Eastern Washington University is proud to welcome back to campus Todd McFarlane, an entertainment and business mogul and an international awarding-winning artist, during its Commencement weekend June 14-15.
Todd McFarlane ’84, who will be the keynote speaker at one of two graduation ceremonies that weekend, became a comic book sensation in the 1980s due to his work on Marvel Comics Spider-Man franchise. In 1992, he launched his own comic title, Spawn, which became one of the 1990s’ most popular heroes and which launched a highly successful and diverse career that includes action figures, film, animation and video games. Spawn became an Emmy Award-winning animated series on HBO and a top grossing live-action feature film from New Line Cinema. McFarlane founded and controls the award-winning McFarlane Toys, a leader in the action figure industry, and produces products based on the some of the hottest entertainment and sports properties.
Open to the public on the night before commencement, Friday, June 14, EWU will present Road Trip to Creative Autonomy, an evening with Todd McFarlane from 7-8 p.m., at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park in Spokane. An autograph session will follow. Admission to this special speaking engagement is $15, and will include a highly limited edition Spawn comic book with a E.W.U. Grad Special cover. The event is free for EWU students with Eagle Card ID. Advanced registration is required and IDs will be scanned at the door. Space is limited, so please RSVP to alumni.ewu.edu/mcfarlane.
McFarlane, who once worked as a janitor while studying and playing baseball at Eastern, will be the keynote speaker during the 2 p.m. Commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 15, for students in the College of Science, Health and Engineering and the College of Arts, Letters and Education.
I saw McFarlane in action during a live interview once in Angoulême and I must say that it was quite entertaining. It’s like watching a whale on steroids carrying the American flag crashing through the walls of logic and common sense 🙂
nicely put 🙂
But is this a compliment or an insult? 🙂
If I gotta tell you’ll never know :p
Well as I remember he ignored the interviewers questions and he got all worked up about Spawn being much more realistic than Batman because he killed people. He even elaborated that if a masmurder would happen during the interview he would track down the killer and shoot him for free. Never understood why added the for free. But I don’t remember anything from the Otomo interview so McFarlane did make an impact. I also remember sleeping on the handbrake that night, happy days…
I guess he just liked being a maniac, hence the for free :p