TenNapel started out as an animator on Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes, and soon began working in the video game industry on projects like 1993's Jurassic Park for the Sega Genesis, Stimpy's Invention also for the Sega Genesis and Jungle Book for the SNES and Sega Genesis. In 1994, TenNapel created the Earthworm Jim video game and cartoon series.
In 1996 TenNapel created what is perhaps his most famous creation to date for Steven Spielberg's Dreamworks, The Neverhood for the PC. TenNapel also made a sequel for the Neverhood entitled Skullmonkeys in 1998.
In the late 1990's, TenNapel began filming his first feature length live action film, entitled Mothman. Although there have been a handful of screenings at Comedian Conventions, as of 2002, that film was never finished. TenNapel was also the creator of the Project G.e.e.K.e.R cartoon series for CBS, and is currently a consulting producer on the ABC series Push, Nevada with Ben Affleck.
In 2002, TenNapel released his first graphic novel, Creature Tech, which is Top Shelf's fastest selling book ever. TenNapel's graphic novel was soon the focus of a bidding war between movie studios. 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises won the war and plan to start filming a live action motion picture based on the novel in 2004.
TenNapel is also the lead singer of an independent band called Truck, who has opened for U2.
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