Bill Morrison has enjoyed a stellar cartooning career that has spanned The Simpsons and Futurama to his recent graphic novel adaptation of The Beatles cartoon Yellow Submarine.
Award-winning cartoonist and illustrator Bill Morrison began his career in Detroit Michigan as a technical illustrator, but his dream was to be a cartoonist. When Bill decided that he had rendered his last diesel fuel pump, he moved to Southern California with his wife, Kayre.
He began working immediately in motion picture advertising where he painted dozens of movie posters, including many for Walt Disney Pictures, such as The Little Mermaid, Bambi, Peter Pan, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book.
For several years Bill spent most of his waking hours on various projects related to The Simpsons. For that iconic property he has created thousands of drawings for T-shirts, video games, posters, toy packaging, books, calendars, limited edition prints, etc.
When The Simpsons creator Matt Groening founded Bongo Comics, Bill was hired on as art director and realized his cartoonist dreams when he drew the very first Simpsons comic. He quickly took on the role of Creative Director, editing Bongo’s entire output, and writing and drawing stories and covers as time permitted.
Bill also worked with Groening on early character designs for the TV show Futurama and served as the series art director. He also recently served as Artist and Designer on Groening’s Netflix series, Disenchantment.
In addition to his work on The Simpsons and Futurama, Bill has written and drawn his own comic book series; the four-time Eisner Award-nominated Roswell, Little Green Man and co-created three other comic book series, Heroes Anonymous, Dead Vengeance, and Lady Robotika (the latter with Jane Wiedlin of the legendary all-girl rock band, The Go-Go’s).
Most recently, Bill – who also serves as the President of the National Cartoonists Society – was the Executive Editor of the newly relaunched MAD Magazine. He also created a 96-page graphic novel adaptation of The Beatles Yellow Submarine for Titan Comics.
Bill is an Associate Director of NCSFest, contributing to special guest recruitment.
Bill Morrison's NCSFest Schedule:
Inside the Yellow Submarine with Bill Morrison
Friday, May 17 - 4:15 pm
Hyatt Regency - Vista Room
How to Draw the Simpsons
Saturday, May 18 - 11:30 am
Huntington Beach Library
Meet The Simpsons
Saturday, May 18 - 4:00 pm
Sunday, May 19 - 10:30 am
Hyatt Regency - Fountain Room