Monday, March 06, 2006

Calling All Girls-More Heartaches

Hi Girls! Here's a preview of some more characters from the Heartaches cartoon in development. Let me know if you want to read more stories!!


This is Debbie Doublebubble. She is the Heartaches' road manager and protector. She kicks ass-especially the asses of boys who are mean and immature-which is all of them!
(Character design by Gabe Swarr!)




Here is Roxy's neighbor, Mr. Crusty. He hates loud rock music so whenever Roxy's band is playing in the garage, he turns up all his laid-back 70s records real loud to drown out the evil rock music. He loves any music sung by people named Neil: Neil Diamond, Neil Young and Neil Sedaka.
(Character design by Gabe Swarr!)



This is Mr. Crusty's pet, Crabby the Duck. He is a duck curmudgeon. He doesn't like other pets, especially Roxy's cat, Maynard. He is always challenging Maynard to no-holds-barred fisticuffs on Mr. Crusty's lawn. Maynard is terrified of this foul-billed bully.
All the bugs on the lawn love to watch the fur and feathers fly.



Here's Eric the DJ. He feels he is a soul mate to the girls in the Heartaches' band, because he has a talent too.
The girls' talent is to make records. Eric's talent is to take the records and scratch them up, which drives Roxy crazy. Eric is always taking her classic rock albums and scratching the living crap out of them.
He has other talents too, like kicking the toaster, pulling the tape out of videocasettes and eating crayons then shooting the mashed bits from his nose onto wax paper.
The girls make fun of his talents and he can't figure out why because he has seen Eminem get rich on even less ability. He is envious of the one amazing talent that Eminem has: The ability to catch his pants just at the moment they are about to fall off.
(Character design by Gabe Swarr!)


Darla Dumbell has failed 3 years in a row. She's in Roxy's class and is 3 years ahead in physical development from the other girls. She is the bad girl of the class and all the boys love her but she only dates boys from reform school.
She gets expelled all the time.
Bad bad bad.
(Character design by Gabe Swarr!)


Tammy Training Bra is training under Darla to be bad. She's not really stupid enough to be bad but tries real hard.
Darla is embarrassed to be seen with her but happily takes her money and makes her do her homework and stuff.


Want to know more about this show?

I need lots and lots of comments!

If you haven't seen the first post about the Heartaches go here:

http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2006/02/calling-all-girls-heartaches.html


146 comments:

Matt Greenwood said...

Great designs. Gabe Swarr is a hell of an artist!

Brian Romero said...

These drawings will only bring out the little girl in all of us! Or something like that anyway...

Funny drawings and concepts. My girlfriend likes all the Heartaches stuff you've posted. Unfortunately for you she's a grown woman, fortunately for me she is!

BrianMORANTE said...

I like the classic cartoon feel but it's made for girls in the modern age.
I worked on a "girl band " show and it was painfull, but this looks fun enough to watch.

Jeremy said...

I'll try not to sound like an ass kisser... but I'd like to say that your stuff is really inspirational and freaking funny.

awesome work!
_jeremy

ptmanyoda said...

I think I know your neighbour, Crusty. He really doesn't have a sense of humour at all - especially when it comes to 'strange' music!

Rock on,

The GRAIN
America's Favourite Granular Heroes

Evan said...

Cool stuff, I love to see character design. Post some character design sketches please!

Clay Sisk said...

John,

Everything rules except that DJ kid. He looks like he belongs in another cartoon. I love where you are headed with this though!!!

It'll be on the air in no time at all!!

-Clay

www.siskart.com
www.studiosiskartproductions.com

Mitch K said...

Mr. Crusty can't be THAT bad if he listens to Neil Young. Maybe Neil Young's love songs just get to Mr. Crusty.

I used to like DJ Eric, but he's been scratching up Roxy's classic rock! That actually hurt to read.

Crabby the Duck is great. I had a pet duck for 13 years. Ducks really ARE cranky (and sometime insanely silly). I love ducks. I miss my duck.

The rest of these characters are hilarious. My sister will love them. I'll show her later, and I'll tell you what she thinks.

Keep it coming!

mitchL said...

"The girls make fun of his talents and he can't figure out why because he has seen Kanye West get rich on even less ability."

That gets me down as well.

These characters are great, and my life will not be complete without seeing Maynard fight that retarded duck.

