No current personal appearances are scheduled—we look forward to the return of conventions and events. Please check this space for future dates. YouTube links to two recent online interviews are posted below. Enjoy!
Scott Tracy Griffin is available to speak on a variety of topics concerning American author Edgar Rice Burroughs, his immortal characters of literature, and their role in pop-culture history across media, including pulp magazines, novels, newspaper comic strips, comic books, film, radio, and television.
Tracy regularly moderates and participates in panels and presentations at genre events, such as Comic Con International in San Diego (annually since 2012); WonderCon (Anaheim/Los Angeles, CA); Los Angeles Comic Con/Comikaze Expo (Los Angeles); Westercon (San Diego, CA); the Gaslight Gathering (San Diego); ValleyCon (Fargo, ND); PearlCon (Van Nuys, CA), Nairobi Com-eCon (Nairobi, Kenya), and at the Edgar Rice Burroughs fan conventions held yearly at locations across the country.
Community organizations that have hosted Tracy’s talks include the Oak Park (IL) Library; the Santa Monica History Museum; the Santa Monica YMCA Y’s Mens & Womens Club; the Santa Monica Pier; the Hollywood Heritage Museum; the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden; the Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles; the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS); the Los Angeles Central Library; the Los Angeles Breakfast Club; the LA5 Rotary Club of Los Angeles; the Museum of the San Fernando Valley; the Tarzana Book Forum; the Encino/Tarzana Library; and the Tarzana Safari Walk in Tarzana, California, the San Fernando Valley town founded by author Burroughs and named for his famous character.
Academic settings for his presentations include the Tarzan Centennial Celebration at the Ekstrom Library at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, and the Tarzan Centennial Conference at Bridgewater College in Virginia.
Among the film screenings and special events in which he’s participated are the 2018 Burbank International Film Festival on behalf of Tarzan Revisited (Winner, Best Feature Documentary), which included a Q&A with filmmaker Robert de Young and actor Casper Van Dien; and a presentation at Larry Edmunds Bookstore in conjunction with a rare showing of 1918’s silent film Tarzan of the Apes at the historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
To contact Tracy to schedule a presentation or media interview, reply via the “Comments” link below.
HELPING UGANDA’S MOUNTAIN GORILLAS SURVIVE CORONAVIRUS
Humans aren’t the only species suffering from the Coronovirus pandemic. Great apes, elephants, rhinos, and other endangered and threatened African species are also imperiled by this disease and its effects on local economies and conservation efforts.
Mountain gorillas are a conservation success story, the only wild ape population that is increasing, up from a low of approximately 350 individuals in the 1980s. This entire population is wild; no mountain gorillas reside in zoos, and there is no captive breeding program. The largest group, more than 600, live in the 128-square-mile Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda
These populations are sustained by tourism revenue, which pays the salaries of park rangers and other conservation personnel, and is Uganda’s largest industry.
Rangers—in effect, bodyguards—for the apes engage in challenging and dangerous work, spending days in the bush to protect the gorillas and other wild animals from human predation.
With the loss of tourism revenue, ranger patrols have been cut by half, and the gorilla population is vulnerable to poaching as bush meat hunters and others illegally enter the formerly protected territory.
Fewer than 1,200 mountain gorillas remain in Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Rafiki, the silverback leader of a family group of 17 in Bwindi, was recently killed by a bush meat hunter, leaving his family without a patriarch and protector, at the mercy of human and animal predators.
Care for Rangers, a registered non-profit, will provide rangers with meal rations, first aid kits, and protective gear, so that patrols across Uganda can be restored to their former levels until tourism can resume. Please visit our website and consider donating.
We are seeking social media influencers and celebrities to promote this conservation campaign. For more information, please see https://www.rangercare.org/
Tarzan on Film
“Scott Tracy Griffin’s Tarzan on Film Is a Pure Delight” – Michael Sellers, thetarzanfiles.com
“Tarzan on Film is remarkable in its comprehensiveness, offering detailed histories of every single production, including behind-the-scenes stories, public responses and insight into how the legend changed over the years.” – Brian Tallerico, rogerebert.com
“Mr. Griffin is probably one of the most knowledgeable Tarzan experts on the planet and he is the perfect guy to write this book.” – Greg Hatcher, Atomic Junkshop
“The entries are informative, giving a concise overview as well as enough detail to demonstrate what makes the film stand out among the long-running franchise. Tarzan on Film walks that fine line between being comprehensive without being caught up in the minute. Griffin is a true expert, but easily threads the needle to bring the most value to any reader.” – Ryan Silberstein, Cinedelphia.com
“Tarzan on Film is both intriguing and pretty: enticing and genuinely informative enough to keep any fan happy.” – Win Wiacek, Now Read This!
