There were plenty of excitingannouncements at this year's San Diego Comic Con, but one of the most exciting ones for me personally was hearing that our own Ted Stearn was going to be a director on the new series of MTV's Beavis & Butthead!
In fact, he's directed six of the stories in the revived season, which kicked off in late October to rave reviews! As someone who grew up watching the original series, I promise you, these new episodes are every bit as hilarious, dare I say, maybe even more so!
There's still more episodes yet to air on MTV, and you can watch some online here. Or just wait until February 2012 when the new season comes out on DVD! Yay Ted!!!
I've been hoping Michael Kupperman's animated segments for Robert Smigel's TV Funhouse show would show up online, and lo, here's one on YouTube as pointed out by Michael on Twitter — watch it before the Viacom copyright elves make it disappear...
James Kochalka spotted a possible homage to Jim Woodring in a recent episode of the (awesome) Cartoon Network show Adventure Time, as what look like denizen's of Woodring's Unifactor appear in Adventure Time's Land of Ooo. Dang, I just saw Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward at TCAF, I could've asked him about it! (Via The Beat.)
If you're in Seattle, tune in to the Seattle Channel's Art Zone program tonight at 8 PM as they broadcast a feature on Jim Woodring! Check out a preview clip embedded above. If you miss the premiere airing, don't worry, there's a full schedule of repeats to follow, and/or if you're outside the broadcast area, video will be available online too (in fact, I think the player above might play the full episode after it broadcasts).
Here's Cartoon Network's first promo for the Ben Jones-created show The Problem Solverz, debuting in April. Jones's Cold Heat collaborator Jon Vermilyea tweeted about it, and Jon's been working for Cartoon Network, so it's probably safe to assume that Jon's been working on this show, and John Pham's been working there too, so maybe he worked on the show too — don't quote me on that or anything though. (I guess I should contact the guys and ask them...) Anyway it looks super fun and I'm totally going to watch the heck out of it.
UPDATE: I contacted Jon and John and they confirmed that they are both designers on the show!
On the eve of the Emerald City Comicon, the City of Seattle's official public affairs station will air a feature on Fantagraphics Books. The spot focuses on Fantagraphics resident curator Larry Reid examining the illustrious history of the Emerald City as the birthplace of alternative comix. It includes many wonderful works by distinguished local alternative cartoonists. In addition to the story on comix, the bookstore plays host to the entire "City Stream" episode. So if you haven't yet visited Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, this show will give you a pretty good look.
The program debuts this Thursday, March 3 at 7:00 PM on the Seattle Channel (channel 21 on local Comcast cable systems.) It repeats several times throughout the week, and can also be seen as streaming video on their website.
If you're in town for the convention, be sure to visit the bookstore, drop by our booth at the con - and don't miss the fabulous "Con Artists" bash at the Jewel Box in the Rendezvous on Saturday night! See you all soon.
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