Creative Team

Michael-John-Sullivan

Michael John Sullivan

Is the co-creator of the Lizard Who Loves a Blizzard, Nick Knitley and The SockKids. He is also co-developing three other animation series, including the Dr. Neverme and Dinomike projects.

Sullivan has written several children’s books, including a Digimon series book with HarperCollins Publishing. In addition, Michael has written five novels, receiving awards and best-selling status.

His first book, Necessary Heartbreak, was published by Simon & Schuster and was named by the prestigious Library Journal as one of the best books in 2010.
Sullivan previously advocated for the homeless, drawing off of his own experience of riding the New York City trains at night for one winter. He has written articles about the plight for CNN.com, The Washington Post website, The Huffington Post, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Patch.com.
Before he took up living among his animated characters, Michael worked for ESPN, Rival.com, Scout.com, and the Sporting News, covering high school and college basketball.
He is a former board member of the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless.

Shelley Larkin

Is the co-creator of the Lizard Who Loves a Blizzard, Nick Knitley and The SockKids, and is co-developing other animation series with Michael, including the Dr. Neverme and Dinomike projects.

Shelley is involved in all aspects of the animation ventures, including marketing and promotions, and merchandising of books, videos and other products.
One of Shelley’s passions is the Destination Imagination (DI) worldwide learning program for kids K-12, where she served as Director in the greater Sacramento area.
Focused on creative problem-solving techniques, hundreds of thousands of children are served by the program each year, supported by thousands of volunteers. Shelley was presented with the DI Spirit of Discovery Award in recognition of her outstanding commitment and devotion to the global program.
Michael and Shelley’s initial collaboration was co-authoring a children’s short story, “The SockKids Stand Up Against Bullying”, a nationally distributed book developed in concert with Destination Imagination. This story creates awareness of an important life lesson for children, and shows how The SockKids can deliver these messages through animation and books.

Who we are…

Mission statement

To create and develop quality works that inspire and teach the importance of love, kindness, empathy, and acceptance through the power of storytelling.

Vision statement

To inspire every child from 2 to 92 to take spectacular adventures in discovering their imaginations through our characters, stories, and creative concepts.

Core Values

Integrity, Respect, Communication, Responsibility, Accountability, Compassion, & Teamwork