Sunday, July 23, 2006

Success At Comicon

We drove down Friday night and Marc booked us at the lovely and inviting "N****r Rape Inn" in El Centro. Marlo had a refreshing night's sleep wrapped in cigarette soakened sheets, while horny men who recently have been given voting rights scratched at her door all night long looking for a little home-style unwilling affection.


Next morning we raced over to the con.

We did a signing in Autograph Alley from 11-2:30.

There was a huge line up of fans.

I did a drawing for every one and we sold tons of Lost Episodes DVDs.

Marlo and Eric also did lots of drawings for the fans and Jim Smith made a surprise appearance to kiss everyone in line.


Then! Robert Smigel, the master of Triumph the Insult Comic Wonder Pup was doing a signing at the table next to me and he came running over for a man hug and to get a sketch.

I drew Ren and Stimpy with Stimpy manipulating a Triumph puppet. Just a couple weeks ago, Mike Fontanelli, Eddie and I watched the Triumph DVD and laughed our asses off so this was a real thrill. (Although my usually tasteful and perceptive assistant Marc who comes from a long line of Usureres was not impressed with what he calls a technologically primitive presentation of puppet articulation. He only likes puppets that are so real that they can make him cry.) Well Triumph makes me cry-with laughter!

Like an idiot, I forgot to get a photo of us together to show off to everyone. Now you think I am a dirty Liar. Maybe Robert will post the drawing so I can steal it and put it here.

I talked to Robert and suggested he help me write some George Liquor cartoons for straight to video and he said he loved George Liquor.

Who would love to see that collaboration?


We just missed Borat! We heard he was there Friday! Damn!

In the afternoon we did more signings at the Every Picture Tells a Story booth in the exhibitor's room and that was another non stop marathon of sweaty, meaty and eager for cartoon love fans.

There were even some fans yelling because we arrived late because of the overflow of fans in autograph alley earlier.

Nico-one of my smartest commenters and who helped me put up some cartoon clips a while ago ws there and I drew his perfect head. Share it with us, man!


Katie Goddess Rice was there drawing the world's cutest girls for everybody and taking photos of the best comicon bodies-maybe she'll let me post them here so you can see all the perfect flesh that was created in God's image.

We sold out of the Lost Episodes and the first 2 box sets of Ren and Stimpy. For some reason we couldn't sell any of the second Games box set. I can't imagine why not.

We met Rebecca Sugar, an animation student with crazy talent and I will link to her site later to make all the rest of you young cartoonist buggers sick with envy.Why all of a sudden are all the girls the best cartoonists?? Maybe because all the guys are now drawing in that faggy Cal Arts flat phony ass Nickelodeon/Cartoon Network style.

Jeff Goddamn Pidgeon showed up and said hi! He was my main designer for Bakshi's Mighty Mouse and is now a big shot at Pixar.

Anyone who was there, please post the drawings we did for you and I will put them up here and link to you!

Thanks to all the fans who made our day sweaty and filled with riches of adulation!

If you didn't make it to the Con, you didn't have as much fun as we did!

Your pal,
John K.

76 comments:

Jeremiah said...

Robert Smigel is brilliant.

A collaboration sounds too good to be true.

Pedro Vargas said...

wow, John! That must've been some sick fun. You and Robert Smigel writing George Liquor? What are the odds!? I love his triumph and his Saturday Tv Funhouse cartoons. Man I wish I could've gone. I'm so happy you sold alot of those dvds. I bet you have enough money to make a cartoon movie now!

Steel Turman said...

Made my day, to find you had a blog.

I'll get on the roll in a heartbeat.

tim said...

Robert Smigle is one of the funniest human beings on earth. Congradulations on getting a chance to meet and possibly work with him!

gir said...

I wish I could have been there. Did you sell many of the 1st games boxsets? I'd be surprised if you did, but you didn't mention anything about it.

Anonymous said...

Off-topic: I bought the Lost Episdes DVD.

It marks the first time I've seen digital hand-drawn animation look really, really good. Up until now I thought the old Xeroxed-pencil/back-painted-cel-
shot-on-film method added a lot to give the old cartoons that polish, but now I give credit where credit is due: 100% human skill and imagination.