I'll run this by the little cousins tomorrow and see what they say. I don't know if this has anything to do with being a huge nerd or not, but it's hard to find girls to pester with this stuff...

Nico said...

more more more!

Citizen Drummond said...

Really think you're going to get such truthful stereotypes by the studio heads?

Mish said...

it's like an animated version of the 90210.

e.s. said...

starting to flesh out. seeing it in action helps - i especially liked the videos in the previous post. i want to see what, aside from the drawings, will make this show special. more key drawings! more storyboards! more scripts! please..

Sam said...

nice!

Anonymous said...

Seems like you have a lot of ideas for shows! I was wondering if others helped you come up with the ideas...and if the ideas formed over the years, or just sprung up recently (or a combination). Ha hah, it looks like that Eric the DJ guy has an antenna sticking out of his hat or something! Oh yeah, if you can guess a date when some shows can be made, that'd be good too...although I have no idea how's it going for you, other than you need more money or something?

You use a good amount of randomness, and I don't know how random you like stuff, but if you need more inspiration for your work, I recommend looking at some of Bill Plympton's and Bruno Bozzetto's stuff. Other things you may get some cool ideas from: Rock & Rule, Fantastic Planet, and Wizards (you probably already know about Wizards, but others here might not know about it).

From the other stuff around here, it looks like you're into audio too... I don't know if you're into audio reproduction or whatever, but if you're not, than maybe some new equipment can help you with your ideas? You have good money and there's a whole world of good quality audio that you may have never noticed (and could enjoy)... Me myself, I don't have much experience with different stuff...but lots of people are getting into the AKG K701 and a lot are awaiting the release of the Shure E500 (these Shure's are said to compete with or exceed the performance of the custom UE-10 Pro, the UE-10 Pro costing around twice the price of the Shure E500). However, it would be expensive to get into such an audio hobby, but if you ever get some real production going on some cartoons, I would definately recommend that you or someone else recommends something like these products to the people in charge of the audio in the cartoons (it could help with the audio quality, and therefore maybe sort of sub-consciously attract viewers, especially if the stuff airs on TV).

Anonymous said...

Love it!

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i like those drawings..haha i wanna see the cartoon i hope u make it big...FAMOUS...like um um wats his name...picasso lmao xD

An0th3r Rand0m C0mm3nt Fr0m Andy

neigbourhood cat said...

When you come up with characters are they based on real people in your life that you know/have known?

nightwing said...

hmmm...
for the most part i like the developement of the show, i, though, am not a huge fan of the character design on the dj kid, its not bad, but i dunno somethin just dosnt sit right with him to me, i think its either the jetsons antenna on his hat or his premature sideburns, i dunno
the rest look good, especiall tammy training bra, i cracked up when i read that, and i think ive seen that duck somewhere before

nightwing said...

godamnit...the rest *looks* good
me no can tipe good sumtimes
...maybe if the dj kid had some earphones or something...hmmm...

List Of Smear Left Wing Blogs said...

You know what you should think about making some games for pc,nintendo,xbox etc...Man kids would love them but only if you are helping in the creation of the game so they dont screw it up

List Of Smear Left Wing Blogs said...

You should make up some cool games for the pc,xbox,nintendo, etc...kids and adults would love them.

Duck Dodgers said...

I would prefer to see more He hog stories!

Gabriel said...

You guys must be insane, Eric the DJ is the best character ever!! He looks as retarded as he should, I can almost hear his obnoxious laugh inside my head! Brian Romero's comment about the 'little girl in all of us' is just damn scary, because it's way too right.

Peggy said...

Yay Gabe!

lastangelman said...

Neil Sedaka and Neil Diamond I can unnerstan' but Neil Young? You must mean Crosby Stills Nash & Young ... I mean has this guy heard LIVE RUST?
Otherwise, nice retro cartoon feel designs by Gabe Swarr. Wasn't Maynard The Cat one of your walkem prizes from Weekend Pussy Hunt? I've gotta power up the old 98SE and check my files ...
Speaking of WPH, can Bugs Pussy make a cameo on either The Heartaches or Atomic Pig? That is a great character!

David Germain said...

Now you've kind of added elements of The Partridge Family to the show. Is this in the hopes that we'll "Get Happy" or does it mean "You Think You Love Us"?

Anyway, those designs are cool. I can't wait to see this show.

zoki said...

They are funny!!!

Nicolas Martinez said...

Those designs are cool. Crabby the Duck looks like the duck from "Altruists".

radimus said...

