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Why Does Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dip Into Racist Asian Stereotypes?

Nickelodeon‘s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has come under criticism for numerous reasons; changes to the dynamic of the Turtles, the stylized look of the series, and drastic difference in the Turtles’ depictions. I have no opinion, no really care about all of that. Beyond all of that, the thing that stood out to me about the brand new trailer is the use of the Fu Manchu/Yellow Peril stereotype in the character of Splinter.

In the first official teaser released Friday, we get a look at what we can expect from the series and a better idea of the characters. We also get a look at Splinter who with his “slanted/slit” eyes, buck teeth, and delivery of lines, is hard to not see a racist Asian stereotype. There’s even a top knot!

This ethnic stereotype (which has no place in a kids show let alone modern society) has its roots in “Yellow Peril,” Western imperialism, racism, and led to exclusionary laws enacted against immigrants here in the United States. In entertainment it’s common and popularized in characters such as Fu Manchu and Charlie Chan both of which tread in stereotypical looks that persist to today. One scratches their head why the creators of this show thought it’s appropriate in 2018.

While there’s movements and individuals fighting for better representation of Asians in entertainment, to see a kids’ animated show perpetuate this hurtful imagery for a new generation is not only misguided it’s downright regressive and has no place on television let alone Nickelodeon which has had a history of excellent children’s programming.

You can watch the video below and see the problematic speech patterns at the 44 second mark and 53 second mark.

Review: Rocko’s Modern Life #2

Rocko2If you’re old enough to drive or smoke, then you’ve probably had a job and/or a boss that felt like hell or Satan. (Or Peaches, his all ages friendly equivalent.) But in Rocko’s Modern Life #2, the titular wallaby  works in the literal place, Hell, or “Heck” as it’s called because this is a family friendly comic. Ryan Ferrier’s plot centers around Rocko trying to find a loophole to get his soul back so he can be employed somewhere that doesn’t involve raging torment or glowering, orange flames courtesy of artist Ian McGinty and colorist Fred Stresing. Ferrier, McGinty, and Stresing expertly blend the every day trials of employment and terrible roommates with the wacky anarchy in art styles and storytelling that made 90s Nick animation so great. (That last sentence made me crave CatDog Cheese Nips for some reason.)

Ian McGinty has done solid work as the artist on modern licensed animation comics like Adventure Time  and Bravest Warriors and shows he can kick it old school too in Rocko #2. Rocko himself runs on rage and insecurity, and McGinty shows this visually with plenty of bloodshot eyes that seriously freaked me out when I was a kid and watching these kind of shows. He uses close-ups when Rocko is asserting himself like when he finally tells the mold causing, water park that is toxic to people with nut allergies creating worst housemate ever to hit the road and positions him off to the side when he’s being cowed like most of the time in “Heck”.  The Heck scenes have a bit of flair to them with McGinty using layouts that look like a parchment scroll to set up Rocko’s forfeiting his soul and transitioning the story from workplace satire to Hellblazer for kids with anthropomorphic animals.  This tone is assisted by Stresing’s “darkness, no parents” color palette used whenever Rocko is either on the clock or hanging onto sanity by one last frayed thread.

However, Rocko #2 isn’t all over the top and grotesque things like Rocko being forced to milk his boss (A demon cow.) for 18 hours. Rocko’s sad sack walk and eyes reminded me of collapsing in bed after working a double shift at Target and never wanting to socialize ever again. Even though it’s based on a cartoon, the first two issues of Rocko’s Modern Life have captured the feeling of anxiety, resignation, and occasionally straight up disgust that people (Young and old) have towards their jobs. (We need them to live, oops.) It doesn’t have any big epiphanies and thankfully no preaching, but gives its protagonist small victories that give him a glimmer of hope in a world that muddied by mold and peanut butter sludge. Also, Ryan Ferrier writes animal puns that have no business being as funny as they are.

Rocko’s Modern Life #2 is the soothing comic book balm for optimistic 90s kid that find professional life in 2018 figuratively or literally soulless. There’s even amusing backup story written and drawn by David DeGrand in a kind of The Nib art style about the perils of wearing a big costume to comic cons. I don’t see how those Optimus Prime cosplayers pull it off.