That being said, what software did you guys use? I don't know why I'm asking, it could have been done in Flash with Photoshop backgrounds and come out about the same.

mike f. said...

Holy fuck! Triumph, Borat and George Liquor all in one location. Is the world ready?

Hell, is the world even WORTHY? Looks like I'll have to start going to the goddamn Con again - it just got cool all of a sudden.

I dunno if everyone's already seen this, but here's a link to some drawings and early prose that Bob Clampett created as a 12 year-old - plus a cool as hell picture of his pre-genius, pumpkin-headed self:

http://filboidstudge.blogspot.com/2006/07/robert-clampett-cartoon-and-story.html

The short story is actually incredibly sophisticated. He was really influenced by Ring Lardner. Who the hell knew that?

Vanoni! said...

Did you really stay in El Centro?! What the hell's the matter with you? It must have been at least 143 degrees and about an hour and a half away from SD!

El Centro's where I sprouted and grew into a strapping young lad! I still make a pilgrimage once a month to make sure my dear ol' mum hasn't been carried off by illegal aliens.

– Corbett

Marc Deckter said...

We just missed Borat! We heard he was there Friday! Damn!

JAGSHEMASH!!!

David Germain said...

I would give ANYTHING to work on Smigel's Saturday TV Funhouse, or whatever animated stuff he works on really. Is he hiring???

The Butcher said...

The N****r Rape Inn? Surely there is no such place! You lie!

Robert Smeigle+John K=happy me! Do it John! Do it!

makinnita said...

Man u and Robert Smigel thats sounds like a fucking dream team !!!!HELL YEAH

Anonymous said...

Ed The Sock is better, smarter and funnier than Triumph. My $0.02.

The Butcher said...

Is Ed the Sock from the Ben Stiller show? Cause that thing was pretty damn funny.

Anonymous said...

That would be AWESOME to see you and Smigel work together. Then Smigel can get you on Conan!

Anonymous said...

>> Why all of a sudden are all the girls the best cartoonists??

From my observation, they always were. But they rarely got into the business because they've been fashionably ashamed of themselves. "I draw and paint for fun but I'm not that good. My friends say I'm great but they're lying. I'll never be as good as my friend who..." SHUT UP!!!! You ladies OWNED the ink-and-paint departments back in the day, that's right, the final lines that made it to the screen were NOT from the hands of guys, nor could they have been!

From what I see over and over, most female artists are neat, meticulous and visually insightful. Guys are ADD-riddled scribblers. It pisses me off but that's the truth.

Duck Dodgers said...

Considering that the "Lost Episodes" are doing great, is there any chance that you'll release new Ren and stimpy episodes??

Anonymous said...

Yay Robert Smigel. TV Funhouse is the only reason to watch SNL.

Nice to see you show some affection for stuff that isn't 60 years old

Ted said...

Ed the Sock of Ed's Night Party is from CityTV in Toronto. It can now be seen on US cable on G4's midnight block (Wednesday night maybe?).
Ed kinda sucks now, but it was good 10 years ago. If it was ever as good as the really good Triumph stuff, I didn't see that era. The best Ed stuff I've seen is better than the weakest Triumph stuff tho.

P.C. Unfunny said...

"For some reason we couldn't sell any of the second Games box set. I can't imagine why not."

*gasp *shock* *sarcasm* Really ?

The Butcher said...

Thanks Ted.

Speaking of puppets, does anyone here dig Meet the Feebles?

Eric C. said...

Cool John, you meet Smigel.

I got the DVD! It's Awesome!!!!

I feel sorry for doughting your work without seeing it first.

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Anonymous said...

n**er Rape Inn? yeah John! white power, you hipster dog, tell it like it is.

Anonymous said...

yay racism!!!

Jeremiah said...

Oh, good grief.

Ryan Kramer said...

"George Liquor TV Funhouse"...it writes itself!

Con was fun. Thanks for signing our shit john. I gots me a katie rice drawing i'll hafta post.

Congrats on the success of the Lost Episodes. I hope they continue to flood the homes of cartoon lovers.

