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Sam Kieth
Selected interviews.
You know what they say about a guy that draws big feet...
A chronological listing of Sam's comic, card, and film work.

Sam speaks about life, The Maxx, and his plans for the future.

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"MTV 'Toonumentary' Interview" Transcript
(Originally broadcast as part of an MTV Animation documentary, 1995 (?); transcribed by Chris Caughey)

[Webmaster's Note: This piece is a segment from an MTV documentary special about MTV Animation. It consists of some words from Sam, mixed with clips from "The Maxx" animated series. The following is a transcript. To download an .avi movie of the segment, click here (1:47, 5.7 MB). Thanks to W. Keith Work for capturing this piece for everyone to see!]

Stills from the Kieth .avi [Music fades in]
MTV VOICEOVER GUY: By now, MTV Animation was scouring the Netherworld of underground comics for more strange creatures with a 'rock 'n roll' edge. In "The Maxx," Sam Kieth had created a fantasy that stretched from the inner city to the Outback, and dug deep inside a very twisted mind - and that was just the hero.

SAM: A friend of mine who owns a gallery in New York, Ken Sanselle[?], I got a call from him, and he said there was a guy that was looking for comic books, that uh, that sold [laughter], and that seemed off from the mainstream. And y'know, that's certainly all I've ever done.

[A clip from the show]
JULIE: What are you doing to me?
MR. GONE: Showing you the truth.
JULIE: Stop this! It hurts!

SAM: And we were able to make something using limited styles of animation, and putting some computer-generated stuff at the beginning and the end, people would go, "Wow, that has a really strong beginning, and it ended real strong. I didn't notice that a lot of things didn't move and [?] across the screen."

[Another clip from the show]
JULIE: Hello, City Health and -
MR. GONE: I did it all for you, Julie.. The pain, the sex.. it was all for you!
JULIE: Hello?
MR. GONE: The others cry out for you, Julie Winters. Their screams of agony are the kisses that I place along your neck.

SAM: Your guy with a middle finger for a claw - nobody's gonna - this is it, this is your only chance, with these [MTV] guys. Y'know, try to make it happen here, or - or do your book, y'know? But there was really no other place that would, uh - were disturbed enough to wanna do that, y'know?

[Another clip from the show]
MR. GONE: Get out of this car at once, and finish him!
[Music fades out]

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