Mike Kunkel

Mike Kunkel

Mike Kunkel. Animator, artist, cartoonist, writer, and holder of many other creative hats.  He’s living his childhood dream of becoming a cartoonist; writing and drawing stories for people.  He is perhaps best known for his creator-owned “Herobear and the Kid”; a two-time Eisner award winning comic.

It has been said that, in his spare time Mike Kunkel is an accomplished juggler, deep sea diver, astronaut, race car driver, gourmet chef, world class magician, pro football wide receiver, big wave surfer, and frequent storyteller.

Well . . . actually only the the storyteller part is true.

Mike has been writing and drawing stories since he was a kid. Today, with over 20 years experience in the Animation Industry, Mike Kunkel has continued to do what he loves by working on numerous Television and Film projects as a Director, Story and Development Artist, Character Designer, Screenwriter and Animator. Mike has worked for such studios as Warner Bros, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Sony Entertainment, Universal Pictures and Walt Disney Studios.

As a published writer and artist, Mike has been nominated three times for the prestigious EISNER Awards and four Ignatz awards, and is the creator of the two-time EISNER Award-winning comic book series “Herobear and the kid.” His designs in television have also won the ANNIE AWARD for Best Character Design in an Animated Television Production.

But, he soon realized that to be truly happy he had to work on his own stories and characters. . . and he created the perfect place to do that at his very own studio, The Astonish Factory where he enjoys creating stories for kids and for kids at heart and where everyone is always welcomed and encouraged to . . .

“Remember your childhood . . . and pass it on.”

Mike lives in Southern California where he spends most of his time drawing cartoons, trying to learn new magic tricks and playing with his family. kunkel2_web

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