Although there will be no panel for Adult Swim's "Superjail!" at San Diego's Comic Con 2012, which kicks off tomorrow, series co-creator Christy Karacas will be attending the convention and will likely be dogged with plenty of adoration and questions from hordes of cosplaying attendees.
Fans of the gory, psychedelic cartoon, which pushes all sorts of boundaries -- including, like many Adult Swim shows, those regarding sexuality -- have to wait only a few more torturous months until season three premieres in this fall. This season will continue to explore the Warden and the fantastical world of incarceration he created inside of Superjail, where space and time have proven fluid and there's endless potential for violence.
Season three has also seen the addition of a new writing director, comedic writer Janine DiTullio, who Karacas says has been "so great for the show... she really gets it."
Before heading to San Diego for Comic Con 2012, Karacas and DiTullio spoke with Huffington Post Gay Voices about queer characters in the show, homoerotic fan fiction, the upcoming season and what character they would most want to snuggle up with in a prison cell.
Check out the interview below, and visit our collection of LGBT Adult Swim characters as well as our interview with Venture Bros. creators, Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick, to fill your pre-Comic Con 2012 fix.
Huffpost Gay Voices: Although LGBT characters are becoming more prominent on television, I can't think of any network that has had as many shows featuring queer characters as Adult Swim. Janine, you have worked for NBC, CBS, ABC, MTV -- a bunch of heavy-hitting networks. What do you believe is different about Adult Swim that has made it more receptive to such a wide range of sexualities and gender variance?
Janine DiTullio: Well, Adult Swim is a relatively young network. It attracts creative people who don't pine to work in mainstream TV. Then on top of it, the network lets all these creative weirdos do their thing. We got one note this season. So, I guess the result is a less straight world.
Christy Karacas: I don’t think they’re openly trying to have bunch of gay characters but they definitely... the tone of their shows is not traditional. [It's] out there. I’m surprised other networks aren’t just copying it because they don’t really have any competition. It’s more of a big-picture thing. They trust their creators to make what they want to make.
Janine DiTullio: Maybe that should be the network’s new tag line, "Adult Swim, we're 20% more gay."
In an interview from 2011, Christy, you said, “If [Superjail!] gets a third season, I’d love to combine the psychedelic randomness and violence of season one and the character development and storytelling of season two.” Do you think that the third season has achieved this? What can fans expect?
Christy Karacas: Definitely. I can confidently say "yes." To be honest, I don’t know how much I should go into details. The first season, it’s really visual and psychedelic and second season, we were really focusing more on the story and characters and we were doing it so much that we might have lost sight of... I feel like we had to go through season two to learn some things about the show. And Janine's our new writing director. She’s awesome. She’s been so great for the show, I think she really gets it, that we need to take a bit of both.
Janine DiTullio: Christy and Steve [Warbrick] created this amazing raw freaky show. Then in season two, Chris [McCulloch] helped add all this great character development and back story. And when I came in the consensus was, "Let’s make season three a combo of the two.” And I was like, “Good idea, we’ll order a bunch of food and everything will be perfect.” Then I woke up one day and the show was in production and everyone was doing multiple jobs. And I was like, "HOLY CRAP we have to finish this thing!" So, we’ll see. But, I’m excited.
Let’s talk a bit about Alice. Despite not saying much, she has become one of the most layered and most likable characters in "Superjail!" How have you developed her throughout the series, and what’s in store for her in season three?
Christy Karacas: She’s almost a teenage girl. She thinks she’s really beautiful. Deep down she wants to be this feminine woman. On the outside, she’s kind of rough around the edges. But it doesn’t matter. It’s what’s on the inside and that’s how we treat her and play her. I think people like her because she doesn’t give a fuck and she thinks she’s a hot beautiful woman and she’s going to own it.
The Gays, who were pretty minor characters in the first season, really developed in season two: they get married, we see the dynamics of their relationship come out and they almost take-up a parenting role to the other inmates. Will they be featured as prominently in the third season?
Christy Karacas: The Gays are kind of the most well-rounded characters. They’re a couple, they have direct character contact with each other. Paul is the more feminine, intelligent one. He’s more together. And Jean is the bad boy -- doesn’t give a fuck, is more sloppy. Just like any couple, gay or straight, there’s that kind of dynamic. They’re just easy to write for like that. They’re dangerous and they’ll fuck shit up, but they do seem very likable as well.
There’s an episode this season, where one of them is up for parole. It’s a very Jean and Paul-centric episode, where they are dealing with what’s gonna happen if one of them leaves. They’re two of our favorites.
In "Ghosts," gay countercultural icon John Waters made a cameo as "Chet," the 1000-year old Aztec-like priest. How did this cameo come about and what was it like working with Waters?
