Monday, June 30, 2008

new Fibber McGee book!

We've revamped the new Fibber McGee cover. Take a look and let me know what you think.

By the way, feel free to post your comments about books you'd LIKE to see done.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

It Came From the Kitchen blog!

Check out the horror/sci-fi recipes on the authors' blog now!

Friday, June 20, 2008

listen to a Get Smart author

Saturday afternoons, 2-4 p.m. PDT, on 970 - 1140 - 1250 AM Radio in the desert area, OR on the Internet at: (click "On Air Now" AND TURN ON THE SOUND).
A full two hours of conversation with two of the most prolific and successful writers in television comedy history:
Gordon "Whitey" Mitchell -- writer for "Get Smart," "All In The Family," "The Jeffersons," and author of "Hackensack to Hollywood" which chronicles his dual careers as a brilliant jazz bassist and in television comedy,

Thursday, June 19, 2008


I rented BG, the new mini-series, from the library yesterday and was impressed. Normally I don't like tv - of any kind. Compared to films, they are cheap and quick and now filled with shaky cameras. There are lots of exceptions, which not everyone will agree with: Open All Hours (UK), Yes Prime Minister (UK), Hardcastle and McCormick, the first season of The Abbott and Costello Show, etc.

But BG kept my interest. Despite the cartoon space effects. Possibly because it's So much like a disaster movie. And I love those.

Yes, I published the book before having watched the series. :) But I also liked the original series, probably because of the Star Wars connection. So I had to take this HUGE, 500 page book for our catalog.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

new 3 Stooges book is ready!

Yep, we're getting copies next week, so we'll shipping out to customers as soon as they're in!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Lights, Camera, Trivia!

When I was a kid, I loved trivia books. They were always too short, but I enjoyed them. If you're like me, and wish something HUGE could be done on the entertainment field, this is it:

Sunday, June 15, 2008

British comedy interviews

I'm a BIG Brit fan. Not just TV of course, because I listen to BBC Radio 4 almost daily. My favorite TV show of all time is Yes, Prime Minister. So if you're like me and love those accents!, you might be interested in our book on British comedy. Put out by one of the creators of British Television Magazine, a wonderful mag that's sadly no longer in print. But this book is brand new!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Virginia Bruce - our newest book!

What a classy actress. What you see here is the work-in-progress cover for this book. What do you think? Feedback welcome!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Firesign's Follies - a book I'm PROUD of

I've been a Firesign Theatre fan as long as I've been a radio fan. My earliest memories of getting into radio comedy were a tape set of Jack Benny, Fibber McGee, Abbott and Costello and The Bickersons I bought (or my family bought for me) at Waldenbooks when I was 10 years old. Brown cases. (Later I got Frances Langford to sign the Bickersons tape!) It was MAGIC. From there I moved to comedy albums - but most were disappointing, being just stand up stuff, which you could see on TV. The exception was Firesign Theatre, which really was, as they stated, THEATRE FOR THE MIND'S EYE. Listen to their albums on headphones and it was like being in their crazy world full of (and this is partially why I liked Bugs Bunny as a kid) strange sound effects and voices. Brilliant.

Years later, being a publisher, I'm able to indulge myself, getting close to some of the people who defined my childhood. Being able to publish books by the great lit man of the group, David Ossman, is a true dream come true for me. I've got 150+ titles in print, including some penned by myself, but one of the books I'm MOST proud of is David's new book, Firesign Follies. It's a brilliant file on FT's output and history. And it's just a Funny book. He likes the Goon Show, I like the Goon Show. I GET what he's saying, and how well he says it! Of course I don't say that because I published the book. I published the book Because I think this! It deserves to be in every Thinking Man's domicile.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

new conventions!

September 18 - 20, 2008
Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention
Ben Ohmart (Paul Frees and Baby Snooks Book)
Martin Grams Jr. (The Railroad Hour, I Led Three Lives)
Jack French (Private Eyelashes)
Bear Manor Media has been scheduled to talk about the publishing
industry and old-time radio on Neal Ellis' "Sounds Like Yesterday" radio
program, broadcast "live" from the event. Don't forget to tune in
because callers can ask questions!

October 23- 26, 2008
Friends of Old-Time Radio Convention in Newark, NJ
Bear Manor Media authors will be guests at the event, autographing their books!
Mel Simons (Old-Time Radio Trivia and Old-Time TV Trivia Books)
Ben Ohmart (Paul Frees and Baby Snooks Book)
Brian Gari (Late Night Comic, We Bombed in London)
Martin Grams Jr. (The Railroad Hour, I Led Three Lives)
Arthur Anderson (Let's Pretend)
Jim Cox (The Great Radio Soap Operas)
Jack French (Private Eyelashes)

We'll be at both - so come visit us!