My favorite cartoonistsby comic_guy87 | created - 16 Jun 2013 | updated - 16 Jun 2013 | Public
A list of my favorite cartoon creators, directors, and comic book and comic strip illustrators.
Writer | Futurama
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. ...
2. Trey Parker
Music_department | South Park
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 (1997)) while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he had a double ...
3. Matt Stone
Soundtrack | South Park
Matthew Stone is a Jewish-American actor, writer, director, musician and animator who frequently collaborates with Trey Parker. They created and voiced in the South Park franchise. Matt voiced Kyle Broflovski, Kenny McCormick, Butters Stotch and other characters. He and Parker also worked on The ...
4. Jim Davis
Writer | Garfield in Disguise
James Robert "Jim" Davis is a professional cartoonist, television writer, and television producer from Marion, Indiana. His main claim to fame has been the creation of the long-running comic strip "Garfield" (1978-), featuring a cantankerous cat and a memorable group of supporting characters. The ...
5. Tom Ruegger
Producer | Animaniacs
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 (1990), Animaniacs (1993) and Pinky and the Brain (1995) to name only a few.
Over the last decade, Mr. ...
6. Tex Avery
Director | A Wild Hare
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 ...
Director | Time for Beany
Born in San Diego, California, the young Robert Clampett was monumentally moved as a child by the film The Lost World (1925), 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 ...
8. Chuck Jones
Actor | Gremlins
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,...
9. Friz Freleng
Producer | ABC Afterschool Specials
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 ...
10. Robert McKimson
Writer | Speedy Gonzales
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 ...
11. Arthur Davis
Director | Challenge of the GoBots
Arthur Davis is among the most overlooked & forgotten members of Warner Brother's "Golden Age". He has been overshadowed by other animation directors, including Tex Avery, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones & Robert Clampett. A serviceable animator, Davis came to Warner Brothers with fellow animator Frank ...
Writer | The Peanuts Movie
Charles Monroe Schulz (nicknamed "Sparky") was an American comic strip writer and artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was primarily known for creating the long-running comic strip "Peanuts" (1950-2000), and serving as its sole artist for the strip's entire run. His comic strip was known for its ...
14. Dik Browne
Writer | The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie
Dik Browne was born on August 11, 1917 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer, known for The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972), Hagar the Horrible (2021) and Hägar the Horrible (1989). He was married to Joan Kelly. He died on June 4, 1989 in Sarasota, Florida, USA.
15. William Hanna
Producer | ABC Afterschool Specials
William Hanna was an animator, film director, and television producer. He was the co-founder of the company Hanna-Barbera, with his longtime partner Joseph Barbera.
Hanna was born in an Irish-American family, son of William John Hanna (1873-1949) and his wife Avice Joyce Denby. He was born in ...
16. Joseph Barbera
Producer | ABC Afterschool Specials
Joseph Roland Barbera was an American animator, film director, and television producer. He was the co-founder of the company Hanna-Barbera, with his longtime partner William Hanna.
Barbera was born in an Italian-American family. His parents were barbershop-owner Vincent Barbera (1889-1965) and ...
Producer | Samurai Jack
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 ...
20. Craig McCracken
Writer | Wander Over Yonder
Craig McCracken has been interested in drawing and animation since the age of three. Some of his sources of inspiration are Japanese anime, Super Friends (1973), Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986) and Little Golden Books. After briefly considering a career as a comic book illustrator, McCracken studied ...
21. John Kricfalusi
Animation_department | The Ren & Stimpy Show
Canadian-born cartoon cartoonist Kricfalusi began his career by working on low end Saturday morning cartoons like The Jetsons (1962) revival and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972). In 1987, Kricfalusi's mentor, Ralph Bakshi, saved him by hiring him as supervising director on his show Mighty Mouse...
22. Joe Murray
Animation_department | Rocko's Modern Life
Joe Murray was born on May 3, 1961 in San Jose, California, USA. He is known for Rocko's Modern Life (1993), Camp Lazlo! (2005) and Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling (2019). He has been married to Aleide since 2011. He was previously married to Diane Murray and Carol Wyatt.
23. Paul Rugg
Actor | Earth to Ned
Paul Kevin Rugg is an American voice actor, puppeteer, writer and producer from Los Angeles who is known for voicing Freakazoid, Baron Vain from The Modifyers, Chuckles the Silly Piggy from Dave the Barbarian, Ned from Earth to Ned and Mr. Director from Animaniacs. He is married to Maria and had a ...
24. Bruce Timm
Animation_department | Batman: The Animated Series
Bruce Timm is an American animator, writer, voice actor and director. He is known for creating Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League and various installments of the DC Animated Universe. He co-created several DC characters including Harley Quinn and Livewire. He...
