Growing up in a family of professional and hobbyist artists, art was always part of Mr. Bob MacNeil’s life. Surrounded by people who supported his creativity, he honed his imagination from comic books and science fiction movies, and from an early age could frequently be found concocting new artistic expressions. His earliest attempts at drawing came at the tender age of six, when he skillfully traced the cover of a comic book and decided that some additions were needed. So he added eight-pack abs to the super hero character. While the young Mr. MacNeil’s knowledge of anatomy might have been lacking, his artistic skills were already manifesting promise. About a year later in 1978, he saw an advertisement on television calling for artists to join a mail order art instruction course. With dreams that were perhaps bigger than his ability at the time, Mr. MacNeil completed the application, which included an art test. After sending it off, he anxiously awaited a reply. Unfortunately for the determined budding artist, he failed the test and the school told him that he did not have what it took to be an artist. Though not the response he was hoping for, it actually turned out to be just what he needed. Inspired to prove them wrong, Mr. MacNeil decided that he would become a famous artist and continued to develop his talents.