Artie Romero

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Artie Romero
Artie Romero 2011Apr19 2303head.jpg
Artie Romero, April 19, 2011. Photo by Charlie Dunn.
Born Artie Edward Thomas, Jr.
Springfield, Missouri
Nationality American
Area(s) Cartoonist, Publisher
Notable works
Realm, Cascade Comix Monthly , Johnny Mnemonic

Official website

Artie Edward Romero (born in Springfield, Missouri)[1] is an American cartoonist, animator, producer, director and publisher. He began his career in comic books at a young age in the 1970s, and now is best known for his animation work.[2]

Comics and Publishing[edit]

In his school years Romero published original illustrations by Frank Frazetta, Vaughn Bode, Barry Windsor-Smith and Michael William Kaluta in his comics and science fiction fanzine Realm (1969–72).[3] He dropped out of college to help found Everyman Studios, an artists' collective. Other founding members of Everyman Studios include prominent illustrators Rick Berry and Darrel Anderson, who later founded Braid Media Arts.[4]

In 1974–75, Anderson and Romero were co-editors of a Colorado Springs alternative newspaper, The Everyman Flyer,[5] which included underground comix.[6]

From 1978 to 1981, Romero edited and published Cascade Comix Monthly,[7][8] a fanzine about underground comix with news and artist interviews, including Art Spiegelman, Dan O'Neill, Gilbert Shelton and Trina Robbins. Cascade published original comix by S. Clay Wilson, Skip Williamson, Jay Lynch and other underground cartoonists. A variety of minicomics and full-size underground comix were published under Everyman Comics' imprint.[9] Several of Romero's minicomics were reprinted, including their color covers, in Fantagraphics' 2010 anthology, Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s.[10]

Animator, Producer and Director[edit]

While attending college, Romero began working on animation projects[11] such as music videos, TV commercials and movie titles. He continued to do so from 1981 through 1994 as Everyman Studios, then in 1994 he founded ARG! Cartoon Animation Studio.[12] ARG! currently produces animation for movies, television and the Web. Romero's screen credits include digital effects animation for Johnny Mnemonic[13] (Sony Pictures, 1995), and animated cartoon segments for a children's program, TV Planet (Rocky Mountain PBS, 1999).[14][15]

Early Work[edit]

In 1981, Romero's publishing company Everyman Studios expanded into commercial animation production, hiring animators William Kirk Kennedy, Jan Johnson and Roy W. Smith, and accepting a contract to produce an animated rock video for the band Gibraltar. A work print of the 5-minute film "King's Elevator" premiered at the 39th World Science Fiction Convention in Denver, and subsequently the finished video aired on the nationally syndicated TV series "America Rocks."[16] The studio then began producing animated television and theatrical commercials under contract.

In 1983 the studio produced titles and animation for Frameline Filmworks' Lost starring Sandra Dee and Jack Elam, and 1984, Romero produced and directed a TV series about video games called Video Game All Stars for the local NBC affiliate, KOAA Channels 5/30. The program included animated bumpers by Romero. Also in 1984, Romero produced title animation and animated bumpers for Almost Live, produced and hosted by Jeff Valdez. Everyman Studios continued to produce animation for TV commercials, movie title sequences and software throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, converting from film to digital animation production in 1991.

ARG! Cartoon Animation[edit]

In 1994 Romero established ARG! Cartoon Animation in Colorado Springs, Colorado, producing animation for Duracell's national sales meeting, and digital effects for Sony Pictures' Johnny Mnemonic. Romero launched the artie.com website in 1996, and it quickly became one of the most popular animation sites on the Web. The ARG! site got 1 billion hits in a 20 month period in 2005-2006.[17]

Currently Romero manages of a dedicated team of more than 70 animators, artists, technicians and interns based in Colorado Springs. Best known for his visual effects on Keanu Reeves' 1995 cyberpunk feature Johnny Mnemonic, Romero has served as ARG! producer, director and animator on movie projects, TV series, music videos and thousands of animated shorts and commercials. His directorial credits include productions for MTV Networks, PBS, Kaiser Permanente, Harper Collins, AT&T, Transmerica, Safeco Insurance and more than 600 other companies.

