About Hasslein Books
Hasslein Publishing, a New York-based publisher of reference guides by geeks, for geeks, is named after Doctor Otto Hasslein, a time-travel expert portrayed by actor Eric Braeden in the film Escape from the Planet of the Apes. The company, co-founded by Paul C. Giachetti and Rich Handley, publishes unauthorized genre-based reference books. Many new titles are coming your way soon—"LIKE" us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed regarding all Hasslein projects.
Meet Our Founders
Rich Handley (Editor, Co-founder)
- Timeline of the Planet of the Apes: The Definitive Chronology (2008)
- Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia (2010)
- A Matter of Time: The Back to the Future Lexicon (2012)
- Back in Time: The Back to the Future Chronology (2013)
- All Hasslein Books titles
Rich Handley is the editor of Hasslein Books and the author or co-author of Timeline of the Planet of the Apes, From Aldo to Zira—Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes, Back in Time: The Back to the Future Chronology, A Matter of Time: The Back to the Future Lexicon, and the novel Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes. He is currently co-editing and contributing to an officially licensed Planet of the Apes short fiction anthology for Titan Books. Visit Rich's Amazon Author Page at www.amazon.com/author/handleyrich.
Rich has co-edited five essay anthologies to date for Sequart—The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes; Bright Eyes, Ape City: Examining the Planet of the Apes Mythos; A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe; A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Exploring Star Wars Comics; and A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe. He has also contributed essays to each volume, in addition to contributing to Sequart's New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics.
In addition, Rich has contributed numerous fiction and non-fiction works to Lucasfilm's Star Wars franchise. A former columnist and reporter for Star Trek Communicator magazine, he has also written for Star Trek Magazine, Cinefantastique, Movie Magic, Sci-Fi Invasion, Cinescape, Dungeon/Polyhedron, Bleeding Cool Magazine, and more. By day, he is the managing editor of RFID Journal and IOT Journal magazines. Somehow, he occasionally manages to sleep.
The Hasslein Family
Toledo, Ohio, native Becky Beard has worked as a musician, as an actor and as a dancer. She is a contributor to Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters and Toledo Free Press, and is currently working on an adaptation of Manly Wade Wellman's tales of John the Balladeer for Sequential Pulp Comics. Becky's love of monsters was instilled in her at an early age by a father who would shamble after her á la Kharis (from Universal Studios' 1940s Mummy series ), much to her terror and delight.
A native Toledoan, Jim Beard was introduced to comic books at an early age by his father, who passed on to him a love for the medium and the pulp characters that preceded it. After decades of reading, collecting and dissecting comics, Jim became a published writer when he sold a story to DC Comics in 2002. Since that time, he's written Star Wars and Ghostbusters comic stories, and has contributed articles and essays to several volumes of comic book history. Recently, he edited a book of essays about the 1966 Batman TV series, titled Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters. Currently, Jim provides regular content for Marvel.com, the official Marvel Comics Web site; is a regular columnist for Toledo Free Press; and is also writing a book about the comics industry during the decade that made him the huge fan he is today—the 1970s.
- 2002—HAWKMAN SECRET FILES(DC Comics)—all profile pages
- 2003—JLA/JSA SECRET FILES(DC Comics)—"Stormchasers" (story) and 5 profiles
- 2003—STAR WARS TALES #15 (Dark Horse)—"Falling Star" (story), chosen from among three decades of SW stories to appear in the 2008 hardcover collection, LUKE SKYWALKER, LAST HOPE FOR THE GALAXY
- 2008—ALL-STAR COMPANION VOL. 3 (TwoMorrows)—"The One That Got Away" (text piece)
- 2008—FLASH COMPANION(TwoMorrows)—nine text pieces
- 2008—HAWKMAN COMPANION (TwoMorrows)—six text pieces
- 2009—ALL-STAR COMPANION VOL. 4 (TwoMorrows)—"All-Star Funny Stuff" (text piece)
- 2010—GHOSTBUSTERS: CON-VOLUTION(IDW Publishing)—one-shot co-written with Keith Dallas
- 2010—GOTHAM CITY 14 MILES (Sequart)—editor and essayist
- 2005 to present—Marvel.com—writer
- 2005 to present—Toledo Free Press—writer
Joseph F. Berenato
Thanks, in no small part, to his mother's influence-or brainwashing, depending on one's point of view-Joe began, by age three, a life-long love affair with comic books, monster movies and science fiction. Hailing from Hammonton, NJ, Joe obtained a B.A. degree in English and spent four years as the entertainment editor of The Hammonton Gazette before returning to his roots at his family's blueberry farm. In 2010, Joe was a contributor to Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters. Besides his writing and editing duties for Hasslein, Joe is spearheading and contributing to New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics, due in 2014 from Sequart Research and Literacy Organization. He is a graduate student at Rowan University, and is slated to obtain a Master of Arts in Writing in 2015. In what little spare time he has, he serves as an administrator, art director and content contributor at Atomic Wanderers.
