Charles Lister (also known as C.R. Lister), hails from Danville, Kentucky. He graduated from Boyle County High School in 1987 and studied art at Eastern Kentucky University, where he became notorious for his mordantly accurate caricatures of student types which were published in the university newspaper. He graduated from the university in 1991. He reunited with high school friend Kevin VanHook to make "A Killing Frost".