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I'm Kevin Collier. I welcome you to beautiful Grand Haven, Michigan, a quaint port city along the Lake Michigan shoreline where my wife, Kristen, and I make our home.
I am an author of many books, illustrator of over 150 children's picture books and also engage in video editing and production work. Nearly 100 of my entertainment videos appear on several streaming TV channels and online.
Born April 27, 1957, I grew up in Muskegon, Michigan with an early interest in illustration and storytelling. At age 13 I wrote and illustrated comic books, which I sold to neighborhood children, and later published several offset print comic books. I also created comic strips for several West Michigan newspapers while working as artist/designer for our hometown newspaper from 1981 to 2015.
In 2004, I became a published author with my first book "barthpenn@heaven.org," a Christian tale of a boy who exchanged emails with an angel. I have written many genres of books including adventure, history, and the motion picture industry. I also author a series of animation books for Cartoon Research.
I am a person of faith, I trust in my Father for all things and appreciate everyone He has sent my way who have beneficially influenced my life. Special thanks to my beautiful wife, for her daily encouragement. I adore more every day.


Professional Associations and Services Directory
Co-Partner of Tangerine Sky Productions. Video Producer at Tangerine Sky Book Trailers. Facebook Character Creation and Design Page. My LinkedIn Page. My Twitter PageMy Facebook Author PageFacebook Character Creation and Design Page. Author for Jerry Beck's Cartoon Research, Member of The International Animation Film Association (ASIFA East), and founding member of The Winsor McCay Historical Committee of Spring Lake, Michigan. Recipient of graphic design awards from The Michigan Press Association, Associated Press and United Press International.



            FEATURED BOOK RELEASES            

Ralph Bakshi's 'Mighty Heroes' Declassified
A new book presented by Jerry Beck's Cartoon Research has just been released featuring Ralph Bakshi and his superhero series "The Mighty Heroes." In the book, "Ralph Bakshi's The Mighty Heroes Declassified," Bakshi shares memories of how the idea for the cartoon came out of nowhere during a meeting with CBS programming director Fred Silverman in early 1966. Bakshi, not part of the actual meeting, but there to set up a Terrytoons display, spoke up from the back of the room and pitched an idea for a comedy super quintet. It was Bakshi's first cartoon series in which he was the originator and director. "The Mighty Heroes" ran for 20 episodes from 1966-67, and had a brief reappearance in a 1987 episode of "Ralph Bakshi's The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse." Bakshi describes the production of the cartoon, and what it meant to his professional career in animation. A look at Terrytoons behind-the-scenes and tales about some of the individuals Baskhi worked with on the series. Included in the book are numerous photos, a complete cartoon episode guide, an index of all of their comic book appearances, and more. 60 paperback pages, retails for $7.95. Visit the book page.
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Inside Marx Brothers 'Love Happy' Movie
A new book has just been released pulling together magazine articles, movie reviews, and historic photographs and more to piece together the story of the final Marx Brothers movie, "Love Happy," released in 1949. The project began as a solo project for Harpo Marx written with Ben Hecht and produced by Lester Cowan, but unfolded into a Marx Brothers film when Chico was invited into the fold to assist him financially, and Groucho added to the story to assure distributors the movie would financially benefit them. The result was a project that pitted Harpo and Groucho against each other and swirled with scandals involving accusations of Hecht being a terrorist sympathizer and Cowan breaking the rules with advertising placement in what was supposed to be an entertaining film. A history of the production of the film is included, and many motion picture reviews published at the time. Also included in an October 1949 interview with Groucho Marx, where he mentions the movie. The book runs 48 8x10 pages and retails for $7.95. Visit the book page.
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Tim Matheson Shares 'Jonny Quest' Memories
A new book presented by Jerry Beck's Cartoon Research has just been released observing actor Tim Matheson's early career working as a voice artist for Hanna-Barbera cartoons. In the book, "Jonny, Sinbad Jr. and Me," Matheson shares memories of being the voice of Jonny Quest, Sinbad Jr., Young Samson and Space Ghost. The majority of the book celebrates and observes his first starring role in a series, "Jonny Quest." Matheson describes how he got the job playing Jonny, and what it was like working with Joseph Barbera, who mentored him, and iconic cartoon voice actors of the time. Matheson walks readers through the process of recording the voices for Hanna-Barbera, and recalls special moments with Mel Blanc, Don Messick and others. "Jonny Quest," which ran in prime-time from 1964-65, has been called the greatest television cartoon of all time. Matheson played the lead character in "Sinbad Jr. and His Magic Belt," completing 81 adventures. He was also one of the young teammates, Jace, in "Space Ghost," and played the lead in "Young Sampson and Goliath." The book runs 60 paperback pages, retails for $7.95. Visit the book page.
Exclusive Look at Gene Deitch's 'Tom Terrific'
Exclusively from the nation's premier animation source, Cartoon Research, released on August 19, 2017, is a new book, "The Amazing Transformations of Tom Terrific," featuring Tom Terrific cartoon series creator Gene Deitch. Making its debut in 1957, Tom Terrific, produced by Terrytoons, was a popular cartoon appearing on the "Captain Kangaroo" show. The animation classic ran two seasons, ending in 1958, but appeared until the mid-1960's courtesy of re-runs on CBS. The book, which includes extensive, exclusive memories from Tom Terrific creator Gene Deitch, presents a complete 26-title episode guide, and a biography of Lionel G. Wilson, the voice of Tom and all characters in the cartoon. Also in the book, which features many photographs and still frames from his cartoons, and a listing of comic books, coloring books, and storybooks, is an index of all 129 things Tom Terrific changed into during the series.  A special chapter is included outlining Deitch's parting ways with Terrytoons and the reasons why. The book issued by Cartoon Research (founded by Jerry Beck) is the second in a series I have written. It runs 80 pages  for $8.95. Visit the book page.

