With a big tip of the Magritte-inspired bowler hat to the most excellent Bob Scott of “Molly and the Bear” and Pixar fame, I got to give big time Nickelodeon show creator, writer, and artist Butch Hartman a call for a great interview! Here’s the mind behind the great “Fairly Odd Parents,” “Danny Phantom,” and the upcoming “T.U.F.F. Puppy.” Butch is an incredibly nice guy, and if you’ve seen any of his shows, they harken back to the glory days of Warner Brothers’ type of stuff…great for kids and adults alike. I watch the “Odd Parents” with my 3 1/2 year old daughter, and I’m laughing more than she is. Butch talks to me about his early years, the underlying comic book influences, working with some great voice talent, his upcoming San Diego Comic Con appearance, and his newest show, “T.U.F.F. Puppy,” a “Get Smart/60s Spy Show” influenced cartoon coming out this fall.
We also talk about the up and down nature of doing a TV show, wondering why a hit show might have trouble getting renewed, and how to deal with that sort of uncertainty. With any luck, I’ll get to meet and talk with him at the Con, too, so stayed tuned.
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And speaking of Comic Con, I will be there next week for all four days, running around trying to convince people I’m an actual member of the press. That’s right…me and Dan Rather…in the same sentence. There are a bunch of panels I’m going to try to attend this year, with high hopes of getting some high-profile interviews. I’ll be cruising the floor, of course, and talking to all sorts of people. (Hey, it’s not Comic Con unless I talk to Lex Fajardo of the excellent “Kid Beowulf!“) I believe Justin “Mythtickle” Thompson is going to make an appearance one day, and we found out today that Brock “SuperFogey’s” Heasely and his lovely wife are going to show up, too! An unexpected Tall Tale Features jam fest, baby. I’ll snag Lucas Turnbloom of “Imagine This” and we’ll sequester ourselves in a corner and talk comics and conventions. I hope to blog every day and post pictures and maybe some video, so stay tuned!