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Award winning producer/director McFarlane returns to EWU campus

Eastern grad worked on Marvel Comics’ ‘Spiderman,’ created his own title ‘Spawn’



Eastern Washington University alumnus and “Spawn” creator Todd McFarlane returns to campus June 14-15.

Eastern Washington University is proud to welcome back to campus Todd McFarlane, an entertainment and business mogul and an international awarding-winning artist, during its Commencement weekend June 14-15.

Todd McFarlane ‘84, who will be the keynote speaker at one of two graduation ceremonies that weekend, became a comic book sensation in the 1980s due to his work on Marvel Comics “Spider-Man” franchise. In 1992, he launched his own comic title, “Spawn,” which became one of the 1990s’ most popular heroes and launched a highly successful and diverse career that includes action figures, film, animation and video games.

Spawn became an Emmy Award-winning animated series on HBO and a top grossing live-action feature film from New Line Cinema. McFarlane founded and controls the award-winning McFarlane Toys, a leader in the action figure industry, and produces products based on some of the hottest entertainment and sports properties.

The night before commencement, Friday, June 14, EWU will present “Road Trip to Creative Autonomy,” an evening with Todd McFarlane from 7-8 p.m., at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park in Spokane. An autograph session will follow.

Admission to this special speaking engagement is $15, and will include a highly limited edition Spawn comic book. The event is free for EWU students with their Eagle Card ID.

Advanced registration is required and IDs will be scanned at the door. Space is limited, so please RSVP to

McFarlane, who once worked as a janitor while studying and playing baseball at Eastern, will be the keynote speaker during the 2 p.m. Commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 15, for students in the College of Science, Health and Engineering and the College of Arts, Letters and Education.


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