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Very Weird Crossover Ideas

1. Star Wars, but it’s a “What We Do in the Shadows” style documentary
(Mostly so you can have things like members of Rogue Squadron being like “Wow, this base is pretty empty. Oh. There’s bodies. Hm. Lots of bodies. Hey Luke, you didn’t tell us your dad was visiting this week!”
“Sorry, the custody arrangement changed again.”)

2. The Muppet Movie, but it’s the cast of Voltron Legendary Defender
Hunk: “Oh I’m so nervous! If this calculation is off, I’ll never be able to live with myself!”
Coran: “Well then, you’ll have to get another apartment, won’t you?”

3. Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein, but the cast is 100% Transformers
Prowl: “You’re making enough noise to wake up the dead!”
Cliffjumper: “Oh I don’t have to wake him up. He’s up.”
Prowl: “Listen: I know there’s no such person as CYLAS. You know there’s no such person as CYLAS.”
Cliffjumper: “But does CYLAS know it?”


We know why Jamie has two of his middle names - Alexander for Brian’s half-brother (the abbot we meet at the end of Book 1), and MacKenzie for Ellen’s family.

But Malcolm - where did that one come from?

Well - Brian and Ellen met at Leoch on the night that Ellen was to meet Malcolm Grant - who her parents intended for her to marry. It was to avoid Malcolm Grant that (among other things) motivated Ellen to run away with Brian.

So I’ve always thought that naming their second son after Malcolm Grant was a quiet thank you to the man who directly (if inadvertently) brought Brian and Ellen together.

58 "March In March" Photos That Will Give You Goosebumps

Tens of thousands of Australians unite to protest the Abbott Government.

I was at the Brisbane March today and just thought I’d share the awesomeness of the mass protest that happened around Australia which isn’t really being covered by the official media. 9 news (Queensland) reported on one man who collapsed, but only collapsed because a police car ran over his foot (they don’t mention this point) and apparently there will be a mention of it on channel 7 news tonight. 

Which makes me sad because look at the amount of people around Australia who got up in arms to protest the tyranny of our current leader.

Is Australia Going to Kill the Great Barrier Reef on Friday?

The largest reef network in the world may be half dead, but Queensland, Australia needs jobs and Asia needs coal—and coal jobs trump everything. We’ll be reminded of this again on Friday, when the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority decide whether it’s appropriate to dump about 106 million cubic feet of dredged sand on the reef. This is part of a master plan to turn a smallish coal port named Abbot Point into the world’s largest, enabling it to single handedly process half of Queensland’s current coal output, which is also projected to be a third larger by 2030. With 64.6 percent (194.5 million tons) of Australia’s coal shipped out of Queensland in 2012, upping the state’s export capabilities is a priority, even though a bunch of mega-ports sit right next to the Great Barrier Reef. So do we dredge carefully, or do we dredge like we mean it?

Abbot Point is currently one of the smaller ports, about 15 miles north of Bowen and the most northerly in the state. It’s one of several lined up for expansion, but it was the first approved for dredging by Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt, back in December. There were a few ideas for disposing of the dredge spoil, including pumping it back to land, before it was decided that dropping it in the deep water amongst the reef was the way to go/cheap. Allegedly the sand will settle within 7-10 days and the coral won’t be affected, but the locals are up in arms, and according to Felicity Wishart from the Australian Marine Conservation Society, it’s for good reason.


Beside Amy Schumer: Secret Surprise Guest Blog from Kim's Sister, Amy

Two years ago I found out I was going to shoot a pilot for Comedy Central. I was so excited. My first phone call was to my sister Kim. Kim also happened to be with me at a hotel gym in San Francisco when I got the call that they wanted me to shoot a whole series. We got off our respective ellipticals and cried. I wanted her to write for the show immediately. She could not. She is a school psychologist and couldn’t leave with such little notice. Not to mention the fact that she is married and lives in Chicago with her husband Vinny and her three-legged pit bull Abbot. We both agreed that if I got a second season, she would move to New York and live with me and work on the show. Getting a tv show was a dream come true for a gal like me. I grew up watching Shirley Temple, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Gilda Radner, Lily Tomlin, Laverne & Shirley, Kate & Allie, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Donna Reed, and so on. I would collect all the movies and tv shows from these actresses that I could get my hands on, and watch them till the cassettes broke.


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This is a preview of a Superman comic mingdoyle, brentschoonover, David Williams, Al Gordon, tulalotayjasonshawnalexander drew, Jon Bogdanove covered, jordiecolorsthings, Nic Filardi, Jason Wright & Lee Louthridge colored, Wes Abbot lettered, Alex Antone edited, Hank Kanalz oversaw and I wrote. DC Comics calls it Adventures of Superman #16.

It was made for DC’s Not-Print initiative, but seeing it in an actual comic book is pretty surreal. I was once this little dude in who wore Superman pajamas during the day who grew up on Fleischer cartoons eventually graduating to Alan Moore Supreme to discovering comics where Superman had a lion’s head to other stuff. Now this exists. It’s an odd thing.

I gotta give a big shoutout to Alex Antone, the editor on the book. Editings not an easy job. Its one I really respect. When it’s done well, it keeps the comic moving along and better than it might have been otherwise. I can speak to Alex’s impact on this script, convincing me that maybe we didn’t need THAT many lion-headed Superman appearances (it was originally A LOT), discussing something I wrote at the end of what was in the Not-Print version as part two that made no sense and how to make it better. And he was right. His suggestion was way better.

He helped curate a lot of talent I’ve dreamed of working with. I mean, look at that lineup. It wasn’t an easy thing to juggle in such a small amount of time, but dude did it real damn well. Even dealt with the writer. Good dude, that Alex.

Gotta give a massive shout out to everyone I got to collaborate on this with. Ming, Brent, David, Al, Tula and Jason were the ones I got to work with most directly and man, oh, man, did they absolutely kill it. Ming Doyle on Old Man Kamandi? Shit yeah. Brent Schnoover on Golden Age Batman Before He Figured Out Guns Were Dumb? C'mon! David Williams and Al Gordon on Post-Silver Age Superman? Buh. Tula Lotay on a Days of Heaven-tinged Farm Boy Clark? Man, oh, man. Jason Shawn-Alexander drawing Superman at The End of All Things? We have achieved Dream Project Status.

I’m going to miss this Adventures of Superman series as a reader. It was interesting to see what people did with the character after being told, “do whatever you want." 

Anyway. If you like comics where there’s a cameo by a crying baby Superman, please have it and enjoy.