You should be stoked about Mission cartoon artists

Here’s something you might not know: the cartoon biz as of late is no stranger to Mission/Bay Area talent.

Take Bob’s Burgers, for example. Do those Mission-style Victorian buildings in the background art look familiar? That’s because they were designed by local artist Sirron Norris. The character design in the show was done by none other than Jay Howell.

Regular Show, a hilarious Cartoon Network show about a couple of 23-year-old dudes who are also animals, features the writing/storyboarding talent of local indie comics darlings Hellen JoCalvin Wong (my bro!), and Minty Lewis (additional voice talent)! I have it on relatively shaky authority that pages of Mission Mission may have been source material for the cutting-edge fashions in this episode:

More recently, Jay Howell has announced his own show on Nickelodeon called Sanjay and Craig… with and additional Mission bonus: music by thee Oh Sees!! Check out the awesome promo for it:

Granted most of these jerks have moved to LA to, you know, actually make a career out of art. Zinefest doesn’t pay the bills. Still, let’s take every opportunity to claim all the credit for their talent just like Modesto tries to do with George Lucas.

7 Responses to “You should be stoked about Mission cartoon artists”

  1. Beth says:

    Don’t forget the excellent Comic Book Guide to the Mission! The publishers are going to have a Sci-Fi in San Francisco comic anthology coming out soon too.

  2. C Monster says:

    I love Bob’s Burgers, but now I am very conflicted. I hate those damn blue bears!

  3. Mt.St.Mtn. says:

    There are a lot of hidden SF art nods in Bob’s Burgers, most notably Louise’s pink bunny ears (aka: Silly Pink Bunnies – Jeremy Fish). And yeah, John Dwyer did the music for the theme song to Sanjay & Craig (other music by Tim from White Fence). Well done, aging hipsters with jobs!

  4. bellpeppernostrils says:


    this post has made my evening.

  5. kmack says:

    this is awesome. love love love the shit outta bobs burgers but howell getting his own cartoon is pretty rad. stoked to see it.