Todd's Open Road


    Crazy Babbling Sunshine


    Phoenix, AZ


    Public Television: Season 8

  • ON DVD:


Comic Book Artist/Entrepreneur

“All the ideas you have when you are younger, who knows, maybe in 10 years, you'll be in another spot and that idea might work.”




Goals Hard Work Honesty Money & Financial Security Success Values Determination Perseverance Education Failure


Being Creative


ambition, art, artist, baseball, cancer, comic books, comics, deadline, drawing, failure, family, honest, industry, Marvel, money, odd jobs, plans, rejection, sacrifice, scholarship


Todd McFarlane had two main passions in his life growing up: Baseball and comic books. College was never in his life plans, but he happened to get a scholarship to Eastern Washington University for baseball. While in college, Todd studied graphic arts while playing baseball and working part-time at a local comic book shop. When he finished college, and no professional baseball teams sought Todd out, he decided to pursue comic books. Todd received about 700 rejection letters from companies across the U.S. and Canada—but one day in 1984, he received an offer. An offer from Marvel/Epic Comic, nonetheless. With this unique style, Todd eventually worked his way to the top of the company's artist roster, receiving national attention for his cover of Spiderman. After several years with the company, Todd and a few other Marvel artists decided to pursue an endeavor together without Marvel behind them. The several rebels, including Todd, formed Image Comics. With this new platform, Todd felt that he could begin publishing a character that he had created 10 years ago called "Spawn." When the first issue of Spawn hit the stands in 1992, it sold more than 1.7 million copies, making it the best-selling independent comic book to date. Gaining much stardom and success, Todd then decided to launch his own toy company, McFarlane Toys, to guarantee his fans quality products that resonated with his characters. Since then, Todd has also delved into the world of music videos and film.

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