Brian Kalin O'Connell is an American comic book artist, animator, animation director and TV and film conceptual and story board artist who worked on the comics Predator: Kindred and Aliens vs. Predator: The Web for Dark Horse Comics.


O'Connell attended school at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles from 1988 to 1990.

Predator: Kindred, which he drew half of 1996 was thus one of O'Connell's earlier works. Meanwhile, though, he would grow to become a well known and respected name in the animation field.

O'Connell began work as a conceptual, character, and creature artist at Industrial Light & Magic in 1995 where he stayed until 2006, before moving to a director position at Lucasfilm Animation for The Clone Wars series on Cartoon Network.

O'Connell was thus similar to other A/P/AVP alumn who also transitioned to the Star Wars franchise, and specifically to the The Clone Wars animated series, including head series writer Henry Gilroy and head character designer Kilian Plunkett.

Currently, O'Connell is perhaps most well known as one of the show's main episodic directors, having worked on numerous episodes.

Along the way, O'Connell has worked on a number of prominent feature film projects, including a job as a conceptual artist for the blockbuster film Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. He was also a character designer on the first Mummy film in 1999 among other Hollywood credits.

With his Star Wars work, O'Connell's comics career would also come full circle, returning to Dark Horse to illustrate the covers of a number of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars comic book series.

O'Connell has also maintained close professional friendships with fellow Predator comics alumni artist/writer Derek Thompson and writer Brian McDonald, whose guide to writing O'Connell sites as personal inspiration.


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