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This monkey and this robot once had a system: three blogs for three subjects. But it was complicated and vague and usually ended in feces throwing. So we have combined all three into a melange of media reviews and links and excessive blather, so as to reduce the burden on your short attention span.

In the right column, Monkey + Robot have compiled for you a compendium of sassy, savvy and in the know media reviews and tidbits, for your time-wasting pleasure. And lest you poke at us with sticks or cut off our power supply, the reviews are now selectable through those perky drop-down menus. Monkey + Robot Film and TV reviews, Wrongrobot's Comic Stash, and more.

Grab a chunk of melon and some Demoral, because in the left column, we have accumulated for you every snappy link we found amusing, entertaining, provocatively witty, or frankly, just colorful, with easy to understand small words so monkeybites can follow along. Such is Robotic Root!

Entertainment Media Ratings System:

Wrongrobot's Robot Rating: 1-10 Clicks, more indicating a happier robot!

Monkeybites' Monkey Rating: 1-10 Ooks! More indicating a mouthful of rotting simian teeth and lips curled in monkey pleasure!

IronLung's Robot Rating: 1-10 Clanks! More indicating a red-eyed, slack-jawed, blissed-out, ride-pimped dizzy droid! [this is good]

Vicbot's Robot Rating: 1-10 Whirrs! More indicating data that computes well with others.

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Wrongrobot's Fantasy Film Casting:
Casting Batman: Year One
Casting The Losers
Casting Richard Zach's Pirate Hunter

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Film Reviews [M+R Review Rating, out of 10 Possible Clicks, or Clanks, or Ooks]

Adventures of Baron Munchausen: 8 Clicks
Aliens Vs. Predator: 1 Clank
Bad Santa: 9 Clicks
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever: 2 Clicks
Bend it Like Beckham: 8 Clicks
Bourne Supremacy: 10 Clicks
Bowling for Columbine: 8 Clicks
Bubba Ho-Tep: 8 Clanks
Cirque du Soleil- Allegria [stage]: 10 Clicks
Cold Mountain: 7 Clicks
Cutthroat Island: 2 Clicks
Elf: 8 Clicks
Equilibrium: 6 Clicks
Escape From Alcatraz: 7 Clicks
Finding Nemo: 10 Clicks
Girl With a Pearl Earring: 7 Clicks
The Graduate [stage]: 7 Clicks
Hero: 7 Clanks
House of 1000 Corpses: 5 Clanks
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days: 5 Clicks
Hudson Hawk: 6 Clanks
The Hulk: 7 Clicks
Identity: 3 Clicks
Igby Goes Down: 5 Clicks
Intolerable Cruelty: 6 Clicks
I, Robot [trailer commentary][IronLung]
I, Robot [trailer commentary][Wrongrobot]
Kill Bill Vol.1: 10 Clicks
Kill Bill Vol.2 [IronLung]: 9 Clanks
Kill Bill Vol.2 [Wrongrobot]: 10 Clicks
The Last Samurai: 8 Clicks
LotR: Return of the King: 7 Clicks
My Architect: 9 Clicks
Original Kings of Comedy: 7 Clicks
The Phantom: 1 Click
Pirates of the Caribbean: 9 Clicks
The Punisher: 5 Clanks
Secretary: 9 Clicks
Shanghai Knights: 4 Clicks
Spellbound: 7 Clicks
Spider-Man 2: 8 Clanks/ 8 Clicks
Starsky & Hutch: 8 Clicks
Star Trek- Nemesis: 6.5 Clicks
Terminator 3: 5 Clicks, 2 Ooks
The Thin Red Line: 7 Clicks
To Live and Die in LA: 10 Clicks
Troy: n/a
Van Helsing: 4 Clicks, 0 Clanks!
Whale Rider: 8 Clicks

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Comic Film Adaptations News [Film and TV]:

