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.

See Jay Howell at Fecal Face today, then see him DJ Smithsfits at the Knockout tomorrow!

Jay left our delightful neighborhood for LA a few years ago to pursue his artistic passion by creating one of my favorite TV shows ever, the hilarious Bob’s Burgers.  Now he’s back for the weekend to show off some of the other rad stuff that been oozing from his imagination, and you can see it all for yourself tonight over at Fecal Face Gallery here in the Mission!

Not content to merely infiltrate your eyeballs, he’ll also be invading your auditory cortex the very next night along with his former partner-in-crime Josh Yule at the night they both started way back before he left:  Smithsfits at the Knockout!  And check it out, they’re giving away Smithsfits pins to the first 50 people who show up!

See you there!