All Things Considered Interview - 8 May 2005

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Anyone wishing to transcribe this interview segment from "All Things Considered," along with the accompanying article, is available here:


(WOMAN): There are lots of nasty characters lurking in the shadowy corners of the World Wide Web. But none quite as bad as Strong Bad.

STRONG BAD: Greetings, party people in the place to be! I am called Strong Bad! Hand over all your moneys in a paper and/or plastic bag!

(WOMAN): You can see Strong Bad's exploits every week online at NPR's John Ydstie spoke to the site's creators, brothers Matt and Mike Chapman, and has this report.

STRONG BAD: Like I said, I'm Strong Bad. I've been described as cool, awesome, hot, video games, the hottest, and real real hot.

JOHN YDSTIE: He may be cool, but it becomes obvious right away that Strong Bad is not as tough as he thinks. Especially when you get a good look at him. He does have a scary Mexican wrestler's mask, and glowing green eyes, he wears boxing gloves all the time, but his round, shirtless torso and his skinny arms and legs are anything but threatening. Strong Bad, and a collection of dorky but somehow endearing characters, live in the simple, one-dimensional Flash animation landscapes of Freedom Country USA. There's Homestar Runner, the slightly dim high school jock.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, hello. Greetings, one and everyone. Welcome to me... Homestar... Runner...

JOHN YDSTIE: And there's Marzipan, Homestar's earnest, vegetarian girlfriend.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey stupid, I brought you this stuff! Oh, I mean, I brought you this veggie burger.

MARZIPAN: Oh, thanks, Homestar! Oh! He's just adorable!

JOHN YDSTIE: This quirky cartoon universe, visited by a million people each month, is created by the brothers Mike and Matt Chapman, in the family basement.


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