Comikaze Expo 2011: First-Time Convention Brings Big Names, Big Crowd
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Shannon Cottrell Titmouse animation panel at Comikaze
Jhonen Vasquez, creator of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and Invader ZIM, is working with L.A.-based animation studio Titmouse on a few new projects. The catch is that he can't talk about most of the new stuff yet.
Right now, Titmouse is working on the hottest animated series on TV. Saturday afternoon, the team from the local studio, along with the animators and writers who work with them, turned up at first-year pop culture convention Comikaze to talk about their new work.
One of Titmouse's current projects is MTV's resurrection of cutting-edge animation showcase Liquid Television. This much Vasquez could discuss. The beloved artist and writer is working on a segment for the show and mentioned a man, a bear and "Cowboy Bebop fight scenes with shitty artwork." Hell yeah.
That's not all. In addition to forthcoming seasons of Metalocalypse and Superjail!, Titmouse is getting in gear for the debut season of Black Dynamite on Adult Swim. An animated series based on the film of the same name, the show's pilot made a splash when it appeared on the late-night network's website last summer. Carl Jones, who worked on The Boondocks and is a writer and executive producer for Black Dynamite, was on hand to discuss the new show. He said that the premiere is currently set for July 8, 2012.
Meanwhile, Jackson Publick, whose cult hit The Venture Bros. has only recently joined forces with Titmouse, made an almost-surprise appearance on the panel. He confirmed the Internet buzz that he and Doc Hammer are currently writing season five of the series. The show was renewed for a fifth and sixth season on Adult Swim. He also said that they're "trying" to get a Halloween special ready for next year, which Hammer will be writing.
There was a lot of news from Titmouse and the excitement from seeing Vasquez, Publick, Jones, company founder Shannon Prynoski and Metalocalypse director Jon Schnepp on the same panel filled the room. That Titmouse chose to bring this panel to a first-year convention was impressive, certainly a sign that Comikaze is onto something big.