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Douglas Richard TenNapel (//; born July 10, 1966) 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 in June 2011
|Born||Douglas Richard TenNapel|
July 10, 1966
Norwalk, California, U.S.
|Earthworm Jim, Catscratch, The Neverhood, Ratfist, Ghostopolis, Nnewts|
|Awards||Eisner Award Winner|
Angie TenNapel (m. 1990)
TenNapel began as an animator on Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Animated Series. 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. 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!" In 1995 he left Shiny Entertainment and founded his own company, Neverhood, with several other former Shiny employees. Working for DreamWorks Interactive, Neverhood created The Neverhood for the PC and PlayStation. The sequel, entitled Skullmonkeys, followed in 1998.
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. 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).
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. 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.
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.
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. He has also published an online superhero-genre-spoofing webcomic titled Ratfist.
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.
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. 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. 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. 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).
|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|
|2008||Monster Zoo||Image Comics|
|2009||Power Up||Image Comics|
|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|
|1998||The Strange Children's Chronicles||Scholastic Press|
|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|
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
|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|
|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|
- on YouTube
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- "Gaming Gossip". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Ziff Davis (74): 44. September 1995.
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- Random! Cartoons
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- CBR Staff (May 28, 2009). "Power Up - CBR-SA". CBR. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
- TenNapel, Doug (June 2, 2018). "Fear of Failure". Retrieved February 16, 2020.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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- "Heroes + Villains: All Powered Up". Chicago Tribune. 2009. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
- "Ghostopolis". Kirkus Reviews. June 15, 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
- "Review of the Day:Bad Island by Doug TenNapel". June 4, 2011. Archived from the original on December 9, 2012. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
- "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.
- Dumesnil, Sébastien (February 22, 2006). "Interview: Doug TenNapel". Futureal Studio. Retrieved May 27, 2007.[permanent dead link]
- Young, Sarrah (August 2005). "Father Figures: God Is in the Details of Earthboy Jacobus". Exclaim! (Canada). Archived from the original on June 3, 2007. Retrieved May 27, 2007.
- Kit, Borys (March 12, 2008). "Paramount nabs 'Zoo'". The Hollywood Reporter.
- TenNapel, Doug (January 1, 2011). "Webcomic: Ratfist". Wordpress with Comicpress.
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