Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy Holidays from Archive Editions

We're down to shipping out the final hundred or so orders. Apologies to those who have not received their books in time for Christmas— Santa's elves had to get back to the North Pole. But we'll continue prepping the remaining orders and will resume shipping after Christmas week. (That will also allow the volume of mail in the U.S. Postal system to lighten up a bit.)

Keep in mind that anyone in the Los Angeles area is more than welcome to arrange to stop by and pick up their book. Just e-mail me at:
—and we'll work out the details.

In the meantime, if you are in the L.A. area be sure to stop by Creature Features in Burbank to view Mike Hill's extraordinary life-size tribute sculpture of Ray Harryhausen. You'll also enjoy browsing Creature Features' amazing selection of collectibles, magazines, soundtrack CDs, model kits, and much more, from stop motion to Universal classics to sci-fi TV and much more. 


Monday, November 25, 2013

Shipping "Majicks" Vol. 1 continues...

Sorry for the lack of updates this month-- we’ve just been trying to keep busy with shipping customer orders.

In order to be as fair to everyone as much as possible, we have been working our way through the shipments in the order that purchases came in from the time pre-orders commenced in August, 2012. We're doing the best we can to take care of everyone's order as quickly and as efficiently as possible. Since these are high-quality books, we're also taking time to pack the shipments with bubble-wrap, etc., to ensure that everyone's copy arrives undamaged. Even with that we manage to get quite a few orders out the door every day.

Several people have written to ask if their books have shipped yet. When the postage and mailing labels are printed out, my online postage system automatically generates a shipping confirmation e-mail (which includes a tracking number). I send the confirmation e-mail the same day the shipment goes out. So the simple answer to that question is: if you haven’t received the shipping confirmation e-mail, then your order hasn’t shipped yet.

You’re still welcome to inquire-- I realize that e-mails and servers are not 100% reliable. But in general, the shipping confirmation e-mail will tell you if your book has shipped.

Local Pickup Option

In a few cases I realized that some people writing in were in the local Los Angeles area. I followed up and we made arrangements for a local pickup rather than waiting for the book to go through the mails. So if anyone reading this lives in the greater Los Angeles area and would like to pick up, just drop me a line by clicking here:  Local Pickup Inquiry  (be sure to add a Subject Line like "Local pickup?" -- blank Subject Lines often cause emails to get thrown into the Junk Mail folder and I might miss it). For your reference, I am located in the Los Feliz district near Griffith Park. Stopping by any time, including weekends and reasonable evening hours, would be fine.

Thanks to everyone for your patience and support. We’re getting’ there…!

Above: A partial daily shipment. Usually about
4-5 stacks like this go out every day (or every other day).

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Majicks Vol. 1 - Now Shipping!

Sorry for the delay in updating things— we've been busy!

We have finally started shipping Ray Harryhausen - Master of the Majicks Vol. 1. Transport from the warehouse of 2-1/2 tons of books (1,000 books at 5 pounds each = 5,000 pounds, or 2-1/2 tons) was quite a task. We now have a large room full of books (see pictures, below), gradually reducing down as packing and shipping continues (hooray!). This is without doubt the most glamorous aspect of book publishing…!

Orders are being sent out in the order they were received, which we feel is fair to all. Every effort is being made to expedite all of the orders, and we appreciate everyone’s continued support and patience.

A shipping confirmation e-mail will be sent to each customer as orders go out, whether by Media Mail or Priority Mail, and each shipping confirmation e-mail will include a tracking number.

Hang in there— your book is (or soon will be) on its way!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

"Majicks" Vol. 1 Update / The Alien Factor screening

The shipment of Ray Harryhausen - Master of the Majicks Vol. 1 has arrived and is clearing Customs. I should be able to pick up the shipment this coming Tuesday or Wednesday. Given the need to truck the shipment to my offices and unload, I should be able to start shipping customer orders by Thursday or Friday. All preparations have been made on my end to start that process.

Everyone should keep in mind that I will be sending out a shipping confirmation e-mail (with tracking number) as each order goes out, so you will know that your order is on its way.

In the meantime, tomorrow night (Monday, October 21) I will be attending a midnight screening of The Alien Factor (1977) at The Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax in Hollywood. This was the first feature film I worked on— I designed and created the opening main title sequence and animated the stop motion "Leemoid" creature at the end. All pretty crude in retrospect, but "ya gotta start somewhere." I'll bring along what's left of the Leemoid model for a little show-and-tell before the screening.

Here's the link to "The United States of Horror" series going on at The Silent Movie Theater, which includes the listing for The Alien Factor:

If anyone reading this attends the screening, be sure to come up and say Hello!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"Majicks" Vol. 1 Has Arrived

The shipment of Ray Harryhausen - Master of the Majicks Vol. 1 has arrived at the port of Los Angeles. The shipment is going through Customs and will then be trucked to a nearby warehouse. I will then pick up the shipment and bring all the books to my offices to commence shipping. Barring any unforeseen delays, I expect orders to start going out to customers by the middle of next week.

In the meantime, our workspace is being organized and packing and mailing supplies (boxes, bubble wrap, mailing labels, etc.) are being assembled so that we'll be set and ready to go straight away.

Thanks to everyone for your continued patience. We're almost there...!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Diana Harryhausen passed away on Sunday, October 6. 

We extend our condolences to Ray and Diana's daughter, Vanessa.

Top: Ray and Diana at a preview screening of Jason and the Argonauts
at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood in 1963.

Bottom: Ray and Diana celebrate Ray's 90th birthday
in England in June, 2010.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

"Majicks" Vol. 1 - Final week of transport

Ray Harryhausen - Master of the Majicks Vol. 1 should complete its journey from the factory to the Port of Los Angeles by the end of this coming week. At that point, the shipment will have to clear Customs (which can take 3-10 days, depending on volume of shipments at the port), and then trucked up to my warehouse for shipping to customers.

In the meantime, I'm preparing everything for the packing and shipping of customer orders— boxes, bubble wrap, address labels, etc.— as well as arranging the workspace. Everything should be ready to go.

I'll be attending Son of Monsterpalooza this coming Saturday at the Marriott Burbank Hotel and Convention Center (near the Burbank airport). Hope to see some of you there!