Q:is working in the animation industry hard?
A job is never hard if you love it!
Q:in chowder, was the song sang by the sing beans inspired by any specific song(s)?
Most definitely. The song is "Let Your Light Shine on Me," sung by the Abbot Kinney Lighthouse Choir in the movie The Ladykillers (the 2004 Cohen Brothers remake.
This board was drawn by Pete Browngardt, creator of Uncle Grandpa! (Note the extremely sarcastic use of the word “hilarious” in scene 133.)
Q:Any returning staff or voice actors from Chowder on Bad Seed?
Not for any of the main characters. Dwight Schultz (Mung) did a voice for a side character in the pilot and I’m hoping to bring him back occasionally in the series.
Q:Do you look for character designers for Bad Seeds ? Would you hire me ? ;)
We have all our design positions filled, but thank you for asking. Your drawings are super cute!
Q:Do you have an estimated release date for Bad Seeds?
Roughly a year from now.
Q:Hannah Ayoubi has been missing for 3 weeks and I think its because she cant stop playing Werewolf. What have you done
Hannah is one of us now and you’ll never see her again!!
Q:I love your work! One question though - What's Harvey from your upcoming show, Bad Seeds, gonna be like? Cuz..I drew him on my math teachers board and everyone thought it was one of the main characters for Nick's recent show, BreadWinners...
Yeah, there’s definitely a similarity in the basic head design. The sad part is I had designed him years before Breadwinners was picked up. The key with Harvey is to spread the eyes and put his mouth up between them. He has a shorter body as well. Their personalities are extremely different. He’s much more sensitive and real, like a slightly less sad Charlie Brown.
Q:Didn't you voice the Carl character from the "Krabby O' Monday's" Spongebob episode? I could've sworn it was you and do you think that character represents you in any way?
Yes that was me. The board team on that wrote the character thinking of me and told me they wanted me to voice it. It wasn’t really based on my true personality but they thought it would be funny to make fun of me. (That seems to be a running gag on each show I’m on). They wanted me to do an impression of myself based on the impression they did of me. It was the first voice I ever did and I was in the room with the cast of SpongeBob. NO PRESSURE GUYS!!!
Q:Can I just say I'm super jazzed that you were a comic artist for The Daily Texan because I just got hired there and finding out that one of my cartoon heroes did the same thing I'm doin' is just super great!
Congrats! I loved drawing comics for the Texan. It was a really formative time. Doing a comic strip with a daily deadline made me realize I couldn’t be overly precious. If people liked the characters and the sensibility, they’d come back even if an occasional strip wasn’t as good as the others. It gives you a more holistic view of your work.
Q:who would you think win in a Cartoon Character Eating Contest ?: A)Chowder, B) Slimer, C) Kirby, or D)Garfield
Why would you leave Yoshi off this list?!?!
Q:Can we talk about the recipe pirate's nose?
Q:What would you say are the hours somebody has to work while being a cartoon creator or a storyboard artist/writer?
That really depends on your time management. If you use your time well, you could put in a normal work week. The real problem isn’t the physical time, it’s the mental. My brain never stops thinking about the episodes.
Q:hey carl on sb have you met nick the art director cause in AT he sounds like a cool guy cause i keep hearing about him whats he like back then...just curious
Here, I thought maybe you could use some of these:
This is a rough design for a secondary character in Bad Seeds named Moff. He’s steampunk all the way! Trying to make a simple steampunk design that fits the aesthetic of the show and is easy to animate is tough since steampunk is all about intricate crap glued together. It’s like you’re a walking decoupage of fake metal and victorian doo-dads.