RECORD STORE DAY GETS GEEKY WITH SCOTT PILGRIM AND GHOSTBUSTERS

Record Store Day is April 19th and the closer we get, the more info on exclusive releases trickles out. Sure, there’s plenty of cool stuff from all your favorite obscure indie bands or whatever (like a 5 LP set of LCD Soundsystem’s last show!), but what’s REALLY awesome is the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game soundtrack featuring sexy tunes from Anamanaguchi. If that’s not enough awesomesauce to pour down your pants, there’s also a single of "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr. with the original song plus dance remixes, but more importantly, it glows in the motherfreaking dark.

Record Store Day is a way to celebrate and support independently owned record stores all over the world. Each year musicians release exclusive rare vinyls and, in a way, it’s kind of like collecting Pokémon. Check out the full list of releases announced so far here and be sure to check with your local record store to make sure they’re ordering that weird rare thing you want.

The Funniest Comics I’ve Ever Read
Humor and comics go hand-in-hand, with major titles such as Hawkeye and She-Hulk blending superhero action and comedy in a witty way. And while I could easily name some bigger/mainstream titles right off the bat that may already be known to feature jokes and one-liners, I’m not going to do that.
Instead, here’s a list of the funniest alternative comic books I’ve ever read, mostly outrageous from the plot alone. Keep in mind these are solely from what I’ve read and humor is a totally critically subjective topic, but I still expect some disagreements.
Hit the jump for some comedic comic recommendations.
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The Scott Pilgrim Series
Okay, I know a bunch of people have read this series and it’s pretty widely known that Bryan Lee O’Malley is a hilarious guy, but there’s no way in Hell I can just not include it on this list. The Scott Pilgrim series is one of the funniest comic books ever created, hands down. It revolves around an awesome 23-year-old dude, Scott Pilgrim, who falls for fashionable girl named Ramona Flowers and ends up having to defeat her seven evil exes to be happily bonded together.
It’s got some amazing style and humor. It’s almost disguised as a manga, with black and white (color editions are out now from Oni Press) coloring and huge panels, similar to comics done on the east side of the world. It’s also got great wit throughout and a ton of homages to numerous video game series and heavily relates with awkward nerdy kids. Surely one of the funniest comics to ever hit store shelves.

Hark! A Vagrant
New Yorker cartoonist, Kate Beaton, has created one of the funniest webcomics created, Hark! A Vagrant. This terrific comic literally teases every era of western civilization through humorous historical parodies with the wittiest jokes ever placed inside of a panel.
The comic has given Beaton four Harvey awards in the past, including wins in the “Humor,” “Best Cartoonist,” and “Online Work,” categories. Famous characters and events in both history and literature are parodied and poked fun at, providing some hard laugh-out-loud moments. I haven’t read much funnier than Hark! A Vagrant.

Bighead
Bighead is a parody of superhero comic books and characters, created by comic author, Jeffrey Brown. Unlike most of Brown’s early autobiographical work, this is a narrative revolving around a superhero who simply has a huge head and strong emotions.
It’s full of clever cliches and hilariously weird villains, such as Bullman, a villain with a bull’s head and a wrestler’s outfit who is an “icon of senseless male aggression,” and Tsunami, a fat man who controls water who Bighead eventually defeats by literally soaking him up with a sponge. It’s a super fun read and has some of the best one-liners I’ve read in any comic book, providing some clever social commentary and superb retro superhero action. 
Brown released two books with Bighead: Sulk Volume 1 and a stand-alone graphic novel based on the character, both published by Top Shelf Comix.

King City
Brandon Graham’s King City is everything Scott Pilgrim could have been had Bryan Lee O’Malley decided to expand his universe into every which way possible. It’s super wonky and futuristic, giving an alternative feeling of punk-rock style visuals and a super cartoon-feel.
Absolutely nothing short of fantastic, King City is also one of the most amusing comics I’ve ever had a chance to come across. The story revolves around a thief named Joe who’s also a cat master, which is a being who could control the power of cats, injecting it with different needles in order to get specific tasks done. It’s insane.
Joe and his cat, Earthling, live in a city similar to New York or Tokyo, entirely populated by ninjas, spies, thieves, ghettoes, weird drugs and crazy hideouts. There’s also a guaranteed pun on every single page of this book. King City is a reflection of literally everything Graham can associate his art with, so it’s totally bananas and seriously hilarious.
All 424-pages of King City were published by Image Comics.

