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Snake 'n' Bacon is a comic book and cartoon duo created by American cartoonist and illustrator Michael Kupperman (also known by his pseudonym P. Revess).[1] Originally only in print comics, the characters were brought to television on May 10, 2009, when they were broadcast on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim channel in a Snake 'n' Bacon animated show. The Tales Designed to Thrizzle, Vol. 1 collection was published in 2009 by Fantagraphics,[2] but after its pilot the show was not picked up by Cartoon Network for Adult Swim.[3]

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Characters

The characters in the comics were a parody of popular comedy teams. One of the characters is a snake, while the other is a strip of bacon. Other characters in the comic were Criminal District Attorney and Underpants-On-His-Head-Man.[4] Utterances by Snake and Bacon are limited to hissing (on Snake's part) and making bacon-related comments (on Bacon's part) such as "I'm real bacon" and advice such as "Wrap your dog's pill in me."[5] Still, their communications are filled with sexual innuendos.[1]

The characters "highlight what is perhaps Kupperman’s greatest comedic skill--the ability to sell surreal ideas in the most serious way possible, highlighting the humor all the more vividly," according to one reviewer.[6] Kupperman did cartoons for Robert Smigel's TV Funhouse TV series before returning to comic book making with a series for Fantagraphics called Tales Designed to Thrizzle, using many of the characters from Snake 'n' Bacon (including the titular pair) and new characters, such as Hercules ("the public domain superhero") and The Mannister, a man who can transform himself into the shape of a banister.[6]

When the cartoon came to television, it combined animated and live-action sequences,[5] with the help of such people as James Urbaniak ("Bacon"), Dan Bakkedahl, Bill Hader, David Rakoff, Kristen Schaal, Peter Serafinowicz, and Brian Stack.[7] It was followed on the Cartoon Network schedule by "a spiritual cousin," the British comedy The Mighty Boosh.[1]

Influences and comedic approach

Kupperman has created several memorable cartoon characters, written for DC Comics, and has been influenced by absurdity and surrealism.[1] Kupperman is said to use absurdist humor that includes straightforward jokes, pointing out through humor the absurdities of the past that just weren’t visible to readers at the time, mimicking "silly" directions people put in books about how to use them, and putting famous people in silly situations.[1]

Critical reception

Responses to the TV show have been very positive--comments range from "I really liked it"[5] to "It's trippy and creative, definitely weirdly off the wall and way out there."[8] One naysayer was Ron Hogan on Den of Geek, who called the show "the worst thing that's been on [Adult Swim] since Delocated."[9]

Books

  • Kupperman, Michael (2000). Snake 'n' Bacon's Cartoon Cabaret. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 0380807904.  [10]
  • Kupperman, Michael (2009). Tales Designed to Thrizzle: Volume 1. Seattle: Fantagraphics Books. ISBN 9781606991640.  

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Snake 'n' Bacon set the audience reeling". Thaindian Newsportal. 2009-05-11. http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/entertainment/snake-n-bacon-set-the-audience-reeling_100191109.html. Retrieved 2009-05-27.  
  2. ^ ANGELA ASHMAN Michael Kupperman; FINE 'TOONING, See Michael Kupperman's latest works in 3-D August 18, 2009
  3. ^ Richard Pachter "Kupperman's dementedly absurdist comic pastiches may be too smart for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, which passed on the pilot for his bizarro creation Snake N' Bacon, but this brilliant, anarchic collection of errant dips into the cultural gestalt is laugh-out-loud hilarious. Like stuff that's fearless, brilliant and non-linear? Thrizzle is for shizzle." [Funny, classic and poignant works to savor in Tales Designed to Thrizzle, Vol. 1'] Aug. 13, 2009 Merced Sun-Star
  4. ^ "Comix Review Revue". The Stranger. Feb 21, 2001. http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/comix-review-revue/Content?oid=6530. Retrieved 2009-05-12.  
  5. ^ a b c Wu, Annie (2009-05-15). "Have you experienced Snake 'N' Bacon?". TVSquad.com. http://www.tvsquad.com/2009/05/15/have-you-experienced-snake-n-bacon/. Retrieved 2009-05-27.  
  6. ^ a b Cronin, Brian (2009-05-17). "The Comic Book Alphabet of Cool — K". Comic Book Resources. http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2009/05/16/the-comic-book-alphabet-of-cool-k/. Retrieved 2009-05-27.  
  7. ^ Murray, Noel (2009-05-08). "Program note: Snake 'N' Bacon on Adult Swim Sunday night". The A.V. Club. http://www.avclub.com/articles/program-note-snake-n-bacon-on-adult-swim-sunday-ni,27788/. Retrieved 2009-05-11.  
  8. ^ Loosbrock, Rocco (2009-05-18). "Snake N' Bacon — Today's Recipe For Comedy!". News Blaze. http://newsblaze.com/story/20090518130742rocc.nb/topstory.html. Retrieved 2009-05-27.  
  9. ^ Hogan, Ron (2009-05-13). "Taking the cartoon out of Cartoon Network". Den of Geek. http://www.denofgeek.com/television/250074/taking_the_cartoon_out_of_cartoon_network.html. Retrieved 2009-05-27.  
  10. ^ Olson, Ray (2000-11-15). "Rev. of Snake 'n' Bacon's Cartoon Cabaret". Booklist. http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-28671316_ITM. Retrieved 2009-05-11.  

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