In the bleachers by Steve Moore

Steve Moore is an American cartoonist, best known for his sports cartoons of which 'In the Bleachers' (1985) is the most well known. He is also active in the field of animation, creating the 'Alpha and Omega' franchise and the animated feature film 'Open Season' (2006), which was based on some episodes of 'In the Bleachers'. He should not be confused with Steve Moore, the British comics writer (1949-2014), who created 'Axel Pressbutton'.

Steve Moore was born in 1965 in Colorado and grew up in Southern California. He graduated from Oregon State University and completed his master's degree in journalism at the University of Oregon. After college, he worked as the sports editor for Maui News in Hawaii. In 1985 he was hired as an editor at the Los Angeles Times, where he wrote articles about sports, news and features for eleven years.

Around the same time he created his sports-themed comics series 'In the Bleachers' (1985). The comics are often one-panel cartoons, but have made use of comic strip sequences too. There are no real recurring characters or focus on one particular sport. The feature proved popular and was soon syndicated through Universal Press Syndicate to about 200 papers worldwide. Moore eventually resigned as editor for the Los Angeles Times in order to concentrate more on 'In the Bleachers'. In 2002 the series was also adapted into 15-second long animated TV shorts by Ed Wexler and Gary Katona, who work for the Walt Disney Company.

In the bleachers by Steve Moore

The animated adaptation of 'In the Bleachers' lead to a short-lived animated TV series named 'Metalheads' (2003-2004), of which Moore was the creator. It was set on an academy where the students study to become knights. It was animated by Telemagination in a co-production with TV-Toonland, CBBC and the German TV company ZDF.

In 2006 Jill Culton and Roger Allers directed 'Open Season' (2006), a 3D animated feature film based on hunting-themed cartoons of 'In the Bleachers'. Rather than focus on the hunters, though, the picture revolves around a group of forest animals who defend themselves against the game hunters. Moore was also involved in its production. 'Open Season' was released by Columbia Pictures and  featured celebrity voice work by actors like Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher, Gary Sinise, Debra Messing, Billy Connolly and Jon Favreau. It received mixed reviews, but was nevertheless relatively succesful at the box office, even inspiring a video game spin-off and three direct-to-video sequels.

Moore was also involved with the production of another succesful animated franchise, namely 'Alpha and Omega' (2010). In collaboration with directors Anthony Bell and Ben Gluck Moore wrote a love story about a male and female wolf from two rival tribes. The picture was distributed by Lionsgate Films and featured voice work by Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Dennis Hopper, Danny Glover and Christina Ricci.  Despite unfavorable reviews the film spawned a video game adaptation and no less than seven direct-to-video sequels.

In 2014 Steve Moore made a graphic contribution to the anthology comic book 'Tarzan and the Comics of Idaho #1' (2014). This was a project to benefit the Friends of the Boise Public Library, a group which supports the public library of Boise, Idaho. The book promotes 'Tarzan' by Edgar Rice Burroughs, with tributes to the 'Tarzan' comics created by Harold Foster. It featured other graphic contributions by artists like Charles Soule, Dennis P. Eichhorn, Todd Clark, Allen Gladfelter, Dame Darcy, Randall Kirby, Steve Willhite, Scott Pentzer, Jim Sumii, Julia Green, Jon Kiethley and Shanae LaVelle. It was succesful enough to motivate follow-up issues.

In the bleachers by Steve Moore

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