Posts Tagged ‘cartoon’

Most Terrifying Cartoon Ever Made!

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Spider-Man Meets H.P. Lovecraft in “Most Terrifying Cartoon Ever Made”!

Author and television blogger Kliph Nesteroff once called Spider-Man: Revolt in the Fifth Dimension “simply the most terrifying cartoon ever made.” For your viewing pleasure, the first part of the cartoon is embedded above, follow this link to watch the second part.

[Thanks to GalleyCat for the tip!]

The 85 Weirdest, Day 37: Gary Larson

Friday, May 16th, 2008

The 85th anniversary issue of Weird Tales features our big list of “The 85 Weirdest Storytellers of the Past 85 Years.” We’re breaking it down online, too: one honoree per day, in no particular order, for 85 days!

Countless imitators; only one Far Side. It was to single-panel humor cartoons what Weird Tales was to pulp fiction and The Twilight Zone was to television: a new brainspace where anything goes. Drawing upon Charles Addams’s perfect sense of comic timing and his own encyclopedic knowledge of zoological trivia, GARY LARSON (1950– ) gave us fourteen years worth of unexpected conceptual reversals — and has been immortalized by the scientific establishment for his efforts. Just Google the word “thagomizer.”

The 85 Weirdest, Day 21: Bill Plympton

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

The March/April 85th anniversary issue of Weird Tales features our big list of “The 85 Weirdest Storytellers of the Past 85 Years.” We’re breaking it down online, too: one honoree per day, in no particular order, for 85 days!

You have to love the artist who foists his particular brand of weirdness on an unsuspecting world in the sneakiest of ways. Take animator BILL PLYMPTON (1946– ), for instance. His brilliant celebrations of the body grotesque have sold you everything from tacos to operating systems. Infiltration via MTV before it sucked? Check. The ’toons even spawned a snarky comeback (“So’s your face”). “More fun than nitrous oxide!” says a guy on the Internet. We couldn’t agree more.

Bill Plympton is a guest this weekend at the New York Comic Con. Also, Friday at the NYCC: the
Weird Tales 85th anniversary panel discussion, featuring Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, WT editorial director Stephen H. Segal, artist Molly Crabapple, pulp historian and horror editor Stefan Dziemianowicz, and more!

The 85 Weirdest, Day 19: Osamu Tezuka

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

The March/April 85th anniversary issue of Weird Tales features our big list of “The 85 Weirdest Storytellers of the Past 85 Years.” We’re breaking it down online, too: one honoree per day, in no particular order, for 85 days!

Walt Disney, Hanna & Barbera, and Alex Toth aren’t on this list — but if they had all merged into one, single, ultra-historic, gestalt super-cartoonist? Now that would be weird. And that’s OSAMU TEZUKA (1928-1989). The father of Japanese anime, Tezuka effortlessly danced back and forth over the boundaries between storytelling styles and genres, remixing them as he went, from the all-ages android allegory of Astro Boy to the more mature mythic immortality quest of Phoenix to the demonic imagery of Dororo.

What’s new: In 2008, Dororo will become the latest of Tezuka’s manga to be published in English.

The 85 Weirdest, Day 9: Charles Addams

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

The March/April 85th anniversary issue of Weird Tales features our big list of “The 85 Weirdest Storytellers of the Past 85 Years.” We’re breaking it down online, too: one honoree per day, in no particular order, for 85 days!

The TV series based on CHARLES ADDAMS’s (1912–1988) life and odd creations brought weirdness to prime time, well before the term “goth” was but a bloody tear in a suburban teenager’s angst-filled eye. But The Addams Family show was just the most populist tip of the freakish iceberg; thanks to Addams’s 40-year career as a cartoonist for The New Yorker, not even the well-read and well-bred were safe from his dark visions. Legend has it that one of his cartoons was used to gauge lunacy levels in asylum patients.

What’s new: a Broadway musical version of The Addams Family is in the works!