Christy Karacas: I couldn’t have been more fucking psyched. We found out he was a fan and we asked if he would do a voice, on a whim. He said something out-there like, “I love cartoons and I have a lot of friends that have been in jail.” He was super cool. The sad thing is that because we remote recorded him, we didn’t get to meet him or anything. He’s definitely one of my idols -- I like that blend when something is bad but good and trashy but smart. He’s a guy I was super-psyched that [he] actually knew what the show was.
Are you aware that The Warden and The Twins have inspired a good deal of homoerotic fan art and fan fiction?
Christy Karacas: Very aware!
What are your thoughts? Care to touch on the sexuality of these characters?
Christy Karacas: I fucking love it. It’s crazy! There’s tons of sex art of The Twins with each other and the Warden and the Future Warden doing things to each other. I’ve also seen every single character doing things to each other... it’s this crazy, weird sub-culture. The funny thing is, the people who do this can draw really well. It’s amazing in a way.
And, on the sexuality of the Warden and the Twins...
Christy Karacas: Sometimes I think the Warden’s asexual, sometimes he’s confused. There are times when he definitely wants to get with Alice. He definitely had sex... there’s no canon, but sometimes I don’t even know if he hit puberty but other times he seems like a horny, creepy guy. I like to keep a little mystery.
And I feel like whatever the Twins do for sex is something weird with food or crystals or some sort of appendage we don’t have. I guess they budded that guy, in "The Budding of the Warbux." But I would think something alien and strange. Maybe that’s an episode we could do, if we got a fourth season, with their sexuality changing.
With the exception of Alice, there aren’t many prominent female characters in the show. However, the second season ended with The Mistress taking control of the Superjail compound. Does this mean we will see much more of her and the UltraPrison crew throughout the third season?
Christy Karacas: Yes. We will definitely pick-up where it left off. They’re back. I wish they were in it more, I love the Ultraprison, but they’re definitely in a few episodes. The premiere is very sexual... people that you wouldn’t expect to get it on are going to get it on. I think the fans will be pretty psyched.
Last question -- if you could sleep with any character in the "Superjail!" universe, besides the Mistress, who would it be and why?
Janine DiTullio: I have a big crush on Ash. But if it went anything like my real life, I’d probably have a 5 year insane relationship with Gary and Bird, then settle down with Cookie.
Christy Karacas: I’d probably have to let Alice fuck me, just because it would be the ultimate... Why go be all pussy about it? Yeah, I’d have to say Alice.
Keep your LGBT Adult Swim fix going with Huffington Post Gay Voice's interview with "The Venture Bros." co-creators Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick, and check out queer characters from "Superjail!" and other Adult Swim shows in the slideshow below.
Shore Leave ('The Venture Bros.')
Shore Leave was introduced to the 'Venture Bros.' universe, first as an Office of Secret Intelligence (OSI) agent, then as an ex-gay Christian superhero who had found religion after getting kicked out of the OSI on a "don't ask, don't tell" charge. Later, it was revealed that this ex-gay identity was just a front for his activities with renegade justice group SPHINX. In a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/09/the-venture-bros-talk-gay-characters_n_1659006.html?1342021172" target="_hplink">Huffington Post interview</a>, co-creator Doc Hammer described him as, "a very openly swishy queer proud guy. Who, kind of throws it in peoples' faces, because that's the kind of guy he is," to which co-creator Jackson Publick added, "And because he can kick ass to back it up." Watch Shore Leave out-shoot Sgt. Hatred <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySEPkQUIOVM" target="_hplink">here</a>.
The Alchemist ('The Venture Bros.')
One of the most down-to-earth characters in the show (not that there's much competition) is The Alchemist, who is one of the members of the Order of the Triad and has made his life's work to find the cure for AIDS. As opposed to the flamboyant Shore Leave, as co-creator Doc Hammer explained in an <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/09/the-venture-bros-talk-gay-characters_n_1659006.html?1342021172" target="_hplink">interview with the Huffington Post</a>, "The Alchemist is gay in the sense that it's just incidental, he rarely has gay jokes unless he's talking about sex with somebody."
Colonel Gentleman ('The Venture Bros.')
This aging ex-swinger and member of the original Team Venture (falsely) claims to have popularized a gay sex move called the "Rusty Venture" while "in P-Town with Tennessee Williams." Perhaps a bit senile -- keeping journals titled "Toys Colonel Gentleman Wishes He Had When He Was a Lad But They Weren't Invented Yet" and "Colonel Gentleman's Hollywood Actresses Who Need a Smack in the Mouth" -- Colonel Gentleman lives with his young Moroccan Houseboy, Kiki. For inspiration, co-creators <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/09/the-venture-bros-talk-gay-characters_n_1659006.html?1342021172" target="_hplink">Jackson Publick explains</a>, "We were doing Sean Connory as William S. Burroughs with a hint of Quentin Crisp," and that his philosophy toward sexuality is, "Why would you not fuck whatever you want? What's wrong with you?" There will be more Colonel Gentleman in the upcoming season which, Doc explains, will offer "this older gay angle that's really quite funny." See Colonel Gentleman weigh in on defining a "Rusty Venture" <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykEGtwJuZIs" target="_hplink">here</a>.
