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TenNapel in June 2011
||Douglas Richard TenNapel
July 10, 1966
Norwalk, California, United States
||Writer and Artist
||Earthworm Jim, Catscratch, The Neverhood, Ratfist, "Cardboard","Ghostopolis","Creature Tech",
||Eisner Award Winner
||Angie TenNapel (1990-present)
Douglas Richard "Doug" TenNapel (born July 10, 1966 in Norwalk, California) is an American animator, writer, illustrator, and musician whose work has encompassed animated television, video games, and comic books. He is best known for creating Earthworm Jim, a character that spawned a video game series, cartoon show, and a toy line.
Early life 
TenNapel was born in Norwalk and raised in the town of Denair, California. He got his primary education from Denair High School from 1980 to 1984. From 1984 to 1988 TenNapel studied at Point Loma Nazarene University on art specialty, finishing with Bachelor's Degree.
TenNapel began as an animator on Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Animated Series. He soon began working in the video game industry on projects like 1993's Jurassic Park and Stimpy's Invention for the Sega Genesis and The Jungle Book for the SNES and Sega Genesis. In 1994, he created Earthworm Jim, the character that would star in Shiny Entertainment's video game, toy line, and cartoon series. In 1996, working for Dreamworks, he created for The Neverhood for the PC. The sequel, entitled Skullmonkeys, followed in 1998.
On television, TenNapel was the creator of the Project G.e.e.K.e.R. cartoon series for CBS. He was also a consulting producer on the ABC series Push, Nevada with Ben Affleck. Towards the end of the 2000s, he also created two shorts for Frederator Studios and Nickelodeon, "Solomon Fix" (computer generated 3D) and "Squirly Town" (traditional 2D).
As a graphic artist and cartoonist, TenNapel released his first comic book in 1998: GEAR, a surreal epic based on his real life cats, Simon, Waffle, Gordon and Mr. Black in a war against dogs and insects using giant robots as weapons. The cats from GEAR would eventually become the Nickelodeon series Catscratch.
TenNapel did the cover art for several of Five Iron Frenzy's albums, including a sculpture for their live album, Proof That the Youth Are Revolting. TenNapel has also created album covers and artwork for several Daniel Amos CDs, The 1999 tribute to the band, When Worlds Collide, the Neverhood soundtrack Imaginarium: Songs from the Neverhood and others.
Flink, a graphic novel by TenNapel, was released in late 2007 through Image comics. Monster Zoo, was released in early summer 2008. In June 2009 his graphic novel Power Up was released. In July 2010 his graphic novel Ghostopolis was released. It is being adapted into a film starring and produced by Hugh Jackman.
TenNapel produced an episodic spoof of Japanese Super Sentai-style shows called Go Sukashi! based on a character by Shoko Nakagawa (who appears in the films), and starring John Soares and Brooke Brodack. He has also published an online superhero-genre-spoofing webcomic titled Ratfist.
In September 2012, Fox Animation optioned the recently published Graphix novel Cardboard, with plans for actor Tobey Maguire’s Material Pictures, graphic novelist Doug TenNapel and the Gotham Group to be executive producers. Fox plans to have the picture developed under its WedgeWorks subsidiary. WedgeWorks director Chris Wedge (Ice Age) is producing, and is considering directing the film as well.
TenNapel is politically conservative and has written articles for Andrew Breitbart's "Big Hollywood" blog.
Children's books 
Graphic novels 
- New Edition rereleased by Image Comics in 2007, ISBN 1-58240-680-4. This new edition had all new coloring, as well as a new creator commentary by TenNapel.
- New Edition rereleased by Image Comics in 2010, ISBN 1-60706-282-8.