YES JOHN!

This is really getting fleshed out now.

Good work Gabe, but please re-design DJ Eric coz he looks like the odd-one-out!

Anonymous said...

No way, leave the DJ that way, it looks like a guy from my school!

WIL said...

Mr. Crusty should have his own show!

frankenstein's creature said...

Very Funny characters...

Makinita said...

Hey John did ya see cartoon brew today their censoring the hanging song from out west in the UK dvd release they think if british people watch the CARTOON hanging they probably do the same now thats just Moronic !!!

David Germain said...

Well, you know someone's cartoons kick ass when a bunch of dumbasses feel the need to edit them. (Yes, I'm thinking of Nickelodeon producers as well.)

Anonymous said...

funny characters, the duck is great!

snapy papay said...

man those characters look awesome
thats gonna be 1 heck of a award wining show i can see it now

Gabriel said...

What about the ones who apparently were not done by Gabe (nice name) Swarr, Crabby and Tammy? Did you draw those, John?

SamyCat said...

Hi John!
wooo, I love this Girls!
The desing is great!!!
You are Wonderful!
I admire and apreciate you very much John!
My dream is be like you someday! :)
Kisses Darling,
Samy-

lyris said...

I love the DJ kid, especially his many talents. And I love the character design of the grumpy neighbour!

Joel Bryan said...

The Tammy Trainingbra character is pure genius. She kind of reminds me of Charlie Brown's sister Sally grown into tweendom.

But what I hope is she's really conflicted between her intelligence and her misplaced desire to be bad. Two polarities at war within her psyche. Intense character drama but externalized because this is a cartoon after all.

Is the bad girl stupid? I know she's failed three times but maybe that's a deliberate choice on her part. She inhabits the role of the bad girl and it comes easily to her perhaps because she simply enjoys being bad. Failing a class is expected of the bad girl, or at least she's not supposed to care about academics.

Perhaps she's completely at peace with this. That would certainly give her inner strength and make her a worthy adversary for the Heartaches and would keep her from being just a cipher, stereotype, or cliche.

The dj dude's hat is kind of 90s but I love his looks. Did you think about a more ruggedly handsome dj though? One all the chicks dig, rather than just a tagalong friend. Maybe someone egotistical and self-assured but not genuinely an asshole.

Or is that pulling the focus too much away from the main characters? I guess that might depend on how often he appears.

I have a friend who's a dj and a crack artist/web designer. She was heavily into this scene in the 90s. I'm going to show it to her and get some feedback... although she's a busy busy person these days.

Anyway, those are just some thoughts I had while looking at those designs. I know this cartoon isn't aimed at the likes of me but I like riffing off those drawings and doing some intense thinking about characters and conflict.

JohnK said...

>>What about the ones who apparently were not done by Gabe (nice name) Swarr, Crabby and Tammy? Did you draw those, John?

Yes sir, I did.

Eebs said...

If I had daughters, I'd encourage them to watch this cartoon.

baron von josho said...

Again, I'm not a little girl, but I would watch this!

The only character I didn't like was Eric. I liked the stuff he does, but the drawing just looked sort of "trying to be cool but failing"
...but that's just my crappy opinion.

Besides that, I love it, especially Mr. Crusty and his duck!

~Josh

Gabriel said...

The only character I didn't like was Eric. I liked the stuff he does, but the drawing just looked sort of "trying to be cool but failing"
...but that's just my crappy opinion.


But isn't that the idea? That's why i liked him in the first place!

The Butcher said...

Seriously, that raver DJ kid needs to get beat up in every episode by the girls. I hate those cat in the hat hats. Even though this show is for girls, I can honestly say I would watch religiously if there's a raver kid getting beat up by little girls.

Brian Romero said...

Eric the DJ's attire is also out of date. I don't think anyone has dressed like that since the late 90's.

I really want to see some funny cartoon beatings going on with Crabby and Maynard. We haven't seen many good cartoon beatings since the black and white Popeye's.

Jennifer said...

"OMG like this is soooooo cute! I just so love it! Like I so want the dolls when they comes out" -- My inner child talking

This is fantastic - I really think that this show could appeal to girls of all ages, and I think that this show will make a lot of parents happy since this is going against the grain of "sexing up" little girl cartoon characters (a la Bratz and My Scene). Even the "sexed-up" character isn't OTT.

Anonymous said...

