Designer Rich Cando created Dude Studios in 1999.  His STAR DUDES series of cartoons debuted in 1999 and immediately gained a world-wide following. Rich’s artwork has appeared in museum exhibits in Paris, France, Taipei, Taiwan and Nuremberg, Germany. Additionally, articles about The Dudes have appeared in many international newspapers, books and magazines including Yahoo! Internet Magazine, SPIN Magazine,Design for Kids, Pictoplasma, and HotDog Movie Magazine (UK).

In 2007, Rich collaborated with publisher Dorling Kindersley (DK) to create two books, History Dudes: Ancient Egyptians and History Dudes: Vikings.  Rich has also been published in other books by DK including Take Me Back, Open Me Up, Eye Witness: Space, Danger and Top Secret.