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Somewhere in Austin, Texas there is a man who, through
his various animated characters, has spread wisdom and
knowledge across the Interweb. Wisdom like Sodom was
named after sodomy, while Gomorrah was named for an
even weirder move. Knowledge like how the mantra "Be
aggressive" can take one to the heights of any local role-play
tourney. The man is Brad Neely and his characters Baby
Cakes and The Professor Brothers have built a loyal audience
at Turner's SuperDeluxe.com over the last year. His
twisted online universe also landed Neely a writing stint in
the magical land of South Park. In his writing and animation,
Neely avoids anything resembling a formula. "I try to
make each (episode) different, not just in terms of content,
but also in how it moves or what type of jokes there are or
type of storytelling it is," he says. "That's just as much for
me as the audience. I don't want to get bored and neither
do they. There are so many different ways to tell a quick little
story, and in order to keep it fun I approach it as a brand
new thing every time." This year, he'll be crafting a fourpart
miniseries of The Professor Brothers that will combine
to form an 11-minute episode for TV as well as continue
work on his years-in-the-making Civil War comedy novel.
Yep, a Civil War comedy novel.
On what inspires him: "I prefer to be a liker of things as
opposed to a hater of things, so I end up being a fan of
most movies and books. I can watch Regis and Kelly and
On working on South Park: "Having never worked on TV
before, having never worked with other writers before and
having never worked with fast-thinking, fucking metageniuses,
was very, very scary. It went well, though. Those
guys are just as nice as they are brilliant."