Kaz (cartoonist)

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BornKazimieras Gediminas Prapuolenis
(1959-07-31) July 31, 1959 (age 60)
Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S.
Area(s)Cartoonist, illustrator, writer, storyboard artist
Notable works
SpongeBob SquarePants
Camp Lazlo
Phineas and Ferb
Spouse(s)Linda Marotta

Kaz (born Kazimieras Gediminas Prapuolenis,[1] July 31, 1959) is an American cartoonist and illustrator. In the 1980s, after attending New York City's School of the Visual Arts, he was a frequent contributor to the comic anthologies RAW and Weirdo. Since 1992, he has drawn Underworld, an adult-themed syndicated comic strip that appears in many alternative weeklies.

Kaz's comics and drawings have appeared in many alternative and mainstream publications including Details, The New Yorker, Nickelodeon Magazine, The Village Voice, East Village Eye, Swank, RAW, Eclipse, N.Y. Rocker, New York Press, Screw and Bridal Guide. He has continued to contribute to comics anthologies such as Zero Zero.

Kaz has also worked on several animated television shows including SpongeBob SquarePants, Camp Lazlo, and Phineas and Ferb. He was co-executive producer of Get Blake!.

Kaz joined SpongeBob SquarePants as a storyboard director and writer in 2001 during the production of the series' third season. The series went on hiatus after production began on The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. Shortly before production on the fourth season began in 2004, Kaz was invited by his colleague and the series' newly appointed showrunner, Paul Tibbitt, to work on an episode for the fourth season but he was never contacted by Tibbitt again and joined Camp Lazlo after leaving SpongeBob.[2] After Phineas and Ferb ended production, Kaz returned to SpongeBob in 2015 as a writer.

With Derek Drymon, Kaz co-wrote and storyboarded the pilot episode for Diggs Tailwagger, which was ultimately not picked up. In September 2006, Kaz left Camp Lazlo to work on another pilot for a Cartoon Network show, Zoot Rumpus, based on a character from Underworld.[3] With Mr. Lawrence, he wrote the episode SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout.

Personal life[edit]

Kaz lives in Hollywood, California, with his spouse Linda Marotta.



Year Title Role
2002–04; 2015–present SpongeBob SquarePants Writer, storyboard director, story outlines, animation writer
2005–08 Camp Lazlo Writer, storyboard director, story outlines
2006 Zoot Rumpus Creator, writer, storyboard artist (pilot)
2007 Diggs Tailwagger Co-writer & storyboard artist (pilot)
2009–13; 2015 Phineas and Ferb Writer & storyboard artist
2012 Secret Mountain Fort Awesome Prop and effects designer ("Funstro")
2014 Get Blake! Executive producer
2018–present Little Big Awesome Writer


Month Title Issue Story Publisher Notes
Dec. 2014 SpongeBob Comics #39 "Grudge with Your Grub" United Plankton Pictures Story
Jan. 2015 #40 "Lavable Pin-Up Comic"
Oct. 2015 #49 "Monster Canyon"


  1. ^ Comic Con Baltics (2018-08-08), Kaz at Comic Con Baltics, retrieved 2018-08-19
  2. ^ http://www.sbmania.net/forums/topic/523-its-official/
  3. ^ [1]

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