Really, it was always just a matter of time before these two great products of the 1980s, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen and Hasbro’s My Little Pony, met. Even if it is The Hub’s strange new My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic cartoon — seriously, that’s the name — mashed up with Zack Snyder’s 2009 comic-book adaptation. “From the visionary director of 300 Ponies,” it’s … Ponymen. Stay gold, Ponymen. Stay gold.
(via Colleen Doran)
The second season of The Variants, the humorous web series set at Zeus Comics in Dallas, kicks off today. It picks up with what the employees have been doing since the store was seized by the IRS at the end of last season.
“Oh the places our crew will go to make a buck,” said Chris Williams of Zeus Comics. “Our story continues after the shop closes, the crew have to make their own way in the world — to varying degrees of success. Keli’s peddling comics to little girls, Richard manning a bath house, and Barry waiting tables at ‘The Vertical Smile.’ I know, it’s hammy for sure!”
The first season of The Variants will be released on DVD later this month.
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, or TCAF, is coming up May 7-8, and to promote it some friends of the organizers have created this nifty video featuring many of Toronto’s talented comics folks — Chester Brown, Michael Comeau, Steve Charles Manale, Vicki Nerino, Michael Cho, Michael DeForge, Seth, Fiona Smyth and Britt Wilson.
While in the Bay Area a few weeks ago for WonderCon, Paul Levitz, former DC president and publisher and current Legion of Super-Heroes writer, headed down the peninsula to speak at Google’s offices in Mountain View as a part of their Authors@Google speaker series. It’s a lengthy video, but well worth the time to check it out.
(Hat tip: Tom Galloway)
Kevin already posted this at our sister blog, Spinoff, but I figure it’s worth sharing in case anyone missed it there:
As if Portland, Ore. needed any more help in becoming comic-friendly, apparently their mayor is also a superhero. Mayor Sam Adams appeared at the recent Stumptown Comics Fest in full cosplay, dressed as SamDroid, a character designed by Manny McIvor as part of a competition held by the Alter Egos Society. The above video, courtesy of Things From Another World, includes interviews with the mayor, McIvor and Alter Egos Society founder Benja Barker.
Here’s another one that came out of San Francisco’s Noise Pop event last month — Courtney Crumrin creator Ted Naifeh and indie musicians This Can’t End Well did a live performance of Naifeh’s Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things.
“Performed before a truly packed house for San Francisco’s beloved indie music festival, Noise Pop, and truly a shining moment for the first-ever Noise Pop Culture Club,” said Isotope Comics owner James Sime on the store’s blog. “I think you will all really enjoy watching it and seeing what Ted and his merry band of fabulous musicians, actors and sound effectians brought to wow us with.”
In a video by Chris Sparks, Famed Disney “Duck” artist Don Rosa explains his eyesight and how it affects his ability to draw, after surgery for retinal detachment wasn’t completely successful. Very interesting and somewhat inspiring, especially after watching other videos of Rosa in action.
I can think of few better ways to start off the morning than with this beautifully filmed and delightfully over-the-top parody fan trailer for Riverdale, a “gritty” remake of the ageless Archie Comics franchise.
Directed by Andrew de Villiers and written by Michael Cope and Rhys Finnick, the trailer was created with the help of about 100 Craigslist volunteers from the Vancouver film industry: “We produced this and the 10 other comedic videos on a budget of $3, 500 over a weekend. The Craigslist inspired and random nature of this production brought the director and his girlfriend together. It also united the executive producer’s wife with her long lost friend/boyfriend when she recognized him playing the character of Moose.”
It’s a terrific parody that heaps on amounts of melodrama usually reserved for a Lifetime Original Movie (alas, Nancy McKeon is nowhere to be seen). Watch Riverdale after the break.
Patrick Boivin, the filmmaker behind last spring’s Internet sensation “Iron Baby,” is back, this time with an incredible stop-motion short called “Black Widow Gone Wild” that asks the age-old question “What if Black Widow were War Machine?” Also, “What’s the quickest way to stop a Michael Jackson doll from dancing?” and “Should you tug on Superman’s cape?”
Last month we mentioned MAC Cosmetics’ Wonder Woman collection — Themyscira mascara! Obey Me nail polish! — which is being marketed with stunning art by Michael Allred. Now, just in time for today’s line launch, MAC has debuted a trailer/motion comic — featuring even more Michael Allred art.
To highlight the New Chicago Comics exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, NBC Chicago ran the above segment, which features creators Jeffrey Brown and Paul Hornschemeier talking about their work. The exhibit features their work, as well as that of Lilli Carré and Anders Nilsen.
Several new trailers for video games debuted during the Spike Video Game Awards last night, including Batman: Arkham City (above) and Thor: God of Thunder. The Batman one in particular is interesting, as it reveals not only the villainous Hugo Strange, but also a piece of knowledge that he has about the Caped Crusader. Maybe he went to the Batman Inc. press conference and put two and two together.
In terms of last night’s winners, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game took the best adapted video game category, beating out Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and games featuring Harry Potter, Star Wars and Transformers. But Spider-Man didn’t go home empty-handed, as the voice talents of awards host Neil Patrick Harris won best performance by a human male for his work in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. You can find the list of winners on Spike’s VGA site.
On last night’s show, talk show host Conan O’Brien visited his neighbors at Warner Bros. Animation and chatted with Creative Director Peter Girardi about various DC Comics characters, including “cowboy dandy” Bat Lash, Ultra the Multi-Alien and Captain Boomerang. He then worked with legendary animator Bruce Timm to create his own alter ego, The Flaming C. Check it out below: