Author Archives: Doug

Animaniacs

Doug won an Emmy award for his work on Animaniacs. We’ll get more details later, but here’s a description swiped from Wikipedia:

Animaniacs is an American animated comedy television series created by Tom Ruegger. It is the second animated series produced by Amblin Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Animation. The show first aired on the Fox Network as part of its Fox Kids block from 1993 to 1995 before moving to The WB in 1995 until the series ended in 1998 as part of its Kids’ WB afternoon programming block. It initially ran a total of 99 episodes and one film, Wakko’s Wish.

Animaniacs is a variety show, with short skits featuring a large cast of characters. While the show had no set format, the majority of episodes were composed of three short mini-episodes, each starring a different set of characters, and bridging segments. Hallmarks of the series included its music, character catchphrases, and humor directed at an adult audience.

A reboot of the series was announced by Hulu in January 2018, with two seasons to be produced in conjunction with Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, expected to air starting in 2020.

Squadron

A review by Chuck Ott

Doug is known as an artist, animator and comics creator – in particular, he wrote and illustrated the Dynamo Joe comic series (ask any trufan comics guy about that!) and has an Emmy award for his work on Animaniacs. Squadron is a Thirties-style pulp adventure in the tradition of Doc Savage. A comet strikes the Earth! Mountains are raised through the middle of the Atlantic! Contact with Europe is lost, and only one intrepid airman flying an experimental plane, with a glamorous movie star/lady aviator at his side, has a chance of getting through! Evil empires! Air pirates! Many more exclamation points!

Cautions and caveats: If you’re a fan of Doc Savage, you can stop reading now – you need this book. If you haven’t been exposed to pulp fiction of the Thirties, you should know that Doug has gotten this period style down perfectly. It’s somewhat different than modern writing, and you might want to browse the book before buying. There are no other warnings – no sex, no gratuitous violence, nothing like that.

Dynamo Joe

(Doug is the author and illustrator of Dynamo Joe. We’ll get a better write-up later — for the moment, this is just swiped from Wikipedia.)

Dynamo Joe was a comic book series published by First Comics from 1986–1988. Created, plotted and drawn by Doug Rice, it was scripted first by John Ostrander then by Phil Foglio. Ben Dunn sometimes filled in for Rice on the art.

The series occurred in the future, involving a war in which three star-faring civilizations are being invaded by the alien and seemingly mindless Mellenares, huge green killing machines traveling in a straight line and destroying everything in their path. The brunt of the human defenses are giant, fusion-powered robots (“battle suits”) called “Dynamo Class Robosoldiers” and crewed by living individuals. These battle suits can be configured for either planetary or space combat, and contain or use a wide variety of weaponry. Dynamo Joe focuses on the crew of one such suit: Imperium soldier Elanian Daro and Tavitan (humanoid feline) mechanic Pomru Purrwakkawakka, and their critical contributions to the war effort. Dynamo Joe ranged in tone from action-packed space opera to slapstick humor.