Man of Action Studios is a group of comic book creators featuring Duncan Rouleau (writer), Joe Casey (writer and artist), Joe Kelly (writer and artist) and Steven T. Seagle (writer and artist). They are famous for creating Ben 10 and Generator Rex for Cartoon Network.Man of Action got its start when writers Steven Seagle and Joe Kelly stood in front of the panel platform at the San Diego Comic Con, while Joe Casey leaned casually at the end, and artist Duncan Rouleau parked himself behind the lectern. The four friends recalled how they created Man of Action many years ago in response to "wanting a place to sit down at the San Diego Comic Con". They grew tired of wandering around the large convention and decided they needed a booth. In order to have a booth, they needed a company.During the time they worked on Cartoon Network, the team was fairly popular for creating two rather well-received shows, including Ben 10, which became iconic of the channel and got three sequels (though they were only directly involved with the original Show, they did contribute to some of the sequel, such as writing the Crossover Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United). However, they have since then started working for Marvel Animation, where they gathered some haters in the comic book fanbase due to their Marvel series (especially Ultimate Spider-Man) being rather... controversial.
- Ben 10 Series
- Generator Rex
- Ultimate Spider-Man (seasons 1 & 2)
- The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! (select season 2 episodes)
- Avengers Assemble (season 1. Became consultants in season 2)
- Mega Man (2017) (upcoming).
Tropes associated with Man of Action and their work:
- Animesque: Ben 10, Generator Rex and Monsuno; Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble fill this role also to some extent.
- Creator Thumbprint/Author Appeal: Recurring themes are Nanotechnology, Body Horror, high-tech government conspiracies, and ethnically-diverse protagonists.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: A lot of their characters are this.
- Kid Hero/Teen Hero/Idiot Hero: Their usual protagonists.
- Knight of Cerebus/Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The shows they do usually are comedic and light-hearted, but with vile major antagonists and often a lot of terrifying stuff when it comes to the villains' designs.
- Periphery Demographic: While they primarily target boys age 4-12, a large percentage of fans for their shows are teenage and college aged females. Maybe something to do with all the good-looking guys and Ho Yay?
- Tsundere: Almost all the token female characters in their shows tend to be characterized as Type A Tsundere; special mention to Gwen, White Tiger, and Black Widow, who are almost always very Tsun, especially the latter two, who are almost never Dere.