Siteseeing: Quick Hits Continued


Screencap © 2010 Bryan Lee O'Malley, perhaps.

Picking up where we left off yesterday, "Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation" is a short flashback to events not depicted in the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World feature film. It first aired as part of Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's late-night block, back in August when SPVTW opened, with the movie's Michael Cera and Alison Pill voicing the title character and his high-school girlfriend Kim Pine. The mini-episode was produced by Titmouse Inc. and is visually based on creator Bryan Lee O'Malley's work in the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels.


Screencap © 2010 NBC Universal and/or The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

I took notes during this year's
Emmys in hopes of doing a writeup like last year, but never fleshed them out.

Still, I'm happy to belatedly note that Jimmy Fallon of NBC's
Late Night did a fine job as host —the lame Twitter intros aside — most especially with the musical opening featuring, in order of appearance, him; Glee's Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, and Chris Colfer; 30 Rock's Tina Fey; Dancing with the Stars' Kate Gosselin; Mad Men's Jon Hamm; Hot in Cleveland's Betty White; Glee's Jane Lynch; The Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev; Lost's Jorge Garcia; Community's Joel McHale; Project Runway's Tim Gunn; and American Idol's Randy Jackson. (Yeah, I know some of those folks have more than one show and do movies too, but if I referenced everything Betty White was involved in this post would break your browser.)

A dozen more high points:

1. The neon pop-arty photos of the nominees that lined the stage.

2. Lynch's
acceptance speech for her role on Fox's Glee ("I want to say to the cast, I love you. You're young and you're wonderful, you're fresh-faced, and when I'm not seething with jealousy I'm so proud of you.").

3. The
video starring the ensemble of ABC's Modern Family.

4. The win for Jim Parsons of CBS's
The Big Bang Theory, even though I don't watch the show, since so many of my friends adore it.

5. Smirking at the title "Highlights from the Year in Reality".

6. Neil Patrick Harris, teasing Fallon, and being ingratiating as all get-out.

7. Many, although not enough, of the responses to the questions asked of writers and directors for their nomination roll calls.

8. The wins for Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston of AMC's
Breaking Bad, who turn in gripping, casually perfect work time after time.

9. The win for Archie Panjabi of CBS's
The Good Wife, one of the best things about a good show I finally got to catch up on this summer.

10. Ricky Gervais, who after some
patter poking fun at Kiefer Sutherland and a far more troubled notorious drinker ("Mel Gibson. He's been through a lot. Not as much as the Jews, to be fair.") announced some nominees to just as big a laugh ("I hope it's Bucky Gunts. 'Cause I didn't know you could say that on television.").

11. The wins for HBO's
Temple Grandin, which I haven't seen yet since I don't have the service, but which I hear is great, and because I've rooted for Clare Danes since the stellar My So-Called Life.

12. The deserved wins for
Modern Family and AMC's Mad Men, as well as the fact that other, although not all the other, options would've been entirely acceptable.

Another bit of awesomesauce, unnumbered to keep the list from turning unlucky and also because it works best as a capper, was the return of John Hodgman to the announcer's booth. Thanks to
Forces of Geek, I proudly point you towards New York Magazine's online inventory of the funny factoids and falsehoods Hodgman provided as winners walked to the stage ("[Edie Falco is] of Swedish and Italian descent, which means both her parents were constantly cooking meatballs.")

Image © 2010 Verve Inc.

You still have plenty of time to enter FOG's Glee contest, by the way, which has nothing to do with the television show but instead promotes Verve Inc.'s gum of the same name. It's apparently mighty tasty as well as being natural, vegetarian, gluten-free, and environmentally positive.

Screencap © 2010 ConAgra Foods. Logo created by Stefan Blitz.

If unlike me you're familiar with the original Chef Boyardee commercial, this is probably even funnier, but Forces of Geek overlord and mash-up maven Stefan Blitz recently linked to a version of the ad that spices up the ravioli with a dash of Pulp Fiction. (I won't spoil it except to confirm that it does not reference a "Royale with Cheese".)


Poster © 2010 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Last but not least is some brilliant artwork from
Cliff Chiang, whom comics fans know from his various DC cover work as well as all-too-rare interiors for modern-day takes on such unconventional features as The Human Target, The Spectre, and Dr. Thirteen. The rest of you may have seen his acclaimed Star Wars propaganda posters linked to from various pop-culture blogs; art lovers can check them out at his website's gallery and process wonks can read about his approach to them on his blog.

I came across his so-called "12-Inch Remix" series some time ago, bookmarked it to ogle and share at some point down the road, and have since let it languish in my long list of links laughingly labeled Temporary. Chiang has reimagined 1980s record-album covers with classic comics characters, beginning with a Vampirella take on Patrick Nagel's cover to Duran Duran's Rio — the only entry to date I didn't reproduce here, since four were easier to composite than five and the rest are all original motion-picture soundtracks, a phrase that itself makes me feel like a kid again. They're all so apt I could cry, from the Flashdance spin on Bill Sienkiewicz's Elektra: Assassin to the original Teen Titans swapped in for the Breakfast Club gang to the Pretty in Pink pose struck by select X-Men from the Dark Phoenix Saga days, drawn at the time by John Byrne, although Chiang's take is more reminiscent to me of the slightly later work of Paul Smith. First among equals, though, is the pitch-perfectly purple Purple Rain homage to Yvonne Craig's Batgirl.


Illustrations © 2008-2010 Cliff Chiang. Batgirl, Robin, Kid Flash, Speedy, Wonder Girl, and
Teen Titans TM/® DC Comics. Elektra, Cyclops, Wolverine, and Dark Phoenix TM/® Marvel Comics.

And that concludes the Great Time-Shift Posting Experiment of 5771. While I've actually finished and scheduled posts in advance before, I'm enough of a control freak to want to see them when they go up — with good reason, as there are usually typos and problems with graphics or fonts or HTML this-and-that to address, not to mention the vigilance that used to be required when either Blogger or vandals or both kept posts from staying online. So I probably won't be doing this often, but if I have a spell when the Internet is cooperating in letting me get finished pieces input and imaged up, I guess there's no reason not to queue them for publication.

3 comments:

Teebore said...

"Bucky Gunts" was awesome. And thanks for the Hodgman link; his stuff was great!

Stefan Blitz said...

Chef Tarantino logo by Stefan Blitz.

Blam said...

You're welcome, Teebore. And thanks, Stefan! I'm sorry it took so long to get it credited.