Robert T. Garcia

Book Designer, Editor, Writer, Book Packager and Publishing Professional

Robert Garcia has been working in publishing since the 1980s. He learned typesetting from JDA Typesetting and how to write and design at Cinefantastique magazine. He was hired as a graphic designer at Mayfair Games and eventually became their Director of Advertising & Promotions. From there he went to First Comics where he soon became Senior Editor (mostly because his boss quit). At First he brought in some terrific editors & artists and created a few of their best-selling comics. (See the list of edited titles HERE.) After he left the comics company, he created Garcia Publishing Services which he and his wife Nancy operate today. http://gpsdesign.net



BATMAN: A CELEBRATION OF THE CLASSIC TV SERIES
Bob Garcia and Joe Desris

In November 2016, Titan Books released BATMAN: A CELEBRATION OF THE CLASSIC TV SERIES


“The Best Batman book ever!” — Julie Newmar

REVIEWS
"Batman: A Celebration of the Classic TV Series" by Bob Garcia & Joe Desris is a must-have for fans of the TV show. This wonderful treasure is stuffed with classic on-set and behind-the-scenes images, rare stills, production art, and more. The authors also provide seemingly endless and always interesting background on the beloved show…everything from the history of its production, casting, gadgets, the infamous batmobile (not to mention the other vehicles), the batcave, the parade of guest stars (and their recollections of their time on the show), and so much more. It even comes with its own Bat utility belt. Holy completeness!
- Kirkus Reviews

"Batman: A Celebration of the Classic TV Series is a wonderfully written ode to the legacy of the 1960s Batman series, with enough material to keep even the most die-hard fan interested until the very end.  A true celebration, made by fans for fans."
- Batman News

"4.5 out of 5 stars - A detailed and appropriately colourful tribute."
- SFX Magazine

"Enjoy full color looks at all of the villains and enjoy the innocence of a Dark Knight that was not dark at all."
 - Joblo gift guide

"I can't overstate enough just how much content is packed into Batman: A Celebration of the Classic TV Series and how wonderfully it's put together. There's an absolutely insane amount of interesting and new material for even the most die-hard of Batman fans to uncover, and it's all captured in a beautiful presentation...an absolute must own."
 - World's Finest
 

"This art book will speak to all Batman fans, especially those who grew up with the 1960's TV series, but also by those who
appreciate the character and his history as a live-action superhero."
- Entertainment Buddha

"There is so much information tucked into the pages...I found myself fascinated reading about actors, props, and set design."
 - Fangirl Nation

"Filled with classic images, and rare and previously unseen photos and production art from archives and the private
 collections of Adam West, among many others, this will be the definitive companion to the series, both for
long-standing fans, and newcomers discovering the show's charms for the first time."
- Forces of Geek


"One book that should be on that should be on every Bat-fan's coffee table"
- Batman Notes

"Though I never grew up watching the classic Batman series, I can see from Batman: A Celebration of the Classic TV Series how much of an impact this port from comic book to TV made for generations to come. In a world that we have filled with Marvel and DC movies and TV shows alike, it’s no surprise that Batman made the stepping stones for how influential comic books can be on society. Batman: A Celebration of the Classic TV Series is perfect for fans of new and old Batman alike, and anyone who is looking to enrich their mind in a stepping stone of comic book TV series history."
--Courtney Gamache, Gamers Sphere

"...now we have a beautiful coffee table book that looks into all aspects of the series....The book does what it sets out to do with ease - it’s a celebration of the camp series that is still the definitive representation of Batman for many of us. Hard core fans will probably not learn too much new from the text, but will devour the images and love the passion that has brought everything together. Retreat to your own personal Bat-cave with a copy and rediscover the series all over again."
- Starburst Magazine





WEINBERG TALES
American Fantasy and Tattered Pages Press will release WEINBERG TALES on April 21, April 2017
Edited by Douglas Ellis, Robert T. Garcia and Phyllis Weinberg
A tribute book for Robert Weinberg
Containing Weinberg's 13-part series: "Collecting Fantasy Art"; "My Life in Fantasy" and "A Dream of Mars"
Plus over 40 tributes and remembrances of Bob, illustrated with dozens of photos.
Cover by (Douglas Klauba after Virgil Finlay) / Back cover portrait by WEIRD TALES cover artist: Jon Arfstrom



Cover of THE COLLECTORS' BOOK
                      OF VIRGIL FINLAY

THE COLLECTORS BOOK OF VIRGIL FINLAY
In November of 2014, my American Fantasy Press released THE COLLECTORS' BOOK OF
VIRGIL FINLAY edited by Robert Weinberg, Doug Ellis and myself
.