'Cap'n Crunch' Sets Sail
A new book guarantees to stay crunchy even in milk! "Jay Ward's Animated Cereal Capers" takes a look at the studio's cartoons created for the Quaker Oats company from 1963-1983. Explored are the origins of Cap'n Crunch, Quisp, Quake, Simon the Orange Quangaroo and King Vitaman. Also, the infamous Quisp and Quake popularity battle! Included is an episode title listing of all cartoon commercials. Many of the animated commercials are described and screenshots of those adventures presented. Did you know biologically the Cap'n is half Viking and half Native-American Indian? The book layout out the circumstances in which screenwriter Allan Burns created Cap'n Crunch, and goes inside the lopsided creation of Quisp and Quake by Ward studios and an advertising agency. On display are sketches during the creation of the character, animation cells, and inside stories of who created what, why and when. The book is the fourth in a series for Jerry Beck's Cartoon Research resource, runs 52 pages paperback, and retails for $7.95. Visit the book page.

'Silent' Horror Icon Speaks
A new book has just been released pulling together Lon Chaney interviews from 1917-1930, titled "Lon Chaney: In His Own Words." Silent film actor Ln Chaney, who paved the way for Universal Studios' 1930's horror classics, granted few interviews during his lifetime. Read what 'the man of a thousand faces' had to say about his life, career and film making. The collector's volume contains nearly 50 studio print photographs highlighting Mr. Chaney's most popular roles and best films. A title index of all of his films, from 1912-1930, is presented, with accompanying reproductions of selected movie posters and defines each role he played. Many of the photos are presented in full size, and represent such films as 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame,' 'The Phantom of the Opera,' 'Laugh, Clown, Laugh,' 'The Monster' and many more. The book, 8x10 inches, 48 paperback pages, retails for $7.95. Visit the book page.