The Amazing Screw-On Head
Between B.P.R.D. and the Hellboy series, Mike Mignola did a one-shot comic book called The Amazing Screw-On Head in 2002. The idea of the character was based off of Batman action figures, and how each figure seemingly was the exact same, except with different paint jobs. Mignola thought, why not create a hero that can screw-on his head onto different bodies to fit the occasion?
So he made The Amazing Screw-On Head, a short black comedy comic book revolving around a character called Screw-On Head, who is an undercover agent for president Abraham Lincoln, who must track down the evil Emperor Zombie in search of a stolen manuscript with the help of his two sidekicks, Mr. Groin and Mr. Dog (a dog).
Believe it or not, it’s more ridiculous than it sounds, and it’s super hilarious, full of imagination and weird occult stuff. There’s also an animated version of the comic book that aired on the Syfy channel, with Paul Giamatti voicing Screw-Head himself. 
The Amazing Screw-On Head was published by Dark Horse Comics, and although it was a one-shot, it has been collected in hardcover format with a couple of other short stories by Mignola.

Eat More Bikes
Nathan Bulmer has created a masterpiece of comic comedy with his debut comic book, Eat More Bikes. I’ve read Eat More Bikes numerous times this year and have recommended this title to anyone wanting a great laugh since it’s so accessible and easy-to-read.
Bulmer draws hilarious short comics with ridiculous situations and the most absurd punchlines you’ll ever get a chance to read, hands down. 36 pages, but totally 100% worth any price for the amount of laughs Bulmer tosses at readers.
This comic was published by small pubs favorite of mine, Koyama Press.

The Perry Bible Fellowship
Before I even started this list, I had the idea of only limiting comics to those with a narrative. But I honestly cannot justify creating a funniest comics list and not including the greatest webcomic ever created: The Perry Bible Fellowship.
I’ve never seen sharper humor in my entire life and it honestly may never be topped. Not on the internet, not in a book — no where can PBF really be topped in terms of humor and substantial greatness.
Those of you needing a dose of PBF can head over to their site to read strips for free, while those wanting a physical form of reads can buy the book off of Amazon for a totally reasonable price.

The Funniest Comics I’ve Ever Read

Humor and comics go hand-in-hand, with major titles such as Hawkeye and She-Hulk blending superhero action and comedy in a witty way. And while I could easily name some bigger/mainstream titles right off the bat that may already be known to feature jokes and one-liners, I’m not going to do that.

Instead, here’s a list of the funniest alternative comic books I’ve ever read, mostly outrageous from the plot alone. Keep in mind these are solely from what I’ve read and humor is a totally critically subjective topic, but I still expect some disagreements.

Hit the jump for some comedic comic recommendations.

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For The Ladies: Sexy-Ass Comic Book High Heels

Okay, ladies, can we just tell ya’ll how good you look in heels. I mean, you look GOOD. While these Scott Pilgrim & Grimm Fairy Tales heels aren’t on the same level as other lingerie for your tootsies like Jimmy Choos or Louboutins, they’d definitely turn some heads and break some necks at a comic convention. 

[FNM] ‘Scott Pilgrim’ Meets ‘Magic: The Gathering’ In This Epic Fan-made Short Film
If Edgar Wright and Bryan Lee O’Malley teamed up to make a movie about Magic, it’d probably go something like this. This film was created by Spencer Alexander for the 2011 Fox Film Festival where it took home the award for Best Editing and was a runner-up for the Audience Choice Award.


Stuck with a peppy female sidekick and up against seemingly insurmountable odds, young Lucas Penner enters himself into a clandestine underground card-playing tournament, unaware of the challenging opponents that stand between him and ultimate glory.

FNM a.k.a Friday Night Magic is a new weekly column where we share fan-created awesomeness inspired by the world’s most popular trading card game, Magic: The Gathering. Send your creations to brownkidd@albotas.com to see them featured in a future installment!

[FNM] ‘Scott Pilgrim’ Meets ‘Magic: The Gathering’ In This Epic Fan-made Short Film

If Edgar Wright and Bryan Lee O’Malley teamed up to make a movie about Magic, it’d probably go something like this. This film was created by Spencer Alexander for the 2011 Fox Film Festival where it took home the award for Best Editing and was a runner-up for the Audience Choice Award.

Stuck with a peppy female sidekick and up against seemingly insurmountable odds, young Lucas Penner enters himself into a clandestine underground card-playing tournament, unaware of the challenging opponents that stand between him and ultimate glory.

FNM a.k.a Friday Night Magic is a new weekly column where we share fan-created awesomeness inspired by the world’s most popular trading card game, Magic: The Gathering. Send your creations to brownkidd@albotas.com to see them featured in a future installment!

Things I Bought At MegaCon: Day 3

Yo, I’m not gonna lie right now, I’m pretty fucking broke and upset with myself. I walked into the convention with $80 in my wallet and I don’t know where half of it went. This article isn’t helping me, either. This listing things I bought thing was a stupid idea.

