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Ask Tick Creator Ben Edlund

Roblimo posted more than 12 years ago | from the spread-your-own-creamy-justice dept.

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The non-cartoon Tick debuted on Fox last night, so this is an ideal time to have Tick creator Ben Edlund as a Slashdot interview guest. Before you start typing, you may want to read this May 2000 interview with Ben to keep from duplicating questions and to see what kind of person he is. Then ask away. As usual, we'll send 10 of the highest-moderated questions to Ben, and publish his answers as soon as we get them back.

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Hi Ben (-1, Flamebait)

trollercoaster (250101) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544117)


Here's my question. Is your being "interviewed" by /. the low point of your career so far? Can it get worse than this?

Thanks
Your pal,
TC

Mod parent up! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544442)

He's got the guts to ask the questions that we want answered.

blarg (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544121)

blarg

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544123)

wow... you are my bob tob!!!

Why, oh why! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544124)

Oh it seemed forever stopped today All the lonely hearts in London Caught a plane and flew away And all the best women are married All the handsome men are gay You feel deprived

Jon Katz (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544146)

Oh what are you really looking for?
Another partner in your life to
abuse and to adore?
Is it lovey dovey stuff,
Do you need a bit of rough?
Get on your knees

copyright issues? (5, Interesting)

turbine216 (458014) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544129)

now that we're all aware of the still-pending copyright issues between Sony and Fox concerning certain Tick characters and trademarks ("Spoon!"), is there any hope in sight for a resolution that would allow the use of these copyrights? Or is this a totally dead issue?

Re:copyright issues? (1)

_Mustang (96904) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544276)

being that there exists

still-pending copyright issues between Sony and Fox concerning certain Tick characters and trademarks ("Spoon!")

this begins to look like having a "Superman" television show where he doesn't have a cape on while "in action". That is to say, it's mostly but not - *there*.

How do you cope with losing vital elements that made this such an amusing world, while the suits battle it out over copyright issues?

Didn't anyone on your crew notice? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544130)

It was completely apparent to me that Liz Vassey's aerolas were very much visible through the buff-colored pantyhose material you sewed over her star cut.

Especially her right one...just an inch down from the point and very visible brownish-pink half-circle.

Did you not notice, or not care? Thank you for making this horny 12-year-old's day.

Drugs? (3, Interesting)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544151)

What type of drugs/alcohol were you high on when you created the character and premise of the tick? ;-)

Also, is the tick more of a boxer, brief, or boxer-brief man?

Re:Drugs? (2)

sharkey (16670) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544278)

Also, is the tick more of a boxer, brief, or boxer-brief man?

Or perhaps he fits into the "none" category.

don't you realize the Tick is naked? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544368)

boxers? briefs? For god's sake, man, that's not a blue suit he's wearing, that's how he really is!


---

"I hate broccoli. And yet, in a certain sense, I am broccoli."

Re:Drugs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544603)

We were eating rotisserie chicken.
--B.E.

dong? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544152)

Dong?

Maybe two?

Dare I ask, three?

Where did you get the idea? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544154)

So, enlighten us. Where did you even get
the idea of 'the tick', and all the other wierd
superheros and villains you have?

Are you gay? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544155)

Well? Anybody who is male and does these sort of things has got to be bound to be fruitier then a Christmas package from a direct relative.

Re:Are you gay? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544178)

So what if I am gay?

Most men like women, I like other men. In fact, I'm special unlike the rest of you faceless human mass.

Re:Are you gay? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544246)

I really don't care if you are gay. What you do is your business. The point I am trying to make here, is that gay guys will act differently in these situations (have a different creative approach). Just like men and women. Now, please scurry off and stop misinterpreting peoples comments.

Available in Europe? (2, Interesting)

tdye (308813) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544163)

As an American and a fan living overseas, will this show be available on any UK/Irish stations? Where might I see it if I'm living in Ireland?

