Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Trick-or-Treating in August

I do apologize for the seemingly needless drama of posting a big picture and not explaining anything. But to be fair, I was also being lazy. I figured that if I started talking about Comicon I wouldn't be able to stop, and since so much happened I'd be writing all day instead of doing what I was supposed to be doing... which is working on Underfist.

So all of my Comicon reviews and thank-yous will have to wait a few more days. For the moment, just kick back, relax, and let Underfist knock some sense into you!

The Underfist Halloween Bash!

I pitched Underfist just for a laugh about a year ago. It probably wouldn't have even made it to Atlanta if C.H. Greenblatt and Jay Bastian hadn't also been so excited about it. So I sent off a few drawings (inclusing the group shot in the previous post and the drawing of Skarr below) and the next thing I knew I had a Halloween Special for 2008.

Yeah, let's get that out of the way up-front. It's still over a year away.

"My sugar-free double-shot half-caff mocha!"

Per the bible, Underfist is the continuing story off Hoss Delgado, Skarr, Irwin, Jeff the Spider, and Fred Fredburger, and their battle against evil monsters from the Underworld. Sort of like adysfunctional half-monster "A-Team". The action takes place (strangely enough) in the near-future of next Halloween. Hoss has obviously been through some rough times since we saw him last, and Skarr has augmented his love of growing plants with a new love of growing facial hair.

I'm really happy with the way the storyboards are turning out. It's still got a "Billy & Mandy" feel, but it's really all about epic slapstick battles and fnding out more about some of the favorite secondary characters. If you thought Hoss was just a generic beat-em-up lunkhead or that Fred Fredburger had nothing more to offer than running off to go poo-poo, you're in for a pleasant surprise.

Billy, Mandy, and Grim do make a few brief appearances, but Underfist is truly a spinoff and truly its own show. It's still too far out to be giving away the story, but I'll try to leak something every once in a while. And not the stuff I usually leak. You wouldn't want that. Trust me.

In the mean time... "May the Fist be with you..."


Blogger Tyler "RELYT1992" Kirk said...

That is really cool. I can't wait.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Fizzlo said...

Yeah. This looks awesome.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Samir said...


I've always thought that those secondary characters would do well in a spinoff. We'll see if an extra dimension makes or breaks them ;)

6:29 PM  
Blogger Taco Wiz said...

How long with this be? 20 minutes like Jacked Up Halloween? 30 minutes like the christmas special? 40 minutes like Wrath of The Spider Queen? Or 80 minutes like Big Boogey Adventure?

7:35 PM  
Blogger ZSL said...

A spinoff show with General Skarr? Oh god yes.

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8:14 AM  
Blogger Maxwell Atoms said...

It will be 44 minutes (one hour in TV time).

8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im so excited i made a fan site for it

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is sweet!! But why Irwin? IMO Dracula would've been a better fit

Good luck with the project Mr.Atoms

2:44 PM  
Blogger burgerlog said...

yes... leak it out slowly.. like slow, almost cold dihareeha!

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, I'm thrilled we're going to be seeing more of the Billy and Mandy universe and this special looks to be another winner.

Keep the goodness coming, Maxwell! Wherever you take these characters I'll be sure to follow.

Are we going to be seeing more of Dracula any time soon, btw?


4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must say, I'm really excited about this! Those are a great handfull of characters you've come up with for the spin off. And the name is so action-packed (Underfist. I keep wanting to say Unterfist as my 6 years of German would encourage).

Anywho, I look forward to hearing more about this in the future.


4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I nearly jumped out of my front row seat when Underfist was announced during the panel.
After I just got done bugging you about Skarr the other day.
Sly Devil, is that why you asked me if I was going to the panel?
All I can say again and again is Thank you. Thankyou.

6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is it a show and a special or justg a special? because it says it is truly its own show on the post but it says its a special too so hofully i can get some feedback on that one

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome I can't wait!xD I was a little sad that Jr didn't get any lines in "Wrath of the spider queen" (Him being my favorite character on the show) But this totally makes up for it! <3

1:04 AM  
Blogger Taco Wiz said...

