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Kai - Le Kommunique:
I speak on behalf of the Spanish Armada. - (2001-01-03)

Tony - Digital Garbage:
Game Review: Oni - (2001-01-01)

Dan - The Word:
The Kindness of Strangers - (2001-02-07)

Jason - The Gospel According To Bigfoot:
I Can Make Geek Comics! - (2001-02-07)

Guest - Jared Goldberg:
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Working on Marketing Plan (bleh!)
(2001-01-28 - School - GAM150)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (again)
(2000-12-30 - Movie)
Wishing I were Sincho Galameany
(2000-12-25 - Idle Thought)

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
(2000-12-23 - Movie)
(2000-12-22 - Game)

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The Subtle Knife
(2001-02-08 - Book)
The Return of the King
(2001-01-25 - Book)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
(2001-01-24 - Movie)

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Shadow of the Vampire
(2001-01-28 - Movie)
32 Stories: Optic Nerve Mini Comics
(2001-01-16 - Comic)
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
(2001-01-03 - Movie)

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February 09, 2001

Our plethora of guest appearances continues in today's strip. Enjoy!

The resounding cheers of joy mingled with screams of horror can only mean that Penny Arcade has reared its ugly head once again. It seems that Gabe and Tycho have come through the harrowing experience mostly unscathed, which is a relief to all of us here at CXM. There was fear for a time that PA was lost, never to be seen again, and that the millions of people that comprised their audience would be deprive of their semi-daily dose of Funny. Had this happened, CXM was prepared to step into the vacancy and do its best to faithfully uphold the values that the dynamic duo had always espoused. Thankfully for the web-comic community, the need did not arise.

I have been involving myself in absolutely nothing of consequence for the past few days. I had finally managed to pummel into submission the demo version of Oni, and was feeling pretty good about myself, until I learned that Tony had been engaged in much the same pursuit, except that he had vanquished the entire game. And so, my joy abated, I moved on to more fulfilling conquests. I'll let you know what these are after I figure it out.

If you have not been reading your Robots and Spacemen, I may have the need to find you in dereliction of duty. Don't worry, it's not that serious, nothing that a quick injection can't fix. It won't hurt. Much.

Personally, I'm getting a little ticked by what I'm hearing about the big screen version of Tom Clancy's The Sum of All Fears. We have our fourth Jack Ryan, who is being played by Ben Affleck, who, as anybody who has read any Clancy book knows, is way to young for the role of Jack Ryan (played in The Hunt for Red October by Alec Baldwin and in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger by Harrison Ford). In addition, they've changed the villains from Muslim terrorists to neo-Nazis and possibly changed one of the major plot points in the book. While they were at it, they cast Bridget Moynahan (Coyote Ugly, Sex and the City) as Ryan's girlfriend (when he has been married for the past few movies), and Morgan Freeman as his mentor (presumably Admiral James Greer, played by James Earl Jones in the last three movies but who dies in Clear and Present Danger). Apparently the studio's excuse for these liberties is that the film will be set as a sort of "prequel" to the other films. Or as FilmForce reviewer STAX calls it, "a sort of Jack Ryan: The Dating Years." Check out the full dilly for The Sum of All Abominations here.

We're all anime fans here at CXM, and as such we have an ardent respect for that master of the animation genre: Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki is one of the undisputed kings of the animated film, having brought us such classics as Nausicaa, Castle of Cagliostro, and, of course, Mononoke Hime. And so when I caught a note on AICN that had a mpeg version of a preview for his latest film, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (IMDB's translation: The Spiriting Away of Sen and Chihiro), I jumped at the chance. The story apparently revolves around a young girl whose parents are metamorphosed into pigs, necessitating her journey to the land of the spirits in order to return them to their original forms. You can catch the teaser here here, though it's probably more useful if you speak Japanese (Evan, where are you when we need you?). For those of who can't understand the language, has also graciously provided a scene by scene translation of the commercial here.

Also check out comments by the Batman franchise director, Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Pi) about the style and setting of the next Caped Crusader flick.

I hope you all have an excellent weekend; we'll see you back here on Monday with a new strip ready for your consumption.

Dan Moren thinks he should play Jack Ryan if they're going to make him any younger.

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