Which RPG? (4, Interesting)

Dane_Johnson (110296) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544167)

I read some time ago that, at a convention, you had admitted that The Tick started out as a character in a Superhero Role Playing Game. Of course, they failed to say (or perhaps you didn't tell them) which game! So which was it? Champions? V&V? Superworld? Marvel Super Heroes? Do any of the other "standard" Tick Universe characters come from the game? Do you still play?

Re:Which RPG? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544330)

I'd hazzard a guess, by way of explanation... I didn't play a lot of RPGs, (possibly because) I was one of those who took characters lightly. Actually so lightly, in an effort to liven up what seemed more dead-serious than a full scale financial audit, that I probably wasn't entirely welcome to play again, if ever. Tho, I must say, the idea of an Orc with a half dozen arrows protruding from his back and attempting to crawl through a mob of vigilantes, under cover of a overturned row boat, still seems rather humorous in some way. ("Hey, he's got a 5 Int, what do you expect, Zorro?")

Possibly similar inspiration led to the creation of the Tick and other 'Heroes'

gross feet! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544176)

my feet smell like shit. help me please. for the love of god, our father.

Hide it! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544206)

Don't panic.

Men won't mind. Just don't let even a single woman at your workplace smell it. Like other women, she's bound to gossip and soon all the other women at your workplace know about your lacking personal hygiene. And do you know what that means? You'll never score with that hot co-worker at your company's Christmas party...

What were your inspirations? (2, Interesting)

wrinkledshirt (228541) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544181)

First of all, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this soliloquay:

"So the mustache was in love. Oh, that's cool. Love is cool. That mustache is cool. But it didn't make me cool. It made Sewer Urchin swing ten miles by his upper lip!"

"And look at Jim Rave. He should have been cool. He had a cool eye patch, cool RV, cool gadgets, and he traveled the world with three vivacious, exciting, talented beauticians. That's cool! But he wasn't cool."

"You know, Arthur, I may have lost my mustache, but I've gained... heh... I haven't gained a thing."

As for the question... Comic book hero farce as a genre doesn't exactly have a huge tradition. Where did you draw most of your inspiration from?

Timeslot (5, Interesting)

ReadbackMonkey (92198) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544184)

What evil Fox executive stuck you in such a lethal timeslot? Why didn't they slot you behind the Simpson's then move you to the lethal Thursday timeslot?

I had to fight with my girlfriend to watch the show last night since 'Will and Grace' was on.

Re:Timeslot (1)

Mezzrow (469345) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544387)

I had to tape it for my friend. And he has a TIVO! His wife was Taping survivor and watching friends during that slot.
Brutal.

that's when... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544507)

That's when you set up a DirecTV system with an emulator setup so you can get all 120+ local channels. That way, if you live in the eastern time zone, you can just wait until the west coast feed comes on. Or, if you live on the west coast, watch your 8:00pm programs at 5:00 pm. This is how we watch friends, will and grace, survivor, CSI, and ER all in one night!

Re:Timeslot (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544395)

I am homophobic! Why the fuck does every tv show now in these days have to have some gay guy in it, it's like a new rule or something. Soon it will be wrong to be straight. Every channel i turn too, gay this gay that. I guess gat = ratings, but I will be damned if I have to put up with it all the time. I simply belive be gay if you want, be happy, but dont push your gay on to me, keep it to yourself!

Ninjas? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544195)

Why didn't we have a million zillion ninjas in the cartoon? That gag can't possibly be played out, yet.

Why? (3, Interesting)

jmccay (70985) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544197)

Why do a live version when the cartoon series didn't last that long?

The Tick lives in Comic book... (1)

FirstNoel (113932) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544313)

Some of the best stuff is in the comic books, which are still around.

The cartoon was great but the Comics are better.

Sean D.

Re:Why? (3, Interesting)

FatherOfONe (515801) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544314)

great question. I have to add that my wife hates most cartoons and liked the cartoon of the tick. We use to laugh at most of the stuff. However, her quote last night after watching the show.
"I didn't laugh", I sadly agreed. It just wasn't funny. I hope that they get better.

My hope for future epsiodes...
1. Be less edgey, the tick would have NEVER said "BITCH". Unfortunately, that comment alone probably killed a lot of familes from watching it.