Story: Ryan Ferrier Art: Ian McGinty Colors: Fred C. Stresing Backup Story/Art: David DeGrand
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios/Kaboom! provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Rugrats #1

BOOM! Studio’s Rugrats captures the essence of the former Nickelodeon cartoon in it’s glory days. Published throught their KaBOOM! imprint, the story follows Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, and Lil as they attempt to understand the new technology their parents have become obsessed with. From nanny cams to drones, the new series aims to tackle it all and bring it into the new century.

Writer Box Brown successfully gives life to the voices of the once beloved characters. Brown also creates a charming journey that will leave fans wondering where the babies will go next.

Artist Lisa DuBois expresses the overall classic appearance of the franchise while also including a flavor of their own. Together this writer/artist duo seems unstoppable.

Rugrats is a perfect read if you’re simply picking it up for the nostalgia-factor, but also perfect and age appropriate, if you’re hoping to find a comic to introduce to the little ones in your life.

Story: Box Brown
Art: Lisa Dubois
Main Cover: Jorge Coronoa
Lunchbox Subscription Variant Cover: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb
Variant Cover: Art Baltazar

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

New York Comic Con 2017: The Avatar Cycle Begins Anew

Dark Horse and Nickelodeon have announced that Faith Erin Hicks and Peter Wartman are the new creative team for the beloved Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novel series.

Hicks and Wartman will collaborate with the Avatar: The Last Airbender television series executive producers and co-creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, on the next three-part graphic novel series in Dark Horse’s publishing program. Hicks’s first venture into the Dark Horse Avatar-verse was a 10-page story starring Sokka and Suki for Dark Horse’s 2014 Free Comic Book Day.

The previous creative team of Gurihiru and Eisner and award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang has led the Avatar graphic novel series to longtime New York Times bestseller status and continued to build on the world of the Nickelodeon animated series.

The next volume of Avatar: The Last Airbender will be available in fall 2018.

SDCC 2016: Marc Summers Returns for Double Dare Live Streaming Event Celebrating 30 years

DoubleDareLogoNickelodeon’s The Splat–the network’s programming block dedicated to Nick’s legendary library of hits from the ‘90s and 2000s–will salute the 30th anniversary of Double Dare by bringing back original host Marc Summers for the first time in 16 years for a special live edition of the iconic game show on Friday, July 22, during San Diego Comic-Con 2016.

Streamed on Facebook Live from the The Splat’s Facebook page beginning at 9:30 p.m. (PT), fans can watch the red and blue teams test their trivia knowledge and compete in a host of physical challenges including the Wringer, Down the Hatch, the Human Hamster Wheel and the Double Dare Nose from the legendary obstacle course. The Splat will also feature behind-the-scenes photos and Q&As with Summers on its social media platforms including Twitter and Snapchat throughout the night.

The Splat will keep the celebration going on air with Double Dare Week, hosted by Summers, beginning Monday, July 25, on TeenNick at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). The programming lineup will feature brand-new Double Dare game interstitials, exclusive Snapchat photos from the live event, the most memorable moments from the game show and episodes from the original series, Family Double Dare, and Double Dare 2000.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2016, attendees will have the opportunity to meet Summers at a signing and take photos with the Double Dare Nose at Nickelodeon’s booth (#4113) on the convention floor. Nickelodeon and The Splat are blasting open the vaults for a slime-tastic, immersive experience at this year’s event, paying tribute to some of its most memorable shows and popular characters with activations, games, panels, talent signings and interactive design elements featuring: Legends of the Hidden Temple, Hey Arnold!, Rugrats, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, CatDog, Rocko’s Modern Life, and Invader Zim, among many others.

SDCC 2016: Nickelodeon’s Exclusive Items

With San Diego Comic-Con around the corner, check out the exclusive retail items available this year at Nickelodeon’s booth (#4113).

Nickelodeon is blasting open its vaults for an immersive retro experience at this year’s SDCC, including retail items that pay tribute to some of the most memorable shows from the ‘90s like Rugrats and Double Dare, and fan-favorite properties like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Avatar and The Legend of Korra.

