DRAWN & QUARTERED
Artist gets animated
One of our Sunday comic strip contributors, Lincoln Peirce of "Big Nate," has ventured into animation. His "The Brothers Pistov" is one of the regularly featured shorts in a new showcase on Cartoon Network called "Sunday Pants."
6:30 p.m. Sundays
Pierce's droll confrontations between two Russian dogs, Anton and Gregor, is just one of the handful of diversely animated shorts from around the world shown every Sunday night. According to Pierce, "Sunday Pants" aims for an audience "somewhere between their usual pre-adolescent demographic and the folks who watch the network's 'Adult Swim' offerings."
The dogs argue with each other in heavily accented English (they are supposed to be Russian, after all). Character design is very much along the lines of Peirce's simple and appealing style found in his kids' comic strip.
Peirce works with his "friend and colleague Matthew Charde, (who) heads up the Boston office of an animation house called Global Mechanic. ... The chief animator, Daniel Sousa, created designs for the characters, props and backgrounds based on my sketches."
Peirce says doing "The Brothers Pistov" is a pleasure. "They're fun characters to write and draw," he said. You can see for yourself tonight on Cartoon Network.