Jean-François (JF) Boivin collaborated on Echoes of the Jedi—the fourth adventure of the Dawn of Defiance campaign for the Star Wars Roleplaying Game—with Abel G. Peña. He is a founding member of the Star Wars Fanboy Association, and contributes comics reviews for TheForce.Net. Boivin was listed in the acknowledgements for Ann Margaret Lewis' The Essential Guide to Alien Species, as well as Ryder Windham's Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force.
Steve Cafarelli is a professional web developer and designer, musician, and writer who maintains Hasslein Books' Web site. Full biography coming soon.
COVER AND INTERIOR ILLUSTRATOR:
- All Hasslein Books titles
Pat Carbajal, the cover and interior illustrator for Hasslein Books' various titles, started as a political cartoonist for national newspapers in Argentina, then worked on realistic portraits for financial newspaper Ambito Financiero. He started producing art for the American market in 2007, with covers for Adamant Entertainment's Tales of Fu Man Chu and Foe Factory: Modern. In 2009, Pat painted the cover for Bluewater Productions' Female Force: Sarah Palin, followed by biographical comics on Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Al Gore, Ted Kennedy and Colin Powell, in the Political Power series. Rock stars were next, including Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix, in Rock and Roll Comics: The Sixties, as well as Ozzy Osborne, AC/DC and Guns n' Roses, in Rock and Roll Comics: Rock Heroes. The first graphic novel illustrated by Pat was Bluewater's Allan Quatermain, written by Clay and Susan Griffith. Together with the Griffiths, he created "The Raven" for Bluewater's horror comic, Vincent Price Presents, in which he debuted as a writer.
Joseph Dilworth Jr.
Joseph Dilworth Jr. has been writing ever since he could hold a pencil. Back then, it was one of those big, red pencils, the Faber-Castell Goliath. Remember those? Now, that was a pencil! He has been writing for the Internet for nearly ten years, and for six years he served as founder, editor and lead writer for Pop Culture Zoo. At PCZ, Joe wrote numerous reviews, conducted many highly acclaimed interviews and offered fair and balanced opinions about numerous topics. He is currently co-host of The Flickcast's weekly podcast, is contributing two essays to the upcoming book The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes from Sequart Organization and regularly blogs about TV at Long Island Pulse Magazine. He firmly believes that Doctor Who is the greatest show ever created, period, and Cinema Paradiso is his favorite film. Joe resides in the Pacific Northwest, where he spends time with his family, brews beer, writes, reads and expresses his opinion to whoever will listen. Just be warned: never, ever feed him after midnight. You can often find him on Facebook or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthew J. Elliott
- Lost in Time and Space: An Unofficial Guide to the Uncharted Journeys of Doctor Who (2014)
- Detours in Time And Space: An Unofficial Guide to The Uncharted Journeys of Doctor Who Spinoff Fiction (2017)
- Panic! An Unofficial And Highly Disreputable (though Not Wholly Inaccurate) Companion to Douglas Adams' Frequently Contradictory Hitchhiker's Saga (2017)
Matthew is probably best-known as a writer/performer on RiffTrax.com, the online comedy experience from the makers of cult sci-fi TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K to the initiated). He is the author of Sherlock Holmes on the Air and the editor of several collections of H P Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard collections for Wordsworth Editions. His short story Art in the Blood can be found in The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries 8. Other short fiction and articles have appeared in the pages of SHERLOCK, Total DVD, The Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine and Scarlet Street. To date, Matthew has written more than 200 plays for U.S. radio, including episodes of The Twilight Zone, Vincent Price Presents, Wrath of the Titans, The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Allan Quatermain, Logan's Run, Raffles the Gentleman Thief, The Father Brown Mysteries, Kincaid the Strangeseeker, The Adventures of Harry Nile, The Perry Mason Radio Dramas, Fangoria's Dreadtime Stories and the Audie Award-nominated New Adventures of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer. He is the creator of The Hilary Caine Mysteries, which first aired in 2005. He also writes comic books for Bluewater. Matthew does nothing in his spare time, because he doesn't have any.
