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PR: Will Vinton Returns for Second Los Angeles Appearance

by on March 3, 2007

Riding on the success of his recent graphic novel debut, Will Vinton returns for a second Los Angeles appearance!

Author to appear at Golden Apple Books on 3/14

After many successful years in the world of animation, Will Vinton dives into the two-dimensional comic world with Jack Hightower, a thrilling new action-adventure-comedy about a very unique secret agent, spanning 150 pages.

Vinton, and writing partner , Andrew Wiese, will sign books at Golden Apple Books, March 14th from 5 pm – 7 pm. Golden Apple Books is located at 7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038.

Vinton – the creator of “claymation” – is well-known for having brought to life some of the world’s best known animated characters, including The California Raisins, the computer-animated M&Ms “Red” and “Yellow”, and Thurgood Stubs for the Eddie Murphy inspired television series “THE PJs.”

Tall, daring, and handsome, secret agent Jack Hightower had it all—a stellar career, beautiful women, and more power and influence than he could shake a supermodel at. Only one thing eluded him-the capture of his long-time arch nemesis, Dr. Flagitious Savant. Then one fateful night, the mad Doctor lured Jack into the beam of a shrink ray! Now Jack’s trying to put his miniaturized life back together, hunt down the deadly Dr. Savant and reverse the process that made him into the world’s first living action figure!

“I’ve always liked graphic novels, so when Mike Richardson suggested writing a graphic novel story about Jack, Andrew Wiese, my writing partner and I jumped at it,” says Vinton. “In some ways creating this character was very similar to creating a character for animation-it’s like storyboarding a film. But with a graphic novel you have to whittle it down to the essence of character and story-you have to be more spare and make everything count – then make that really vivid.”

Vinton won an Academy Award for his short film CLOSED MONDAYS, has been awarded several Emmys for his Prime-time Television productions and multiple Clios for commercials . He founded Will Vinton Studios to explore 3D animation and grew the company at it’s peak into one of the world’s most respected and creative animation companies for all types of 3D animation.

Jack Hightower is created and written by Will Vinton and Andrew Wiese, with art by Fabio Laguna. The book is on sale at comic and book stores beginning January carrying a $14.95 price tag.

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