Todd Kauffman said...

wild! must have been a blast.

Ryan G. said...

God John, I love it when you rub this shit in all of our non-Californian living faces.. A John K./ Robert Smigel collaboration would be great!

I don't really care said...

N****r Rape Inn? I'm confused. And I'm a N****r. If I go there, should I rape somebody, or BE raped? Should I just be offended? Just in case I should be offended, **** ***, you ******* canuck ****** ************.

You and Smigel together just might be unsafe. Destroy something sacred. It has it coming. Do it for Comedy.

Jeremiah said...

When Ren and Stimpy return, will they stay at the N***r Rape Inn?

The Butcher said...

...and John K joins the ranks of David Cross and Sarah Silverman for dropping the N-bomb.

bryan chojnowski said...

It was great seeing you guys at the con. We got a bunch of great sketches from you guys, so when I get back home this week I'll post the sketches and some pics i snapped.

Marlo is my new #1 favorite artist. The internet does not do her drawings justice.

Danne8a said...

Hey John!
Thanks for making my experience at the con the best ever! It was really nice to meet you and the other artists and the Adult Party Cartoon is everything a fan of cartoons could ever want!
I posted up some sketches that you guys drew on my Blog.
http://dannyanim8tion.blogspot.com/
My wife still laughs evertime I hold up your drawing.
Probably because she knows that I really do look that funny looking!
Thanks Again!

supreme cat said...

N****r Rape Inn
Typical John K crap.

Anonymous said...

"If you didn't make it to the Con, you didn't have as much fun as we did!"

You come off like a prick John.

Anonymous said...

"If you didn't make it to the Con, you didn't have as much fun as we did!"

You come off like a prick John.

And what's up with that N****r reference?

Is that humor to you?

I think you just lost an African-American fan.
I will probably be trashed for not being open-minded and know that you are kidding, but c'mon...you have people who look up to you and frequent this site.

You just can't drop an N-bomb, even if it makes the caucasians and yourself laugh.

Dude, I am bummed out that you think like this.

Jesse Oliver said...

Hi John

I would have LOVE to have been at the Comicon yesturday. I love Robert Smigel's Triuph too. I'm happy that all the Lost Episode DVD's sold out. The more copies that sell the sooner we can get MORE Ren & Stimpy cartoons.

I have an idea for a story for you to use for a future R & S cartoon. You should make a cartoon where George Liquor takes R & S fishing. I know that you haven't made "Wilderness Adventure" yet but after that one gets done I would like to see a fishing cartoon with George Liquor and R & S. What do ya think?

Jesse

Art F. said...

Dang! you guys stayed in El Centro? Jesus, could ya get any farther from San Diego? I grew up in Calexico so I know it was butt-hot over there.

Anonymous said...

>>>And what's up with that N****r reference?

Is that humor to you?

I think you just lost an African-American fan.
I will probably be trashed for not being open-minded and know that you are kidding, but c'mon...you have people who look up to you and frequent this site.

You just can't drop an N-bomb, even if it makes the caucasians and yourself laugh.

Dude, I am bummed out that you think like this.<<<

Three cheers for you! I hope all African-American fans of John come and hammer him for his assenine and racist comment.

Anonymous said...

i hope theres some explanation for that "N" word comment, or else i've wasted a good amount of $$$ and admiration.

Dr.Awkward said...

Alright, everybody drop the race card already! At least John had the decency to censor his language! Give him some goddamn credit for once, instead of jumping on the bandwagon and calling him a "racist, sexist, homophobe"!

I just LOVE the way you'll all say such wonderful things about him when you read your own agenda into his cartoons, but the minute he says something your particular pressure group considers the LEAST bit "offensive", you'll whine and bitch and cause a temper tantrum until you get your P.C. way!

Man, some people love to use folks like John for their own personal interests!

supreme cat said...

Dr. Awkward,
There's a fine line between a difference of opinion and bigotry. The use of the word was offensive and derogatory.

Of course, you'll either delete it to make our comments look out of context, or delete our comments, right John?

some n****r said...

