Pseudonym(s) Ed Romero
|Area(s) Cartoonist, Publisher|
Name Artie Romero
|Notable works Realm, Cascade Comix Monthly, Johnny Mnemonic|
Artie Edward Romero (born in Springfield, Missouri) is an American cartoonist, animator, producer, director and publisher. He began his career in comic books at a young age in the 1970s, and now is best known for his animation work.
Comics and publishing
In his school years Romero published original illustrations by Frank Frazetta, Vaughn Bode, Barry Windsor-Smith and Michael William Kaluta in his comics and science fiction fanzine Realm (1969–72). He dropped out of college to help found Everyman Studios, an artists' collective. Other founding members of Everyman Studios include prominent illustrators Rick Berry and Darrel Anderson, who later founded Braid Media Arts.
In 1974–75, Anderson and Romero were co-editors of a Colorado Springs alternative newspaper, The Everyman Flyer, which included underground comix.
From 1978 to 1981, Romero edited and published Cascade Comix Monthly, a fanzine about underground comix with news and artist interviews, including Art Spiegelman, Dan O'Neill, Gilbert Shelton and Trina Robbins. Cascade published original comix by S. Clay Wilson, Skip Williamson, Jay Lynch and other underground cartoonists. A variety of minicomics and full-size underground comix were published under Everyman Comics' imprint. Several of Romero's minicomics were reprinted, including their color covers, in Fantagraphics' 2010 anthology, Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s.
Animator, producer and director
While attending college, Romero began working on animation projects such as music videos, TV commercials and movie titles. He continued to do so from 1981 through 1994 as Everyman Studios, then in 1994 he founded ARG! Cartoon Animation Studio. ARG! currently produces animation for movies, television and the Web. Romero's screen credits include digital effects animation for Johnny Mnemonic (Sony Pictures, 1995), and animated cartoon segments for a children's program, TV Planet (Rocky Mountain PBS, 1999).
In 1981, Romero's publishing company Everyman Studios expanded into commercial animation production, hiring animators William Kirk Kennedy, Jan Johnson and Roy W. Smith, and accepting a contract to produce an animated rock video for the band Gibraltar. A work print of the 5-minute film "King's Elevator" premiered at the 39th World Science Fiction Convention in Denver, and subsequently the finished video aired on the nationally syndicated TV series "America Rocks." The studio then began producing animated television and theatrical commercials under contract.
In 1983 the studio produced titles and animation for Frameline Filmworks' Lost starring Sandra Dee and Jack Elam, and 1984, Romero produced and directed a TV series about video games called Video Game All Stars for the local NBC affiliate, KOAA Channels 5/30. The program included animated bumpers by Romero. Also in 1984, Romero produced title animation and animated bumpers for Almost Live, produced and hosted by Jeff Valdez. Everyman Studios continued to produce animation for TV commercials, movie title sequences and software throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, converting from film to digital animation production in 1991.
ARG! Cartoon Animation
In 1994 Romero established ARG! Cartoon Animation in Colorado Springs, Colorado, producing animation for Duracell's national sales meeting, and digital effects for Sony Pictures' Johnny Mnemonic. Romero launched the artie.com website in 1996, and it quickly became one of the most popular animation sites on the Web. The ARG! site got 1 billion hits in a 20-month period in 2005-2006.
Best known for his visual effects on Keanu Reeves' 1995 cyberpunk feature Johnny Mnemonic, Romero has served as ARG! producer, director and animator on movie projects, TV series, music videos and thousands of animated shorts and commercials. His directorial credits include productions for MTV Networks, PBS, Kaiser Permanente, Harper Collins, AT&T, Transmerica, Safeco Insurance and more than 600 other companies.
In addition to its commercial work, the studio recently produced a series of short whiteboard/Flash cartoons, Edward Lear's Nonsense Stories for YouTube and cable TV. In January, 2015, the studio contracted to produce storyboards and animation for TAYEKENI Productions' Turtle Taido, a children's television series that will air on Nigerian Television Authority stations.