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Three issues of a 'Family Guy' limited series were published by Devil's Due in 2006.

Seth MacFarlane is an American producer and comedy filmmaker, best-known for creating two of the most popular contemporary animated comedy shows for an adult audience. The humour in both 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad!' shows a sharp satirical and sometimes crude view on American society and culture. The cutaway gags regularly poke fun at controversial subjects like AIDS, domestic violence, terrorism and rape. The shows' use of profanity, (animated) nudity and violence has drawn criticism from several organizations, while the shows' originality has also been questioned, as some consider it a rip-off of Matt Groening's 'The Simpsons'. Be that as it may, the general public loves the uncompromising humour of the Griffin and Smith families, and both shows have been regularly nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards and Annie Awards.

Walter Crouton
Walter Crouton

MacFarlane had already showcased his sense of humor and talent for drawing while still a kid in Kent, Connecticut. At age 9, he had a comic strip published in the local newspaper The Kent Good Times Dispatch for five dollars a week. Main character in these one or two panel strips was 'Walter Crouton'. At age 11 he became third in a cartoon contest of the Museum of Cartoon Art. MacFarlane's influences are Gary Larson, Matt Groening and Looney Tunes cartoons. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, where he created an animated film called 'Life of Larry' for his thesis. He began his professional career as a writer and animator for the 1990s wave of Hanna-Barbera cartoons for Cartoon Network, most notably 'Johnny Bravo'.

Cartoon at age 11
Comic strip drawn by MacFarlane at age 11

At age 25, MacFarlane was TV's youngest executive producer, when his series about the dysfunctional Griffin family premiered on Fox Television on 20 December 1998. Notable about 'Family Guy' is that MacFarlane himself provides the voices for three of the main characters: the overweight blue-collar father Peter Griffin, the brilliant anthropomorphic dog Brian, and the violent and intellectual baby Stewie. MacFarlane also does the voices of father and CIA agent Stan Smith and the alien Roger in 'American Dad!', that premiered on 6 February 2005 and was co-created with Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman. A spin-off to 'Family Guy' called 'The Cleveland Show' was broadcasted from September 2009 to May 2013.

American Dad by Seth MacFarlane
American Dad!

Seth MacFarlane is furthermore writer-director of the films 'Ted' (2012), its sequel 'Ted '2 (2015), and 'A Million Ways to Die in the West' (2014). He served as executive producer on live action TV shows and documentaries like 'The Winner', 'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey', 'Dads' and 'Blunt Talk'. He has additionally appeared as a guest actor on TV series, created his own YouTube series called 'Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy' (for which Liz Climo did storyboards) and is active as a singer. MacFarlane sang the opening theme in the 'Futurama' film 'Into the Wild Green Yonder' (2009) and was special guest voice in the Futurama episode 'Game of Tones' (2013) and the 'The Simpsons' episodes 'Dangers on a Train' (2013) and the crossover 'Simpsons Guy' (2014).

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Peter Griffin, Seth MacFarlane, Stan Smith

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