Andrew Farago

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Andrew Farago
Born (1976-05-12) May 12, 1976 (age 43)
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipAmerican
Alma materColorado College
OccupationCurator and author
Spouse(s)Shaenon K. Garrity

Andrew Farago (born May 12, 1976) is the curator of the Cartoon Art Museum[1] in San Francisco, author, chairman of the Northern California chapter of the National Cartoonists Society,[2] and husband of webcomics author and illustrator Shaenon K. Garrity.[3]

Farago began his writing career in the mid 2000s by writing for various print and online magazines. He went on to author various books on cartooning most notably 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History,[4] a book that chronicles the creative and business history of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.[5]

Education[edit]

Farago graduated from Colorado College with a degree in Studio Art.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Farago is married to Shaenon K. Garrity, herself a webcomic creator and writer. Both Farago and Garrity have both been big supporters of Richard Thompson's collaborative project Team Cul de Sac which aims to help find a cure for Parkinson's disease.[7]

Awards and honors[edit]

Farago received an Inkpot Award for Fandom Services at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History, written by Farago, won the 2015 Harvey Award for Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation.

Cartoon Art Museum[edit]

Andrew Farago has worked for the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco since the summer of 2000, starting as a volunteer. It is here that he met his future wife.[8] He moved from volunteer status to a paid position in 2001, and in 2005 he was formally named Curator of the Cartoon Art Museum.[9] In his time with CAM he has curated over 100 exhibits.[6]

Writing career[edit]

Although remaining with the Cartoon Art Museum, Farago began to channel his love of cartoons into other venues.

Magazines[edit]

Farago has written for a number of magazines both online and in print related to cartoons such as Animation World Network,[10] The Comics Journal,[11] and The Comics Reporter.[12] Topics covered have included the San Francisco-based comic book convention WonderCon,[13][14] interviews with Patton Oswalt,[15] Kyle Baker,[12] and Keith Knight,[11] as well as a retrospective on the 20th anniversary of Who Framed Roger Rabbit[16]

Comic work[edit]

Farago's first professional comic writing came in the mid 2000s, co-writing with his wife for multiple editions of the Marvel Holiday Special.[17][18][19] In 2007 he launched The Chronicles of William Bazillion, a webcomic surrounding the exploits of the titular character William Bazillion.[3][20]

Notable works[edit]

The Looney Tunes Treasury was the first full-length work by Farago, which told the fictional histories of the Looney Tunes characters in the voices of the characters themselves.[21]

In June 2014 Insight Editions published Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History, authored by Farago. Likely the first comprehensive history of the franchise, Farago "conducted over 60 interviews over the course of two years"[22] in the process of writing it.

The release was designed to coincide with the release of the Michael Bay produced rebooted movie, and was pushed back when the movie was so that it also coincided with the 30th Anniversary of the franchise.[23] This book featuring art from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, including the various comics, animated series, and movies, as well as interviews with the creators of the series (Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird) and numerous others who have been involved in the series over the years.[5] The book was met with largely favorable reaction in the press and from fans, earning a Gold Medal for Best Popular Culture Book from the Independent Publisher Book Awards [24] as well as a Harvey Award nomination for Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation.[25]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Spark Generators II (2002)
  • Marvel Holiday Special 2005 (2005)
  • Marvel Holiday Special 2006 (2006)
  • Marvel Holiday Special 2007 (2007)
  • The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes (2010)
  • Looney Tunes Treasury: Includes Amazing Interactive Treasures from the Warner Bros. Vault! (2010)
  • G.I. Joe: Cobra H.I.S.S. Tank: Includes Light & Sound! (2014)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History (2014)
  • Adventure Time Bowling (2016)
  • Zombie Gnome: A Tiny Terror (2017)
  • The Complete Peanuts Family Album (2017)
  • The Art of Harley Quinn (2017)
  • Totally Awesome: The Greatest Cartoons of the Eighties (2017)
  • The Zombie Gnome Defense Guide: A Complete Reference to Surviving the Tiniest Apocalypse (2018)
  • Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond (2019)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cartoon Art Museum Staff List Archived 2015-02-14 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ National Cartoonist Society Chapters
  3. ^ a b Jazma Interview Archived April 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ TMNT: A Visual History preview Archived 2015-02-13 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b Market Watch article on TMNT: A Visual History
  6. ^ a b Washington City Paper Interview
  7. ^ Team Cul de Sac blog entry
  8. ^ SF Weekly "Best Professional Fanboy"
  9. ^ Fantastagraphics Interview
  10. ^ Animation World Network
  11. ^ a b Interview with Keith Knight
  12. ^ a b Interview with Kyle Baker
  13. ^ Wondercon 2006 coverage
  14. ^ Wondercon 2007 coverage
  15. ^ Interview with Patton Oswald
  16. ^ Roger Rabbit 20 year retrospective at AWN
  17. ^ Shaenon Garrity's website
  18. ^ Marvel website
  19. ^ Comicbook DB
  20. ^ William Bazillion webpage
  21. ^ AWN review of Looney Tunes Treasury
  22. ^ Force of Geek interview
  23. ^ teenagemutantninjaturtles.com interview
  24. ^ [1]
  25. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2015-07-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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