Doug TenNapel

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Doug TenNapel
TenNapel in June 2011
BornDouglas Richard TenNapel
(1966-07-10) July 10, 1966 (age 53)
Norwalk, California, U.S.
Notable works
Earthworm Jim, Catscratch, The Neverhood, Ratfist, Ghostopolis, Nnewts
AwardsEisner Award Winner
Angie TenNapel (m. 1990)

Douglas Richard TenNapel (/təˈnpəl/;[1] born July 10, 1966)[2] is an American animator, writer, cartoonist, video game designer, and comic book artist 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.


TenNapel began as an animator on Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Animated Series.[3] He soon began working in the video game industry on projects like 1993's Jurassic Park and The Ren & Stimpy Show: Stimpy's Invention for the Sega Genesis and The Jungle Book for the SNES and Sega Genesis.[citation needed] In 1994, he created Earthworm Jim, the character that would star in Shiny Entertainment's video game, toy line, and cartoon series. Shiny Entertainment head David Perry later commented on working with TenNapel, "I wish I could find 100 Dougs, then I realized I was lucky to have been able to work with one. He is crazy talented, both crazy and talented! He also generates an enormous amount of amazing content and ideas, I wouldn’t be surprised if he sleeps with a sketch-book!"[4] In 1995 he left Shiny Entertainment and founded his own company, Neverhood, with several other former Shiny employees.[5] Working for DreamWorks Interactive, Neverhood created The Neverhood for the PC and PlayStation. The sequel, entitled Skullmonkeys, followed in 1998.[6]

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.[7] Towards the end of the 2000s, he also created two shorts for Frederator Studios and Nicktoons, "Solomon Fix" (computer generated 3D) and "Squirly Town" (traditional 2D).[8]

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.[9] Scholastic

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.[citation needed]

Flink, a graphic novel by TenNapel, was released in late 2007 through Image comics. Monster Zoo, was released in early summer 2008. In May 2009 his graphic novel Power Up was released.[10]

Between January and October 2009, TenNapel was a regular contributor to Breitbart News's "Big Hollywood" section, covering topics from movie reviews and the state of the comics entertainment industry to criticisms of the Obama administration and the environmental movement.[11][12]

In July 2010 his graphic novel Ghostopolis was released. In 2009 it was announced the book would be adapted into a film starring and produced by Hugh Jackman.[13]

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.[14] He has also published an online superhero-genre-spoofing webcomic titled Ratfist.[15]

In September 2012, Fox Animation optioned TenNapel's 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.[16]

TenNapel has used Kickstarter to produce a bound collection of his sketches, named Sketchbook Archives.[17]

TenNapel and other former members of the Earthworm Jim team at Pencil Test Studios launched a Kickstarter campaign in May 2013 to fund a PC game project called Armikrog, described a spiritual successor to The Neverhood and also being animated using clay animation techniques.[18] It was successful, and reached its stretch goal for a Wii U version.

In 2018, TenNapel self-published the graphic novel, Bigfoot Bill, launched as an Indiegogo, successfully funded and reaching various stretch goals.

In May 2019, TenNapel and other members of the original Earthworm Jim team announced a new Earthworm Jim game, to be released as an exclusive for the upcoming Intellivision Amico.[19][20] He also self-published the graphic novel, Earthworm Jim: Launch the Cow, again on Indiegogo, raising over US$100,000 in less than 24 hours.[21] It has since been successfully funded, with various stretch goals achieved. As of August 2019, Earthworm Jim: Launch the Cow is the second-highest grossing crowd-funded comic book of all time (US$816,000), trailing only The Order Of The Stick Reprint on Kickstarter ($1.2 million), and overtaking the comic book anthology CTRL-Alt-Del (US$665,000).

Personal life[edit]

He has been married to Angie since 1990.[22] The couple have four children.[23] TenNapel was personal friends with Andrew Breitbart prior to the latter's death.[11][12]


Graphic novels[edit]

Year Title Publisher
1991 They Called Him Evil Mockingbird Studios
1998/2018 Gear Fireman Press/Image Comics
2002/2019 Creature Tech Top Shelf Productions/Image Comics
2004 Tommysaurus Rex Image Comics
2005 Earthboy Jacobus Image Comics
2006 Iron West Image Comics
2007 Black Cherry Image Comics
2007 Flink Image Comics
2008 Monster Zoo Image Comics
2009 Power Up Image Comics[24]
2010 Ghostopolis GRAPHIX[25]
2011 Bad Island GRAPHIX[26]
2012 Cardboard GRAPHIX[27]
2015 Nnewts - Escape From the Lizzarks GRAPHIX
2016 Nnewts - The Rise of Herk GRAPHIX
2017 Nnewts - The Battle for Amphibopolis GRAPHIX
2019 Bigfoot Bill: Shadow of the Mothman Self-published
2019 Earthworm Jim: Launch the Cow Self-published
2020 Bigfoot Bill 2: Finger of Poseidon Self-published

Web comics[edit]

Year Title
2011 Ratfist
2012 Nnewts

Children's books[edit]