“—possibly the most important art book of the year.” — LOCUS

A selection of LOCUS 2014 RECOMMENDED READING LIST

REVIEWS

"[TCBOVF]
gives fans of this premier pulp illustrator a privileged view into the collections of Finlay aficianados Robert Weinberg, Douglas Ellis, Glynn Crain and Robert K. Weiner. Robert and Nancy Garcia’s [private press] produced this book with loving care thanks to a successful crowdfunding effort. The collection was released at the World Fantasy Convention on the 100th anniversary of Finlay’s birth.
The 160 black and white illustrations here and 48 color pieces may provide the finest versions of Finlay’s fantasy, science fiction, and horror illustrations ever seen; they have been digitally cleaned and most are printed at their actual size,one per page.
Commentary is provided by Finlay experts Weinberg and Ellis, as well as capsule bios of the collectors, a brief bio of Finlay’s daughter Lail, and notes on the book by publisher Garcia. Bibliographies preface both the black and white illustrations and the color pieces.
Arguably the finest art book of the year, [TCBOVF] is probably difficult to find but worth seeking out for any one who enjoys Finlay’s exceptional work.” — Karen Haber, LOCUS



"The book is glorious from the start in not only having a thick cover but heavy paper pages and positively felt like I was holding a tome.,,, If you have a love of early SF art and especially Virgil Finlay then this book deserves a place in your collection and away from the coffee table where your friends might want to ‘borrow’ it. When you show them your copy, keep a firm grip on it. You won’t want to lose it."

—GF Willmetts, SFCROWSNEST.org.uk




WORLDS OF EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS
edited by Mike Resnick and Robert T. Garcia

In 2013, World of Edgar Rice Burroughs was released from Baen Books, edited by Garcia and Mike Resnick. It features all-new stories set in the varius worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs, by the authors: Joe R. Lansdale, Peter David, Mercedes Lackey, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, F. Paul Wilson, Todd McCaffrey, Ralph Roberts, and Richard Lupoff, plus the writing teams of Kevin J. Anderson and Sarah Hoyt; and Max Allan Collins and Matthew Clemens. It also contains Mike Resnick's "The Forgotten Seas of Mars" only published in ERB-Dom, many years ago, and the original issue has become a much sought-after ERB collectible.

The Trade Paperback and Mass-market Paperback are now Out-of-Print. But the e-book is still available from Amazon and Baen Books

Order it from Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Worlds-Edgar-Rice-Burroughs/dp/147673707X

REVIEWS

"Picking my favorite stories of the volume is really an exercise in choosing my favorite type of chocolate as I found all of the stories
highly entertaining and enjoyable. … I felt all of the authors definitely captured his style of writing while putting some of
their own unique spins on it but, being familiar with a good share of his work, it is somewhat difficult for me to say which stories would require less foreknowledge of the original material for a new reader to truly appreciate them. … It is my sincere hope that this volume is
successful enough to be the first of many such anthologies."

Nick Sauer: SFRevu

"These authors, one and all, have definitely captured the ERB magic. Anyone with fond memories of the Burroughs oeuvre
will surely enjoy this book. Anyone who’s wondered what the fuss is all about should give it a try. And for anyone who’s
unsuccessfully tried to read Burroughs (it helps to be 11 years old), The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs offers a perfectly
accessible entry point."

Analog Science Fiction and Fact

"All the authors are clearly familiar with the Burroughs canon, and deliver good yarns in the vein of the original
. ... A fun idea, well executed by all involved."

Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine

4 stars (out of 5)  "a fun tribute…"
Another Universe

"an enormous treat… In fact, just about the only thing this volume is lacking ,,, is a big Roman numeral “I” on the cover, as a
 clear signal that more such volumes are on the way. I’m imagining it there anyway, and I’m hoping for the best."

Open Letters Monthly (Steve Reads column)

"More fun than I've had [reading] an anthology in a long time."
DON D'AMMASSA's CRITICAL MASS

"Thanks to Baen and all the fantastic writers who made me feel like a teenager again as
I was able to revisit with a bunch of old friends."

THE BANYON REVIEW








Bob co-wrote two cover stories of double-issues at Cinefantastique: The Batman TV shows issue (with Joe Desris) and the Babylon 5 issue (with Frank Garcia). Both have become known as primary reference works on the subjects. He is writing a comprehensive history of fantasy films. The first volume—on silent films—is due to be published November of 2015.

He is the founder of American Fantasy Press. Nancy and he won the World Fantasy Press Award way back in 1983 for American Fantasy™ magazine. And in 2000, the press published the acclaimed award-winning novella The Man on the Ceiling by Steve Rasnic & Melanie Tem.
TMOTC went on to also win the IHG and the Stoker. The only story ever to do so. In 2012 the press published Mike Resnick's Stalking the Zombie. In 2014 it published The Collectors’ Book of Virgil Finlay. See what's still in print from American Fantasy Press at americanfantasypress.com

As a graphic designer, Bob has designed way over 100 publications from fine, illustrated editions to magazines to chapbooks and broadsides. You can see a credit list at gpsdesign.net/GPSCredits.html.


CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON

Garcia packaged Creature From The Black Lagoon by Vargo Statten for DreamHaven Books: researching and setting up the licensing from Universal. The novel had been published in the UK in 1954 upon the release of the film, and quickly fell out of print. 50 years later it had become one of the most sought-after collectibles associated with the movie. Copies sold for $1500 up to $6000. With the cooperation of the John Russell Fearn estate (Vargo Statten was a pseudonym of Fearn) and the work of the Licensing division at Universal, Garcia was able to set up the deal for DreamHaven to publish a new edition: the first US edition.

The entire project began after Garcia read an article in Filmfax about the "lost" novelization. He wondered why it had been so difficult to publish. He then had a marvelous dinner with Bob Eggleton and Marianne Partridge, where Eggleton said that he would jump at the chance to do a new cover. They sent up a tentative deal. Garcia then contacted Phil Harbottle, the executor of the Fearn estate, and within twenty-four hours Harbottle sent an electronic file of the book, as well as a terrific afterword on Fearn. With his years of working on licensed products at Mayfair Games to back him up, Garcia began to talk to Universal.

DreamHaven Books was soon on board, and upon the suggestion by publisher Greg Ketter, Garcia contacted David J. Schow for an introduction, and possibly some stills. Schow came up with so much more, proving essential in working on identifications and Creature contacts. More and more things began to fall into place.

The book became a journey that had Garcia bring together material from Florida to England to California, As a result, Creature From The Black Lagoon became something more than just a standard reprint edition. Now available from DreamHaven Books.



ELLISON— UNREPENTANT/HARLEQUINS


In 2010, Garcia edited and designed Harlequins, the Souvenir Book for MadCon 2010, (reputedly Harlan Ellison®'s last convention). The project also included a separate hardcover celebrating Ellison's career: Unrepentant, which contained the first half of Harlequins. Unrepentant featured
An illustrated bibliography of Ellison's fiction
An article on his history in television
An appreciation by Mike Richardson
The first hardcover printing of Ellison's Nebula Award-winning short story: "How Interesting: A Tiny Man"and much more.
Harlequins contained all-new work by Gene Wolfe, Peter David, Allen Steele, and more.



OTHER ANTHOLOGIES

Garcia is the editor of a few other anthologies:
Temporary Walls which he co-edited with DreamHaven Books' Greg Ketter (mentioned favorably in that years YBFH).
Chilled to the Bone, a horror anthology, in connection with Mayfair Games CHILL RPG. It sold about five thousand copies.
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