Our first event in 2013 starts off with a Bang (and a Pow! Zap! Blam!), courtesy of the comic books. Kevin Stark is coming to Tulsa, and though he’s the founder of the Toy & Action Museum in Pauls Valley, his work isn’t all child’s play. Stark is a diverse artist, currently working in design and illustration with experience in photography and toy design.
Kevin Stark’s history with toys started back when he was just a toddler. Even then, he was impressed and inspired by the action figures passed down from his older brother. That passion carried him to a career in toy design, where he made a major impact in the industry. Stark even designed a reissue of one of the most iconic toys around: Stretch Armstrong. He went on to design figures for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Coneheads, The Simpsons, and more.
Stark’s professional career didn’t start with toy design. One of his first jobs was at an advertising agency, starting at age 15. He then went to the University of Oklahoma, earning a degree in printmaking (emphasis on drawing). Most recently, Stark developed a graphic novel featuring his own lovable character, Geezer. Eventually he would like to form an animation studio right here in Oklahoma, as a way of enriching the creative community. He hopes to encourage Oklahoma talent to stay in our state and further it’s growth, something ADCT members can appreciate.
Just how does Kevin Stark aim to do this, though? And what was it like to work on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? How many toys exactly has Stark collected, and which are his favorites? To get these answers and loads of inspiration, be sure to catch Mr. Stark at our next event. Special thanks to our event sponsor, Finch Paper.
January 17, 2013 6:30 pm | Living Arts | $25 non-members, $10 students