Welcome to my personal site. I'm an artist and cartoonist who became a publisher, animator, producer and director. Besides comics and animation, I've devoted years of my working life to video games, software, and Web development. I'm happily married and have two smart, handsome, successful sons, Ricky and Timothy. My wife Connie is an artist and organic gardener who just had her first two one-woman art shows. After spending the past five decades in Colorado, as of August 2017, I'm enjoying a new life in the Ozarks, on a small organic farm in Eastern Oklahoma near the Arkansas border.
My career really began with the January, 1973 founding of Everyman Studios in Colorado Springs, Colorado. My partners and co-founders were Darrel Anderson, Tom Haber, Rick Berry and William Kirk Kennedy (1953-2010). We painted, drew comics, did design work, produced illustrations and played chess. Soon the place became a publishing house with the advent of The Everyman Flyer, Realm, Scrabbits Reno Comics, Platinum Toad, Cascade Comix Monthly and a plethora of other small press, alternative publications. Now they're valuable collector's items.
As the years passed, with the exception of Kirk Kennedy, the founders of the studio drifted away, gradually replaced by younger artists. In 1981 I transitioned Everyman into the production of animation for TV and movies. This work continues to engage me, and as of 1994, our studio is called ARG! Cartoon Animation.
I truly love what I do, and I'm passionate about sharing my knowledge with those who want to learn. The studio where I spend my days has helped nearly 200 budding artists and animators get their careers started. It's thrilling to see our former animators, technicians and interns' names in the credits of hit movies and TV shows.
In 2018 our family witnessed several significant life changes, including the passing of my adoptive father, Jose Santiago Romero, and the sale of my original 1996 domain name, Artie.com. I hope to write more about these events soon.
This site isn't about my work in the ARG! Studio, or my internet startup CityStar, or even Everyman Studios, where I began my artistic collaborations. It's really about my life, reflections and creative vision. I'm looking forward to sharing my thoughts and memories on this website, so thanks for visiting, and please come back soon. read more...