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Lexx-ography

Lexx-ography

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Published: August 20, 2010 | By admin

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I'm a big fan of Lexx.  I first accidentally discovered the series when I picked up a couple of the first season episodes from the discount bin at Blockbuster over a decade ago.  The first season was epic - it consisted of 4 2-hour-long episodes, which were re-branded as stand-alone movies to those countries (like the US) that were unfamiliar with the show.  I, of course, locked in on immediately to the combination of Tim Curry (Supernova) and Rutger Hauer (Eating Pattern), and had no idea what I was getting myself into. Lexx was always, to me, the "Little Scifi Engine That Probably Shouldn't, But Often Did Anyway".  With it's mix of unusual characters - the cowardly, whining, sex-starved captain Stan was a stark contrast to every other Captain we've ever seen in any scifi or fantasy epic that wasn't a straight-up parody of the genre.  Zev/Xev and Kai were a one-true-pairing that not only failed to ever actually get together, but Xev actively tried to "pair" with nearly anything that walked (even if her heart did belong to Kai).  790, the talking robot head, was technically comic relief, but was often depressingly unfunny, and as the series went on became Dr Smith from Lost in Space. The series ultimately went everywhere the modern 'genre-savvy' scifi epic shouldn't go, and did so with a style and flair that only a Canadian-German co-production.  They had a kill count higher than almost any show I'm aware of... I mean, forget planets, which the Lexx destroys constantly... season 2 saw the end of an entire universe, and season 3 saw them accidentally destroy THE AFTERLIFE, re-killing-off half the people they'd already killed at least once (in some cases, more than one)... and then, Season 4 saw them blow up what I can only describe as "The Afterlife's Afterlife". So a few months back I decided, in my rounds to slowly but surely defame all of my fandom loves, that Lexx deserved the lens be turned on it (having already taken pot shots at Star Trek - repeatedly, Star Wars, LOTR, Babylon 5 [oops, haven't hit that one... yet], Stargate, Star Trek some more... the list goes on.) But what to do with a scifi show I acknowledge most people never actually watched?  I workshopped the idea for a few months in my brain - an intergalactic war breaking out over fans' preference over Zev (1st season, with the silver hair) or Xev (2nd-4th seasons, with the orangish hair); some sort of censorship thingy, The Lexx randomly blowing up other people's big ships (Death Star, Borg Cube, Megamaid, etc)... but no matter what the idea, I couldn't get any of the characters to agree to it inside my head.  They were too cynical, too subversive, too sarcastic, too uninvolved.  And so eventually, that's how the comic ended - with them not liking the idea and wandering off. There's a telling scene about the nature of the show that I'll leave this rant with.  It's from the beginning of the second episode-movie from the beginning of the show, titled Supernova.  It shows a man floating through space in some sort of stasis spacesuit. The guy's suit is playing an automated message playing advising all that his home planet had come under attack from a terrible plague, and that the only hope they had was to launch him into space with the hopes that he would encounter some benificial magnificent alien race to aid his world in it's time of need. As the suit's automation senses a large alien vessel approaching him quickly, it wakes him to face the salvation of his people... only for him to come to consciousness just in time to smack into the bottom of the Lexx (and explode) as it shoots past him on it's way to do it's own thing.

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Dora The Master

Dora The Master

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Published: August 18, 2010 | By admin

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I've been meaning to do a followup on my Dora comic back in 2009 for a while now, but aside from a string of bizarre Swiper-related puns, I didn't really have a good idea for anything.  Until now. And yes, I know, Ash doesn't have a Mudkip.  But I thought some of you might leik mudkips, so I threw one in.

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Answering The Call

Answering The Call

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Published: August 16, 2010 | By admin

This is not based on a true story.  Nope.

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Signs of Truth

Signs of Truth

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Published: August 6, 2010 | By admin

This has been a big problem where I live... we have a town of a little over 12000, and lost over the last 2 years about 8000 jobs.  Glen Beck came here to feel sorry for us (and after having to put up with Glen Beck, you should feel sorry for us too).

