Creator / Doug TenNapel
Doug TenNapel is a writer and cartoonist best known for creating Earthworm Jim
, although his work definitely isn't limited to video games. The man has been involved in a wide variety of mediums.
A Doug TenNapel title is very easy to spot due to his love both of monsters and of utterly insane character designs.
TenNapel is a devout Christian and often includes religious themes in his works. Sometimes it's subtle (such as Monster Zoo
), sometimes it's more overt (Black Cherry
or Iron West
, for example).
His works include:Video GamesComicsLive Action Television
- Push, Nevada (as Consulting Producer)
Web OriginalWestern AnimationMusic
- Bigfoot for Hire (cancelled)
- Doug was a member of the short-lived, mostly-a capella band Truck.
- He's contributed artwork to albums by Daniel Amos and Five Iron Frenzy.
Tropes common in Doug TenNapel's works include:
- Anti-Hero: If his protagonists aren't kids or incredibly na´ve, chances are they'll be morally ambiguous.
- Creator Thumbprint:
- Besides the monsters, he frequently works in at least one scene with a cat.
- The final page in a lot of his comics is done as a silhouette.
- "Ripoff!" is frequently shouted in his works.
- References to The Bible are pretty common.
- Potshots at the Theory of Evolution are liable to appear too, as he doesn't believe on it.
- Old Shame: TenNapel originally wanted nothing to do with Earthworm Jim (the video game and the cartoon based on it). The video game didn't come out the way he wanted it, and the cartoon (despite being very funny and very memorable for a lot of people whose childhood was between 1989 and 1999) was just 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.
- Renaissance Man: As you can see from the list above, Doug has dabbled in almost every entertainment medium out there at some point.
- Unfazed Everyman: A good deal of his characters adjust to the otherworldly madness TenNapel puts them through fairly quickly.
- Widget Series: Every one of his stories.