2. Don't cram the hispanic mouse guys love of women down our throats.

And yes I realize that most of the episodes have allready been shot...

Just my 2 cents...

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544356)

I thought it was hilarious. Funny funny stuff.


What was the quote? Reliquish your brown liquidy goodness man calls coffee!...great writing. I felt i was in a Kevin Smith movie.



BTW...since when is FOX a family channel?

Re:Why Live? (2)

strredwolf (532) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544538)

Why do a live version when the cartoon series, given the Live-Action Tick's timeslot, would of been a better choice? I mean, I enjoyed the cartoon series. No amount of live-action + special effects is going to be up to the same.

Also, don't you think the Power Rangers series should of been animated for it's own sake, instead of live action?

Are you satisfied? (5, Interesting)

dasmegabyte (267018) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544203)

Are you satisfied with the finished product of the live action Tick? I was a huge fan of both the comic and the cartoon series and am sure that if you can keep up the quality of dialog and acting you had in last night's episode that I'll be glued to it as well. But the differences between the three are immense...especially in the humour department (for example, my favorite joke from the comic was "We are hedge. Move along." which probably wouldn't work in either the cartoon or the live action). Do you, as the characters' creator and a comic artist, find yourself looking at the finished product and saying, "yes, that's what I see when the Tick jumps along the rooftops of my dreams?" Which of the three incarnations is your favorite?

Why the change? (3, Interesting)

Jaycatt (530986) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544207)

I noticed that Deflator Mouse and American Maid had been changed to Batman-uel and "Captain Liberty". Why the change from the animated series? Those characters and their rivalry were a great side story, and to use similar characters but have them deeply in love with one another seems like a major switch.

Re:Why the change? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544250)

That's "Die Fliedermaus" (German for bat). But I think Batmanuel was still pretty funny. Captain Liberty needs some work.

Re:Why the change? (0)

Wrexs0ul (515885) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544299)

I always thought it was both actually. Die Fledermaus (sp?) is German, but Deflator mouse I figured worked alot better into what happened whenever a fight came around... he's always the first one to give an excuse to leave :)

-Wrexsoul

Re:Why the change? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544301)

It is a rights issue. When The Tick was animated Sony got shared rights and when they went to do the live-action, Sony was a difficult negotiator, so they swapped out the characters.

Re:Why the change? (1)

elmegil (12001) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544400)

If this gets submitted, please spare us all a lot of embarassment and spell Die Fliedermaus correctly...(and double check that I got the ie in Fliedermaus in the right order too)

Re:Why the change? (1)

czardonic (526710) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544444)

Never having paid much attention to the Tick, the jokes were new to me. "Batmanuel" was the first laugh I got out of the show. Too bad they changed "American Maid," that would have been the second. "Captain Liberty" just plain sucks.

Maneating Cow (1)

ReadbackMonkey (92198) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544209)

Was the Man-eating Cow changed to Apocalypse Cow? I was really hoping to see some Man-eating cow in future episodes...

Shakespeare Rules, Man! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544211)

SCENE I. Elsinore. A platform before the castle.

FRANCISCO at his post. Enter to him BERNARDO
BERNARDO
Who's there?

FRANCISCO
Nay, answer me: stand, and unfold yourself.

BERNARDO
Long live the king!

FRANCISCO
Bernardo?

BERNARDO
He.

FRANCISCO
You come most carefully upon your hour.

BERNARDO
'Tis now struck twelve; get thee to bed, Francisco.

FRANCISCO
For this relief much thanks: 'tis bitter cold,
And I am sick at heart.

BERNARDO
Have you had quiet guard?

FRANCISCO
Not a mouse stirring.

BERNARDO
Well, good night.
If you do meet Horatio and Marcellus,
The rivals of my watch, bid them make haste.

FRANCISCO
I think I hear them. Stand, ho! Who's there?

Enter HORATIO and MARCELLUS

HORATIO
Friends to this ground.

Is (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544234)

this [goatse.cx] your asshole?

