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Adult Swim Koans

May 25th, 2005 · 11 Comments


The interstitial images, or “bumps” on Cartoon Network’s late-night Adult Swim bloc are often more interesting than the shows themselves. I found the one above inexplicably disturbing and poignant: It shows a deer with its eyes gouged out beside the text “When did you stop remembering?”

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  • 1 Eric D. Dixon // May 29, 2005 at 3:37 am

    Those bumps are done by my cousin Jake, incidentally.


    Here’s some more of his art:


  • 2 Eric D. Dixon // May 29, 2005 at 3:41 am

    Oh, also — Jake and his daughter Olivia both appeared in an Adult Swim promo that paid tribute to The Shining. Jake is the bearded dude on the left:


  • 3 Eric D. Dixon // May 29, 2005 at 3:42 am

    Actually, he’s the bearded dude on the right. It’s late. I’m sleepy. Sorry.

  • 4 Eric D. Dixon // May 30, 2005 at 5:49 am

    A slight correction: I just asked Jake, and it turns out that “When did you stop remembering?” bump was done by Nick Weidenfeld, instead. Nick is Adult Swim’s director of program development, and plays the bearded dude on the left in that Shining-like promo…

  • 5 Brian Moore // May 31, 2005 at 4:34 pm

    Wow, Eric, that’s very cool.

    We’ve always thought that particular promo was pretty creepy, tell him “good work.”

  • 6 Ned Andrews // Jun 5, 2005 at 11:55 pm

    I am featured on a recent Cartoon Network “bump.” Anyone know where I can download an electronic version (BumpWorthy.com doesn’t have it yet) or whom at [adult swim] I should ask?


    P.S. The bump is the one that features the track “Hazienda” and a very inaccurate, from-memory transcript of the tune.

  • 7 daventurebro // Jun 16, 2005 at 12:31 am

    wow so is Jake Tao Te Swim on the AS boards? And I also own a bump related site go here http://www.bumptunes.tk

  • 8 Jenni // Jul 6, 2005 at 12:16 am

    I’d also love to get the “Hazienda” track. It’s excellent!!

  • 9 Bill // Jul 9, 2005 at 10:19 am

    I’ve also been fascinated by the bump images, and noticed that some, such as the “full of religion” and (I think) the “not for you” bumps, are oblique references to Adult Swim shows. I suspect the same is true of the “When did you stop remembering” bump, and if so I would really like to know which show it came from.

    And yeah, that particular bump is awesome.

  • 10 Adam Strange // Jul 22, 2005 at 1:19 am

    I was moved to find this site by the station bump, “When did you stop remembering?” which I saw while watching my favorite cartoon comedy show: The Venture Brothers. If it may please the court, I would love to know where the music for that bump came from. Anyone… ? …Thanks.

  • 11 Taxi Dirver // Apr 20, 2006 at 1:24 am

    I’m trying to find that kick ass techno tune that plays during the preview for Eureka Seven. Can anyone help me out?