A list of my favorite cartoon creators, directors, and comic book and comic strip illustrators.
Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Matt Groening did not particularly like school, which is what originally turned him towards drawing. In the mid-1980s, he moved to Los Angeles and started drawing a comic strip named "Life in Hell", which eventually became published in the newspaper where he worked. In 1988...
Trey was born in Conifer, Colorado, on October 19, 1969 to Randy Parker
, a geologist, and Sharon Parker, an insurance broker. He has an older sister, Shelley Parker. He met Matt Stone
(co-creator of South Park
) while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he had a double major of music and Japanese...
Tom Ruegger is the fourteen-time Emmy-winning producer and creative force behind many of the most popular and successful animated television series of all time, including Tiny Toon Adventures
and Pinky and the Brain
to name only a few. Over the last decade, Mr. Ruegger served as the executive producer and chief creative executive at Warner Bros...
Tex Avery was a descendant of Judge Roy Bean and Daniel Boone, but all his grandma ever told him about it was "Don't ever mention you are kin to Roy Bean. He's a no good skunk!!" After graduating from North Dallas High School in 1927, Avery moved to Southern California in 1929 and got a job in the harbor...
Born in San Diego, California, the young Robert Clampett was monumentally moved as a child by the film The Lost World
, inspiring him to create a sea-serpent sock-puppet that he used in puppet shows to entertain the neighborhood kids. This led him to create a stuffed Mickey Mouse toy, which became a prototype for the first mass-produced Mickey Mouse doll...
Starting as a cel washer, Chuck Jones worked his way up to animator and then director at the animation division of Warner Bros. He is famous for creating such beloved cartoon characters as Wile E. Coyote, Henery Hawk, Pepé Le Pew, Marvin the Martian, Ralph Wolf, Road Runner, Sam Sheepdog, Sniffles, and many others...
Friz Freleng was born Isadore Freleng on August 21, 1906 in Kansas City, Missouri. With no formal training in drawing, his first job as an animator was with United Film Advancement Services in 1924 at the age of 17. The first work Friz is credited with was for Disney Studios where he worked as an animator on the "Alice" series in 1927...
Robert McKimson was born on October 13, 1910. He started his career in animation, along with many others, as an artist for Walt Disney's Oswald the Rabbit in 1928. After Disney went to produce Mickey Mouse cartoons, Hugh Harman & Rudolph Ising went to Warner Brothers to direct and co-produce cartoon shorts...
Genndy Tartakovsky was born and raised in Moscow, USSR. He and his family moved to Chicago, IL when he was 7 years old, after his father defected to the US. His interest in comic books and animation led him to study animation at CalArts in Los Angeles. While he was there he produced two student films...
Born June 6, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, Paul Germain grew up in Los Angeles and San Diego. He attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, where the hippie movement still lingered, and the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated with a B.A. in economics in 1980. Germain attended graduate film school at the University of California at Los Angeles from 1980-1983...
Jhonen Vasquez was born and raised on San Jose's East Side. He graduated from Mount Pleasant High in 1992 and was a one-time film student at De Anza College. Even though he has little formal artistic training, he entered the world of alternative comics, as the writer/creator/artist of such titles as "SQUEE!" and "Johnny...
Frank Miller was born in Olney, Maryland, to a nurse mother and a carpenter and electrician father, and was raised in Montpelier, Vermont. He is of Irish descent. Miller was a big comics writer/artist in the '70s and '80s. He wrote and penciled the Marvel series "Daredevil" for a long time. His friend...
Seth Woodbury MacFarlane was born in the small New England town of Kent, Connecticut, where he lived with his mother, Ann Perry (Sager), an admissions office worker, his father, Ronald Milton MacFarlane, a prep school teacher, and his sister, Rachael MacFarlane
, now a voice actress and singer. He is of English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry, and descends from Mayflower passengers...
“ To be fair he used to have talent, and it's not entirely his fault that Family Guy became terrible in recent years. ” - comic_guy87
Phillip Bradley "Brad" Bird is an American director, screenwriter, animator, producer and occasional voice actor, known for both animated and live-action films. Bird was born in Kalispell, Montana, the youngest of four children of Marjorie A. (née Cross) and Philip Cullen Bird. His father worked in the propane business...
