Although he adored The Smurfs animated series as a child, Murray lost his connection as he got older - until he was tasked with curating the 2006 exhibit Saturday Morning: Art and Artifacts From a Golden Age of Television. During the research process for that show, he amassed enough information on the Smurfs to prepare a lecture he entitled "Smurfology 101" which he used to introduce a 30th anniversary screening of The Smurfs and the Magic Flute at MoCCA. He jokingly billed himself as a "Smurfologist" and decided to run with the title from there.
|At the 2006 "Smurfology 101" MoCCA lecture.|
In 2007, he was contacted by New Wave Media about participating in the special features for the DVDs of Hanna-Barbera's Smurfs cartoon. Besides lending the producers his notes on the history of the property, he was interviewed for the documentary "I Smurf the Smurfs" which can be found on The Smurfs: Season One, Volume 2. Murray is currently the "Smurf Consultant" on Papercutz' series of Smurfs graphic novels which began to see publication in the Fall of 2010.
|With Veronique Culliford in November 2010.|
In addition to his Smurfology work, Murray is an occasional pop culture blogger and a collector of original comic, cartoon and animation artwork. He lives in Bethlehem, PA with his cat who is not named Azrael.
You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org