C'mon, people, mod this up. This is a question that needs to be asked. It's essential that we discover the identity of the Goatse man, because he has the most-viewed rectum in the entire world. He's famous! Wouldn't you like to meet him and shake his hand (after he's washed them, of course)?

Re:Is (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544261)

after he's washed them, of course

You're joking, surely. I'd never wash my hands again if only once I could touch him once!

Perspective of a drunken viewer (2, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544249)

Ok, I had a few beers and was attempting to make some kind of dinner without A) cutting my fingers off B) burning it, yet again and sat down to watch with a plate of curried rice with asparagus.

Patrick Warburton was absolutely perfect as The Tick, Nestor Carbonell was great as Batmanuel, Liz Vassey as Captain Liberty and David Burke was a great fit as Arthur. Since these shows were originally filmed in 2000, will this cast be preserved? Is there any plan to do a 1 hour show or movie? It was fun to watch, and just because of the beer!

Re:Perspective of a drunken viewer [Correction] (0, Offtopic)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544273)

Last sentence should have read 'and NOT just because...' Thanks! (btw, I'm certainly sober, I just type really bad!)

Re:Perspective of a drunken viewer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544364)

I wasn't so fond of Patrick Warburton's voice. He didn't have the inflection I thought the Tick would (nay, should) have, and he just didn't come across as being an 8 year old, mentally.

Re:Perspective of a drunken viewer (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544557)

While I did watch some of the cartoon series, I don't have a lot of baggage and expectations of the Live series and it works for me. Quite likely this is what FOX is looking for, broad audience appeal, rather than the million or less who know the Tick from back in the day.

supporting characters (1)

drfrog (145882) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544284)

will we ever see the chainsaw vigilante, the man eating cow or paul the samurai
show up in the live action series?

One very simple question.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544286)

WHY?

My question (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544293)

Does the Tick have a diaper fetish?

Does he like wearing diapers?

This post is on topic. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544392)

It's a question to ask the Tick creator about character aspects of The Tick. I am curious as to if the Tick has a diaper fetish.

Please, stay off of the $3 crack in the future. Your support is greatly appreciated. Love you.

OKAY?

i would ask ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544318)

What do you plan on doing once the Tick is cancelled ? What I mean to say is what are your plans for next week ?

Hero/Villain Iconography (5, Insightful)

kaladorn (514293) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544336)

Tick, to my mind, is an ideal hero icon for the current generation. He has good intentions, but isn't too aware of the fine details (well, even some gross details) of the world around him. He tries hard, and things tend to work out after a fashion, but usually not as a result of any particular brilliance on his part. Tick fulfills the iconic image of style over substance, of good intentions versus understanding, of the brawn and machismo not directed by a terribly powerful cranium, and of accidental destruction as a consequence of his good intentions and bungling execution.

His sidekick Arthur, of course, is more down to earth and aware. He's a bit of a geek (though I have yet so see him hack a kernel) with less-than-stellar social skills. He too seems to fill an iconic image in modern-day society - the nerdy brains-behind the brawn.

When these characters evolved, were they merely an attempt to poke fun at Superhero archetypes, or were they consciously intended to be more "in touch" with and to more closely parallel today's society? Or do you consider such analysis to be far deeper than the subject matter merits? Is the Tick just good humored fun, or is it perceptive art?

[OT] current generation (1)

fader (107759) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544410)

"... isn't too aware of the fine details (well, even some gross details) of the world around him. He tries hard, and things tend to work out after a fashion, but usually not as a result of any particular brilliance on his part... style over substance, of good intentions versus understanding, of the brawn and machismo not directed by a terribly powerful cranium, and of accidental destruction as a consequence of his good intentions and bungling execution."

Funny, I didn't realize that Dubya was a member of the 'current generation'. (What does that mean, anyway? Aren't there several generations currently living?)

Sorry, just wasting time at work.