The Nick Box

The Nick Box is a curated assortment of exclusive items from popular Nick ‘90s shows including The Ren & Stimpy Show, Rugrats, Hey Arnold! and CatDog.  This initial box includes a 4.5” Reptar Vinyl, a ceramic glazed Stimpy-molded mug, a 9” plush of Spunky from Rocko’s Modern Life and more. Following SDCC, The Nick Box will be available as an exclusive subscription service at www.thenickbox.com, where consumers can sign up to receive additional boxes per year.

SRP: $50.00

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Playmates Exclusive Bebop with Warthog Trike

Straight out of the theatrical film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows comes this exclusive Bebop and Warthog Trike from Playmates. It takes a big bike to move this warthog around, and the movie-inspired chopper was created by Paul Jr Designs. With two rocket grenade projectiles and custom vacuum-metallized “chrome” finishes, this alternate deco Bebop features a collector window-box packaging with outer sleeve. This is a SDCC exclusive in a limited edition of 500.

SRP: $30.00

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Kidrobot Exclusive Triceraton

Kidrobot brings the fan-favorite Triceraton to life with a brand-new medium figure. Triceratons are a kick-butt alien race from the original ‘80s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. This figure, coming in the SDCC exclusive green colorway, is perfect for any Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan. Cowabunga, dude!

SRP: $40.00

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Kidrobot Exclusive Shredder

Kidrobot introduces the menacing Shredder to SDCC with a brand-new medium figure. In the Gold SDCC exclusive colorway,  Shredder is designed in the style of the original ‘80s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Get shredding!

SRP: $40.00

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The Loyal Subjects Exclusive Raph vs. Slash Two Pack

The Loyal Subjects SDCC Exclusive Two Pack featuring Slash and Raphael is influenced by the ’80s Toy Color versions and features up to nine points of articulation per collectible, plus multiple and interchangeable accessories. It includes an ornate and resealable window box with insert card. This Two Pack is limited to 300 and is the only way to complete the Toy Color versions of all Turtle Heroes.

SRP: $30.00

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Dark Horse Exclusive Korra Statuette

The strong-willed Avatar Korra is beautifully captured in this majestic pose from The Legend of Korra. This variant sepia version of the original Dark Horse full-color edition is available only at SDCC from Nickelodeon in a limited edition of 300. Each 8” hand-painted polystone statuette is hand numbered and includes a certificate of authenticity.

SRP: $80.00

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Dark Horse World Premiere Aang Statuette

As the Avatar of his time, Aang is the only one capable of using all four bending arts: earth, water, fire, and air.  This statuette captures Aang in a heroic pose from Avatar, the Nickelodeon animated series and Dark Horse comics. This first-edition Aang statuette is making its world premiere at SDCC. Each 7” hand-painted polystone statuette is hand numbered in an edition of only 150 and includes a certificate of authenticity.

SRP: $80.00

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Apparel

Nickelodeon ‘90s T-shirts

  • Hey Arnold!
  • All That
  • Double Dare Red Team
  • Double Dare Blue Team
  • Legends of the Hidden Temple
  • Rugrats

SRP: $20.00 each

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Underoos

Channel your inner Tommy Oliver or Kimberly Hart in these Zordon-approved Green and Pink Power Rangers Underoos sets.  These tee and briefs sets are available for purchase at the Nickelodeon booth and online at underoos.com.

SRP: $25.00 each

 

SDCC 2016: Nickelodeon’s ‘90s and Beyond

nickelodeon the splatNickelodeon and The Splat–the network’s programming block dedicated to Nick’s legendary library of hits from the ‘90s and 2000s–are blasting open the vaults for a slime-tastic, immersive experience at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016 that’s bound to be All That, and more. Headquartered at its 1,800 square-foot booth (#4113) on the convention floor, Nickelodeon will pay tribute to some of its most memorable shows and popular characters with activations, games, panels, talent signings and interactive design elements featuring: Legends of the Hidden Temple, Hey Arnold!, Rugrats, Double Dare, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, CatDog, Rocko’s Modern Life, and Invader Zim, among many others.

