The 10 Most Evil Monkeys In Geekdom

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 9:01 am

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Monkeys, apes, what's the difference? An evil primate is an evil primate and that's all that matters. From mischievous helpers to dictator-infused megalomaniacs the spectrum of bad opposable thumb-less creatures running around in comic books, movies, video games and animation is through the roof.

We hate these creatures all the more because they fly in the face of our inherent love of monkeys and apes. They just look so awesome running around, swinging from vines and flinging their own poop. Sure there's that whole thing where they lose their minds and rip faces off when they get a certain age, but we can get past that. However, we can not get past the behavior these evil primates displayed.

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Why J.G. Quintel Loves Using '80s Technology in Cartoon Network's Hit Regular Show

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:01 am

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Mordecai and Rigby in the Regular Show episode "Exit 9B"
Last summer, J.G. Quintel, creator of Cartoon Network's hit series Regular Show, wanted to record the program's original music onto cassettes and toss those into the crowd at San Diego Comic-Con. "Then kids will have to ask their parents for a cassette player," he explains. "It will be awesome."

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The Avengers Are No Longer the Earth's Mightiest Heroes

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm
This one hurt.

As you may know, Disney XD's excellent The Avengers: Earth Mightiest Heroes aired its finale yesterday. Would it be too much hyperbole for me to call Story Editor Chris Yost an entertainment alchemist? The label is fitting since he managed to combine action, complex scripting and comedy that never felt forced together in order to give viewers what was arguably the greatest superhero cartoon ever. (An opinion I will hold until my dying day). There's a welcome retrospective about the series at Marvel.com that features reflections from Yost. Better still is the above eulogy that showcases the show's accomplishments through insights from its production staff and the talented voiceover actors who brought the characters to life in each episode. Its replacement series, Avengers Assemble, will debut on Disney XD next year. With any luck you'll be done mourning EMH by then. Though probably not. As far as I can tell, the only positive to come out of this whole debacle is that we will never have to suffer through the alt rock aural rape that is the "Fight As One" theme song again. Hey, that's something at least. (Via Newsarama)

A Very Odd Doctor Who Trifecta

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm
• First, actual news -- Neil Gaiman's second Doctor Who episode has been confirmed to star the Cybermen and Warwick Davis. The latter excites me, the former doesn't. Not that I mind the Cybermen, I'm just baffled why people are getting excited that he's "bringing them back!" They're the Cybermen. They're almost as common as the Daleks. They might not have been featured for a while, but they also weren't really gone anywhere for him to bring back, right? (Via Vulture)

• In more tangential Doctor Who news, David Tennant will be a voice in an upcoming episode of Clone Wars; he'll play Huyong, an ancient droid who helps oversee lightsaber construction. There's a clip above, and while I was initially as skeptical as the Lil' Rodian, the character is pretty awesome. Note: If Lucas had still been running the show, there's no way his character's name wouldn't have been D'Vid Tinnaaaahnnn'nnnnto. (Via IGN)

• A group of very industrious Who-ligans have taken it upon themselves to make a film about the Time War, using nothing but actual Who footage. That's pretty hardcore, although given the fact that I'm only a minor who fan and even I'm dying to know what happened between the 8th and 9th Doctors, I suppose it was inevitable. (Via The Mary Sue)

Beware the Batman Is Going to Star Dum Dum Duggan, Apparently

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:15 am
What? Well, look at these new character sheets, and you tell me:
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Yes, in Beware the Batman, the role of Alfred Pennyworth will be played by noted SHIELD agent and bowler hat-aficionado Dum Dum Duggan, who, unlike in the original promo art, will be wielding a SHIELD-issue pulse rifle instead of the guns he toted previously. It's very cool of Marvel to let them use the character, although since Batman seems to be missing the better part of his skull, I imagine they decided DC could use whatever help they could get.
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The new villains fare a little better, although since anyone wearing a pig mask who carries around a bonesaw is pretty scary no matter what, this might not be the most impressive claim. (Via Comics Alliance)

