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Doug [=TenNapel=] (born July 10, 1966) is a writer and cartoonist best known for creating ''VideoGame/TheNeverhood'' and ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'', although his work definitely isn't limited to video games. The man has been involved in a wide variety of mediums. Doug [=TenNapel=] has authored sixteen graphic novels, developed four original video games and created three animated television series.

A Doug [=TenNapel=] creative style is very easy to spot due to his love both of monsters and of utterly insane character designs.

[=TenNapel=] is a devout Christian, who often includes religious themes in his works. Sometimes it's subtle (such as ''Monster Zoo''), while sometimes it's more overt (''Black Cherry'' or ''Creature Tech'', for example).

[=TenNapel=] works can be purchased at [[https://www.amazon.com/Doug-TenNapel/e/B001K7Z214 Amazon]], much of which is printed through [[https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/authors/doug-tennapel/ Scholastic]]. He is also fairly active on personal website [[http://tennapel.com/comics.html TenNapel.com]]. [=TenNapel=] is an extremely easy artist to interact with and is always willing to engage with his fans on [[https://twitter.com/dougTenNapel Twitter]]

!!His works include:

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'''Video Games'''
* ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim''
* ''VideoGame/TheNeverhood'' (and its sequel, ''VideoGame/{{Skullmonkeys}}'')
* ''VideoGame/BoomBots''
* ''VideoGame/{{Armikrog}}''

'''Comics'''
* ''ComicBook/{{Gear}}''
* ''ComicBook/CreatureTech''
* ''ComicBook/TommysaurusRex''
* ''ComicBook/SolomonFix''
* ''ComicBook/EarthboyJacobus''
* ''ComicBook/{{Flink}}''
* ''ComicBook/IronWest''
* ''ComicBook/BlackCherry''
* ''ComicBook/MonsterZoo''
* ''ComicBook/PowerUp''
* ''ComicBook/{{Ghostopolis}}''
* ''ComicBook/BadIsland''
* ''ComicBook/{{Cardboard}}''
* ''ComicBook/NnewtsEscapeFromTheLizzarks''
* ''ComicBook/NnewtsTheRiseOfHerk''
* ''ComicBook/NnewtsTheBattleForAmphibopolis''

'''Live Action Film'''
* ''Mothman'' (abandoned)
* ''Patient Seven'' (co-producer of the segment ''The Visitant'')

'''Live Action Television'''
* ''Push, Nevada'' (as Consulting Producer)

'''Web Comics'''
* ''Webcomic/{{Ratfist}}''
* ''Bigfoot for Hire'' (cancelled)
* ''Nnewts''

'''Web Original'''
* ''Film/{{Sockbaby}}''
* ''GoSukashi''
* ''TheDangerElement''
* ''Briefs''[[/index]] [[spoiler: ([[RealTrailerFakeMovie sort of]])]][[index]]

'''Western Animation'''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Catscratch}}'' (loosely adapted from ''Gear'')
* ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' (based off of the game series)
* ''WesternAnimation/ProjectGeeker'' (along with [[WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders Doug]] [[WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian Langdale]])
* ''WesternAnimation/KogHeadAndMeatus'' (short film)
* ''Ape Escape'' (shorts based off of the Playstation game series)
* ''WesternAnimation/RandomCartoons'' (Two shorts: ''Solomon Fix'' and ''Squirly Town'')
* ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTalesInTheHouse''
[[/index]]

'''Music'''
* Doug was a member of the short-lived, mostly-a capella band Truck.
* He's contributed artwork to albums by Music/DanielAmos and Music/FiveIronFrenzy.

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!!Tropes common in Doug [=TenNapel=]'s works include:

* AntiHero: If his protagonists aren't kids or incredibly naïve, chances are they'll be morally ambiguous.
%%* CloudCuckooLander
* CreatorThumbprint:
** Besides the monsters, he frequently works in at least one scene with a cat.
** He uses silhouette to depict a character's emotional state.
** "Ripoff!" is frequently shouted in his works.
** References to Literature/philosophy are pretty common.
** Potshots at secular progressive philosophies are liable to appear.
%%* IdiotHero
%%* KidHero
%%* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
%%* NinjaPirateZombieRobot
%%* NoodlePeople
* OldShame:
** [=TenNapel=] came to care less about the status of the reboot based on ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' (the video game and the cartoon based on it) due to his not controlling the rights of the property. The video game is one of Doug TenNapel's favorite project, and the cartoon (despite being very funny and very memorable for a lot of people whose childhood was between 1995 and 1997) also served as a cheap tie-in for the video games. He eventually stated that he would be interested in revisiting Jim, but the rights are a tangled mess, and he likely wouldn't have the creative control needed to avoid the {{Executive Meddling}} that caused the above issues.
** The aforementioned ''Mothman'', which served as [=TenNapel=]'s first foray into [[PlayingAgainstType live action filmmaking]]. Though one version of it finished post production and was screened at Amblin Entertainment, he remains secretive about the status of the film.
%%* OurMonstersAreDifferent
%%* OurMonstersAreWeird
* RenaissanceMan: As you can see from the list above, Doug has dabbled in almost every entertainment medium out there at some point. [[OldShame Except live-action film, but he'd rather not talk about that.]]
* UnfazedEveryman: A good deal of his characters adjust to the otherworldly madness [=TenNapel=] puts them through fairly quickly.
* WidgetSeries: Every one of his stories.

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