Mad: Does My Mom Know I'm Watching This?
KS: My career has always gone with the door that opened. I wasn't always sure where I was going. I never went to a door and thought, "That's definitely not something I'm interested in." If you look at my resume, it's all over the place in terms of comic books and TV and film and theater, because whatever was in front of me, I was like, "let me take a look at this."
That being said I got a job ages ago as the voice of Nickelodeon. I was the guy who was like — Coming up next it's SpongeBob! They asked me if I wanted to become a writer and I said yes. It's funny that animation has become a huge part of my career, but I wouldn't say I went out and sought it. I've always enjoyed it. I've always appreciated it. I'm amazed at what you can achieve with animation. But to be honest it was very serendipitous. The animation world has embraced me, and my career, and I can't complain.
RD: What is the difference between writing for TV versus games versus comics?
KS: No matter what I'm doing I'm seeing it through the eyes of myself as an audience member. If it's a TV show then I know where I'm going to be watching it and what it's going to look like and what format it's going to be in. If I'm reading a comic or if I'm doing a theater piece, it's the same way. So I always write, it doesn't matter the medium, as if it's something I would want to read or see.
RD: My last question is — how many times have people asked you where in the world in Carmen Sandiego?
KS: (laughs) Very frequently. For Halloween, here at Warner Bros., someone went as Carmen Sandiego so they had the running gag whenever she was around saying, "hey Kev, there she is."
That was a great show that I enjoyed doing. It's so funny how it stays with me and how people continually bring it up. It stays with people and I'm very happy about that.
Rick DeMott is the director of content for Animation World Network, VFXWorld and AWNtv. Additionally, he's the creator of the movie review site, Rick's Flicks Picks, which was named one of the 100 best movie blogs by The Daily Reviewer. He has written for TV series, such as Discovery Kids' Growing Up Creepie and Cartoon Network's Pet Alien, the animation history book Animation Art, and the humor, absurdist and surrealist website Unloosen. Previously, he held various production and management positions in the entertainment industry.