Every day of the convention, Nick’s booth will feature: a virtual reality 360-experience where fans can step into the world of the upcoming Legends of the Hidden Temple live-action TV movie; an interactive trivia game featuring Legends of the Hidden Temple’s King Olmec, Keeper of the Temple; photo opps with a life-size replica of the Hey Arnold! stoop and the nose from Double Dare; a retail area, where attendees can purchase a variety of exclusive Nick, The Splat and ‘90s-themed gear and one-of-a-kind collectibles; costumed character appearances; and autograph signings with cast member from All That, SpongeBob SquarePants’ Tom Kenny, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles voice talent, Kirk Fogg from Legends of the Hidden Temple, and more special appearances to be announced in the coming weeks.

Nickelodeon will present four panels during the convention: Happy Happy!  Joy Joy!, a look back at 25 years of original Nick animation featuring the creators of Invader Zim, Hey Arnold! and other legendary series; Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesReturn to New York, an exclusive first look at the current TV season; She Made That?: Nickelodeon hosts Women in Animation, featuring some of the genre’s female pioneers of the past and present; and a special reunion of cast members from legendary kids’ sketch-comedy series All That–with a surprise from Nick’s forthcoming Legends of the Hidden Temple TV movie.

nickelodeonThe following is a full rundown of the panels and booth activity:

PANELS

Happy Happy! Joy Joy!: 25 Years of Nickelodeon Original Animation

Thursday, July 21, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (Room: 6A) For 25 years Nickelodeon has produced some of the most innovative and memorable animation in the history of television. Nick Animation Podcast host Hector Navarro finds out how and why four of the network’s most influential creators did what they did: Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!), Jhonen Vasquez (Invader Zim), Butch Hartman (The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom) and Arlene Klasky, who along with Gabor Csupo and Paul Germain, created Rugrats. Don’t miss the chance to see production art from the upcoming TV movie Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie; animation from Hartman’s new Bunsen is a Beast!; and the world premiere of Don vs Raph, a TMNT animated short written and produced by Jhonen Vasquez.

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles–Return to New York

Friday, July 22, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (Room: 6A) They traveled time and space to save planet Earth, and now the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return home!  Executive producers Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman share sneak peeks of the epic adventures and new characters that await the Turtles when they return to the streets of NY in season four.  On hand will be the extraordinary voice actors of the TMNT world: Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Gwendoline Yeo (Shinigami) and Eric Bauza (Tiger Claw). Also, witness the world premiere of two never-before-seen TMNT animated shorts presented by TMNT co-creator, Kevin Eastman.  The panel will be moderated by Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy).

 

She Made That?: Nickelodeon hosts Women in Animation

Friday, July 22, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (Room: 24ABC) Join this group of innovative and pioneering female cartoon creators for a discussion on their careers and the opportunities for women in animation today.  Panelists include women responsible for the original Nicktoons from the 1990s and others who are making some of today’s best animation for TV and the web.  The panel will include Lauren Faust (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic), Mary Harrington (Invader Zim, Hey Arnold!), Vanessa Coffey (The Ren & Stimpy Show, Rugrats), Rikke Asbjoern (Pinky Malinky), Margaret Dean (Women in Animation) and Maija Burnett (California Institute of the Arts).

 

Back to the ‘90s: Nickelodeon’s All That Reunion and Legends of the Hidden Temple!

Saturday, July 23, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (Room: 6A) Join Nickelodeon’s throwback programming block, The Splat, for a reunion of the trailblazing sketch comedy series’ major players, Josh Server, Danny Tamberelli, Lori Beth Denberg and Kel Mitchell, discussing all things All That, with a few added surprises.  Plus, get the first look at Nick’s new TV movie based on Legends of the Hidden Temple and hear about it from returning cast members Kirk Fogg and Dee Bradley Baker, along with Isabela Moner (Transformers 5).  The panel will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly staff writer, Marc Snetiker.

 

