Love crappy movies but are too ashamed to admit it? Are you a big Rob Schneider fan but you're tired of being burned? Not sure if you want to waste your money on the same old movie? That's why you have Joe.
Joe Loves Crappy Movies is by Joseph Dunn. Joe willingly goes to see the very worst that Hollywood has to offer. Whenever a crappy movie comes out Joe will be there to see it, make fun of it, and actually review it. Nothing is safe, and nothing is sacred. From the big budget action disasters to the low brow fart based comedies, to anything starring Martin Lawrence? Joe will tear it apart.
With each entry you'll get not only a comic poking fun at the movie, but also a detailed review. Joe's not educated in film or cinematography or acting, he's just a guy that draws comics and likes movies. So if you're looking for the everyman perspective and a little joke in comic form... you're in the right place.
Today’s strip has a history to it. It was originally intended to be part one of a 9-part crossover between JLCM and a couple of other comics. Unfortunately the creators (me included) got busy and couldn’t pull it together in time. Still, I had this one comic very close to finished so I figured I’d share it with you guys.
It has a lot to add to the world of JLCM. On the surface it’s just a weird joke about seeing Jean-Luc Picard playing video games with Irv, but this is not completely out of nowhere.
Regular readers will recognize that Picard has made his fair share of appearances in the comic, always lurking in the background with squinted eyes and a jovial smile. I guess the guy just loves to go to the movies. The origins of him showing up are more innocent than me picking a random pop culture figure to decorate the background. Really, I just drew a guy and while coloring realized he looked a lot like Picard, so I said, “Why not?” Since then he’s become my go-to background character. Have a look around, he pops up more then you’d think.
I like him as my background character, and I’ve always liked that it’s sort of known but never addressed. Something that gave me reason to debate doing this particular strip at all. I rationalized though that this doesn’t hurt the joke at all. If anything it gives me ground to build. Now Picard is more than simply “there”. Now he’s elusive and just out of Joe’s grasp. Joe will always want to meet him, but will keep missing him. A most bizarre case of cat and mouse where the cat doesn’t know that mouse is in the room and the mouse doesn’t know that cat is even looking for him.
I’m looking forward to developing that a little.
But I encourage you to keep an eye on the background. I try every now and then to put in cool movie posters of real and fake films, and sometimes, if people ask nice enough, I’ll even put THEM in the comic. The guy next to me in panel one of the strip for The Break-Up is some guy that e-mailed me through MySpace. He was really nice and just asked if he could be in the comic. Sure, why not. I hope it’s a good likeness.
Picard is JLCM’s big guest star but the Crappy family has been wiggling their way into the comics of my movie brothers. There was of course the appearance of Yeo and me over at Theater Hopper last week, which was awesome, but this Monday I was thrilled to see a familiar face lurking in the shadows of Multiplex. Go ahead. Take a look at the last panel and shake in terror!
I think it’s endlessly cool that a character like George has enough of a presence to not be a main character but still leave an impression on people. Enough of an impression to justify an appearance in another comic. For those playing catch up, George ruled this very comic strip with an iron fist back in March. Good times. Good, completely insane times.
George showing up was a great treat but also a little odd. You see in my mind I’ve had George headed on a very different path. A path away from government work and towards crappy movies. It’s something, like the Picard angle, that I’d like to explore a little more in the future. Or I could just stop wasting time and get back to reviewing movies, right?
Thanks Gordon and Tom for including members of the JLCM family. Makes me feel a lot better about using yours.
I’ve been putting off writing the reviews for Cars and Nacho Libre, but if you’re desperate to see the comics you can check them out over at Clickwheel. Not sure why I’ve been avoiding them. It’s the sort of thing where I feel like it will take longer to do than it actually does. I’m an old school procrastinator, but smart enough to get other comic work done while I’m avoiding the work I should be doing. GAH! Gotta get back on the ball!
This past weekend I spent in Virginia with the in-laws and the only comic work I got done was a guest strip for Beaver and Steve. (That should be up sometime in the next week, but his guest week has already started and so far is a lot of fun.) It was a nice weekend though. We did lots of stuff for the wedding and relaxed a little. Yeo even agreed to sneak out with me on Saturday and see The Lake House. It was completely obvious what was going on but was still fun and actually sparked much discussion.
