Musa Publishing is elated to announce the release of Who Wacked Roger Rabbit by world famous author Gary K. Wolf. Internationally acclaimed animator Jacques Muller provided the illustrations along with Musa Art Director Kelly Shorten.
Eddie's a big fan of Coop. Of Roger? Not so much.
Now a sinister hoodlum is threatening to murder Coop if the movie gets made. Before long, Eddie, Coop, Roger, and the ever-glamorous Jessica Rabbit are embroiled in a mystery that could destroy Toontown. When Roger bites off more Toonish trouble than Eddie can swallow, the answer to the question Who Wacked Roger Rabbit? suddenly becomes no laughing matter.
"Even the Incredible Hulk calls Who Wacked Roger Rabbit? a SMASH!" –Stan Lee
Cooper inhaled so sharply he almost speared his own tonsil with his toothpick. From the confused and slightly worried look he threw Sands, I could tell he’d never considered that Toon method of mayhem.
Sands shook his head at Cooper and waggled his hand. “An extremely remote possibility. These are Toons. They’re not malicious. They wouldn’t hurt a human.”
Sands had obviously never heard about Judge Doom’s shenanigans. “Let’s get down to business, Barney. What’s my part in this?”
“I want you to act as Coop’s bodyguard. Make sure he’s kept safe from harm. You’ll stick with him around the clock until the movie finishes shooting.”
“You said he’s gonna be living in Toontown and shooting the movie there, too.”
“Forget it, Barney. I don’t go to Toontown. Not anymore. Not for any reason. Bad things always happen to me when I go to Toontown.”
“You’ll have help,” he said pleadingly. His canvas shoes were planted at the heels but swinging back and forth at the toe in a frenzied but perfectly choreographed rhythm, one shoe Fred, the other Ginger. Any second, I expected them to propeller themselves off the ground and send him flying down to Rio. “You wouldn’t be doing this alone. Coop’s co-star has volunteered to assist. Function as Coop’s co-bodyguard. So it would be the two of you together. That’s where I got your name. That’s who recommended you.”
I’ve got a secret admirer? An actress in Gary Cooper’s circle. A Hollywood glamour girl who likes her men rough and tumble. She came to the right guy. I’m as rough as one of Teddy Roosevelt’s Riders, and I’ve tumbled farther than a weed on the prairie. Coop stars with nothing but the swankiest babes. Lauren Bacall. Lana Turner. Ava Gardiner. Or my personal favorite, Grace Kelly. Could be interesting and cozy.
With maybe a little bit of snuggling thrown in for good measure.
“What’s her name?”
“Her?” Sands took smoking, a simple vice, to the level of major felony. He had five cigarettes going, two in his ash tray, one in each hand, one in his mouth. With that many working, he lost track of what was where. He reached up, scratched his head. His lighted ciggie touched his toupee. “Her. Interesting idea. Play it as a romance.” His toupee smoldered a little but didn’t flame. I guess yak hair must be fireproof. “No, I’m gonna stick with what I got. Hi, Toon! ’s a new kind of movie concept I invented. I’m calling it a buddy comedy. Two mismatched guys helping each other to solve a crime. One guy throws tight, hard, fast, and straight down the middle.” He nodded at Cooper. “The other pitches the screwball.”
Forget Lauren, Lana, Ava, and Grace. Cancel the intimate dinner for two. Muff the soft strings. Spill out the champagne. Sands was about to snuff the wistful candle illuminating my fantasy romance and swap it for a stick of dynamite.
“Coop’s co-starring with Roger Rabbit.”
His other kind of writing isn't as easily categorized. Gary calls it fantasy fiction. He was told early on by a marketing executive at a major publishing house that this kind of writing wouldn't sell. Because there was no place for it on the bookstore shelves. It's not a regular novel, not crime, not science fiction, not romance. He was wrong. Who Censored Roger Rabbit? did indeed get published. It went through sixteen printings, and became a visual reality in Disney/Spielberg's $950 million blockbuster film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The film won four Academy Awards and the Hugo Award. Walt Disney Pictures has also purchased film rights to the sequel novel Who P-p-p-plugged Roger Rabbit?
One of his newest novels The Late Great Show! is solidly in the Roger Rabbit style fantasy category. Those who enjoy Toontown tales will most assuredly like The Late Great Show!, too.
Gary K. Wolf currently lives in Boston, but regularly travels around the world.