IMJ Open Thread

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  1. kurumais says:

    i think i might have found the worst sitcom in the world. its a britcom called TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS. the episode i watched was so horrifically unfunny im shocked cbs hasnt bought the rights to it and made it the keystone to its comedy lineup. its got that same horrendous laugh track that cbs uses so the audience knows what parts are supposed to be funny . if you feel like punishing yourself there are plenty of clips and episodes on the youtube.

    • Locusmortis says:

      You haven’t watched “My Family” then I take it, if you think 2 pints is the worst.

      There are a lot of great sitcoms that come out of the UK, usually they don’t export the worst ones!

  2. Holland-Germany is ON!

  3. Mike McNulty a.k.a. "Stillanerd" says:

    Okay, I just have to say that this weeks Amazing Spider-Man #687 really pissed me off. Not for how Spidey, Silver Sable, Black Widow and Mysterio defeat the Doc Ock controlled Avengers, or for who apparently dies in this issue. Rather, it was one scene in particular. Some of you may recall this article from Colin Smith’s Too Busy Thinking About My Comics?

    http://toobusythinkingboutcomics.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/why-i-loathe-and-despise-spider-man.html

    Well, in this issue, just as Spidey and Sable are going to Doc Ock’s base to take the final fight to Doc Ock, Sable mentions that they should have brought along reinforcements, specifically Sandman. The dialogue goes like this:

    SILVER SABLE: I know [Sandman]. He has a stake in this. If the world dies, his daughter dies with it.
    SPIDER-MAN: Silver, you repeatedly poured acid on Sandman’s head. Call me silly but something tells me he’d have a few scores to settle, and that’s something we don’t need about now.

    No Spidey, I won’t call you silly. I’ll call you a complete and utter moron! If you knew pouring acid on the Sandman’s head was a bad idea, then why the hell did you let Silver Sable do it in the first place? And if both of you already knew you had this kind of leverage against the Sandman all along, THEN WHY THE HELL DID YOU NOT USE THIS TO GET THE SANDMAN TO COOPERATE WITH YOU BEFOREHAND?! I mean, there is forgetting plot points about a story and then deliberately ignoring them for the sake of the plot.

    In other words, Dan Slott has ended up making the entire “acid-boarding of the Sandman” scene from Amazing Spider-Man #685 completely and utter pointless! Not to mention proved Colin Smith’s point.

  4. M. Fewko says:

    I’m probably late here, but I have just found the glory of Hulu PLUS. The British comedies, the huge selection of old school animes (Lain, Bubblegum Crisis, etc) AND new animes (Kids on the Slope, Lupin III’s recent installment) has me sold. This is way better than Netflix, even if some videos still make you watch ads…

    • NicktheStick says:

      The only thing that bugs me about Hulu (and it’s a big one…) is I can’t get it in Canada. I could if I paid a site to bounce my ip address off an American address, but I have a bit of a problem with that.

      • megamanx4ever says:

        HULU Plus is fucking awesome Mike. Watch Accel World it is a really awesome anime that I think you would like. What is cool is that episodes are subtitled and uploaded to HULU the same day it airs in Japan.

        • megamanx4ever says:

          Tiger and Bunny is another good anime that you can watch on HULU as well. Probably one of my favorite superhero stories I have seen in a long time.

          • M. Fewko says:

            I’m happy His and Her circumstances is on. I’m finding myself watching it lots more, even though I already own the DVDs >L<

  5. bello1234 says:

    Ended up picking up Planetoid 1 yesterday art and story were fantastic if you haven’t read it yet I highly recommend it.

    • Yes It looks promising…when he crashes on this planet it kinda felt like you were in a videogame..the art style is great, we get an origin for the main man and a cliffhanger for issue 2 that involves SPOILER survivors..I really hope issue 2 will be as original as this one.

  6. kurumais says:

    STEPHANIE BROWN IS NIGHTWING!!!! in smallville season 11 issue 5 looks like im buying it

  7. dimaman15 says:

    NBC fall premiere dates have been set and I think its pretty obvious that they are actively trying to cancel Community. While moving it to fridays was bad enough, they have decided to have “Shitney” lead-in.

  8. M. Fewko says:

    Man, every time a PT Anderson film is about to come out, I get this giddy chill down my movie-loving neck. He might be America’s best director since Kubrick.

