Chuck Jones: The Dream that Never Was. By Chuck Jones, Edited by Kurtis Findlay and Dean Mullaney (IDW Publishing, $49.99).
In the world of animation, fourtime Academy Award winner (and eight time nominee) Chuck Jones needs no introduction. We are all familiar with Pepe Le Pew, Marvin the Martian, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote and the other delightful characters he created. This volume tells the littleknown story of one character close to the artist’s heart, and yet likely unfamiliar to most. Crawford, an accident-prone seven-year old, didn’t make it to the Saturday morning television or Warner Bros. shorts universe. Instead, he ran as a short-lived newspaper strip in the late 1970s. This book documents the nearly three decades it took Jones to bring this character to the public. The gorgeous volume is filled with never-before-seen illustrations that document the fascinating story.