Winsor McCay's Beginning
Before the 1917 animated classic "The Sinking of The Lusitania," there was another ship that went down Winsor McCay illustrated. It was a passenger steamer named The Alpena. The year was 1880. McCay was age 13 attending Sping Lake (Michigan) Union School. He created the illustration on the blackboard of his classroom. A local photographer snapped a picture of it. Prints were sold with McCay receiving a cut. The drawing became McCay's very first commercial illustration. It got the boy to thinking, perhaps I can make a living doing art. "Winsor McCay's The Sinking of The Alpena," presented by Cartoon Research, unveils the original photo, why he drew it, plus presents pictures of McCay's childhood school, home, and his true birth year. 30 big pages, $8.95. Visit MacCay's Alpena Page here.
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Ted V. Mikels Shares Life and Film Memories
Now available, “The Life and Cinema of Ted V. Mikels,” an iconic man who has made movies since 1963, with his first film, “Strike Me Deadly.” I interviewed Mikels extensively for six months exclusively for this authorized biography, corresponding hundreds of times to cover his entire life and all of his films. Mr. Mikels passed away on October 16, 2016 at the age of 87. His horror films have become cult classics, and he has rubbed elbows with some of the most famous actors and actresses in Hollywood during its heyday. Born the son of a butcher, Mikels created the grindhouse genre in the film industry, with his most popular films being “The Astro-Zombies,” “The Corpse Grinders,” and “The Doll Squad,” which Aaron Spelling ripped off to create “Charlie’s Angels.” The book follows his entire life story, and all of his motion pictures, along with a bonus of exclusive memories from James McEachin, Maureen Gaffney, Gary Kent, Leslie McRae, Francine York, Sherri Vernon, Rusty Meyers, Donna Hamblin, Beverly Washburn and more. Visit the book page here
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L. J. Pollard's Ebony Films
Just released is a new book, Luther J. Pollard: Ebony Film Corp., about the silent movie company the Ebony Film Corp., established in 1916, and which featured an all-black cast. Appointed president of the company was Luther Jay Pollard, the only African-American in the 46 investors that founded the corporation. The book explores how the company, misguided by capital-hungry white investors, launched a series of comedy shorts that came under criticism for their racist overtones. As a result, Pollard was appointed as company president, and tried to repair the damage and worked to remake and reshape the company. But with the outcry rising, the damage was already complete. The book follows the comedy to tragedy timeline of Ebony Film, presents a filmography and biography of Pollard. The book also features many photos. 60 over-sized pages, $8.95. Visit the book page.
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Silent Era's John Bunny talks
Just released is a new book, Film Comedian John Bunny: Funny Bunny, which explores the brief world of silent film star John Bunny, who worked for Vitagraph Films from 1909 to 1915. Bunny was a pioneer of comedy in silent films, paving the way for future comedians such as Jackie Gleason. Guest commentary is included from film historians Tony Susnick and Steve Massa. A look at Susnick's John Bunny documentary John Bunny: Film's First King of Comedy. Much of the book pulls together what John Bunny said about himself and his films in interviews. A brief biography of the comedian is included, and a biography of his most famous co-star, Flora Finch. A title listing of his comedy films is also featured, as well as dozens of photos from his films and special photos used for promotional purposes and press releases. Plus, an article about his funeral service. Visit the John Bunny book page here. Get the John Bunny documentary John Bunny: Film's First King of Comedy.
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                   OTHER NEW BOOKS RELEASED                   

Cartoon Research presents 'Dreamy Dud' book
Exclusively from the nation's premier animation source, Cartoon Research, released on July 20, 2017, is a new book about Wallace A. Carlson's "Dreamy Dud" series. Making its debut in the silent film age, Dreamy Dud was one of our nation's first film cartoon series. In the upcoming book, Wallace A. Carlson's Dreamy Dud, a biography of Carlson is presented, a complete Dreamy Dud episode guide and a Wallace A. Carlson complete filmography list of titles and years. Also in the book, which features many photographs and still frames from his cartoons, an article is reprinted where Carlson explains how he got into the business and how the animation process was achieved over 100 years ago. It was nothing like how they do it today. The book is part of a new series of books to be issued by Cartoon Research (founded by Jerry Beck) available from Amazon. The book also features commentary from animation historian Tommy Jose Stathes concerning Carlson, the Dreamy Dud character, and his Bray animation project. The book runs 40 pages and sells for $5.95. Visit the book page.