First four rows of photos, comics: Obviously. I walked into this booth and say signs that read “Batman issues, 6 issues for $5.” Then I turned around and read “Marvel annual issues, 6 for $5.” Then I turned to the right and read four more signs along the same lines as the first two. Then I looked down and shit was literally oozing from my pant legs from excitement.

Most comic booths have a lot of shit they need to get rid of on Sunday night. Mainly because 1. They want last minute profit, and 2. They don’t want to carry boxes of shit that won’t sell back to their trucks. Usually on the final days of conventions, these booths do deep discounts on single issues/trade paper backs to lift some of that weight off. I would’ve been in heaven today if I hadn’t decided to spend all my fucking money on Friday and Saturday and saved it for comics today.

But I got some good steals. I spent $13 total for that stack of comics I got. The dealer sold me the comics at half price, meaning I was getting about 6 issues of random Batman, X-Men, Maxx, and other stuff for $2.50. Solid steals. I got the first issue of Ren & Stimpy and a couple of issues of Batman’s Knightfall storyline.

Fifth row, buttons: I don’t know what to say other than I really spent $5 on some fucking buttons.

Sixth row, the only thing I can say that was 100% worth it: a commission piece of Waka Flocka Flame. I asked this dude named Josh Hoye if he did commissions. He said yeah. I asked him if he could do something not really con-related. He said yeah. I said can you draw Waka Flocka Flame for me and ink it? He said yeah. So $30 later, here it is.

Friday I spent $76. Yesterday I spent $78. Today I spent $48. Tally that up and I spent a total of…$202…

But wait. Let’s count the food I paid for ($10 pizzas from Papa Johns that were less than 11 inches), parking, drinks, and change to hand to friends when they needed an extra buck or two. Now the total comes to about…

Three-hundred-fucking-dollars-are-you-fucking-kidding-me. I spent $300 at MegaCon. What the fuck.

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Fantastic Video Essay on Style and Scott Pilgrim
From Drew Morton comes a fantastic video essay on the concept of remediation that uses Scott Pilgrim, among other media, to explore the connection of games, film and other mediums.
This video essay is fantastic. After studying remediation for a long time during a video game class a few semesters ago, I can honestly say that this is the best source that sums up what remediation and how media is all connected for those who want to get into the subject.

You can follow Drew Morton on Twitter.
(Spotted on Indiewire)
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Fantastic Video Essay on Style and Scott Pilgrim

From Drew Morton comes a fantastic video essay on the concept of remediation that uses Scott Pilgrim, among other media, to explore the connection of games, film and other mediums.

This video essay is fantastic. After studying remediation for a long time during a video game class a few semesters ago, I can honestly say that this is the best source that sums up what remediation and how media is all connected for those who want to get into the subject.

You can follow Drew Morton on Twitter.

(Spotted on Indiewire)

Check It: More Scott Pilgrim on Albotas
Buy It: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Boxset
Scott Pilgrim vs The World Actress Accidentally Tweets Topless Pic. #Whoops. [NSFW]
Alison Pill, most known for her roles as Kim Pine in the Scott Pilgrim movie and Maggie Jordan on HBO’s The Newsroom, accidentally tweeted a topless pic of herself. She followed it up by tweeting: ”Yep. That picture happened. Ugh. My tech issues have now reached new heights, apparently. How a deletion turned into a tweet… Apologies.”
At least she owned up to it instead of blaming it on “hackers” like most celebs. Props, girl!
Oh, and if you pervs want to peep the uncensored pic, here it is.
Buy: Scott Pilgrim Color Hardcover Volume 1: Precious Little Life

Scott Pilgrim vs The World Actress Accidentally Tweets Topless Pic. #Whoops. [NSFW]

Alison Pill, most known for her roles as Kim Pine in the Scott Pilgrim movie and Maggie Jordan on HBO’s The Newsroom, accidentally tweeted a topless pic of herself. She followed it up by tweeting: ”Yep. That picture happened. Ugh. My tech issues have now reached new heights, apparently. How a deletion turned into a tweet… Apologies.”

At least she owned up to it instead of blaming it on “hackers” like most celebs. Props, girl!

Oh, and if you pervs want to peep the uncensored pic, here it is.

Buy: Scott Pilgrim Color Hardcover Volume 1: Precious Little Life

Custom Scott Pilgrim Skateboard Deck

This mythril custom Scott Pilgrim skateboard was made by LeMathMath based on the 3D sculpt concept pictured below. I’d totally do a grindy thingy with one of these.

