King St. Q&A w/ Pat Giles & Manny Galán

August 20, 2010 |
Manny (left) & Pat (right) on the McGruff set

Pat Giles & Manny Galán are SVP Creative Directors and animators at SaatchiNY. For more info on Pat, feel free to visit his LinkedIn or watch his recent interview on Manny has a LinkedIn, as well as a website dedicated to one of his side projects, Dookie-Poo, where you can play arcade games, watch videos or buy trading cards and action figures.

1. What do you do at Saatchi & Saatchi

We’re the animation specialists at SaatchNY (as well as the resident 8-year-olds).

2. What was your first job?

PAT: I worked in Children’s Clothing . . . designing them, silly!

MANNY: Marvel Comics writing and illustrating some of the greatest comic book characters of all time.

3. If you weren’t at Saatchi & Saatchi, what profession would you most like to try?

PAT: Playing drums

MANNY: Toy design or video game development. Have done quite a bit of this in the past and it’s just incredibly rewarding to watch people enjoy your creations.

4. What motivates you most?

PAT: Playing drums

MANNY: The desire to feel creatively satisfied. Telling a great story, entertaining someone or creating something that someone loves or enjoys is my greatest creative drive.

5. What blogs, magazines, books, papers or websites can you not live without?

PAT: Playing dru—oh wait. Um, the Huffington Post. YouTube.

MANNY: Too numerous, but I check & G4tv every day. Also Entertainment Weekly, Wizard, Vanity Fair, Make magazine, Modern Masters, and are great web site for artists too.

6. What are your Lovemarks?

PAT: OK now I can say it . . . drums, Ryan Fitch (because he can REALLY play the drums), The Avengers, Mac (so boring), Pixar, Boomerang.

MANNY: Playstation, Marvel Comics, Mystery Science Theater and my iPod (NERD ALERT!)

7. What’s your best “nothing is impossible” story?

PAT: I was a relatively high paid young executive at a children’s clothing company when I threw it all away with no backup plan and ended up working for Disney (for a lot less money, initially). I was very relieved that the gamble paid off. I always think of Joseph Campbell’s “follow your bliss” theory that espouses sticking to what you love. I think that’s embedded in “Nothing is Impossible” and LOVEMARKS.

MANNY: I never thought drawing cartoons and superheroes could lead to a successful and satisfying career. When I was growing up that sounded impossible.

8. What is your favorite place in the world? Why?

MANNY: Disney World with my children. I mean it’s the happiest place on earth, but to live it through my children’s eyes thrills me to no end.

PAT: I used to think Disney World, but it turns out it’s a cabin in Montauk by the beach, and of course with my children.

9. Who do you most aspire to be like?

PAT: Spider-man. He may have problems, but he can cling to walls.

MANNY: Batman. He just knows how to get out of every situation.

10. If stranded on a deserted island and you could bring only one thing, what would it be?

MANNY: Why anyone would say anything other than a raft is beyond me. Batman would bring a raft.

PAT: Poop, I was going to say booze but I guess Manny is right. I’d have to say a raft. Or Batman. He’ll bring me the raft.

11. Tell us something surprising about yourself.

MANNY: My first job was as a busboy at a mafia-owned restaurant. I own a perfect replica of both Darth Vader and Storm trooper costumes, both hot and cumbersome to wear. I’ve created my own toy lines and I met Stan “the man” Lee many times.

PAT: I also had a job as a busboy in a mafia-owned restaurant (hmmm), and I was in a band in High School called Majesty.

12. What’s your DOT?

MANNY: I recycle and do all the typically expected socially conscious stuff but I really hate brightly lit rooms and prefer to work and live in as darkly lit a situation as possible. So no over head lights are ever on in our office.

PAT:  I also share in Manny’s desire to be in dimly lit rooms. Wait that sounds wrong…

13. What’s your favorite creative pursuit?

MANNY: Creating cartoons, toys or comics and getting them into the hands of those who appreciate it.

PAT: Ditto. And playing drums.

14. What led you on the path you’re on today?

PAT: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang when I was three years old. That was when my brain officially STARTED drawing.

MANNY: Every other possible job I ever considered was just so boring I couldn’t imagine doing it for the rest of my life. I refuse to grow up and creating anything that someone can enjoy or appreciate or laugh at is just a tremendously fun way to make a living.

15. Do you have a motto?

PAT: “Why would you do that?”

MANNY:  “Tomorrow’s got to be better . . . right?”

16. What do you do for fun?

PAT: Super Mario Galaxy

MANNY: Either play with my kids or smack people down and take their swords . . . on-line of course.

17. What’s your favorite client story?

PAT: Arguing that evolution actually happened.

MANNY: I don’t think I can get too detailed with it here but let’s just say it involves the phrase “Chocolatey Ring.”

18. What’s your favorite thing to do in NY?

MANNY: Leave it as fast as possible around 6 pm.

PAT: Ditto.

19. Who is your favorite artist/musician/designer?

PAT: Mary Blair, Ed Benedict, Bruce Timm, Alex Toth, Michael Avon Oeming
Jack Kirby, Brian Michael Bendis, and David Bowie.

MANNY: Adam Hughes, Bruce Timm, Alex Toth, John Romita Sr, Morrissey, Paul Rand, Mary Blair and Ed Benedict

PAT: I swear we did our lists separately.

20. When’s the last time you gave a standing ovation?

PAT: At Mickey’s Diner in St. Paul. The WAFFLES!!

MANNY: I think it was at a concert when security threw out some block head who was harshing everyone’s mellow.

Images created by Pat Giles & Manny Galán


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  1. Erin says:

    Stupendously Amazing.

  2. Pat says:

    I forgot to say that my wife is who I most aspire to be like, of course without the girliness. Although I wish she were slightly more like Spider-Woman.

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