This is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to creating characters and the world they live in and what it takes to get ideas on the screen. The tone is approachable and encouraging, from an Emmy Award-winning artist. It features behind-the-scenes and in-progress storyboards, photos and art from several popular animated series, such as Rocko's Modern Life and Spongebob Squarepants . This book targets the scores of aspiring cartoon animators who are seeking a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to creating characters and the world they live in. Creating Animated Cartoons with Character was born out of Emmy Award-winning illustrator and animator Joe Murray's experiences with countless aspiring cartoonists who wanted to know how to craft a successful animated series. He offers an in-depth, fully illustrated guide to creating characters and scene and behind-the-scenes looks at his successful series and those of his contemporaries.