Dynamite Launches Gumby Kickstarter

I’m always a little hesitant when a company launches a Kickstarter. Archie learned a hard lesson when it tried to do one with the New Riverdale launch a couple of years ago. Dynamite has apparently been reluctant. This is their third Kickstarter, the other two being for a Vampirella Tarot deck and a Swords of the Swashbuckler GN. My assumption, and it is only an assumption, is that these were to gauge interest in these products, and the Gumby art book falls in that realm.

Since I can only offer speculation on this Kickstarter, I’m just going to share the press release and urge you to check out the Kickstarter and decide for yourself.


Dynamite Entertainment is pleased to announce the launch of their newest Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, which will work to fund the creation of a new deluxe collection retrospective to pay tribute to the art and history of the creations of Art Clokey, the brilliant trailblazer behind pop culture stop-motion icons Gumby and Davey and Goliath. The retrospective, entitled Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations, will offer a treasure trove of more than 60 years’ worth of never before seen images, and takes a behind-the-scenes look at the life of the man that changed the world of animation for generations to come.

The Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations Kickstarter campaign begins July 13th, can be found by visiting:
There are very few properties that elicit as much joy upon watching as Gumby.  Anyone looking at the instantly recognizable green icon is certain to feel a smile form and a twinge of nostalgia for the groundbreaking children’s television series. But what many people don’t know is the incredible behind the scenes story of the man whose vision for characters like Gumby, Pokey, Davey, and Goliath would create so many lasting childhood memories for generations of children.  Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations is the fascinating pictorial history of Art Clokey and his creations, meticulously chronicled and told by his son Joe and daughter-in-law Joan Clokey.  It is a story that crosses decades and illuminates how this visionary storyteller developed some of the most enduring entertainment images of the 20th century.  
Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations is currently being worked on by Joe and Joan Cloakey, who have poured hours of loving care into this book to make it the best possible tribute to both Gumby and Art Clokey.  While working on the project, the writers stumbled upon archives worth of incredible images that have never been seen before by Gumby fans. Shots that encapsulate the life, vision, and painstaking animation process have now been scanned, cleaned, and inserted into a loving tome that is befitting of the storied history of Gumby. For the first time ever, fans will be able to see these images that reveal a rich and colorful history of not only the development of the pop culture icon, but the footprints of a family upon the stop motion sands of time, and their work to influence and define stop motion animation for generations to come.
“The most fascinating life story I’ve ever known just happens to be about my dad, mom and the world famous characters they created,” said Joe Clokey, son of Gumby creator, Art Clokey. “Art Clokey’s journey intersects and influences major touchstones of our American life. The sixty-year, behind-the-scenes story of Gumby and Davey & Goliath, interwoven with a rich tapestry of photos and rare anecdotes, weds perfectly with Art Clokey and his amazing life.”
Clokey continued, “This book will be a fascinating ‘page-turner’ with never-before-told stories about this clay animation pioneer. You’ll see Art’s friendship with East-West philosopher Alan Watts. His love and partnership with his wife Ruth Clokey and later with Gloria Clokey. Explore Art’s fascination with the counter cultural creative winds of the late 60s and 70s, infused with his spiritual learning from Christianity, Zen Buddhism and Eastern Avatars.  It’s truly an honor to work with Dynamite Entertainment on this very special book.”
“Art Clokey and Gumby are as important to the history of American animation as the creations of Walt Disney,” says Dynamite CEO and publisher, Nick Barrucci. “To be able to tell the story of this man and his incredible cast of characters is a high watermark, both as a publisher, and for me as a fan. Looking through these incredible, never seen before photos and reading such rich history is guaranteed to make each and every one of us feel like a kid again.”
With an expected shipping date of November 2017, backers who support the Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations Kickstarter have the opportunity to receive rewards, including a surprise Kickstarter Exclusive hard cover edition, collectible prints, DVDs, toys, and creator signed exclusives! With tiers designed to fit any collector’s budget, backers will have the potential to enjoy a number of great rewards, including:
  • A digital copy of the Complete Alice in Wonderland graphic novel, 
  • PDF copies of Boo, the World’s Cutest Dog and Bettie Boop graphic novels,
  • A digital edition of Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations
  • A surprise Kickstarter Exclusive hard cover edition of Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations,
  • A surprise Kickstarter Exclusive hard cover edition of Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations signed by both Joe and Joan Clokey!
  • Gumbitties and Gumby flexible figures, 
  • A Gumby 60th anniversary t-shirt,
  • The full 1950’s Gumby television series on DVD,
  • A hard cover copy of both The Art of Atari and The Art of Atari Poster Book
  • Gumby foam top hats, Gumby canvas tote bag, Gumby and Pokey bendable figures, Gumby socks, and much, much more!
The Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations Kickstarter begins July 13th and backers can get on board and gain access to all of these amazing rewards by visiting https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dynamiteent/gumby-imagined-the-story-of-art-clokey-and-his-cre today!