Christopher Stoll has just entirely stolen my heart with this image:
That’s Disney’s Pocahontas as Captain America, if you needed the nudge. I would absolutely read this comic/watch this movie/play this video game/drunkenly buy this lego figure on ebay.
Click through below and you’ll see Mulan and Snow White, and a few others. It’s also worth going into each image and reading his imagined description of each character.
This is my favorite Kickstarter ever. It’s going to end in 48 hours and I need it to reach its goal.
Three guys, all of whom are charmingly terrible on camera, are trying to produce six mini comics.
The name Mini Comics Included refers to the old-school marketing ploy of including a mini comic in an action figure’s packaging. There’s an example of that in their video.
Fans of Community will remember the Kickpuncher mini comic that was included in the Season One DVD. Here’s a link of Dan Harmon talking about the mini comic. So if you’re a Community fan, you’re probably a mini comic fan already.
Ridiculous, pun-heavy, nostalgia-fueled joylets—or mini comics for short—featuring Prime-8s drawn by Ryan Browne, whose Gods Hate Astronauts recently funded successfully, and Literary Commandos which features a character names Marksman Twain. Not too long ago, Wil and I came up with a bunch of pun-based superheroes and one of our best was Karl MarXman, so I’m already a huge fan of Marskman Twain. In fact, I’d like to see a version of Enemy At The Gates featuring Ed Harris as Marksman Twain and Jude Law as Karl MarXman, but not even Kickstarter could make that happen.
(maybe if we did Veronica Marksman…)
Mini Comics Included, by Mike Moreci and the Brothers Seeley. Jump on it.
The best part? For $15 you get all six mini comics! That’s a no-brainer.
Okay, now that you’re all backing this project and telling your grandmothers to back this project, let’s move on to the question that’s been bothering everybody since the beginning of the Internet:
When is there going to be a Kickpuncher Kickstarter?
It’s hard to come up with an original title for a story 24 hours old.
Disney bought Lucasfilm. There are so many reactions to this that within minutes of word hitting the Internet, the traffic made hurricane Sandy seem like a Spring shower. The funniest reaction I came across was easily, “Disney is going to merchandise Star Wars like crazy. It’s going to ruin it!” I really hope that was in jest. Yes, merchandising is a big Disney practice, which is why we have Cars 2 and Monsters University and not Incredibles 2 WHICH EVERYONE WANTS. However, if I were Disney looking at Lucasfilm for purchase, I would say $4 billion of the $4.05 billion price tag was the Star Wars property and its merchandising behemoth that has been around since the first crawl.
If you grew up in the 70s and 80s, chances are good that you were a fan of Star Wars. I didn’t mind the first re-release, I thought some of the additions were pretty cool. They weren’t obnoxious and helped create that other-worldly feel. Then Phantom Menace came out. Other than Darth Maul and Liam Neeson, I can’t find anything redeemable about that film. From that point on it was pretty clear Lucas had lost it long ago.
Disney announced yesterday that the sequels that were talked of when the prequels were announced are finally being made with the first slated for release in 2015. There was mention of films coming out every 1-3 years, depending on the source, after that, but I can’t tell if that meant films 7-9 in the series or more to come once those are in the can. There is more than enough Star Wars lore to make more films with sources coming from books and comics. (Personally, I want to see Luke wrestle with the Dark Side, but I hear it’ll be about Han and Leia’s kids.) The best bit of news, as far as the films are concerned, is that Lucas won’t write or direct them. Even Star Wars fans that became estranged from the franchise due to the prequels should be cheering about that. Yeah, he’ll be around as consultant, but that’s just a title. Everyone is anxious to hear who takes the helm of this juggernaut, but hopefully whoever made the brilliant move to bring in Joss Whedon to direct The Avengers is pulling the strings on that one (unless that was Marvel’s call, then there’s reason to panic).
There has been buzz about a live-action television show for the past few years and Disney certainly has the power to bring that to reality. They have a series based on S.H.I.E.L.D from The Avengers franchise coming down the pipeline. I’m not sure what the plans were for the animated Clone Wars series, but I’m sure whatever ties Cartoon Network has to it can be bought up so Disney can air it on their Disney XD station along with their Marvel animated series.