Hey John,
I was going to buy the Adult Party cartoon set this week, but I think I'd rather use the $17 towards raping a white girl instead.

Thanks for your enlightenment!

Anonymous said...

hey, guys. give him some slack. maybe that's actually the name of the motel?

Dr.Awkward said...

>>
Dr. Awkward,
There's a fine line between a difference of opinion and bigotry. The use of the word was offensive and derogatory.
Of course, you'll either delete it to make our comments look out of context, or delete our comments, right John?
<<

You missed my whole point. He censored himself! I don't understand what the hell that has to do with a difference of opinion.

I guess that, from now on, John's ONLY allowed to poke fun of christians, republicans and rednecks! At least according to people like you!

And with that, you can call me and/or John a racist, sexist, or homophobe until you're blue in the face! I don't give a floating shit!

supreme cat said...

>>>You missed my whole point. He censored himself! I don't understand what the hell that has to do with a difference of opinion.

I guess that, from now on, John's ONLY allowed to poke fun of christians, republicans and rednecks! At least according to people like you!

And with that, you can call me and/or John a racist, sexist, or homophobe until you're blue in the face! I don't give a floating shit! <<<

If all your fanboys are as smart as this, I wish you nothing but luck, John.

I don't really care said...

And with that, you can call me and/or John a racist, sexist, or homophobe until you're blue in the face! I don't give a floating shit!

... says the "let's kill more towelheads" guy...

Despite John invoking the "N" word, I don't think he is a racist, sexist, or homophobe, but based on your rants I think you are all 3.

Jeremiah said...

Guys, the word was censored, in quotation marks, and used to punctuate the fact that he was staying in a squalid sh*t-hole that in all likehood was given that name by the locals. That's about four generations removed from any real true racist intent.

I mean, sheesh. When did bad taste become such a taboo?

Jeremiah said...

And yeah, Dr. Awkward has some issues.

tim kelly said...

Speaking of puppets, does anyone here dig Meet the Feebles?

That movie always made me want to vomit. So did "Onward and Upward". And when that girl in kindergarten would eat her boogers.

Anonymous said...

If John were racist he'd have to be a HUGE idiot to let that slip so easily and have the PC vultures decend and pick his carcus clean.

He gave us credit by assuming we were sophisticated enough to take it. The rest of you lugheads aren't giving him ANY credit.

supreme cat said...

Bottom-line: He shouldn't have used the word at all.

Anonymous said...

Supreme cat, invoking the "bottom line" is an excellent way to avoid discussing the issue, but explain WHY he shouldn't use the word, regardless of its context?

supreme cat said...

It's racist and derogatory. It's a demeaning word. Using it with 'Rape' adds insult to injury.

It's not that hard to comprehend.

Again, bottom-line: He shouldn't have used the word.

I don't really care said...

He gave us credit by assuming we were sophisticated enough to take it. The rest of you lugheads aren't giving him ANY credit.

Well, I give him credit for being pretty naive if he didn't think it would stir up some shit. The problem is that the context was unclear, and highly subject to volatile misinterpretation.

I've known honkys all my life and they know I don't give a shit about being called a nigger by them, but they KNOW me, and I know what they mean, and I know what they believe. If a different guy uses it, he might mean I stink, I have too many kids out of wedlock, I'm lazy, I don't deserve to own property, I like to rape white girls in cheap motels... I might have to kill him over it. A guy can be forgiven for doing a double-take over it.

Nate Birch said...

Wow...don't blog when drunk kids.

Anonymous said...

Supreme, I'm not going to tell you not to be offended. But I am going to suggest that in the end it's really just a word. And as Richard Priar said, there is no such thing as a "n******". The word is derogatory BECAUSE people give it power. That's why it's perfectly legitimate to defuse that power through humor, and a humorist who specializes in bad taste is a prime candidate for it.

But apparently you don't believe there's any room for debate, that there's only one way to function, and in the end, freedom of speech is pointless because there are some things we "just shouldn't say".

Context is everything. His statement was not racist.

jert said...

ooooooo controversy, its like the high school debate club all over again, excitement abounds

Dr.Awkward said...