Appleseed OAV 2004 6/18/04
Aeon Flux: 2/27/04
9/1/04
9/10/04
Akira Live-Action Film 9/29/04
Animated Batman 2004 9/2/04
Batman Begins: 2/12/04 2/19/04 2/24/04 3/02/04 3/03/04 3/04/04 3/08/04 3/9/04 3/17/04 3/19/04 3/31/04 TRDL Concept Illustration 4/3/04 4/5/04 4/12/04 TRDL Concept Illustration Part 2 4/12/04 4/21/04 4/22/04 4/23/04 4/23/04 4/29/04 5/4/04 Costume Critique 5/4/04 Script Excerpts 5/7/04 6/01/04 6/04/04 6/09/04 6/10/04 6/15/04 6/16/04 7/6/04 7/13/04 7/20/04 7/26/04 7/28/04 Trailer 7/29/04 7/31/04 8/2/04 8/3/04 8/4/04 8/5/04 8/8/04 8/10/04 8/12/04 8/17/04 8/20/04 8/24/04 8/30/04 10/19/04
Battle Angel Alita: 9/10/04
Black Widow 4/29/04
Blade 3: Trinity: 5/4/04 6/11/04
Catwoman: 2/18/04 5/21/04 Game Concept Art 5/21/04 6/11/04 Suckage! 7/29/04
Comic Adaptations 10/13/03
Constantine: 3/08/04 5/14/04
Dazzler?!? 7/7/04
Elektra: 2/19/04 3/29/04 4/23/04 5/14/04 4/29/04 5/4/04 6/10/04 6/18/04 7/1/04 7/2/04 7/6/04 7/29/04 9/20/04 10/13/04
Fantastic Four: 6/16/04 7/8/04 7/14/04 7/15/04 8/3/04 9/20/04
Ghost in the Shell 2: 9/18/04
Global Frequency: 6/15/04 7/16/04 8/17/04
Good Time For Comic Films! 5/14/04
Green Lantern?!?: 7/24/04 Koboshed 8/8/04
Hawaiian Dick: 4/21/04 Interview 4/22/04
He-Man: 10/11/04
Hellboy: 2/12/04 Interview: Del Toro 2/20/04
3/03/04 3/9/04 3/17/04 Personality Test 3/17/04 Figures Released 3/29/04 Toys Addendum 3/30/04 Choose the Next Figures! 4/21/04 Hellboy: An Introduction 3/30/04 Interview: Selma Blair 3/30/04
Interview: Spectral Motion 4/5/04 Caught On Film in '62! 4/21/04 Interview: Selma Blair, CafeFX 4/28/04 Hellboy Collaborator Medical Fund Auction! 5/4/04 DVDs 7/7/04 7/28/04 8/3/04 8/5/04 8/25/04 8/31/04 Hellboy 2: 3/29/04 4/8/04 6/03/04 8/27/04 9/1/04
9/14/04
Hulk 2? 5/4/04 9/7/04

Hulk Op-Ed 7/14/04
Iron Man: 3/03/04 4/23/04 6/10/04 6/28/04 9/14/04
8/2/04 8/10/04
Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD 9/8/04
Preacher FX 4/29/04
Sin City: 3/19/04 4/04/21 4/04/29 4/05/19 5/21/04 6/01/04 6/11/04 7/1/04 7/26/04 7/28/04 7/20/04 8/11/04 9/15/04
Spider-Man 2: 2/18/04 3/29/04
Spider-Man 3: 5/4/04 5/14/04 6/10/04 7/13/04 Spider-Man 2 Game Screenshots 6/8/04 Spider-Man 2 [trailer commentary]
Superman: 5/21/04 6/03/04 6/09/04 6/10/04 6/28/04 7/1/04 7/13/04 7/14/04 7/20/04 8/5/04 8/10/04 8/27/04 8/31/04 9/10/04 9/15/04 10/19/04 [2] 10/19/04
Transformers: 9/10/04
Wanted 3/03/04
Watchmen: 4/4/23 4/7/24 7/24/24 8/12/04 9/10/04
Wolverine: 10/13/04
X-Men 3: 7/20/04 5/4/04 6/18/04 7/7/04 7/8/04 7/14/04 7/15/04 7/20/04 8/27/04 Aborted Sentinel? 9/2/04 9/7/04 9/15/04

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Film News, General:

