December 2010

BTB Film – Dan Thompson vs 2 Days Laughter

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This week we’ve got another little bit of stand up for you to help round off the year in style. This is a collection of material, recorded during previews for my 2009 Edinburgh show. This particular compilation was created for the 2 Days Laughter film festival, where it won the “Best Stand Up” category. The camera work is a little dodgy in places due to the nature of filming at clubs but the overall result is rather nice.

Happy New Year y’all.

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The Twelve Geeks of Christmas – Dark Phoenix Rising

As a thank you for all your support over our first few months of being operational, we’re giving you twelve days worth of geeky videos, hand picked and guaranteed to raise a smile. Enjoy.

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Another of Floating Hands Studios’ wonderful X parodies here. The idea to give Wolverine a Canadian accent is simply inspired.

Enjoy New Years Eve and we shall see you and your hangover back here tomorrow!

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The Twelve Geeks of Christmas – Red Shirt Guy Autotune

As a thank you for all your support over our first few months of being operational, we’re giving you twelve days worth of geeky videos, hand picked and guaranteed to raise a smile. Enjoy.

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If you’re a citizen of the internet then you probably came across the unlikely hero known only as “Red Shirt Guy”. Not only did this chap manage to stump the World of Warcraft creative team with his scary knowledge of their own product, he also became an overnight legend by the calm and reasonable way he addressed the hail of flames he got over his first video. So popular was he with fans that Blizzard even incorporated him into the latest World of Warcraft expansion. Fitting then that an icon such as this should receive one of the internet’s highest awards – a badass autotune remix!

Another X-Men parody tomorrow. Sweet.

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The Twelve Geeks of Christmas – The Assassination of Yogi Bear by the Coward Boo Boo

As a thank you for all your support over our first few months of being operational, we’re giving you twelve days worth of geeky videos, hand picked and guaranteed to raise a smile. Enjoy.

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If you’ve seen The Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford then this will probably have you giggling as much as it did me, if not then why are you reading this when you should be watching an incredible film? Watch it dammit!

Some more music tomorrow.

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Practitioners 11: Frank Quitely

It would have been the simplest thing to allow the artwork above to illustrate all I would like to say about Frank Quitely. A late starter, like my good self (born Vincent Deighan, 1968, Glasgow, Scotland) he didn’t appear on the comic illustration scene until 1990 and almost immediately set the comics world on fire. Through numerous (but not numerous enough) projects he has revolutionised the look of the greatest and the mightiest of the two biggest comics companies in the world. A fan favourite – his work alongside Mark Millar and most prominently Grant Morrison has proved that the comic industry should rely less on unbreakable rules and the reliability of its staple characters and to rely more heavily on considered, respectful revolution – Quitely speeding the gradual revolution of characters and always making clear missed opportunities by less inspired or less talented artists.

Frank Quitely is a one man visual revolution. Simultaneously exciting, original and edgy he is also traditional, technically near perfect and highly detailed. There is no one in comics complaining about Quitely except that there isn’t enough of his work. Look above. Jesus. He takes the most highly recognisable characters and the sum of all of their character and previous incarnations and compounds and beautifies them – bringing forwards inherent elements that were always there and remained unearthed visually and enhancing the elements that had already been visible.

Take Superman; a man drawn by multiple masters previously in various guises; either adapting the existing image of the Man of Steel or developing their own – however I’d claim that none have taken all of the incarnations and public awareness of Superman and collected them more or as self assuredly as Frank Quitely. At once superhuman and godlike in his actions and stance. Powerful and Human in his build and appearance; the proportions offered plausible and close to perfectly realistic for a powerful human man and simultaneously carrying an expression you could see on anyone you might meet with Superman’s personality; pride, strength, clarity of vision and purpose. In one simple line work Quitely has encapsulated almost every word and panel drawn of one of the most prominent and world-reknowned of the comic book Super heroes.

The ‘next’ at the base of the image an addition by the website I tore the image from but could as easily simply say ‘Nuff said. Move on.’ I was even tempted to simply leave this image as a testament to the natural ability of one of the foremost artists working in the field today.

Following a 14 year career alongside Morrison, Quitely has clocked up star turns with Authority (with Mark Millar) JLA, New X-Men, All Star Superman, WE3 and Batman and Robin. But Quitely didn’t start in comics at all until 1990 – coining the Frank Quitely moniker as a spoonerism of quite frankly in order to cover his real name, Vincent Deighan due to concerns his family would be upset by the content of his first book – the Greens, a rip on the Boons – a comic strip created by DC Thompson. He needn’t have worried.

His awards include;
2005 Best Penciller/Inker Eisner Award for We3 (tied with John Cassaday)
2006 Best New Series Eisner Award for All-Star Superman with Grant Morrison
2007 Best Continuing Series Eisner Award for All-Star Superman with Grant Morrison
2007 Best Artist Harvey Award for All-Star Superman
2009 Best Continuing Series Eisner Award for All Star-Superman with Grant Morrison

I’m going to stop talking and let the artwork above speak for itself. Nice and Quitely.

The Twelve Geeks of Christmas – The Ballad of Barry Allen

As a thank you for all your support over our first few months of being operational, we’re giving you twelve days worth of geeky videos, hand picked and guaranteed to raise a smile. Enjoy.

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One of my all time favourite comic book songs. The track is called “The Ballad of Barry Allen” by a band called Jim’s Big Ego. It’s a tribute to the beloved speedster and one of many great (and odd) JBE tracks. The chorus still gets me choked up.

Homework for tomorrow: Watch The Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford.

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Moon Update: Moon and Shades Rodriguez – Rough Old Streets of Shoreditch

Quick preview this week of an old piece of art featuring two of the lead (and most diametrically opposed characters) from our upcoming comic book series. There will be considerably more in the weeks running up to its release as well as more insight into the look and colouring of the book. The pages are beginning to fall into place finally as pencil, colour and ink for the first 10 pages are now complete with a lettering draft done and waiting to be completely implemented. We have a busy 5 weeks ahead of us but Moon 1 is on schedule right now.

Moon and Shades Rodriguez take it to the streets of Shoreditch.

The Twelve Geeks of Christmas – The Dark Knight meets Superman

As a thank you for all your support over our first few months of being operational, we’re giving you twelve days worth of geeky videos, hand picked and guaranteed to raise a smile. Enjoy.

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A bit of Batman fun courtesy of CollegeHumour.com. Gotham’s dark defender comes face to face with superdouche.

Tomorrow, we get musical.

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The Twelve Geeks of Christmas – Death Becomes Them

As a thank you for all your support over our first few months of being operational, we’re giving you twelve days worth of geeky videos, hand picked and guaranteed to raise a smile. Enjoy.

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An oldie, but a goody. This is one of my favourite X-Men parodies and the perfect accompaniment to leftovers and tea. Yum.

More funnies tomorrow.

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