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Kazimieras Gediminas Prapuolenis|
July 31, 1959
Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S.
|Area(s)||Cartoonist, illustrator, writer, storyboard artist|
|Underworld, SpongeBob SquarePants, Phineas and Ferb|
Kazimieras Gediminas Prapuolenis, or Kaz (born July 31, 1959, in Hoboken, New Jersey), 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 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. 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.
Kaz lives in Hollywood, California, with his spouse Linda Marotta.
|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|
|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"|
- Comic Con Baltics (2018-08-08), Kaz at Comic Con Baltics, retrieved 2018-08-19
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