A Scanner Darkly Film Adaptation
Akira: Kaneda's Bike in Production? 8/28/04
Aliens Vs. Predator: 6/2/04 Chess Set 5/26/04 6/8/04 Trailor 6/11/04 6/28/04 7/8/04 [trailer commentary] 8/5/04 8/8/04 7/15/04 8/12/04
Anchorman 7/13/04
Big Lebowski Day! 5/5/04
Bloodrayne 8/10/04
Bond? Who Bond? 8/3/04
Bourne Supremacy: 1/6/04 Trailer: 5/4/04 7/8/04
Cage Deserves Happiness 7/31/04
Clooney/ Tarantino in the News 10/15/03
Dodgeball 6/01/04
Domino 8/3/04
HEAT vs. R:HD: Dialog Analysis 10/22/03
Heat/ GTA III: Lawsuits Imitate Life 10/23/03
Incredibles 8/23/04
Jim White Documentary 3/23/04
Kill Bill 2 Poster 2/18/04
Kill Bill Interview: Uma Thurman 4/8/04
Kill Bill Vol. 3?! 4/12/04
The Life Aquatic 1/15/04
Matrix Explained? 8/31/04
National Treasure 8/4/04
Nowhere Man 7/26/04
Pierce is Bond No More 7/27/04
Sky Captain 7/15/04
Sky High 8/17/04
Soderberg Joins Che 4/5/04
Speed Racer: Vince Vaughn 6/25/04
Stealth 7/8/04
Summer 04 Films to Watch 4/22/04
Team America Puppet Porn 8/25/04
Transporter 2 6/16/04
Van Helsing: Van Helsing WHO? 3/16/04 Interview: ILM 5/5/04 Penny Arcade 5/18/04
Underworld 2 9/7/04
WB Kills ESC F/X 8/18/04
Will Smith Lexicon 5/18/04
Zatoichi: Blind Swordsman 6/25/04
No Mas James Bond
Miami Vice on the Big Screen

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TV Reviews, and the M+R Review Rating, out of 10 Possible Clicks, or Clanks, or Ooks

24 Season 3: 10/29/03: 8 Whirrs 11/5/03: 6 Whirrs 2/08/04: 7 Whirrs 2/12/04: 8 Whirrs 2/18/04: 8 Whirrs 2/24/04: 9 Whirrs 4/06/04: 7 Whirrs 4/26/04: 6 Whirrs 5/03/04: 3 Whirrs 5/11/04: 9 Whirrs 5/18/04: 8 Whirrs Finale 7/8/04: 3 Whirrs
Apprentice: Robin and Carolyn 4/16/04
ATHF and Space Ghost Links 2/25/04
ATHF: Revenge of the Trees 10/13/03: 8 Clicks The Shaving 10/27/03: 7 Clicks Super Trivia 9/22/03: 8 Clicks Battlestar Galactica 1/13/04: 3 Clicks
Carnivale: 9/22/03: 10 Clicks 9/30/03: 9 Clicks
Christopher Columbus: Secrets From the Grave: 3 Clicks
CSI: 8/11/03: 1 Ook 9/26/03: 5 Clicks CSI: Miami: 7/30/03: 1 Ook 7/31/03: 6 Clicks 9/26/03: 7 Clicks
Deadwood 3/24/04: 8 Clicks
Dinner for Five: 9/26/03: 7 Clicks 9/30/03: 7 Clicks
Ed: 9/26/03: 3 Clicks Series Finale 2/12/04: 7 Clicks
Emmy Nominations 04 7/15/04: 7 Clicks
Enterprise 10/13/03: 6 Clicks
Everybody Loves Raymond 9/26/03: 6 Clicks
Friends 9/26/03: 7 Clicks
Grammys: Outkast's Andre 3000 2/9/04: 10 Clicks
Law and Order Family: 9/30/03: 8 Clicks
Law and Order: 10/13/03
Law and Order: CI: 1/12/04: 8 Clicks
Marvel Comics Guide to NYC: 10 Clicks
Method and Red: 9 Clicks
MI-5 10/28/03: 10 Clicks
Mix It Up 1/12/04: 8 Clicks
Mr. Show: What to Think 9/10/03: 10 Clicks
Penn & Teller's Bullshit: 9 Clanks
Reno 911!: 9 Clicks 9/7/03
Space Ghost C2C: Baffler Meal: 11 Clicks! Flipmode 2/25/04:20 Clicks Survivor 7 9/19/03: 8 Clicks
Survivor All-Stars: 2/12/04: 8 Clicks 2/13/04: 7 Clicks Tour de France 2003 8/4/03: 8 Clicks
Will & Grace 9/26/03: 7 Clicks

