First there was Droids... then there was Troops. Now, the folks at The Warp Zone bring you Vendors, the adventures of a couple of retailers in the Star Wars universe. The first episode details the problems a Sith can have when attempting to purchase a lightsaber... or when trying to commit acts of heinous evil, for that matter. Evil is hard work, you know. You can't just wake up in the morning and expect to acts of horror and atrocity to just come along. You have to work at it.
"Damage" - When Spider-Man and his fellow teenage super heroes cause too much damage in a super villain fight, Nick Fury assigns them to work with the super clean up company, Damage Control, but Spidey's clean up duty uncovers a villainous mystery.
Damage. Fucking. Control. Animated. In a Sunday morning Marvel cartoon. ...I don't even know how to process this. It's like Jeph Loeb has been trying to make me eat this shit sandwich for months, and now he's telling me if I eat it, Kate Upton will give me a full body massage, too. It's still shit... but it's also Kate Upton. Is it too much to ask that Kate Upton give me a full body massage while I watch Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes? Yes, I guess it absolutely is. Thanks to Kenny h. for the tip.
That said, I couldn't let this momentous event pass without some kind of celebration of the person most responsible for making everyone believe I have a hard-on for Joss Whedon (sigh). And the best way to do that, I thought, was to feature not one, but two of his most wretched stories. Consider it a going away party, a roast, or whatever -- but make yourself a stiff drink all the same. And please note that the image above has nothing specifically to do with our Abraxas, other than it came up when I did a Google Image Search for "abraxas" and I found it too hilarious not to use.More >>
It started off rather innocuously, with things like Pac-Man t-shirts, lunch boxes, plush toys and one-hit wonders. But in a time where arcades were often considered seedy dens of debauchery where delinquents hung out while ditching school; parents weren't likely to allow their children to spend time in their local electric coliseum. With the home gaming market taking off in the early '80s, it wasn't long before the videogame industry targeted youth with what could be considered crack cocaine for '80s kids: Cartoons. With the large amount of cartoons that were produced in the '80s both here and abroad, the quality of some of them was bound to be questionable -- for every The Real Ghostbusters, Centurions or Robotech, you had a Turbo Teen. But when it came to cartoons based on arcade and console classics, it's pretty safe to say that the majority of them were total crap. The following are some of the absolute worst cartoons that originated from videogames. More >>
Did someone say something about the first clip from part one of DC and WB's Dark Knight Returns direct-to-DVD animated movie? No? Oh. Well, this is awkward. Not as awkward as Peter Weller's flat, emotionless line readings as old man Wayne, though. It's not even gruff sounding, just... perfunctory. Like Batman were standing in a recording booth all day and couldn't wait to get out of there to go get shit-faced drunk somewhere. You know, to throw a scenario out there completely at random. (Via MTV Geek)
But the one quality of Regular Show that has gained the hard-earned admiration from the nerdy masses (the greatest and most sincere kind of admiration given that we're such a discerning bunch) is the series' penchant for making references to nerd culture. Grab a Grilled Cheese Deluxe from Cheezer's, sit back and check out the 11 nerdiest Regular Show references! Hmm-hmm-hmm-hmm... More >>
• The CW is going to air Dr. Horrible on October 9th too, because The CW thinks airing five-year-old webseries is another brilliant idea. (Via MTV Geek)
• In the wake of the Aurora shooting, WB Animation is changing the guns in the upcoming Beware the Batman cartoon series to be... uh, guns, but like with square barrels instead of round. It's one of those weird, kneejerk things the entertainment industry does after these sorts of tragedies that are completely meaningless, but ultimately benign. I mention it only because Batman is a hero you can pretty much count on not to glorify gun violence, except that Beware the Batman Batman fights crime with a gun-toting Alfred by his side. Changing the shape of the gun barrels is really rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic, don't you think? thanks to Dallas P. for the tip. (Via IGN)
Although you guys are pretty terrific, it's not always easy being the substitute teacher. Especially on Fridays when you were expecting to get down with some FFF nastiness. But just like comedians shouldn't go on stage and take material from their peers, I believe that Fan Fiction Friday is strictly Rob's thing and I would be doing him, this site and myself a disservice by posting some. But Thanks to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, I can present to you something almost as unnerving -- the Masters of the Universe reciting dialogue from 50 Shades of Grey. Try to enjoy it as much as you would the soul-crushing material you usually do around these parts on Friday afternoons.
Having already featured episodes of the wonderful Japanese Spider-Man series on their website, Marvel.com further ventures into the arena of showcasing interesting online content with All Winners Squad. The Flash-animated web series features characters from the company who never really caught on like Squirrel Girl, the Walrus, Frog, Unicorn and the awesome --and completely underused within the Marvel Universe -- Hypno-Hustler. The biggest thrill to me about this is the appearance of Howard the Duck, although my hopes that the series would return the maligned mallard to the greatness of the Steve Gerber era were quickly dashed by some obvious jokes about the character's failed feature film. (At least Howard got a bit more respect in a recent appearance on Ultimate Spider-Man). Because I obviously have a chip on my shoulder about the duck's treatment here, I'll reserve judgment on the rest of the toon. Check it out to decide for yourself if it is fair or fowl. See what I did there?
This isn't the first trailer for Genndy Tartakovsky's 3-D Popeye movie, just a little fan-made thing showing the surprisingly stacked sailor man kicking a few asses without the aid of his traditional spinach. But it's also an indication that maybe, just maybe, an updated Popeye wouldn't be a supreme waste of Genndy Tartakovsky's talents. Of course, it's also all the updated Popeye I personally need, so if Genndy wants to skip Popeye to do something else, that'd still be totally fine with me. (Hey, sorry I overslept, folks. I'll make up for it.)