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Animation vets launch StickyFlicks.com

Toon site bows with projects by Schwab, Armstrong, Emison

HOLLYWOOD — Animation vets David Burke and Eli Balser last week bowed StickyFlicks.com, a site that will feature Webtoons developed by Bill Schwab (“Beavis and Butt-head”), Kelly Armstrong (“Ren & Stimpy”) and Greg Emison (“Cow and Chicken”).

Burke, founder of Plum Loco Prods., and Balser, formerly of MTV Animation and Klasky-Csupo, founded the Netco in February after receiving $700,000 in funding from Chris Anderson, founder and CEO of Imagine Media.

“I don’t want to sound immodest, but I think we have an outstanding team of inhouse animators,” Burke said. “We’re not outsourcing anything.”

Burke said the company will primarily be funded via an advertising model — a potentially bumpy road, he admits. “That model works if you have large numbers of people coming to the site,” he said. “And what we’re offering people are shows that are highly produced. In the long term the produced shows are going to be the ones that last.”

Balser said the animation on the site will be developed using more than Flash, the software used by the majority of sites offering Webtoons.

“In order to get the highest quality look for our shows, we use full, traditional-style animation techniques and then convert the files into Flash — simply as a means of compression — whereas many, if not most, seem to use Flash animation to cut animation corners,” Balser said.

Under three minutes in length, Webtoons on StickyFlicks will bow at a rate of one per week by the end of August.

The four that bowed Friday were”Vi & Marge,” a tribute to the cross-country trucker lifestyle; “Tasteless Joke Theater”; “Jarnak — The Jive-Ass Jerk From Jupiter”; and “Mr. Pants.”

Interactive games will also be available on the site; the first is “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Rabbis.”

Planned Webtoons include “Young Dictators in Love,” featuring Hitler’s life as a bachelor in 1920s Vienna.

“A lot of our content is irreverent, some downright tasteless, but unlike some companies in this space, we draw the line at being mean-spirited,” Burke said.

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