Paste's 10 Favorite Things About NYC Comic Con 2009

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7 & 6. Robot Chicken and Twisted Toyfare Theate
"I've become an expert in 1st Amendment Free Speech," Robot Chicken cofounder Seth Green explained at the Robot Chicken panel. Shortly after, Green recounted how George Lucas personally asked him to cut a segment where Han Solo and Luke Skywalker clash metaphorical lightsabers in a dark alley, giving his words a bit more weight in regards to his irreverent stop-motion comedy series. The series is currently in its fourth season and is still extremely funny, much like it's printed predecessor, Twisted Toyfare Theater.

TTT, as it's affectionately known, poses ancient Mego action figures in still pictures with damningly funny character defamation of iconic superheroes and other nostalgic toys. If you want to see an intoxicated Iron Man urinate in his armor or G.I. Joe start a Hamburger Chain, look no further.

Breckin Meyer and Seth Green

The Robot Chicken

5. Ultimate Comics
Marvel is set to relaunch their premier Ultimate super-hero line: a continuity-free binge into the company's core heroes executed by the best artists and writers in the business. Mark Millar/Carlos Pacheco and Brian Bendis/Dave Lafuente have already been announced as the respective creative teams of Ultimate Avengers and Ultimate Spider-Man. With two more series to be announced shortly, these titles have traditionally presented the most refreshing interpretations these characters have seen in years.

Ultimate Spider-Man sketch by Dave Lafuente

4. Dark Reign
Marvel Universe architect Brian Michael Bendis is not one to embrace the status quo; in his new line-wide Dark Reign story arc, the prolific writer has instigated a tangible air of panic into his sandbox by making Norman Osborn (aka The Green Goblin) the new head of U.S. Defense. If this sounds like it's hitting a bit too close to home, Editor In Chief Joe Quesada states that any political allegory is purely "serendipitous with coincidence." But with the Goblin currently pumpkin bombing Air Force One and Barack making more than a few cameo appearances, we'll take Joe's statement with a grain of salt.

Brian Michael Bendis

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