Scott Shaw

Scott Shaw

SCOTT SHAW! (yes, that exclamation point is a part of his name) is living proof of gonzo journalist’s Hunter S. Thompson’s statement: “when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” An experienced professional cartoonist/writer in the fields of comic books, animation, advertising and toy design, Scott is also a historian of cartooning in all its forms.

Scott’s first published comic story appeared in the underground comic book GORY STORIES QUARTERLY. After writing and drawing a number of stories for other underground and “ground level” comix, including FEAR AND LAUGHTER (Kitchen Sink); QUACK! (Star*Reach); and WILD ANIMALS (Pacific), he went on to work on such titles as HANNA-BARBERA’S THE FLINTSTONES (Marvel and Harvey); HANNA-BARBERA’S YOGI BEAR (Marvel and Harvey); HANNA-BARBERA’S LAFF-A-LYMPICS (Marvel); WHAT IF? (Marvel); and DESTROYER DUCK (Eclipse). With Roy Thomas, he co-created the funny animal superhero series, CAPTAIN CARROT AND HIS AMAZING ZOO CREW! (DC). Scott went on to work as a writer, penciler or inker (and often all three) on a diverse assortment of comic books, including SONIC THE HEDGEHOG (Archie), MIGHTY MUTANIMALS (Archie); TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES MEET THE CONSERVATION CORPS(Archie); WHO’S WHO IN THE DC UNIVERSE (DC); USAGI YOJIMBO (Fantagraphics and Dark Horse); DUCKMAN (Topps); DONALD DUCK ADVENTURES(Disney); BETTY AND VERONICA (Archie); LITTLE ARCHIE (Archie); RADIOACTIVE MAN 80-PAGE COLOSSAL (Bongo); TEX AVERY’S COMICS AND STORIES (Dark Horse); DROOPY (Dark Horse); SCREWY SQUIRREL (Dark Horse); BURGER KING KIDS CLUB COMICS(Burger King); THE BIG BOOK OF URBAN LEGENDS (Paradox); THE BIG BOOK OF LOSERS (Paradox); and BART SIMPSON’S TREEHOUSE OF HORRORS (Bongo), SUPERMAN & BATMAN: WORLD’S FUNNEST (DC), TEEN TITANS (DC), STREETWISE (Two Morrows), SIMPSONS COMICS (Bongo), BART SIMPSON COMICS (Bongo), SPARK GENERATORS (Slave Labor), WEIRD TALES OF THE RAMONES (Rhino), LOONEY TUNES (DC), WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY (Wildstorm), THE ADVENTURES OF SCOOTER McDOOGAL (Education Comics), SIMPSONS SUMMER SHINDIG (Bongo), DC SUPER FRIENDS (DC), THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN ROCHESTER (Rochester Electronics) and THE TICK 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL (New England Comics). In October, 2007, DC Comics published a three-issue revival of the characters Scott co-created twenty-five earlier, CAPTAIN CARROT AND THE FINAL ARK, co-written and drawn by him.

In a related field, Scott has worked on the syndicated newspaper comic strip incarnations of BUGS BUNNY and WOODSY OWL.

In addition to comic books, Scott has made his mark on animated cartoons. Recent projects have included gags and  storyboards for CLASS OF 3000 (Cartoon Network), KRYPTO THE SUPERDOG, WHAT’S NEW, SCOOBY-DOO and DUCK DODGERS (Warner Bros.), DANGER RANGERS (Educational Adventures) and MICKEY’S TWICE UPON A CHRISTMAS and MULAN II. (Disney) He was the producer/director of John Candy’s CAMP CANDY (DIC) and the co-producer/art director of Martin Short’s THE COMPLETELY MENTAL MISADVENTURES OF ED GRIMLEY (Hanna-Barbera Productions). Extending the SCTV connection, he’s also worked with Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis on a new “McKenzie Brothers” cartoon for the Internet. Scott also worked for eight seasons as a writer, storyboard director and character designer on JIM HENSON’S MUPPET BABIES (Marvel Productions) and was a storyboard director and designer on GARFIELD AND FRIENDS (Film Roman). He also has done work on MOTHER GOOSE AND GRIMM (AKA GRIMMY) (Film Roman); HEY ARNOLD! (Nickelodeon); TEAMO SUPREMO (Disney), AMERICAN DRAGON: JAKE LONG (Disney), CHANNEL UMPTEE-3 (Sony); DEXTER’S LABORATORY (Hanna-Barbera); WOODY WOODPECKER (Duck Soup/ Universal); SECRET FILES OF THE SPY DOGS (Saban); FAMILY GUY (Film Roman); FANTASTIC FOUR (New World Animation); CRO (Film Roman); SANTO BUGITO (Klasky-Csupo) and THE TANGERINE BEAR (Hyperion), among many others. Scott has worked on many other cartoon favorites, including the Jetsons; Huckleberry Hound; Alvin and the Chipmunks; Droopy; Inspector Gadget; Yogi Bear; Popeye; the Smurfs; the Pink Panther; Scooby-Doo; Kwickie Koala: the Snorks; Monster Tails; The Bungle Brothers; Casper the Friendly Ghost; and many, many others.