In addition to its commercial work, the studio recently produced a series of whiteboard/Flash cartoons, Edward Lear's Nonsense Stories for YouTube and TV, and has contracted to produce Robin Woods Sumners' The Legends of Alice Pendragon as an animated feature film. Rich Arons[18] has signed to direct the movie, and Pixar's Renderman and Autodesk Maya software will be utilized in the production. Romero is quoted on indiegogo as saying that he has always wanted his studio to produce a full length animated feature film. "Like all good producers, I just needed to find a great story. I found it in The Legends of Alice Pendragon."

Selected bibliography[edit]

1969

Platinum Toad #1
Platinum Toad #2
Fantasy Realm #1
Beware the Mysterious Fotato #1
1970
Realm #2 - title changed from Fantasy Realm
Realm #3
Platinum Toad #3
1971
Realm #4
1972
Realm #5 - 1st ed.
1974
Everyman Flyer #1
Everyman Flyer #2
Everyman Flyer #3
Everyman Flyer #4
1975
Everyman Flyer #5
Everyman Flyer #6
Realm #6 - 1st ed.
1976
Scrabbits Reno Comics
1977
Scrabbis Treno - with Harvey Kurtzman, Dan O'Neill, Allan Greenier, Larry Todd
Realm #5 - 2nd ed.
Realm #6 - 2nd ed.
Realm #7
Platinum Toad #5
Platinum Toad #6 - with Darrel Anderson

1978

Cascade Comix Monthly #1 - 1st ed.
Cascade Comix Monthly #2 - 1st ed.
Cascade Comix Monthly #3 - 1st ed.
Cascade Comix Monthly #4 - 1st ed.
Cascade Comix Monthly #5
Platinum Toad #8
Cascade Comix Monthly #6
Cascade Comix Monthly #7
Cascade Comix Monthly #8
Cascade Comix Monthly #9-10
Platinum Toad #9 - with Darrel Anderson
1979
Robot Romance
Bug Infested Comics - with Bob Vojtko
Cascade Comix Monthly #11-12
Real Dope Thrills - with Gary Whitney
Waldo and Emerson - with Jim Siergey
Cascade Comix Monthly #13
Nutso Toons
Samo - with Gary Whitney
MLF Communique #2 - with Roger May, Dan O'Neill, S. Clay Wilson, Victor Moscoso
Cascade Comix Monthly #14
Funny Animal Lust - with George Erling
Captain Nimrod - with Darrel Anderson
Moon Pie - with J. Michael Leondard
Calculus Cat - with Hunt Emerson
Cascade Comix Monthly #15
Cascade Comix Monthly #16

1980

Cascade Comix Monthly #17
Astounding Sci-Bondage - with John Adams
Bar Fly Theater - with Richard Krauss
Cascade Comix Monthly #18
Space Junk - with Larry Rippee
Werks Phase Two - with Al Sirois
Cascade Comix Monthly #19
Z - with Bhob Stewart
Conception - with Jim Valentino
Horrible Misunderstandings #1 - with Roger May
B'ad Comics
Pep Comix
Platinum Toad #10
Yikes #4 - with George Erling
Cascade Comix Monthly #20
Animal Bite Comix - with Doug Hansen
Hobo Stories - with Dave Taylor
More Potatoes
Samyang Ramyon
Cascade Comix Monthly #21
Horrible Misunderstandings #2 - 2nd ed.
1981
Platinum Toad #11
Tales of Mr. Fly - with Bob Conway
Riffs - with Bruce Chrislip
Horrible Misunderstandings #1 - 3rd ed.
Cascade #22 - title change
Cascade #23
Watch Out for Flying Saucers
Stick City - 1st ed.

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