- Tommysaurus Rex (Image Comics, 2004, ISBN 1-58240-395-3)
- Earthboy Jacobus (Image Comics, 2005, ISBN 1-58240-492-5)
- Iron West (Image Comics, 2006, ISBN 1-58240-630-8)
- Black Cherry (Image Comics, 2007, ISBN 1-58240-830-0)
- Flink (Image Comics, 2007, ISBN 1-58240-891-2)
- Monster Zoo (Image Comics, 2008, ISBN 1-58240-911-0)
- Power Up (Image Comics, 2009, ISBN 1-60706-093-0)
- Ghostopolis (GRAPHIX, 2010, ISBN 0-545-21027-5)
- Bad Island (GRAPHIX, 2011, ISBN 978-0-545-31480-0)
- Ratfist (Image Comics, 2012, ISBN 978-1607064787)
- Cardboard (GRAPHIX, 2012, ISBN 978-0545418737)
Other comic book work 
- TenNapel has also contributed to several other comic books, such as issue #5 of Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror, issue #3 of Scud: Tales from the Vending Machine (TenNapel also contributed cover art to the 24th and final issue of the main Scud: The Disposable Assassin series, as well as penciling a single page on the same issue), the Fractured Fables anthology graphic novel, 9-11: September 11, 2001 (Artists Respond), and Flight Volume 2. Earlier in his career, TenNapel produced a short comic entitled They Called Him Evil, published by Mockingbird Studios in 1991, which introduced the character Evil the Cat, who later became one of the central villains in the Earthworm Jim series.
- On January 1, 2011 TenNapel began a webcomic called Ratfist. The webcomic is semi-comical work featuring a 40 year old human protagonist with a pet rat who is transformed into a semi-human with rat features, then promptly lops off his tail (which gains sentience) and uses it in a fashion analogous to Spiderman's web-shooters. The series ended on August 5, 2011, and the graphic novel was released January 3, 2012.
- On May 2, 2012 TenNapel began a webcomic called Nnewts. The webcomic features amphibians that wield magic, weapons, and perform heroics, as recounted by the ancient storyteller and keeper of Nnewtian history, Sayer Nok.
Video games 
- Jurassic Park (Sega Genesis), (Blue Sky Software), 1993
- Ren & Stimpy: Stimpy's Invention, (Blue Sky Software), 1993
- The Jungle Book, (Virgin Interactive), 1994
- Earthworm Jim, (Shiny Entertainment), 1994
- Earthworm Jim 2, (Shiny Entertainment), 1995
- The Neverhood, (Dreamworks Interactive), 1996
- Skullmonkeys, (Dreamworks Interactive), 1998
- Boombots, (Dreamworks Interactive), 1999
- Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Animated Series, cartoon
- Earthworm Jim, cartoon
- Project G.e.e.K.e.R., cartoon
- Koghead and Meatus, animated short
- Push, Nevada, consulting producer
- Sockbaby, Director and Actor
- Catscratch, cartoon
- Random! Cartoons, creator ("Solomon Fix" & "Squirly Town")
- Ape Escape, animated shorts (writer/storyboards)
- Random! Cartoons, cartoon
- Phibian Mike, cartoon
- Geekdad, cartoon
- ^ a b "Doug op Myspace". Myspace.com. 2008-02-09. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
- ^ Random! Cartoons
- ^ Kit, Borys (May 3, 2009). "Hugh Jackman to haunt 'Ghostopolis'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 18, 2010.
- ^ Anderson, Paul (September 8, 2012). "Fox Animation helping Maguire bend "Cardboard"". Big Cartoon News. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
- ^ "$name". Breitbart.com. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
- ^ "Heroes + Villains: All Powered Up.". Chicago Tribune. 2009. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
- ^ "Ghostopolis.". Kirkus Review. June 15, 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
- ^ "Review of the Day:Bad Island by Doug TenNapel.". June 4, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
- ^ "Image Comics turns Doug TenNapel's webcomic RATFIST into graphic novel.". October 24, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
- ^ "New tweener graphic novels by Doug TenNapel, Raina Telgemeier and Royden Lepp are hitting the shelves.". Los Angeles Times. August 26, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
- ^ 12:01 am (2011-01-04). "A webcomic by Doug TenNapel". Ratfist. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
- ^ Ratfist TP. "Ratfist TP: Doug Tennapel, Katherine Garner: 9781607064787: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
- ^ 9:01 am (2012-11-21). "Nnewts by Doug TenNapel - Nnewts by Doug TenNapel". Nnewts.com. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
- ^ "Nnewts by Doug TenNapel - Nnewts Page 1". Nnewts.com. 2012-05-09. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
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