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November 30, 2005

Hellboy Animated

Hellboy has a look that you'd think would be a no brainer to translate into an animated form. But not so as it took Tad Stones close to 10 years to finally get his dream project rolling of bring Mike Mignola's Hellboy to life in an animated form.

Fear not it appears that Hellboy will not be watered down for TV

I was hired to bring Hellboy to animation, not a friendlier, blanded out, kid's version of the character but the guy who stalks the pages of the comic

Check out the production blog of the upcoming Hellboy Animated by Tad Stones for furhter details.

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Also Hellboy 2 is in the works and is expected to be released sometime in 2007

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Mordant Singles Archives November 2005

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November 29, 2005

American Gods

I finally finished this book, it probably would've been better if I hadn't taken six months to read it. About halfway through I put it down for three months.

As you can probably tell from my writting that I'm not a big reader. I've been trying to read more as of late just to help sharpen my mind a little. Sitting in a cubical nine hours a day not talking to anyone makes your mind go soft a lot faster than you'd think generic sildalis.

Teetering on the edge of a coma at all times I don't read before I go to bed like most people do to tire themselves out. Some people find it relaxing, I just get more ramped up and want to continue reading.

Whenever I have free time I usually find better uses like watching tv or working on this site instead of reading. I was getting a chance to read in between customers when I worked my second job on Monday nights but I don't work Monday nights anymore. Not busy enough, go figure!

With my crappy connections on my flight to South Carolina last week during my trip I was able to read through the last half of the book. It was a little long and a bit heavy on the decription but I'd pick up another Neil Gaiman Book and I'd go see the movie if they ever made one.

Posted by hypnobee at 6:30 AM

Know Your Eels



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

November 28, 2005

Phoning it in

My appologies to the 5 of you checking in on this site on a regular basis for the last few weeks I've been pretty much been phoning in my posts. Fear not I have not gotten a life and had to abandon this site in order to socialize with others.

It might be a combination of several factors:

1. Laziness - I'm lazy, there's nothing I enjoy more than doing nothing!

2. Busy at Work - It's not that I'm so busy at work or that I've been putting in a lot of overtime and working like a dog. It's just that I'm doing more work while at work and I've had to cut back my "research time" for the site.

3. Traffic is down - I was pulling in huge numbers, mainly due to everyone looking to see if scrubs was cancelled and somehow my site ended up near the top at yahoo search but since Zach Braff posted on his blog stating scrubs return will likely be January 2006 all my hits have virtually dried up.

I was out of town on a job site for the last half of last week and since I don't have a laptop or access to a computer I didn't post a much as I would've liked to. This is also why there was no new cartoon on Thursday, for of those of you thinking.."oh he's gone out at the top of his game" (the well recieved haircut comic), you may be only half right..another new comic will be up on Tuesday.

Things are looking up though, Alias has been cancelled (it will finish out this year, so I won't see any extra free time until May) and Prision Break is ending tonight so that will potentially free up 2 hours a week.

Posted by hypnobee at 11:30 PM

November 25, 2005

Jarhead

Here's the last movie for Movie Week. I've left this one for last because I really don't know what to say about this movie.

Jarhead is an unconventional war movie it follows and is based on the true story of Anthony Swofford. It starts off as any war movie does, the story of why a character joins the army, hazing, training and so on. Pretty intense stuff but nothing that isn't already in Platoon.

Jarhead takes place during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. It follows Marine sniper team as they wait for action in the blistering heat of the Middle East desert for close to six months.

It was a very well executed movie, excellent directing and acting but leaves you wondering, why make a movie about a person that was in a war but never got a chance to fire his weapon?

I'm not saying that this is bad movie but that it just raises the question. It does show what happens to a person and how the experience changes them regardless of the action they see or dont, but the movie really doesn't get into it deeply enough to satisfy you from that perspective either.

I'm glad I saw it but I don't know if I could recommend it to anyone asking what movie they should go see. It will definitely be worth the price of the rental especially if they load it up with great commentaries and special features.

