Off the Cuff: Batmobile & Dr. Horrible

Off the Cuff: Batmobile & Dr. Horrible

Jul 24

Back in February I mentioned that video game papercraft was far surpassing it’s cousin (comic book papercraft).  However, I think the tide may be turning in this battle.  In a major couter attack we now have the Batmobile created entirely in papercraft.  Just looking at it gives me paper cuts… In last week’s column I was talking about how great Joss Whedon’s new...

Off the Cuff: Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along

Off the Cuff: Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along

Jul 16

Joss Whedon has been wildly successful (at least creatively) with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly.  He’s one of the most original and talented creators I can think of.  And there’s no question he’s at it again with Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along.  As any good comic book fan knows not all villains are cut out for the lime light.  Some just don’t quite have what...

Off the Cuff: Tell me already Blizzard!

Off the Cuff: Tell me already Blizzard!

Jun 26

I can’t take it. I just can’t take it anymore.  I need to know what Blizzard is up to.  Of course I only have to wait a few more days and it will all be over.  But those few days seem like an eternity right now! Blizzard has a tradition of building up suspense and speculation prior to a major announcement.  Last year they did it with Star Craft 2. But this year seems...

Off the Cuff: Iron Man

Off the Cuff: Iron Man

Jun 12

I did it. Something I was convinced I would never do. I finally went and saw Iron Man. After several years worth of columns saying how horrible I thought this movie would be, it turned out to be one of the best comic book films I’ve ever seen. Apparently admitting you’re wrong isn’t quite as hard as I thought it would be. Before I get to the stuff I liked, let me talk about the one thing I...

Off the Cuff: Spectacular Spider-Man

Off the Cuff: Spectacular Spider-Man

May 30

There’s no doubt about it – we live in a golden era for superhero acceptance. We’ve had dozens of movies come out. Some better. Some worse. We’ve also had maybe a dozen TV shows based on comic books come out in the last few years. So if you’re a fan, this is a good time to be alive!  Or at least glued to your couch. But despite this acceptance, there really are only a handful of...

Off the Cuff: Batman The Animated Series

Off the Cuff: Batman The Animated Series

May 05

I spent a lot of my formative years watching Batman the Animated Series. And I loved it. That show defined not only Batman but all superheroes with its atmosphere, stories, and characters. Every single cartoon or movie is chasing the standard that Batman: TAS set. Even the artwork was brilliant. It was the first show that I actually noticed the animation style. And I still think it used shadows...