Official Historian/Biographer for RANKIN/BASS PRODUCTIONS. His first book, THE ENCHANTED WORLD OF RANKIN/BASS: A PORTFOLIO (TIGER MOUNTAIN PRESS) has sold out of several editions. THE MAKING OF THE RANKIN/BASS HOLIDAY CLASSIC: RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (MISER BROS PRESS), which goes into detail of how a Rankin/Bass TV Special was made, also sold out of it’s first edition.
In the Fall of 2011, Rick wrote a book on his favorite RANKIN/BASS feature film MAD MONSTER PARTY (MISER BROS PRESS). It quickly sold out of two printings and was beautifully designed by Wes Garlatz. In 2012, Arthur Rankin, Jr., Wes Garlatz and Rick decided to celebrate the 15th ANNIVERSARY of THE ENCHANTED WORLD OF RANKIN/BASS: A PORTFOLIO with a lavish, high quality, expanded, large hardcover coffee table edition, which is the ultimate celebration of Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass’ films. Sadly, Arthur Rankin, Jr. passed away in January of 2014, and on what would have been his 90th Birthday – friends and family celebrated his life in Bermuda. Shortly after this celebration, Rick and Wes Garlatz released the softcover edition of The Arthur Rankin, Jr. Scrapbook: The Birth of Animagic, which features a celebration of Arthur’s life with pictures of friends and family from Bermuda and New York and Arthur’s original scrapbook he kept in Japan at Dentsu studios. The softcover sold out during the holiday season of 2014 and a hardcover edition was released in July of 2015 with 24 additional pages. All four books are available at www.miserbros.com.
Rick’s degree is in illustration and this came in handy when ENESCO CORPORATION called him up at a book signing and asked him to design and give direction for their classic RANKIN/BASS figurine lines. In 2003, he Co-Produced the CD soundtrack release of RANKIN/BASS’ SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN/FROSTY THE SNOWMAN with Patrick Milligan at WARNER MUSIC GROUP/RHINO and Co-Produced documentaries for the blu ray releases of The Year Without A Santa Claus and Mad Monster Party. He has consulted on many of the toy lines and has appeared at several comicons and book stores with www.timeandspacetoys.com. The restored ANIMAGIC figures of RUDOLPH and SANTA, were a result of his friendship with Kevin Kriess at TIME & SPACE and his pals at www.screen-novelties.com. At Christmas time, Rick appears on WLS radio, WGN radio, WGN-TV, CBS NEWS, ABC 7 CHICAGO TV, CBS EVENING NEWS, SVENGOOLIE on ME TV, and many radio and TV stations across the country. There are plans to make a feature length Rankin/Bass documentary with Producer/Director John Brickley.
In addition to his RANKIN/BASS work, he is the lead singer and guitarist for the band THE STARVING ARTISTS and has recorded with members of GIN BLOSSOMS. His music is available on ITUNES and other places, via his CD release Rick Goldschmidt Sings.
Since partnering with Rick Goldschmidt in 2008, Wes has been involved in all aspects of Rick’s creative ventures, starting with recreating the Rankin/Bass “TV” logo, which is used on this website’s homepage as well as all of the Rankin/Bass Books and T-Shirts.
From there, he created the MiserBros.com website, which he runs today and is currently developing a magazine style website called, “AnimagicMagazine.com“, dedicated to everything that is Rankin/Bass. Wes co-authored and designed the books The Arthur Rankin Jr. Scrapbook, The Making of Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town and The Daydreamer and the new book, Rankin/Bass’ Frosty the Snowman: 50th Anniversary Scrapbook as well as designing the 15th and 20th anniversary editions of The Enchanted World Of Rankin/Bass, and the Rankin/Bass’ Mad Monster Party.
He also redesigned the cover for the book, The Making Of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Wes has been active in the creative industry for over 25 years and has designed for many different professional sectors including apparel, retail, dining, healthcare and finance. In addition to his Rankin/Bass projects, he runs a design company called “StudioWes“, where he has worked for many large entities, which include, Disney, Chase, Cigna/HealthSpring, SCAN Healthcare, Billabong, Quiksilver, The International Swimwear/Activewear Market, LA Italian Kitchen, Hamburger Hamlet, Koo Koo Roo, Black Angus, Spoons, National Sports Grill and more.
When not working on projects, Wes enjoys spending time with his wife, Joan and his two girls, Sara and Samantha.