Welcome to Life In The Analog Age! This is an all ages cartoon/webcomic all about the world that existed before the internet, and life in general.

Do you remember that first day of school when your mom made you wear those stupid looking pants, or the time when you got picked on for no reason, or that first kiss, the feel of your backpack filled with books, the smell of your mom’s cooking, those quiet sounds outside your window every night before falling asleep, that’s Life In The Analog Age.

Join me in trying to recall those feelings, those little things you might have forgotten, the times that were just a little slower paced, the life that you had before you were a “grown up”.

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy Life In The Analog Age.

About the Creator/Artist:

Gabe Swarr is a 15 year veteran of the animation industry. Working many shows you’ve surely seen or heard of most recently directing The Penguins of Madagascar, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera,  and Supervising Producer of Kung Fu Panda: The Legends of Awesomeness. He is currently a Producer at WB Animation. He is also the co-founder of Dumm Comics and iam8bit Productions.

Life in the Analog Age is his independent animation/comic project which he produces after hours.
He is the sole creator, producer, artist, and composer of all the content unless noted otherwise.

See more of Gabe’s work.

14 thoughts on “about

  1. Jaimie says:

    This isn’t much of a comment as much as it is a question, but are you from the Lancaster PA area?

    1. gabe says:

      Yep, grew up in Mt. Joy and Manheim PA.

  2. Gabe, why some type animators John K. says that the 80s were bad?

    1. gabe says:

      Well, not just John K. types agree that the 70’s and 80’s were the “dark ages” of animation. The industry was in a creative slump, there weren’t many jobs, and there weren’t any creator-driven cartoons at all.

      In the late 80’s and early 90’s the industry started to turn around with the help of Roger Rabbit, the Simpsons, and Ren and Stimpy. Now the animation industry is a vibrant full industry with way more opportunities and real quality.

      As a cartoonists and animator, I know that a lot of cartoons I watched as a kid were very poorly made, but for me, it’s the nostalgia that draws me back!

      I’m also thankful everyday I didn’t have to work in the “dark ages” of cartoons.

  3. Louise says:

    Hi Gabe,

    I just happened upon your page just now as I’m applying for a Design Sponge scholarship. I’m actually writing about how the analog age informs my artmaking/illustration. I’ve had an ongoing toymaking project and have a recurring boxer character that I’ve made that must have been a product of my exposure to old cartoons, comics (Nancy), and small handmade objects. Because of that, your About page blurb speaking to the quieter moments and slow-paced times definitely resonated with me.

    If you have a moment, I’d love for you to check out my page where I post images of my artwork. Thanks for your work and site, I’m already interested upon first glance! (It’s funny though how the digital age and technology still contributes to the propagation, access, and exposure to the simpler times while simultaneously eclipsing it)

    Take care,

    1. gabe says:

      Do you have a link I can follow?

  4. Corey Atwood says:

    Dear Gabe Swarr,
    My name is Corey Atwood and I am the Features Editor at a RobotGeek.co.uk. I am contacting you is because of some of your artwork that appeared in the SuperIAm8Bit Art Show. Although I am located on the East coast and wasn’t able to attend, I purchased the book and I cherish every page.
    Since I received my NES on Christmas morning of ’88, I have been in love with videogames and the Industry. SuperIAm8Bit moved me in a way that is difficult to put into words. Your “Mario & Luigi” pieces are brilliant, and your quote in the book regarding staying up late with your brother while playing hours of NES perfectly mirrored my own childhood. The hours my sister and I spent stomping on the Power Pad and topping each other’s high scores in California Games are memories I wouldn’t trade for the world.
    The reason for this email is that I would like to ask if you would be willing to do us the honor of giving a quick interview. The questions of course would be concerning you, your work, your inspirations, etc. We could conduct the interview via Skype, or we could simply email you our questions and you could respond at your leisure, whichever you would prefer. Also, we would love for you to share information with our readers regarding your work, your website, any upcoming events, and how they can see more. We believe the work that you do is more than just nostalgic, but rather an important part of understanding the maturation of videogame culture. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at catwood156@gmail.com.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

  5. maybe says:

    You work on Penguins of Madagascar? Dude… I love that show, it’s hilarious

    1. gabe says:

      Ha! Used to, now I work on Kung Fu Panda for Nick. You can even see some of my drawings in the 2D sequences!

  6. The usage of only using orange and purple colors in this cartoon was interesting to me, because it’s not something I see often at all. In fact, it’s what actually caught my attention to click on one of the episodes in YouTube.
    Anyway, I saw all the videos on your YouTube channel (as of this date). The stories/topics were fun and interesting to listen to.
    My favorite episode is “Different.” That one seems to emphasis the beauty of life. I have those kind of feelings as well.

  7. nate . C says:

    hi gabe nice website!!!!! what comic book heroes did you like

    1. gabe says:

      Thanks so much! I liked all kinds of heroes. I was a big fan of all the X books mostly! 🙂

  8. Jaime says:

    what program did you use to animate your characters? or which one do you recommend?.. thank you

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