That Kanye dig just seems a little bitter... and out of touch. Cough.

It's one thing to stab easy targets like Jessica Simpson and the like, but bashing Kanye here betrays your own sensibilities a little too much for what you're going for here... I'm not even a Kanye fan to be honest.

At the same time, referencing Neil Sedaka made me laugh...

Anonymous said...

If I a daughter I would encourge them to watch this cartoon.

Everything looks really great!

Anonymous said...

Kanye West is gargage. That much has been proven time and time again.

That Rave Kid is funny, I can't wait to see him get beat up and made fun of.

Anonymous said...

Really, there's no difference between poking Kanye West and Jessica Simpson. In fact it's braver to pick Kanye because really, making fun of Jessica is like kicking a dead dog. I have nothing against Kanye, just to make it clear. I never even heard one of his songs, nor have any curiosity to do so.

Vanoni! said...

If you need help drawing DJ Eric I know plenty of kids who can help you out, John.


– C

nosferatu said...

if there's a raver kid getting beat up by little girls.
hahahah thats an awesome idea hehhe do that john please hehehe

tim said...

No matter how hard they try, they can't stop the rock.

Great character designs!

JohnK said...

>>Eric the DJ's attire is also out of date. I don't think anyone has dressed like that since the late 90's.

I'm sure you're right!

Anyone wanna help me out and sketch up what a modern DJ kid would look like and dress like?

Thanks!

John

Jeff said...
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Jeff said...

Rave kids:

here

here

and

here

"old-skool" t-shirts
backwards fitted cap or knit stocking cap
long-ish hair curled out underneath
headphones around neck
glow sticks

Anonymous said...

not fair, dude, DRAW!

NARTHAX said...

You should tell Neil Diamond that he's in this thing. He'll come live on your front lawn, shouting his name top volume until someone listens. "Solitary Man" was decent AM radio, however. Then 1966 ruined it.

Anonymous said...

Considering his two albums have averaged 84 and 87 on metacritic (a review aggregator) and praised critically, no, I would say he's far from being "proven" garbage. High sales generally don't prove talent, but being appreciated in sales AND criticism should imply something.

I don't even care about defending Kanye West, I haven't bought his albums. My point is that acting blase about bashing him in a character description is a mistake.

Not that this matters anyway, unless you planned to use that line in the actual toon.

Chet said...

hey john,

nice bunch o characters here.I hated the crabby the duck character when you posted him in that collage,but now that youve described his purpose,I think he might be a cool character.

Are the guy's from the other old navy ad going to be in the heartaches?

Aimee Nester said...

I want to see the bug audience that watches the duck and cat;))
Does the d.j. have a crush on on darla? They sound compatable and she looks like a possible fan of his??
I like aggressive ducks...

Ted said...

Isn't making all the band members pretty along the lines of using stock expressions? Same with making the antagonists ugly except for the one pretty bitchy girl, and having one secondary good side moose.

Chet said...

>>Eric the DJ's attire is also out of date. I don't think anyone has dressed like that since the late 90's.

I'm sure you're right!

Anyone wanna help me out and sketch up what a modern DJ kid would look like and dress like?

Thanks!

John

-

YEAH,or was that just a joke?

Anonymous said...

Loveable new characters, definitively wanna see and have more of them!

Gabe Swarr said...

John! Aw man those designs are over 6 years old! Everyone--I draw a lot better now! Please ignore your eyes!

Jorge Garrido said...

I didn't like the DJ guy because he's sort of making fun of guys who wear really baggy pants really low, which is what I am. Hell yeah, I'm a gangsta.

Chet said...

http://thunderrobotattacks.blogspot.com/2006/03/modern-dj.html

there you go john,a modern dj sketch for you,hope it helps you.

Anonymous said...

if it weren't for eric the dj, everything would be fine. really. he needs to be redesigned. he doesn't really matches the style of the other characters and he looks very bland, similar to what you'd find in some boring and bland nelvana flash-based craptoon for tasteless execs.

Jorge Garrido said...

Hey John, is Eric supposed to be a wigger, hip hop type, or a raver/techno type?

Joel Bryan said...

Here are some dj sketches that manage to both bite it big time and suck incredibly hard... hope they help or are mildly informative!

http://hyde01.blogspot.com/

JohnK said...

>>I didn't like the DJ guy because he's sort of making fun of guys who wear really baggy pants really low, which is what I am.