James McFadden has written more than a dozen articles for the United Kingdom's Official Star Wars Fact File, as well as the article "The Forgotten War" for StarWars.com. In addition, James has contributed to a number of fan Web sites. His first book, Fighting for Freedom: The Unauthorized G.I. Joe Chronology, is coming soon from Hasslein Books.
Greg Mitchell is a screenwriter and novelist living in Northeast Arkansas, and is the author of The Strange Man (The Coming Evil). His short stories have seen publication in The Midnight Diner, as well as in the upcoming Bigfoot Among Us anthology, from Coscom Entertainment. Greg offered contributions to the Star Wars mythos through Lucasfilm's What's the Story campaign at StarWars.com, and served as a writer for HalloweenComics.com, where he created original tie-in material for the Halloween license based on the classic John Carpenter film. He is currently writing Back in Time: The Unauthorized Back to the Future Chronology for Hasslein Books—and he still wonders what the heck a gigawatt is.
Matt Orsman draws pictures. He's been working as a professional cartoonist and designer since 1986, and his graphic design has contributed to the successful completion of three major motion pictures: the first Transformers and Iron Man films, and Get Smart. His work was actually seen ON SCREEN in all three films—and, in the case of Get Smart, it graced the key art (read: movie poster), too!
Matt is also the producing director of CathARTic Art and Film Events, LLC, an organization that puts on workshops, screenings, forums and art shows based on film genres, such as horror, sci-fi, Westerns and film noir.
Alan J. Porter
- The James Bond Lexicon: 007 in Movies, Novels and Comics (2015)
- The Lexicon Affair: The Guide to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Upcoming)
Alan J. Porter has been a regular writer on various aspects of popular culture and technology for more than fifteen years, with magazine articles published in Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States. He is the author of Batman: The Unofficial Collectors Guide (Schiffer Books), Before They Were Beatles: The Early Years 1956-1960 (Xlibris), James Bond: The History of the Illustrated 007(Hermes Press) and Star Trek: A Comic Book History (also from Hermes Press). In addition, Alan has contributed to more than 10 other book titles. His comic book credits include God Shop (Tokyopop) and Disney/Pixar's The World of Cars series for BOOM! Studios, plus several corporate comic projects. His technical book titles include Wiki: Grow Your Own for Fun & Profit (2010) and The Content Pool (2011), both published by XML Press. He is also an editor-at-large at RevolutionSF.com
Gillian Porter has pursued several interesting careers, from medical laboratory scientist to paralegal in a criminal law office, to working in local government. Along the way, she has also spent many years supporting, and helping out with, her husband Alan's writing career, with reviews, critiques, notes and proofreading. Now it's time for her to join him on the front cover as co-writer of The James Bond Lexicon, where she is focusing on the Bond novels of John Gardner, plus the Young Bond and Moneypenny Diaries series.
- Messing with Telemarketers (2016)
What I do: Owner, lead content writer, editor-in-chief and site admin, Messing With Telemarkers
What I do to actually make money: Remodel project manager for 7-Eleven
Hometown: Plano, Texas (suburb of Dallas)
Believe it or not, I make my living as a project manager for a large company with locations all over the world. My job focuses on construction projects in the United States and Canada, and has me traveling quite frequently. In early 2012, I spent about six months traveling back and forth from Dallas to San Diego for a series of renovations I was overseeing. I usually would leave on Monday and return on Friday. Depending on how weekends went, I would sometimes have to quickly repack my bag Sunday night, or even on Monday morning.
Now, I used to be very overweight. I'm still overweight, don't get me wrong, but I mean really overweight. As in, at one point in my life, I had gotten up to 365 pounds. When you are six feet tall, 365 pounds is pretty obese. By the time the projects in 2012 had rolled around, I had dropped just over 80 pounds and was down to 285 pounds. I had dropped three clothing sizes, and had gotten rid of most of the clothing that was from my 365-pound days. Except, of course, for one pair of black slacks. They hung in my closet, and every so often I would take them out and put them on in the morning while getting ready for work. I would realize that it was "those" pants again, take them off, and throw them on the bed, intent on getting rid of them that evening. They would invariably end up falling on the floor and being scooped up into a laundry basket, rewashed and hung back in my closet. The cycle would then begin anew, until one Monday, I scooped them up into my luggage as I rushed to the airport to make my flight.