Mitch Schauer started sketching at the young age of 18 months. In early childhood, his favorite thing to draw was telephone poles in perspective. He was back and forth between Oklahoma and California with his career and eventually moved to Germany to work for Berlin Animation Film. His animation career...
Peter Hannan is an artist and writer. He is the creator and executive producer of the Nickelodeon animated series, CatDog, overseeing all aspects (writing, storyboarding, character design, art direction, and post-production) of sixty-five half hours, including several holiday specials. Since most of the shows are made up of 11-minute episodes...
Gregory David Weisman grew up in Woodland Hills, California with his parents, younger sister and younger brother, Jon Weisman
. In school, which he attended with John Elway
of the Denver Broncos, Greg liked history, which was proven throughout his many works. After graduating, he moved to New York City but met with little success in the career field...
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was especially fond of films with Vincent Price
Ralph Bakshi worked his way up from Brooklyn and became an animation legend. Born on October 29, 1938, in Haifa, Bakshi grew up in Brownsville after his family came to New York to escape World War II. Bakshi attended the Thomas Jefferson High School and was later transferred to the High School of Industrial Arts and graduated with an award in cartooning in 1957...
Dwayne McDuffie was an African American comic book and animation writer best known as one of the founders of Milestone Media, an imprint of DC Comics dedicated to promoting better stories and characterizations for minorities and for his contributions to Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, the final installment of what DC Comics fans refer to as "the DCAU"...
An unlikely firestorm was ignited on the 19th of April, 1999. The Universal Press Syndicate made the largest launch ever of a single comic strip in the history of the printed page when it debuted an off-beat work in more than 160 newspapers that day (and 40 more by year's end). The strip, centering...
Small started learning guitar at 15, and graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 1997. During his music studies he concurrently took several writing and comedy classes at Emerson College. After graduating, he began performing stand-up at The Comedy Studio in Harvard Square, where he was spotted by Loren Bouchard...
Aaron Springer is a graphic and digital artist who is employed by Walt Disney Television Studios Production Company. He has gained notoriety through his efforts as a writer and storyboard artist on various movies and television series. His notable efforts include Samurai Jack (2002-2003), Dexter's Laboratory (2003)...
As the creator of 'Scrooge McDuck', Carl Barks did more than any other comic book artist to widen the popularity of Donald Duck, bringing in the process a vast array of memorable supporting characters into the Disney universe, among them Uncle Scrooge himself, Gladstone Gander, Gyro Gearloose (and his Little Helper), the Beagle Boys, and the Junior Woodchucks...
Frank Frazetta is one of the most prolific and well-known illustrators of the 20th century. This is due in part to the variety of media in which his art has appeared (comics, posters, album covers, books, etc.), but also to his very recognizable style. Frazetta was a very precocious artist, claiming to have begun drawing at the age of three...
was born in the 1960s. From an early age finding a love for drawing, he soon found himself filling tests less and less with meaningful facts and more and more with doodles of superheroes. He knew he wanted to get into comics. Later on, during 1980's, his father became ill and he found himself with a new reason to get into comics: To support his family...
Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Flora Disney
(née Call) and Elias Disney
, a Canadian-born farmer and businessperson. He had Irish, German, and English ancestry. Walt moved with his parents to Kansas City at age seven, where he spent the majority of his childhood...
Like many pioneers, the work of 'Winsor McCay' has been largely superseded by successors such as Walt Disney
and Max Fleischer
but he more than earns a place in film history for being the American cinema's first great cartoon animator. He started out as a newspaper cartoonist, achieving a national reputation for his strips 'Little Nemo in Slumberland' and 'Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend'...
Gerry Conway is the author of the seminal Spider-Man story, "The Night Gwen Stacy Died," considered by many to be one of the most influential comic book stories of the past four decades. Gerry is also the co-creator of The Punisher, subject of three film adaptations, as well as co-creator of popular comic book character...