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TV News

24/Law and Order/CSI "That Guy" Character Actor Tracker
24: Comic Adaption 3/25/04 Season 4 Casting 8/9/04
Amazing Screw-On Head Cartoon 4/8/04
Cigarette Smoking Man Action Figure 5/26/04
CSI: CSI in Comedy Culture 6/24/04 CSI's Peterson 2/18/04 Sick outs Everywhere 7/27/04
CSI: Miami Drinking Game 2/27/04 No Mas Rory Cochrane 8/9/04
CSI:NY: 3/8/04 3/16/04 Drawn Together 8/20/04
HDTV ScreenCap Archive 8/25/04
Jessica Simpson 10/21/03
Mastershake Speaks 9/7/04
Nike's Lance Commercial: Magnet 8/18/04
Law and Order: Trial by Jury Casting 6/04/04
NBC Hijacks TiVo 1/15/04
Simpsons' Shearer Balks 8/12/04
Survivor All-Stars Cast 1/12/04
Survivor 9 8/18/04
Robbery: Homicide Division Music 9/30/03

French Connection Made for TV


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Wrongrobot's Comics Stash- Comics and Sequential Art Reviews

Comic Reviews, and the M+R Review Rating, out of 10 Possible Clicks, or Clanks, or Ooks

Comics Reviews Intro
100 Bullets: 48: 7 Clicks
52, 53: 8 Clicks
9-11, Artists Respond Collections
Alias: 24-25: 10 Clicks 26-27: 10 Clicks 28: 9 Clicks
Astonishing X-Men: 2: 8 Clicks 3,4: 9,10 Clicks
Avengers: 500: 8 Clicks 502: 7 Clicks
Batgirl Year One TPB: 10 Clicks
Batman: 620: 5 Clicks 621: 7 Clicks
Batman: Long Halloween: 7 Clanks
Bloodstream 1: 1 Click
BPRD One Shots: 9/7 Clicks
Cla$$War: 4: 8 Clicks 5: 10 Clicks
Daredevil: 50-52: 9/3/5 Clicks 54: 4 Clicks 56: 9 Clicks 57: 7 Clicks
65: 6 Clicks
Domino:Perfect Weapon: 8 Clicks
Exiles: 30-33: 6/4/4 Clicks 36-37: 3/6 Clicks
Ex Machina: 2, 3: 7 Clicks
Global Frequency 11: 10 Clicks
Gotham Central: 10-11: 9 Clicks 13: 9 Clicks 16-18: 9 Clicks
Hellhounds 1-3: 7 Clicks
Human Target: 4: 9 Clicks 5-6: 8 Clicks 7: 8 Clicks
12, 13: 9 Clicks
Iron Man: 73-75: 8 Clicks 76: 2 Clicks 77: 5 Clicks 86: 9 Clicks
JSA: 51-52: 7/8 Clicks 53: 8 Clicks 54: 4 Clicks 56-57: 7 Clicks 58: 3 Clicks
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 2: 3 Clanks, 8 Clicks
The Losers: Ante Up TPB: 9 Clanks 6: 10 Clicks 10-11: 8/10 Clicks
16: 10 Clicks
New Invaders 0: 3 Clicks
New X-Men: 144-146: 5 Clicks 149: 3 Clicks 151-152: 2 Clicks 153: 3 Clicks
[Renamed X-Men] 159-162: 4 Clicks
Paradise X: A: 9 Clicks
Planetary: TPBs (1-12): 8 Clicks 16: 5 Clicks : 8 Clicks 18: 9 Clicks
Powers: 33: 8 Clicks 36: 9 Clicks 37: 10 Clicks V2, 1: 10 Clicks
2-4: 10 Clicks
Pulse: 5: 7 Clicks
Queen and Country: 20: 10 Clicks 21: 10 Clicks 25: 8 Clicks
The Ride 1: 9 Clicks
Secret War 1: 8 Clicks
Sleeper: 8: 10 Clicks 11: 10 Clicks 12: 10 Clicks Sleeper Season Two: 1: 10 Clicks
Supreme Power: 1-2: 10 Clicks 4: 10 Clicks 7: 10 Clicks 8: 9 Clicks 11: 8 Clicks
Tokyo Storm Warning TPB: 5 Clicks
Ultimates: 12: 10 Clicks 13: 10 Clicks
Ultimate Fantastic Four 1-2: 7 Clicks 3: 8 Clicks
Ultimate Nightmare: 1: 10 Clicks
2: 8 Clicks
Ultimate Six: 1: 10 Clicks 4: 10 Clicks 6: 9 Clicks Ultimate X-Men: 36-37: 2 Clicks
Ultra: 2: 9 Clicks
Uncanny X-Men: 429-431: 4 Clicks 433: 2 Clicks 437-441: 1 Click 444-445: 5 Clicks 446: 6 Clicks
Wanted 2: 10 Clicks
We3: 1: 10 Clicks
Wildcats 3.0: 13: 7 Clicks 16: 7 Clicks 18: 7 Clicks
X-Statix : 2: 4 Clicks 13-15: 6 Clicks 18: 4 Clicks 19: 3 Clicks