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

November 24, 2005

Saw 2

Welcome to what has now become Movie Week here at Mordant Orange! For the last few months my movie watching habits have sagged a little. It might be because of my schedule or that there hasn't been that much great stuff out there to watch. But as you can tell I seem to back in full swing of movie watching.

I went and saw SAW II as a result of being shut out for Just Friends. I really enjoyed the original Saw but I was curious to see how they would overcome the fact that everyone knows the hook from the first movie that made it so great.

Saw II doesn't quite live up to its predecessor. It has its fair share of twists but I was disappointed with the majority of the action that takes place in the house. I could've done with out the chase and gore sequence of the drug dealer chasing everyone in the house and more of the mind puzzles that Jigsaw uses to give people a chance to save themselves.

If you haven't seen it already you're probably not going to run out and watch it anyway. Do yourself a favor and rent it when it comes out on DVD.

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

November 23, 2005

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

I haven’t read the book but I can’t help but feel that despite being 2 ½ hours long that we got the Coles Notes version of the movie. The book is 734 pages and I can understand you can’t put everything into the movie but a lot happens in this movie and the character development suffers a little from it.

If you haven’t seen the first 3 Harry Potter movies I’d recommend checking them out before watching this one. There are a lot of characters which are in the previous movies that are in this movie and don’t slow do to explain why all of them are doing what they’re doing. The movie stands on it’s own but it can be more greatly appreciated if you’ve seen the others.

Having said all that this is by far and away the best Harry Potter Movie. A ton of action and the plot between the two characters Harry Potter and Voldemort progresses quite a bit.

Check it out.

Posted by hypnobee at 9:52 AM

November 22, 2005

Just Friends

I was pumped yesterday, I had won free tickets to go see an advance screening of Just Friends. I would be able to review a movie before it actually came out.

I took off from work early to go pick up my tickets in Kitchener. I arrived at the movie theater 25 minutes before the movie started to ensure a good seat, only to find out that the theater is already full.

What the hell... I was pissed. The manager explained that they overbook the theater to ensure that it's full. Apparently it says it right here on my ticket.

"Theater is overbooked to ensure capacity please arrive early. seating is on a first come first serve basis. Passes do not guarantee admission..."

I'd scan it to show you but the text is too small to pick up on a scanner. It's approximately 1/32" (0.79mm) tall. I don't know how I missed it.

While I was standing there trying to find another movie to watch so that the 20 minute drive and the 2 hours I took off work weren't a total waste, I saw approximately 20 people turned away with passes in hand. Do they not do any sort of research when determining the percentage to oversell by?

Let's see the theater capacity is 300 and it's free...and you know how people are when it comes to free stuff. Uninterested and hard to come by. I say we give away 900 tickets...yes that should do it.

They informed me that the pass can be used at another time to see the movie. I imagine that they will no doubt open the movie on Wednesday and it will have a "no passes" tag slapped on it so that I won't be able to go see it until it's been out for a month.

I understand that nothing in life is free and I thought the catch was that I was going to have to sit in a room for 2 hours with people that listen to 96.7 CHYM FM "Today's Lite Rock"

Posted by hypnobee at 1:32 PM

Haircut



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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November 21, 2005

Paper Work

Sometimes at work when I'm designing (drafting) some equipment and I'm having trouble trying to figure out if all my parts/views are drawn correctly or if there's a possible interference (because I still work in 2D!) I print out a scale copy of the parts and put them together to check.

This taking it to a bit of an extreme though.

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Posted by hypnobee at 1:32 PM

Walk the Line

Even if I wasn't a Johnny Cash fan or a Joaquin Phoenix fan I still would've went to see this movie because of the movie poster. I love this poster; it's quite possibly the coolest poster I've ever seen.

The movie doesn't quite live up to the poster though. It's a great movie but I think I've become slightly desensitized to the whole rise and fall and rebirth of a celebrity story. Everyone knows that with money comes drugs and either the drugs kill you or you quit the drugs.

