About Doug TenNapel

January 21, 2018

Doug TenNapel is the creator of Earthworm Jim, an award winning animator and graphic novelist who moved from California to live in Tennessee with his wife and four children. He has won an Eisner Award and has managed to publish sixteen graphic novels, selling half of the properties into Hollywood. He created animated shows like Earthworm Jim, Project Geeker and Nickelodeon’s Catscratch. He served as the Show Runner/Exec Producer of the Netflix/Dreamworks series VeggieTales in the House, which earned him his first Daytime Emmy nomination.

While Doug’s mass media career has spanned over twenty-five years, he has been a fine artist since his first art show in 1988. His show “A Beautiful Day in the Neverhood” was the start of his desire to bring fine art sensibilities into video games. After the success of Earthworm Jim, Doug met with Steven Spielberg (at his house!) and pitched The Neverhood for the newly created Dreamworks. Spielberg agreed to bring The Neverhood into Dreamworks and the clay-animated game became the first property they picked up, developed and released as Dreamworks! Most importantly, The Neverhood became Doug’s first foray into professional clay animation, started his partnership with musician Terry Taylor, and helped him continue to work with Mike Dietz, Ed Schofield and Mark Lorenzen, Doug’s old college friend.

Doug TenNapel has lectured around the world about video games, character creation and making comics including; Japan, France, UK and Canada. He was a professor at HBU and taught classes on graphic novel creation, video game design, faith and culture, screen writing and history of animation. He blogs and vlogs about story theory, art ethics and defends his claim that Beauty is not subjective. He is known for remaining accessible to his fans and began broadcasting live comic inking sessions from his studio.

He spends his free time writing, drawing and raising amphibians. His current zoo includes a siren (a water salamander with full gills and only two front legs found in Florida swamps) and nine Tennessee cave salamanders.

Education: Point Loma Nazarene University/Cal State University, Fullerton

Location: Franklin, TN

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