Maybe you could try wearing your shoes on top of your feet while you're at it.

JohnK said...

Hey Ted,

I promise they won't have stock expressions in the cartoons.

Check my other cartoons for assurance.

charlie J. said...

The designs on this show are great, particularly the DJ guy. This show could be BIG, as It appeals to middle-aged bald dudes AND little girls.

Anonymous said...

i can't believe these people don't get Eric. The character is supposed to look annoying!

Ted said...

No John, you're missing my point. The question might boil down more clearly to: isn't using stock character sets limiting in a similar way to using stock expressions?

Gabriel said...

I think John is playing with stereotypes, it's almost as if he is making fun of stock characters.

JohnK said...

>>The question might boil down more clearly to: isn't using stock character sets limiting in a similar way to using stock expressions?

No.

kp said...

These characters look great! Eric's current look may work if he's supposed to be the "tragically unhip" type. It's outdated just enough to be rather corny, but not painfully so. However, if there are indeed plans to update him, I'd just switch out the Dr. Seuss hat for a Du-rag. I made a poor attempt at a cartoon DJ; there's not much difference and my style sucks but if it will help for any ideas....

http://myscrabblinsnstuff.blogspot.com/2006/03/feeble-attempt-at-scrabbling-dj.html

....I'll regret posting this, but here goes.*hides*

nightwing said...

i drew him also ill post mine tonight i just added some stuff notghing major i really wanted to stay true to the current design

Evan said...

John, if you get the chance I'd love for you to check out my Oscar caricatures here:

Oscar Fever 1 - Guys

Oscar Fever 2 - Gals

Thanks!

Brian Romero said...

I'm sure you're right!

Anyone wanna help me out and sketch up what a modern DJ kid would look like and dress like?

Thanks!

John


Here's my take. Since he's into scratching records that says 'hip-hop' DJ rather than 'house music' DJ.

First one is Gabe's design with some alterations:

Eric DJ 01

The second one is my own take on the character based on your description of his personality and actions. I think the fat, white, suburban kid who really loves hip-hop.

Eric DJ 02

Anonymous said...

Coolie. Good to see some more of Gabe Swarr arts! :P

Gabriel said...

Shit, Brian, those are quite nice!

Anonymous said...

nice ones Brian Romero!

Jorge Garrido said...

>>Maybe you could try wearing your shoes on top of your feet while you're at it.

Maybe you old guys should stop wearing your pants up to your chins.

nightwing said...

i tried to stay true to the original, just added some stuff, looks like romero and i are/were on the smae vibe, but i kept this hat instead of the sideways cap, but that was a tough call, mostly came down to me not being able to draw, haha...anyway:
DJ Eric

Brian Romero said...

Nightwing, I like you just smashed his hat down with the headphones!

Jorge Garrido said...

To all the people who think these are suppsoed to look like Fairly Oddparents or wahtever, they are in the style of 50's UPA style design by Ed Benedict and Mary Blair and them. Check out CartoonModern.com for more on thse great artists...

Oh, yeah, btw, boxers that stick out about 6 inches above low riding jeans>John K

Me: 2 John K: 0

nightwing said...

haha...thanks brian, i thought it was pretty funny when i was drawin it, so i kept it

nightwing said...

hmmm...i dont really think any of these are in ths spirit of fairly odd parents, fop uses a style in which nearly every line is strait and prefers angles to corners, that not what i see in any of these, nor do i see floating anything, hats, etc...
but thats just my opinion

Phil said...

love the cranky neighbour!
go Neil's!

Junior said...

Agreed, Jorge Garrido is kinda bonkers

Gabriel said...

It just occured to me that Red should be specially pissed by Eric, because she's a drummer. If he is into electronic music his first suggestion to the band would probably be to replace Red by a drum machine!

Heather_Chavez said...

I like that the girls are talented and the boys eat crayons and kick defensless toasters. I get a kick out of the armpit hair, more charaters should have it, it makes silly people like me laugh... cuz,we all know people who look like that.

Anonymous said...

>>Jorge Garrido: Maybe you old guys should stop wearing your pants up to your chins.

I'm 19 and think that baggy pants are ridiculous. Same goes for ones that are so tight you can see what religion the guy is. What's wrong with wearing clothes that fit normally?

Also with FOP, they take classic animation styles and dumb them down to their most basic forms, stripping the motifs of any hillarity. Its just plain obvious.