The movie does offer more than this; it shows Cash from a boy up until he proposes to June Carter. It is a pretty good story and from other reviews I've read is pretty close to the actual events that occurred.

Filled with performances by Cash and the stars of the time he traveled with the smartest thing this movie did was make the actors sing all the songs themselves. Nothing could be worse than listening to the original and have some actor mouth along. Sure they don't standup beside the original but it gives the movie a more cohesive feel.

The only major problem I had with the movie was when they state the location of the venue in which Johnny proposes to June as "Ontario, Canada". Why not put the city?

Posted by hypnobee at 1:14 PM

November 18, 2005

Scrubs back Jan. 2006...Maybe

Scrubs may return in January 2006 according to Zach Braff in his recent video post at his blog. He's just as much in the dark as everyone else about the series return. The good news is that despite not being aired new episodes are still being created, 7 of 22 episodes for Season 5 are already complete.

Check out Zach's full video where also explains what he's been up to lately.

At least Scrubs - The Complete Second Season is now out on DVD which should tide everyone over until then.

Posted by hypnobee at 10:18 PM

November 17, 2005

The Family Cherry



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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November 16, 2005

Derailed

This movie was fairly entertaining, either that or I've let my guard down on what passes for a decent movie because of a summer full of crappy movies. Derailed was decent but it squandered so many possible opportunities where suspense could've been built and wasn't.

I blame the director. It might have been a weak screenplay but there are other elements of the movie that point to poor direction. Not to give any of the movie away but at certain points the plausibility of the situation is tested and requires you to follow along a little too blindly without asking questions for too long.

The movie runs 127 minutes but feels rushed at many points, especially the near the end. Again I have to think this is the directors fault, spending too long on building up elements than he should've and not realizing it until late in the editing process. Maybe there will be a directors cut that fully flushes out the movie into what it could've been when it gets released on DVD

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

November 15, 2005

American Inventor

Have you got a million dollar idea or product?
Willing to give it away for 15 minutes of fame?
Willing to be mocked on national tv by some third string celebrity because they think you're invention is stupid or possibly resembles something that can be used for sexual pleasure?

If you answered "yes" to all these questions you could be a contestant on American Inventor

American Inventor is the brain child or acid tongued American Idol judge Simon Cowell. Premiering in May 2006 American Inventor is currently looking for inventors / inventions for its new show.

Much like anything else in television you'll probably have to sign away all your rights to appear on the show. Scanning the FAQ quickly it appears you'll probably retain some portion of royalties.

Here's a list of cities they will be visiting:

San Francisco November 17th
Denver December 1st
Chicago December 4th
New York December 7th
Washington DC December 11th
Atlanta December 14th

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Posted by hypnobee at 3:46 PM

Martial Law



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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November 14, 2005

Zathura

Obviously I'm not the target demographic for Zathura but I enjoyed Jumanji and I think Jon Favreau (director of Elf) is pretty good at creating a family movie that can be enjoyed by everyone. It looked entertaining enough so why not see it.

Despite pretty much being a carbon copy of Jumanji as far as plot goes it was still very entertaining and fun to watch. Siblings play a boardgame they find and crazy stuff happens. They have to finish the game to get everything back to normal.

Zathura isn't as heavy on the CG as Jumanji, done with mostly minatures and and actors in suits, it pulled off the level of believabilty that it needed to and it will probably stand up a little better as time moves on than Jumanji will. It has a very cool retro feel that is consistant with the game that they're playing.

I'm pretty sure if you will enjoy this movie unless you're brain has trouble abandoning the fact that they're in space and would freeze to death before they had time to suffocate from the lack of air.

Posted by hypnobee at 9:35 PM

Gorillaz - Perform Live

Gorillaz perform Feel Good Inc. at MTV Europe awards.

Watch it here

The technology to produce this effect is a combination of both old and new technology.