DAILY BOOTH ACTIVITY

  • Legends of the Hidden Temple Virtual Reality 360-Degree Experience: This 360-degree experience transports fans into the world of the upcoming action-adventure TV movie inspired by the iconic game show, allowing them to experience the mysterious Mayan temple first-hand.
  • Olmec Photo Opp/Trivia: Fans can interact with Legends of the Hidden Temple’s King Olmec and test their knowledge by answering trivia questions for the opportunity to win prizes.
  • Hey Arnold! Stoop and Double Dare Nose Photo Opps: Fans can take photos on a replica of Arnold’s stoop from Hey Arnold! and with the nose from Double Dare (beware of boogers).
  • Autograph Signings:  Signing opportunities with Nickelodeon talent include: All That cast; Legends of the Hidden Temple cast; SpongeBob SquarePants voice talent; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles voice talent and executive producers; Nick current series creators and executive producers (C.H. Greenblatt, Harvey Beaks; Chris Savino, The Loud House; and Dave Cooper, Johnny Ryan, and David Sacks, Pig Goat Banana Cricket); and Nick original animation creators (Butch Hartman, The Fairly OddParents and Bunsen is a Beast!; Craig Bartlett, Hey Arnold!; Arlene Klasky, Rugrats, Wild Thornberrys, Rocket Power; and Jhonen Vasquez, Invader Zim).
  • Costumed-Character Appearances: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rugrats, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, Arnold and Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Power Rangers Dino Super Charge will make appearances at Nick’s booth at select times during the convention.
  • Retail: Attendees can purchase Comic-Con exclusive figures, t-shirts and more.
  • Giveaways:  Enter for a chance to win special prizes over the course of the convention.

Additionally, in celebration of the Aug. 11, 25-year anniversary of the launch of the network’s original animated series (The Ren & Stimpy Show, Rugrats and Doug), The Splat will feature brand-new commentary and behind-the-scenes information from the series’ voice talent and creators, along with themed programming and encore airings of these animated series every night during the month of August.

Kidrobot To Debut TMNT Capsule at Denver Comic Con

Kidrobot and Nickelodeon have teamed up to release a brand-new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles capsule at Denver Comic Con, June 17-19.

The capsule will include a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Blind Box Mini Series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles PHUNNY Plush, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder and Triceraton Medium Figures. The capsule pieces will retail from $9.99-$39.99. All items will debut at Kidrobot’s Denver Comic Con Booth #337.

Later this summer, Kidrobot will also release a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Blind Box Keychain Series, retailing for $5.99 each.

Kidrobot and Nickelodeon have previously worked together to release a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line in 2014.

SPX and Nickelodeon announce Best Baddies

SPXSPX 2015 saw the very first Nickelodeon animation call for submission at an indie comics festival. The open call was an unprecedented opportunity for SPX creators to present their animation ideas and skills to members of the Nickelodeon team and become a part of its annual 2015 global Animated Shorts Program.

More than 70 members of the SPX community presented their pitches to the Nickelodeon staff during SPX last September to see if theirs would be chosen to be developed into an animated short as part of the program. Nickelodeon has announced that Max Wittert’s Best Baddies was selected and is in production. Mr. Wittert is an illustrator and cartoonist based out of Brooklyn NY, whose work has been published by The New York Times, Time Out New York. Additionally, web comic Jean & Scott, a take-off on The X-Men, led to it being published by Marvel Comics. Best Baddies is about four magical villainess girls who challenge the status quo of their dull city by trying to convince other girls to join them and become fellow villainesses.

The SPX 2015 call for submissions was part of Nickelodeon’s 2015 Animated Shorts Program, which this year chose 22 ideas from around the world to be developed into shorts that will either potentially air on Nickelodeon or be able to be viewed on its web site. The annual program, overseen by network development executives, accepts domestic and international pitches that will be developed into animated shorts for the Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. audiences. Designed to cultivate a new generation of creative talent, the Animated Shorts Program aids in Nickelodeon’s mission in making the best and funniest content for today’s kids.

Nickelodeon found such a wellspring of creativity at SPX, that additional opportunities have been offered to SPX creators. Numerous pitches were put up for consideration in series and long-form development, freelance design work was offered to a few creators and an internship was offered and accepted. Other SPX creators are still in contact with Nickelodeon to shape full series pitches out of their shorts pitch.

SPX 2016 takes place this year September 17-18 at the Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center. It will have the largest exhibitor presence in indie comics, with more than 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables and 22 programming slots to entertain, enlighten and introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics. SPX is also home to the prestigious Ignatz Awards, which is the only festival prize in indie comics, with nominees voted on by attendees at the show.

The 2016 Nickelodeon Global Animated Shorts Program is now open for submissions through April 15.

