Interview: Michael Kupperman Pt. 3 [of 3]

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In this third and final part of our interview with the Tales Designed to Thrizzle author, we discuss comedy writing, the appeal of Webcomics, and Twitter, Twitter, Twitter.

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Interview: Michael Kupperman Pt. 2 [of 3]

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In this second part of our interview with the Tales Designed to Thrizzle artist, we discuss the premier of the first (and possibly last) episode of his Cartoon Network series, Snake ‘n’ Bacon, get some details on a new series he’s working on for an undisclosed network, and figure out how the hell a cartoonist can support a family in early 21st century New York.

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Interview: Michael Kupperman Pt. 1 [of 3]

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Last Sunday night, Michael Kupperman followed in the hallowed footsteps of Tony Millionaire with the premier of Snake ‘n Bacon, a 12-minute-long adaptation of the cartoonist’s perennial favorite onomatopoeiac duo for Cartoon Network’s late-night Adult Swim comedy block.

The show is a mix of animation written and directed by Kupperman and live action bits penned by two Daily Show vets and starring James Urbaniak, Andy Blitz, Kristen Schaal, and Bill Hader. Despite the impressive comedic pedigrees, however, it seems we’re unlikely to see any more of the show in its current incarnation—at least not on Cartoon Network.

Kupperman, however, has plenty more to be excited about, including the recently released fifth issue of the absurdly comic series Tales Designed to Thrizzle for Fantagraphics, a peculiar and perpetually hilarious mélange of cartoon sketch comedy and pulpy aesthetic sensibilities. The previous four issues are also set for release as a collected hardcover edition in late-July.

We caught up with Kupperman during his daily hour of freedom.

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Interview: Kyle Baker and Mo Willems Pt. 4 [of 4]

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In this final part of our interview with cartoonists Mo Willems and Kyle Baker, we talk about comics for grownups, taking yourself too serious, and the pitfalls of Captain America.

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Interview: Kyle Baker and Mo Willems Pt. 3 [of 4]

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In this third part of our interview with artists Kyle Baker and Mo Willems taped during the Brooklyn Book Festival, we discuss writing books for kids, critical feedback, and going out of your way to horribly offend your readership.

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Interview: Kyle Baker and Mo Willems Pt. 2

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This year, at the third annual Brooklyn Book Fair, we had the opportunity to sit down—or, rather, stand up—with two highly regarded representatives on their respective, and sometimes overlapping, fields, for a panel entitled ‘Cartooning Today.’

Kyle Baker is no doubt familiar to most Cross Hatch readers and the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award winning author of Why I Hate Saturn, Plastic Man, Nat Turner, and Special Forces. Mo Willems’s work tends to skew a bit younger, both as the highly lauded author of such children’s books as Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and as a writer for TV shows like Sesame Street and Codename: Kids Next Door.

In this second part of our conversation, we discuss the state of animation, the role of the Internet, and why Warner Bros. wasn’t so keen on naming a character “Afghanistan Sam.”

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