Gerrick D. Kennedy

July 24, 2010 | 6:44 p.m.

COMIC-CON 2010: Silent Stage Gallery’s twisted takes on Disney icons — what would Walt think?

BOOTH PROFILE: SILENT STAGE GALLERY At the Silent Stage Gallery booth, Disney appeared to be the ultimate source of inspiration for mixed-media works from a handful of artists who offered twisted takes on characters originating from the “happiest place on Earth.” Is this what Walt Disney envisioned? There was the classic imagery of Mickey Mouse’s iconic gloved mitts from “Fantasia.” But in the world of Silent Stage, the hands — just the hands, no Mickey — formed a rapper version of an L.A. sign in one print, with the background looking like a scene from a ’90s rap video rather than weaving that Disney whimsy and magic. The L.A. sign was a hit as attendees lined up to have artist dissizit personalize a cutout of the hands. “Lilo & Stitch,” from the 2002 animated film, also got the Silent Stage […]
July 24, 2010 | 4:43 p.m.

COMIC-CON 2010: ‘Simpsons’ collectibles from around the world

BOOTH PROFILE: DAVE & SUE’S COLLECTIBLES With the exhibit hall at Comic-Con chock-full of merchandise of virtually every conceivable character, it’s hard to get noticed — unless you’re America’s reigning animated family. As fanboys filed from booth to booth, they were greeted at Dave & Sue’s Collectibles by the familiar dim-witted glow of Homer Simpson. A cutout of the patriarch, whom Entertainment Weekly just named the greatest character created for television and film in the last 20 years, stood at the entrance of the booth. The booth, stocked with a variety of items including Betty Boop, Snoopy and “Family Guy,” was a haven for die-hard Springfield fans, with plenty of rare finds on the shelves, including cans of (long-ago-expired) Duff beer, stuffed animals, Happy Meal figurines and even air fresheners. For co-owner David Descoteau, selling the merchandise — at prices […]
June 02, 2010 | 4:04 p.m.

‘Aqua Teen’ creator Dave Willis: ‘When you make a cartoon you’re mostly in small dark rooms’

FIVE QUESTIONS: DAVE WILLIS It’s been nearly 10 years since Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro gave the world the animated misadventures of a meatball, a milkshake, a sack of fries and their greasy next-door neighbor. “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” premiered on Cartoon Network as part of its Adult Swim late-night programming block and the duo (who voice numerous characters on the show) delivered a cult classic. “Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Volume 7” hit stores this week with 11 episodes, including one with guest star T-Pain. Hero Complex contributor Gerrick D. Kennedy caught up with Willis (the voice behind Meatwad and Carl)  for the latest edition of five questions.   GK: The show has been on for years now and has become a major franchise for Adult Swim. Did you ever imagine it would develop such a cult following? DW: You know, I don’t know. Sometimes I think I […]
April 15, 2010 | 11:12 p.m.

‘Addams Family’ legacy lives in new book, musical and rumored Tim Burton film

The Addams Family has been a spooky sensation for decades now. The darkly eccentric family has come to life in big- and small-screen versions, live-action and animation, and now a GK: The Addams Family has been around for generations now. Why do this book now? KM: It’s what we wanted to do. People are reading a little less and less on paper. We’re kind of trying to attack it the way we can. We wanted to educate the public [on his drawings]. This isn’t the script for the musical or the movie or anything. The drawings came from a person and not just for TV. There are people who didn’t know when the TV shows came out. It looked like another TV show, another ‘ha-ha’ sitcom. That’s just the nature. GK: Speaking of the movie, there is a lot talk about […]
Feb. 28, 2010 | 7:41 a.m.

Philosophy prof uses ‘Wonderland’ to answer the big questions [UPDATED]

“ALICE IN WONDERLAND” COUNTDOWN: 7 DAYS Are you ready for a trip down the rabbit hole? Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and Disney are adding a strange new chapter to the Lewis Carroll classic with their “Alice in Wonderland,” a film that presents a young woman who finds herself in the world of the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Red Queen. She is welcomed as a returning visitor — but is she, in fact, the same Alice who roamed the trippy realm as a child? Time will tell. Here at the Hero Complex, we’re counting down to the film’s March 5 release with daily coverage. Should the Cheshire Cat’s grin make us reconsider the nature of reality? Can Humpty Dumpty make words mean whatever he says they mean? Is Alice a feminist icon? Those are a few of the questions in”Alice in Wonderland […]
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