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.
Simplified Back to the Future Time Line
I think that the first time I said, “Cowboy hat, Clock tower being struck by lightning, Huey Lewis, and a Hover board” was in a car on the way to pick up Irv for our trip to Baltimore Comic Con this past fall. I had just seen on Slashfilm.com a detailed image of the Back to the Future timeline worked out by designer Sean Mort (check out the larger version of the graph as well as some of his other amazing design work on his website.) I was overwhelmed by it a bit though that’s definitely the point. I thought, “There’s got to be a cleaner way to break this down…”
Cowboy hat, Clock tower being struck by lightning, Huey Lewis, and a Hover board.
I was a broken record. All weekend long I just kept repeating these words over and over again. Behind the table at the show it became one of those things where it was hilarious, then annoying, then hilarious again, then SERIOUSLY hilarious and then the weekend was over.
It didn’t take long before we were talking about it as a possible shirt for the new convention season. We began debating the logistics of it. Phil pointed out that to work correctly it required very specific things from the customer. They have to know what BTTF is. They have to know who Huey Lewis is. They have to recognize that a song he wrote appears prominently in the movie (a couple actually. Check out the classic and the theme While you’re at it check out this song too. The man was a POP machine.)
While the Huey connection was hilarious to us, my boys and I are all aging weirdoes who grew up loving that movie and that song and we weren’t even old enough to see it in theaters. Could we really expect the same of people born 5, 10, 15 years after the movies release? In the end we didn’t care. We were too far in to the “SERIOUSLY hilarious” end of the cycle and we made plans to move forward.
The shirt debuted at New York Comic Con where it was brutally outsold by t-shirts of animals holding weaponry but still fared well as a very niche idea. Every time one sold I would cheer a little inside, then turn to Irv and say quietly, “Cowboy hat, Clock tower being struck by lightning, Huey Lewis, and a Hover board.” We had a good time with it.
The shirts are available today for the first time on line. Follow this link for all the details.
The comic features my nephew Henry and his mother Hee who is my wife Yeo’s sister and my sister-in-law. (Do the math. It works out.) Henry’s parents in real life aren’t worried at all about him being able to grasp BTTF, they’ve thrown him feet first into geek culture fully exposing him to Star Wars and Pixar which he adores even if he might not understand everything he sees. More to the point I think the BTTF films are very kid friendly and are expected, at least in places to sail over the comprehension of kids while still being wildly entertaining. There are jokes in there about terrorism and underwear that no one under the age of 10 got in 1985 but the film still plays all ages.
My man Henry hasn’t officially been exposed to this Trilogy but it can’t be too far off. I suspect that once there’s a Lego BTTF video game it will be damn near impossible to keep him away.
Speaking of video games… Phil played the new BTTF game that came out last week and will be talking about it in depth in this week’s edition of Another Video Game Webcomic. I myself have only seen the preview footage but the voice they got for Marty is so good that I know I will eventually find myself in front of a PC clicking my way towards a DeLorean.
Look forward to that on Friday as well as a BTTF –themed Matriculated strip tomorrow. It’s or unofficial last minute BTTF week… almost.
“Almost” because Retail Rage is back and Kevin didn’t get the last second memo about the BTTF jokes. But it doesn’t matter because RETAIL RAGE IS BACK!!! We’re thrilled to have Kevin back on board with brand new comics, now featuring in-depth write-ups. A great peek at the life of a real talent. It’s so good to have you back, man. The place wasn’t the same without ya.
Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks for the kind words about the recent strips. You guys are the best.
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