Dark Horse Comics may be getting screwed the most in this deal. They’ve had a great relationship with Star Wars for over 20 years now and Disney’s pet Marvel could throw an adamantium wrench in the works. It’s hard to say what will happen at this point. I have problems with Marvel Comics anyway, so I’m pulling for Dark Horse in this.*
Overall, this is a big plus for Star Wars and other Lucas properties (keep crystal skulls away). Disney has had a long-standing relationship with Star Wars in their theme parks and due to a few uber fans I follow on Twitter, I know just enough about Star Wars Weekends to be able to include them in this. Worst case scenario, Disney decides to take the most annoying ride in existence, It’s a Small World, and replicate it as an Ewok themed “Yub Nub” abomination.
Quite often very little changes when a company buys another. It allows one to add the other to their net value, or they take a loss and get a tax break. Is it disturbing that Disney has it’s fingers in so many pies in the entertainment industry and is one of a handful of corporations that control all media in this country? Fuck yes. But, I’m going to let someone more knowledgeable tackle that. One day, a millennium from now, Lucasfilm may have no value whatsoever and Disney decides to kill it off. But who cares? We’ll all be dead anyway.
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I’ve stared at this for over 30 minutes now and I keep finding new things. Troy and Abed, Flight of the Conchords, the Three Amigos, the Duck Hunt dog, Ace Ventura, Tobias Funke, crazy Ron Swanson petting Lil Sebastian, Cyclops making eyes at Leela, Pac-Man chasing Casper and Space Ghost, all of the different Joker cosplays, He-Man singing in front of the rainbows, Deadpool chasing the magikarp, Sean Astin as Samwise Gamgee holding hands with Slaw, the Game of Thrones game, the QWOP sprinter (which counts as a Red Shirt), the Kramer painting!… there are too many wonderful things here.
He wins major points from Dog Mic for including the Jurassic Park/Dennis Nedry bit.
Just look at this clip, he’s got the poofy shirt, the Kramer painting, the Elaine dance, and naked Costanza, plus, Shaun with red on his shirt, Dennis Nedry being spit in the face by a Left 4 Dead spitter, Stephen Colbert, the Duck Hunt dog, and the Prince of the Cosmos.
Here are his comments so far from the Reddit page.
I planned out the booths first and the jokes i wanted to for them. That was followed by adding in characters that would go with the booth. Then common areas I filled in with groups of characters that didn’t need to be in booths. And then finally putting in characters I didn’t really have a joke for to fill up the rest of the space.
For the booths I used a Photoshop smart object which also included the characters that are within the booth. Characters not in booths I had them as groups of layers. There are A LOT of layers in the final PSD.
Dude, it’s so fucking awesome that you and everyone else are picking up these details. When I was close to finishing it I showed some friends and probably because it wasn’t their thing, they just didn’t spend much time looking at it as I had hoped. So to hear you guys enjoying it gives my smile a huge erection.
The ancient nerd-forum topic of which actors should play our favorite heroes seems to be re-energized now that Christopher Nolan’ s Batman series has wrapped up.
His producer credit on Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, and the Nightwing/Robin/Batman Jr tease of The Dark Knight Rises, and the success of the laboriously hyped Avengers movie has convinced fanboys that a Justice League movie could finally happen.
Let me tell you: I have many thoughts on this subject.
Spoiler Warning: I think they should make an Alex Ross style old-man Superman movie and my casting selections are down below this wall of text arguing in favor of it.
In my moderately-informed opinion, the easiest way to distinguish DC Comics (redundant!) and Marvel Comics from each other is similar to the way Bernardo Bertolucci once qualified Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. He said you love Buster when you are younger, and you grow to prefer Charlie when you are older. (This came from an interview in Premiere magazine I read when he was releasing The Dreamers. I cannot find the interview online.)
I doubt I will ever love Charlie Chaplin nearly as much as I love Buster Keaton, but there’s an extremely apt bit of logic defending Berno Berto: Buster’s career was cut short, sold-out by his wife, and drowned in booze. Chaplin survived to make an older man’s movies, the 3-reelers of political merit. Modern Times and The Great Dictator are pictures that have no comparison in the oeuvre of Buster Keaton.