25. Paul Dini
Writer | Batman: The Animated Series
Paul Dini is an American animator and writer known for his contributions to DC Comics, including Batman: The Animated Series, Gotham Girls and fan favorite character Harley Quinn. He also worked on Batman: Arkham Asylum and it's sequel Batman: Arkham City as well as a 2003 animated pilot based on ...
27. Tad Stones
Producer | Darkwing Duck
Tad Stones was born on May 28, 1952 in Burbank, California, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Darkwing Duck (1991), Aladdin (1994) and Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers (1988). He has been married to Lisa Anne Muscio since September 18, 1976. They have one child.
28. Paul Germain
Writer | Rugrats
Writer/director/producer Paul Germain makes character-driven family comedies that are popular worldwide and across generations.
A native Angeleno, Paul started out at Gracie Films with James L. Brooks, working as a PA on "Terms of Endearment" and associate producer on the film "Say Anything" and the...
30. David Feiss
Art_department | Cow and Chicken
David Feiss was born on April 16, 1959 in Sacramento, California, USA. He is known for Cow and Chicken (1997), Astro Boy (2009) and Allen Hansen Cartoon Show (1996). He has been married to Annmarie Ashkar McCarty since 2009. They have one child. He was previously married to Pilar Menendez.
31. Maxwell Atoms
Writer | Grim & Evil
Maxwell Atoms is an American animator, voice actor and writer with Asperger's from Pennsylvania. The Aspergers came from Pennsylvania, but he did not. He created Grim & Evil, which got split into The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Evil Con Carne. He also voiced in Hazbin Hotel and Helluva ...
32. Jhonen Vasquez
Writer | Invader ZIM
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 ...
33. Peter Laird
Writer | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Peter Laird is an American comics artist and writer from North Adams, Massachusetts. His main claim to fame is co-creating the hit series "Teenage Mutants Ninja Turtles" with his then-partner Kevin Eastman.
Next to nothing is known about Laird's family background and his early life. Unlike Kevin ...
34. Kevin Eastman
Writer | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Kevin Eastman is an American comics artist and writer from Portland, Maine. His main claim to fame is co-creating the hit series "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" with his then-partner Peter Laird. He has also served as the editor and publisher of the science fiction and fantasy comics magazine "Heavy...
36. Frank Miller
Writer | Sin City
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 ...
37. Jim Lee
Writer | Young Justice
Jim Lee is a Korean American comic-book writer and artist. He started his professional career in 1987, as a new artist for Marvel Comics. By the early 1990s, he had become one of the most popular artists in the field. His work on the X-Men broke sales records, and the costumes he designed for ...
38. Jack Kirby
Writer | Black Panther
Jack "The King" Kirby was an influential comic book writer and artist, particularly famous for creating or co-creating some of the most famous characters for both DC Comics and Marvel Comics.
In 1917, Kirby was born under the name "Jacob Kurtzberg" on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York ...
40. Seth MacFarlane
Writer | Family Guy
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 ...
To be fair he used to have talent, and it's not entirely his fault that Family Guy became terrible in recent years.
41. Mike Judge
Writer | Beavis and Butt-Head Do America
Mike Judge is an American actor, animator, film director, screenwriter, and television producer.
In 1962, Judge was born in Guayaquil, the largest city of Ecuador and the country's main port. His parents were expatriate Americans. His father was archaeologist William James Judge and his mother was ...
42. Brad Bird
Writer | The Incredibles
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...
Writer | SpongeBob SquarePants
Stephen McDannell Hillenburg is the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants (1999), Nickelodeon's highest-rated cartoons for children and a staple of American television. He was born on August 21, 1961 in Fort Sill, a United States Army post in Lawton, Oklahoma, to Nancy (Dufour) Hillenburg and Kelly ...
49. Mitch Schauer
Art_department | The Angry Beavers
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 ...
50. Peter Hannan
Writer | CatDog
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 ...
53. Bill Oakley
Producer | The Simpsons
Bill Oakley is an American writer and producer from Westminster, Maryland known for working on The Simpsons, Futurama, Regular Show and Mission Hill. He wrote several Simpsons episodes during the 1990s. He also wrote the infamous "Steamed Hams" scene from the episode "22 Short Films About ...
56. Robert Taylor
Animation_department | TaleSpin
Robert Taylor was born in 1944 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is known for TaleSpin (1990), DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990) and The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974). He died on December 11, 2014 in Woodland Hills, California, USA.
57. Greg Weisman
Producer | Young Justice
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 ...
60. Doug Langdale
Writer | The Book of Life
Doug Langdale was born on August 19, 1969 in North Hollywood, California, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Book of Life (2014), Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles (2022) and Earthworm Jim (1995). He has been married to Candie Langdale since October 18, 2009.
61. Tim Burton
Producer | Edward Scissorhands
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 ...
62. Ralph Bakshi
Director | Wizards
Ralph Bakshi worked his way up from Brooklyn and became an animation legend. He was born on October 29, 1938, in Haifa, Israel, the son of Mina (Zlotin) and Eliezar Bakshi, and is of Krymchak Jewish descent. He was raised in Brownsville, after his family came to New York to escape World War II. ...
