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What If… Frank Miller Had Created Peanuts, Charlie Brown?


We’ve already seen what Watchmen would be like as a 1980s Saturday-morning cartoon and what Family Guy would be like if it had been a 1980s computer game.

Now, thanks to Schulz City: That Yellow-Shirted Such-and-Such, a two-page story from Ninjaink, a member of Deviantart, we can have a look at what Charlie Brown and his Peanuts pals might look like in the hands of Sin City creator Frank Miller.

The title is a play on Miller’s Sin City story That Yellow Bastard.

Click on the small pics below to see the full-size versions.

 

And while we’re here, on a similar note, here is an oldie but a a goodie from artist Evan Shaner – What If… Peanuts’ Charles M Schultz had created Watchmen?

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TV Newsround: CSI Galactica; Dollhouse Gathers Speed; Chenowith Full Of Glee; and more


FANS of Battlestar Galactica who are already mourning the fact that there are only two more episodes left can take some comfort from the latest development in the CSI universe – CSI: Galactica.

No, it’s not an attempt to transplant the CSI formula to the 12 Colonies of Kobol.

It’s a special episode of CSI, due to air on April 16, in which the forensics experts investigate a death at a science fiction convention.

Kate Vernon, who plays Ellen Tigh (right) on BSG, and Ronald D Moore, who created the new version of the sci-fi drama, will guest star on the episode and the producers promise plenty of other sci-fi references and in-jokes.

Talking of all things CSI, producers of CSI: New York have warned fans to brace themselves for the death of a prominent character in the season finale.

FOUR episodes in and the ongoing plot of Joss Whedon‘s new show, the flawed but intriguing Dollhouse, is slowly gathering speed as clues about the show’s mythology are gradually revealed.

For the uninitiated, it stars Eliza Dushku (right) as Echo, one of a group of “actives” or “dolls”, men and women who have had their personality erased so that they can be programmed with specific skills and memories, tailored to the needs of clients who hire them out for anything from sexual liaisons to bank robberies.

According to Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello, the show will kick into high gear on April 3 when, through a series of flashbacks, we learn who Echo was and why and how she ended up being lured into the Dollhouse. So it may be worth sticking with the show for a few more weeks, even if you’re not too sure about its long-term appeal.

OVER in Smallville, Ausiello reports that two major characters will die in the final episode of the current season. One of them is said to be a “veteran” of the show, the other a more recent addition. And, unlike previous Smallville deaths, these ones are said to be permanent. He also reports that The Legion will return in the May finale and that the final two episodes of the season will focus on a search for Chloe and Doomsday.

LOVABLE Pushing Daisies star Kristin Chenowith (right) and former Alias father figure Victor Garber have signed up for recurring roles in the Fox network’s musical comedy-drama Glee. Garber will play the father of the show’s leading man Matthew Morrisonbut Chenowith’s role is shrouded in secrecy.

The show is already generating great word of mouth amongst those who have seen an extended trailer and the pilot, so much so that the network plans to air the pilot episode on May 19, following American Idol’s current season finale. The series proper won’t begin until the Autumn.

Morrison plays a high school teacher who sets out to turn around the fortunes of his school’s glee club, which is filled with misfits and outcasts, molding them into a top-notch choir that can compete in a national competition. The show will feature musical numbers each week, ranging from classics to current pop hits.

ACTOR Jackie Earle Haley, who can currectly be seen on the big screen playing Watchmen’s Rorschach, has landed a supporting role in the pilot episode of a TV show based on another DC comic book, Human Target.

The human target of the title is master of disguise Christopher Chance, who hires himself out to act as a decoy for people whose lives are being threatened. Haley will play Chance’s researcher, who gathers the information his boss needs.

Also joining the cast is Chi McBride, who played moody detective Emerson Cod in Pushing Daisies). Mark Valley, who played FBI agent Olivia Dunham’s dead ex-boyfriend in Fringe, will play the title character.

FORMER ER star Julianna Margulies (right), who returns to County General this week for one last appearance as nurse Carol Hathaway, is set to take the lead role in the CBS drama pilot The Good Wife. She’ll play a politician’s wife who decides to resume her former career as a lawyer. Her last major role was also as a lawyer, in Canterbury’s Law, which was axed after just six episodes.

IN casting news that makes the Choob feel oh-so old, former Brat Pack actor Andrew McCarthy (The Breakfast Club, St Elmo’s Fire) has joined the cast of the Gossip Girl spin-off – as the main character’s dad.

The pilot for the spin-off, which will air as a flashback episode of the original show, is set in the 1980s and explores the wild teenage years of Lily Rhodes. McCarthy plays her dad, who is a music company executive.

THE creator of Sex And The City Darren Star has signed a two-year contract with HBO. He will produce his first new show in 10 years under the deal and oversee comedy and drama projects by other writers. He is currently developing the HBO pilot Diary Of A Manhattan Call Girl.

COMEDY cop show Reno 911! returns for its sixth season on April 1 on Comedy Central.

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What If… Watchmen Was A 1980s Saturday-Morning Cartoon?


As a long-time comics reader/collector (albeit a mostly lapsed one these days), I couldn’t let the release of the Watchmen movie pass uncelebrated by The Cathode Ray Choob.

I started collecting American comics in 1986, just as Watchmen, by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, and Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns were being released – redefining superhero comics, and the artform as a whole, in the process.

I whiled away many happy hours browsing in AKA Books and Comics in Glasgow’s Virginia Galleries (don’t look for it, it’s not there anymore) and spent a fair chunk of my student grant in the shop (anyone out there know what happened to the guys who ran AKA before it became A1 Comics? From hazy memories, their names were John and Steve and Pete – very friendly and helpful guys).

But I digress. More than two decades later, the “unfilmable” has been filmed and the Watchmen movie went on general release last Friday.

But just imagine that, instead of having to wait 23 years for a proper, grown-up film adaptation, Watchmen had instead been turned into a formulaic 1980s Saturday-morning kids’ cartoon series.

Well, imagine no more. Amateur animator Harry Partridge has done just that – complete with a talking, Scooby Doo-like Bubastis. Or at least, he’s created a brilliantly kitsch and camp – and uncannily authentic-looking – glimpse of what such a show’s opening titles and theme tune might have been like, and how the dark, brooding characters might have been “kidified”.. Truly impressive stuff.

Alan Moore declined to comment…

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Who Watches The Minutemen?


As a one-time obsessive comics reader, and still an occasional dabbler, the Choob is looking forward to the long-awaited Watchmen film (assuming the legal problems over who owns the rights are worked out).

So I was pleased to see this behind-the-scenes featurette appear, spotlighting the Minutemen, the Golden Age counterparts of the main characters. Enjoy!

Click here for a High-Def version.

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