Steven Eric Gordon is an American film director, character designer and animator, who is perhaps most well known for his work with animation film director Ralph Bakshi and on X-Men Evolution.
Gordon was one of the directors on the first Marvel/Lionsgate direct-to-video Ultimate Avengers as well as the character designer for that DVD as well as the sequel. He was one of the directors for the TV series Wolverine and the X-Men. He directed the direct-to-DVD film Stan Lee presents: The Condor featuring Wilmer Valderrama. He was an unaccredited storyboard artist on the feature film Terminator Salvation and is a director on the second (yet un-aired) animated TV show The Avengers for Marvel and Starz. In 2009, he co-directed the direct-to-video sequel to Happily N’ever After at Vanguard Animation alongside Boyd Kirkland. It was called Happily N’ever After 2: Snow White Another Bite @ The Apple and it turned out to be a very lucrative seller on DVD.
After that “back door” entry into the animation industry, he landed the unusual entry job of Animator at Disney Pictures animating on The Black Cauldron and stayed there for about five years and managed to leave just in time to avoid the unexpected Animation Renaissance during the 90’s. He returned to Bakshi to direct on the groundbreaking Mighty Mouse series and then he spent 12 years working on and off with Rich Animation on a series of direct-to-videos, doing character design and layout and was Animation Director / Character Designer / Key Animator on The Swan Princess. He also was key animator during this period of Holli Would and Lonette on Cool World.
Then he started the job that he is to this day still best remembered as one of the directors and the sole character designer on X-Men: Evolution. After the second season of X-Men: Evolution was completed, Dreamworks Animation hired him as a story artist while at night he continued to do all the character designs for X-Men: Evolution for seasons 3 and 4.
After a five year stint at DW he went on to be a director on Marvel/LionGate as well as the character designer on The Ultimate Avengers and its sequel. He was then hired to be one of the directors on the popular, but short-lived TV series, Wolverine and the X-Men for Marvel and Kickstart. He was also one of the director’s on The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for Marvel and Starz. And in his quest to continue to be employable has been illustrating children’s books based on film and comic characters for HarperCollins (and other publishers) and started to “back-door” his way into comics. These projects include an on-line comic for ERB, Inc. “The Eternal Savage”™ and HeadHunter for SitComics.
His most recent work includes storyboards on the live-action version of The Jungle Book directed by Jon Favreau for Disney as well as storyboards on a variety of projects including SpongeBob SquarePants 3 and is in development on an animated series based upon Jimmie Robinson’s Bomb Queen with G7 Animation.
We are excited to welcome him to StarFest Denver to help celebrate our 40th Anniversary.