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todd mcfarlane
artist, entertainment mogul and creator of spawn

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Todd McFarlane, the creator of Spawn, is a multi-faceted businessman with a broad range of experience in entertainment, sports and publishing. Todd is the creative force behind, Todd McFarlane Productions, McFarlane Toys and Todd McFarlane Entertainment. Since January 1999, he's won an Emmy for the animated Spawn series, two MTV Video Music Awards and a Grammy for Korn's Freak on a Leash music video. He received a Grammy nomination for the Pearl Jam animated Do the Evolution music video.

In 1992, McFarlane co-founded the independent publishing company Image Comics, and introduced Spawn. Issue #1 sold 1.7 million copies, an unprecedented and unmatched independent comic book feat. Today, Spawn is still one of the best-selling comic titles in the U.S., and is published in more than 120 countries and 16 languages. TMP also produces Spawn: The Dark Ages, Sam and Twitch and Hellspawn.

McFarlane Toys is the fifth-largest action figure manufacturer in the industry. The company produces the award-winning Spawn action figures, plus many other pop culture, horror and professional sports icons from movies, music, comic books and video games. McFarlane Toys has produced figures of KISS, Beatles Yellow Submarine, Austin Powers, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Where the Wild Things Are, Shaft, Akira, Freddy Krueger, Jason, NHLPA and more.

TME develops and produces animated television, feature films, music videos and electronic gaming projects. McFarlane is currently developing the New Line sequel to 1997's $100 million-grossing film, Spawn. He is the executive producer of Todd McFarlane's Spawn, the two-time Emmy winning animated series that began in 1997. He created and produced animation sequences for Jodie Foster's film The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys.

Todd is a passionate sports enthusiast and player who owns The McFarlane Collection, which contains 10 historic baseballs from the 1998 Mark McGwire-Sammy Sosa home run race. It showcases McGwire's 70th and Sosa's 66th home run balls, plus memorabilia from all the home run heroes of the 20th century. McFarlane is also part-owner of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers.

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in 1961, McFarlane began drawing comic book heroes in high school. After more than 700 rejection letters, McFarlane accepted a pencilling assignment from Marvel/Epic Comics. He worked his way to the top of Marvel's talent roster, where he wrote, pencilled and inked Spider-man. His first issue sold more than 2.5 million copies -- the best-selling comic book of all time. Following this success, McFarlane left Marvel in August 1991, which led to the formation of Image Comics.