At 1 PM EST today (July 31st), Joe and Joan Clokey, son and daughter-in-law of Gumby’s creator Art Clokey, and the writers of our upcoming retrospective Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations, to participate in their first-ever Reddit IAma! Fans will be able to submit their questions, or follow-along by visiting https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/.
“Joan and I are so thrilled to participate in this Reddit IAmA,” said Joe Clokey. “Gumby, Davey & Goliath, my dad’s amazing and intriguing life, and all of the exciting things coming up in Gumby’s life are all on the tip of our tongues. We recently co-authored Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations, a book that explores all of this and so much more. We can’t wait to share this wonderful and inspiring history, as well as answer questions from Gumby fans around the world, so please join us for what is sure to be an….imaginative event!”
The Clokeys now run the Gumby companies, and have begun production on the next era of Gumby adventures, including the upcoming retrospective, Gumby Imagined: The Story of Art Clokey and His Creations, which is currently being financed through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. The retrospective explores the incredible behind the scenes story of the man whose vision for characters like Gumby, Pokey, Davey, and Goliath would go on to create many lasting childhood memories for generations of children. This fascinating pictorial history of Art Clokey and his creations features scores of never before seen images. It is a story that crosses decades and illuminates how the visionary storyteller developed some of the most enduring entertainment images and technologies of the 20th century. The comprehensive biography chronicals the tragedies and triumphs of an artistic genius’ life. It’s a true “American Dream” tale that takes an in-depth look at how Art’s life shaped the characters and stories he invented. From hard-hitting childhood struggles through the Great Depression; a dramatic turnaround brought about by a generous adoptive father; adventure; World War II behind enemy lines; partnerships made and dissolved; success and loss; love and the true meaning of family; each and every milestone was incorporated into the beautiful characters and art he created. This personal and inspiring story brings all of this together. For those interested in learning more, or backing the project please visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dynamiteent/gumby-imagined-the-story-of-art-clokey-and-his-cre.
To participate or follow along during this event, please visit https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA on today between 1 and 3 p.m. EST and select the IAmA under the Reddit username GumbyCentral.