Four days passed, and I got ready to do my site visits on Friday before catching my plane back to Dallas. In a hurry, I put the super-sized trousers on and realized what I had packed. My two other pairs of slacks had had things spilled on them and couldn't be re-worn, and my only other pair of pants available were jeans which I could not wear to the site due to executives visiting this week. So after cinching up my belt, I found that, while they were a bit baggy, as long as I kept my belt on I would be fine. I went to the site visits, had a productive day, and then went to the airport to catch my flight home.
I got to the airport security line, and was putting items in the X-ray bin when I remembered about the pants. I took the belt off and put one hand in my pocket to hold them up as I approached the screening point. They were letting people through the metal detector and not the body scanner! Thank God! Then, as I approached, the TSA agent held up a hand to stop me before waving me over to start screening back up at the body scanner. I knew that once I pulled my hand out of my pocket, these pants were not going to resist gravity for more than about two seconds. I was shuffled into the body scanner, where the TSA agent told me to put both hands over my head for the screening.
So I did. I cocked out both knees in an attempt to keep my pants from falling down. The TSA agent watching the scanner told me to stand up straight. So I did. As soon as I did, my pants dropped to my ankles. Looking down, I was happy to find that today was a boxer day. People in line behind me snickered and gasped, but the best reaction was from the female TSA agent.
THEM: Sir, I need to check a… OH MY GOD!!!
ME: Yep… So…
THEM: WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR PANTS?!?!?
ME: You took my belt, so they fell down.
THEM: I need to get my supervisor!!!
ME: Can I pull up my pants?
THEM: WAIT HERE! I need to get my supervisor.
ME: Does this preclude me from pulling up my… and you're leaving…
She ran off to find the supervisor, and returned with him before I could make my third loud crack asking if it was drafty in here to anyone else. The supervisor allowed me to pull my pants up before hearing my explanation. He laughed, made a joke about how I was obviously not hiding anything, and let me go on my way.
Brian J. Robb
Brian J. Robb is a New York Times/Sunday Times best-selling author. Among his works are Timeless Adventures: How Doctor Who Conquered TV (Kamera, 2009), A Brief History of Star Trek (Constable & Robinson, 2012) and A Brief History of Star Wars (Constable & Robinson, 2012). He has also written Silent Cinema (Kamera, 2007), Counterfeit Worlds: Philip K. Dick on Film (Titan, 2005) and Screams and Nightmares: The Films of Wes Craven (Titan, 1998). Brian is a biographer of River Phoenix (Plexus, 1994), Heath Ledger (Plexus, 2008), Brad Pitt (Plexus, 2001), Johnny Depp (Plexus, 2006) and Keanu Reeves (Plexus, 2003), among others. He has also written books about Laurel and Hardy (Pocket Essentials, 2008), Ridley Scott (Pocket Essentials, 2005) and James Cameron (Pocket Essentials, 2002). His recent work includes A Brief Guide to Superheroes for Running Press, as well as Middle-earth Envisioned: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: On Screen, On Stage, and Beyond (with Paul Simpson) for Race Point Publishing.
- Who Beyond 50: Celebrating Five Decades of Doctor Who (2015)
- Fifty Years of the Final Frontier: The Golden Age of Trek (2016)
Paul Simpson has written official guides to the TV series Farscape and Smallville, in addition to the films The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. He has also authored unofficial books about subjects as diverse as James Bond, Nicole Kidman and the TV series The O.C. Paul wrote an unofficial guide to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, as well as That's What They Want You to Think for Zenith Press. A regular visitor to film and TV sets, he has reported for numerous newspapers and magazines, including TV Guide. For five years, he was the editor of the official licensed Star Trek Magazine. Paul's recent work includes A Brief Guide to Oz for Running Press, as well as Middle-earth Envisioned: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: On Screen, On Stage, and Beyond (with Brian J. Robb) for Race Point Publishing.
The Hasslein Bloggers
- Greg Bakun (http://www.from-the-archive.co.uk)
- T. Scott Edwards (http://timelordapprentice.blogspot.co.uk)
- Edward M. Erdelac (http://emerdelac.wordpress.com)
- Rocko Jerome (http://atomicwanderers.com)
- Mark Martinez (http://www.startrekcomics.info)
- Abel G. Peña (http://www.abelgpena.com)
- Ben Smith (http://www.comicscube.com/search/label/Back%20Issue%20Ben)
- Duy Tano (http://www.comicscube.com)