I’m pleased that an “oldie but goodie” from Motion Pictures has again been included in Badass Digest‘s new feature, Badass Sunday Comics! This is a bi-weekly post that includes comics poking fun at a variety of movie-related topics. It’s a fun feature, and I’m thrilled to be included.
Also, I am very excited to announce that the kickstarter for the Jewish Comix Anthology has been successfully backed!! I am thrilled and honored to be included in this 250-page hardcover anthology, featuring the work of Jewish comics artists such as Art Spiegelman, Harvey Pekar, Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, Joe Kubert, and an incredible array of other artists. This book will hopefully be published this summer.
There are still 24 hours left to the kickstarter campaign, and we’d love the help of some additional backers as we strive to reach our stretch goals. In addition to owning this sure-to-be-awesome Comix Anthology, there are lots of other great backer rewards including the opportunity to purchase the original art from one of these two Motion Pictures cartoons!!
In a pretty cool turn of events, my Star Trek Into Darkness cartoons (click here for the whole run) have been getting a nice amount of love from a variety of Star Trek web-sites around the net over the past few days!
Trekmovie.com included one of my strips in their “Star Trek Into Darkness Tidbits” post.
Trektoday.com spotlighted several of my Into Darkness cartoons. I visit both Trekmovie and Trektoday regularly for my dose of Trek news, so it was super-cool to see Motion Pictures appear on those sites!
Also, Jill Rayburn, a former writer for Roddenberry.com who had posted a nice review of my work back in 2009 when I published cartoons parodying J.J. Abrams’ first Star Trek film, just posted a really awesome write-up of MotionPicturesComics.com. She highlighted my Into Darkness cartoons, but also wrote about some of the other films I have poked fun of, including The Hobbit. Super cool.… [continued]
Hi gang! Yesterday the website 007james.com posted an in-depth interview with me, talking all about MotionPicturesComics.com! The interview focused on my Skyfall cartoons and James Bond films, but we also discussed my web-comic in general, its history and development and my approach. I think it was a pretty great interview, and I was honored to be asked by the site to participate!
You can click here for the full interview. Here’s an excerpt:
Q: Your Skyfall series was 19 comics. Did you plan the jokes out beforehand, or do you generally write as you go along, letting the humour guide you?
Whenever I am about to start on a new movie, I grab a bunch of sheets of scrap paper and spend several hours doodling out all of my cartoon ideas. These are super-rough sketches, with just scribbles and blobs for the characters. But I get all my ideas sorted out before starting to draw a single cartoon. I have no set number of cartoons per movie, though if possible I try to do them by multiples of four (since I try to post four new cartoons every week, and I like to start a new movie on a Monday, rather than mid-week).
Q: Which other Bond films do you think are silliest enough to be ripe for parody?
Heh heh, all of them? I absolutely love the Bond films, I have seen them all so many times, but even the best ones have plenty that could be made fun of. The Roger Moore films are all pretty ridiculous, from the moment in Live and Let Die in which we see Bond driving through Harlem, and every single African American person he passes seems to be in on the criminal conspiracy… to when we see octogenarian Moore climbing the Golden Gate bridge in A View to a Kill. But actually, I think the easiest movies to parody are the ones that take themselves very seriously. Casino Royale (the Daniel Craig one, not the Woody Allen one!) came out before I started MotionPicturesComics.com, but I’d love to go back and parody that film one of these days.
We got our second write-up yesterday from the great web-site GeeksofDoom.com. Check it out:
Geek Humor: ‘Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan’ Parody Comic Strip
Posted by Jedi of Doom | October 16th, 2010 at 3:17 pm
The good folks over at Motion Pictures Comics are at it again with another parody and this time it’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. I must say that this is one of the funniest comic strips I have ever read and I love how they use the environment as one joke after another.
The series took a swipe at the Trek universe back in May 2009 with their parody of the latest Star Trek film [Read Geek Humor: ‘Star Trek’ Parody Comic Strip].
The team over at Motion Pictures Comics is one of a kind and I love their work. Every Star Trek fan should check this out and let us know what you think. It jokes about the movie, but pays tribute to it at the same time.
This is a must-read for any fanboy because the site has comics for other popular movies as well, so check that out too.
I visit TrekToday.com all the time for my regular dose of Star Trek news, so I was thrilled to see that they wrote-up our series of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan cartoons:
Abrams’ Trek And Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan Comics
Posted by T’Bonz – 04/10/10 at 02:10 pm
Two comics featuring Star Trek movies including Star Trek XI and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan are available for fans to enjoy.
The comics are part of a series in which a boy and his robot “mysteriously gain the power to jump in and out of movies.” In the course of the comic strips, some of the plot holes and flaws of the movies are ridiculed. The comics are the work of Josh Edelglass.
The most recent Star Trek comic features The Wrath of Khan. Currently in the middle of the movie, the beginning of the comic, where the boy takes the place of Chekov and discovers Khan and his followers on Ceti Alpha V, can be seen here. (Note: scroll down a bit once the page loads.) “We’re in some kind of a sandstorm,” says the robot as the hapless pair heads towards Khan and his burning desire for revenge.
Before Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, another Star Trek comic series featured J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek XI, which can be seen by heading to the link located here. “My crew and I are ready for stardom,” says Captain Richard Robau. Handed a script, after reading it he says, “Tell my wife I love her.” The boy who drops into this movie will be none other than James T. Kirk.
There are plenty of other comics for Sci-fi movie fans, including ones based on Star Wars, Harry Potter, X-Men, Transformers, Spider-Man and District 9.
