The Internet had a mild blowup yesterday over the announcement that it is producing a new Snagglepuss series from Mark Russell and Howard Porter. In the upcoming series, Snagglepuss is a gay Southern gothic playwright taking on the House Committee on Un-American Activities in the 1950s.
You are right, that does sound like all kinds of awesome.
In an interview with HiLoBrow, Russell explained his vision for the character.
“Yeah, it’s never discussed and it’s obviously ignored in the cartoons ’cuz they were made at a time when you couldn’t even acknowledge the existence of such a thing, but it’s still so obvious; so it’s natural to present it in a context where everybody knows, but it’s still closeted. And dealing with the cultural scene of the 1950s, especially on Broadway, where everybody’s gay, or is working with someone who’s gay, but nobody can talk about it — and what it’s like to have to try to create culture out of silence.”
The publisher also released this page from the upcoming 8-page sampler that will included Ruff and Reddy by Howard Chaykin, the Jetsons by Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, and Pier Brito, Top Cat by Dan DiDio and Phil Winslade, and of course, Snagglepuss.
Do you remember Gilbert Dauterive, Bill’s cousin from King of the Hill? That’s the voice I hear when I read this page.
The 8-page samplers are expected to arrive on March 29th.