How much My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fan content is there out there? LET'S FIND OUT.
A few highlights:
What I Learned Today
, morals to episodes
Twilight adjusts to a Season 3 plot development
, random, catchy
Celestia and Luna play Resident Evil 4
(repurposed from Two Best Friends
The best of Sweetie Bot, from Friendship is Witchcraft
Slice of Life
, a very well done fan Tumblr
How much more could there be? Well.... [more inside]
"The very first single-player dungeoncrawl game was not a video game. It was a series of charts printed in the first edition of Dungeons & Dragons, back in 1979. By rolling dice according to the instructions, you could generate a dungeon which was illogical, arbitrary, super-lethal, and which often didn't even produce useable results.
THIS GAME USES THOSE CHARTS
Dungeon Robber is a flash text game that simulates playing AD&D by the AD&D Appendix A dungeon generation rules
. You'll probably die a lot, but the game saves every time you head to town. Blog of the creator
⇒ Dungeon Robber comics!
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It's debatable whether the troubled World War Z
signals the end of the ongoing zombie craze, but the film that started it all is much more clear: Danny Boyle's
bleak, artful cult horror-drama 28 Days Later
, which saw its US premiere ten years ago this weekend.
From its iconic opening shots of an eerily abandoned London
(set to Godspeed You! Black Emperor's
brooding post-rock epic "East Hastings"
) to the frenzied chaos of its climax
, Boyle's film -- a dark yet humanist tale
of a world eviscerated by a frighteningly contagious epidemic of murderous rage -- reinvented and reinvigorated the genre that Romero built (though many insist its rabid, sprinting berserkers don't really count
And while sequel 28 Weeks Later
with its heavyhanded Iraq War allusions
failed to live up to the original (despite boasting one of the most viscerally terrifying opening sequences
in modern horror), and 28 Months
looks increasingly unlikely
, there remains a small universe of side content from the film, including music, short films, comics, and inspired-by games. [more inside]
is a Peanuts-esque webcomic about the Justice League
(via Comics Worth Reading
). The tone is alternately sweet
, and poignant
. Because it's hosted on Tumblr it's a little awkward to work through the strips in chronological order. Start here
Young Edd Gould
always enjoyed drawing comics of himself and his friends. Growing up in the internet age, his doodles
evolved into Flash animations of increasing complexity, and in time Edd and pals Tom Ridgewell
and Matt Hargreaves teamed up to produce an "Eddsworld"
series of online webtoons and comics
At first crude and halting, the group's "eddisodes"
progressed from surreal shorts
into full-fledged productions that pushed the boundaries of amateur web animation, with expressive characters
, full soundtracks
, complex effects, and a fast-paced, off-kilter sense of humor: MovieMakers
- Rock Bottom
- Hammer & Fail
At its height, the college co-op was producing shorts for Mitchell & Webb
and the UN Climate Change Conference
, fielding offers
from Paramount and Cartoon Network, and racking up millions of hits on YouTube
Work slowed, however, when Gould was diagnosed with leukemia
-- a relatively survivable form, though, and Gould carried on working gamely
through his hospital stays. So it came as a shock last week when Matt and Tom announced that Edd had passed away
, prompting an outpouring
in his short 23 years.
Twenty years ago today, the gaming world saw the launch of a truly landmark title: Sonic the Hedgehog
. Developed as a vehicle for a new Sega mascot, the fluid, vibrant, cheery-tuned wonderland swiftly became the company's flagship product, inspiring over the ensuing decades an increasingly convoluted universe
of TV shows, comic books
, and dozens of games on a variety of systems (all documented in this frighteningly comprehensive TVTropes portal
). And while in recent years the series has turned out more and more mediocre 3D and RPG efforts
, the original games remain crown jewels of the 16-bit era. So why not kick off this anniversary by replaying the titles that started it all for free in your browser: Sonic the Hedgehog
(1991), Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(1992), Sonic the Hedgehog 3
(1994), Sonic & Knuckles
(1994). Or click inside for music, remakes, and other fun stuff! [more inside]
Darkseid tries to join the Legion of Superheroes, Batman wrestles the serpent in the garden of Eden, Clarke Kent shoots Abraham (Brainiac) Lincoln... Hall of Silver Age Elseworlds first pages
- from DC Silver Age Elseworld stories that never happened, from the Elseworlds 80-Page Giant collection, which was pulped after controversy surrounding Letitia Lerner, Superman's Babysitter
- which later became the only story in the collection to see print again.
