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[Editor’s note: Each Sunday, Robot 6 contributors discuss the best in comics from the last seven days — from news and announcements to a great comic that came out to something cool creators or fans have done.]
Mash-up parody movie trailer may be one of my biggest guilty pleasures. Back in the day when it was novel, I loved watching videos of Mary Poppins as a horror movie or the 1966 Batman movie as a modern day action extravanganza. I learned to appreciate parody trailers thanks to Jim Emerson, a blogger at RogerEbert.com, who once cited the “Shining” parody trailer (which turned the psychological horror film into a sappy family movie) as an example of the fine art of film editing. The whole movie parody trailer craze may have fallen in and out of favor with the fickle whims of the internet audience, but I personally have never stopped loving them.
When Bruce Wayne was searching for a symbol to strike fear into the hearts of criminals, he decided that, “Yes, father, I shall become a bat.” When Blake Wilson was searching for a gift for a child’s birthday, he discovered a Batman mask in the toy aisle and decided … he would become BatDad.
That twist of fate, a mere three weeks ago, has both entertained and annoyed his wife and children (honestly, judging from a couple of the Vine videos, Jen doesn’t look too amused), and transformed BatDad into a bit of an Internet sensation. You see, Blake shoots video of himself wearing the mask as he, with a Christian Bale-like growl, shouts things like “Where is she?” at his young son, “Jen! Make sure you wash my pajamas!” at his startled wife, and “Wake up! It’s time for breakfast!” at his sleeping daughter.
Yeah, raspy-voiced BatDad shouts a lot, which may eventually put his jumpy family on a path toward Arkham Asylum. See some of the videos below, and more of them here.
Madelyne Pryor, the Jean Grey lookalike introduced in Uncanny X-Men #168, was put through the ringer by writers over the years, as she went from being Scott Summers’ wife and Cable’s mother to a clone of Jean Grey and eventually a supervillain. You’ve gotta love any Wikipedia entry that comes with the caveat, “Madelyne’s biography has been rendered particularly complicated because of the many retcons involved in the publication history of both her character and that of Jean Grey.”
But that wasn’t always the plan for the character, as legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont notes in the video below. The footage is from an interview conducted for the upcoming documentary Comics in Focus: Chris Claremont’s X-Men. Filmmakers were able to reunite Claremont, writer Louise Simonson and editor Ann Nocenti for a discussion of their time working on the X-franchise.
Chef, author, television host and now comic writer Anthony Bourdain appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last week and promoted the upcoming release of his Vertigo graphic novel Get Jiro!, which comes out later this month.
Co-written by Joel Rose, with art by Langdon Foss and colors by Jose Villarrubia, the story is set in a Los Angeles where “master chefs rule the town like crime lords and people literally kill for a seat at the best restaurants.” Two different factions want to recruit sushi chef Jiro, who’s known to “decapitate patrons who dare request a California Roll,” but Jiro has other ideas.
Check out the video below.
“We’ve done as much as we can out of pocket,” said series co-creator and writer Ken Lowery in a press release. “But to move forward and give this show the production values it needs, we’re going to need a little help.” Lowery and his crew are offering numerous rewards for contributing to the site, including DVDs, T-shirts, artwork and even a walk-on role during season three. If they raise more than the $8,000 they’re asking for, they plan to expand the number of episodes for the season.
The Kickstarter page also notes the addition of two new cast members, Curt Franklin and Chris Haley, of Let’s Be Friends Again fame. The duo appeared in the last episode of season two as a wealthy investor and his attorney looking to expand Zeus into a national franchise.
How about a birthday visit from Captain America, where he unmasks to reveal he’s really your dad, just home from Afghanistan? This is a tearjerker, folks …
As the “Shit _____ Say” juggernaut steams ahead unabated, it should come as no surprise that comic-book fandom — specifically, superhero fandom — gets a turn at the meme. Courtesy of Jawiin, we present the funny and well-produced “Shit Comic Book Nerds Say.”
