Comic Book Sensation Todd McFarlane, a Former Eastern Baseball Player, Returns to EWU

Creator of “Spawn” will make a public appearance on June 14 before giving commencement speech the following day

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Todd McFarlane, a former Eastern Washington University baseball player and the creator of the “Spawn” comic book character, will return to EWU for its Commencement weekend June 14-15.

An entertainment and business mogul and an international awarding-winning artist, McFarlane will be the keynote speaker at one of two graduation ceremonies that weekend.

The night before commencement on 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 with a special EWU cover. The event is free for EWU students with 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 at Roos Field on Saturday, June 15, for students in the College of Science, Health and Engineering and the College of Arts, Letters and Education.

He played the 1982 and 1983 seasons at Eastern as a left-handed hitting outfielder before graduating in 1984. He hit .274 in his career, with 58 hits in 212 at-bats with one home run. He was from Calgary, Alberta, and played the 1980 season at Spokane Falls Community College and the 1981 season on EWU’s junior varsity squad. He hit .272 as a junior with 11 RBI and 15 runs scored, then hit .275 with 15 RBI and 29 runs scored. In 1983, he also had a team-leading three triples and finished with five sacrifice flies, which at the time were a school record (broken in 1984). His junior season at EWU was cut short because of a broken ankle suffered while sliding into home plate.

He became a comic book sensation in the 1980s due to his work on the Marvel Comics Spider-Man franchise. In 1992, he launched his own comic title, Spawn, which became one of the 1990’s most popular characters and which 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 the some of the hottest entertainment and sports properties.



About McFarlane Toys: Grammy-and Emmy-winning producer/director Todd McFarlane, creator of Spawn, is the force behind McFarlane Toys, one of America's top action figure manufacturers. McFarlane Toys has become a leader and redefined the standards within the action figure industry. 2013 Marquee lines include The Walking Dead TV and Comics, Assassin Creed and HALO video franchises and officially licensed teams of the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. McFarlane has won two Emmys, two MTV Video Music Awards, a Grammy and hundreds of international awards for his work in the arts and action figure industry. Todd McFarlane Entertainment continues to develop projects in film, television and video games. For more information on this pop-culture powerhouse, visit;; and

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