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What kind of KPBS Comic-Con blog would this be if we didn't check out PBS' big showing?

Growing up a fan of NPR's long-running and hugely popular Car Talk , I made it a point to show up a full hour early to the As the Wrench Turns panel, the new animated series based on Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers.

As the Wrench Turns swag

The hottest swag item at the Con: the As the Wrench Turns car air freshner. Oh yeah!

The only person ahead of me in line was Tess Babcock, 25, of Reseda, also a Car Talk loyalist. She got there even earlier (7:30am!) thanks to a volunteer badge. "I listen to Car Talk every morning during my commute. I haven't even seen the cartoon yet, so I'm here to check it out," she said.

If Tess was expecting the same fast-paced ribbing between the brothers (real names: Tom and Ray Maggliozzi) and the interaction with auto-tormented callers in an animated form, I didn't want to be the one to break it to her.

Jessica McLennan from San Jose, CA
July 25, 2008 at 01:46 AM
Click and clack were always on the car radio when driving with my dad growing up. I never knew what they looked like so its awesome to finally see their faces! (even if its only their cartoon) I can't believe they made them wait in line! :) Hopefully next year they will come in the flesh to greet all of their adoring fans like you and Tess.

Brian Bello from San Diego
July 25, 2008 at 01:58 AM
I've never heard the Click & Clack talk show, but it sounds like it's right up my alley! I'll definitely check it (and the cartoon) out!

Michele Enger from Brentwood, CA
July 25, 2008 at 02:21 AM
Aaaaah... the Click and Clack brothers - made for some humorous times on the road with my adoring husband - a true fan of Click and Clack! Long road trips just would not be the same without their endearing car advice roaring through the radio waves. Will definately inform my husband of the cartoon version. Car Talk Rules!!! Great article!!!!

Zach from Barstow, CA
July 25, 2008 at 10:20 PM
I was there and this panel kicked the whole con off to a great start! The outsourcing cartoon looks funny and it couldn't be more appropriate to what's happening to the economy.

Helen Jen
July 25, 2008 at 11:47 PM
Hi Kelli, Thanks so much for coming to the panel and writing such nice things about the show- you're right- Al Gore descending down from the ceiling a la Angels in America was definitely one of my fave moments in the series too. :) Enjoy your SWAG!!!!!! :) Helen

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