Star Trek vs Monty Python

Original Star Trek TV series footage combined with a classic Python song. The result: most amusing.

Plot Boiler

I happily stumbled upon this site which is both an amusing distraction and a cure for writer’s block. A very simple site that generates random plots from elements submitted by users. Keep hitting “Boil Another Plot” until inspiration hits or submit your own ideas. Here’s a nice example.


A former submarine commander who has a jet-pack and a foul mouth, a cross-dresser who has a cape and a voice like chimes,
and a ventriloquist who has a wagon wheel suffer from a chronic disease and try to hold their family together in this gangster movie set in a Ferris wheel.

If you need even more, also check out the similar, but simplified site, They Fight Crime! Example:

He’s an obese coffee-fuelled jungle king who believes he can never love again. She’s a warm-hearted kleptomaniac research scientist who hides her beauty behind a pair of thick-framed spectacles. They fight crime!

Boom’s Disney Series Now Ongoing

Press release below from BOOM! Studios about their now ongoing Disney books. It’s great to see they’re not stopping, due to Disney’s purchase of Marvel.

Mickey, Donald, Goofy and more of your Disney favorites
return in two epic ongoing adventures series!

Enchantment and excitement are around every corner as two new Disney comics debut this January, WIZARDS OF MICKEY and DISNEY’S HERO SQUAD: ULTRAHEROES.

WIZARDS OF MICKEY #1 continues the epic tale of magical adventure that will finish its first arc in MICKEY MOUSE & FRIENDS issues #296 – #299. Popular enough to garner its own stand alone series, the WIZARDS OF MICKEY serial continues the adventures of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy as they compete in the Grand Wizard’s tournament, determined to win all the pieces of the Sorcerer Supreme’s crown and free Mickey’s master from the clutches of the evil Phantom Blot!

With WIZARDS OF MICKEY spinning off into its own series, MICKEY MOUSE & FRIENDS takes a break with issue #299, while we prepare the next wave of amazing Mickey adventures.

DISNEY’S HERO SQUAD: ULTRAHEROES bursts from the pages of WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES, where the first arc of the story is featured in WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES #699 – #702. DISNEY’S HERO SQUAD: ULTRAHEROES follows Super Goof, The Duck Avenger, Eega Beeva, The Red Bat and more coming together as Disney’s mightiest band of heroes, ready to stomp out the bad guys wherever they may lurk!

With DISNEY’S HERO SQUAD spinning off into its own series, WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES #703 will see the debut of a new serial entitled, “Mickey Mouse and The World to Come” by internationally renowned Disney writer and artist Casty.

“The fan response to WIZARDS OF MICKEY and DISNEY’S HERO SQUAD has been completely insane,” says BOOM! Disney Editor Aaron Sparrow. “These characters have reached a whole new audience, and fans, old and new, have clamored to have these stories in their own dedicated series. Well, you demanded it and we delivered. WIZARDS OF MICKEY & DISNEY’S HERO SQUAD will be their own series starting this January!”

WIZARDS OF MICKEY is an ongoing series written by Stefano Ambrosio, with delightful interior art by Lorenzo Pastrovicchio. Issue one ships with two covers in a 50/50 split, and a 1/10 incentive cover. The series features fantastic cover art by Magic Eye Studios and has a Diamond Code of NOV090699.

DISNEY’S HERO SQUAD: ULTRAHEROES is an ongoing series written by Riccardo Secchi, with amazing interior art by Stefano Turconi. Issue one ships with two covers in a 50/50 split, and a 1/10 incentive cover. The series features fantastic cover art by Magic Eye Studios and DWITT, and has a Diamond Code of NOV090686.

All BOOM! titles are serialized as individual 24-page comic books in Direct Market comic book collector shops and newsstands; then each four issue complete story will be collected into graphic novel trade paperbacks available in the mass market via Borders, Barnes & Noble and the direct market as well. Kable Distribution Services, Inc. distributes a BOOM! line of monthly publications to the newsstand market.

President Deathstroke Speaks

Thanks to Warner Bros. for their interview with actor Bruce Davison, who plays President Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke in Feb 23’s animated film, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. Having one of the meanest hombres in the DC Universe as President in an alternate earth is an awesome move.


Bruce Davison is no stranger to political office – at least in a fictional situation. He’s played an ambassador, senator, congressman and judge, but Davison steps up in class – in his first voiceover for animation – as President Wilson in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, an all-new DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movie coming February 23, 2010 from Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation.

In Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, a “good” Lex Luthor arrives from an alternate universe to recruit the Justice League to help save his Earth from the Crime Syndicate, a gang of villainous characters with virtually identical super powers to the Justice League. What ensues is the ultimate battle of good versus evil in a war that threatens both planets and puts the balance of all existence in peril. Davison’s President Wilson is caught in the middle of the battle, attempting to find a balance between leading the human citizens of the parallel Earth and not being crushed by the powerful Crime Syndicate.

Davison’s credits stretch through film and television to the tune of 160 different movies and series roles, catching the world’s attention in 1971 as the title character in the benchmark rat-attack thriller Willard. He has since been a regular on primetime series, covering the gamut from The Waltons, Murder She Wrote and thirtysomething to Seinfeld, Lost, Close to Home and Knight Rider. Davison’s film career has featured memorable and critically acclaimed roles in X-Men and X2, Six Degrees of Separation, Short Cuts, Grace of My Heart and Longtime Companion, the latter performance garnering an Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe Award, an Independent Spirit Award, and top honors from the National Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Circle. Though he has recorded numerous books-on-tape, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths represents Davison’s first foray into the animated world.

