Doug TenNapel

Doug TenNapel is the creator of Earthworm Jim.

Doug TenNapel has worked in the art and entertainment industry as a comic book artist, TV show writer, story board artist, animator, video game developer and independent film director.

Graphic Novels, Comics and Books

Since 2018, Doug TenNapel has self-published Bigfoot Bill, Earthworm Jim and The Making of Earthworm Jim which was co-written by Mark Lorenzen and contributed to by the original Earthworm Jim development team.

Doug TenNapel wrote The Strange Kid Chronicles which were illustrated by Earthworm Jim Illustrator Michael Koelsch.

Web comics

Nnewts was updated once a week. It is now a graphic novel trilogy.

Ratfist was updated daily and ran from 2011 to 2012. It eventually got published as a graphic novel by Image Comics, with additional pages to the story that were not available in the webcomic.

Video Games

Armikrog. Was a video game developed by Mike Dietz and Ed Schofield's Pencil Test Studios after having been successfully funded through a Kickstarter campaign in 2013. It came out in October 2015 after a development time of two years. Doug TenNapel designed the characters and did some animation and prop building on the game.

It was created not by digital methods, but by being built out of physical objects such as cardboard and clay. It was then animated traditionally frame by frame through the process of stop-motion animation, as The Neverhood had been.

Film and TV Work

His graphic novels Tommysaurus Rex, Cardboard, Creature Tech, Ghostopolis and Monster Zoo have all been optioned to be made into film adaptations.

In July of 2005 Catscratch was released under Nick Studios. It revolved around the adventures of three millionaire cats who had inherited a mansion, butler and fortune from their deceased owner. Mr. Blik, Gordon and the newt-loving Waffle. It was based loosely on GEAR.

Sockbaby: an independent action film with the team of Westhavenbrook. Sockbaby was co-written with John Soares who played the character Ronnie Cordova in the film.
In 2008 Sockbaby 4 (Sockb4by) was released featuring Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pans Labyrinth), Jon Heder and Dan heder (Napoleon Dynamite).

In 2009 Doug worked with Westhavenbrook on the US internet TV series of Go Sukashi - a character created by Nakagawa shokotan.

TenNapel worked on a new VeggieTales In The House cartoon series for Netflix at Dreamworks as a writer and concept artist. Released November 27th, 2014. A spin-off of the popular christian value strong VeggieTales show by Big Idea Entertainment by Mike Mawrocki and Phil Vischer.

Early Work in video games and TV

Some of his early influences included the classic 1940's Warner Bros flicks and Krazy Kat - a newspaper comic created by Comic book artist George Herriman. TenNapel's first jobs included freelance illustration, mural making and work for animation companies. One of his first industry jobs was as an animator on The Attack of the Giant Killer Tomatoes. He worked on various video games before developing Earthworm Jim at Shiny Entertainment. These included Jurassic Park, Technoclash, The Ren & Stimpy Show: Stimpy's Invention and Walt Disney's The Jungle Book.

In The early 1990's Doug had some work as a comic book artist. Examples of his first venture into that field was They Called Him Evil - a short story featuring his character Evil The Cat, and a short story in The Simpsons Comic.

In 1994 he became a video game designer at the newely founded Shiny Entertainment, working on Earthworm Jim and Earthworm Jim 2.

He was an executive Producer for the 1995 Earthworm Jim TV Show by Universal Studios.

He created Project Geeker. Project Geeker was a futuristic sci-fi adventure cartoon series set in the future. It was first aired on CBS on September 14, 1996. It was co written by Doug Langdale who had also written the Earthworm Jim TV show.

By 1998 he had left Shiny with Edward Schofield, Mike Dietz, Mark Lorenzen, Eric Ciccone and Steve Crow. They formed The Neverhood which was funded by Dreamworks Interactive.

The Neverhood video game was made with stop-motion animation using clay modelling and latex puppet techniques. It had a sequel Skullmonkeys in 1998. These were later followed by a 3d fighting game called Boombots which was not as successful.

He wrote the script for a movie called Mothman after being hired to illustrate a book of urban legends. One of his tasks was to create a Mothman based on the tale in the book. The film was never completed. The Mothman puppet he made for it appears in Sockbaby as an in-joke.

He also created Goodie Bear - a mascot for a coffee shop in Tokyo. The tag line for the character was "The smallest bear". Goodie Bear was a tiny little bear who lived in a broken coffee cup with a ladybird. Doug created artwork for the Goodie Bear cafe and created picture books about the character.