Aww. I wanted an 80 minute movie. Oh well. Let's hope it's as entertaining as Big Boogie Adventure, and not a letdown like Wrath of the Spider Queen.

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maxwell! It's the kid who made guesses about Invaded again. This time I'm making a guess about your pilot. Is it based on Asterix The Gaul? I'm thinking yes because Cartoon Network appears to be making a couple of references to Asterix. For example, in Squirrel Boy, Rodney and Andy protect a drink that empowers them against
Salty Mike and his owner. Another example is Billy and Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure, in which at the very end of the credits, Dracula is playing golf with Grim's scythe , dressed up as Cacofonix The Bard. Could Cartoon Network be making an Asterix series?

6:35 PM  
Blogger Niko Anesti said...

That's a hilarious concept. It's such a weird, unexpected team, and I love it! Seems like something non-canon almost, but whatever, I'm excited! Can't wait for more!

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yay! sounds awesome can't wait to see it!

12:41 AM  
Blogger Taco Wiz said...

I have another question. Will it be continued from Wrath of the Spider Queen, or will it be like the whole thing never happened?

8:41 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow I am excited!

10:59 PM  
Blogger Custom Coaster said...

This is great news I love that it was like a gag at first and now a real Show that's just so cool to see something that was and still is a hit show can have so many offspring from the same creator! Keep doing what your doing man!!

8:15 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is so awesome, I can't wait to see it, I'm so freaking excited about this!

12:53 PM  
Blogger Maxwell Atoms said...

@ Anonymous #1:
It's just a special. If you like it and Cartoon Network likes it perhaps it'll be something more, but for now it's just a special.

@ Anonymous #2:
Actually, at the end of "Big Boogey", Dracula is just dressed as Dracula. Only he's wearing golf pants. If I'm part of a larger conspiracy to assault the world with an Asterix cartoon... that would certainly be weird.

@ All You Other Guys:
Just because Dracula's not a card-carrying, uniform-wearing member of Underfist doesn't mean he's not in the special. In one of the remaining unaired episodes of "Billy and Mandy" we learn something important about Dracula that relates directly to Underfist.

@ Taco Wiz:
Billy and Mandy has never had any real continuity, what with the characters reverse-aging out of existence, the universe collapsing, the planet being conquered by spiders, and the like. That's why I'm always sort of baffled that people expected a hard ending for Billy and Mandy.

In the past I planned out a few changes to Billy and Mandy's world that did stick. The first, I think, was the birth of Nergal Junior and Nergal's marriage to Aunt Sis. A few other things have stuck over the years, and one element of Spider Queen remains true for Underfist. Billy and Jeff's relationship has changed. Sort of. But otherwise you can treat Spider Queen like any other episode (though, if it ever comes up, I will treat that as Grim's official "How I Became the Reaper" story)

5:55 PM  

Oh man i love that color picture of the UNDERfist gang, i love it so much its now my computer wall paper and i printed it and stuck it on my Bedroom wall. Totally awesome. Cant wait for your next blog post

2:29 AM  
Blogger Taco Wiz said...

Maybe if the special gets high ratings, we'll see an Underfist Spin Off. What? A nerd who spends his whole life watching stupid cartoons can dream, can't he?

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I just crapped my pants. Irwin, Fred, Hoss, Jeff, and Skarr all at the same time? YES!

"It's just a special. If you like it and Cartoon Network likes it perhaps it'll be something more, but for now it's just a special."

I'm all for more B&M universe, even if it does not directly star Billy and Mandy. Here's hoping it is well-recieved. I'm sure I'll love it.


8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred Fredburger is better in smaller doses.

3:25 PM  

this looks awesome i can't freakin wait. your a huge inspiration to me anyway i was wondering at amazon .com it says that the Billy and Mandy complete season 1 comes out in september but in australia it comes out on august 15 whats the dillio?

4:08 AM  
Blogger Von Kreep said...

HOLY CRAP! This is going to be
a killer show!

10:48 AM  
Blogger Andie Creeper said...

Bitchin'. Billy and Mandy were really the characters that made me watch the show, but I can always pry them off my list of emotional attachments.

