and welcome to the Zaptoons website! On this site, I'll feature
books, games and toons created by Mike Milo and myself, as well
as other fun stuff we find interesting and entertaining. This page
is just a little bit about who we at Zaptoons are, and just what
the heck a 'Zaptoons' are to begin with.
note movie clips on this page require QuickTime.
McLaughlin is a writer,
animator and editor For the past twenty-some
years he’s worked for many major Hollywood studios including
Hanna-Barbera and Fox Television Animation, on various animated TV shows.
to his career in television
animation, he’s worked for
and written and drawn comic books.
lives happily in Los Angeles with his lovely wife Leila and son, Leo. He keeps
busy developing animation projects with his creative partner Mike
as well as writing books.
Milo is an animator/director/producer and artist extraordinaire
who’s worked for nearly every major studio in Hollywood including
Nickelodeon and Disney.
He’s won several
awards for his work, including two Golden Reel Awards and
Award. He divides his professional time between animation,
creating video games and
drawing comic books.
During all this busy
work, he managed to marry his soul mate Laura, and co-create two
beautiful children, Melissa and Megan. He lives in Los Angeles
where he’s always busy creating.
I've long had the desire to create a brand
of children's and young adult entertainment with a certain 'zap'
to it. Zap meaning a unique sort of flair that set it apart from
other works. Fantastic stories to fire the boundless imagination
children have, as well as appeal to the sense of youthful adventure
in folks of every age. The sort of stories I wanted to read myself
as a kid, and sought out whenever I could. That core idea remains
the essence of what Zaptoons is all about for me.
From the start, Mike and I have shared
that same vision. Zaptoons was born in the late 1980's, encapsulating
the ‘house style’ for the particular brand of stories
we wanted to tell. Our first efforts came in the form of hand-drawn
animated projects filmed during our art school days, featuring
a crazy cast of characters we wanted to see brought to life. Later,
we began drawing comic books, and self-publishing them. We found
the comic page to be a perfect vehicle in which to weave unusual
An issue of our comic
magazine, Zaptoon Tales from February, 1993
We printed hundreds of copies of "Zaptoon
Tales" and populated each issue with the adventures of
characters from our animated experiments, like Charlie
‘The Bullbarians’ even made an appearance, as did
characters that would later show up in films we produced professionally.
Mostly our friends, families, and people we gave the issues
to at comic conventions in New York and San Diego were our only
audience, but it was just the thrill of telling a tale that
motivated us. The experience led to our doing mass-market comics,
such as stories for the popular Simpsons
series. Our storytelling
developed enough to spin yarns with ‘zap’ for real,
for game companies, and various animation studios.
The written page is just as graphic and
just as entertaining a canvas for the reader’s mind as
the comic page and the TV screen. This fuels the drive to bring
the 'zap' to books written and illustrated with our core goals
in mind. I want to write the sort of books I would have loved
to find on a bookshelf when I was a kid. That's what a Zaptoon
is all about. HM
A project called
Dimension Soup about a gang of Dodos that escape extinction by fleeing
into other dimensions
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