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Mike Gray: Creator/Director Bio

Mike Gray is an award–winning writer, cartoonist, animator, director, and stand-up comedian who lives and works in Northern California. Mike's Studio, Pencil for Hire, has produced work for many animated projects and games including shorts for Nicktoons' “ARead More
Mike Gray: Creator/Director Bio

Mike Gray is an award–winning writer, cartoonist, animator, director, and stand-up comedian who lives and works in Northern California. Mike's Studio, Pencil for Hire, has produced work for many animated projects and games including shorts for Nicktoons' “Ape Escape”, all animation for Fox's “The Garcia's” animated shorts, all animation, music, and voice-acting over for the “Royal Heist” animated slot machine, backgrounds and layouts for the “Chipper” animated dvd series, to name a few. As a writer, Mike was awarded 6th place in the 1995 Hanna-Barbera Storyboard Contest, Honorable Mention in the 1996 Hanna-Barbera Storyboard Contest, and 9th place in the 1997 Nickelodeon Storyboard Contest. Mike’s cartoon, “The Three Pigs,” which he wrote, animated, directed, and voiced, appeared in the 2002 Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival and has recently gained a following on Youtube. As a stand-up comedian, Mike was a finalist in the 2005 Rooster T. Feathers 3rd Annual Amateur Stand-Up Comedy Competition. His cartoon, “The Infinite Goliath,” which he wrote, storyboarded, directed, co-created, and co-produced premiered on the “Random Cartoons” show on Nicktoons in January 17, 2009. His cartoon, “Thom Cat,” which he created, wrote, and co-produced, premiered on the “Random Cartoons” show on Nicktoons on January 31, 2009. “Thom Cat’s” awards include: Honorable Mention and Official Selection of the 4th Annual Brooklyn Kidsfilmfest of 2008, Official Selection of the 2008 & 2009 San Diego International Children’s Film Festival, and Official Selection of the 2008 Fire Island Festival. Mike's webcomic, Clumsy Love, which is updated three times a week, can be seen at www.clumsylove.net. Mike’s work and updated news can be found at his website: www.pencilforhire.com. Mike currently works as Creative Director of the educational gaming site “Brainzy” for Education.com, which he developed all of the characters for and the world they live in. He directs a large team of internal and external artists and musicians to complete the many animated teaching moments, stories, and game art for each release. Read Less
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