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.
Hi everyone. No review with this strip. Yesterday I brought back the 10 on the 10th and you can get my full thoughts on Ghostbusters
there. This strip is here just so you guys can see another comic, and because it’s an important part of the reason I’ve been in a funk lately.
During its absence I got a lot of questions about what was going on with the 10 on the 10th and why it hadn’t updated through October and November. There are a lot of reasons, one of them being this strip. I had this Ghostbusters comic finished in October but never felt comfortable with it. I didn’t think it was strong enough and was worried that the punch line didn’t translate very well. The joke is supposed to be that Venkman’s attacker is Slimer. That this serious crime was really just the scene in the movie where Peter gets slimed. I wish I could have squeezed in the “I feel so funky” line. I love that. Anyway, I couldn’t justify doing all that work for a joke that wouldn’t work.
After September’s 10 on the 10th for Star Wars: A New Hope, which I really liked and got a huge response from readers on, I knew I couldn’t phone in a comic for a movie as good as Ghostbusters. I didn’t want to settle for a comic just because it’s finished. I want them to be good.
The replacement comic isn’t my best work but it’s a clean and clear joke that connects to the movie directly. I don’t love it, but it doesn’t bother me liked this rejected strip does. Even though the strip bothers me I felt like it was still important to share it with you. If anything it shows you a little bit about my process and that I’m not just twiddling my thumbs on the other side of the computer screen. I’m really doing my best to make sure you guys get some quality stuff to read at work and school and if I ever start slipping then it might be time to stop.
The scary thing is – I totally feel like I’ve been in a slump lately. I’m just not happy with my comic production of the last couple of months. I feel like my jokes are either too violent, too dirty, or too safe, and that not nearly enough of them are at all funny. I feel like I’m struggling trying to find a comedic voice I thought I had locked down years ago.
I’m even a little frustrated with my guest arc that’s running at Joe and Monkey this month. I mean, the story is going where I want it to and the art isn’t horrible, but it’s almost like I’m wasting an opportunity for some funny stuff. It’s like I’m just navigating through the structure of the story without taking any chances. Part of me thinks that I’m playing it safe and I’m afraid it’s boring.
Zach called me last night and opened the conversation by saying that my arc wasn’t living up to his or his reader’s expectations of what Joe and Monkey should be. That there should be “more dialogue and maybe a splash of color”. I was calm but furious. Then he told me he was kidding and that the arc has been “genius” so far.
He may have been kidding but it tapped right into the insecurities I’ve been experiencing lately. It made me reanalyze what I’m doing in the web comic world and what my place is there.
In a moment of frustration the other day I convinced myself that there’s got to be a point where there are just no more jokes left. There is no more original humor to share, and that I’m fooling myself if I think I can keep this up. I don’t want to churn out garbage. I want the comics to be consistently good, but realistically how long can that last?
As insecure as I am about the comics, you guys have been great. I get e-mails all the time from people telling me how much they like the strip, and the traffic is the highest it’s ever been. Truthfully it’s you guys that are keeping me going at this point because a couple of these comics lately have been a struggle to get done. And I find myself wondering if posting another strip is worth killing myself over.
Yeo has been leaning on me a little lately to figure out where I’m going with the comics. She doesn’t want me to give up on my dreams but if making comics is what I’m going to do then we need to have a plan. My day job doesn’t pay on a set schedule and with kids around the corner she wants to know we’re not going to be waiting for checks to come in. I feel the same way but I’m overwhelmed by it.
Right now the comics make zero dollars. That’s not something I like to talk about because it’s not the primary reason I make comics, but it’s the truth. I see nothing from the work I do because of a combination of problems. We’ve never really set up an adequate way to push merchandise or advertising space on the site. We’ve got the traffic and we’ve even got some products, but we don’t have the business savvy to make it work for us. Looking at it from that perspective, everyday we don’t capitalize on the incoming traffic is another day I’ve wasted slaving over a comic.
It used to be just about the comics, which was great but now… If I can’t figure out how to do this right… then it will end. And that’s the last thing I want. And this isn’t a threat - It’s life.
All of this boiled over this past fall and really got me frustrated. There’s so much going on and I’m spending all my time making comics and watching movies to the point where I can’t make those other things come together. But I want it to work. And I’ve avoided discussing this with people in the past because it’s no ones problem but mine, and my problems don’t deserve a spotlight here. But now it’s starting to affect the work. I’m losing my passion for comics and for telling jokes and I don’t know how to get it back.
This isn’t a call for suggestions or even support. You guys have been nothing but supportive over the years. I just hope this hasn’t all come off as complaining or a plea for you to buy stuff, because I’ve been careful in the past to avoid doing both too aggressively on the site. I just need you die-hard readers to know where I’m coming from and to know that I’m going to do my best to make it all work. One day I’ll figure this all out. One day there will be a big and beautiful JLCM collection. One day there will be 5 JLCM updates a week. I just need to figure it all out.
Wow, I didn’t intend to bare my soul in today’s post, but there it is. Let’s end on a high note. For our wedding Yeo and I had table quotes instead of table names, and we had images to go along with them. We had one for Ghostbusters and now seems as good a time as any to share it with you. That’s me as old Stay Puft chasing Yeo the Ghostbuster down. There are 8 other table images/quotes from our wedding floating around out there. If any of the movies they’re from pop up in another 10 on the 10th, I’ll be sure to include them.
Thanks for reading. Tomorrow it’s back to business as usual. A brutally long, worry free review of The Blood Diamond. See you then. Also updating tomorrow is the continued Joe And Monkey arc, a guest comic for Rose City as well as Matriculated, which updates every Wednesday right here at Digital Pimp. Are you guys reading Matriculated? It’s good. Phil does a great job shaping those characters. It’s an honor to be the one making it come to life.
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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