About the Creators
Michael L. Wexler was born on tax day (April 15), 1970 and thus, was written off from a very young age.
Defying all odds, he thrived in the middle class suburbia of Highland Park, NJ, though always longing for the bucolic, potato-growing paradise which Kendall (see below), ironically, seemed to shun.
With a dearth of plaid and a Brooklyn Fade haircut, Wexler arrived at Princeton University in the Fall of 1989 and quickly met all the right people -- ensuring quality vacation houses and good conversation to this very day.
When seeking fame and fortune as a means to achieve happiness proved a macguffin, Wexler resorted to dreaming up fantasy worlds inside of which to contextualize his ennui -- and has been residing there ever since.
Though family members have often pleaded with him to return to the "real world," and a stint in the R-Wing has not been ruled out, Wexler seems to have cobbled together a patchwork cosmology which has kept him out of the big house, and in fairly good physical health.
Mike or Michael -- either way is fine -- enjoys Autumn, long walks in the park, chess, tennis, songwriting, and sitting on a pool deck in the sun.
After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Sports Management & Communications that proved useless, John William Hulme IV found success in a wide variety of jobs, including envelope stuffer, professional movie extra, and independent blood delivery contractor. But after a fortuitous reunion with Michael Wexler -- a former high-school soccer and tennis teammate -- Hulme decided to eschew those potentially lucrative careers and pursue the more traditional, stable, and medically-insured path of writing.
Hulme and Wexler's first project together was Voices of the Xiled, a collection of short stories which they edited for Doubeday. They later created Vanishing Point, an episodic radio drama which was broadcast on NPR (and later syndicated on XM Radio's "Sonic Theater"). The on-line version of Vanishing Point -- a massive role-playing game they built for Microsoft -- came to be known as "The Heaven's Gate" of the Internet, and effectively destroyed their lives and careers.
When he's not working on The Seems, Hulme is also a filmmaker. His first-feature length project, Unknown Soldier -- a documentary about his quest to know his father, who was killed in Vietnam before they ever met – premiered on HBO's "America Undercover" in 2005. He is currently at work on Who Got Next? - a documentary exploring the subculture of pick-up basketball -- and Mr. Allen, a horror film inspired by the fully taste-tested "Your Worst Nightmare" he received one night in a package of Good Night's Sleep.
Hulme currently lives in Highland Park, NJ with his wife, Jennifer, and their son, Jack. Wexler lives only six blocks away, and comes over entirely too often.
Gideon Kendall was born on December 12, 1966 in Austin, Texas, and lived on a commune in rural West Virginia between the ages of 5 and 12. Although during that time he longed for the type of middle class suburban lifestyle enjoyed by Mr. Wexler and Mr. Hulme, he has come to appreciate the unique aspects of his upbringing. With an actor/director father and an artist/dancer mom, he was brought up in an environment that nurtured creativity, often at the expense of any understanding of how "the real world" works. His mother instilled in him a love of drawing at an early age. She left a ballpoint pen in his crib, and Gideon covered his sheets with drawings of cars, roads, and buildings. He graduated high school in the Philadelphia area and then moved to New York City to study art. He graduated from The Cooper Union for Science and Art with a BFA in 1989. For the past 15 years he has been working as an artist, illustrator, animation designer, and musician in Brooklyn.
In 2001 Gideon published his first children’s book; “Littlebat’s Halloween Story”, written by Diane Mayr and published by Albert Whitman & Co. His other books for children include "Dino Pets" by Lynn Plourde (Dutton, summer 2007), "Rabbits, Rabbits Everywhere" by Ann McCallum (Charlesbridge spring 2007). In 2006 Gideon illustrated "The Caveman's Pregnancy Companion", a how-to book for dads-to-be, written by David Port and John Ralston and published by Sterling Press. He is currently working on a sequel. Gideon has shown his artwork in several NYC galleries including PS 122, HERE Gallery, and Ethan Cohen Fine Arts and Elizabeth Heskin Gallery.
As the lead singer of the rock band Fake Brain, Gideon recently performed a multimedia rock opera entitled "Dr. Wei-Wei & The Fake Brain" to sell-out crowds in lower Manhattan. There are plans for a movie version as well. Gideon's other musical projects include Cooling Pies, a collaboration with Toronto-based musician Kevin Lacroix, and the newly formed Ditty Committee which will begin performing in New York City in 2008.
Gideon's hobbies include cooking, eating lots of Korean and Mexican food, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and exploring Brooklyn on bicycle with his wife Julie, who also happens to be his favorite artist.