As Senior Art Director for the Los Angeles office of the Ogilvy & Mather advertising agency (1992 - 2000), Scott co-created, designed, storyboarded, laid out, and art directed all the animated commercials for Post Cereals, including Fruity Pebbles, Cocoa Pebbles and Cinna-Crunch Pebbles (all featuring his favorite cartoon characters, The Flintstones), Post Alpha-Bits and Post Marshmallow Alpha-Bits. He also designed many of the cereals’ in-pack premium giveaways. Other commercial clients have included MacDonalds, Burger King, Denny’s, Purina, Hardees’, Carl’s Jr., The Walt Disney Company, Kellogg’s, Pepsi, The Department of Defense, Keebler, Rhino Records, Days Inn, Draft General Foods, Jim Henson Productions, Buena Vista Home Video, Bedrock Press, Discovery Zone, Folger’s Coffee, Power Dogz Pizza and many more.

Scott has also conceived and designed McFarlane Toys’ line of Hanna-Barbera and SIMPSONS-based action figures.

Scott has contributed articles to such magazines as THE JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR, ALTER EGO, COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE, THE COMIC BUYERS GUIDE and the annual OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE. He also created, assembled and wrote the copy for a thirty-two card set of ODDBALL COMICS TRADING CARDS (Kitchen Sink Press) (1994) and an ODDBALL COMICS CALENDAR (Avalanche Press, 1995). Scott also wrote the introduction for Greg Preston’s book of cartoonist photo-portraits, THE ARTIST WITHIN (Dark Horse, 2007) and introductions to their reprint volumes of ACG’s HERBIE, NEMESIS and MAGICMAN. His hilarious “Oddball Comics” on-line column, spotlighting "the craziest comic books ever published", can be viewed every Monday exclusively at http://www.oddballcomics, in  the pages of GEEK MONTHLY magazine and is the basis for an upcoming book.

Scott has received four Emmy Award certificates (for Story Direction on JIM HENSON’S MUPPET BABIES); an Eisner Award (for his work on BART SIMPSON’S TREEHOUSE OF HORRORS No. 5 (for Best Humor Publication), an Eisner Award for his work on SIMPSONS COMICS (1999) (for Best Publication For Younger Readers) The San Diego Comic-Con’s Inkpot Award (for Outstanding Achievements in Comic Books and Animation); The Humanitas Award (for CAMP CANDY); The Shazam Award (for Best Comic Book Humor Art) and a Squiddy Award for SUPERMAN & BATMAN: WORLD’S FUNNEST. He was nominated for the Eisner Award for his set of ODDBALL COMICS TRADING CARDS (Best Comics-Related Product); the Reuben Award, (Television Animation Division) and the Annie Award (For Outstanding Art Direction.) Scott is a member of the National Cartoonists Society, the Comic Art Professional Society and the Animators Guild.

Scott was one of the handful of local comic fans who gathered together to organize the first San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest convention of its type in the world, now known as Comic-Con International, currently in its 39th year. A regular guest and speaker, Scott has become known for performing his popular Oddball Comics slide show.

Born in New York City and raised in San Diego, Scott currently lives in Sherman Oaks, California with his wife Judith and their son Kirby, along with their dog and three cats. When he’s not writing, drawing or spending time with his family and friends, Scott collects comic books, original comic and animation art, vintage toys, DVDs of 1950s monster movies and Hawaiian shirts.

 

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