San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) is approaching and SpongeBob is set to have an another awesome presence at the event! Here's a run down of what to expect:
Big Birthday Blowout Panel - A panel celebrating SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout will take center stage from 1:45-2:45pm PST on Thursday, July 18:
Drop on the deck and flop like a fish because it's a celebration for 20 years of SpongeBob SquarePants! Dive deep down into the making of SpongeBob's brand-new special “SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout!” with co-executive producers Vincent Waller and Marc Ceccarelli. Voice actors Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy), Mr. Lawrence (Plankton), and Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs) will discuss what it was like to portray their characters in front of the camera for the first time in this live action-animation hybrid episode. Plus, they're covering 20 years of nautical nonsense, so be sure to bring it around town!
Exclusive Merchandise - SpongeBob exclusive merchandise at the event will include Funko Pops, Masterpiece Meme figures, as well as a range of other great, exclusive products. We'll post live updates on product reveals as we get them!
ESB's Coverage - We'll cover as much as we can of the event, including all the reveals and laughs. It is unclear if the panel is being streamed or not, but we'll do our best to keep you guys up to date on proceedings!
YOU can help! - A lot will be going on at SDCC and the more eyes we can have on it the better. If you want to keep up-to-date with the news at SDCC, be sure to check out hastags on any social media service, including #SDCC, #NickSDCC, #SpongeBobSDCC, #SpongeBob20, #HappyBirthdaySpongeBob. Feel free to add content to articles and this thread, let's work together and have fun this week!
Happy SDCC! :D
Yesterday, ESB had an awesome Q&A with Brian Morante, a storyboard artist/director and writer who is currently working on the show!
He answered questions in ESB chat and also on this thread. Here are some of the highlights!
Brian: I am not sure if I'm supposed to say this but I have been working on it for the past month.
Superjaedee: Oooh Brian's working on the 3rd movie 🎉
Brian: I am just helping out a little bit. Helping (hopefully) [to] make things here and there funnier or fix little things.
Brian: I am going to start boarding the pilot next week. I'm excited to see what I can do with it. Vince, Marc, myself and everyone else is going out of there way to make this just as funny and weird and crazy as the main show. The goal is to not make a "Looney Tunes Baby" type show.
Nick mick: [Who's] your favorite crew member, Morante?
Scrooge200: What's your favorite and least favorite episode of the show that you worked on? What's your favorite and least favorite as a whole?
Brian: I think I might have answered that the Halloween ep was one of my favs to work on. It was a tough one but it was cool to visit the stop motion studio and see it come to life. My least fav to work on was Feral Friends. The episode was fine but it was not fun trying to draw all those realistic animals. But Steve made all of these cool sea life drawings for me for reference which I still have. Which is pretty cool.
Superjaedee: Brian, who is your favorite character to draw on SpongeBob?
Chickenkrispies: What compelled the crew to go with the change in stylistic direction of the past few seasons?
Brian: I think through the making of the second movie they learned they could do a lot if they did a quick and dirty version of a scene. Get it in editing as fast as possible. figure out what the scene needs and work on making it funnier. The results came out more dynamic or more visual than the process they had before. So in taking the job of the board artist and splitting into two different jobs (rough board artist or board director and more of a cleanup /plussing board artist) it incentified the rough board people to draw more poses, draw funny and add more gags because they wouldn't have to worry about cleaning up and putting all their work on model. That would be someone else's job who could also take it make it even funnier. Also over the last few season they have been trying to keep it a little bit looser rather than sticking with strictly on model drawings which can sometimes suck the life or the energy out of a pose or facial expression. Anyways I hope that makes sense. Its just about moving it away from being perfectly sterile on model show with a lot of scenes where characters just stand next to each other and talk back and forth. That's what Family Guy is for (not hating on FG but its a different thing from what we are trying to make).
Brian: This wiki page.
Scrooge200: Hey Brian, can you confirm that mayonnaise is an instrument?
There we go! A huge thanks to Brian for doing that for us and to Golf for reaching out to him.
Have a great day all! :D
What a day yesterday! So much hype for SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout and it's finally premiered.
What did you think about the episode? What was your favorite moment? Did it live up to the hype?
As always let's be respectful towards each other, folks are entitled to their views. Also, beware, this is a SPOILER discussion! :)