Don Quixote (5, Insightful)

ThePlague (30616) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544337)

It seems the relationship between The Tick and Arthur is similar to the one between Don Quixote and Sancho. Is this intentional, or merely reflecting the influence that book has had on "buddy" motifs in literature? Finally, have you considered a plot line involving invisible giants that only The Tick can see so that when Arthur is urged to join in battle against them, he can utter "What giants?"

take it to the emacs (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544346)

emacs is emacs, not the other kind of emacs.

Re:take it to the emacs (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544371)

no, it's emacs, now the strange kind of emacs.

Working with Fox (4, Interesting)

Wind_Walker (83965) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544349)

Given Fox's track record of hyping up incredibly gimicky or out-of-place shows (Alien Autopsy and Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire come to mind) while simultaneously burying shows that have real potential (Family Guy, for instance), how concerned are you that Fox will simply bury you after one unsuccessful (or successful) season?

Where is Sewer Urchin? (3, Interesting)

YouAreFatMan (470882) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544352)

Was Sewer Urchin the casualty of the intellectual-property fight, or was he removed because of political correctness? There are equivalent characters to American Maid and Die Fledermaus, but no bizarro Sewer Urchin. Was it just too much to have a autistic live-action hero on primetime?

Re:Where is Sewer Urchin? (1)

Sj0 (472011) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544554)

He's got a bucket on his head, and you can't recognise him.

Sewer urchin:"Yeah, definitely got a bucket on my head."

That's just funny stuff :)

Action sequences (1)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544354)

First of all, I saw the premiere of the Tick, and I loved it, I've been telling people at work about it all morning.

On to the question:

Do you plan to get the actors any special training so that they can more readily play their super hero roles? I noticed that the Tick looked a bit stiff as he was jumping around rooftops. I'm guessing the big rubber suit doesn't help, but action heroes need to look lively don't they?

Egad! My melon! (2, Interesting)

Codex The Sloth (93427) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544388)

Why were the costumes for the Tick and Arthur so different from the cartoon / comic (which I loved, BTW)? In particular, the Tick's eyes are not covered and Arthur's outfit doesn't look the same at all. Having a mask is a big part of being a super hero!

Will we see:
The evil midnight bomber?
Pineapple Pocopo?
The civic minded 5?
Hang 10 for justice!

UHH (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544406)

It seems the relationship between The Tick and Arthur is similar to the one between Don Quixote and Sancho.
Is this intentional, or merely reflecting the influence that book has had on "buddy" motifs in literature?
Finally, have you considered a plot line involving invisible giants that only The Tick can see so that when Arthur is urged to join in battle against them, he can utter "What giants?"

...so, uh, when's the next issue of the comic? (5, Interesting)

babbage (61057) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544429)

I've been reading the comic since the early 90s, when a high school friend lent me a copy of a comic that his sister's friend had written -- that would be you :). I loved "The Tick" from the start and have been a fan ever since, so I was delighted to find out yesterday -- just in time to watch it -- that there was now a live action tv show version. I remember many of the later comics saying this sort of thing was in the pipeline, but considering how long it has been in coming, I was a bit skeptical that anything would come of it. Glad to see that I was wrong on that one.

So, now that you have your show, I'm curious:

  • How involved in it are you? Writing? Producing? Can we expect a cameo? How much creative control do you have over where the show goes, particularly considering some of the copyright issues that I've been hearing about?
  • Do you have the time or the interest to go back and do any more issues of the comic? It seemed like each issue took longer & longer to come out, until eventually they seemed to just peter out (not counting for the moment variants written by others). Is there any chance that there could be another original Ben Edlund penned Tick comic someday, or are your interests elsewhere now?
  • It's kind of outside the scope of the original contest, but will getting a question to you on Slashdot make anyone eligible for one of the Super Rare Uncut Copies Of Issue #2? I suppose by asking I've disqualified myself, but still I can't help but wonder :). How many of those were there, and are they all gone now?

Congratulations on your success, from a fellow southeastern Mass person... :)

Where can people send scripts? (2)

AugstWest (79042) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544447)

I know that you folks are looking for writers and reading through scripts...

Are you accepting scripts still?