Never let it be said that Dash Shaw isn’t an artist who follows his bliss. The video above represents the fourth time Shaw has drawn a faithful adaptation of a segment from the kind of gross reality show Blind Date, in which more or less attractive young people are brought together to do something “fun” and either get along terribly or end the evening swapping spit or, y’know, whatever. The amusing part of doing this as a video is that you can hear the original audio the whole time, and trust me, the sound is worth the price of admission alone toward the end there. How does the date go? Let Shaw show you!
Kagan McLeod‘s Infinite Kung Fu collection arrives from Top Shelf at the San Diego Comic Con next week, and to promote it Top Shelf has tipped us off to this fun little trailer that Kagan and his brother Sean put together. Take a gander, and if you like it, you can read the first 250 pages of the book over on Top Shelf’s website.
Although he’s constantly at work, every new bit of Paul Pope art that’s released is like catnip for a certain section of comic fans — including me.
So it comes with particular delight to not only receive news that the artist is doing a new fine art print for CBLDF, but that he did a process video showing how it was made as well as talking about why he’s doing it for CBLDF. Here’s the video:
SPOILER ALERT: This Hulk-themed parody of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan by the merry miscreants of Marvel Super Heroes: What The–?! contains no scenes of hot Hulk-on-Hulk action, and Bruce Banner does not attempt to activate his potential inner Red Hulk by feverishly masturbating without realizing that the Maestro is asleep in the corner of the room. That said, it’s a pretty damn funny video anyway, with the Hulk in the Natalie Portman role and the Red Hulk as her doppelganger and/or Mila Kunis. (Man, now that’s a sentence I never thought I’d write.) I just keep mentally circling back to the Leader, who is somehow even sleazier than Vincent Cassell’s French-stereotype choreographer, telling the Hulk that the Red Hulk’s smashing is superior because “He’s not faking it!”, and cracking up all over again.
Click here to see the full version of the video, which also features a parody of 127 Hours with Deadpool as James Franco (I’m sure viewers of last night’s Oscar broadcast can only ruefully wish the Merc with a Mouth had replaced Franco there, too) and a True Grit riff starring M.O.D.O.K. as Jeff Bridges and Gremlin as Hailee Steinfeld. (Sometimes I love this job.)
For process junkies, and for fans of Phil Jimenez is particular, The Comic Archive has posted four videos of the Adventure Comics artist talking in depth about page layouts, backgrounds, drawing tools, writers and more.
Bobby Chiu hosts a nearly hour-long discussion with veteran artist J. Scott Campbell covering his process, his childhood, his early career, his influences, selling original art, and much more.
In this nicely produced video, part of WPB Labs’ RADAR series, collaborators Ben McCool and Nikki Cook discuss the creation of Memoir, their upcoming sci-fi thriller from Image Comics about an entire town with no memory. McCool spoke with Comic Book Resources about the miniseries just last week. Memoir #1 arrives in stores on Jan. 19.
Move over, Rudolph and Charlie Brown: There’s a new Christmas cartoon classic in town. Exploding from the pages of Henry & Glenn Forever — the very very funny romance/gag-strip comic chronicling the eternal love between musclebound, black-clad hardcore progenitors Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig — comes the Henry & Glenn Forever X-Mas Special, an animated short by cartoonist and animator Tom Neely. Neely, who co-created Henry & Glenn Forever with fellow Igloo Tornado art-collective members Gin Stevens, Scot Nobles, and Dino Fucker, serves up a heartwarming tale reminiscent of O. Henry’s “Gift of the Magi” — if, that is, “Gift of the Magi” included a visit from Black Santa and Krampus, a jam session with notorious Satanists Darryl Hall and John Oates, and an exchange of thong underwear and a book about Nazi werewolves, all in honor of the birthday of H.P. Lovecraft. It’s the perfect reminder that the Henry & Glenn Forever comic makes a great fishnet-stocking stuffer. Season’s greetings, you goddamn son of a bitch!