Eric Robles, creator of Fanboy & Chum Chum, is well acquainted with the ambitions and runaway imaginations of comics-adoring kids -- having been one himself. Whether charting the availability of limited edition action figures or questing to transport one's brain into a super cool robot, Robles knows his stuff. Whether resolving a brainfreeze from too many slushies or helping a misguided viking reach hallowed halls of Odin after success at a few arcade games, Robles knows his stuff. In Fanboy & Chum Chum, which airs regularly on Nickelodeon Saturday mornings at 10:30am (ET/PT), life is all about having fun.
Recently renewed for a second season, Fanboy & Chum Chum averages above a 5.1/22 rating on weekend broadcasts for kids aged six to eleven (year-to-interview date), and has occasionally tipped the scales of the top ten weekly transmissions (K2-11) in terms of audience delivery.
Robles has been a professional animator for roughly fifteen years, and employed just about everywhere: Disney, DreamWorks, Cartoon Network, Universal Studios designing theme park monsters. A self-described latchkey kid growing up who busied himself with all matters of cartoons, comics, arcade games, and drawing (at his earliest, of Godzilla or Superman for his schoolmates); Eric Robles was the type of kid wholly invested into having fun. "If you look at Fanboy," he laughs, "that's pretty much me."