Archive for August, 2010
So as many of you have undoubtedly noticed, I’ve been putting up a bunch of comic strips here over the last month-ish. But I’ve never really felt like this was the best format for doing so, just because, well, it’s not what standard blog designs are really for, y’know?
Therefore, I’ve copied my strips out into their own site: Overthinking It — and I have to say that I think “http://overthinking.it” has to be my most awesome URL evar. It’s actually set up to allow for looking at comics, and I’ve ported all of the existing strips over there. In most cases, I’ve reformatted the strips to make them bigger and more readable.
And to celebrate, there’s a brand new strip up there today! With ninjas! I’d paste it here, but I want you to go click over to the site and take a look.
: Funny-and-sorta-ironic thing: the site is “Overthinking It,” which is exactly what I’m trying not to do with it, and why I haven’t fussed too much with the design. It’s me doing instead of thinking-but-not-doing.
So after an incredible amount of hype (at least incredible to the film’s target audience; more on that in a sec), Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World finally opened this weekend to a lackluster (to put it gently) $10 million of box office, good for fourth place on the weekend. I think a great many
geeks people are disappointed by that haul, because, frankly, it means the film’s pretty much a bomb.
I don’t, however, think it’s a failure.
OK, yes, The Expendables made a ton more money this weekend — it opened in first place with about $35 million. But as other people have pointed out, The Expendables will be gone from the public consciousness by a month after the DVD release, while I think Scott Pilgrim is going to live on for years and becomes one of those movies that gets watched over and over and over again, slowly building up a larger audience over time.
Look, while in absolute terms, the movie seems like a dud, it’s A) still far and way the biggest U.S. opening director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) has had yet, and both of his previous movies have had healthy post-theater lives; and B) pretty damn respectable for a movie based on an indie comic with a lead character who is, frankly, a clueless dick. And the soundtrack has been a success, which will go a long way toward keeping the movie alive, as good soundtracks almost always do.
Maybe those of us into such things expected too much, especially after the early trailers were so epicly awesome. But after Kick-Ass opened to big hype and not much money earlier this year, I thought this was likely to happen. We geeks knew the movie was coming and got excited for it; most of the rest of the world didn’t seem to care and didn’t seem to know what a “Scott Pilgrim” was. I think Wright hit this one maybe a little too squarely at his target, which will, again, likely help its long-term prospects as much as it did hurt its short-term ones.
No, this isn’t the death of the comic-book movie, just as the relative failure of Kick-Ass (which still fared better than Scott Pilgrim has so far) didn’t put as much as a smudge on Iron Man 2‘s golden armor. If the next Batman movie opens at under $50 million, then I’ll worry.
(No, I haven’t seen it yet; I was too busy relaxing on a lake in Maine this weekend. But I’m hoping to see it tonight. I’ll be sure to report back once I do.)
You might’ve heard that there’s this Scott Pilgrim movie coming out next week? I’m a wee bit excited for it and so thought I’d do up some art based on it.
Every drawing I do, I get that much closer to figuring out what it is I’m doing. I’m still not there, not even really all that close, but instead of beating myself up about that, I’m trying to look at the things I’m doing that get better from project to project or strip to strip. While there are some fairly substantial problems with this one, I can honestly tell you I put more effort and thought into the drawing itself instead of just trying to throw something out there, and that’s not nothin’. Progress is progress.
So technically Laurel didn’t get this phrase from LEGO Batman itself. I can’t tell you for sure exactly where she did get it from, but let’s just say that she won’t be watching YouTube unsupervised anymore.