That table belongs to â€œAstro-Cons,â€ a new animated web series designed by Leon Doell and Ben Friedberg. Dressed in a government space ace attire,Â DoellÂ isn’t your average creator.
â€œ(Astro-Cons) is a weekly web cartoon about a fictitious government agency called the Department of Space and of all the insane bureaucracy that they deal with working for the federal government,â€ said Doell. â€œItâ€™s a bit of a workplace comedy. Lot of pop culture, geek culture references that I make sure to put in there. Lot of 80s references.â€
This may sound like something anyone can up with, but for Doell it goes deeper than that because of personal experience.
â€œTen years of living in Washington DC definitely helped. Iâ€™m a huge fan of whatâ€™s going on in space technology and space sciences,â€ said Doell. â€œBeing that close to all the Smithsonians and stuff Iâ€™ve made sure to check that stuff out. A good combination of living in the district and seeing what all my friends go through working in the different government jobs.â€
When watching â€œAstro-Cons,â€ the comedy and style will ring familiar to many. Itâ€™s what makes a good web comic series. Every artist, even the great ones, has some influences. â€œAstro-Consâ€ gleans from some of the best like â€œWelcome to Creepyvileâ€ and â€œSouth Park.â€
â€œAs a child from the 80s thereâ€™s so much amazing stuff that came out of there,â€ said Doell. â€œI mean, â€˜Back to the Future,â€™ the comedy in that. Genius. â€˜Better Off Dead.â€™ All those kind of flicks I love.â€
â€œItâ€™s been about a five-year project,â€ Doell notes about the showâ€™s production. â€œItâ€™s been on and off the shelf for about four years and last year my executive producer Ben Friedberg and I actually started working on it. He used to be one my clients from one of my old jobs. We started a production company, and I sent him my scripts. Went back and forth and â€˜Astro-Consâ€™ started production last January. Itâ€™s been a lot of back and forth.â€
Laughing at the government and, eventually, the 2012 presidential election and a slew of other topics, Doell and Friedberg have fun writing the scripts. The first episode aired just recently and has pop culture references galore.Â DoellÂ definitely mirrors the timbre of the show as he shouts crazy lines from the show and USA at passersby during Comic Con.
People may wonder about the show though. How does NASA fit into their grand scheme of things?
â€œWeâ€™re more lampooning the government than NASA because I have too much respect for what theyâ€™re doing and how epic they are,â€ said Doell. â€œThey just blasted Will I Amâ€™s music on Mars. I donâ€™t know if youâ€™ve heard this exactly. Itâ€™s the first song to be played on Mars. So maybe, if NASAâ€™s cool with it, they can maybe play â€˜Astro-Consâ€™ on Mars so we can be the first intergalactic cartoon. Just saying.â€