The Cars review will go up tomorrow though. In the meanwhile don’t forget to vote. Two new incentive images today. Over at buzzComix is an image of Iron Man exacting his revenge on my eye. And over at Top Web Comics is another part of the Many Faces of Jesus. Today it’s Jesus – the buddy cop! If you haven’t been voting then you’ve already missed Jesus the Alien and Jesus the giant chicken. That’s some quality blasphemy.
See you tomorrow, folks.
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Joe – The creator of the strip who has embraced giving crappy movies the chance they deserve. Like the majority of the cast he’s obsessed with boobs.
First Appearance - The Introduction
Yeo – Yeo is Joe’s wife and often the voice of reason in the strip. Having her act rational allows the rest of the cast to embrace being in a comic strip which primarily involves randomly punching people, interacting with fictional characters and talking about boobs. Yeo is smart, beautiful and way too good for Joe. Don’t tip her off.
First Appearance - Fever Pitch
Irv – Joe’s movie-going sidekick who’s always down for watching Jason Statham crescent moon kick some thug through a plate glass window and getting some drinks before after and during a Vin Diesel movie. Like the majority of the cast he’s obsessed with boobs.
First Appearance - Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior
Agent 337 George Jones – A government Agent that took over for Joe after he was bad-mouthing President Bush in the V for Vendetta strip. George ran the show for over a month bring a much needed sense of patriotism and justice to both the strips and reviews. He eventually got too attached to his work, empathizing with Joe’s plight to give crappy movies a fair shake. In a way he came to love crappy movies as well and was pushed out of the position. He spiraled out of control and ended up in prison. His adventures will be told in the limited series JLCM Presents: 337 Locked Up which is set to début Christmas of 09.
First Appearance - V for Vendetta
Other Notable Appearances: Stay Alive, Ice age 2, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, Slither, Here Comes Guest week, Let’s Go To Prison
Leonidas – The former king of Sparta who has traveled into the future and is having trouble coping with the modern times. Yelling loudly and kicking people into giant holes doesn’t really work the same way it did in the olden days. As time as gone by he’s adjusted but it’s a safe bet that he’s always one bad message away from throwing a spear through someone.
First Appearance - 300
Other Notable Appearances: Four Brothers, Strip# 300, The Golden Compass, Rambo, Untraceable, The Ladies of Max Paybe
Palpatine – Former Senator, Emperor of the Galactic Empire, Sith Lord... He shows up in the Joe Loves Crappy movies galaxy on occasion to let people know that they’re being stupid. No one’s really sure how he shows up in this universe but chances are it breaks all kinds of copywrite laws.
First Appearance - Episode III: The Dark Side
Other Notable Appearances: Four Brothers, Night Watch, Saw 3, Are We Done Yet
Slow Billy – Billy is a sweet kid but he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed. If you’re watching him for the day be prepared to explain to him the plot of the movie or how popcorn works or, not so much where babies come from, but what babies are. He’s a complete moron.
First Appearance - Four Brothers
Other Notable Appearances: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Da Vinci Code, Vantage Point, Journey to the Center of the Earth
Kyle the Movie Snob – Be careful what fun facts about movies you tell your friends at a friendly gathering or in line for the latest blockbuster, because if you’re even slightly wrong, Kyle will be more than happy to let you know. He usually gets what’s coming to him though. Poor guy has cracked three ribs since joining the JLCM cast.
First Appearance - Ultraviolet
Other Notable Appearances: 16 Blocks, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Transformers, Journey to the Center of the Earth
Jean-Luc Picard – Another lawsuit waiting to happen is Jean Luc Picard who, towards the end of the strip’s first year, became the go-to background character. If there was ever a seat to fill or a random person to place wandering around in the background, nine times out of ten it was Picard. While Picard has crossed paths with Irv he and Joe have never met. Perhaps they will some day but for now just can an eye on the background.
First Appearance - The Producers
Other Notable Appearances: I’m not telling you, that’s no fun. It’ like Where’s Waldo – go find him!
Ice Cream Sandwich – Delicious and… deadly? Usually when you see someone eating an Ice Cream sandwich, someone else is experiencing a substantial amount of pain. Still, how nice is an ice cream sandwich on a hot summer day?
First Appearance - Saw IV
Other Notable Appearances: Bee Movie, Run Fatboy Run, Saw V