I have a couple of scripts that I was working on back in the days when the animated series was running, and I'd like to know if people can still submit them, and if so, submit them exactly where?

(oh, and also, is there any chance that we might see Speak appear?)

good thing I didn't hold my breath! (1)

gmkeegan (160779) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544478)

If the pilot was finished in May 2000, why did it take 18 months to air? I've been looking forward to it for longer than that and it was everything I hoped and more. Is there a 25-words-or-less rundown of what you can't use from the comic and/or animated series somewhere? (or just a flat list?)

How many licks does it take to get through the hard shell of crime to the soft, chewy center of justice?

Tick and current events (1, Redundant)

BillyGoatThree (324006) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544490)

First, I loved the first episode. Patrick Warburton and David Burke (?) were perfectly cast and the writing was 90% (which is excellent for a pilot).

The biggest problem, I found, were the villians. Heavily accented Soviets plan to release a destructive force inside a large city. It's ridiculous and dated on the one side, disturbingly realistic and familiar on the other.

So my question: Is it tasteful or even possible to humorously depict Evil Masterminds so soon after a chilling reminder of real evil?

Re:Tick and current events (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544561)

> It's ridiculous and dated on the one side,
> disturbingly realistic and familiar on the
> other.

And pretty humorous on both (remember "Eastern Bloc Robot Cowboy," which was a vending machine with some AI?).

Re:Tick and current events (5, Insightful)

Chairboy (88841) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544585)

> Is it tasteful or even possible to humorously
> depict Evil Masterminds so soon after a
> chilling reminder of real evil?

I will take my licks if readers of this response feel the need to mod me down, but I need to be clear that this is not intended as a troll:

SCREW YOU! People like you who think that any depiction of anything other then fluffy puppy dogs on TV is inappropriate are continuing the work of the terrorists!

Every time some good for nothing self appointed censor says 'Uh, maybe that is not so tasteful right now.... please think of the children.' and changes stuff to make it less 'scary' or defangs humor to deal with 9/11 they are helping keep our country down!

Get a fucking clue, goddamnit! If we have ANY chance to get back to normal, and ANY chance to defiantly tell the people who hate us that we will not be defeated, we NEED things that violate your precious little ideal of 'tasteful'.

You are part of the problem. Fix that.

(once again, I am not posting this as AC because I strongly feel this way. If you are a moderator who feels the need to mod this down because I used 'bad words', go ahead if it makes you feel better. I'm willing to sacrifice my 50 Karma to prove that I am serious.)

Target Audience (5, Interesting)

rnb (471088) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544508)

Judging from the first episode alone, it seems like the live-action Tick is automatically shooting for an older audience than the cartoon was (for perhaps obvious reasons). Arthur getting drunk, The Tick using the word "bitch," some of Batmanuel's references to Captain Liberty, etc. I always got the feeling from the cartoon that it was aimed at both adults and kids, with some jokes perhaps flying over the kids' heads while the adults would get them (a snake accusing The Tick of not dating much during a wrestling match in The Tick vs. Proto-Clown comes to mind).

Will the live-action series be aimed more at adults and less at younger viewers? I'm not really complaining if that is the case, it just seemed like there was definitely a shift in tone.

Question Suggestion: (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544515)

Lyme Disease ... your feelings about?

Sarcastro (1)

Pooh (4401) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544519)

Can we expect to see this great character, Sarcastro who fight evil with the sharp blade of sarcasm?

Female Super Heros and Cartoons (4, Interesting)

toupsie (88295) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544524)

Do cartoonists get women like rock stars or are the sexist representation of women in comics a result of a lackluster love life and multiple failures in attracting the opposite sex?

Do you feel guilty that the women portrayed in your cartoons are 1 dimensional pin-up girls while the male characters are given more depth? Can a woman be a super hero if she does not have big breasts that look good in spandex?

Re:Female Super Heros and Cartoons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544573)

"Can a woman be a super hero if she does not have big breasts that look good in spandex?"

No.