You: 0 John K: 2

-Daniel

Bitter Old Birds said...

These supporting characters are excellent, particularly Darla and the duck as antagonists. There are so many story opportunities which can involve this great cast of characters. I would love to hear more of them!

Garwik said...

Why not hike The DJ's boxers up to his armpits and put his pants around his ankles?

Like so.

You can't get much cooler than that...

R2K said...

I like the dude with the hat. :)

R2K

RagingGurrl said...

Dang, it's good to have you in the blogosphere - I'm a long time fan and aspiring fractional cartoonist - I can't draw, but I can think up snarky social commentary.
Anyhow - I need help: I'm Raging Gurrl (on blogger.com) and it's time for an image makeover.
Can somone help me come up with a cartoon character for "Raging Gurrl"? She'd be a smart ass, but cute...in a Buttercup sort of way.

RG

Joseph Collins said...

This is entirely off-topic, but Johnny, I'm damned glad to see you're still doing stuff! I miss your old projects, but I dig the new stuff! In case you're curious, I was part of that lot that wanted to see The Ripping Friends plunked on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim(as well as any other projects ya might have around that time...). The petition's still there at Online Petition, I'd wager, but it's kind of a moot point by now.

In any case, keep up the good work, good sir. Hope ta see ya on the television again real soon!

JohnK said...

HEY FRIENDS!

GET ME SOME GIRLS TO COMMENT! I NEED TO PROVE TO SOME TV PEOPLE THAT GIRLS WANT THIS SHOW!

IT'S ONLY GONNA BE UP FOR A FEW MORE HOURS, SO START EMAILING ALL YOUR LITTLE RELATIVES!

I've got more stories to tell you but need to know that girls are interested.

Thaaaanks,

John

shaun said...

I like the character ideas for eric and darla but I don't like the look of 'em. The rest is great.

Anonymous said...

hi im only 8 my brother wanted me 2 see these and i love it the caracters al cool and adorble i would sure watch that on tv or buy it on dvd and the other girls look super cool and sweet as well

love yor drawings mr.
by the way im a girl

JohnK said...

Thanks anonymous girl! Tell all your friends, ok?

Your pal,

John K.

Anonymous said...

I like this work alot. Quite some time ago when I saw the Old Navy spots I was so sure it was your work, it had alot of appeal. I'm gonna run these by my 11 year old sister. My only personal crits are that I agree the DJ looks a little to PPG, and that it seems a character with 'training bra' in her name (plus the bio) may not fly with the networks for pre-teen girl TV. It might be pegged as not appealing to a sensitive issue...am I wording that wrong? Keep it up, dude! I've been sending all my buddies to comment on your blog. Oh yeah Pat Smith is my prof, worked under him for awhile, the picture of you two at Ottawa cracks me up!

Jorge Garrido said...

>>I'm 19 and think that baggy pants are ridiculous. Same goes for ones that are so tight you can see what religion the guy is. What's wrong with wearing clothes that fit normally?
Comfort and style. Actually, baggy pants aren't even that cool anymore, the trend these days is guys wearing girl pants to be "hardcore" But I don't follow trends, it just so happens that the style I like is considered "hip-hop" and "urban" (which I am.) Low riding pants make the pants look baggier which is, imho, cooler. Plus, the girls love it, I could care less what other guys think, most girls I know think it looks sweet, as do I. Your boxers d tend to hang out but you can't see them underneath your shirt so it's not a big deal. Also, your pants never fall off, that's why people invented belts. Just put the belt tight, and don't wear them THAT low. But if you're playing basketball, you have to put them lower you you can move easier. It's a delicate balance, trust me. Anyway, that's my 3 cents.

I showed these to my sister, she said the main heartaches were really cute, She said Curly Fuzz Poodle should be smaller, cuter, like *shudder* Paris Hilton's dog. She said she doesn't think Debbie should be heavy. She said she should be more liek Dolly Parton, with alot of make-up and exagerrated hair, not as butch. She says Crabby The Duck is funny. She says she really likes Eric, he's her favourite, but he should have a big chain. She says Darla Dumbell is good. She suggested that Darla always change her look, as in "pink is the new black" but in a dumb way. She alwso said she liked Tammy Training Bra. She said she would watch it if it was on.

Anonymous said...

>>Plus, the girls love it, I could care less what other guys think, most girls I know think it looks sweet, as do I.

