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26 August 2008 @ 01:07 am
Wadpaw in Maakies!  

In my ongoing attempts to dominate all media, I am proud to announce that I have succeeded in landing a gag in world-class cartoonist Tony Millionaire's Maakies.

How, the reader may ask, does one accomplish this feat?

It probably helps if you know Tony, whom I met through a number of acquaintances, including r_sikoryak  and Snake n Bacon creator Michael Kupperman (if you don't know Snake n Bacon, you will -- it, along with the Maakies-derived Drinky Crow Show, is set to become yet another [adult swim] show starring the voice of urbaniak ).

I was nodding acquaintances for years with Tony before I discovered his "for kids" comic book Sock Monkey. At the time I was riding high off my kids' movie success Antz and all anyone in Hollywood wanted to know from me was what kind of kids' movie I wanted to write next. If you're unfamiliar with it, I advise you to get thee hence to your nearest Sock Monkey collection -- the stories are sweet, tender, funny, weird, scary and painfully well-rendered. I immediately saw the commercial potential of a Sock Monkey movie, saw it as a kind of 19th-century Toy Story, contacted Tony and put together a full treatment. Tony and I and an enthusiastic young Canadian director toured all the studios and gave the pitch our best efforts, but Hollywood somehow did not "get" Sock Monkey and we all went our separate ways.free stats

Since then, every now and then I will get an email from Tony saying something like "Quick! My strip is due in six hours and I need an idea!" Not a natural gag writer, I will respond to these emails with some meticulously worked-out concept that sounds great to me but is completely wrong for Maakies. The other day I woke up to find another one of these emails in the inbox and this time took a different tack: I simply thought of the most horrible, saddest, most pathetic examples of bodily harm that could befall a creature, and then tried to think of a gag to work around it. Prolapsed intestines, self-inflicted gunshot wounds, vehicular manslaughter, crablice -- and the idea above.

Michael Petersonlazymetaphors on August 26th, 2008 09:11 am (UTC)
Holy crap, they're FINALLY making "The Drinky Crow Show?" The pilot was terrific!
(Anonymous) on August 26th, 2008 11:30 am (UTC)
So gross and so hilarious!
Todd Alcotttoddalcott on August 26th, 2008 11:51 am (UTC)
And with a subtle dash of class-warfare subterfuge!
(Anonymous) on August 26th, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
That just adds to the hilarity.
glossolalia black: above itautodidactic on August 26th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
You've made me happier than I've been in a while to not own testicles, that's for sure.

Additionally: Tony Millionaire is awesome. That is all.
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Todd Alcotttoddalcott on August 26th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
Well, it's more "to be used by an authority figure as a throwaway prop for a child's birthday," but you get the idea.

I've told the sordid story of why my voice isn't in the third season of The Venture Bros back in the VB comments. The tl;dr version: I recorded the voice of Dr. Entmann, but Mr. Publick "went another direction" (as we say in Hollywood) as he was editing the show.

Edited at 2008-08-26 09:46 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on August 26th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
snake 'n bacon!
I am stunned that Kupperman's getting his own show. He is, in my estimation, the funniest cartoonist alive.

--Rob Clough
(Anonymous) on August 26th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
That's really good, though your link goes to the Maakies index and won't point to your strip anymore once the next one is posted. You might want to switch it to the permalink.


-Jimmy in Brooklyn
mr_noymr_noy on August 26th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
I first encountered Maakies when I was interning in NYC back in '94. I'm glad to say that the Austin Chronicle has recently started running it every week and I wondered why your LJ address was so prominently featured. Now I know. That mystery solved, I can now focus on greater questions. Like where the hell all my socks keep disappearing to.
(Anonymous) on August 26th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of excited about the prospect of a Snake and Bacon show.
craigjclarkcraigjclark on August 26th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
Excellent gag. I love the instruction ("DON'T CHEW!") in the fourth panel.

And I, too, eagerly await the arrival of Snake N Bacon on Adult Swim, especially now that I know Urbaniak is involved. And Kupperman just came out with his fourth book of Tales Designed to Thrizzle, too, so it's definitely a good time to be a fan -- or get in on the ground floor if you aren't already.
Todd Alcotttoddalcott on August 26th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
To be fair, the dialogue is all Tony's.
(Anonymous) on August 29th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
Congrats Todd!
You've now joined the ranks of Frank Frazetta, Jules Feiffer, Jack Cole and Wally Wood...you ghosty you!
mcboing_boingmcboing_boing on August 29th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
the above is me not signed in...ha!
(Anonymous) on September 1st, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
The greatest of all living cartoonists working the world of gag strips and truly classic children's stories. AMAZING, in all caps, is a weak estimation of Tony Millionaire.