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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Zatanna's Chubby Rain

There is a lot of crap going on in Zatanna. Lots and lots of stuff. And things. Stuff and things and events... and happenings. Grant Morrison is up to his usual madness and Ryan Sook is the perfect artist to keep up with him. Its a fantastic series and I'm truly digging it. The story borrows from a lot of different places, dropping homage after homage all on the path to a great story. But the homage in issue two, intentional or no, was hilarious.

There's this magician--strike that--there's this EVIL magician, Gwydion, and he's coming to get Zatanna or something. On his way he goes through all these different forms (from rain to sea to fish, etc.,) all the while retaining a slight resemblance to Z's dad. See for yourself:

Lookit! He's inside the rain. The rain is bigger cause its holding a magician. The rain has gotten...well, Chubby:

This is too similar to the Kit Ramsey movie-within-a-movie for it to be a coincidence. Or maybe I just don't want it to be a coincidence. I'll admit it. I love Bowfinger. It marks the last great comedy of two great comedians, and makes fun of Scientology to boot. What's not to love?

For those that haven't seen it:

Hollywood, today: Bobby Bowfinger, a run-down actor-producer-director, is reading a script which a friend has written. Completely convinced of its quality, he decides to take a last shot at fame and fortune. But the script is not that easy to sell, and a famous producer promises him to do it, but there is one condition: Kit Ramsey, Hollywood's number one star, has to be in it. So, Bobby tries his luck with Kit - who says no - and then decides to shoot the film himself. Together with the cheapest team available in Southern California, an aspiring beauty from Ohio, a diva who is just a little over the hill, a key-holding gofer from a major studio and a goon hired away from burger-flipping, Bobby sets out to shoot the science-fiction-film starring Kit Ramsey - who does not even know he's being filmed.

Love it. Go rent it, stupids.

Trivia: The events in Bowfinger are loosely based on a real incident from 1927. A Russian filmmaker covertly shot footage of the vacationing Mary Pickford, and fashioned an entire film around the footage, creating the illusion that Pickford was actually starring in this Russian film.


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