These days, no property has made it until it ends up on the internet on a two things T-shirt, in a mash-up with Doctor Who, The X-Men or Calvin and Hobbes.  Sometimes, though, your concept is itself a hybrid: ‘Firefly’ mixes science-fiction and western genres, ‘Usagi Yojimbo’ has elements of historical samurai tales, detective and horror, ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ is a retelling of ‘The Odyssey’ in the depression-era South.  Heck, ‘Steven Universe’ is a little bit of ‘Sailor Moon’ and a little bit of ‘Full House’, sprinkled with a soupçon of Justice League, leading to today’s chimerical query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has two words: “Patrick Batman”, asking: What’s the greatest mash-up of all?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Sengoku Basara. Its Warring States era Japan real historical samurai generals with totally over the top superpowers.

  2. A series novels by Charles Stross known as “The Laundry Files.” Part spy thriller, part Lovecraftian horror, part The Office, it all blends together into a coherent universe where the Men In Black are mostly everyday jerks playing office politics.

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