I was big on watching westerns and Jay Ward cartoons on our cool RCA black and white TV. But I kept drawing.
I did weird things like publish my own newspaper at 12, get a job drawing caricatures at 16, work for an ad agency selling “Hot and Juicy Wendy’s hamburgers, and then at 20, opened my own small illustration and design studio.
I lucked out that no one wanted the comic strips I kept trying to sell. Otherwise I wouldn’t have found animation, which turned out to be the love of my life.
After some independent animated film work caught the eye of Nickelodeon, they asked me if I wanted to create something for TV. I thought that my stuff would be way too demented for TV.
Rocko’s Modern Life debuted in 1993 and went on for 52 episodes . With the best crew anyone could ask for.
After recovering from that, I had two beautiful daughters, did some childrens’ books. One I thought was too saturated to fit into the confines of juvenile picture lit.
So Camp Lazlo debuted on Cartoon Network in 2005.
Since then, I’ve written books, dabbled in the web cartoon world, traveled around lecturing, and I teach. Oh yeah, and continue work on my latest indie film “Fish Head”.
I also remarried to my beautiful wife Aleide, and we are expecting a baby boy in March 2013.
Thank God I found a way to make money off of my insanity.