I'm a girl and i think i'll agree with whoever said they're ridiculous. The only guys i see dressed that way are pretty stupid, and so are the girls who like them. I'm speaking in the hopes that people who haven't made up their minds yet don't turn themselves into moron fashion zombies.

Anyway, I'm 19 but I'd love to see the show, i like every single character, even Eric the DJ, and I wouldn't change a thing about him, the hat makes him look pathetic, which in turns makes me laugh.

Trisha said...

Does Ren and Stimpy Lost Episodes DVD come out this month???????

Vanoni! said...

I'd drawn this up before I read John's comment.
Here's a lame DJ Eric sketch anyway. Apologies to Gabe Swarr.

Peter said...

I'm not a girl but I'm commenting anyway. Keep the good stuff going!

Lee said...

right on

Anonymous said...

Debbie and Mr. Crusty, seem like they'd make a cute couple.

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potato farm girl said...

These are fun, even if they are a couple of years old. Yayz!!

Anonymous said...

Cool stuff. I think eric will look great animated.

JohnK said...

>>Does Ren and Stimpy Lost Episodes DVD come out this month???????

Hi Trisha,

no not this month, but don't worry. I gave them so many extras it'll be worth the wait.

Should I post some previews and teasers?

John

JohnK said...

Hey Vanoni,

I like that design. Mind if I steal it?

Your pal,

John

Anonymous said...

1st anonymous here again... Hhhmmmm, I wonder if Spumco will allow fan-based stories/ideas/etc. to be implemented into a cartoon...one of these days, hah..... Oh, man, pure insanity! Except the "pure" part is sort of misleading... My qualifications: Drugless/friendless/sexless male teenager, will not want any money from Spumco, "creatively" driven from some stuff...like the music I listen to is literally as psychadelic as it gets (no mainstream, also meaning no mainstream from the past! Yes man, some stuff SERIOUSLY way weirder than Pink Floyd, The Beatles...anything that a lot of people knew about in the past/etc.) Aahh, just joking...man I'm bored... :)

Anyways keep helping out with Heartaches, as in, you girls should comment and say stuff so we can see more stories!

If I'm being improper here, than please delete this post so I won't post in this comment page again (lol, I just got banned from somewhere else this month...it's funny when people respond to my insanity). Otherwise, girls keep helping, and if any of you guys need to (for some reason...) need to know something I didn't fully explain, then let me know (but stay on topic with Heartaches too). ;)

Evan said...

Yes you should post previews and trailers for the APC DVD! And can you give us an estimate date it will come out?

David Germain said...

I read on the GAC forums (I think that's where I saw it) that those Ren & Stimpy dvds will be out in December just in time for Christmas shopping.
Hey, John, it also said that these episodes will actually BE UNEDITTED this time. So then should we buy this set and throw our editted set out the window? (or off a bridge into traffic)

lastangelman said...

Okay I printed thse characters out and shown them to my fair lady's niece. Here is a seven year old girl's opinion:
Debbie is funny , she looks kinda like some of my friends' mommies. Is she a good person? O.K. I like her, she's got a silly smile.
Is that man (Mr Crusty) sick? Why has he got a purple face? Oh he's just mean. Why? Oh. Why is he in his underwear? He's like Mr. Rodriguez across the street, does he drink beer - you don't know? Well he's scary looking, why am I supposed to like him, oh OK, yes he's a mean guy. He's a funny, I guess, I think the underwear is silly (giggle)
What's on top the duck's head, a hat? No it isn't, it's a handle, you know, like my bike. Is he a toy? No. (laughing)Is he supposed to be scary, too? He is he funny, is that his toilet - oh it's a wading pool(giggle)(imitates Crabby's pose and breaks up laughing)
I don't like this guy at all(Eric The DJ), okay I'm done, no I don't like him, OK bye bye, I'm done.

That is a report from Jessica Spangler, 7yr old

Duck Dodgers said...

John,

I already hace seen ( and own) all of your APC episodes but would like to know how your dvd will look like, expecially about extra and special features.
I'll buy it the minute it will be available.
And I hope that the ultimate set will be UNCUT this time..

R2K said...

I like the hairy armpits there :)

David Germain said...

Hey, John, I hope your new show turns out better than this one: http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail126.html

Anonymous said...

yeah post some teasers from the dvd of r& s

Anonymous said...

I will watch it!

Courtney said...

I like it, especially the DJ, good stuff.

Vanoni! said...