Maybe I'll throw this Underfist thing some sort of illegal party at my house. Strippers, loud music, drunken freshmen, you name it...

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is such a great ideas Maxwell, you've really got the perfect group for this. I guees Irwin there because he work with Hoss in the past so it must be conturing from Irwin Gears A Clue, Good luck with it atoms.

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait I bet this new show will be a hit T-shirts, action figures, ECT.

4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so fred fredburger is a main character now huh? AWESOME!

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where does Maxwell Atoms go on holiday?
Underfistmas Island

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will it be animated in Adobe Flash?
I really wanted it to be a Flash cartoon on TV!

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will Underfist be animated in Adobe Flash? I really wanted it to be a Flash cartoon on TV!

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will the voices be performed by the same people? For example:

C. H. Greenblatt is Fred Fredburger
Diedrich Bader is Hoss Delgado
Armin Shimerman is Skarr

11:34 AM  
Blogger Maxwell Atoms said...

And me as Jeff the Spider,
Vanessa Marshall as Irwin,
Richard Horvitz as Billy,
Grey DeLisle as Mandy,
Greg Eagles as Grim,
Phil Lamarr as Dracula.

You know. The whole shebang. Plus a few new exciting characters like Dave Wittenberg's magnificent villain...

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet... do u have a devaintart page... if not check out mine...

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish Puddin would be on the team. He is such a funny character, almost as stupid as Billy

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope to see Jack, Junior and Sir Raven. They need more appearances. I have made Billy and Mandy fanfictions on Fanfiction.netEveryone who reads this, feel free to look at them. I go by the username, Darkruler64 there.

2:17 PM  
Blogger ANDREA said...

I know I'm not the only one here hoping to see JACK make a comeback! Would you let us know if he did? I can't wait to see what other surprises you have in store for your fans...

11:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is going to be awesome. Billy and Mandy was one of my Fave cartoon network shows. The other being Courage the Cowardly dog. My fave character from Billy & Mandy though was Jack O' Lantern. But I guess it's no surprise we won't be seeing him again. Or will we? hmm... Underfist is a halloween special... Anyway I can't wait for this, it's good to see that Billy & Mandy has in some way survived.

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this needs to become a show

it would suck if the billy & mandy universe fell of the map completely

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG!!! I named my cat after FredFredBurger!

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So it will become a full show right...not just a special? IT'S GONNA ROCK REGARDLESS THOUGH!

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Don't agree with sticking in Hoss and Irwin, but Skarr, Jeff and fred Fredburger Rock!, I would have stuck in Dracula and Pud'n!

5:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr.Atoms U Rock I LOVE Billy And Mandy And Will Be Sure To Watch Underfist Plus It Has F-R-E-D...F-R-E-D..B-U-R-GEE-E-..R Fred Fredburger Yes!!

11:07 AM  
Blogger Tex said...

I'm loving this!

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ive watched movie and it was good

3:48 PM  
Blogger Synnerman said...

This show is awesome! I sincerely hope that it is picked up...makes it to DVD and them more movies.

I must own this!!!!

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't think Underfist was as good as Billy & Mandy. I thought it would show more about Billy & Mandy, but I guess I was wrong. I don't think think this would make a very good show if it wasn't about Billy & Mandy & Grim. I just like Billy & Mandy & Grim.

And I agree with the guy that said Fred Fredburger is better in smaller doses.

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's 2 things I didn't get about this movie when I saw it:

1. Why does Hosdelgotto say he's 48 but in the Billy & Mandy show he says he's 33?

2. Why does Skar have a mustache?

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh please oh please oh PLEASE make
this a show! I LOVE UNDERFIST!!!

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched the special,I don't agree with the guy who said Pudd'n would do good.He probably wets the bed more than Irwin.HE only deserved to fall out of Mindy's hair.Why did Scar say idiot Canadian,is he Canadian?In the end Mandy gave Dracula some payback.In the end she gave Dracula a penny like he did in the start.GET OFF MY PORCH YOU LITTLE WEIRDO! SHOO! SHOO!I might like the Underfist theme better than Scary-o.I hope you make a series of Underfist!

8:17 PM  

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