PIX is pleased to announced Kaz (known to his friends an family as Kazimieras G. Prapuolenis) as a special guest of PIX 2016. Born in Hoboken, New Jersey (that’s not a joke) Kaz studied cartooning in New York City with Art Spiegelman and Harvey Kurtzman. After contributing comics to many publications (including Raw, Weirdo, Details, and Screw) he launched his weekly alternative newspaper comic strip, Underworld in 1992 (for which he won France’s Hergé Award). In 2001, Kaz began writing on Nicklodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon show. Since then he’s written for Cartoon Network’s Camp Lazlo (for which he won an Emmy) and Disney’s Phineas and Ferb (nominated for an Emmy). Coming full circle, Kaz has rejoined the crew of SpongeBob and is currently on the writing staff knocking out new episodes. Oh, and he still draws Underworld weekly (read them HERE)! Learn more about the life and cartooning career of Kaz, in John Kelly’s lengthy interview with him, HERE.