Cara Speller, producer of the Gorillaz live extravaganza at the London animation house Passion Pictures, said: “It’s quite old technology. It’s essentially Pepper’s Ghost, which was a Victorian invention of reflection and projection on to mirrors.�

Full article here

Posted by hypnobee at 8:43 AM

November 11, 2005

Oh what a Sheltered Life I've Led.

As far as I know in Canada (or at least Ontario) if you want something that tastes like Dr. Pepper you have a choice between Dr. Pepper and Diet Dr. Pepper. There's no cheap knockoffs or imitators. In my limited travels to the states I came across Mr. Pibb which is Coca-Cola's answer to Dr. Pepper, I tried it and didn't think much of it. I was always surprised that there weren't more cheap knockoffs.

Matt Preston (via. Ryan North) has totally exposed the sheltered life I've been living. He's found and ranked over a hundred different varieties of Dr. Pepper knockoffs. Here are some my favourite names:

Dr. Riffic
The Dr. Soda
Dr. Pop
Mr. Pig
Dr. Dynamite
Dr. Aahh
Dr. Shasta (Where's Dr. Scheise?)

I think I'd be living a better life if I could respond to a question with, "I'm drinking Mr. Pig!"

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Posted by hypnobee at 1:12 PM

November 10, 2005

The Urban Ecosystem



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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November 9, 2005

WAL-MART - The High Cost of Low Prices

I dislike Wal-Mart as much as the next guy but I've become very wary of the documentary format lately. It's probably because people see a documentary and think it's the outright thruth and that's all there is to it. People forget that it's still just a movie and that it's one persons vision of what they want you to see about it.

Robert Greenwald's "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" is not "Fahrenheit 9/11." There are no goofy takeoffs of old television series. You won't see H. Lee Scott Jr., the chief executive of Wal-Mart, the largest retailer on the planet, practicing his golf swing or making revealing comments on camera.


He doesn't have to. Mr. Greenwald's film features plenty of star witnesses, many of them former employees. Weldon Nicholson, a store-manager trainer for 17 years, says that when Wal-Mart came into a new town, management people would scan the stores along Main Street and make a game of predicting how long it would take each business to close.

Regardless of the level of truth or slanted view it presents the materail in I'd still like to see it. I don't know if I'd pay to see it but if I happened to come across it on TV I'd watch.

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Posted by hypnobee at 8:51 AM

November 8, 2005

Gone for Ice Cream



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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November 7, 2005

Death by Cola

I don't consider myself a caffeine fiend, I don't drink coffee and if I drink pop it's usually 7-up (clear pop is caffeine free).

Energy fiend has got a nice little time killer that answers the question, "How many Mountain Dews would I have to drink to kill myself?". I ran through a few drinks just to see what it would take to put me down:

Barq's - 682 cans
Coke - 441 cans
Pepsi - 395 cans
Dr. Pepper -366 cans
Diet Coke - 333 cans
Mountain Dew - 273 cans
Red Bull - 187 cans
Brewed Coffee - 139 cups

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Posted by hypnobee at 4:39 PM

November 4, 2005

Heart Stopping Sandwich

Look at this monster.

Food ------------------------ Calories
Fried Mushrooms � 15 -------- 450
Bacon � 14 pieces ----------- 990
Onion rings � 18 ------------ 1140
Ground Beef � 1/4 lb. ------- 293
Corndogs � 2 ---------------- 540
Swiss Cheese � 4 slices ----- 425
Provolone Cheese � 4 slices - 397
Cheddar Cheese � 4 slices --- 455
Sliced Ham � 1/4 lb. -------- 184
Sliced Turkey � 1/4 lb. ----- 181
Pastrami � 1/4 lb. ---------- 394
Sliced Roast Beef � 1/4 lb. - 200
Bratwurst � 1 --------------- 510
Braunschweiger � 1/4 lb. ---- 580
Wheat Bread � 1 lb. --------- 1030
Lettuce � 1/2 head ---------- 25
Feta Cheese � 4 oz. --------- 350
Italian Salad Dressing � 6 oz 480
Oregeno � 50 grams ---------- 438
Salt & Pepper � 50 grams ---- 0
Butter � 1/2 lb. ------------ 1600
Parmesan Cheese � 100 grams - 465
Canola Oil � 154 Tbsp. ------ 18,432
Total ----------------------- 29,559

and a diet coke please!