“Griffin’s book takes a thorough and surprisingly in-depth look at its subject, making this an essential purchase for either Tarzan enthusiasts or those interested in learning more.” – Brian Eggert, Deep Focus Review
“This handsome oversized book is the perfect companion to the filmic adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ vine-swinging hero, lavishly illustrated – and (a particular pleasure) boasting large size, colour reproductions of all the glorious posters the films have enjoyed over the years.” – Barry Forshaw, DVD Choice
“Tarzan on Film by Scott Tracy Griffin is an essential coffee-table book for anyone who is a fan of the loin-clothed man of the apes. In this wonderfully illustrated book, Griffin gives comprehensive backgrounds and descriptions of every time Tarzan has appeared in popular media from the original Tarzan of the Apes to this year’s The Legend of Tarzan.” – Austin Widmyer, Entertainment Buddha
“Tarzan on Film is great resource, highly recommended for fans of Burroughs’ character as well as those with an interest in Hollywood history.” – Gordon S. Miller, Cinema Sentries
“Tarzan fans and cinephiles will clearly enjoy this all out Tarzan on Film book.” – Stephen Jang, Retrenders
“Tarzan cinephiles are sure to go bananas.” Matt Litten, VG Bloggers
Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration
“The highest compliment a reader can pay to Griffin’s enormous work here is that it would be every bit as entertaining if it were an unillustrated work of black-and-white prose.” – Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Monthly
“The book offers an in-depth history of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ creation courtesy of Scott Tracy Griffin, probably one of the best Burroughs scholars out there. Griffin gets in-depth but stays breezy enough for casual fans to enjoy his text.” – Dan Seitz, Uproxx
“I really can’t say enough good things about Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration. With so much information, so many great photos and pieces of artwork, backed up by Griffin’s obvious authority and appreciation for the character, this is the definitive book on the legend of the ape man.” – Rob Lammle, Top Hat Sasquatch
“Published by Titan Books, it is an eye-dazzling, mind-blowing collection of cover art and descriptive essays all about the world’s most famous fictional character. Author Scott Tracy Griffin, a Tarzan expert who is said to live within vine-swinging distance of Tarzana, Calif., has done a magnificent job of putting all this together.” – John M. Whalen, Amazing Stories
“Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration is a must buy if you ever loved Tarzan. The book is a perfect way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the jungle man’s first appearance.” – Corinna Lawson, Wired.com
“Griffin not only writes great content for anyone who has ever been a fan and is curious about the history, but he also builds a timeless collection and presents the material in chronological order . . . the quality of this book as a collector’s item is unmatched. It’s a brilliant hard cover.” – ComicHype
“A remarkable piece of work which succeeds in being both a lavish treasury of Tarzan images and a comprehensive guide to the character on his 100th birthday. Worth standing on the top of a waterfall and doing a jungle cry about!” – Matt Adams, The Herts Advertiser
“Griffin clearly did his research, but instead of just listing off a litany of information about the book, he provides a deeper understanding of this deeply American literary establishment.” – Geek Mundo
“Regular AICN readers know that Titan usually knocks books of this ilk out of the park. Even taking into account Titan’s lofty pedigree, TARZAN: THE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION emerges as magnificently presented, stunningly laid out, and beautifully guided by author Griffin & Co. This may be the company’s best work yet” – merrick, aintitcool
With the full cooperation of Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc., Titan Books is publishing the only official commemorative visual history of Tarzan. Lavishly illustrated and with fascinating insight into every element of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ extraordinary legacy, Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration commemorates 100 years of Tarzan tales, television, movies and memorabilia.
Tarzan remains one of the most recognizable pop-culture icons in the world with over 40 million Edgar Rice Burroughs novels sold worldwide, in 37 languages, including Braille and Esperanto.
In Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration internationally-acclaimed Edgar Rice Burroughs expert Scott Tracy Griffin explores the 24 original novels and the many varied appearances on stage, screen and in print. Each receives a detailed commentary, illustrated with some of the most evocative and beautiful artworks, illustrations and photographs, many rarely seen in print before.
Featuring an introduction from the great screen Tarzan, Ron Ely, and extensive commentary on all aspects of the Tarzan franchise, this visual treasure trove of classic comic strip, cover art, movie stills, and rare ephemera is a true celebration of the Lord of the Jungle’s 100th birthday.
Senior Commissioning Editor, Laura Price, acquired the rights from Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. She said, “It’s an incredible collection of beautiful artwork from dozens of acclaimed artists. Tracy Griffin’s insight into Burroughs’ work, life, and most-famous creation makes fascinating reading and is full of insight and humour. We’re delighted to be celebrating the centenary of such an immensely beloved cultural icon as Tarzan.”
Scott Tracy Griffin is considered one of the foremost Edgar Rice Burroughs experts in the world, with 30 years of articles appearing in magazines, journals, academia and fanzines, Griffin lives within swinging distance of Tarzana, California.
Ron Ely is best known for portraying Tarzan in the 1966 NBC series Tarzan and for his lead role in the 1975 film Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze.
* £29.99, US$39.95 * Hardback * 324mm x 253mm *
* Colour Illustrations throughout * 320pp *