64. Bob Kane
Writer | The Dark Knight
Bob Kane was an American comic book writer and artist of Jewish descent, most famous for co-creating Batman and several members of Batman's supporting cast. Kane was inducted into the comic book industry's Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1994 and into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1996.
65. Neal Adams
Writer | Death to the Pee Wee Squad
Neal Adams is an American comic book artist and writer from New York City. He has been active in the field since the early 1960s. His work has been critically acclaimed, and he has been inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame, the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1999, and the Joe Sinnott ...
67. Dwayne McDuffie
Writer | Static Shock
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, ...
69. Doug TenNapel
Writer | The Neverhood
Doug TenNapel writes books, makes art and created Catscratch and Ami Jones, The Neverhood and Earthworm Jim. His work in television includes creating Earthworm Jim, Nickelodeon's Catscratch, Nick Jr's Ami Jones and serving as show runner for the Netflix/Dreamworks VeggieTales in the House. He made ...
72. Jay Ward
Writer | George of the Jungle
Jay Ward was born on September 20, 1920 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was a producer and writer, known for George of the Jungle (1997), Super Chicken (1967) and Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014). He was married to Ramona Ward. He died on October 12, 1989 in Hollywood, California.
73. Max Fleischer
Producer | The Tantalizing Fly
Max Fleischer was an American animator, inventor, and film producer from Krakow. As an inventor, Fleischer is primarily known for inventing the rotoscope, an animation technique that allowed animators to draw realistic images and movements, based on live-action images. He later co-founded the ...
Writer | The Venture Bros.
Also known under the pseudonym Jackson Publick. His debut as a writer was a comedy superhero comic book "Cement Shooz", which got the attention of Ben Edlund. This led to McCulloch working as a storyboard artist on Edlund's animated series The Tick (1994). He later story boarded PB&J Otter (...
77. Aaron McGruder
Writer | The Boondocks
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...
78. Brendon Small
Writer | Home Movies
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 ...
79. Aaron Springer
Writer | SpongeBob SquarePants
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 ...
80. Stan Lee
Producer | Black Panther
Stan Lee was an American comic-book writer, editor, and publisher, who was executive vice president and publisher of Marvel Comics.
Stan was born in New York City, to Celia (Solomon) and Jack Lieber, a dress cutter. His parents were Romanian Jewish immigrants. Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, ...
81. Carl Barks
Writer | DuckTales
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 ...
82. Steve Ditko
Writer | Spider-Man
Steve Ditko was an American comics writer and artist of Rusyn descent. He is better known for co-creating the superheroes Spider-Man/Peter Parker and Doctor Strange/Stephen Strange for Marvel Comics. He created many other characters for various publishing companies. Among his better known creations...
83. Frank Frazetta
Writer | Fire and Ice
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, ...
84. Rob Liefeld
Writer | Planet Terry
Rob Liefeld 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 ...
88. Walt Kelly
Animation_department | Dumbo
Walt Kelly was born on August 25, 1913 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is known for Dumbo (1941), The Pogo Special Birthday Special (1969) and I Go Pogo (1980). He was married to Selby Daley, Stephanie Waggony and Helen DeLacy. He died on October 19, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
89. Walt Disney
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 ...
91. Winsor McCay
Writer | Gertie the Dinosaur
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 ...
92. David Michelinie
Writer | Venom
David Michelinie is an American comic book writer. Among Michelinie's best-known work are his two runs on Iron Man with co-plotter/inker Bob Layton, in the late 1970s and early 1980s which introduced the character's serious problem with alcoholism and his specialized power armor variants. He ...
94. Mark Bagley
Writer | Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
Mark Bagley was born on August 7, 1957 in Frankfurt, Germany. He is a writer, known for Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (2010), Lego Marvel Super Heroes (2013) and Ultimate Spider-Man (2005). He is married to Patricia Bagley. They have one child.
96. Gerry Conway
Writer | Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Gerry got his start as a writer of comic books at age fifteen. He created _The Punisher_ for Marvel Comics in 1972. In recent years, he's written for film and television, and has written and produced for Father Dowling Mysteries (1989) (ABC, 1990-91) and Under Suspicion (1994) (CBS, 1994-95).]
98. Judd Winick
Writer | The Life and Times of Juniper Lee
Judd Winick was born on February 12, 1970 in Long Island, New York, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Life and Times of Juniper Lee (2005), Young Justice (2010) and Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010). He has been married to Pam Ling since August 26, 2001. They have two children.
100. Alan Moore
Alan Moore was born on November 18, 1953 in Northampton, England. He is a writer and actor, known for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), From Hell (2001) and Watchmen (2019). He has been married to Melinda Gebbie since May 12, 2007. He was previously married to Phyllis B. Dixon.