Bride of Frankenstein by Mike Mignola
In less than 20 hours, go see Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction @ Cobb’s Comedy Club. Because you’re a smart person and they need people in those seats.
GO TO THIS IT WILL BE THE BEST THING YOU WILL DO IN YOUR DUMB LIFE
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drewharmoncomedy asked: Marvel’s “Secret Wars” or DC’s “Crisis on Infinity Earths” and WHY?
Crisis. Secret Wars is a good storyline, no doubt. It was all of Marvel’s heavy hitters crammed together, their greatest foes allied against them. Everyone gets a chance to shine and produced a number of iconic moments. Hulk holding up a mountain, the face of Doom, Spider-Man straight embarrassing the X-Men, and the Beyonder just being weird, it was exciting! There were a few long term consequences. Spider-Man brought back the symbiote from there, Colossus basically cheated on Kitty Pryde with some tribal lady, Titania went on to become a solid c-list supervillainess. And Secret Wars 2 would give us the Beyonder’s jheri curl, one of the all-time great comic hairstyles and basically the only highlight of that series. You can easily explain the history of most characters without having to explain that a cosmic entity abducted a bunch of heroes and villains and decided to make everybody fight each other because the sales would be amazing and they needed to release a tie-in for the toy line of the same name.
Crisis on Infinite Earths is the greatest work of metafictional universe building in all of publishing.
By the 80s, the overall continuity of the DC Universe was a tangle. A cosmology had been developed to explain within the structure of the publishing line all the different plot conflicts and timeline dilations. When DC bought smaller publishers, their characters would be integrated by being given their own universes which could then cross over into the main line. Captain Marvel (Shazam!) and the Fawcett characters, Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters, the entire Charlton line (which later became the building blocks of Watchmen), would spring into being. On Earth 2, the Justice Society’s roots in World War 2 were preserved by letting them age more or less in real time.
This is where the big division in how Marvel and DC treat continuity appears. Oftentimes, Marvel will just say something akin to “oh yeah that story didn’t happen” or come up with loose justifications (Magneto and Xorn). That’s why I’m so against the entire One More Day thing, it gives a publishing remit of “retroactively break up Spider-Man’s marriage without divorcing or killing them” and brings in a cosmic entity to do it that doesn’t fit tonally with the character. And it is almost impossible to say “Spider-Man sold his marriage to Mephisto to save Aunt May after she was shot by a sniper” without being laughed at (yes I know technically Mary Jane sold the marriage but it’s all dumb ALL OF IT’S DUMB). That scene where Peter couldn’t make it to his wedding because a fat man fell on him was just UGH. And it wasn’t even The Blob or Kingpin! He was felled by a common fat man laying atop him! I just can’t.
DC however, will come up with a reason why they are changing history and continuity within the books themselves. Marv Wolfman and Len Wein were part of the first generation of comic book fans who would become comic book writers, and they knew their canon. They used the 50th anniversary of DC to reboot the line, and instead of just jettisoning characters that people had known their whole lives without explanation, they made it all fit within the framework of the DCU.
And, so, with George Perez on board contributing one of the most skilled hands in all comics, they broke down the entire line so they could rebuild it. The Anti-Monitor wanted to destroy existence, so all of existence fought back. Every major character in the history of the line contributed in some way. And the consequences were enormous. Barry Allen sacrificed his life and the Flash legacy successfully passed on to Wally West. Swamp Thing’s tie-in is a character-defining arc. They promised on the tagline. Worlds lived, worlds died. Entire character’s histories were wiped clean and simplified. The DC Universe stood as a whole for the first time.
It couldn’t last. DC continuity grew against itself again, and future events would try to repeat explaining away changes. If Superman had never been Superboy, then he couldn’t have inspired the Legion of Superheroes and on and on and on. There was Zero Hour and Infinite Crisis and Final Crisis and they varied in quality, but they all added additional wrinkles in trying to explain characters’ histories. And then there’s the regressive storytelling of the current DC universe, with Barry Allen’s death being negated and Hal Jordan returning because they were the Flash and Green Lantern that Geoff Johns grew up with. And then there’d the entire Flashpoint relaunch, which is the dumbest damn thing that’s ever happened in comics and of which most people involved should be ashamed. This past relaunch has effectively buried DC in a last layer of continuity that throws up yet another barrier for new readers. DC has shot itself in the foot with its own universe.
I have written far too much about this.
jville7 asked: What kind of weed are smoking right now? what is your favorite kind aswell?
All of it and all of it.
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natashamuse asked: Is this water free?
I’ve tried so hard and so many times to find a way to explain this joke in a way that conveys a full appreciation for its majesty. Herein, I will attempt to illuminate the entirety of it.
It was Sketchfest 2013, and that night’s party was at the Mission Bowling Club. When it comes to social gatherings made primarily of comedians, I can honestly tell you that I have only ever been to one where it did not get massively, uncomfortably weird at some point. And really, that instance was more a comedy spontaneous get together than anything. My strategy was to hang out with people I already know and enjoy rather than trying to branch out to any new people, as new people tend to rather quickly become tiresome. Oh, where are YOU from? Oh, what do YOU do? And you can’t even make grossly out of character jokes because they don’t know your character! Making significant connections with another human being is a real drag.
So I would talk with friends and go out for smokes. Natasha accompanied me on one of these jaunts, and when we returned we saw a carafe of water on a shelf. Natasha asked “Is this free water?” and picked up the jug. Seeing it was empty and without even a bit of hesitation, she answered herself with “Nah, this is water free.” I was so struck by the beauty of her words, if I could’ve given a person an All-Time Joke of the Millennium medal it would’ve gone to her. As I recall, I began clapping and looking around to see if anybody else had heard it. No, I was not drunk at the time. Yes, she absolutely was.
Since then, I have tried to explain this joke to other people. It has never had the full impact that it did on me. I attribute this to the You Had to Be There Syndrome. But still, it was a singular moment in time with one of the people I enjoy the most, and that is an effect that others cannot share.
Anonymous asked: If I had 13 dollars and no inhibitions how would I spend it?
I can’t answer your question for you because you are anonymous and I have no insights into your personality. How about you give that thirteen dollars to a prostitute so she’ll play Scrabble with you? That’s what I’d do.
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Anonymous asked: Why are musicians frightening in that mysterious, exhilarating way?
Anonymous asked: What was the very important caricature that was left out Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, that sent Tolkien fans into a flurry?
A drawing of Tom Bombadil done by a guy who makes people look like they’re racing go-karts.
Anonymous asked: How can I integrate ethnicity into my sexual preferences without feeling racist about it?
Just fuck whoever as long as they’re of age and not dead and it’s consensual. Hell, if you get permission fuck ‘em if they’re dead.
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