So I will steal Bertolucci’s frame: Marvel Comics are for young boys (Keatonesque) and DC Comics are for the boys who’ve grown up (Chaplinesque). Marvel’s stories focus on teenagers struggling with their powers as an analogue to puberty, and in so doing Peter Parker is cast as Buster Keaton, who simply does not have the opportunity to have stories to compare with A Death in the Family, The Killing Joke, and Crisis on Infinite Earths. Peter’s interminably young. Bruce is only young for a moment in time and then he is interminably not young.
See if you agree with my logic.
sidebar: it’s difficult to find a single image that defines the origin of Marvel characters. Peter Parker stands out as the only easily-illustrated origin.
Since I cannot find images, I’ll just break it down for you Marvel-style. Peter Parker was a high school student when he had his run-in with radioactivity. The X-mutation takes hold during puberty. Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner are characters that were full grown men before the incident that spawned their heroic careers. Thor is a god (boring).
The events that shaped Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne happened to them when they were very young and entirely defenseless.
Clark and Bruce have built their life around a response to something that happened before they could do anything, they’ve lived singular lives, much like the gods and aliens that fill out the Justice Society*. It almost doesn’t matter when they were born or when they are active. (In the Marvel universe, Thor and Wolverine fit this mold; one because he’s a god, the other because he’s a serial amnesiac.)
In short, the Marvel character arc can be summarized as “adapting to change” whereas the DC character arc can be summarized as “building to a purpose.” Too simplistic? Maybe.
The problem Marvel has with longevity is that the nuanced characters lose their narrative drive once they have adapted to the change. Bruce Wayne can brood for decades about the murder of his parents, but you expect more out of Peter Parker. Please, let me know if you disagree.
I cite Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men: the story belongs to Kitty Pryde, the rest were just given things to keep them busy. I love that series, but I do not want to keep seeing books about Wolverine and Beast fighting super-duper-aliens and mind-control.
Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, and Aquaman don’t change. And that allows them to apply their talents/ideologies to many different eras. Marvel characters do change and that makes them 1) better characters and 2) worse products.
Even though I greatly prefer the nuanced characters of the Marvel universe, I’m less inclined to read redundant Marvel stories. DC has mastered redundancy as a business model.
All of this is to say: I don’t care about young Bruce, I don’t care about young Clark. They are personifications of values, not human characters. It makes them timeless and perhaps a little boring.
The world culture is now so self-aware, their simplistic values and old-world codes of honor don’t fit with the young man’s struggle to carve out his niche in his own generation. I’d like to see Batman and Superman cast as the older generation. Still tough, still brilliant, but with the wisdom of a collective consciousness, something that can only be earned together over time and after long reflection.
Let the Dog Mic forum commence. Here are my picks for casting with the actors’ current ages.
In the inimitable words (and caps) of Alan Moore: THE BATMAN IS BIG AND GRIM AND OLDER THAN WE ARE, BECAUSE AS I REMEMBER THE BATMAN HE’S ALWAYS BEEN BIGGER AND OLDER THAN I AM AND I’LL FIGHT ANY MAN THAT SAYS DIFFERENT.
*Arrow and Lantern and Flash were also full grown men when they became superheroes but they are the most vague characters in the DC universe. That is to say, there are four (4) Green Lanterns (plus an entire intergalactic GL Corps), there have been three (3) major Flashes, and I honestly cannot figure out where they hell Green Arrow came from or why he does what he does. One thing that stands out is that I never think of any of them as young men.
Aaron Diaz of Dresden Codak decided to create another of his famous reboots.
Here’s the premise:
I wanted to make an X-Men reboot that plays to the strength of the concepts, namely growing up as a teenager, dealing with those who are different and how to deal with those who hate you. The primary change in my setting is that the mutations have a clear sci-fi foundation rather than just being random superpowers. Mutants being “the next stage in human evolution” was biologically dubious in the 60s, and now it’s just corny. Additionally, I think the X-Men premise only really makes sense in a setting without other superheroes. With that in mind, here’s my pitch…
Love him or not, this is a good speech.