10 Lanterns We Want to See on Green Lantern: The Animated Series

Monday, November 5, 2012 at 8:02 am
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We'll admit it, we're surprised at how good Cartoon Network's Green Lantern: The Animated Series is. Or at least how good it was until Cartoon Network pulled it and the rest of the DC block for a few months. However, kicking off with an overarching story that not only sent Hal Jordan and Kilowog into deep space with a Red Lantern, but also making that particular brand of ring-slinging bad guys was a surprising move and one that offered plenty of great episodes both original and pulled from fairly recent comics. They also get major points for featuring some pretty fantastic cameos with the recent return of the series. Hal met up with the always cocky Guy Gardner on Earth in the first episode back and then dealt with Ch'p, Larvox and Chaselon on Oa. They even added everyone's favorite fish-chicken alien, Tomar Re, to Hal's team as they head off to fight the looming threats of the Manhunters and the Anti-Monitor.

But we're geeks and these few Green Lanterns just aren't enough. We're guessing that more Lanterns will join in on the Anti-Monitor fight as it builds towards what we assume will be the season finale, but there's plenty of room for other GL appearances. Here's the top ten we'd like to see and even a few suggestions on how to get 'em in. More >>

Transformers Trifecta: Prime, Kre-O, Megatron's Favorite Song

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 11:04 am

• The season 2 finale of Transformers Prime airs tonight at 7:00 pm EST. Here's a clip. 

• Here's a fun little Transformers Kre-O commercial. I'll never get tired of watching the little Kre-on dudes fuck with each other.

• Megatron's favorite song should surprise no one. He's evil, after all. (All via Seibertron)

What in God's Name Just Happened on Family Circus

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 9:05 am
I don't generally read the newspaper's comics section, because 1) the comic section is where humor goes to die and 2) newspapers, ha. But alert Topless Roboteer Duy N. alerted me to the Family Circus strip, which ran on Halloween. I swear this has not been photoshopped in any way:
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Look, I'm as skeptical as anyone that the Mayans knew when the world was going to end. But if Family Circus making a Warhammer 40k reference -- a correct reference -- isn't a sign of the upcoming apocalypse, I don't know what is.

The 10 Most Unnerving Transformer Deaths

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 8:01 am
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As characters in a vast and calculated 1980s toy line, the Transformers lived by simple rules and died by an even simpler one: when an Autobot or Decepticon's toy was cycled out of production and off shelves, he wouldn't be around much longer. The Transformers cartoons and comics always had plenty of new action figures to promote, and they couldn't let a bunch of toyless characters distract children.

Many kids first learned this lesson with the Transformers movie, which murdered a bunch of old favorites to make way for new characters/products. Yet the Transformers comic series was no slouch when it came to killing off the cast, particularly when writer Simon Furman took over the book. More obscure Transformers might simply disappear, but dozens of recognizable and once-important characters met grisly and sudden demises. And so the Transformers franchise taught children valuable lessons about sacrifice, mortality, and how you shouldn't get all that attached to characters whose fate depends on what's on the shelves at Toys "R" Us. More >>

Ron Swanson IS... AXE COP

Monday, October 29, 2012 at 11:31 am
Oh my god. Do you remember the announcement of the Axe Cop cartoon? the one that's supposed to be part of Fox's upcoming Saturday animation block? The one that's supposed to compete with Adult Swim and will begin sometime next summer? Well, Fox just released this Halloween-themed Axe Cop short, and...

...Axe Cop is voice by Nick fucking Offerman. Ran Swanson from Parks and Rec. I don't know if this is just a "pilot," or if Offerman will still be voicing Axe Cop when it starts airing regularly, but this is the best goddamn casting since Robert Downey Jr. was hired to be Tony Stark. Seriously, I'm going to need to start a "Thing That Are Perfect" tag just for this. (Via MTV Geek)