Indys

May 3, 2011

I was reading through one of my Savage Dragon books today and I got to thinking about indy comics and some of the characters I love.  So here are my top 5 favorite non-Marvel, non-DC characters.  This is leaving out titles from Marvel and DC imprints (which forces me to not list great characters like Kick-Ass, Preacher, Spider Jerusalem and Elijah Snow).

5.- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- Ah, the Ninja Turtles.  The success story of the indy comics scene began as just a cool, weird comic.

4.- Invincible- The other great series by ‘The Walking Dead’ genius Robert Kirkman

3.- Christian Walker (from Powers)- A detective working superhero cases.  But more than that really…

2.- Judge Dredd- A great character from across the pond.  Really the face of a whole 1980’s-90’s underground comics movement.

1.- The Savage Dragon- Erik Larsen’s Dragon makes me laugh but more importantly he pays homage to the entire history of comics while Larsen proves month-in and out what makes comics fun.

Spinning Part Two

May 2, 2011

While thinking about spinoffs I like the other day, I thought of many that were just terrible or unnecessary.  So here is a list of some of the ones I don’t like and why.

– Joey (Spinoff of ‘Friends’)- The premise is that you take the least interesting character on ‘Friends’ and give him his own show.  No thank you.  I would have watched ‘Phoebe’ or ‘Chandler’ though.

– Enos (spinoff of ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’)- Say what you will about ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ but it was a big part of my childhood viewing and I liked it.  The spinoff (starring Deputy Enos) was a bad idea.

– Mayberry RFD (spinoff of ‘The Andy Griffith Show’)- The bad spin-off. ‘Andy Griffith’ also spawned a GOOD spinoff ‘Gomer Pyle, USMC’

– Three’s A Crowd (spinoff of ‘Three’s Company’)- The rare spinoff featuring the main character of a show after his supporting cast leaves. It wasn’t good despite the presence of John Ritter.

– Crusade (spinoff of ‘Babylon 5′)- In my opinion, ‘Babylon 5′ was genius and ended too soon. The immediately spun off a show in the same universe starring Gary Cole but I didn’t like it. It was more like ‘Star Trek’ (a ship and a crew type show) and didn’t capture the things that made me love ‘Babylon 5′

Spinning

April 29, 2011

I am about to watch one of my favorite shows in a minute (Big Bang Theory) so I thought I would make a list of my all time favorite spin-offs.  Even though BBT is not a spin-off. This list doesn’t include shows that were started as continuations of other shows (ie Star Trek The Next Generation) or remake shows (Battlestar Galactica)

5. The Facts Of Life- Spun off from Different Strokes. This show spun George Clooney off into an acting career.  So if you think about it, we have Gary Coleman to thank for George Clooney’s douchebaggery.

4. Angel- Spun off from Buffy The Vampire Slayer. It took a little time to find it’s own voice but eventually became just as good as Buffy.  In my opinion.

3. The Jeffersons- Spun off from All In The Family.  My love of this show comes from my love of Sherman Helmsley. The guy just makes me laugh. I also loved him in Amen.

2. Family Matters- Spun off from Perfect Strangers (many people don’t know this).  Yes it gave birth to Steve Urkel but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some good wholesome family fun.  And Carl Winslow was the man.

1. Torchwood- Spun off from Doctor Who. A show that took a great character but went a whole different way with it. Love it.

Your Ipod Is Not Following You

April 28, 2011

I won’t go into excruciating detail here but I have been really cheesed off lately at the people who claim that Apple is spying on them because the IPhone can track where you are.  Okay, it’s a phone. And a smartphone at that.  How do you think it can tell you where the nearest Chili’s is?  How do you think it knows what the weather is where you are?  The phone gets your bearing in order to make these things work.  So get over it.  Or turn off those options.  If you think that Apple is going to track you down or that they are going to tell police where you are then I have two statements for you:

1) You are stupid.

2) If you are doing something so bad that you don’t want somebody to find you doing it, then you shouldn’t be doing it.

League

April 27, 2011

One of my absolute favorite all-time comic book series is the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.  It’s about a group that comes together under the British government and it includes Mina Harker (of Dracula), Captain Nemo, Alan Quatermain (of King’s Solomon’s Mines), Dr Jekyll/Mister Hyde and the Invisible Man.  They eventually face Martians, Professor Moriarty, Fu Manchu and many others. They made a movie (which SUCKED).  I always felt that Alan Moore could have included a couple of other characters.  The series has run the gamut as far as time frames.  So the opportunities for new characters abound.  Such as:

– Susan Pevensie (of the Narnia books).  The last Narnia book leaves her out and says that she was “no longer a friend of Narnia”.  That would have been great to expand on.

– Dorothy Gale (of the Oz books)

– Victor Frankenstein. Sure, he died in the book but his survival could have been easily explained.

– The Count of Monte Cristo

– Tarzan

– Some 30’s Pulp Heroes (The Shadow, The Spider, The Avenger, The Green Hornet etc)