We’ve all been there Mikey
Study Group, Assemble!
I’ve been meaning to post something about The Big Bang Theory for a while now but it’s taken me ‘till now to really understand what it is about the show that makes me uncomfortable. I’m not exactly a believer in the whole “only write about the things you like, don’t trash the things you don’t” trend which seems to be plaguing comments sections in negative articles lately, but I wanted to be able to really examine why I don’t like TBBT rather than just slagging it off. My main questions being - Why don’t I like this anymore? Why do I feel uncomfortable watching it? And why do I get so annoyed when I see people sing its praises online? The thing which really sparked this post was seeing a raft of comments on Facebook, below the last round of voting in Television Without Pity’s Tubey Awards, claiming The Big Bang Theory to be “the best comedy on TV”. This made me angry so instead of posting an impulsive comment calling out their bad taste which I’d probably regret later, I decided to really analyse why seeing comments like that made me so mad when previously, although I didn’t really love the show, I’d never considered myself as disliking The Big Bang Theory.
Hell, I even have season one on dvd, it’s sitting right between Battlestar Galactica and Bored To Death in my alphabetised collection.
And here, I think, is where my problem with The Big Bang Theory lies…
Wonder Woman Costume from Show You Never Saw Appears on Show You Never Watch, Worn by Actress from Show You Hated
By Andy Khouri
ComicsAlliance extends sincerest kudos to NBC and producer David E. Kelley for executing what is one of the cleverest, grandest bits of trolling we’ve seen in quite some time: Adrianne Palicki’s costume from Kelley’s much maligned and unsuccessful Wonder Woman television pilot will appear on his latest series, Harry’s Law, worn by Erica Durance, who played Lois Lane on the controversial quasi-Superboy series Smallville. Kelley’s deft maneuver invokes and sews together several layers and layers of nerd trauma, and the news of this meta-trolling has already generated consternation around the Web.
We break this epic trolling down to its components at ComicsAlliance.
Ryan North Talks ‘Adventure Time’ Comic: “The Zombies Represent Friendship” [Interview]
By Laura Hudson
To say that we here at ComicsAlliance are fans of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time is understating things almost as much as saying that we’re fans of Dinosaur Comics creator Ryan North. They’re like chocolate and peanut butter for us, which is why were were all thrilled at the announcement that North would be writing the all-new Adventure Time comic that’s coming out in February from Boom! Studios.
That’s why today, we’ve sat down with North for an interview about his first foray into writing a licensed comic, whether or not he’s going to adapt his signature Dinosaur Comics style to the adventures of Finn and Jake, and how friendship is like a zombie outbreak.
ComicsAlliance: How did they approach you to write for the Adventure Time comic? It seems like the creators of the show follow at least a few webcomics — there was an episode where the Ice King hid inside an animated version of Kate Beaton’s Fat Pony — so were they already fans of your work?
Ryan North: Yep! The editors knew me through Dinosaur Comics and floated the idea of me writing the comic to [Adventure Time creator] Pen Ward, and he said “sounds great!” (actually I don’t know his words so I can only ASSUME he said something equally enthusiastic) and then here we are! Pen is a great guy and a lot of us know him already, so it’s easy and fun to make things work out like this.
CA: How did you know the editors that you were interested in writing the comic? Were you already a fan of the show?
RN: I don’t know how they came up with my name, but I hope it was because they thought it would be TOTALLY SWEET PAIRING?
I was already a fan of Adventure Time from way back when the pilot short was released on YouTube, yeah! That was super convenient, because it made a) knowing the characters I was agreeing to write for easy and b) the whole project super exciting for me. If it were any other show I’d probably say no just because I’d have to watch days of television to catch up and know what’s going on, but come on, Adventure Time? I am ALL OVER that.
Read more of this interview at ComicsAlliance.
The Dark Knight Returns to Avenge His DVD Set on Last Night’s ‘Community’
By Chris Sims
Allow me to be the millionth person to say this about last night’s episode of Community: This isn’t the sitcom we deserve… it’s the sitcom we need. And last night’s episode was the perfect example of why. It involved the pretty typical sitcom setup of one of the characters destroyed a valuable possession belonging to one of the other characters — so typical, in fact, that the show itself comments on this fact — but it did it with the offbeat cleverness that makes Community so great.
The episode also involved a completely unexplained anime sequence as two characters hashed out their personal issues over a foosball table, and it’s not the first time that Community has used geeky pop culture elements as part of its storylines. Last season, the show got some attention from nerdier audiences for building an entire episode around a game of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. Unlike other shows that go to that well as a source of comedy, however, the geeky stuff is never just the cheap punchline.
Case in point, Abed’s transformation into Batman, which comes complete with Dany Pudi’s hilarious take on Christian Bale’s infamous growl and a sample of Hans Zimmer’s score from The Dark Knight. It might not be based on a tragedy to the extreme of a double murder, but just like Bruce Wayne, Abed is reacting to a world that he no longer understands. The moment when Annie actually fesses up and he tells her that doesn’t make sense in the new world he’s created where crime is the enemy is such a complex reflection of Bruce Wayne’s motivations that I should probably get David Uzumeri in here to break it down scene-by-scene with me.
Of course, it’s also a dude in a funny costume yelling at a larcenous creep with a foot fetish. I might be reading into things a little bit.
Either way, it makes for some great gags that are smart and silly, which is exactly what Community’s all about — and what makes the fact that it’s being put on hiatus in January such a bummer. I mean, really, where else on television can we get a story we can all relate to, about a guy who pays a lot of money to have an actor who played Batman sign a DVD with an autograph codifying his relationship with the Dark Knight?
That is something we can all relate to, right?
Watch the entire episode at ComicsAlliance.
‘Saturday Night Live’ Skewers Anime and J-Pop Fans [Video]
Actress Anna Faris hosted Saturday Night Live over the weekend, appearing in a skit called “J-Pop America Fun Time Now” that parodied American fans of anime and J-Pop and even implied — via Jason Sudeikis as a frustrated Japanese language professor — that the fetishization of Japanese culture in some corners of fandom could border on racism. What do you think of the skit? Is it a fair satire of some of anime’s more extreme fans, or does it go too far?