Yesterday I mentioned two terrific reviews of the recent Trek coverage and comics here at MotionPicturesComics.com. I’m also excited to report that we’ve been mentioned on several other fun sites from around the web over the past two weeks:
Star Trek author Keith R.A. DeCandido (whose amazing recent novels and short-stories have been showered with praise by yours truly) was kind enough to mention MotionPicturesComics.com on his blog a few times recently (here and here). Motion Pictures also got a nice mention on the blog of another talented Star Trek author, William Leisner. (He liked my review of his recent Star Trek: Myriad Universe story, “A Gutted World.” Well, I really liked that story!)
Galactica Sitrep is an indispensable site devoted to Battlestar Galactica (should we keep referring to the show as “the new” Battlestar Galactica, seeing as it is now over and done with??), and they were kind enough to post a link to my recent review of the Caprica pilot.
Finally, Motion Pictures also rated a nice (but brief) mention recently on Trekmovie.com, the best source of Trek news on-line these days. They cover all aspects of the Trek universe (the new film, of course, but also books, comics, fan films, and lots more). It’s a great site, and one that I check daily.
Let’s hope that word about my little web-site continues to spread…
Have a great long weekend, everyone!… [continued]
Nice review from Axiom’s Edge, a blog about all-things sci-fi:
What is Motion Picture Comics? Creator Josh Edelglass describes it like this: “A boy and his robot mysteriously gain the power to jump in and out of movies. Hilarity ensues.” He first came up with the idea back in 1999 and pitched it to the syndicates, but they decided to pass on it. Since then, it has become a hit on the internet, and with the new Star Trek movie bowing last week, he has set his sights on that iconic franchise. Here’s a sampling of Josh’s brilliant wit:
But Star Trek is just the most recent movie he has skewered. He has had his fun with the likes of Watchmen, The Dark Knight, Iron Man,Transformers, and he does quite a number on Star Wars: Episode I. Check out his site and be prepared to laugh.
Back in 2002-2004, I self-published Motion Pictures as a comic book. I only lasted four issues, but I got some great reviews from various on-line movie and comic-book related web-sites. Motion Pictures was the first self-published comic to be reviewed TWICE by the then-new INDIE JONES section of AINTITCOOLNEWS.COM, the well-known movie news and review web-site. The second review was the best review I have ever gotten for anything I’ve ever done in my whole life. Check it out:
From Aintitcoolnews.com on 4/1/03:
I’m not going to make a habit of repeat reviews, but this comic deserves a few more words. You see, I’ve been laughing my ass off at the last two issues of MOTION PICTURES, and that’s more than I can say for anything else I’ve picked up at the store lately. It’s been a consistent bright spot in the comics submissions throughout the Indie Jones project. And, you know… I’m kinda hoping that if I review it again, I’ll get Josh Edelglass to send me more stuff.
I mentioned MOTION PICTURES in the very first Indie Jones column last December, in my humor comics roundup. As I said then, MOTION PICTURES takes a very simple premise and runs the hell away with it – a boy and his robot are transported into Movieland, and wander through various pictures with their remote control. It’s a flimsy excuse to parody a string of flicks at a rapid clip, and I don’t care. This is funny stuff. Between the Sci-Fi extravaganza of Issue #2 and the James Bond theme of Issue #3, I’m getting the satiric laughs that Saturday Night Live gave up trying to give me. In short, this is movie-geek candy.
To do an effective parody comic, one needs the following skills: 1) the artistic skill to portray/imitate your targets recognizably 2) the ability to generate consistently fresh takes on a wide variety of targets 3) the wit to produce an extra-high volume of jokes 4) the sense to know when to quit. The Star Wars issue (#2) is a pretty good example of all of these. I personally could make fun of Episode II the whole live-long day, but Edelglass has the sense to move on before you can start to get sick of the subject. Not before he’s gotten in some pretty potent stabs, of course (“Dear George: Please Insert Natalie in Post”), and there’s a bonus rant in the back of the comic that pretty much summarizes my attitude. But in the same issue he also manages to hit up Star Trek: TMP, Minority Report, Road to Perdition, and even Austin Powers for laughs. The humor is vastly improved by the strong likenesses of the … [continued]
Back in 2002-2004, I self-published Motion Pictures as a comic book. I only lasted four issues, but I got some great reviews from various on-line movie and comic-book related web-sites. Motion Pictures was the first self-published comic to be reviewed TWICE by the then-new INDIE JONES section of AINTITCOOLNEWS.COM, the well-known movie news and review web-site. Here’s the first review:
Aintitcoolnews.com review, from 12/6/02:
Joshua Edelglass’ MOTION PICTURES has only the thinnest of concepts, but runs like hell with it to make a pretty entertaining comic tailor-made for the average Ain’t-It-Cool TalkBacker. In a Last Action Hero-related accident, a boy and his robot have been teleported into filmdom, using some kind of remote control to jump from one movie to the next. Being your typical uber-geeks, the first film they visit is The Fellowship of the Ring, complete with appearances by Frodo, Gandalf, a very lost Harry Potter, and the disinfected Eye of Sauron (its feeling much better now). As a fan of the books and the film, I enjoyed all of the inside jokes and the obvious affection that the author has for the film. I also got a kick out of the later scene where Batman advises other superheroes on how NOT to be adapted to film, and the litany of heroic battle cries, and many more extremely geeky gags. While our protagonists are drawn in simple cartoon-style, the film scenes are real likenesses of the actors and scenery, and work as both parodies and homages to the films. This is a title I want to see more of, and will be showing to my movie-geek friends.… [continued]