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 at Mayfair Games on the recommendation of his friend editor Cory Glaberson and eventually became their Director of Advertising & Promotions. From there he went to First Comics where he soon became Senior Editor. At First he brought in some terrific editors & artists and created some 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.
He was the co-author of two cover stories of double-issues at Cinefantastique: The Batman TV show 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 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 pre published Mike Resnick's Stalking the Zombie. Order from American Fantasy at americanfantasypress.com
As a graphic designer, Bob has designed 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 onboard, 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.
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
Garcia is the editor of a few other anthologies: