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Better than a motion comic: J. Torres fan film

YouTube user haiku132 created a short, sweet fan film from J. Torres and Tim Levins’s short comic How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love John Byrne. It’s simple pan-and-scan, but the music and pacing are just right. Take two minutes to enjoy it.

(via J. Torres’s blog)

Rejoin The Perry Bible Fellowship with new comic, old cartoons

from "Memorabilia" by Nick Gurewitch

from "Memorabilia" by Nick Gurewitch

And there was much rejoicing (yay): I fired up my RSS reader this morning when what to my wondering eyes should appear but a new Perry Bible Fellowship comic strip by Nichols Gurewitch! Reunited and it feels so good.

Meanwhile, the infrequency of PBF updates is explained in part by Gurewitch’s forays into animation; click the link and check the sidebar on the left for links to several shorts he wrote for the BBC. This one’s my favorite:

Elite Fleet Ep. 2 – The Broken Code from Alec Lourmier on Vimeo.

Robot 666 | Your video of the day: The Horror! The Horror!

This has to be the book title of the year: The Horror! The Horror! Comic Books the Government Didn’t Want You to Read! The good folks at Abrams ComicArts have put together a pretty swell little trailer for this collection of pre-Comics Code horror and crime comics from the ’50s, edited and contextualized by Jim Trombetta with an introduction by Mr. Goosebumps himself, R.L. Stine. You can gather a couple of salient points from the video: 1) These things really were almost unbelievably lurid and gross, especially when you consider the relentlessly wholesome state of pop culture in general at the time; 2) Based on the video’s snippets from an anti-comic book TV report called Confidential File, which is included in its entirety on a DVD that comes with the book, men in suits took this stuff way too seriously back in the day.

YouTubers bring home the manga (and anime)

Anime News Network has picked up on a fascinating trend over on YouTube: Anime and manga fans who show off their swag to support the industry.

The manga industry’s push against scan sites, which resulted in the shutdown of OneManga, seems to have raised awareness across otakudom that watching pirated anime and reading bootleg manga online is illegal. The anime industry has been faltering for years—long before manga began to wobble in 2007—but the general tendency among fans is to blame the publishers (for high prices and bad translations), so this is an interesting shift. It also mirrors the trend of “haul videos,” in which shoppers show off the results of their latest shopping spree.

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‘Ladies. Gentlemen. You have eaten well. You’ve eaten Gotham’s gorditas.’

Not even the late-night drive-thru of the Gotham City Taco Bell is beyond the reach of … The Batman.

(via The Awl)

New Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 trailer teases Dante’s badassery, Tony Stark’s sex appeal

Courtesy of, check out a new teaser trailer for Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, featuring Deadpool, Ryu, Wolverine, Dante from Devil May Cry, the Hulk and more .

Via Agent_M

Your video of the day | pood #1: The Motion Picture

Look at the size of that thing! It’s pood #1, the new newspaper-style alternative-comics anthology edited by Geoff Grogan, Kevin Mutch, and Alex Rader and featuring contributions from Jim Rugg & Brian Maruca, Hans Rickheit, Sara Edward-Corbett and many more. And in this video, you can sort of get a sense of just how much comics is packed onto each page. You got a better way to drop four bucks on a funnybook?

Watch the trailer for Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts

A trailer has been released for Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts, the newly announced feature-length documentary about by Sequart and Respect Films, the folks behind Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods.

“Oh god,” Ellis wrote this morning on his blog. “The trailer made it to YouTube, and people are taunting me with it. Let’s get this over with. I have, at best, a face for radio. Unfortunately, I don’t have a voice for radio. This is horrifying and I don’t want to look.”

The documentary is scheduled for completion next year.

The return of Spanish Alan Moore: ‘Alan Moore! I have joints!’

Remember that video we posted last month of a Spanish Alan Moore impersonator talking about Watchmen and fandom, and eating a page of From Hell? Of course you do. Well, it turns out there’s a rather surreal — okay, more surreal — sequel featuring an ode to Unbreakable, a cartoon snake … and Jumble, the idea elf who lives in Moore’s beard. Bless you, Neil Gaiman.

Your video of the day | Trailer for Shades of Grey

Jay Irani has posted a trailer for an hour-long documentary he’s producing called Shades of Grey — An Examination of Race Relations in Comic Books.

Spanish ‘Alan Moore’ discusses his work, eats Page 214 of From Hell

I’ve already lost track of how many times I’ve watched this video this morning. It’s a Spanish-speaking Alan Moore impersonator, holding court on Watchmen, From Hell, fans — “You all have the head full of stupidities” — his first marriage, traveling to Andorra to buy a radio cassette player, and rolling a joint with a Green Arrow comic. It’s … mesmerizing (and subtitled, fear not).

(via Neil Gaiman)

‘You need to check out Choker — dang, that art is nut smash!’

Dallas retailer Zeus Comics and Collectibles has released a funny, over-the-top video — it’s a nod to local TV commercials for used-car dealerships and monster-truck rallies — to promote Ben Templesmith‘s store appearance on April 3.

Straight for the art | Lady Gaga & Beyoncé ‘Telephone’ tributes

"Telephone" by Yamino

"Telephone" by Yamino

Chances are you’ve carved nine minutes out of your schedule over the past few days to watch director Jonas Åkerlund’s mind-melting video for Lady Gaga & Beyoncé’s “Telephone.” Naturally, the combination of Tarantino-esque exploitation-cinema homages, hilariously overt product placement, lesbian chic, outright silliness (“Let’s Make a Sandwich”!), and utterly fabulous outfits has fired the imaginations of artists around the Internet.

Above is an adorable, lusciously colored tribute to “Telephone”‘s dynamic duo by deviantART member Yamino. The piece got the attention of Lady GaGa herself, who called it “completely brilliant”, and blasted Yamino’s homepage to her three-million-plus Twitter followers.

I’m also rather fond of deviantARTist HamletMachine’s comics-inspired take on the video …

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Your video of the day: A new Adele Blanc-Sec trailer

Luc Besson’s latest movie, based on the series of graphic novels by French artist Jacques Tardi, seems to be gearing up for its big release. Man, those actors looked like they stepped right out of one of Tardi’s pages don’t they? Props to the makeup crew. (via)

Your video of the day: Bill Ayers trailer

Former Weatherman and current education activist Bill Ayers is going to be one of the more notable guests at next month’s MoCCA festival in New York. Although not a cartoonist, by trade, he teamed up with Xeric grant winner Ryan Alexander-Tanner to create To Teach: The Journey, In Comics, the trailer for which can be glimpsed in the video above.  (via)

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