>> Despite John invoking the "N" word, I don't think he is a racist, sexist, or homophobe, but based on your rants I think you are all 3.
<<

Hey, I don't like to bring up these issues myself; others start it. I'm trying to end it, dammit!

Plus, if I was all 3, I wouldn't be arguing! I would've said something along the lines of, "That's right! I'm a sexist, homophobic Klan member, and goddamn proud of it!" But that would just be stupid and dishonest.

However, I bet some of you WISH I would say something like that, just so you could point your finger at me and say "Aha! See that? I TOLD you he was a sexist , homophobic Klan member! Nah nah nahnah nah!"

Let me ask you a question: would you feel better if every christian republican and "redneck" in the world just died tommorrow? Is that what you really want?

>>
And yeah, Dr. Awkward has some issues.
<<

That's it. I'm not welcome on this blog, because it seems just about everyone here hates my guts! Just come out and say it: "Dr. Awkward, you're too much of a racist, sexist homophobe to understand cartoons! Only WE can! You're stupid! Nah nah nahnah nah!"
Everyone's so vicious towards me because of my views!

Anonymous said...

"His comment was not racist"

You don't know John K then.

Marlo Meekins said...

I love johnnie K.




Enjoy some Con pics:


www.marlomeekins.blogspot.com/

I don't really care said...

Let me ask you a question: would you feel better if every christian republican and "redneck" in the world just died tommorrow? Is that what you really want?

Well, I would not want it to be painful or lingering. But as long as we are just wishing, I think self-examination and enlightenment would work just as well or better than eradication.

jert said...

jeez, myspace must be broken or something

Ryan G. said...

damn.. chill out guys..

I don't really care said...

Everyone's so vicious towards me because of my views!

You said you don't give a shit. Nobody's been vicious, they just think you say fucked up things.

Shawn said...

Boo-hoo! John K says dirty words. Get over it.

Wish I could have made it to the con. Sounds like I missed a good one. Maybe next time.

BTW. The insulting dog always has good booths...for me to POOP on!!!!

I don't really care said...

Enjoy some Con pics:

Marlo you rock. You got Beauty, brains, and megatalent. How do u smell?

Jeremiah said...

That's it. I'm not welcome on this blog, because it seems just about everyone here hates my guts!

Dude, we're all "welcome" no matter whose guts he hate. My guts are even on display, submitted for your hatred. Less whining and more hatred, I say.

Everyone's so vicious towards me because of my views!

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

SNKFan said...

I can see why NICK lashed out at you on your Ren and Stimpy Episodes! What's a matter? Do you hate kids or something? Is that why you are creating more stuff marked ADULTS ONLY?

Anyway, I just want to say Good job, John K.! You Are my GOD! Why? You created Ren & Stimpy!

Anonymous said...

John, when will we hear your theory on why Disney aimed his cartoons at gays?

Brett W. Thompson said...

Eeeee! Sounds like such an incredible time!! I really, really wish I had been there! :)

John, you are so good to us fans. That's just so amazingly generous that you did a drawing for *everyone*!! People (like me) really look up to you and that kind of thing means a lot, seriously.

HAHahaha, Jim Smith kissing everyone! And Marlo and Katie and Eric, what a group! I think you are all amazing, inspiring people.

And any mention of Borat at all causes me to laugh loudly, no joke. "My wife...."

I've found Rebecca Sugar's page, thanks for mentioning her!

Anonymous said...

What's racist about the Nutter Rape Inn? You people have bad shit in your minds and blame it on Jon.

I don't really care said...

...If a different guy uses it, he might mean I stink, I have too many kids out of wedlock, I'm lazy, I don't deserve to own property, I like to rape white girls in cheap motels...

Now that I think about it, all those things are true.

Dave_the_Turnip said...

Sounds like the the con rocked!

Man i need to attend another comic con. Aside from hanging out with some webtoonist buddies of mine, i remember being at the Ripping Friends panel in 2001. That was awesome!

Stupid $3k round trip plane ticket from Australia to San Diego *grumble grumble*

Anonymous said...

We're giving anonymous a bad name.