BYRON VAUGHNS BIOGRAPHY :
Byron Vaughns was born in Memphis, Tennessee with a pencil in one hand and the funny papers in the other. After drawing his way through public school, he headed for the nearest newspaper that would hire him, the Evening Times in West Memphis, Arkansas. His first cartoon’s topic focused on the weeds in the area. Drawing local editorial cartoons was very encouraging; and he wanted additional education. He left for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree. During this period he kept busy doing editorial cartoons for the college paper, The Arkansawyer and received more experience in the fine art of starving. He moved on to the Arkansas Dispatch, where he wrote/drew a regular series of historical panels and editorial comic strip series, “The Arkankids” and wondered if/when/how food/and/or money would materialize. Later, he ended up at the Pine Bluff Commercial where he did local editorial cartoons and a daily comic strip series, “Pine Bluff Paradise” and continued to wonder if/when/how food/and/or money would materialize. The world of television beckoned when KATV Channel Seven in Little Rock, Arkansas employed him as graphic designer, working closely with the news department. This led to work as an Artist-In-Residence (a high falutin’ title for an on-site artist at a school campus) with the Arkansas Arts Council. This job had Mr. Vaughns in Hope, Arkansas only a few miles from Egg City. A natural interest in cartooning opened the door to work as an Animation Director with the Arkansas Arts Center. Eventually, he moved west where he worked for various animation studios (such as Warner Bros., Disney, Universal, Starz Media, etc.), and found that finally he no longer had to wonder if/when/how food/and/or money would materialize. He worked his way through the ranks peculiar to the animation profession: storyboard artist, assistant animator, character designer, development artist, director and finally, producer. He has directed/produced traditional animation, computer animation (CGI) and internet animation (Flash). He has also worked on a variety of cartoon series and direct-to-video features including the recently released Rob Zombie’s Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Starz Media, Burbank, CA. His background includes television series such as “Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures” and “Animaniacs” (Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment). While directing the popular cartoon series “Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures” for Warner Bros. Television Animation, he received an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program (Fox Network). Other series and direct-to-video features include “101 Dalmatians” (Disney), “Weird-Ohs” (Mainframe), “Casper’s Haunted Christmas” (Harvey Entertainment), “Make Way for Noddy” (SD Entertainment). He has always had an interest in comic books and during this busy period he found time to draw promotional artwork featuring the cartoon character “Woody Woodpecker”. He also worked on the nationally syndicated “Bugs Bunny” comic strip. He wrote and drew for the “Tiny Toons Magazine” and drew for the comic book “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. Mr. Vaughns met Dan Di Dio (then a general manager at ABC Network’s Children’s Division) while working as Producer on “Dumb & Dumber”, Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc., Hollywood, CA. While Mr. Vaughns moved on to Cartoon Network’s Johnny Bravo to produce and co-develop the series with the creator Van Partible, Mr. Di Dio (yes he has two last names) eventually left California and went on to DC Comics in New York. While working on the “Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam” Comic Book, Mr. Di Dio remembered Mr. Vaughns and gave him a chance to work on it. The rest, they say, is history!