  9. kurumais says:

    cancelling earths mightiest heroes the avengers cartoon to replace it with a cartoon more in line with the avengers movie seems like a terrible idea to me. i dont watch the show but ive seen an episode or two and clips, its looks like a terrific show case for the entire marvel universe for kids. remember how many dcu characters justice league unlimited used? that was amazing earth’s mightiest looks to be using even more of the marvel u. im watching season 2 episode 9 it has winter soldier, the origin of red hulk, falcon vs hawkeye, maria hill. agent quatermain. eric ogrady is even heard over the sheild comm system. plus more. marvel is getting a whole new generation exposed to the width and breadth of its mytho. how can that not be a great thing? like i said the cast of current show is just about the whole marvel universe and they are going to pair that down to 6 avengers and a few named sheild agents that seems like a huge loss to me.
    im not sure what the ratings are or how much money it generates in dvd sales and merchandise. but from what i heard it was pretty sucessfull. maybe they think their billion day movie cartoon can do better. do does marvel and disney think movie goers will start watching a kids channel show in huge numbers?
    they say they want the show to reflect the tone of the movie. how close can they really come? im sure they are getting any of the actors to do the voices or get joss whedon to write or direct any episode or zak penn to write for the show. do you want a pg 13 kind of sensibility on a disney cartoon channel or ben 10 sensibility? does disney want 2 assassins black ops characters on their channel? i doubt it. i dont think the translation will even come close to the joss whedon movie. so why bother.
    besides being connected to an insanely popular movie in a very loose way i just cant see the advantage. if anyone knows any links or articles from marvel or disney talking about this let me know please. thanks

    • ed2962 says:

      I hope this helps some http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/05/22/is-the-avengers-earths-mightiest-heroes-cancelled

      Thing is, I’m not sure I get their supposed reasoning, “to make it more like the movie”. The show already has a Fury who’s a blend of 616/Sam Jackson, the show established that Hawkeye and Widow are ex-partners from SHIELD, and the show uses the movie heroes ( along with others of course).The only way this is more like the movie now is that Clint’s mask is gone.

      My understanding is that EMH was kinda popular and getting lots of positive feedback. So now you want to make it more “episodic” so that “more people can watch”? Why would you re-tool it just as the show is gaining more momentum?

      I wonder if this move is really just a corporate legal thing like that Spectacular/Ultimate Spidey thing. Where they just wanted to own every aspect of the show outright.

      • kurumais says:

        thanks ed this was interesting quote that jumped out at me; Said Loeb, “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes has a tremendous following. One of the things that’s very unique about that show is that it was at a time prior to my coming in.

        he goes to say he wants more one and done episodes so ppl dont have to feel lost. but it might be as simple as him wanting to get rid of the old guard and get his guys in.

  10. kurumais says:

    i started watching some episodes of the avengers earths mighteist heroes they are doing secret invasion and it’s good!!!! i know i know how can a snooze fest like secret invasion be good but these folks did it . the 3 episodes ive seen so far are a lot smarter and well thought out then the comics event and its a freakin kid show. go figure.
    plus seeing all the positive comments about the show’s captain america does my cap fanboy heart good.
    i am really enjoying the show.

    • ed2962 says:

      I think alot of the credit goes to Christopher Yost the head writer. I think he did a pretty job of blending elements from silver age Marvel along with more modern bits and pulling it off in and entertaining way. A nice blend of both light hearted fun and drama. I’m sure it’s been said on this site many times before but this is the type of storytelling the editors should be encouraging if they want get more ppl having fun with the actual comics again.

      • kurumais says:

        i think you are exactly right ed

        • Locusmortis says:

          Never watched it before so I downloaded an episode this evening, its actually pretty good, a lot closer to the feel of the 80′s comic than the current shit bendis is spewing out.

          I was pretty annoyed that there was no Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby credit though yet bureaucrats like Alan Fine and Dan Buckley get credits. Oh well typical Marvel I guess. Same company that gets rid of a good cartoon and replaces it with some Loeb trash.

          • kurumais says:

            i watched a couple of more episodes and it has marvel movie stuff all over it. the tony stark iron man is the movie one. they even draw in his cars and garage where did all his flight experiments in the movie. nick fury is black he start off with the black and white hair of comic nick fu8ry been then shaves it and gets the black trench coat like samuel l nick fury . im not sure how3 much more they want the show to0 be like the movie.

  11. ed2962 says:

    Check it out, an indie comics panel happening this weekend in Chicago. Depending on my free time I might stick my head in for a moment. Why not? It’s FREE!

    http://www.cakechicago.com/?page_id=5

  12. kurumais says:

    hey j dawn landis came out with a new album but its 8 songs in french and i dont understand a word

  13. kurumais says:

    any .hack fans around here?

  14. ed2962 says:

    I watched Cowboy Bebop vol 4 today. Am I a weirdo cuz I geeked out when I realized that in “Black Dog Serenade”, Jet’s old partner was Harvey Keitel?

    And by the way, “If you shoot me in a dream, you better wake up and apologize.”

  15. kurumais says:

    henry 8.0 webseries starring brian blessed from bbc is pretty good i just love brian blessed

  16. Insideman says:

    The Super Computer has returned home!

