Ink Big

Drawn by the success of The Simpsons and Beavis and Butt-head, three of Texas’ top cartoonists are going Hollywood. Houston’s Michael Fry , for instance, has sold the television rights to two of his comic strips— Committed and When I Was Short —to production companies in Toronto and Los Angeles, respectively, and both are being developed as thirty-minute sitcoms. Meanwhile, Twentieth Century Fox is completing a deal to turn Fry’s Over the Hedge into a feature film that would combine live action and computer animation—much like Babe. Likewise, Austin’s Shannon Wheeler , the creator of Too Much Coffee Man , is working on an animated TV series in which his overcaffeinated protagonist would be only one member of a large, diverse ensemble. Other newly created characters would include Espresso Guy, Underwater Guy, and Too Much German White Chocolate Woman With Almonds. And Dallas’ Buddy Hickerson , who draws The Quigmans, is currently finishing a script for a TV pilot based on a bunch of new oddballs he has created: a “brilliant idiot meandering through life” and his female friend Stan.

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