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths is an original story from award-winning animation/comics writer Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League). Bruce Timm (Superman Doomsday) is executive producer, and Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Green Lantern: First Flight) and Sam Liu (Superman/Batman: Public Enemies) are co-directors. The full-length animated film will be distributed by Warner Home Video as a Special Edition 2-disc version on DVD and Blu-Ray™ Hi-Def, as well as single disc DVD, and On Demand and Download.

During his recording session, Davison had a few minutes to discuss his inaugural animated role, his personal history with super heroes, an early adoration for EC Comics, and his ascent up the fictional political ladder. We’ll let his words take it from here …

QUESTION: What’s it like being one of two characters without super powers in an all-super hero movie?

BRUCE DAVISON: Well, it’s par for the course. In X-Men, I played Senator Kelly and, as my son likes to say, I didn’t really have any powers – I just melted. It’s tough when your action figure can’t stand up. I had to stick it in a glass of water because it didn’t have any feet, just this sort of drippy stuff off the bottom (he laughs). So I’m used to not having any real strength powers. But President Wilson is a pretty macho guy, which is great.

QUESTION: And you’ve got a nice progression here. Marvel makes you a senator, DC makes you President …

BRUCE DAVISON: Yes, I AM the President (he laughs). And I actually have feet in this one, plus an eye-patch. So I’m definitely moving up in the super hero world.

QUESTION: How did you enjoy your maiden voyage into animation voiceovers?

BRUCE DAVISON: I’ve done books-on-tape, including a Stephen King book and a few other things. But it’s really interesting to be a character that will then be created as opposed to trying to fit in. I’ve spent a lifetime voicing over (looping) myself in films over the years. But it’s a lot easier to just create something and then let the animators put it together. Oh, and it’s just a blast doing the recording – it’s like being six years old again.

QUESTION: Were you picturing the character in your head while recording, or just focusing on conveying certain emotions?

BRUCE DAVISON: Well, I always try to look at my characters as being better than I am. That’s one of the reasons I guess I became an actor – because you get to create a persona that’s bigger or better or more interesting than your own. I sort of found President Wilson to be like Dale Dye, the guy that does all the military shows on History Channel. The guy who gets in the trenches. He’s been there, done that. So, I’d better shape up.

QUESTION: Did super heroes play a role in your youth?

BRUCE DAVISON: I hate to date myself, but my earliest memories are Flash Gordon. I would love playing Flash Gordon in the neighborhood. We lived outside of Philadelphia in Drexel Hill, and I would be Flash Gordon and my friend was Dr. Zarkov – and we’d get beat up by the Catholic kids, who were the clay people, on the way home from school. And then we’d have auditions for Dale Arden. So that was sort of my childhood fantasy.

QUESTION: Do you remember any first experiences with Superman or Batman?

BRUCE DAVISON: Oh, yeah – George Reeves working with “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” – you know, in the ’50s when there were just three channels on the TV, and you watched the Indian on the Test Pattern until nine when things started coming on. I did have a cape and I did jump off my stairs – and survived (laugh). I really loved running around the hill, trying to do the whole “Truth, Justice and the American Way” thing (hums the theme song). I’d try to take off just like he did, and end up sliding on my face down the hill. But that was always off camera for me and I figured they didn’t see that part, just the great take off (laughs).

QUESTION: How did comic books influence your upbringing?

BRUCE DAVISON: I was a major EC Comic freak. I just loved them all. “Tales Of The Crypt,” “Weird Science” … all of the older stuff. I just really loved the artwork – Wally Wood and all of those great artists. But they scared the bejesus out of me as a kid. I remember one very vivid comic in which a baseball player would spike people, sliding into everybody, so they cut him all up and played baseball with his head and used his legs as the bats. I think they used his trunk as home plate. That really scared me (he laughs). It was a really interesting time. They used to run articles in the comics about how people in Congress were trying to make it a Commie plot to ban EC. I found that really interesting – that was really the dawning of my first understanding of politics and censorship.

QUESTION: Why are superheroes important for us?

BRUCE DAVISON: I think it gives us a sense of idealism and strength that we don’t have but we wish we did. It’s like, why do we create religion? Because we need super heroes to take care of us, to live up to.

QUESTION: You’ve done so many different things. What do people most often recognize you for?

BRUCE DAVISON: Well, if they’re my age, probably Willard, because that was an impressionable movie when you’re young. The younger people know me from X-Men. And then if you’re 12, it’s Knight Rider. It’s as though every few years something comes along and then I’m sort of remembered for that. But people don’t really know that I can do anything else until the next time.

QUESTION: Did you learn anything from your first animation voiceover experience?

BRUCE DAVISON: I learned it’s a lot of fun. It really is. And you just have to sort of wing it with the other actors. You do have to work within the iambic pentameter of the technical world of the medium. You can’t pop things and you can’t get too close to the microphone and you can’t get too breathy. You really have to sort of create a character vocally within a framework of technology. So you can’t step out of it in order to do something that maybe you would do as an actor on film or on stage. When you’re on stage, even a whisper, you have to reach very far away. In film, you can be much more intimate. But just using your voice, you have to create something that’s somewhere in the middle so that it paints a picture and yet it’s not intimate enough to get lost.

For more information, images and updates, please visit the film’s official website at

Green Lantern #50 Preview

Green Lantern #50 from writer Geoff Johns and one of my fave artists Doug Mahnke is released on the same day as Arcana #1 (Jan 27). Courtesy of DC’s blog, here are two uncoloured pages from the issue by Mahnke.