King Gorilla ('The Venture Bros.')
King Gorilla is a super-villain who is alluded to as gay and was put in prison for sodomizing a cast member while on VH1's "The Surreal Life." When he starts to make the moves on The Monarch while in prison, King Gorilla then backs off after deciding that the butterfly-themed villain was too feminine for his tastes. Watch King Gorilla come to The Monarch's rescue <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEdBravESMs" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Mile High ('The Venture Bros.')
With Shore Leave, Mile High went undercover as an ex-gay Christian superhero as a front for his involvement in SPHINX. Although Mile High claims his relationship with Shore Leave was also an act, the two had a lot of sex.
Dirtfoot ('Aqua Teen Hunger Force')
This Jersey Devil / Bigfoot hybrid is outed on "Inappropriate Mysteries of the Jersey Shore": "Many Witnesses claim him to be gay... the only known photo of him is at this gay pride parade... he's totally gay." Watch Dirtfood get outed <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GPFDbcqpHw" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Rupert ('Aqua Teen Hunger Force')
When Frylock tried to clone Jesus for the sake of helping Carl stop drinking, he ended up cloning Jesus's gay hairdresser, Rupert, by mistake.
Gangstalicious ('The Boondocks')
This rapper -- who (of course) is not based on any actual "gay-ass rappers," according to a disclaimer at the beginning of the episodes in which he appears -- is a closeted gay man who poses as a hardened killer and consistently denies claims about his homosexuality. Watch Gangstalicious's betrayed lover attempt to get revenge <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql04pyF8jjo" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Dr. Brian ('Children's Hospital')
Dr. Brian is a bisexual doctor at Children's, whose <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3hS6DmGtqM" target="_hplink">catchphrase is "Righteous."</a>
Dr. Cat Black ('Children's Hospital')
Dr. Cat Black has <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3U7pNwhJN4" target="_hplink">broken up</a> with many men and lusts after her female roommate, Dr. Lola Spratt.
Stephanie Putty ('Moral Orel')
Stephanie, the heavily-pierced voice of reason in the town of Moralton, faced difficulties being a lesbian in the conservative town. She was conceived from a tissue that contained Reverend Putty's sperm, and, as her father, the Reverend grows to accept her lesbianism. She is one of the warmest and most genuine people Orel encounters.
Coach Daniel Stopframe ('Moral Orel')
Orel's coach at school is a bisexual man who fawns over Orel's father and impregnates Orel's mother. Though he can be vain and selfish at times, Daniel proves to be somewhat of a warm father figure for Orel.
The Sheriff ('Squidbillies')
In "The Big Gay Throwdown" episode, the acting Sheriff is revealed to be gay and coincidentally has the "gay demons" exorcised out of him by the Reverend. Still, he decides to move to Stamford, Connecticut, with another man forcing the residents of the Appalachian Town to harvest a straight replacement sheriff from the clone farm.
The Bears ('Check it Out! With Dr. Steve Brule')
When looking for friends, Dr. Steve Brule befriends Steve, who takes him to the "club house" of the motorcycle gang called "The Bears." There was plenty of leather, but no girls allowed. Check out Steve's ill-fated visit to the bar <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKN58Dy01CE" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Professor Sanguinaire Polidori ('Mary Shelly's Frankenhole')
The openly gay, immortal friend and lab assistant to Dr. Victor Frankenstein is quiet, condescending and has a taste for poison. Though dark and eccentric, he is more down-to-earth than Victor, and acts as his (much-needed) conscience.
Shark ('12 oz. Mouse')
Working at an unemployment agency, the intimidating Shark often hires Mouse Fitzgerald to do various jobs. This doesn't mean Shark identifies as gay, or even bi, but in the second episode of the series he admitted to coming to care for "Fitz" in both a friendly and homoerotic sense: "I... I've come to care about you. A lot...not in that way... Well, yeah, in that way a little... Half and half...It doesn't matter. You'll be back." Watch a review of "12 oz. Mouse" <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agvmLKXpZyA" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Walter & Perry ('Home Movies')
These two high-pitched best friends may only be eight but the fact that they rarely leave each other's sides, hold hands, and wear matching clothes hints at a possible future same-sex love connection. See Walter and Perry embrace <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr0l6MiC8H8&feature=related" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Simon ('Frisky Dingo')
In his campaign for presidency, super-villain Killface gay-bashed during televised interviews. So, when his son Simon came out, it threw a wrench into Killface's bid for presidency. In a later episode, though Simon dated LARPing nerd Bobo, it's revealed that Simon was only pretending to be gay to ruin his father's campaign.
