As childhood neighbors, Alex Salsberg and Ellery Harrington were destined to make a website. When they were five, Ellery made a pretend computer out of a shoebox, and Alex drew pictures to go on the screen. After they blew a fuse by using a paperclip to “plug in” their homemade device, their families decided to get real computers. Not sure why they thought that was a good idea, but we’re glad they did.
At 8, Alex created the comic strip "Poke & Gravy," starring a purple porcupine and an orange turkey. Alex submitted samples of “Poke & Gravy” to almost a dozen newspaper syndicates, but for some reason, none wanted to do business with a 4th grader. Not wanting to deny the public his art, Alex enlisted Ellery, who by now was a young computer wiz, to bring Poke & Gravy to the internet. PokeGravy.com was born, and the webcomic ran online all for over ten years, running daily for four of those years. At least six of those comics are still kind of funny.
But Alex’s true love was animation, so at 18 he decided to study the medium at the Rochester Institute of Technology. For his first project, he threw together a silly, crudely-animated cartoon about public bathrooms. When he uploaded it online, something amazing happened. Millions of people watched and shared it. Alex started to receive emails from dozens of people wanting to hire him to make more cartoons. The realization that people would pay money for his cartoons was life-changing, and not wanting to spend any of that money on a new domain name, Alex launched his new company: PokeGravy Studios.
Today, grown-up Alex still works hard to fill this site with everything fun he's working on, including PokeGravy Studios client work, shorts and series he was an animator on, and original projects that he hopes you’ll love. And thankfully, grown-up Ellery still uses his computer genius skills to make sure you can see all of it.
The work on this website couldn’t possibly exist without the help of so many other amazingly talented people, including the people below. If you love the stuff on this site, be sure to support them and check out their work too!
Ellery has been the web designer for every iteration of PokeGravy.com that's ever existed. Ellery currently works full-time on cool secret projects for Google, but he still finds time to help me spread cartoon joy.
Adam is the Salsberg brother who somehow got all the musical genes. He helps me bring my work to life with sound and can magically translate my insane instructions. He composes, produces and performs music out in Chicago, and is way cooler than me.
Harley is a talented NYC actor and entrepreneur whose voice you'll hear throughout this site. For every one minute of his dialogue I've had to edit out hours of us laughing because recording with him is too much fun. You can see him in some movies and shows, and also teaching your kid how to act at Spotlight Productions, his very successful theater camp.
Carol came on board for this latest site re-design and knocked it out of the park. She's an expert in code and business who has worked with several startups, so I'm lucky to have her as a trusted advisor.
Alex Berry teamed up with me on much of my earlier work and I have him to thank for pushing me to the next level. He's spent years rising through the ranks on the awesome PBS show WordGirl, produced right here in Boston. He's an amazing talent who I look forward to collaborating with again!
Ben Sloane is an NYC actor whose uninhibited silliness has brought so many of my favorite PokeGravy characters to life. He usually records remotely and improvs a lot, so receiving a sound file from him feels like Christmas morning.
Kelly Fin Andrews is a professional voice actress out of Idaho who has lent her versatile voice to several PokeGravy narration tracks and characters. She is fun to work with and works fast. Plus, in my opinion, she does the best kid voices in the biz!
Amber May is a reliable Virginia voice actress who prides herself in being practically a cartoon herself, which makes her awesome for cartoon voices. She's been voice acting for over a decade for a variety of projects, including many for PokeGravy.