BRAIN EXPLOSION by Dave Shelton

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Consider simultaneously smiling and blowing your mind.


From the skewed brain of National Lampoon’s Dave Shelton comes a collection of quotes, observations, cartoons, titles, and silly names that skewer everything from marriage, the entertainment industry, and sports. Smile, laugh, think, or learn something cool that you can espouse at parties. This oddly knotted set of silliness spreads over nearly 200 pages that are overfilled with often hilarious cartoons, writings, musings, and recorded comments from his days as head of cartoons and senior writer at the legendary National Lampoon. Who knew that insanity could be so easy?


About the author: Dave Shelton is an award-winning film and television writer/cartoonist/voice actor/musician/producer/director. Credits include Everybody Loves Raymond, Nickelodeon, Disney, Tweety and Sylvester, the SyFy Channel, and ICN TV China.  Producer/writer for the award-winning documentary From Cheesecake to Cheesecake: The Joy Harmon Story, and creator of the hit kids TV show Professor Creepy’s Scream Party© on Kaleidoscope Kids TV network.


“Dave Shelton possesses an imagination that balances darkness and innocence in a very insightful array of cartoons, conversations and musings and we’re all better off for it.” –Rick Overton, Emmy Award-winning  actor/writer

“How could you not fall in love with Dave Shelton’s thoroughfare of genius?” –Dana Barron, Emmy Award-winning actress


“What is the best and worst I can say about Dave Shelton’s talent? The best is he is innovative, creative, funny, and brilliant. The worst is he does not have the ability to clone himself.” –Stephen Furst, award-winning actor/director/producer


Dave Shelton

film and television writer/director/cartoonist/voice actor

 

Dave Shelton, an award winning film and television writer, cartoonist, author, musician and voice actor, has had his writing compared to the likes of Ray Bradbury and David Lynch and his cartoon work to that of Charles Schulz, one of Dave’s idols. As senior writer and head of cartoons at National Lampoon, he put out two best-selling cartoon collections while handling writing and cartooning for the flagship magazine. He was also involved with Comic Relief. His early work includes art for Tim Allen and Robert Wuhl’s HBO specials and, as cartoonist and writer for Tiger Beat's Superteen Magazine he created the popular cartoon Toon Groupies©. Dave’s character Snuggy Bear© was licensed for multiple brands including children’s eyewear by Crystal Clear Vision Group, selling out worldwide after a highly successful premiere in NYC at the International Vision Expo. Dave is also the creator of the popular Hackidu characters for Everybody Loves Raymond.

 

Dave has illustrated several popular children’s books including Bellaboo, the Purple Princess written by General Hospital star Nancy Lee Grahn and The Lemming Shepherds, distributed throughout China and being adapted into a feature film. He illustrated and helped edit the book Full Frontal Tenudity from famed comedienne Judy Tenuta. Dave’s own book, Brain Explosion (Bear Manor Media Publishing), a collection of his cartoons and writings from his National Lampoon days is also available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

 

Dave new kids show Professor Creepy's Scream Party(c) had huge premieres at the 2013 Phoenix Comic Con and Son of Monsterpalooza convention in Burbank, CA. It has been receiving rave reviews and was written up in iconic Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine (April, 2013). Professor Creepy won the Bronze trophy at the 2014 International Independent Film Awards and was an official selection in the 2014 R.I.P. Horror Film Festival. The pilot was picked up for airing on the Monster Channel (August, 2017). Dave’s documentary, From Cheesecake to Cheesecake: The Joy Harmon Story (WGAw), about the life of 1960's film/TV icon Joy Harmon, won the 2013 Hollywood & Vine Film Festival and was a top five finalist in the prestigious 2014 Taste Awards and won the Silver trophy at the 2014 International Independent Film Awards.

 

Dave’s sitcom pilot Against Type, starring Roland Kickinger (Terminator Salvation), Stephen Furst (Animal House) and ICarly's Jennette McCurdy, aired domestically in over forty US markets and was picked up for international distribution by the Global Broadcasting Company in Spring, 2010, CETV (Chinese Entertainment Television) and The Dish Network's Simply Kids channel in 2011. It was also a finalist in the 2015 Taste Awards. Dave is a successful infomercial writer/director in China and his voice work can be heard on the SyFy Channel films Path of Destruction and Lake Placid 5 and in the animated series Alien House, co-starring Kim Possible’s Christie Carlson Romano and the new series Cozmo's.  Dave was also a celebrity judge on ICN TV China’s top rated talent competition show, American Stars. He is in the classic rock documentary What is Classic Rock (December, 2017) and released the documentary Ask Me if I C.A.R.E. in 2017. In October, 2016, Dave's song, I am A Zombie, charted on kids syndicated radio network JenniRadio.

 

Other credits:

Wrote Theme song for Special Olympics, which named several of their teams after Snuggy Bear©. His cartoon work is part of the Charles M. Schulz (Snoopy) museum in Santa Rosa, CA and the Haig Museum of Cartoons in New York. Former song writing partner of the late Albert Hague (Fame, How the Grinch Stole Christmas). A direct descendent of Vlad the Impaler (inspiration for Dracula). An avid golfer, Dave has been sponsored by Roger Dunn Golf Shops. National charity spokesperson for Angels in Fur Dog Rescue and is on the board of the prestigious Environment of People Foundation. Coached basketball with legendary UCLA coach Jim Harrick and former LA Lakers and Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy.

 

 



The author at MANC 2014!

 


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