Todd's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Crazy Babbling Sunshine

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Phoenix, AZ

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 8

  • ON DVD:

TODD MCFARLANE

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.”

INTERESTS:

Art Writing

THEMES DISCUSSED:

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

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

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

BIOGRAPHY:

  • When he was growing up, he had two passions: baseball and comic books.
  • He'd never planned on going to college, but then he was offered a baseball scholarship to the Eastern Washington University.
  • Took the opportunity to study graphic arts while playing baseball and working part-time at a local comic book shop.
  • When he finished college, no professional baseball teams wanted to recruit him, so he turned all of his focus towards comic books.
  • He sent his comics to stores and companies all over the U.S. and received over 700 rejection letters in return.
  • But when he finally got his first letter of interest, it was from none other than Marvel/Epic Comics.
  • After several years with the company, he and a few other artists started their own platform, on which he published the now-infamous Spawn.
  • Since then, he's pursued just about anything that interested him: he's started a toy company, owned an NHL team, and produced music videos.

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