There was a lot of exciting news to break at this year’s San Diego Comic Con but to me the most interesting was the announcement of an IDW Back To The Future comic book signed off on by Bob Gale. Gale who was a co-writer of the movie (along with Robert Zemeckis) is one of the only people who could green light the project and over the years has been notoriously protective of the franchise. The stories will focus on gaps in the original trilogy and undiscussed backstory in the universe. Answering one of my favorite questions, how exactly did Doc and Marty meet? This sounds like the real deal. If you’re not sold yet, take a look at this recently solicited cover.
That just makes me giddy, but it’s only 1/4 of the entire thing. Behold the entire gatefold cover.
Is it October yet?
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Our density has popped us to you, Evil Geeks! This week Biff Tannen, C-Mart, Martian Luthor Kang, and Undies of Wondy talk with filmmaker Jason Aron, director of the upcoming documentary Back in Time, an INSANELY comprehensive look at the classic 80’s movie Back to the Future. If you’d like to help fund this ultimate insider look at the cultural phenomenon that the trilogy has become there’s still time to contribute to the films Kickstarter campaign here! Hope you enjoy the episode and be sure to help support this incredible film!
If my calculations are correct, you will receive this post immediately after you saw the post about C-3PO and R2-D2. First, let me assure you that I am alive and well. I’ve been living happily these past two days on November 17th.
Seriously though, this post seems to have somehow not published on the 15th as intended, but due to it’s subject matter it makes a fun coincidence. Enjoy a double dose today.
Also? I know what you’re thinking; Biff Tannen ought to be the one writing this article…
Well, listen. He’s off representing the Brotherhood of Evil Geeks at the International Villains Summit in beautiful Tokyo, Japan and is a bit too busy to sit at a desk clanking away at a keyboard about the nuances of a fictional friendship. I, on the other hand, have all the time in the world to examine the glory that is…
Marty McFly and Doc Brown
I’m not going to waste time explaining the typical dynamic of a High School Student/Mad Scientist friendship to you, I’m sure you’re all quite familiar with the…. oh, you’re not? Fair enough, then… let’s have a look.
Hello, fellow art aficionados. I’m sure you’re familiar with the Brotherhood’s extensive collection of wonderful works of art. You’ve undoubtedly reveled in the space operatic grandeur and the star-spangled beauty of our previous exhibitions. Today I present the latest masterpiece collaboration from our stable of talented artists. But before I unveil its splendor, I’ll introduce you to the subject manner. While perusing a TV Guide magazine last month, I happened upon a listing for an 80s “Science-Fiction” comedy film.
“Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is a decent teenager who plays an electric guitar, sails about on a skateboard, and courts pretty Claudia Wells. But all is not well in Fox’s little world. His father (Crispin Glover) is a milquetoast, his mother (Lea Thompson) is an alcoholic, and his brother and sister (Marc McClure and Wendie Jo Sperber) are decidedly weird. Marty’s friend, the positively manic Christopher Lloyd, has been working on a device for time travel. Marty activates the device and finds that he has traveled back to 1955, where he encounters his own parents as teenagers.”
So that evening I tuned my television to the appropriate channel at the corresponding time and watched this film in full. I was not impressed, but I do love that poster! So I set my two finest artists to work in recreating it and what follows is the fruit of their labor:
Arthur Harkness’ ballpoint pen unleashed this fantastic image upon an unsuspecting yellow legal pad. The dynamic action of our hero, Martin McFly, is conveyed so skillfully that he seems to jump from the page while still being trapped behind the college-ruled bars of the paper. And the lightning streaks along the page with such reckless abandon!
In a rare foray into photo realism, Modern Master Biff Tannen reproduces the famous poster so flawlessly that it’s almost… ALMOST boring. If I wanted to look at a Drew Struzan painting, I’d commision *him* ! Nevertheless, Biff does exceed Struzan in several places; the look of wonderment on young master McFly’s face is a hint of the many sights he shall see in his sojourn to 1955. Struzan carelessly left the license plate out of the original painting, and Mr. Tannen has included it for all to see.
I ran these drawings through the Collabotron and after a few minutes of beeping and booping, it printed out two items. First was an apology… an apology for its inability to properly convey the beauty of these two drawings. The other item was the composite drawing itself. Look upon it and weep!
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If you’re a regular reader of our website you may have come to know one of our authors, Martian Luthor Kang. A time traveling, conquerer of worlds who is an unapologetic lover of all things John McClane. I sat down with him recently and conducted a series of interviews which will be published in installments. So sit back, relax, pop open a packet of Soylent Green and enjoy.