Gideon Kendall – Cartoonist

April 15, 2015

Gideon Kendall for www.pithandvigor.comGideon Kendall was born in Austin, Texas and spent his childhood on a commune deep in the backwoods of West Virginia. He attended high school in Philadelphia, PA and moved to New York City to attend art school. Since receiving his BFA from The Cooper Union in New York City (1989) he has been working as an artist, illustrator, animation designer, and musician in Brooklyn, NY.

Gideon was the production designer (backgrounds) on “Pepper Ann”, a Saturday morning cartoon show on ABC.   For five years (the duration of the series), he was the production designer (backgrounds) on “CODENAME: Kids Next Door” on the Cartoon Network.  He has also designed backgrounds, props and characters for many other television shows, including Robotomy, Stroker & Hoop, Chuggington and Word World.

In 2001 Gideon published his first children’s book; “Littlebat’s Halloween Story”, written by Diane Mayr and published by Albert Whitman & Co.  Since then he has illustrated several other picture books, most notably “Dino Pets” and “Dino Pets Go to School (Penguin/Putnam, 2006 & 2011 respectively). Gideon has also illustrated several middle-grade novels, including The Seems series for Bloomsbury and The Underworld Chroniclesseries for Sourcebooks.

Gideon has illustrated articles and record covers for companies such as The New York Times, Puma, Children’s Television Workshop, Scholastic, Geffen, and College Music Journal. He has exhibited his artwork at a variety of galleries including Ethan Cohen Fine Arts and PS122 in New York City.

In 2007 he began collaborating with ex-lawer Steven Horowitz on a series of web comics about bankruptcy. The resulting blog, Bankruptcy Bill, became a well-regarded source for comment, humor and bankruptcy information.  He is currently working on WHATZIT, his first graphic novel.

Gideon has been involved in many musical/performance art projects, and has toured the country with his band, Fake Brain. The band also wrote and performed the theme song for “The Kids Next Door” on Cartoon Network. Most recently he wrote, performed in, and created sets and animation for a multimedia comedic performance entitled “Dr. Wei-Wei & The Fake Brain” which was performed at The Bowery Poetry Club in New York City in 2006. His current project, The Ditty Committee, performs regulary in and around New York City.

In 1998 Gideon married fellow artist and long-time crush Julie Peppito. In 2008 they had a son, Milo Francis Kendall Peppito. They live together in an old house in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Kensington. Gideon’s favorite things to do, aside from making pictures and sounds, include: playing ultimate frisbee, riding his bicycle, cooking food for his family, and watching cartoons with Milo.

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