Creature Tech by Paul TenNapel

This week on the show: Science and religion! Giant bugs, demon cats, Wonder Woman in costume, ducks that talk, and aliens that walk.


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TELEVISION: Wonder Woman costume revealed

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Sigourney Weaver, and Kristen Wiig.
Written by:Frost and Pegg
Directed by: Greg Mottola
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite for the comedy adventure Paul as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America’s UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. When he discovers he’s been taken prisoner, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town-a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes

Rating: ★★★★☆

Written by William Van Horn, Ted Osborne, Daan Jippes, Freddy Milton
Drawn by William Van Horn, Floyd Gottferdson, Daan Jippes, Freddy Milton, Walt Kelly
SC, 40 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER : Carl Barks
The celebration of 70 years of Walt Disney’s Comics continues with the best Disney stories both classic and new! First up, two stories that have never before been published in the U.S. — “Scrooge for a Day” by William Van Horn and Daan Jippes’ Daisy Duck story “Coat of Harms.” If those aren’t enough for you, try these rare gems: Floyd Gottfredson’s “Broadcast News” and Walt Kelly’s “Donald Duck’s Surprise Party,” both reprinted here for the first time in the U.S. in over 60 years! Featuring a Carl Barks cover showcasing one of his last ever drawings!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

32 pages FC  • $3.99  •  Teen +
“Blood Red” Retailer incentive cover by JASON PEARSON
“Black & White” Retailer incentive cover by ALÉ GARZA
“Virgin Art” Retailer incentive cover by PAUL RENAUD
Vampirella’s pursuit of Dracula has revealed a cult of vampires, worshippers of an ancient evil, one so vast and terrible that  even the Lord of the Vampires  respects – and perhaps fears – it. As the world stands between  eternal chaos and an endless army of blood-drinking horrors, Vampirella, plagued with nightmare visions of her past and of possible future, may finally have met her match

Rating: ★★★★½

Wonder Woman is getting the Tee-Vee treatment, with Adrianne Palicki cast as the Amazon Princess, and Elizabeth Hurley as the villain Veronica Cale.  Surprisingly, or not surprisingly, depending on how far down the road you can see, David E. Kelley’s version of the DC Comics hero got a costume change.

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Creature Tech
The book tells of the adventures of Dr. Michael Ong, a paranormal scientist and former seminarian, who is given a head researcher’s position at an Area 51-esque laboratory in Turlock, California called Research Technical Institute. In exchange for granting the government the lease to build the facility, the City of Turlock demanded that it be staffed primarily by locals. Ong’s task is to open, catalog, and classify each of the hundreds of crates in the facility’s warehouse. Many of the artifacts found inside are proven to be highly dangerous and thoroughly insane…Russian teleporter technology, aliens, mutants, even a were-pig.

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  1. Blackthunder01 on

    I’m a big fan of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz so I’m very eager to see Paul but with all the movies coming out that I want to see, I had to pick Sucker Punch as the 1 I can afford.

  2. touching upon the subject of animation, the mentality that animation is for children still does exist here. Not as strongly because of the popularity of anime, but it does linger. When Superman Doomsday came out, it was in the children’s section in Target, and I remember feeling a little horrified because that movie is DEFINITELY not a children’s movie. Since then, I think the stores have learned (since it’s in the general section now). Then yesterday, I went looking for a copy of Watership Down; which has a history of traumatizing children because parents thought it was a cute animated movie about bunnies…and I found it in the children’s section.
    You can make an animated superhero movie akin to what a live-action one would be like (except awesome), but unless the marketing is incredible, it’s going to take awhile to get to your desired demographic (and possibly traumatize some children along the way)

  3. Just listened to the podcast and loved the discussion on Creature Tech. Though Stephen, you said the book came out in 2010. Is that a mistake? The copy in front of me is copyright 2002 (and I know I read it long before 2010).
    I picked it up because I’d head good things about it online and I remember fondly playing Earthworm Jim as a kid. Being a Christian preacher myself, the discussion of Science vs God has always struck me as being interesting and relevant. Would love to see more of it in comics.

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