i realize i have a very small pool of followers who actually attend my school but if anyone who follows me is at hofstra right now there’s a sizable gathering in solidarity against the ferguson decision outside hofstra USA/dutch treats and it would be excellent if people joined us
Today’s black history month post is about Milton Knight, comic book artist and animator. Milton is well known for his wacky, rubbery style that’s highly reminiscent of early animation. His style is full of energy and silliness, which makes it just the right fit for lots of different series.
Milton is only in his early 50s at the moment, and was born in Mineola, New York. He got into art at a very young age, with an interest in activities like drawing, painting, and attempts at animation as a child. He attended Hofstra University, located in New York as well. Soon after, in the late 1970s, his career began to take off officially.
As an illustrator, he began work in the very late 70s, doing visual art for several diverse publications. This includes the like of Nickelodeon Magazine, The Village Voice, Heavy Metal, and Family Weekly. His resume for illustration work spans to both the family friendly and the adult-oriented, showing a diverse repertoire for what he could make. However, his career doesn’t stop there by any means.
In the 80s, Knight jumped into the comic industry, comic art having been an interest of his for a while. His first published work was Hugo, a one-shot that debuted in 1982. It was advertised as an adult-oriented fantasy. The titular protagonist was a cat court jester, adventuring in the fairy tale kingdom of Rottingham. Later on in the years, the series got renewed for more issues. In 1995, the stories were put together into a paperback book that is known as The Hugo Collection.
Knight worked on several other comic pieces aside from his own original work. He did work for comics from Marvel Studios along with franchises who had comic series such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Betty Boop, and Mighty Mouse.
In the 90s, Milton moves to California. It was at this point that he really kickstarted his career as an animator. He has had multiple jobs in the industry, including things like storyboarding, backgrounds, and color designs. He’s worked for studios including Disney Television, MGM Television, HBO, Warner Bros., and on films like Cool World. He is particularly known for his work on the cartoon series adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog.
He’s worked on several shows and films besides the above, however. Some of his crew work you may recognize from shows you’ve seen like Class of 3000 (a storybaord artist), Battletoads, Johnny Test, and The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat.
Milton currently teaches art at The Collonade Art Gallery and Studio. He does archive volunteer work for ASIFA (the International Animated Film Association), who present the Annie Awards every year.