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Supermegafest 2015: Interview with Bob Camp

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At Supermegafest 2015 held in Framingham, MA I was fortunate enough to meet an animation giant. I got up and close with the man who gave us the gross up, as well one of the greatest cartoons of all time: Ren and Stimpy, Mr. Bob Camp. Bob (sans magic nose goblins) was kind enough to share a few moments time and shed some light on his work in the industry.

Graphic Policy: I grew up with the Ren and Stimpy cartoon, it was one of my favorites. I was fortunate enough to do a tour of Nickelodeon Studios when it was at the height of its popularity. How did you come up with the idea for the character of Ren? What was the background inspiration for it?

Bob Camp: Actually Ren and Stimpy were characters that John K. created for an animated show called Your Gang and he pitched it around Nickelodeon, and they liked the dog and the cat, who were minor characters. They said let’s do a show about those guys. So we created The Ren and Stimpy Show based on those character designs and gave them personality on those designs.

Graphic Policy: The thing about The Ren and Stimpy Show that stands out to me is, it was so different from anything else on Nickelodeon. To me it was definitely an adult cartoon that was under the guise “for kids” especially with the toilet humor..

renandstimpyBob Camp: That’s definitely one way to describe it, but really we were making a kids cartoon. It just depends on your idea of what kids should or shouldn’t see is. I think that kids are smarter than people think. I think that kids know more than people think and they have good sense of humor. They’re funny it’s racy and we designed the show to be for kids and funny to watch because its just funny animation with funny characters doing funny stuff. Then under that we put layer upon layer upon layer of innuendo and suggestive stuff. Not in a creepy handed way mind you, it’s just sophisticated humor. I say sophisticated because it’s got pathos. it’s got satire. It’s got a million different kinds of humor. It’s deep stuff. There are jokes in the drawings and in the attitudes and deliveries. So you know, people have always put stuff in cartoons. If you watch Warner Bros. cartoons from the 40’s there’s tons of stuff in there, that when I grew up I go “Aha now I get that joke”.  So that’s what we wanted to do with Ren and Stimpy. We wanted it to be funny for kids, and then we wanted them to grow up and be just as fun for adults. The show has legs. It has such depth. I think a lot of cartoons are pigeon holed for audiences 6-11 years old. Which is this weird graph that got created for programming. So what happens is you actually talk down to kids and you have these preconceived notions. They go, well we better decide what’s right for a 6 or 11-year-old and I think it’s all b.s.

Graphic Policy: Well said. I think it ended all too soon personally. So how did you feel when they revamped it in the 2000’s when they put it on Spike TV?

Bob Camp: You know I actually had nothing to do with it…

Graphic Policy: Yeah that was way past innuendo. 

Bob Camp: Well, I don’t really have anything to say about it because I haven’t actually watched the cartoon. I was a little annoyed with it when I wasn’t asked to do them, because I was the one who finished the show. I was the one who delivered the show when someone else didn’t. So when that person was asked to do the new shows, and I had no idea they were thinking about it. I didn’t know they were being made. I never even get copies of the DVDs when they came out and somebody else did the commentary on my cartoons. So I wasn’t even given free copies of those cartoons and yet I was the creative director of the show. I was the one who delivered the show. You know I’m the one who directed more of them than anyone.

Graphic Policy: That’s unreal. I just don’t understand that.

Bob Camp: Yeah well.

Graphic Policy:  Do you have a favorite episode you’ve ever worked on? 

Bob Camp: Stimpy’s Invention. It’s my favorite because, well there’s a lot of me in it. I wrote it. It was my idea. I storyboarded it and when we showed it at a big party with lots of hollywood types were there. I mean people were laughing out loud with tears running down their face. I looked around and I’ve never seen anyone do more of a chuckle at even the funniest cartoons before. People were just belly laughing, I thought that “This is a high point in my life.” It was one of those moments that you got to remember and appreciate for the rest of your life. At least I did something right. So when John (K) and I worked pretty closely on a project it came out great and you know that’s kind of my favorite.

Graphic Policy: Well thank you for all your time and insight sir.

Bob Camp: Thank you.

 

*I just have to say on a personal note, Bob was one of the most approachable and down to earth people I’ve met. He answered every question professionally and even took the time to speak with me candidly quite a bit. Plus he signed my very awesome Powdered Toastman and Spider-Man team up from Ren and Stimpy #6. Great guy and very cool cat.

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