Tales of the Beanworld ("A most peculiar comic book experience")
recently resumed publication after a long hiatus. It's a strange and abstract mix of Native American mythology and culture, with a strong ecological focus, into an wonderfully charming cosmology. While it certainly invites, uh, overthinking
, it's also entertaining on a purely casual level.
A sample short Beanworld story
is on the Dark Horse Comics Myspace page.
If you have questions about it, the BeanWeb
just may have answers, along with illustrations from the comics. There is now a Beanworld Wiki
to supplement it, and creator Larry Marder keeps a blog
where he talks about things bean.
Okay, now that it's properly introduced... the real
point of this post is to link to this awesome Beanworld Flash cartoon
, animated by Fashionbuddha and with music by They Might Be Giants!
was shown to me by my good friend Chris Capuozzo
over at Funny Garbage. One of his students made it and that is all I knew to check. Now if I did not have to go and ink a sketch of a boombox carrying robot, I would make a few commix.
Graphic novels without words are the silent movies of the printed page. Now, the inestimable and erudite vacapinta
first directed us to the father of the genre, one Frans Masereel
. Up to recently, the most notable of Masereel's successors was Lynd Ward
, whose most famous work was God's Man
, subtitled A Novel in Woodcuts
. Here are some more plates
from God's Man
for sale. Yet more plates can be found, along with a bad midi, at the Texas based Woodcuts - Lynn Ward: Gods' Man
. And here are some illustrations
from Georgetwon University's Lauinger Library September 2001 exhibit Lvnd Ward as Illustrator
. Here, also, is Graphic Witness: visual arts & social commentary - Lynd Ward
. And here is his Madman's Drum
in its entirety. But now we have a contemporary working in the same vein--Eric Drooker
. More inside
Comic Strip Generator.
Slovene/English dual language site [Flash] that allows you to generate your own comics
from a pregenerated set of people and objects. You can also view other people's creations
The Tarquin Engine,
a series of Action Script routines within a Macromedia Flash FLA file, is raising the bar
for infinite canvas
comics. With Tarquin now allowing zoomable comics to sprawl in every direction
, it would seem that technology is finally catching up to the vision
of Scott McCloud
, who coined the phrase in his 2000 book
Rahula leads the way.
An engaging Flash-based comic strip to illustrate the tenets of Buddhism to young souls.
Daredevil and Captain America Hang Out... at the Quickstop. (Warning: Flash --and geekfare!-- follow.)
The last chapter of Broken Saints is finally live.
The finale of this Flash epic contains 7 parts and is 80 minutes long. As a whole, it's an amazing achievement. [Here's a previous thread
.] [Via /.
What happens when crude Flash animation meets an absurd sense of humour? The surreal serial Weird Emma
, that's what. If Emma's not up your alley, maybe you'd prefer the static cartoons of Wulff Morgenthaler
is a beautifully done flash animation. A little anime in feel with some strange sonic diversions every once in a while. The pacing is a little slow for my highly Americanized tastes, but it's gorgeous all the same.
Want to read Marvel
comics without paying for them? Sign up
, a flash based comic download manager/viewer. You can read Spider-Man, X-Men, Elektra, Incredible Hulk and even issues of the new Wolverine Origin series all without the racking guilt of media "piracy". Ahoy, matey!
The Little Ninja.
A beautiful Flash series, one of the best I have stumbled across in my travels around the web. The music, artwork and production are all top notch, and Ninjai's voice is just spellbinding. Anyone know of any other high-quality flash comics like this one?