One day, VL and I were in the woods. We saw a glint of gold through a big pile of dirt, so naturally we started digging. When we had shoveled most of the mud/dung out of the way, an explosion shot upwards towards the heavens. It was a man, fully engulfed in fire, flying high above the clouds. He circled around and came down for a landing. “Flame off!” he shouted, and just like that, his skin was normal again, and cool to the touch. “I am Breehn Burns, creator of Dr. Tran. Give me all of your gold.” We paid him handsomely, and while we were giving him our coin, we decided to interview him.
TroubledYoungMan: We’d like to welcome Breehn Burns, co-creator of Dr. Tran. Thank you for joining us Breehn.
VikingLord: Yes, it is greatly appreciated. Tell me your secrets!
Breehn: I am thrilled to be joining TroubledYoungMan (I’ll call you TYM) and VikingLord for this intimate ambushing. My secret is jicama. Don’t tell anyone.
VikingLord: Is Dr. Tran based on a small Asian boy you know?
Breehn: No. He’s based on no one in particular, but if I had to pick another cartoon character that he’s similar to, I’d say Charlie Brown.
TroubledYoungMan: Have you received any offers for a full length feature film or a TV show? We’d love to see more of Dr. Tran, and think he could have explosive potential. It seems like he would fit in perfectly on Adult Swim.
Breehn: Thanks. Dr. Tran has been on TV on the G4 network. We’ve talked about doing a TV show but it hasn’t come to pass.
VikingLord: How did you and Dr Tran co-creator & voice talent Jason Johnson meet? Any interesting first dates?
Breehn: High School. We sat next to each other in a 9th grade art class and made up cartoons that we would never actually make. Our first was called, “Leland’s Trip to The Farm” about an abandoned child who panics at the sight of dairy cows.
TroubledYoungMan: Can you offer any advice to aspiring webcontent producers or cartoonists?
Breehn: Well, no. We never set out to produce web content. In fact I thought we were making films for film festivals, TV and DVD until everybody started ripping our cartoons and putting them on Youtube. Which lead to us caving, posting our films to Youtube and becoming web content producers. I admit the exposure on the internet is nice.
As for cartoonist advice, uh… keep your pencils very sharp… and don’t wait for corporate approval/sponsorship to make your things. Just make them. And don’t use microwave ovens.
VikingLord: Okay, now the fun stuff…uh…What do you do for fun? Anything unusual?
Breehn: I like giant tennis balls, jumping off car ports and caressing my various Destro busts, fireside.
TroubledYoungMan: For people who’ve never been to California (we’re cruely assuming that is where you’re from, as we couldn’t find out ourselves online), is In-And-Out burger the hippest joint in town? Have you ever tried Chipotle?
Breehn: Yeah, we’re in Calimafornia. Eating at In-And-Out is like eating at a bus terminal in Raging Shitsville. But the food is okay, and they’ve got this one cashier that is SO polite it almost makes up for the atmosphere. Chipotle – yes – cafeteria style beef with fancy Mexican spices. My friends love it.
VikingLord: Do you have any interesting productions on the horizon? Give them to me.
Breehn: Dr. Tran starring in Fruit Hat, a new short film. More on that at my blog. Also, we may be seeing a Furious Little Cinnamon Bun card game, and a new set of 3 Dr. Tran toys coming soon from Symbiote. We’re also working with Mondo Media (of Happy Tree Friends) to see if we can produce cartoons on a more regular basis.
TroubledYoungMan: Other than Lone Sausage productions, is there a web video or two that you really like? Any original user-created-content?
Breehn: I like that-there “Adventure Time” cartoon.
VikingLord: Who is the better interviewer? Me or StupidYoungDouche?
TroubledYoungMan: Thanks. You’re a classy gentleman.
Breehn: Stop humping TYM for dominance. It’s hard enough to get him out of the mini-van at the city park without all the other interviewers chasing him around with their power-boners.
TroubledYoungMan: Lastly, what do you think about the economy? Can you save us?
Breehn: What’s an economy? I live in fantasy land. Join me.
TroubledYoungMan: That’s all the time we have, we’d like to thank Breehn Burns for stopping by to chat. You can find all of his productions on http://www.lonesausage.com/