Year Title Publisher
1998 The Strange Children's Chronicles Scholastic Press



Year Title Note
1991 Attack of the Killer Tomatoes Animator
1995 Earthworm Jim Creator, executive producer, and writer
1996 Project G.e.e.K.e.R. Co-Creator and executive producer
2000 Koghead and Meatus Short
Director and writer
2002 Push, Nevada Consulting producer
2004 Sockbaby Director, writer and voice of Sockbaby
2005–2007 Catscratch Creator, executive producer, director, writer, and storyboard artist
2007–2008 Random! Cartoons Creator, writer, character designer, storyboard artist, and voice director
Episodes: "Squirly Town" and "Solomon Fix"
2009 Ape Escape Writer and storyboard artist
2012 Adventure Time Writer
Episode: "Sons of Mars"
2012 It's a SpongeBob Christmas! TV special
Stop Motion animator
2014–2016 VeggieTales in the House Writer and executive producer
2017 The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom TV special
Stop Motion animator

Video games[edit]

Year Title Note Publisher
1993 Jurassic Park (Sega Genesis) Animator Blue Sky Software
The Ren & Stimpy Show: Stimpy's Invention
1994 The Jungle Book Virgin Interactive
Earthworm Jim Creator, writer, designer, voice of Earthworm Jim Shiny Entertainment
1995 Earthworm Jim 2
1996 The Neverhood Creator, writer, designer, voice of Hoborg, Bil and Klogg DreamWorks Interactive
1998 Skullmonkeys Creator, writer, designer, voice of Klogg Electronic Arts
1999 BoomBots Creator, writer, designer SouthPeak Interactive
2015 Armikrog Creator, writer, designer, artist, additional animation Versus Evil


Cover art[edit]

Year Album
1994 BibleLand
1997 Our Newest Album Ever!
1998 Quantity Is Job 1
1999 Proof That the Youth Are Revolting
2000 When Worlds Collide: A Tribute to Daniel Amos
2003 The End Is Near
2004 Imaginarium: Songs from the Neverhood
2013 Engine of a Million Plots


  1. ^ "Doug TenNapel - how I draw panels for my comics" on YouTube
  2. ^ "Doug TenNapel (dougtennapel) on Myspace". February 9, 2008. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  3. ^ Bello, John De (October 8, 1978), Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!, David Miller, George Wilson, Sharon Taylor, retrieved January 2, 2018
  4. ^ "David Perry (Virgin Games) – Interview". Arcade Attack. January 10, 2016. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  5. ^ "Gaming Gossip". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Ziff Davis (74): 44. September 1995.
  6. ^ "Skullmonkeys". IGN. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  7. ^ Push, Nevada, retrieved January 2, 2018
  8. ^ Random! Cartoons
  9. ^ Catscratch, retrieved January 2, 2018
  10. ^ CBR Staff (May 28, 2009). "Power Up - CBR-SA". CBR. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  11. ^ a b TenNapel, Doug (June 2, 2018). "Fear of Failure". Retrieved February 16, 2020.
  12. ^ a b Ek, Robin (August 7, 2017). "Interview with Doug TenNapel – The Earthworm Jim drama and thoughts on #GamerGate, censorship and SJWs". The Gaming Ground. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  13. ^ Kit, Borys (May 3, 2009). "Hugh Jackman to haunt 'Ghostopolis'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 7, 2009. Retrieved June 18, 2010.
  14. ^ Go Sukashi (November 19, 2009), Go Sukashi Episode 1, retrieved January 2, 2018
  15. ^ "Ratfist". Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  16. ^ Anderson, Paul (September 8, 2012). "Fox Animation helping Maguire bend "Cardboard"". Big Cartoon News. Archived from the original on December 2, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  17. ^ "BOOK NEWS – 'Doug TenNapel Sketchbook Archives' Kickstarter Announced". Alternative Magazine Online. October 15, 2012. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  18. ^ Matulef, Jeffrey (May 31, 2013). "The Neverhood creators launch Kickstarter for spiritual successor Armikrog". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  19. ^ Romano, Nick (May 1, 2019). "Earthworm Jim is making a comeback with new game". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  20. ^ Crecente, Brian (May 1, 2019). "New 'Earthworm Jim' Game in Development From Original Team". Variety. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  21. ^ Trent, John F. (May 14, 2019). "Doug TenNapel's 'Earthworm Jim: Launch The Cow' Raises Over 100K in Less Than 24 Hours!". Bounding Into Comics. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  22. ^ Thompson, Pamela Kleibrink (December 1997). "Welcome to the Neverhood". Animation World Magazine. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  23. ^ "Doug TenNapel Books, Author Biography, and Reading Level". Scholastic. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  24. ^ "Heroes + Villains: All Powered Up". Chicago Tribune. 2009. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  25. ^ "Ghostopolis". Kirkus Reviews. June 15, 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  26. ^ "Review of the Day:Bad Island by Doug TenNapel". June 4, 2011. Archived from the original on December 9, 2012. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  27. ^ "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.

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