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Although it may be difficult to imagine modern television classics like Breaking Bad and sadly short-lived Freaks and Geeks could be improved upon, PistolShrimps proves the adage true once more: Everything is better with Batman.
In the new video “Breaking Bat,” a petulant, needy and slightly dimwitted Dark Knight is inserted into scenes from Friends, Two and a Half Men, America’s Next Top Model and the aforementioned Breaking Bad and Freaks and Geeks, bringing with him barely contained rage, part of a knock-knock joke and more than a few F-bombs.
High Moon artist Steve Ellis, who last year drew the comic prequel to AMC’s Revolutionary War thriller Turn, was called back to the stand for a tie-in to the cable channel’s Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul.
Although the TV series, which premieres on Sunday, is set before the events of the acclaimed crime drama, the new online comic, Better Call Saul: Client Development, actually spins out of the Season 2 episode of Breaking Bad that introduced Saul Goodman, the shady attorney played by Bob Odenkirk.
In late 2012, Edison Rex artist Dennis Culver delighted The Wire fans with his illustration gallery of 52 characters in one giant poster. Now Culver has done it again, but this time with 58 Breaking Bad characters in one poster that celebrates the acclaimed Vince Gilligan drama.
The 24-inch by 36-inch poster is available for preorder, and will begin shipping on Nov. 10.
The Epic Rap Battles of History YouTube Channel (Warning: Not safe for work due to language!) has had quite a few incredible fictitious match-ups over the years, including Batman vs. Sherlock Holmes, Doc Brown vs. Doctor Who and Master Chief vs. Leonidas (all also NSFW). However, it’s likely none comes close to the most recent production: a rap battle between The Walking Dead‘s Rick Grimes and Breaking Bad‘s Walter White.
Appearing through Feb. 9 at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California, “Little Golden Tales” features the classic children’s books reimagined by an impressive roster of artists. The result, in the words of the exhibit’s description, is “a delightful body of work certain to charm your inner child.”
It includes Breaking Bad depicted by Maxime Mary as a heartwarming chemistry lesson, The Lord of the Rings reinterpreted by Eren Blanquet Unten as an adorable “Middle-earth Book,” the ideal read for little Whovians everywhere, Loren’s The Little Doctor.
More pieces can be found at on the Nucleus website.
The glorious finale of Breaking Bad on Sunday also means an end to the beautiful posters Francesco Francavilla creates following the broadcast of each of the episodes (we’ve featured them a couple of times on ROBOT 6, most recently just last week). With his final entry, the artist includes a clever callback to his poster for the pilot, providing beautiful visual bookends.
While Francavilla may have completed his Breaking Bad series, he’s begun creating posters for each of the episodes of Fox’s new supernatural mystery Sleepy Hollow. OK, that show isn’t in the same league as Vince Gilligan’s grand creation, but Francavilla’s posters for it are something to see.
With only five days to go before the Breaking Bad series finale, there’s a lot of spillover between the beloved, critically acclaimed series and the comic book world — including a Vulture essayby Lost co-creator and Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer Damon Lindelof that makes the seemingly unlikely comparison between DC Comics icon Batman and morally-questionable-at-best Breaking Bad lead character Walter White, as played by Bryan Cranston in multiple Emmy-winning seasons.
The thrust of Lindelof’s argument is simple: Much like the way in which Batman is frequently considered the character’s true persona and billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne is the facade, Walt’s meth kingpin alias, Heisenberg, is who he always truly was. To illustrate his thesis, Lindelof points to the period of the show where (Breaking Bad spoiler follows) Walt’s cancer was in remission as evidence.
This is the equivalent of Bruce Wayne’s parents suddenly reappearing to him and saying, “We had to fake our deaths when you were a kid and we’ve been in witness protection all this time, and we’re so sorry, but the guy who shot us was actually an FBI agent helping us and he wasn’t even a criminal and we love you, so can we have our pearls back and NOW YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE BATMAN ANYMORE!!!”
But would Bruce stop being Batman?
No. He would not. Because he is Batman.
This isn’t the first time the worlds of Breaking Bad and Batman have collided — artist Jeff Matsuda drew a well-circulated sketch of Walt as Batman and Jesse as Robin in 2011, and last month Cranston was the subject of unconfirmed reports that he might be playing Lex Luthor in 2015’s live-action Batman/Superman film.
In this piece from Monday on Francesco Francavilla’s poster designs for Breaking Bad‘s final episodes, I noted how many comic creators are drawing sketches of Walter White. One name I forgot to mention was famed “good girl” artist J. Scott Campbell, who posted these images last week on Instagram and his DeviantArt account.
Against type, he’s stuck to drawing the gnarled male leads from the acclaimed drama, although there’s unfortunately no take on the great Saul Goodman. That naturally leaves me pondering an alternate reality in which Campbell has drawn cheesecake versions of Skyler, Maria, Lydia, etc. Maybe that could be the theme of his 2015 calendar: “The Long-Suffering Women of Breaking Bad.” That would make perfect sense, tonally. Stop looking at me like that. Continue Reading »
A quick survey of social media sites reveals comics creators to be as obsessed with this last tranche of episodes of Breaking Bad as everyone else is. Numerous artists have been posting drawings of Walter White of late (such as Ben Templesmith, Matt Timson, Dan Berry and PJ Holden), but Francesco Francavilla has been going especially above and beyond, creating individual poster designs for each new episode shortly after it airs. He’s been posting them to his Tumblr, which seems to have superseded his previous blog, where you can see the similar project he set himself, to create posters for all of season seven of Doctor Who.
Those newfangled social networks have been heaving with all manner of Breaking Bad-related nonsense over the past few days, and I’ve been trying to avoid all of it, for fear of spoilers. I did, however, come across this in my RSS feed and chuckle. It’s by mash-up king PJ McQuade (we’ve featured his Wolverine/Quint and his Walking Dead/Star Wars pieces recently), and it is so tonally pitch-perfect that I had to share it — my qualms that it’s maybe not really comics-related faded as I remembered that Star Wars has existed as a comic for essentially as long as it has as a movie franchise. So there.
Anyway, ladies and gentlemen: Darth Heisenberg. He’s available as a print (and as a vinyl sticker) from McQuade’s Etsy shop.
With AMC’s Breaking Bad returning Sunday with the first of its final eight episodes, it seems only right that we spotlight Cinefix’s “Heisenberg & Pink Man,” which reimagines the hit drama through the lens of Filmation’s 1960s Batman cartoons.
While the voice of Heisenberg walks a line between that of Bryan Cranston and Olan Soule (more the former than the latter), Pink Man’s sort of goes off in its own direction. But, hey, ’60s-style animated versions of Gus Fring, Jane Margolis, Saul Goodman and Gale Boetticher!
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Having recently begun watching Breaking Bad, artist Francesco Francavilla was inspired to create minimalist posters for each episode of the acclaimed AMC drama, “time permitting.” So far he’s tackled the first four episodes, leaving just 42 more — and counting! — to go. You can see two of his posters below; visit Francavilla’s blog to see more.
Breaking Bad returns for its 16-episode final season (alas, split into two parts) on July 15.
A new season of AMC’s Breaking Bad starts this Sunday, and to help promote it AMC has posted a new “choose your own adventure”-style game/webcomic thing to their site, starring the character Jesse Pinkman and drawn by High Moon and Winter Guard artist Steve Ellis. So even if you aren’t into the show, it’s really nice to look at.