Tagged: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

In Stock: It’s Never Sunny in Gotham City

By Chris Troy

MANDATORY RETAIL CHRISTMAS WARNING: IT’S TWO WEEKS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! UNLESS YOU’RE PAYING AMAZON A GOOD HUNK OF CHANGE PER YEAR FOR EXPRESS SHIPPING, NOW’S NOT THE BEST TIME TO BE SHOPPING ONLINE. LUCKY FOR YOU, Forbidden Planet NYC has a ton of great last minute ideas for the various collectors in your life, which can be acquired by walking into the store, giving us cash or plastic card in exchanged for goods. There’s also the website, if dates aren’t a concern.

So let’s see what’s new this week. We got…some new Bobbleheads in….wait don’t leave, I know that doesn’t sound exciting but follow me here! I’m not the biggest Bobblehead guy in the world either, mostly because I wasn’t around in…the 1960s I guess, when the bobblehead became a thing. I know they reappeared in the late 90s and still exist to date, but I couldn’t tell you why, as I’ve stated it’s not really my scene. HOWEVER, I am a big fan of F/X, and their hit show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” which if you’re not familiar, is a sitcom like “Cheers” only everyone in the main cast is a terrible human being and it leads to hilarity. We won’t be getting IASIP action figures anytime soon as far as I know, but NECA has released talking “It’s Always Sunny” Bobbleheads, which I guess is almost as good? I dunno. But they talk, specifically quoting some of the best lines from the show (sadly not the ones with profanities) and hey, who knows, maybe it will lead to toys at some point if they sell really well (HINT HINT). And that would be great, because my Revoltechs and Marvel Universe figures could really use the company of Charlie Kelly, local business-owner and cat enthusiast. Or at least some “Archer” figures. That would be great.

(This is where I could dump several Tumblr’s worth of IASIP’s gifs. Consider yourself lucky that I didn’t!)

So remember a while back when it seemed like there were new DC Direct toys dropping every other week? It’s kind of happening again, but to a lesser extent thankfully, as we now have 2 different lines of DC Direct toys on the shelves now. First to drop is the 4th wave of Green Lantern figures. I think it’s bull to consider this the 4th wave, considering we’ve been getting bombarded with “Black Night” toys for over a year, but hey, I’m not the numbers dude. This wave consists of Robot Green Lantern (yes, that felt awesome to type out) Stel, Lantern Arkkis Chummuk ( “Chummuk” is hilarious to me by the way), Red Lantern Guy Gardner, and Power Glow Hal Jordan. If you want to call Power Glow Hal a cop out because it’s an older Hal figure re-released in clear green plastic, you are 100% correct: it is. It’s bad and DC Direct should feel bad. On the bright side, you have two more obscure Green Lanterns to add to your Corps. collection, as well as a Red Lantern Guy (who I thought would come with his construct chainsaw but sadly does not). Either way, they’re on sale for about $20 a pop if you’re interested.

The other set of toys DC Direct dropped this week was the 1st wave of the new Arkham City line, based on the awesome game that dropped back in October. The first wave consists of a scrapped character design from Sucker Punch, a Sterling Archer in a Batman costume, and some roid-rager in a Robin costume. Or as the packaging says: Harley Quinn, Batman/Bruce Wayne, and Robin Tim Drake; who spends his off-time as a cage fighter according to the game’s plot. Between that interesting tidbit and Harley dressing like…well, slightly less offensively than her current New 52 version, I question the writing/art direction of the game. But Bat-Archer looks dope and is probably worth the $20 it sells for. I really suggest that if you want any Arkam City figure you buy it immediately, because once Arkham figures sell out, they tend to be gone for good.

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Inception, The Comic

Leonardo Dicaprio in Inception, now playing in a prequel comic near you!
Leonardo Dicaprio in Inception, now playing in a prequel comic near you!

I get it all the time.

“Do you have the comic that ______ was based on?”

My usual response is, “No, I’m sorry.  That movie was not based on a comic,” or “Nah, that flick’s based on an original screenplay,” or something to the effect of “I am Legend is not based on a comic, here’s Richard Matheson’s NOVEL.”

Nine times out of ten the customer’s response is, “Um, I’m pretty sure it was based on a comic book.”

Such are the perils of working for a geek culture store located across the street from a movie theater, and/or the perils of being involved in the business of selling funny books these days.

I really can’t blame such a customer for these misconceptions.

It’s never been hipper to be a comics fan, and 21st Century media marketing knows it.  They either scoop up the rights to nearly every comic released, mining (to say the least) the industry for its creative properties as fodder for the voracious Hollywood beast, or they bombard every outlet possible to associate their product with the medium.

Hell, even intellectual properties that have NOTHING to do with us somehow get associated with or promoted to comic fandom.  For instance, two years ago I attended an It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia panel early one morning at San Diego Comic-Con.  Great show.  Smart, funny (though sometimes too crass), and my favorite comedy on television  save for The Simpsons.  The hall was packed with fans and the cast/creators had the crowd rolling in the aisles.  But can you please tell me what the hell that show has to do with comics other than sharing a target audience?!  You can’t, because there is no other connection.

The comic industry’s not entirely without fault here, either.  Whereas low-selling yet cheaply produced and moderately profitable comic adaptations used to be the predominant means for the comic industry to make a buck off mass media, the prequel tie-in has replaced them as a means of cross promotion under the guise of fleshing out the story.  Gobs of science fiction/fantasy films are given the prequel comic treatment.  There’s a hanging line spoken by Adrian Brody’s character in the recent Predators that alludes to him having been thrown out of an airplane just prior to the opening scene.  It’s never addressed again, nor does it add to the plot.  Are we supposed to hear that line and wonder just what the heck happened to that character, go down to Forbidden Planet and pick up the prequel comic? Or is it supposed to be some sort of reward for those who’ve already read the prequel comic?

Either way it’s usually bunk.  Just another advertisement.  The PR machine working its magic.  Squandered resources of comic creators who could possibly be doing something more worthwhile and most definitely more original.

That being said, here’s a link to the ONLINE ONLY prequel comic for this weekend’s huge box office draw Inception.  I’ve not seen the movie yet, but I’m sure it’s a safe bet  there’s an allusion or two thrown into it regarding the titular “Cobol Job.”  Of course, there was much call at the shop the last few days for non-existent physical copies of this.  “Do you have the comic that Inception‘s based on?”


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