Fake News: Titanic Rescued!
Just released is a new book that focuses on the very first day of reporting regarding the R.M.S. Titanic's collision with an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean in April 1912. The day Titanic slipped below the ocean's surface in the early morning of April 15, 1912, "fake news reports" in newspapers across the United States were telling a different tale than the one we all know. For one day, the history of the plight of the Titanic was quite different. Between two covers, Fake News: The Rescue of the Titanic collects the news from that day and presents the alternate story - the first story - concerning Titanic: the liner was merely damaged, still afloat, being towed to Halifax and no lives were lost. All passengers had been rescued by ships responding to the accident. Learn how "pranksters" sent falsehoods via wireless that seemed like authorized reports changing the tale of Titanic's fate for one day. The paperback book runs 64 pages and features over 50 "fake news" stories published April 15. Visit the book page here. 

Roland West's 'Bat Man' Film
Now available is a new book exploring the making of director Roland West's 1926 classic silent movie, "The Bat." Originally written by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood, "The Bat" was a successful stage play in vaudeville before Roland West bought the rights to the work to make a motion picture. The result was a creepy who-done-it mystery that featured a masked, caped figure who prowled around at night. Bob Kane, the creator of the comic book hero Bat-Man, pointed to this movie, made 13 years before the caped crusader made his debut in Detective Comics #27 in 1939, as the inspiration for creating Bat-Man. The film presented a bat man character, who had a large cape, bat horns on his head, used a utility belt bag to climb as scale buildings, and even beamed a 'bat signal' announcing his presence. Thus, "The Bat" presents us with the very first Bat Man. Read about the book on The Batman Universe siteVisit the book page here.
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Silent Film Comedian Swain
Just released is a new book highlighting silent motion picture comedy star Mack Swain's Ambrose character and film series. Swain, born into a polygamist family in Utah, became ne of the early silent picture comedians, first working for Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios in 1914. Mack Swain: The Ambrose Years focuses on Swain's bumbling, womanizing character who stumbled through dozens of comedy shorts in the mid to late 1900's. Perfecting his dance and comedy skills in his teens performing in local theater, Swain then appeared in vaudeville and ended up owning his own theater and touring stage company, which featured his wife as a leading star. During his film career, Mack Swain starred in countless films with Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle and Chester Conklin. The book also presents a biography of Swain and mentions several of his other films of merit. Included are advertisements for the Ambrose series, reviews and news articles.  Visit Swain's book page here.
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Silent Film Star Billy Dooley
Just released is a fun and historic book on silent movie comedian Billy Dooley, who worked for Christie Films from 1925-1931 starred in a series of silly short films. Dooley began his career in vaudeville at the young age of 10 and developed a slapstick sailor character he named Billy Epson. Signed by Christie Films, Dooley starred in 28 short comedy films, his first being 'A Misfit Sailor.' The book includes a biography of Dooley, and a directory of all of his comedy shorts. Also included are dozens of promotional posters, lobby cards, promotional photos, published magazine advertisements, news clippings and motion picture frames from many of Dooley's films. The book also features biographies of supporting actors and comedians who appeared in films with Billy Dooley, as well as Billy Dooley's film appearances after his series appearing in bit roles in talking motion pictures. The book includes information on Grapevine Video's Billy Dooley DVD releases. Visit the book page.