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Channel Frederator

From Frederator Studios creators of the Oh Yeah Cartoons! comes Channel Frederator. Podcasting 10-15 minutes of animated shorts a week. I thought that they'd be mixing their already 100 plus shorts into it each week as well as adding other great shorts that really don't have a format to be broadcast anywhere. Here Frederator explains the difference between Oh Yeah and Channel Frederator:

Oh Yeah Cartoon:

Character-driven, funny, seven-minute shorts for kids between the ages of six and eleven. We want that 10-year-old to fall in love with a character, like how I fell in love with Scooby, and the way kids (and adults) are falling in love with SongeBob today. And we want to work with the filmmakers who can pull that off.

Channel Frederator:

Channel Frederator shorts are a much different ballgame with much fewer rules: they've got to be animated. It really helps if they're funny and tell a story, but neither is necessary.

Either way I was into it. Be sure to check it out, two episodes are already up.

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November 3, 2005

What an Ass



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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November 2, 2005

Grizzly Man

Here’s another reason I put absolutely no faith in Rottentomatoes.com, besides it’s deceiving ranking system which celebrates mediocrity. This movie is absolute utter garbage and it has an approval rating of 93%.

I went into this movie expecting a documentary about a man (maybe a little crazy) who goes and lives with bears and ultimately is killed by them. What I got instead was a washed up, never-was California man-boy who wishes he was gay and who has completely fried his brain on either alcohol and/or drugs out in the wild being too close to animals he shouldn’t be.

Timothy Treadwell comes across as someone who is very passionate about something but hasn't taken the time to do any research and isn't articulate enough to present what he's seeing to compel you to follow along. Seduced by the camera he's is even less convincing with his sincerity and the whole thing plays like a fame seeking exercise.

Werner Herzog is the director and narrator and in both efforts he fails miserably. As a narrator his accent is too thick and his pacing is terrible. Often times he moves from narration to commenting which seems totally inappropriate in this documentary style film. It also comes across as very weak backing up what he's showing you with his opinion. Why not let your film speak for itself?

Then there’s the direction, using Treadwell footage he weaves together the taping of a vain mad man who knows little about anything into an outright mess. Scenes go on for way too long and points that have been previously established are revisited. It’s just poor storytelling. Interviews with friends and authorities come off as terribly staged or acted out and rob the scenes of any sincerity there is.

At every attempt this movie tries to be, it fails.

Here are some clips of the movie
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Posted by hypnobee at 1:26 PM | Comments (3)

Listen to Your Mother



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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November 1, 2005

Star Wars Episode III - On DVD

Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith is out on video today, if you care. I'm not really a fan but I've seen them all. I can't really comment too much on this movie because I fell asleep during it.

I must've fell asleep during this part.

Oh well no loss.

I did wake up in time to see the end and found it to be a bit of a letdown. Maybe I'll watch it again.

Posted by hypnobee at 12:52 PM

Harry Potter and the 40 of Rye

Sorry, no new comic today. I was busy handing out candy all night. I still have candy left over, which is probably a good thing because I spent more money on candy yesterday than I have on groceries in a month. This morning I heated up some tootsie rolls in the microwave and spread them over my toast.

I had a pretty decent crowd come by my place. I only had one group of trick-or-treaters come by with facial hair. Even they weren't that bad, they offered me their chips.

Hopefully I'll have a new comic up tomorrow. There still will be 2 comics going up this week. I'll post them as soon as I finish.

Posted by hypnobee at 8:20 AM