Douglas TenNapel (b. July 10, 1966) is the creator of Earthworm Jim.
TenNapel was born and raised in the town of Denair, California. He started out as an animator on Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Animated Series. He soon began working in the video game industry on projects like 1993's Jurassic Park and Stimpy's Invention for the Sega Genesis and The Jungle Book for the SNES and Sega Genesis. In 1994, he created Earthworm Jim, the character who would star in Shiny Entertainment's video game, toy line, and cartoon series. In 1996, working for Dreamworks, he created The Neverhood for the PC. The sequel, entitled Skullmonkeys, followed in 1998.
Work on TenNapel's first feature length live action film, Mothman, began in the late 90s, although as of 2002, the film was not finished. In television, TenNapel was the creator of the Project G.e.e.K.e.R. cartoon series for CBS, and was a consulting producer on the ABC series Push, Nevada with Ben Affleck.
TenNapel released his first graphic novel in 1998: GEAR, a surreal epic based on his real life cats, Simon, Waffle, Gordon and Mr. Black in a war against dogs and insects using giant robots as weapons. The cats from GEAR would eventually become the Nickelodeon series Catscratch.
He has completed several graphic novels since, and continues to write and create original stories.
- Creature Tech (2002)
- Tommysaurus Rex (2004)
- Earthboy Jacobus (2005)
- Iron West (2006)
- Colour re-release of GEAR (2007)
- Black Cherry (2007)
- Flink (2007)
- Monster Zoo (2008)
- Power Up (2009)
- Ghostopolis (2010)
Music and Album Art
TenNapel did the cover art for several of Five Iron Frenzy's albums, including a sculpture for their live album, Proof That the Youth Are Revolting. TenNapel has also created album covers and artwork for several Daniel Amos CDs, The 1999 tribute to the band, When Worlds Collide, the Neverhood soundtrack Imaginarium: Songs from the Neverhood and others.
He formed a band called "Truck" with Ed Schofield which was released as a CD in 2003 under the label "Records by The Neverhood".
Sockbaby (2004-2008) - Internet series spanning four episodes. Written and directed by Doug TenNapel. Episode four was directed by Doug TenNapel and John Soares. Episode four starred Doug Jones (Hellboy 2, Pan's Labyrinth), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) and Dan Heder.
Go Sukashi! (2009) - An episodic spoof of Japanese Super Sentai-style shows in association with WestHavenBrook (whom he collaborated with on Sockbaby), Watanabe Entertainment and Dentsu, based on a character by Shoko Nakagawa (who appears in the films), starring John Soares and Brooke Brodack.