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Friends of Robot: Artists:

FoR: 36Oh.net FofR: Enrico Casarosa
FoR: Terra Major's Horns of Hattin
FoR: Losstarot
FoR: Prometheus
FoR: Studio Kosen

Comic News:

Check the Film News section for updates on comic-related film adaptations! 100 Bullets FPS Game 4/2/04
Ale Garza on Batgirl 8/5/04
Amazing Screw-On Head Cartoon 4/8/04
Apparat Line: Warren Ellis 8/25/04
The Atomic Revolution Comic 3/23/04
Authority: Nguyen Interview 5/14/04
Authority OGN 7/20/04
Avengers 500 Preview 7/1/04
Brent Anderson on Pulse, Astro City 3/25/04
Batman Begins Costume Illustration [Wrongrobot]4/3/04
Batman: War on Crime 8/31/04
Bullseye Origin Series 6/28/04
Comics For Intellectuals 9/1/04
Decompression and Pacing 9/23/03
Dillon on Bullseye 9/7/04
Doc Frankenstein by Burlyman 9/2/04
Doc Ock Year One 6/16/04
Earth's Mightiest Mini 9/3/04
Ellis and Granov on Iron Man 5/25/04
Ellis Stream-a-Blog: Iron Man 7/31/04
Ellis Stream-a-Blog: Explodo 8/2/04
Ellis Stream-a-Blog: Bad Kids 8/27/04
Fox Sued over LoEG Script 9/26/03
Hawaiian Dick Bk 2 8/23/04
Hack/Slash book 2 6/18/04
Hal Jordon and Copyrights 8/20/04
Hellboy: An Introduction 3/30/04
IDW's 24 Comic 3/25/04
Iron Man Facelift 9/12/03
Iron Man 87 Outtakes 8/27/04
Joss Whedon Interview: Astonishing X-Men 8/10/04
JSA vs. JSA 8/12/04
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 3 6/1/04
Marvel Vs. DC 8/31/04
Masamune Shirow 10/15/03
Micro-Heros Animated GIFs 4/6/04
Morrison on JLA: Hyperclan and Superman 6/1/04
Morrison's WE3 9/1/04
New Avengers 8/18/04
Nguyen Confirmed on Authority Vol.3 5/14/04
Nouvelle Manga Manifesto 6/11/03
Ocean 8/9/04
Orson Welles as Batman? 9/26/03
Phoenix Mini-Series 8/20/04
Poorly Drawn Animals 8/2/04
Remains: Niles/Dwyer Interview 3/12/04
Scurvy Dog: Yount Interview 1/15/04
SD Comicon Visual Oddities 7/31/04
Space Ghost 7/31/04
Spandex vs Leather 4/6/04
Steven Grant on 'Literature of Ethics'
The Losers: Diggle/Jock Interview 3/11/04
The Picture of Everything 1/15/04
The Question: Rick Veitch 9/1/04
The Question: Tommy Lee Edwards 9/2/04
Teddy Roosevelt From Mars 8/20/04
Tom Coker: Batman in Monolith 8/30/04
Tony Harris Pages from new Iron Man Arc
Ultimates: Bryan Hitch Interview 9/12/03
Ultra 8/18/04
Watchmen Remembered 8/12/04
WizardWorld LA Promo Art 3/22/04
WonderCon 2004 Buzz 8/13/04
WonderCon 2004 Buzz 2 8/17/04
WonderCon 2004 Dance-Off 8/18/04
Worlds Finest Film 7/26/04
World's Finest Interview 8/4/04
Young Avengers 8/20/04
Identity Crisis Covers
Honey Moon, The Ride, Rex Steele, Shirow, Megacity909
Comic Preview: Intimates, Iron Man
TSR Illustrator Terminally ill
Twinkie Comics, Avengers Dissembled Toy-style
Interview: Mark Millar of Ultimates
Interview: Cliff Chiang of Human Target
Star Trek Manga Anthology from Tokyopop
Pop Mahn to TokyoPop
Granov Iron Man Preview Pages
Image Comics Moves to Berkeley