Hey Vanoni,
I like that design. Mind if I steal it?


Sure, you can steal it. But only because you're my pal.

– Corbett

makinita said...

looks awesome Vanoni, good work

Anonymous said...

Sure, you can steal it. But only because you're my pal.

Is he really? Won't you sue him later?

Vanoni! said...

Nope. We're pals. That's how it works.

However, once John makes DJ Eric a household name I'll create a "spinoff" to shop around town entitled "Phat Phredrick", about a boy fights evil by bestowing the virtues of a well looped drum beat. Also, he'll use his belt (which he refuses to wear) to whip criminals into shape and speaks in a sooper secret language that only kids under 15 in internet chat rooms can understand! W00t!

– Corbett

Vanoni! said...

Besides - I stole it from Gabe Swarr first!
And as far as I know - we ain't pals!

mental note: make pals with Gabe Swarr to avoid litigation

akira said...

this stuff brings the heartaches to a whole new dimension... a good dimension... and i think a wider audience. great to see some different shaped characters entering into the picture. good luck with selling this one! (although i'd rather see you using your cartoon genius to bring us more george liquor and friends)

Big Dog said...

>>Does Ren and Stimpy Lost Episodes DVD come out this month???????

Hi Trisha,

no not this month, but don't worry. I gave them so many extras it'll be worth the wait.

Should I post some previews and teasers?

John


yes please!

Anonymous said...

dj eric grown up

Jorge Garrido said...

>>>I'm a girl and I think i'll agree with whoever said they're ridiculous. The only guys i see dressed that way are pretty stupid, and so are the girls who like them.

Let me rephrase. The kind of girls I like, like guys who dress that way. Come on, we're only 16. Yeesh.

John, I'd love some APC teasers!

lyris said...

Teasers! Teasers!

(And John, any word on "Ultimate"?)

Anonymous said...

All of the designs except Mr.Crusty need overhauls. Crusty is fine from the sholders up, his head and body dont work together, look like to different styles.

David Germain said...

However, once John makes DJ Eric a household name I'll create a "spinoff" to shop around town entitled "Phat Phredrick", about a boy fights evil by bestowing the virtues of a well looped drum beat. Also, he'll use his belt (which he refuses to wear) to whip criminals into shape and speaks in a sooper secret language that only kids under 15 in internet chat rooms can understand! W00t!


That sounds just like Pooty Tang to me, Vanoni. ;)

Ivy said...

This will be a large (and not-very-helpful) comment, but here's what I got back from the mother of a 5-yr-old girl named April:
"1. Do you think you would like to see a cartoon like this? Yes
Why? The girls blond hair I like. What do you think of the story line? I think its good.
2. Is there anything you don't like? "I don't like Debby Doublebubble because I can see her arm-pits, and I just don't think thats good. When mommy said that she was going to throw away the poodle, I think that, that was mean, I think that maybe mom should let Roxy keep the poodle."
3. What do you think about the ending? "I think its super happy and I hope that everyone lives happly ever after."
4. Would you like to see anything done differently? "Yes" Like what? "I would like her to have different clothes, like a pink shirt, purple skirt, black boots, pig tails, and maybe a little make up."
5. But over all do you think its good, and would you watch it?? "Yes I would love to see and watch something like this."

Satan's Sister said...

i like all the ideas behind the charchters. i would like to add with your ideas of the dj - he needs a side way hat. also on the bad girl years ahead - i think bad girls need to wear black with thier walking boots.

Kristen McCabe said...

Debbie Doublebubble is the coolest! I can't stop laughing at her armpit-hair stubble!

Genius!

Ivy said...

Now I asked an 8 year-old girl named Ashley to critique The Heartaches, this is what her mom wrote to me: "Ashley said that she thinks there should be a dream boat type boy with blonde hair like Jesse McCartney. There should also be a girl who moves in the neighborhood that is a total diva.
She also said that the dog should have a twin that is dumb---like a smarty pants and a dumb ass."

Freckled Derelict said...

Make this show and my 12 nieces will all watch it and buy lots of junk.
My niece's ages vairy from 6 to 15 and I showed them all this section of your blog and they approve!
2 are african american and the rest are white.
Their parents have money and will buy them associated toys and stuff to go with the show.
MAKE THE CARTOON!

Jim Rockford said...

Hey,I think I dated Darla Dumbell when I was in school!
She may be a bad,bad girl,but she's one hell of a fun date!