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[[Image:TheBrothersChaps.jpg|thumb|Left to right:  Mike and Matt Chapman]]  '''The Brothers Chaps''' (often abbreviated as '''TBC''') are '''Mike and Matt Chapman''',  native "Atlantians" and the creators of HomestarRunner.com.  Yes, the amazing, spectacular, incredibly awesome people who are behind the wonders of Homestar Runner.
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[[Image:The creators.jpg|thumb|Mike on the left, Matt on the right.]]
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== History ==
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'''The Brothers Chaps''' (real-life siblings [[Mike Chapman|Mike]] and [[Matt Chapman]]) are the principal creators of the [[Homestar Runner (body of work)|Homestar Runner]] body of work, as well as [[The Brothers Chaps' Side Projects|other projects]]. The brothers are [[Indiana|Hoosiers]] who create the cartoons using [[Flash]] out of their home in [[Wikipedia:Decatur, Georgia|Decatur]], [[Georgia]], just east of [[Wikipedia:Atlanta|Atlanta]]. They are sometimes referred to by the abbreviation '''TBC'''.
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In 1996 during the Olympics in Atlanta, [[Mike Chapman]] and his friend [[Craig Zobel]] created a children's book called "[[Original Book|The Homestar Runner Enters the Strongest Man in the World Contest]]." They did this out of boredom and to satirize the poorly made children's books they saw at their local mall. After writing and drawing it, they copied about 10 books and gave them to some of their friends to read for fun.
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==History==
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[[Image:youngtbc.jpg|thumb|As kids]]
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In 1996, during the [[Olympics]] in Atlanta, Mike Chapman and his friend [[Craig Zobel]] created a children's book called "[[Original Book|The Homestar Runner Enters the Strongest Man in the World Contest]]". They did this out of boredom and to satirize the poorly made children's books they saw at their local mall. After writing and drawing it, they copied about 15 books and gave them to some of their friends to read for fun.
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In 1999, Mike started learning Macromedia [[Flash]] and decided to practice on some of the characters from the original book. His younger brother, Matt Chapman, performed the voices for the cartoons, and together, they launched a website to show their close friends their cartoons.
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Word-of-mouth spread, and their website and characters became a smash hit. Since the website started, they have had [[Interviews and Public Appearances|several public appearances]] all over the country, including three appearances on [http://www.g4tv.com/ G4TechTV] — twice on the canceled show "Pulse", and once over webcam (with Puppet [[Homestar Runner]]) on "The Screen Savers". See [[Pulse Interview - 1 Aug 2003]] and [[The Screen Savers Interview - 24 Jan 2005]].
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==Appearances in toons==
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[[File:MikeMattandDon.png|thumb|right|The Brothers Chaps with their brother, [[Donnie Chapman|Donnie]].]]
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*Two members of the live-action cast of [[Limozeen]] are depicted by the brothers.
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*Both brothers appear (and speak) as themselves in the short [[Sbemailiarized!]], in a brief live-action clip.
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*[[Mike Chapman]] appears in the fake advertisements from [[sbemail206]].
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*The brothers appear in the [[sloshy]] music video from [[Record Store Day]].
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==Family==
[[Image:TheBrothersChapsBandW.jpg|thumb|Looking spiffy in black and white]]
[[Image:TheBrothersChapsBandW.jpg|thumb|Looking spiffy in black and white]]
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The Brothers Chaps' parents are [[Don and Harriet Chapman]]. Don, who passed away on April 15th, 2006, was a retired chief financial officer of an insurance firm. Mike and Matt also have three other siblings: [[Donnie Chapman|Donnie]], [[Karen Wagner|Karen]], and [[Julie Hand|Julie]].
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They have a [[Little Girl|young niece]], who is featured in several [[Puppet Stuff]] toons.
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In 1999 Mike started learning Macromedia Flash and decided to practice on some of the characters from the original book. His younger brother [[Matt Chapman]] performed the voices for the cartoons and together they launched a website to show their close friends their cartoons. Word of mouth spread, and their website and characters have become a smash hit.
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Mike is married to [[Missy Palmer|Melissa Palmer]], and their first child is [[Very, Very Little Girl]]. Matt is married to [[Jackie Chapman]], with whom he has two children. The birth of Matt and Jackie's first child made it to the [[Main Page Message]]s.
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== Fun Facts ==
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Their [[Uncle Jim and Aunt Rosie]] appeared briefly in [[Making of Email 100]].
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*Their father is [[Don and Harriet Chapman|Don Chapman]], a retired chief financial officer of an insurance firm. Their mother is Harriet Chapman.
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*They have 3 (other) siblings.
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*They were raised in a religious family.
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*They have a [[Little Girl|young niece]], who is featured in several [[Puppet Stuff]] films.
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*See [http://www.emotioneric.com/ae/?advthefootballgame&page=1 here] to see a collection of [edited] photographs from a football game where TBC use their superhuman abilities.
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== External Links ==
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==See Also==
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Video and radio interviews are available in the [[Links]] section.<br>
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*[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1480095/ Matt Chapman's IMDb page]
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*[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1053635/ Mike Chapman's IMDb page]
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*[[The Brothers Chaps' Fansite Acknowledgments]]
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*[[Interviews and Public Appearances]]
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==External Links==
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*[http://www.brotherschaps.com/ BrothersChaps.com]
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20111202184654/http://www.brotherschaps.com/ Archive of BrothersChaps.com]
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*[[Wikipedia:The Brothers Chaps|The Brothers Chaps]] at Wikipedia
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*[[IMDb:nm1053635|Mike Chapman's IMDb page]]
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*[[IMDb:nm1480095|Matt Chapman's IMDb page]]
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*[http://www.flickr.com/photos/search/tags:homestar%2Csxsw/tagmode:all/ Pictures on Flickr of their appearance at SXSW interactive 2005 in Austin, Texas]
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*[http://www.emotioneric.com/ae/?adv=thefootballgame The Football Game] &mdash; A collection of edited photographs from a football game where The Brothers Chaps use their "superhuman abilities" against [[Wikipedia:Eric Conveys an Emotion|Emotion Eric]] and his pal Jesse. Some of the pictures have "hidden" Homestar Runner characters.
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*[http://www.emotioneric.com/ae/?adv=theinterview The Interview] &mdash; Another collection of photographs featuring The Brothers Chaps and Eric. In the story, Eric has a job interview at [[Videlectrix]].
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*[http://web.archive.org/web/20061224212524/http://www.mellowmushroom.com/ The Mellow Mushroom] ([[Mellow Mushroom|article]]) website designed by The Brothers Chaps for a Georgia-based pizza restaurant.
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[[Category:Chapman family members|Chaps, The Brothers]]

