Scott Shaw (artist)

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Scott Shaw
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Penciller

Scott Shaw (often spelled Scott Shaw!) is a United States cartoonist and animator, and historian of comics.[1] He is also an conductor of the concert band at Mary Institute and Country Day School. Among Scott's comic-book work is Hanna-Barbera's The Flintstones (for Marvel Comics and Harvey Comics), Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew[2] (for DC Comics), and Simpsons Comics (for Bongo Comics). He was also the first artist for the Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comic. He also maintains a regular column on eccentric comic books, scottshawsoddballcomics.com, which he also performs as a digital slide show at comics conventions.[3][4]

Biography[edit]

Scott Shaw began selling his artwork while still in his teens after choosing a career as a cartoonist. Throughout the 1970s he contributed numerous stories to various underground comix. He also found work as an inker and then as a writer and penciller for a line of Hanna-Barbera comics which were originally published by Marvel Comics. Eventually, in 1978, he was hired to the Hanna-Barbera staff and became layout supervisor and character designer on NBC's The New Fred and Barney Show (starring the Flintstones) Saturday morning cartoon series.

He both wrote and drew for Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog early on in the series' run. Most recently, he has become involved in the long-running litigation between Ken Penders and the publishers over copyright and character ownership.[5]

Shaw's work in TV animation includes producing and directing The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley for Hanna-Barbera, starring Martin Short and Camp Candy for DiC, starring John Candy. He was also awarded four Emmy Awards for his work as a story director/storyboard artist on CBS' Jim Henson's Muppet Babies (Marvel Productions). Scott has also worked on dozens of other cartoon series, including Krypto the Superdog, Johnny Test, What's New, Scooby-Doo?,[6] Duck Dodgers, American Dragon, Teamo Supremo, Fantastic Four, Richie Rich, Popeye and Son, The Smurfs, The Snorks and The Bungle Brothers segments of Tex Avery's The Kwicky Koala Show and many others. Scott also worked on Disney's direct-to-DVD Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas and Mulan 2.

For nearly ten years, Shaw was the Senior Art Director of Ogilvy & Mather (Los Angeles),[citation needed] where he co-wrote, co-directed, storyboarded and designed hundreds of animated TV commercials for Post Fruity and Cocoa Pebbles cereal.[citation needed] He also wrote and drew many print ads for the product, and has designed and illustrated many of the cereal's packages.[citation needed]

Shaw has also designed lines of action figures of Hanna-Barbera and Simpsons characters for McFarlane Toys.[citation needed]

He helped establish Comic-Con in San Diego along with Shel Dorf and others.[7]

For 10 years, Shaw wrote a column on the Comic Book Resources website titled "Oddball Comics" where he selected comic and magazine issues noted for their strangeness and provided facts and commentary on them. As of April 1, 2006, Shaw moved this column to its own website (also called Oddball Comics) that continues this format, expanded to include other "oddball" topics as well.

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