G.I. Joe "Tim Finn"  


Tim Finn is currently writing the definitive history of the "Real American Hero" incarnation of G.I. Joe. Having conducted over 170 interviews with toy designers, VPs, marketers, animation writers, and comic book artists, and having cataloged over 1000 rare pieces of artwork and photography, this lavish coffee table book is a celebration of the brand, and accessible both to hard-core as well as casual fans.

Armed with a Master's degree in Art Education, Tim teaches animation, animation history, and drawing to college students. He has self-published minicomics since high school, and now teaches comic book storytelling as well. Tim has also written on G.I. Joe for The Fw and Comics Alliance. His RISD undergraduate thesis film Limboscape has played at twenty film festivals. His newest film, CYMoKay, screened at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. For two years at Soup2Nuts, Tim storyboarded and animated for Home Movies (Adult Swim) and Hey Monie (BET). Tim's essay on independent filmmaker Bill Plympton was published in the ANIMATOR festival catalog in Poznan, Poland, and Tim acted as Animation Consultant on 13 DVD Transformers and G.I. Joe boxed sets for Rhino Home Video. He lives near Boston with two cats, and knows he should have finished uploading his film clips to Inanimate by now.

Tim also owns Hub Comics, a brick and mortar shop that offers Somerville, MA the finest in single issues and graphic novels.




tim (at) inanimate (dot) com


MAT, Art Education

Tufts University in association with
the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (sMFA)
Boston, Massachuetts

graduated May 2005
certified Pre-K - 12

BFA, Animation

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Providence, Rhode Island

graduated June 2000



Hub Comics, Somerville MA

July 2011 – present

Adjunct Associate Professor

Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
-Drawing For Animation
-Animation Basics 2
-Animation History
-Alternative Comix and the Graphic Novel

Jan 2005 – present

Visiting Professor

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
-Animation History

Spring 2007, Spring 2009

Art Elective Teacher

Shady Hill School, Cambridge MA
-Animation Elective: Grades 7 and 8

Sept 2005 – May 2006

Animation Consultant
& Copy Writer

Rhino Home Video, Los Angeles CA
-10 DVD boxed sets

July 2000 – Oct 2005

Animation Counselor

Camp Androscoggin, Wayne ME

June 2003 – Aug 2003

Staff Animator
& Background Artist

Soup2Nuts, Watertown MA
-Television series: Home Movies

Oct 2000 – Oct 2002



Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Final Cut Pro


Film and Video Production

DV non-linear video production,
16mm filmmaking, 35mm animation production


Writing, Drawing, Distribution

Self-Publishing mini-comics and zines

March 1992 – Present



"LITSCENE: Hub Comics' Tim Finn [Uncut]," DigBoston

Mar 2012

Pop Culture

"The Bots Are Back," The Boston Globe

Oct 2006



Jury Member

Westport Youth Film Festival 2012, Animation category, Bridgeport CT

June 2012


CYMoKay (2010) Ottawa International Animation Festival, International Showcase

Oct 2010


10th Edition of the International Animated Film Workshop Cracow, Poland

Nov 2002


Limboscape (2000):
35mm animated film shown in 19 film festivals in Europe & USA including:

Future Media Concepts Award, NYExpo

Student Cel Animation, Platinum Remi Award, WorldFest Houston

Best Animation Winner, IFCT

Nov 2000

Apr 2001

2002-2003 World Tour



References available upon request





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