In this series of ISIS orientation films, Dr. Krieger will be answering frequently asked questions from new team members. Season five of Archer
premieres Monday, January 13th on FX. [more inside]
Initiate salutation cascade, star-citizens! Seven years ago tonight, Stephen Colbert introduced Tek Jansen
to the world. Originally a one-off parody of vanity fiction
by media blowhards, the "super-awesome spectacular ultraspy" became the center of a small universe
, and books
, his exploits satirizing awful pulp sci-fi
Mary Sue "Marty Sue"
syndrome, and the cheesy melodrama of 1970s Hanna-Barbera
. Look inside for US/Canadian links to both animated seasons along with other content available on the web. [more inside]
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.
is a veteran American cartoonist best known for his delightful comic-book guides to science and history, many of which have previews online. Chief among them is his long-running Cartoon History of the Universe
(later The Cartoon History of the Modern World
), a sprawling multi-volume opus documenting everything from the Big Bang to the Bush administration. Published over the course of three decades, it takes a truly global view -- its time-traveling Professor thoroughly explores not only familiar topics like Rome and World War II but the oft-neglected stories of Asia and Africa, blending caricature and myth with careful scholarship (cited by fun illustrated bibliographies
) and tackling even the most obscure events with intelligence and wit
. This savvy satire carried over to Gonick's Zinn
chronicle The Cartoon History of the United States
, along with a bevy of Cartoon Guides
to other topics, including Genetics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, The Environment
, and (yes!) Sex
. Gonick has also maintained a few sideprojects, such as a webcomic look at Chinese invention
, assorted math comics
), the Muse magazine
mainstay Kokopelli & Co.
(featuring the shenanigans of his "New Muses"
), and more
. See also these lengthy interview snippets
, linked previously
. Want more? Amazon links to the complete oeuvre inside! [more inside]
Michelangelo’s Pizza Taste Test
. [Video] Converting the gross-pizza-topping jokes (ex: chocolate sprinkles and clam sauce) from the TMNT cartoon into real world comestibles. [more inside]
F*ck Yeah Headlines!
Each weekday Eric Wedum finds a headline on a major news site, and illustrates it without reading a word of the story.
A Riddle: A wolf, a sheep, and a cabbage need to cross the river. How can you bring them across
, one by one, without the sheep eating the cabbage, nor the wolf eating the sheep? [more inside]
"Imagine a blend between a National Geographic documentary and a Tex Avery cartoon. This short is a combination of 3D characters and live footage."
Five-ish minutes in the life of a ladybug with anger issues. (YouTube)
The Mohammed Dance!
We all remember the Hampster Dance
) and the Jesus Dance
. Now, with the ongoing cartoon controversy
, comes the Mohammed Dance.
Randy vs. Shark
The ongoing saga of Randy and his archnemesis Shark. The creation of demented humor, MSN messenger, and two bored co-workers.
Find the terrorist.
If only things like this got forwarded as much as that Gordon Sinclair piece