Re:Female Super Heros and Cartoons (1)

Sj0 (472011) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544618)

Both the tick and batmanuel seem pretty shallow to me...that's part of what makes them funny :)

Re:Female Super Heros and Cartoons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544651)

Are you familiar with the superhero genre?

Are you aware that this is a parody of that genre?

Paul the Samurai, Karma Tornado -- what happened? (4, Interesting)

jabbo (860) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544535)

I used to be an avid Tick and PTS fan. Collected them and Milk And Cheese, that about covers the comics I actually found amusing. The Tick was great because it wasn't so horribly cynical and angry as Dorkin's (Milk and Cheese) work, but was almost as funny. Then at some point the Tick stopped being funny. Man Eating Cow, Karma Tornado, all the spin-offs besides Paul The Samurai were terrible from the beginning. I never could figure out why this was.

Did you break with NEC at some point, leaving the Tick and Paul the Samurai series to be written by somebody else? The first dozen or so Ticks were hysterical, as was the first Paul the Samurai, and then everything dissipated. (the original Tick cartoon show was pretty funny, but nowhere near as good as the comic book)

I don't collect comics anymore (gave them all to my little brother) but I did enjoy the Tick and M&C. M&C lost a lot of its punch after a while, maybe everyone runs out of material, but it seemed like much more of an abrupt transition with the Tick, and I was wondering what happened. Also I hope you're back for good, some of my college friends had never heard of the Tick and really got hooked on it after I dug out some old issues of the comic. The comics were great stuff.

"Unnecessary Rockets: On/Off"

Fox (5, Interesting)

SilentChris (452960) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544558)

Do find being on Fox to be a potential downfall? It seems like a lot of semi-decent shows ("Family Guy") get killed and resurrected fairly often on the network.

Batmanuel and Captain Liberty? (1)

davebob (106773) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544580)

In the animated series, one of my favorite subplots was the relationship between American Maid and Die Fledermaus.


It seems that Batmanuel and Captain Liberty are a little more romantically inclined than their cartoon counterparts. Why did you make that decision?

artistic license, censors, and personal taste... (5, Insightful)

taco1991 (213491) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544609)

As you and others were developing The Tick into a live action series, (after watching the first live action episode) you seem to be trying to return to the style of the comic book rather than the animated series. To that end, some things probably weren't appropriate for TV, like having the Tick escape from an insane asylum in the pilot. Other things were created to make the show more appropriate for a tv audience - more character development and making them seem more like "real" people (jobs, cell phones, drinking at the bar, etc.).

How much did you have to give and take between making the live action have content appropriate for tv (ie network censors), adding plot elements and characters to make it appropriate for a (potentially) long running tv series, fighting the cartoon copyright issues, and adapting it to suit your vision of the Tick on tv? Also, what would you like to do with the show that you can't on tv?

thanks
t.

Hollywood? (1)

DA_MAN_DA_MYTH (182037) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544613)

If the TV Show is well recepted, do you ever think you could get back into doing the comic, cartoon, or even doing a movie with the live-action, or cartoon?

By the way who is the genius that come up with the best battle-cry since Yo-Joe? (SPOOOOOOOOONNN!!!!!)

Comic to TV Adaptations (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2544630)

will there be a possibility of adaptations of Tick comic issues. I would love to see the Tick face off with Barry in real-time along with a follow up to show the results of Barry's defeat.

Little Wooden Boy (1)

Bahamuto (227466) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544644)

All I have to say is, I hope Little Wooden Boy makes an apperance. That was so funny in the cartoon when he is carrying him around the whole episode, and they at the end they end up killing him :)

SPOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON

Origins of "Spoooon!" (4, Interesting)

dbretton (242493) | more than 12 years ago | (#2544668)

Ever since I first heard the battle cry of The Tick, I always wondered, "How did these guys come up with the idea?"
I tried to visualize the circumstances which brought forth the famous Tick line, and always end up picturing some semi-intoxicated discussion over battle cries during dinner, then someone started holding up utensils.

So, how did it happen? What were the circumstances? What were the alternative/runner-up battle cries?

(if you say, "chopstick & spork", you'll get me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry.)

-Dennis
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