About the Author
Darin McGowan is a storyboard artist at Nickelodeon Animation Studio.
Leaving the Midwest for Los Angeles in 1999, Darin began his animation career as a storyboard artist at Klasky Csupo (contributing to The Wild Thornberrys, As Told by Ginger, and an Emmy Award winning season of Rugrats). Since then, Darin's storyboard credits include everything from primetime shows like Futurama (Rough Draft/Comedy Central) and Bordertown (Bento Box/FOX) to kids stuff like Dinosaur Train (Henson/PBS) and Fish Hooks (Disney). Currently, Darin's in the story department for Nickelodeon's upcoming series The Loud House.
Darin's real talent, however, is in content development. His projects have been optioned and/or purchased by Disney (The Cat Box, The Bloodthirsty Pirettes of St. Mary's, and Hiding Hiccups), Warner Brothers (Gorilla Girl and Sticks and Stones), Cartoon Network (Stick and Monohan Make a Break for It), Nickelodeon (Everybody's Jealous of Tina Fowler), and The Jim Henson Company (Angry Feathers: The Mystery of EGG 6). Writing, designing, and directing his own projects have become worthwhile pursuits for Darin, though he's also been known to help out other creators with character designs and conceptual artwork.
Darin's short films employ several mediums from puppets to animation. A Perfect Likeness (from Stickey Situations, Darin's stick-figure series of shorts) won first place in the 2008 Bitfilm Festival (Mobile Division) and was even a featured short on Funny Or Die, where it racked up 7000 views in a few short weeks.
Darin enjoys a good laugh so if you know any jokes, please don't hold back. Also, watch for Darin's band, Couch Fire, as it begins its West Coast tour this fall.