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Super Cordyceps Bros

Super Cordyceps Bros

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Published: August 4, 2010 | By admin

Confused?  Not horrified enough yet?  Then watch Cordyceps at Work [1] [1] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCOQ0VU24xw

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Ron Weasley and The Incredibly Bad Plan of Planning

Ron Weasley and The Incredibly Bad Plan of Planning

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Published: July 29, 2010 | By admin

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The ever-evolving art style of AoD has certainly evolved. A lot of times I'm hard on myself for my art.  My comic is not, nor would it ever be considered as, "artist porn".  I'm not bad at drawing - but I'm really not good either.  I defend myself by saying, in my brain, that I am an artist, but I am not a cartoonist.  It's a lie, one I tell myself to feel better, but we all do crap like that anyway and at least I can be honest on the second pass of reviewing the statement. Still, it's nice to see that while my cartooning style may not be fantastic, it's at least changing and (presumably) getting better.  It's a little hard to tell, sometimes, when you watch the same characters leap from comic to comic and change slowly over time that things are getting better (or occasionally worse). This comic, on the other hand, provides some nice sharp contrast... I haven't done any Potter stuff in AoD, so I was surprised to find that I had a tag for it.  A couple years back, I recycled/resurrected an old comic I had done pre-AoD (for the comic Art and Leaf came from) which also hit upon the Potterverse for some lulz.  This comic [1], while still not terrible, is lightyears away from where today's comic is... back then, I didn't really understand how layers worked, which is why the characters have white 'halos' around them... I used the magic wand to grab them out of the flat white layer I had drawn (and colored, I fear) the whole thing before dumping them in the seperate layer background I had made... and I have no idea what the mysterious 'white fog' is.  I guess Gandolf was smokin' a bowl... I don't know. [1] http://www.theappleofdiscord.com/comics/aod/harry-potter-plagarism/

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Dealing With The Situation

Dealing With The Situation

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Published: July 26, 2010 | By admin

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This is not the comic I meant to do today... but as things unfolded, this is the comic I needed to do today. As I settled in this morning to work on a comic for today, I had ideas - I was potentially going to hit you with another Star Trek comic or maybe a new Gayzilla.  I flipped on the television - manually, I'm old school like that - and as my laptop booted up, I see that the cable box has somehow managed to settle on MTV since the last time I used it.  And, since Season 2 starts tonight, apparently they're running a marathon of Jersey Shore. I started fishing around for the remote.  It escalated from a mild rummage to a blind panic as more and more brain cells jumped ship rather than be used to process the horrors on screen.  Sweaty morons lifting weights, talking about how awesome they are, dumb girls who I wouldn't approach with a 10-foot-pole (judging from at least one of them, they might start trying to pole dance). To steal a line from The Bob and Tom Show, "If this is on here, what's playing in Hell?" I'm not a fan of Reality Television, never have been.  And I don't mean to overreact... but if I had a time machine, I would travel back in time, find the person who first thought of Reality Television, and put a six inch railroad spike through one of their eyes.  Then I'd travel forward, and if we still had Reality TV, I'd go back and do it again.  And again.  Until I'd snuffed out all these mutherf*ers. But even the worst of the entries thus far - most of which were by Fox - don't hold a candle to this crap.  And I'm not the only one who thinks so.  I saw a news story [1] pop up this evening with New Jersey's own governor Chris Christie saying that the show was a "negative for New Jersey". So at least it's not just  me. [1] http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/26/nyregion/26shore.html

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Fairies of The Light

Fairies of The Light

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Published: July 13, 2010 | By admin

My entry for this week's #tuesdaysketch [1] challenge, the topic of which was (as if it isn't obvious) fairies. [1] http://tuesdaysketch.wordpress.com/

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Global Voices

Global Voices

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Published: July 2, 2010 | By admin

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