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The MLaaTR

Sketchbook
By the artists from
My Life as a Teenage Robot
2nd Edition

Edited by
Rob Renzetti, Alex Kirwan
& Eric Homan

Frederator Books
New York Hollywood
The MLaaTR Sketchbook
By the artists from My Life is a Teenage Robot

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2nd Edition
2019
Forewords

The first and most important step I took to develop the
look of Teenage Robot was also the easiest. I hired Alex
Kirwan as my art director. We see eye to eye on a lot of
things artistic and other things and I knew that, together,
we could come up with a fresh style for our show.

We quickly devised a game plan:

We would draw on the look of 1930s animation from
Fleischer Studios but combine it with the flat look of
U.P.A. stuff from the 50s. We would bring Art Deco de-
sign into every detail from the smallest utensil to the tall-
est building. At the same time we would evoke a future
fantasy world as imagined by science fiction
pulp magazines and comics.

Obviously, the second step was a little more complicated
than the first. But we have been extremely lucky in find-
ing extremely talented people to help bring this vision
to life. This book is meant as an acknowledgement and
thank you for the essential contribution that each of them
has made to Teenage Robot.

So, thanks.

Rob Renzetti
Creator, My Life as a Teenage Robot
.....
If an animated cartoon is well executed it may give the
viewer an impression he is watching a cartoon actor
handling individual and performing on an imaginative
set. In reality, of course, the character, props, and set
are actually thousands of separate images repeatedly by
dozens of different artist across two continents. A long
journey of reinterpretation with its style and personality
intact. These pages contain a very small sampling of the
images design by our artists to be both functional and in-
spiring. These original pencil sketches reveal the artists'
thought processes and exhibit raw personality that can
never be completely duplicated.

Alex Kirwan
Art Director, My Life as a Teenage Robot
Introduction

Whenever I tell anyone I'm in the cartoon business,
invariably the first thing I get asked is "Oh, do you
draw?" Now, to this I crack either "Yeah, flies" or "Yes,
a bath." I'd be hard pressed to tell you which answer
breaks up a room more.

But, in truth, the answer is "No, I wish I could,"
especially when it comes to drawing like the artists who
work on Teenage Robot. In fact, it's a safe bet that I don't
think like these left-brained co-workers of mine. I mean,
I can't even imagine the details of a Z-038 jet transport,
an art-deco hotdog cart, or some incidental character
in Mr. Smellhaus's social studies class, so how could I
possibly commit them to paper? See, I truly don't know
how to begin what these people do; it bewilders my
equally-left-and-right-sided brain (het formidable in its
own fashion.) It's a mystery to me, and one which puts
me considerably in awe of their talents.

So with this sort of due admiration, it's simple for me
artists, no matter how they dress. I consider myself
fortunate to see their creations daily. And now that
you've got this book, I suspect you'll feel the same way.

Eric Homan
Frederator Studios

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Artist contributors to My Life as a Teenage Robot

Alex Kirwan Shawn Holt David Thomas
Bernie Petterson Sunil Hall Dave Wasson
Brandon Kruse Tim Barnes Ed Baker
Bryan Arnett Alex Almaguer Eric Bryan
Chris Hacker Aliki Theofilopoulos Ian Wasseluk
Chris Tsirgiotis Andy Suriano Jeff Albrecht
Heather Martinez Ashley Lenz Jenny Gase-Baker
Janice Tolentino Bill Flores Jill Petrilak
Jill Friemark Bill Schwab Kelly Armstrong
John Fountain Carlos Ramos Mary Hanley
Joseph Holt Carol Wyatt Mike Kunkel
Leticia Lacy Chris Battle Pablo Solis
Robert Lacko Chris Dent Shelly Kvilvang
Rob Renzetti Chuck Klein Stephen Sandoval
Sean Edberg Cynthia McInstosh Su Moon
Seonna Hong Dan Krall Tom King
Trevor Wall
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My Life as a Teenage Robot

Created by Rob Renzetti
Executive Producers:
Rob Renzetti & Fred Seibert
A Frederator Studios Production

New York Hollywood
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