Current revision as of 14:43, 22 April 2018

Mike on the left, Matt on the right.

The Brothers Chaps (real-life siblings Mike and Matt Chapman) are the principal creators of the Homestar Runner body of work, as well as other projects. The brothers are Hoosiers who create the cartoons using Flash out of their home in Decatur, Georgia, just east of Atlanta. They are sometimes referred to by the abbreviation TBC.

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[edit] History

As kids

In 1996, during the Olympics in Atlanta, Mike Chapman and his friend Craig Zobel created a children's book called "The Homestar Runner Enters the Strongest Man in the World Contest". They did this out of boredom and to satirize the poorly made children's books they saw at their local mall. After writing and drawing it, they copied about 15 books and gave them to some of their friends to read for fun.

In 1999, Mike started learning Macromedia Flash and decided to practice on some of the characters from the original book. His younger brother, Matt Chapman, performed the voices for the cartoons, and together, they launched a website to show their close friends their cartoons.

Word-of-mouth spread, and their website and characters became a smash hit. Since the website started, they have had several public appearances all over the country, including three appearances on G4TechTV — twice on the canceled show "Pulse", and once over webcam (with Puppet Homestar Runner) on "The Screen Savers". See Pulse Interview - 1 Aug 2003 and The Screen Savers Interview - 24 Jan 2005.

[edit] Appearances in toons

The Brothers Chaps with their brother, Donnie.

[edit] Family

Looking spiffy in black and white

The Brothers Chaps' parents are Don and Harriet Chapman. Don, who passed away on April 15th, 2006, was a retired chief financial officer of an insurance firm. Mike and Matt also have three other siblings: Donnie, Karen, and Julie.

They have a young niece, who is featured in several Puppet Stuff toons.

Mike is married to Melissa Palmer, and their first child is Very, Very Little Girl. Matt is married to Jackie Chapman, with whom he has two children. The birth of Matt and Jackie's first child made it to the Main Page Messages.

Their Uncle Jim and Aunt Rosie appeared briefly in Making of Email 100.

[edit] See Also

[edit] External Links

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