    I told an Apple guy today I realized not having the new computer was like flying First Class. Once you fly in First– you’ll fly Coach… But you won’t like it.

    Been trying to do so much for the site this week and the 2004 computer was slower than what I was using on the East Coast… Making it harder and harder to post stuff. I love the old computer and appreciate its yeoman effort this week. It’s just hard to believe that less than a year ago I found it to be perfectly acceptable… And now, it feels slower than slogging through 4 feet of mud.

    When I went in for the repair, the woman at the Apple store asked why I waited so long to upgrade from a 2004 to a 2011 model. I said, “Why spend the money? I’m from the old school of If it ain’t broke– why fix it.” But I see now the difference 7 years makes (especially in tech). I doubt I’ll wait as long to upgrade again.

    Exciting stuff coming…*

    • Locusmortis says:

      no no no, upgrading your computer every year or two is fun :)

      • Insideman says:

        2 years is a little too often. Mac’s don’t make themselves obsolete anywhere near that fast. With the Apple migration assistant, upgrading is usually a breeze. It’s the waiting 7 or 8 years that blows your mind with all the tech revolutions.

        You read about all this new shit and think, “My computer’s perfectly fine. Why bother?” Then you actually sit in front of a new one moving 10 million times faster and go, “Now I see why I should have bothered.”

        If I was just sitting here writing, I doubt I would have thought twice about upgrading last year… But the internet waits for no one. Website hosts virtually demand you keep up with the latest tech… Or your site suffers. And you do too.

        I’ve posted almost 500 posts. Shave just 5 minutes off each one and I save at least 40 hours a year. (And that’s a low estimate– the Super Computer! normally cuts my posting time by 20 minutes or more– depending on how intricate the post is.) That’s valuable time I can actually use reading comics… Or sleeping… Or working on something that actually pays me. :D

  17. kurumais says:

    marvel is anti mutant at least when it comes to action figures

    http://www.geekosystem.com/mutants-not-human-taxes/

    you cant make this stuff up

  18. Sorry, I haven’t been around much. Tomorrow I start my M.F.A. program and I have been doing work for it the past week or so. I’ll be gone till next Monday for a week long intensive residency, so I’ll miss most of what goes on here. I’ll try to check out the site if I can, especially if my posts show up, but I can’t make any promises.

    It’s already turning out to be a good semester. When I’m at school this week, one of my classes will be on writing comics and graphic novels. One of my required readings when I come back will be The Killing Joke.

    Anyways, I’ll see you guys soon.

    • ed2962 says:

      Those courses sound fun!

      • Yeah, they look like they will be. The one with The Killing Joke is all about Psych characters in fiction, which will be fun. It mandatory for me to watch Seven and Silence of the Lambs too.

        • Insideman says:

          Just don’t drink any chianti while watching either of those films.

          And your posts will start showing up very soon. Timing is everything. :D

          • No worries, just didn’t want you to think I was slacking off or anything. IMJ is in my blood now!

            Also, I can’t drink with the liver transplant. Alcohol interferes with the anti-rejection medicines. And before that I couldn’t drink be cause I had severe cirrhosis since I was 2. So I have no idea want any kind of wine, ale, lager, or spirits taste like.

    • J. says:

      Hope everything goes well WD.

  19. M. Fewko says:

    Do you guys think its worth it to buy this ALLClear PSN protection? Is it likely Sony will get hacked again?

  20. kurumais says:

    hawkeye getting a lot of luv from kids

    my 9 year old nephew jack liked hawkeye the best from the movie
    i was talking to this kid wally that lives across street and a couple of his buddies about the avengers movie they are in jr hs 1 picked hulk the other 2 picked hawkeye as their fav
    a couple more kids that came into my LCS also picked hawkeye
    i thinks its pretty cool he is getting so many new fans

  21. kurumais says:

    THE AVENGERS KIND OF SUCK…not the books but the team
    you can decide if you like books or not but the avengers seem to be useless these days. during dark reign they seemed completely impotent and incompetent. now it looks like they are going to lose to the xmen. when was the last time the avengers came up big? the avengers are like the legion of super heroes now with all the members yet seem less powerful.
    i dont i only read secret avengers

  22. kurumais says:

    has anyone seen this canadian series? i think its up to episode 5. its a little low budget looks kind of like a syndicated sci fi show. but it keeps popping up on geek sites. its called continuum

  23. kurumais says:

    community wins best comedy at the critics choice awards at least that something it should have an emmy or two by now

  24. kurumais says:

    hitler is very angry at jeph loeb and marvel animation

  25. M. Fewko says:

    Ignore the poor subtitles, and the god-awful beard.

    Nice to see PKD get the recognition he deserves, AND nice to see Ridley Scott speak about him!

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