When illustrator and animator Duncan Rouleau describes the adventures of his star character, Ben Tennyson, it sounds something like a childhood daydream.
"He gets a watch that falls from outer space and it is filled with alien DNA," the La Cañada Flintridge resident said. "He does not known how to use it, but when he puts it on he can move the dials around and he injects himself with alien DNA and for 10 minutes has those alien abilities."
But while the premise may be fantasy, "Ben 10" the brand is not. The Cartoon Network animated series, a smash hit since its 2006 debut, has grown into a $200 million franchise complete with complementary computer games and a Spaghettios promotion.
Rouleau developed the show in collaboration with Joe Kelly, Joe Casey and Steven Seagle, his partners at Man of Action, a production company that specializes in comic books and animation.