fritz The Cat). The carton "Railroad Rickey" is a parody of "Steamboat Willie."

The Ritual (Table of Contents)

Three Fingers / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script:
Rich Koslowski
Pencils:
Rich Koslowski
Inks:
Rich Koslowski
Letters:
Rich Koslowski

Characters:
Dizzy Walters; Rickey Rat; Rosa Belmont; Sly Vester Jr.; Rog Walters; Carhorn Armwhistle; Rapid Rodriguez; Portly Pig; Dapper Duck; Silly; Buggy Bunny; Jupiter The Dog [Ned Kerney]; Gadfrey Grasshopper; Daniel Duck; Pretty Bird; Prof. Regis P. Redbreast
Synopsis:
Description and witness accounts of "the ritual," a medical procedure that mutilated toons by removing one finger from each hand.

Indexer Notes

Characters introduced in this chapter: Rosa Belmont (parody of Rita Hayworth); Sly Vester Jr. (parody of Sylvester Jr.); Rapid Rodriguez (parody of Speedy Gonzalez); Dapper Duck (parody of Daffy Duck); Silly (parody of Goofy); Buggy Bunny (parody of Bugs Bunny); Jupiter (parody of Pluto); Gadfrey Grasshopper (parody of Jiminy Cricket); Daniel Duck (parody of Donald Duck); Pretty Bird (parody of Tweety); Prof. Regis P. Redbreast (parody of Henery Hawk or Archimedes The Owl?). Wacky Tunes and Warmer Bros. are parodies of Looney Tunes and Warner Bros.

Trials & Tribulations (Table of Contents)

Three Fingers / comic story / 27 pages (report information)

Script:
Rich Koslowski
Pencils:
Rich Koslowski
Inks:
Rich Koslowski
Letters:
Rich Koslowski

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Sly Vester Jr.; Beatrice Clarke; Carhorn Armwhistle; Theodore L. Iverson; Ronald Reagan (flashback); Rickey Rat; Buggy Bunny; Portly Pig; Dapper Duck; Marilyn Monroe (flashback); John F. Kennedy (flashback); Bobby Kennedy (flashback); Martin Luther King (flashback); Rapid Rodriguez; King Lion; Rog Walters
Synopsis:
Further interviews introduce other cartoon stars and their connections to the HUAC investigation on "The Ritual" and how it affected the film industry. Several known toon stars suffered horrible side effects from the mutilating ritual.
Keywords:
mockumentary

Indexer Notes

Real people appear unchanged from their real world appearances, and Marilyn Monroe is named. Characters introduced in this chapter: Theodore L. Iverson (parody of Senator John E. Rankin); King Lion (parody of Leo the MGM lion and Simba the Lion King).

The Specialist (Table of Contents)

Three Fingers / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script:
Rich Koslowski
Pencils:
Rich Koslowski
Inks:
Rich Koslowski
Letters:
Rich Koslowski

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Hans Wurstmacher; Rodney P. Redbreast; Rog Walters; Carhorn Armwhistle; The Specialist; Rosa Belmont; Rickey Rat; Rog Walters; Hungarian Howler; Stinky Von Stinky; Lyin' Lion; Willie T. Wolf; Street Jogger; Whiney Peeh The Bear
Synopsis:
The story dwells on "The Specialist," an alleged illegal surgeon that would perform the ritual illegally on toon actors. It also touches on a new generation of toon stars.
Keywords:
mockumentary

Indexer Notes

Characters introduced in this chapter: Hungarian Howler (parody of Tasmanian Devil); Stinky Von Stinky (parody of Pepe Le Pew); Lyin' Lion (parody of Lippy The Lion); Willie T. Wolf (parody of Wile E. Coyote); Street Jogger (parody of Road Runner); Whiney Peeh The Bear (parody of Winnie The Pooh).

End of an Era (Table of Contents)

Three Fingers / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script:
Rich Koslowski
Pencils:
Rich Koslowski
Inks:
Rich Koslowski
Letters:
Rich Koslowski

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Dizzy Walters; Chow Mow-Glee; Buggy Bunny; Dapper Duck; Rickey Rat; M.C. Wak-O
Synopsis:
With Dizzy Walters' death, four-fingered cartoon actors finally reach success, thanks to the film "The Rainforest Story," but "The Ritual" doesn't disappear completely.
Keywords:
mockumentary

Indexer Notes

Characters introduced in this chapter: Chow Mow-Glee (parody of Mowgli); M.C. Wak-O (parody of Wakko Warner of the Animaniacs). "The Rainforest Story" is a parody of "The Jungle Book."

The End (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Rich Koslowski
Pencils:
Rich Koslowski
Inks:
Rich Koslowski
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Dedication, afterword and author Rich Koslowski's biography

[Epilogue] (Table of Contents)

Three Fingers / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Rich Koslowski
Pencils:
Rich Koslowski
Inks:
Rich Koslowski
Letters:
Rich Koslowski

Characters:
Sally Swallow
Synopsis:
Epilogue with an interview to one of Rickey's former wives.

Indexer Notes

Characters introduced in this chapter: Sally Swallow (parody not apparent)

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. [Prologue]
    Three Fingers
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
  4. 3. [Title sequence]
    Three Fingers
  5. 4. Kings
    Three Fingers
  6. 5. In The Beginning
    Three Fingers
  7. 6. The Ritual
    Three Fingers
  8. 7. Trials & Tribulations
    Three Fingers
  9. 8. The Specialist
    Three Fingers
  10. 9. End of an Era
    Three Fingers
  11. 10. The End
  12. 11. [Epilogue]
    Three Fingers
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