Pirates!; Killer Seizure Robots!; Superman; MArvel Vs. DC; Matrix Explained; Hellboy; Optimus Rhyme 8/31/04
8/31/2004



Pirate King: I was reflecting on pirates. I love em. Give me pirates, robots, monkeys, and ninjas, and I'm all set. Someone else had this idea:
Robot Pirate Monkey. Long-time M+R readers will recall this site from last year, when we declared them a Wrongrobot's Wrong Site of the Week. Well, we're just waiting for ninjas to be represented and then we'll bow down to their mighty might. They already have the one two punch of more cohesive topical content, and the bonus addition of...pirates.

Speaking of Pirates, take a moment to read my review of Pirate Hunter (available in the index to the left) and then go buy it and read it and love it. I still do.

Oh, what the hell:

KING: Well, it's the top of the tide, and we must be off. Farewell, Frederic. When your process of extermination begins, let our deaths be as swift and painless as you can conveniently make them.

FREDERIC: I will! By the love I have for you, I swear it! Would that you could render this extermination unnecessary by accompanying me back to civilization!

KING: No, Frederic, it cannot be. I don't think much of our profession, but, contrasted with respectability, it is comparatively honest. No, Frederic, I shall live and die a Pirate King.

SONG -- PIRATE KING

KING: Oh, better far to live and die
Under the brave black flag I fly,
Than play a sanctimonious part
With a pirate head and a pirate heart.
Away to the cheating world go you,
Where pirates all are well-to-do;
But I'll be true to the song I sing,
And live and die a Pirate King.
For I am a Pirate King!
And it is, it is a glorious thing
To be a Pirate King!
I am a Pirate King!

ALL: You are!
Hurrah for the Pirate King!

KING: And it is, it is a glorious thing
To be a Pirate King.

ALL: It is!
Hurrah for the Pirate King!
Hurrah for the Pirate King!

KING: When I sally forth to seek my prey
I help myself in a royal way.
I sink a few more ships, it's true,
Than a well-bred monarch ought to do;
But many a king on a first-class throne,
If he wants to call his crown his own,
Must manage somehow to get through
More dirty work than ever I do,
For I am a Pirate King!
And it is, it is a glorious thing
To be a Pirate King!
I am a Pirate King!

ALL: You are!
Hurrah for the Pirate King!

KING: And it is, it is a glorious thing
To be a Pirate King.

ALL: It is!
Hurrah for the Pirate King!
Hurrah for the Pirate King!

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Killer!Seizure!Robots!: Speaking of, well, robots, this is the bestest link on the aforementioned spider-site: and yes, it's got epileptic seizure-inducements abounding, and yes, it's brightly colored, so don't do it during a staff meeting, and yes, it has riotous sound, so throw the headphones on, and low...
Killer! Seizure! Robots!

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[SOMEBODY's gonna need a muscle-suit!]

Superman: from CBR's Comic Reel, the most concise round-up of the latest Superman rumors:

" Mark Millar, rumor monger? The comics superstar wrote on his official website a bit of casting news that's almost heavenly: "My same good buddy has informed me that, as of last Thursday night, Mister Jim Caviezel is officially the new man of steel and what a perfect choice he is. Expect an announcement shortly. Also, this 'Superman Returns' thing was just for the press release. The movie itself is called 'SUPERMAN' (Reeve's was called 'SUPERMAN THE MOVIE') and it's starting everything from scratch. Brainiac. Krypton. Robots. Alien super-cities. There's so much we can do now that they couldn't in 78. I cannot WAIT for this."
Superman-V.com notes that two of Singer's "X-Men" cohorts, Louise Mingenbach and Newton Thomas Sigel have signed on as costume designer and director of photography respectively. They'll join Lawrence Hubbs as the art director. The site also contacted the "Batman Begins" production office to clarify whether or not Tom Welling is cameoing in the new "Batman" as rumors last week suggested. A publicist for the department said: 'As far as I know he isn't." Colossus himself, Daniel Cudmore ("X2"), auditioned for the Superman role in Vancouver. His rep confirmed the test for the six foot eight inch tall buff actor. Singer and producer Gil Adler were in Sydney last week scouting locations and checking out a group of stylish buildings, that our source believes may end up being the Daily Planet and Lexcorp Tower buildings."

