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About Doug TenNapel
Doug TenNapel (born July 10, 1966) makes books and is an artist best known for creating GEAR, Earthworm Jim, The Neverhood, Cardboard and Nickelodeon's Catscratch. His work in animation helped him learn how to draw characters which helped him break into comic books. He worked in television animation and video games which helped sharpen his writing and character creation abilities. He created pixel art for video games for companies like BlueSky, Electronic Arts and Dreamworks.
The most frequent question Doug is asked by kids is, "Where do you get your ideas?" His answer is that he usually gets his ideas from things he loves: his friends, animals and classic literature.
Doug is 6'8" and does not play basketball. Due to his height, Doug often has characters that are at odds with their environment. So many readers of Doug's books said they could relate to his stories no matter their background, that Doug realized NEARLY EVERYONE feels out of place in some way. He believes this is the secret to his stories speaking to so many different kinds of people around the world.
Doug TenNapel has been married for twenty seven years to a magical woman he refers to as "the Beloved Mrs. TenNapel" and they have four children (two girls and two boys) aged ten to sixteen. Doug has a sense of wonder about even the most normal aspects of the world and tries to bring a fresh look at our lives to show that they are actually miraculously amazing. His favorite author is G.K. Chesterton who wrote books like Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man which had influence on C.S. Lewis and Tolkien.
Doug has completed five marathons, raises amphibians as pets art, loves to fish, paints in oils, has worked on ten video games and authored over sixteen graphic novels! He has a Facebook page in case you want to see his live art sessions.