Monday, February 13, 2006

Creatures Of Night, Brought To Light

A little literary activism today.

Even if you don't think you know the works of
Peter S. Beagle, you absolutely know of two. He wrote the screenplay for Ralph Bakshi's animated The Lord of the Rings, Part 1. And if you don't think that has some heft behind it, that was the movie that got Peter Jackson to read the frickin' books in the first place, and the rest is cinematic history.

Mr. Beagle was paid five thousand dollars for his script. That's all. No royalties, no nothin'.

You also might've seen a little classic known as The Last Unicorn. Adapted by Mr. Beagle from his book, voice cast from hell, beautiful Rankin-Bass animation, fan-frickin'-tastic piece of work. It's sold hundreds of thousands of copies on DVD.

For which Mr. Beagle has not been paid at all. No royalties, no nothin'.

Now, it's true that he's a soft-spoken, gentlemanly Good Guy. And it's also true that there are those who would happily stomp on Good Guys if it affords them profit.

That's where we come in.

For more information, and ways that you can help, visit Conlan Press. And thanks.

Thank you, Tom. Much appreciated. Peter would say you are definitely a mensch.

-- Connor Cochran
business manager for Peter S. Beagle
You're quite welcome, sir. And I'm not done. I cross-posted this to my LiveJournal, mentioned it at Eschaton, and I've got a couple of other places to hit with it. We'll at least make a start at somethin'.
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