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NYCC 2012: "China, IL" Panel - New Characters, Kicking Pigeons, and Anime Porn

Saturday afternoon brought a panel dedicated to Adult Swim’s China, IL, which played out a lot like the infamous Venture Bros. convention panels in being 20% information and 80% entertainment, where anyone writing a report on it is left saying, “You kind of had to be there” a lot. In attendance were show creator Brad Neely, executive producer Daniel Weidenfeld, comedian and new cast member Hannibal Buress (The Eric Andre Show, Saturday Night Live), and Titmouse producer David Newberg. The creators began by discussing the evolution of the show from 2 minute shorts on the Internet to 11-minute episodes on Adult Swim for season 1, and now to 22-minute episodes for the upcoming season 2. The expansion will allow them to tell more stories at once with a little more room for jokes and characters, including Buress as star athlete Matt Attack. In total, the show will end up with 200 characters, all with names and turns.

The expansion of the show means Titmouse’s New York studio is now being pulled in to animate episodes for season 2 as well, with Neely adding he liked making TV in America so he could “lash those animators personally.” The cast will be returning, including Jeffrey Tambor and Greta Gerwig, and a new character named Wendiloquence will be the first time a character looks just like their actor in the show.

When prompted, Neely said he didn’t want to hear any Wizard-people-related questions. There was also a lot about anime porn and how important it was to animation and the con in general. A rough animatic from season 2 was screened for the audience before the panel opened up to Q&A from the audience, which was often just an excuse for fans to swap quips and quotes from the show with the creators.

  • The first question joked that China, IL was good, expensive, and on Adult Swim, so it’ll be cancelled soon, but Neely and Weidenfeld said that the fans had really supported it for season 1, and Adult Swim seems happy with it. For now.
  • A young questioner got a big thumbs up from Neely for his Gravity Falls costume before being told that Baby Cakes’s voice is based on a girl that Neely knew (and “maybe all girls talk like that”).
  • This season will continue the rivalry between Frank and Steve, but will also explore why they still hang out. One episode will center on the two working together because they really want Jet Skis.
  • Hannibal said sending a demo reel to him of your anime porn was probably the best way to get a job in the animation industry before Newberg said there was a submission link on Titmouse’s website for those interested in working in the business.
  • The audience was asked to make a lot of noise to annoy the panel in the next room over, which broke out into loud cheers occasionally. Then Neely took a picture with a Frank cosplayer. Yeah, really:
  • Ronald Reagan will return to the show, impersonating Bill Clinton in one episode. Anime porn may be involved, or that might have just been part of the running joke about anime porn throughout the panel. I’m kind of not sure. There will be some Obama stuff, but not much.
  • A questioner asked if they would write a song about President Theodore Roosevelt (“He was a man of great stature”) and was told they’d reference him in an upcoming episode.
  • In response to a question about going to full animation from the image sequences of the original 2-minute shorts, Neely said that the form dictated the content and that he was still trying to work within expectations of the TV format. As a result, it was difficult to put in the gags and elements that worked in the shorts. However, Neely also felt the new format was very freeing, although not for the kids that he and Newberg had enslaved to animate it all.
  • The show is making a conscious effort not to contradicting anything from Super Deluxe. Now that the show is expanding to 22 minutes, more elements from the shorts will be appearing in the show.
  • There was a question asked by a Slave Girl Leia cosplayer, with no snark whatsoever. I’m not sure if they just felt it was too easy of a target or if we’ve reached Slave Girl Leia saturation at the average comic con:

    Not gonna lie, I have no idea what her question was.
  • Neely said that Pony is his favorite character because it was “fun to see a girl get into trouble or be bad at sex,” since in most shows “girls know everything and guys suck,” but they’re trying to reverse that. The least-favorite character was a blue-haired girl in the first season because her design “created all this extra work for everybody.”

A fan led the audience and the panelists in a “ba-ba-ba-ba-ba” moment, there were a bunch of questions about a tour, and Hannibal’s other work on The Eric Andre Show and his stand-up routines (kicking a pigeon and strawberries and ham) and then it was a wrap.

Yeah, I know. Here, have some more photos from the panel:

Hannibal Buress and Titmouse’s Dave Newberg

New Characters:

 

Hey, Hannibal, what’s up with God up there?

Oh. OK then.

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