Valerie ('Frisky Dingo')
Killface's up-tight assistant frequently plots assassination attempts on Killface and Xander to exact revenge for her abuse. She eventually creates the Sisterhood of Chaos with Sinn and Antagone, and, to gain more power, seduces Sinn as a lesbian before killing her.
Ronnie ('Frisky Dingo')
Ronnie, the frequently pants-less member of the Xtacles, has a homoerotic fascination with Xander. With Xander tied up, Ronnie caresses him, holds up a blonde wig and says "Now, I will glue this to your head and then I make love to your face."
Bobo ('Frisky Dingo')
Bobo is one of the LARPing nerds and dated Simon, after being led into a blind date by a photoshopped picture.
Jean Baptiste Le Ghei ('Superjail!')
Jean, the Superjail prisoner and former gang-leader of the Purple Pythons, gets married to Paul in the second season. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/10/christy-karacas-superjail-janine-ditullio_n_1662124.html?1342019945" target="_hplink">According to series co-creator Christy Karacas</a>, compared with Jean's husband, "Jean is the bad boy, doesn't give a fuck, is more sloppy." See a clip from the "Gay Wedding" episode <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOkXQuhGKiM&feature=plcp" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Paul Guaye ('Superjail!')
Paul, the Superjail prisoner and former Double Rainbow gang-leader, gets married to Jean in the second season. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/10/christy-karacas-superjail-janine-ditullio_n_1662124.html?1342019945" target="_hplink">According to series co-creator Christy Karacas</a>, compared with Paul's husband, "Paul is the more feminine, intelligent one. He's more together." See a clip from the "Gay Wedding" episode <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOkXQuhGKiM&feature=plcp" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Alice is the tough, hulking guard of Superjail! She is transgender and is taking hormones with plans of getting a gender confirmation surgery. In a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/10/christy-karacas-superjail-janine-ditullio_n_1662124.html?1342019945" target="_hplink">Huffington Post interview</a> co-creator Christy Karacas said, "She's almost a teenage girl.. .deep down she wants to be this feminine woman. On the outside she's kind of rough around the edges. But it doesn't matter. It's what's on the inside, and that's how we treat her and play her." See Alice in action <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOkXQuhGKiM&feature=plcp" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Bruce is Alice's alter-ego, from the rival incarceration complex UlraPrison. Like Alice, he is transgender, except identifies as male, whereas Alice identifies as female. He is haughty and tries to outdo Alice whenever they meet. See Alice and Bruce clash <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3PlAeYfbHg&feature=player_embedded" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Gus Duncz ('Mission Hill')
A quiet, older gay man who owns a diner in Mission Hill and is married to Wally, the theater projectionist. "Mission Hill" won a <a href="http://www.glaad.org/" target="_hplink">GLAAD</a> award for the portrayal of a Gus and Wally's relationship. See a clip of their relationship <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsnDslXVG9o" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Wally Langford (Mission Hill)
An older, gay film-lover and projectionist at the Mission Hill theater who is married to Gus, the local diner owner. "Mission Hill" won a <a href="http://www.glaad.org/" target="_hplink">GLAAD</a> award for the portrayal of a Gus and Wally's relationship. See a clip of their relationship <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsnDslXVG9o" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Stewie ('Family Guy')
As this clip shows, it's frequently hinted at that Stewie, the scheming infant from "Family Guy," is gay.
Jasper ('Family Guy')
Brian's effeminate gay cousin -- seen here dancing to techno music -- gets married in "You May Now Kiss the... Uh... Guy Who Receives."
Jeffrey ('Family Guy')
Speaking in a long, drawn out voice with a lisp, it's frequently implied that the "gay guy who has, like, a thousand jobs" is in a domestic partnership with his room mate, Jeff.
Greg Corbin ('American Dad')
Greg and Terry are the Smith's neighbors as well as the Langley Falls local news co-anchors. Greg is a brown-haired republican and is referred to as the "power top" in the relationship.
Terry Bates ('American Dad')
Greg and Terry are the Smith's neighbors as well as the Langley Falls local news co-anchors. Terry is a blonde democrat and is referred to as the bottom in the relationship.
Terry Kimple ('The Cleveland Show')
Cleveland's old high school friend reveals that he is bisexual and ends up marrying his boyfriend Paul.
Bug Gribble ('King Of The Hill')
Bug is Dale's father who, due to his reluctance to tell his son of his sexuality, had been largely absent for much of Dale's life. In this scene, Bug finally comes out.