Douglas TenNapel

  • Film Maker-in-Residence
  • Professor of Cinema and New Media Arts


  • BFA in Fine Art / Illustration, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • MA in Art, California State University


Courses Taught

  • Faith & Culture in Cinema & New Media
  • Writing for Cinema & New Media
  • Special Topics: Graphic Novels
  • Special Topics: Video Games


Additional Information

For nearly twenty years, Doug TenNapel has been a creative force in popular media, beginning with his video game concept Earthworm Jim, which spawned an animated TV series and toy line in the early 1990s. Now a noted animator, game designer, and graphic novelist, TenNapel serves as a filmmaker-in-residence for HBU.
After designing a number of successful video games, including a collaboration with Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Interactive for the critically-acclaimed game The Neverhood, TenNapel pivoted into television work, creating animated series like Project G.e.e.K.e.R. and Catscratch. He also served as a consulting producer on Ben Affleck’s puzzle series Push, Nevada.
In 1999, TenNapel released his first graphic novel, Gear, which later became a television series for Nickelodeon. Since then, he’s released a number of highly-praised graphic novels, including Creature Tech, Ghostopolis, Bad Island, and most recently Cardboard, which Fox Animation is now developing into a feature film with Tobey Maguire. Creature Tech won an Eisner Award — the comic book industry’s highest honor.

Exploring the emerging power of crowd-funding, TenNapel’s forthcoming game Armikrog attracted nearly one million dollars from more than 18,000 supporters on, a website that enables artists and entrepreneurs to seek fan-based financing.

TenNapel currently serves as the executive producer and showrunner of VeggieTales in the House, an original animated series produced for Netflix and DreamWorks Animation. This new take on the classic children’s series was developed by TenNapel and has garnered him and his team an Emmy-nomination for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program.

TenNapel is known for his distinct, expressive illustrations and eclectic characters. As a talented artist and storyteller, he’s been able to leverage his abilities across multiple mediums throughout a very successful career. This versatility and experience is leveraged in every class Professor TenNapel teaches in HBU’s Cinema & New Media Arts program.
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