THE DOM STORY
Dominic Cappello grew up in Orange County, California and started cartooning at age 10 when his father gave him a series of How-to-Cartoon booklets, a stack of paper and colored pens. His primary influences, discovered in his teens, have been the illustrators Jules Feiffer and Ralph Steadman. He earned college tuition through a day job as Captain Hook at Disneyland, cementing his love for cartoon characters.
THE SAVING THE WORLD IS NOT BRAIN SURGERY PHASE
During his graduate work in an international program at Stockholm University, Cappello started experimenting with serigraphs focused on the immigrant experience in Sweden. After long stints in San Francisco and the great Northwest, he moved to New York City to write and illustrate books, as well as script and direct the animated social satire Not Brain Surgery (Think 1984 meets Brave New World with mutant lizards).
THE OPRAH SENT ME PHASE
Cappello received national attention when his Ten Talks book series on family safety and communication was featured on Oprah, catapulting Ten Talks to the New York Times bestseller list. Versions were translated into Spanish, Japanese and Vietnamese. An avalanche of Ten Talks speaking gigs, training and keynote speeches around the country followed for a decade. Cappello was also featured on The Today Show, ABC News, NBC News, and CNN.
THE SANTA FE/SAVE THE STATE FROM ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE PHASE
Cappello spent a decade in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where his distinctive illustrations populated posters, books, magazines, websites and political campaigns. He was also the curator of Santa Fe's first TEDx conference. When not sketching, designing, consulting, and doing performance art in a wrestler's mask, he pondered what New Mexico would look like run by a governor Dom. Sensing a state not quite ready for his unique vision, he created the COLOR US CARING coloring book instead.
THE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE PHASE
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