Check out more of the 3D mockup phase here and peep more pics of the actual deck customizing process here.

Prepare To Fall In Lesbians With The Scott Pilgrim Volume 1 Collector’s Edition

Oni Press will be debuting a full color version of Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life at their booth (#1833) at Comic-Con International 2012. There’s be both a good and evil version of the book, as well as the collector’s edition pictured above.

Limited to just 1,000 copies in the whole wide universe, the Collector’s Edition can be yours for $100 when they become available at OniPress.com on August 8th, 2012.

Here’s what you get:

- A numbered book plate signed by Bryan Lee O’Malley
- Five art prints featuring both versions of the cover, along with three of volume 1’s biggest moments–each    measuring 9×12
- Eleven vinyl stickers featuring some of O’Malley’s favorite panels from the book
- Two scout-style embroidered badges featuring Pilgrim and Patel (not pictured)
- A hand-crumpled setlist from Crash & the Boys drummer Trasha
- A two-inch metal Scott Pilgrim 1-up coin
- A code for the digital edition of SCOTT PILGRIM VOLUME 1 COLOR EDITION from ComiXology
The Collector’s Edition comes with the Evil Edition version of the book which features Matthew Patel’s dirty mug. I expect people who go apeshit over Scott Pilgrim stuff (like myself) to pick up both the fancy-schmancy version AND the regular version with Scotty P. on the cover.

A Little Bit On The Scott Pilgrim Wedding Game Side: Konami employee Simon and his friends tweaked the Scott Pilgrim video game and he surprised his bride (who also happens to work for Konami) and everyone at the reception with this awesome video full of ninjas, zombies, cosplay, and Raging Demons.

(via Kotaku)

Epic Sex Bob-Omb vs The Twins T-shirt
Remember that amazing scene in Scott Pilgrim vs The World where Sex Bob-Omb had an amp versus amp battle against the Katayanagi twins and both bands manifested rock demons that battled each other? Best. Movie. Scene. EVER!
Designed by Bamboota, this is available on TeeFury.com for just $10, but only until midnight tonight. I’m gonna’ go out on a limb and say this is the greatest TeeFury shirt I’ve ever seen.

Epic Sex Bob-Omb vs The Twins T-shirt

Remember that amazing scene in Scott Pilgrim vs The World where Sex Bob-Omb had an amp versus amp battle against the Katayanagi twins and both bands manifested rock demons that battled each other? Best. Movie. Scene. EVER!

Designed by Bamboota, this is available on TeeFury.com for just $10, but only until midnight tonight. I’m gonna’ go out on a limb and say this is the greatest TeeFury shirt I’ve ever seen.

Limited Edition Scott Pilgrim Game Boy Advance SP
One of a kind custom Scott Pilgrim GBASP by the one and only OSKUNK. Check out his site custom-art.blogspot.com for more radness.

Limited Edition Scott Pilgrim Game Boy Advance SP

One of a kind custom Scott Pilgrim GBASP by the one and only OSKUNK. Check out his site custom-art.blogspot.com for more radness.

Daily Graffiti: Chau, Knives
Knives Chau from the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels adorns a shed. Pic by aniriestate.
Check out the DAILY GRAFFITI ARCHIVES for more geektastic street art!

Daily Graffiti: Chau, Knives

Knives Chau from the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels adorns a shed. Pic by aniriestate.

Check out the DAILY GRAFFITI ARCHIVES for more geektastic street art!

Check out this AMAZING poster Alex Pardee designed for Edgar Wright’s triple screening of Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on August 26th at San Francisco’s Castro Theater. The poster will be available in limited quantities at the event, and if any are left they’ll be put up on Pardee’s online store, Zerofriends. The tickets for this triple feature are $15, that’s right, $15 to watch three great movies and possibly meet Edgar Wright and whoever else might show up. So if you live in the area and don’t go to this, you’re absolutely crazy.
[via Edgar Wright Here]

Check out this AMAZING poster Alex Pardee designed for Edgar Wright’s triple screening of Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on August 26th at San Francisco’s Castro Theater. The poster will be available in limited quantities at the event, and if any are left they’ll be put up on Pardee’s online store, Zerofriends. The tickets for this triple feature are $15, that’s right, $15 to watch three great movies and possibly meet Edgar Wright and whoever else might show up. So if you live in the area and don’t go to this, you’re absolutely crazy.

[via Edgar Wright Here]

Scott Pilgrim vs. the Dog
Sara Richard shows the toughest opponent ever faced by Scott Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers: the undefeatable dog from Duck Hunt.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the Dog

Sara Richard shows the toughest opponent ever faced by Scott Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers: the undefeatable dog from Duck Hunt.

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