Author: Justin

Metaphors often confuse me, and I don’t think it’s because I can’t understand them. I think most of them are stupid, or confused at best. Just this past week with the passing of Ted Kennedy we had to hear how he was the “Lion of the Senate.” We had to hear this because no journalist could apparently think of anything else interesting to say about a man who lived one of the more interesting lives of the 20th century.

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I think God probably wears a hat. This may sound odd at first, but hear me out. Don’t all great people through history wear hats? Abraham Lincoln? John Wayne? The Pope? Indiana Jones? All were hat wearers, and I think it’s pretty silly to assume God would associate with the non-hat-wearing crowd over these fellows.

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The Professor Hobo site has recently undergone two redesigns.  The first was to bring it more in line with the rest of the SassyKat Media properties.  With that switch over (which entailed quite a bit of work) complete, work began on a site that would better showcase the comic strip.  That redesign is now finished and what you are viewing.  Minor tweaks will continue as we move forward, but our hope is this new design will make accessing the content easier than ever.

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The sixth episode is technically the seventh episode.  So, how did it end up being labeled the sixth episode?  Originally a script was written for a sixth episode that was to center around the student characters at a summer camp.  Early production work even began on the episode with some drawings and rough scene animations completed.  However, as work proceeded it became clear that a full 22 minute episode was a bit too much to tackle at that time in our lives due to outside factors.

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Produced originally for College Sports Television (CSTV), the fifth episode had the shortest turn around time of any episode.  After finishing the fourth episode, CSTV contacted us and requested a second episode to air.  Obviously they again wanted a sports theme, but they also wanted it in one month.  That meant from starting the script to rendering the final cut the production time of this episode was almost exactly one month.

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The fourth episode was the first originally produced for College Sports Television (CSTV).  They wanted a cartoon that focused on college students playing sports.  It seemed a little generic to do a basketball or football story, so instead we picked an even more generic sport and went with bowling.  Actually, we spent a great deal of time in college bowling, so it seemed like a natural fit.

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The third episode was an attempt at doing a real episode for television. We formulated a full storyline, aimed at the commercial-friendly 22-minute range, and set to work. After the events of the first episode and all the controversy it spurred, President Czar had been rising in popularity as one of our favorite characters, as well as our readers. So instantly he went to the head of the class for a major role in the third episode.

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The second episode was under production before the first ever premiered.  The idea was that it was going to be the controversial episode, since we took shots at every religious denomination just about imaginable.  Surely with the episodes airing in a fairly Bible Belt heavy part of America, this would be the episode that got people enraged and calling for our heads.  Alas, our heads were spared.

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Behind the Scenes The first episode ever of the cartoon took the longest and definitely sparked the most attention.  Work began on the episode in around June of 2002.  At that time, neither David nor Justin had much experience writing or animating a cartoon. "I had written short films before, but this had a completely different feel to it from live action," said Young.

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