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Borderline: a Brief History of Marvel Vs. DC: This entry comes from Phil Hall's entertaining reincarnated journal, Borderline, which is a blast... if you aren't reading it, you're silly and weird.

"I was at a Los Angeles party about ten years ago to this very month and in the company of some fine exponents of 1970s comics editing – Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, and Roy Thomas were all in attendance and they were joined by Don Glut, Mike Barr and a couple of other stalwarts of kitsch ‘70s classics (or in Barr’s case, comics about men who turn into women!). I was told about the first Marvel/DC crossover in 1976. Thomas and Wolfman told me that when the idea was first put forward, it was DC that was keen to cash in on the success of Spider-Man (which had usurped Superman in the monthly sales figures).

Logistics aside, the project was dogged with problems rarely reported. I was told that at one joint editorial meeting none of the senior Marvel people were taking it particularly seriously, severely pissing off the far more conservative DC people. Half the meeting was taken up with DC trying to curb Marvel’s silly Seventies attitudes – ironic considering both companies were responsible for some utterly stinky characters from that era.

I heard tales of pranks pulled on counterparts. Bogus scripts sent in, Mike Esposito (Ross Andru’s long-time inker and friend) copied Andru’s style and mocked up a page of questionable taste, which was sent through to Carmine Infantino (at DC) who apparently threatened to pull the plug on the whole team-up. At one point, although DC actually needed the deal more than Marvel, it was on the edge of complete collapse, with DC not talking to Marvel, but as one of the old-timers told me, “It was just a bit of fun. Marvel was about people turning up at the office in shorts and Hawaiian shirts, while at DC it was all suits and ties and ‘this is a serious business’. Funny though, it was a merry-go-round, all of us ended up working for each other anyway.”

The thing was Superman vs Spider-Man was a huge hit, prompting the companies to work with each other three more times over the next decade and the rivalry, which had always existed, was brought more to the front. Whenever a top Marvel artist defected to DC, or someone new and fresh was poached by Marvel, it brought back images of this feud between the two publishers – a feud that appeared to be humorous and good natured on the surface, but seemed to have a dark side, one which resonated with a genuine dislike.

During the 1980s and the first third of the 1990s, the rivalry barriers between the two companies dissolved, mainly down to the relationship between Marvel’s bright young head of marketing Lou Bank and DC’s erudite and dry Bob Wayne. It was a little like watching an old-time comedy duo, with Lou as the funny guy and Bob as the long-suffering sidekick. The thing was, as Lou said to me once, “You spend so long on the road with this guy, you might work for only competition in town, but the only constant you have for weeks on end is each other – you become friends and because we’re friends we work well together at these joint presentations.” It was clear that the two of them liked each other and for a while the relationship between Marvel and DC was better than it had ever been. The ‘Distinguished Competition’ and the young pretender worked harmoniously when the market was buoyant.

Then they spoiled it all by saying something stupid like, “let’s do another comic together”…

Amalgam Comics was the clincher in terms of all-time low working relationships. One of DC’s top people in Direct Sales told me that it was a joke from start to finish – and the joke was the same joke that was pulled 20 years earlier. DC was taking it all very seriously (it had to, yet again), while Marvel was treating the entire thing like a week away at Butlins. “They acted like assholes!” I was told. They treated deadlines with disdain, editors didn’t return calls, pages were left lying around the office, some artwork was returned with coffee rings on them asking for DC to clean the pages up and the joint editorial meetings turned into slanging matches between editors who had more interest in pissing competitions than sitting down and making a good comics event. Amalgam was something of a commercial hit, nonetheless, so the chances of the two working with each other again and again was increasingly likely.

So now we have a similar situation, except the dark side of the relationship is far more prominent than anything else. We now have a situation where the ‘off-screen’ relationship is so bad it has overtaken actual comics news in its importance.

I think it’s all hype!

