Sept. 17, 2014 | 2:00 p.m.
Discussions of race and gender in comics and spotlight sessions devoted to “Hellboy” mastermind Mike Mignola, Man of Action Studios and the zany minds behind “Robot Chicken” will be among the featured programming at Long Beach Comic Con, which rolls into the Long Beach Convention Center on Sept. 27. In its sixth year, the convention will offer a range of panel discussions and in-depth conversations with creators including in the convention’s 104 A auditorium, which this year will be redubbed the “Hero Complex” theater for the weekend. Contributors to our site will moderate the sessions in the auditorium on Sept. 27-28; what follows is a detailed look at the programming for the two days. Hope to see you there. Sept. 27 Adapting Comics for Media: Archie Comics chief creative officer and “Afterlife With Archie” writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will be joined […]
Jan. 11, 2012 | 7:08 p.m.
Hostess, the maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Suzy Q’s, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday, leaving many to ask the question Bill Murray once posed in “Ghostbusters”: “What about the Twinkie?” While the company says its Ho-Hos and CupCakes aren’t going anywhere soon, we’re already feeling nostalgic. Especially for the Twinkie, which, with its delicious “cream filling” and laundry list of additives, has inspired everything from the Twinkie diet to “Die Hard’s” sweet-toothed cop. Sure, some may consider it a nutritional wasteland, but the Twinkie is bona-fide Americana and a star on TV and in film. The seemingly never-expiring treat has given us “Family Guy’s” dysfunctional Twinkie kid and a different kind of hunger game for Woody Harrelson in “Zombieland.” So let’s take a walk down memory lane and revisit some of out favorite Twinkie moments: 1. If “Ghostbusters’ ” […]
Dec. 15, 2010 | 1:07 p.m.
Since 2007, the crew at Cartoon Network’s “Robot Chicken” has been mining the “Star Wars” universe for laughs with the full blessing (and even participation) of George Lucas. They’re back at it again on Sunday at 11:30 p.m. with the third in the series (or saga), titled “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III.” Series creators Matthew Senreich and Seth Green talked to Hero Complex contributor Patrick Kevin Day about the making of their latest special. PKD: Can you explain why seeing ‘Star Wars’ characters doing mundane tasks is so fascinating? MS: Because when you’re playing with an absurd world, when you focus on the mundane in that, it just becomes entertaining. Because you don’t expect the people who are saving the universe to have to do laundry. SG: There’s nothing better for comedy than relatable behavior in fantastic situations and […]
July 15, 2010 | 6:51 p.m.
COMIC-CON 2010 Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken” is out to prove that “Family Guy” is not the only hair-raising program on TV with popular “Star Wars”-themed trilogy parodies. “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III,” which stars Zac Efron as Anakin Skywalker and the original C-3PO himself, Anthony Daniels, and is directed by Chris McKay, will premiere Dec. 12 at 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Series creator Seth Green, who does double duty on both shows, says the “Robot Chicken” tale is “telling more of a linear story this time that covers the [“Star Wars”] series from start to finish.” His production partner in Stoopid Monkey Productions, Matthew Senreich, says, “We wanted to take the ‘Star Wars’ universe and see if through the eyes of our ‘Robot Chicken: Star Wars’ Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Gary the Stormtrooper. We’ll still flip around the universe, but we’ll get a unique […]
Nov. 16, 2008 | 2:46 a.m.
EXCLUSIVE Seth Green talks about the new "Robot Chicken" spoof of "Star Wars" and spending time with George Lucas. I got a chance to talk the other day to Seth Green who, as always, was a man in major motion. "There’s a lot going on these days," he said. "But there’s always a lot going on, right?" This week Green was in New York for the final episode of MTV’s "Total Request Live," he was in L.A. chatting up Kevin and Bean at KROQ-FM and then he was jetting north to the Bay Area to meet with Lucasfilm folks about his ongoing and quirky relationship with the "Star Wars" universe. Green is, of course, a busy actor (more on that later) but he is especially near and dear to hearts of fanboys everywhere for his work on "Robot Chicken," the […]