What started as a childhood obsession has become a full-blown career for Andrew Farago.
The 1994 Wellington High School graduate published a book this month about something he fell in love with 27 years ago — the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Farago was able to meet his childhood heroes, including series creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, while writing the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History.”
“There’s so many moments that my younger self’s head would be exploding if he knew that I get to do all this and this would be work,” he said.
Farago began devouring newspaper comics as soon as he learned to read, he said.
Later he turned his attention to Spider-Man, G.I. Joe, and Superman stories and cartoon series, including the TMNT.
Weekly visits to Kimmel’s Pharmacy and digging through a lot of comics at flea markets are fond memories for Farago, who is now the curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.
He said at a young age he knew he wanted his future to involve the art style he loved so much.
Farago’s mother encouraged him to write and draw as he grew up. That prodding led the artist to work on three holiday projects for Marvel Comics and more.
Whether it’s writing comic books or writing books about comics, Farago said he doesn’t have a preference but is excited to do either.
He said he could have never predicted he would be writing books about Popeye, the Looney Toons, or G.I. Joe.
After spending two years of research and conducting more than 100 interviews with people such as Brian Henson of the Muppets and former rapper Vanilla Ice for his most recent book, Farago said he’s looking forward to exercising his other writing skills and work on another comic.
Farago’s TMNT book follows the full story of the shelled creatures, including the cartoon and comic series and the film adaptations.
Caitlyn Wasmundt may be reached at 440-988-2801 or on Twitter @LC_CaitW.