Yeah, there may be no love lost between certain individuals at the two companies, but ‘all publicity is good publicity’ and nothing sticks in peoples’ minds better than a bitter argument and Joe Quesada knows this. Stan Lee once said, “I don’t care if they talk about nothing but comics as long as they’re talking about my comics” and that is an ethos Quesada has embraced with gusto. He knows how important it is to keep Marvel’s profile as high as possible in as many arenas as possible and if it means upsetting people to do it, so be it.

Last point – I feel sorry for Bob Wayne and his team at DC. In fact I feel quite sorry for DC in general. If you strip away all the personality from these two comics companies and just leave the product, then DC wins the battle by miles. It is a professionally run publishing house, with a system in place that has allowed it to produce effectively for a long time and with great diversity and experimentalism. The company doesn’t court controversy, it isn’t the DC way, and yet now, with circulations dwindling again and the threat of real change to the comics industry in the air, it might have to change."

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Matrix Explained Maybe: I've been reading Fling93's continuously evolving explanation on the Matrix films for several months. It's really kind of an earnest, rationale stab at rationalizing a franchise he didn't even particularly gushover in the first place, so for that alone, I'm impressed. Here at M+R we will rant for hours on bad movies, but we only actually spend about seventeed seconds, CUMULATIVELY, on what it all means. ANyway, just pop onto the Yahoo or IMDB movie message board forums to get a taste of the fracturing, chaos-theory-in-action petri dish that is the online movie fan community trying desperately to make sense of these films. It's understandable: after the promise of the first one, simplistic as it may have been to any viewers actually versed in Cyberpunk genre concepts, we all pretty much crossed our fingers and hoped that the sequels would both 'splain some of the real-deal conceits, and kick general ass. While Reloaded offered that fab chase scene and those seriously fly white dread twins, it confounded us with the inexplicably muddy CGI fight sequences, and opened up a chasm deep into voodoo-philosophy territory that was so inexcusably convoluted and yet naively enthusiastic about lofting entire paradigms from different contemporary religions it was like watching a guy in a liquor store smiling at the vendor while pocketing candy bars...in front of him... and Revolutions just felt like a can of smashed assholes to me: Aliens vs. Star Wars right? I mean, what, did I miss something? I am a robot after all.

Anyway, here's his latest update to his Unification Theory of the Matrix Movies:
Fling93- Explaining the Matrix

Oh, and make sure to read the comments at the bottom. One guy needs to, like, stop chewing on other people's cacti...

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[Young Hellboy Sketch from Unknown Artist, Not Related to Article Below]

Hellboy: here's a long lost interview in french and english, with Matt and Chad of Hellboy FX fame. Bad news: Jar-Jar Binks is evident. Good news: SO is a trailer for Zombies Attack! - a Cops/Reality show/undead horror click project of mysterious origin and questionable content that remains funny regardless of intention...

Cinegenre: HEllboy F/X

And for MORE Hellboy Imagery Not Related to Article Above...

Here's a bad Hellboy scratch build:


[note the bad case of "Crabes!" and the fat thighs]

And here's a good one.



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Best Band Name of the Week: Optimus Rhyme

These guys should be supported on the virtue of their name alone.
You can buy their album on CDBaby if you like the sample tracks on their home site.

CD Baby Review:



"The year was 2000. The Wackacons had invaded the Emerald City. Parties grew listless and nightclubs suffered greatly under the Wackacons' ever-growing influence. Repetitive loop manufacturers, lackluster DJs
and angst-filled metal pushers aligned with the Wackacons and quickly flourished in our once-great city.

It was later that year when fate brought five independently minded Autobeat technicians together. Instantly, their positronic brainpaths fused. Within weeks, laid-back progressive hiphop beats were mixed with brutally brain-teasing rhymes.

It is the primary objective of Optimus Rhyme to rid the world of Wackacon oppressors.

Optimus Rhyme blends live beats with interstellar rhymes creating a sound that can most closely be compared to the music of Deltron 3030 and Kool Keith. MCs Wheelie Cyberman and Broken English trade off rhymes which weave personal experiences into the fictitious lives and adventures of the AutoBeat robots. The lyrical and vocal skills of these master storytellers combine with Optimus Rhyme's live instrumentation (featuring guitar, bass, drums and a taste of turntables) to transport the listener to very different world, one which you will not want to leave."



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