Salisbury's 'The Eagle' Movie
Just released is a book looking at the making of Monroe Salisbury's 1918 silent Western motion picture 'The Eagle.' One on the silent era's lost films, this book reconstructs the movie using historical reports, photos and film advertisements. It also offers the only complete biography anywhere of actor Monroe Salisbury, who was a popular star in Westerns for a decade. The film also starred actress Edna Earle, who only appeared in silent films for one year, then vanished. The book examines Earle's life, as well as touching on other stars in the feature, Ward Wing and Alfred Allen. The book also looks at director Elmer Clifton and cinematographer Virgil Miller. Critics have called the motion picture pioneering, as it introduced the first American version of Robin Hood into movies. Oversized, $6.95 retail. Visit the book page.
Romance Novella by My Wife
How a Guardian Angel Helped my Marriage is a new book written by my wife Kristen Collier with some help from me, Kevin! A marriage revolution is underway in this country like never before! God is transforming marriages. How A Guardian Angel Helped My Marriage is the true story of wives for whom He has done just that. These stories have been fictionalized, but they are all true. Do not give up hope. Where there is life there is hope. If your heart is broken, if you know that your marriage should be better than what you're experiencing, this story will lift your spirits. The new book is the first book in a series published by Xian Chix Media, the chick lit division of Tangerine Sky Productions, which is overseen by Kristen. "Xian Chix Media is a boutique media group for hip Christian women. We are so much  more than what the world sees us," said Kristen Collier. Do you like love stories? Kristen is looking for wives to review the book: kristenlcollier@yahoo.com.  Visit the blog page here.
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                      BOOK TITLES IN THE WORKS                      

Mexico's Aztec Mummy trilogy
Coming soon is a new book focused on Mexico's Aztec Mummy horror film trilogy which was produced in 1957. The series, which starred Ramon Gay and Rosita Arenas and Luis Aceves Castaneda includes The Aztec Mummy, The Curse of the Aztec Mummy and The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy, was filmed in Mexico City. Two of the films in the series were dubbed in English by K. Gordon Murray and made available in the 1960's to American television. This book, The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy: An English Guide to Mexico's Aztec Mummy Movie Trilogy, presents an English story outline for all three movies, actor and actress biographies, history of the series and amusing trivia. The book also presents dozens of photos from the trilogy as well as a detailed listing of other Mexican films related to the series and exclusive content from the trilogy owner Peter Hamilton and film historian and Mexican cinema writer David R. Wilt. A fall release is planned and the book will run approx. 100 pages and cost $9.95. Visit the book page here.
Book to Explore Movie Mihmiverse
I am in the process of writing a new book about filmmaker Christopher R. Mihm, creator of critically acclaimed films such as "The Giant Spider," "Attack of the Moon Zombies" and "Danny Johnson Saves the World." Since 2006, Mihm has released 11 films, all entertaining, groundbreaking spoofs of classic horror and sci-fi films. Biographies of key actors and actresses that have appeared in St. Euphoria Pictures are featured. Titled "They Came from the Planet Mihm: The Universe of Christopher R. Mihm and a Decade of Movie Madness," the book will be published in late 2017.  Visit the book page here.


                        RECENT BOOKS OF MERIT                        

Robot Monster, Astro-Zombies, Winsor McCay


Check out my latest books "Robot Monster Diaries" and "Unmasking the Astro-Zombies" available from my Amazon Bookstore. "Robot Monster Diaries" looks at the 1953 classic sci-fi film featuring interviews from experts in cinema and the three surviving cast members in the movie. "Unmasking the Astro-Zombies" looks at the classic campy sci-fi film series by Ted V. Mikels, including interviews with Mikels and many actors who were in the series. Also, "Winsor McCay: Boyhood Dreams" is a new book that looks at pioneering animator and cartoonist Winsor McCay's boyhood years growing up in Spring Lake, Michigan. Don't forget to check out my reissued Christian title, "Randall's Sandals," in which a young boy comes into the possession of a pair of sandals believed to have been worn by Jesus Christ. Visit my Amazon Bookstore here!

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Illustration Services
I illustrate many books for authors each year and my illustration services are available upon request. I also edit and produce videos for books and other entertainment media at reasonable cost. Inquire how I can help you with your project. Check out examples of my artwork here: ART GALLERY 1, ART GALLERY 2.

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