SCATS is like being trapped in Limbo

posted Dec 9, 2010
Subconscious Cinematic Advertising's Too Subliminal
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I still haven't seen Titanic. Seriously! Back in the '90s (wow, why do I feel old when I say that?) when Leo was the go-to teen heart throb, band-nerdy guys like me quietly boycotted anything to do with him. Probably our own form of brooding, teen angst but we stuck to our guns! Even as much of a fan of director Baz Luhrmann as I became after seeing Moulin Rouge or Strictly Ballroom I only just last year saw Romeo + Juliet because it was a Leo thing.

It's hype I'm generally not a fan of though. Take Mr. Holland's Opus as another example. Suppose to be a great film! But in my district there was a director at a nearby school who had a reputation for a great marching band but was a complete ass otherwise. When the producers of that movie came knocking and recruited their band to do the marching in the film the rumor floating around afterwards was that some of the film was based on him and how he worked with students. Those two things combined soured me from wanting to see it at all.

I'd planned to rant about other anti-hype stances I've taken up but, come to think of it, can't. I saw Avatar which couldn't've been more hyped by the Hollywood Machine (the 3D was pretty awesome) but can't come up with any other movies I've avoided purely based on the assault of hype alone.

I saw Inception and enjoyed the ride mainly because of how it was executed as as film. However, when it comes to dreams, since I don't have/remember many myself, I prefer to live (or sleep, as it were) vicariously through a blog by friend, co-worker, and SCATS megafan Mandi instead.


by jamesstoweart on 12/9/2010 @ 7:57am
I really like this week's strip. It was probably the mot challenging SCATS I've gotten to draw so far. Normally I am not given artistic direction from Kevin... just a script. This week he had very specific visuals he wanted to see. Ever shifting backgrounds. Celebrity cartoons. This one had it all.

Also, for the record... also haven't seen Titanic.

by The Jinxmedic on 12/9/2010 @ 8:01am
Watch "Titanic" for the amazing visuals. Ignore Leonardo di Caprio, who just distracts from the Edwardian perfectness of the film. It's like a floating (and eventually sinking) Pythian Temple!

Regarding "Avatar", I have problems with movies that play slaughtering US troops for cheers. "Dances with Fern Gully" would have been a better title for that film, anyway. Bleh.

by Mandiferous on 12/9/2010 @ 8:43am
Thanks for the blog shout-out, Kevin!

I've never seen Sound of Music. When I was younger it was because I had just never gotten around to it. Then my friends were aghast and said I was thoroughly un-American for not having seen it so I abstained in protest.

I also haven't seen Inception. Not a DiCaprio fan.

by jamesstoweart on 12/9/2010 @ 8:51am
Jinx, I had the exact same problem with Avatar. I mean... COME ON...

Mandi, you should see Inception in spite of DiCaprio... not because of him.

by The Jinxmedic on 12/9/2010 @ 9:43am
Umpteen-million dollars to make the movie, and the best they could do for the interiors of BOTH the interorbital shuttle and the atmospheric troop transport was the cargo bay of a C-17? That means Cameron received some kind of government support to use those interiors (can't film using first-line military equipment without government sanction)- and then slaughtered the troops for cheers.

(Kind of like when "Three Fugitives" received full City of Tacoma support when being filmed -then when the actual film was released made the city, and especially the police department, look like idiots.) (By the way, OCH plays a fairly significant role in that movie- I'll have to dig out my photographs from the filming)

by NineInchNachos on 12/9/2010 @ 12:51pm
match in the gas tank boom boom!

by NineInchNachos on 12/9/2010 @ 12:56pm
to be fair about avatar, they were NOT earth army troops, but all ex-military private contractors (essentially blackwater).

Let's all plug our ponytails together and be friends.

Where is my blue body paint?

by The Jinxmedic on 12/9/2010 @ 1:06pm
And they never renamed the script placeholder, "Unobtanium".
Sloppy writing, what.

by NineInchNachos on 12/9/2010 @ 1:22pm
they just didn't get it.

by The Jinxmedic on 12/9/2010 @ 1:31pm

I liked the sets in "Titanic", though. How could I not?

by L.S.Erhardt on 12/9/2010 @ 2:18pm
Titanic was awesome. Leo DiCaprio did a decent job, but the real reasons to see the film were the visuals and (of course) Kate Winslett.
But also, I'm a sucker for the story of Titanic. Not exactly sure why, but that piece of history has always appealed to me.

Avatar, though... um... it bothered me for two reasons:
1) it's Dances with Wolves with blue aliens instead of the Sioux. When I saw Avatar, I couldn't not see that.
2) Jake dooms the whole planet. If there is anything we've learned from history, it's that the Earth People will be back in a year or two with much, much bigger guns ans smallpox blankets. Losing a battle only makes the juggernaut angrier...

by jamesstoweart on 12/9/2010 @ 3:25pm
So did you like this comic? Alot?

Now you can own a print of it signed by the artist and the writer.

There is a new link above for it.

Look for the rest of the SCATS catalog to be available for print soon.

by The Jinxmedic on 12/9/2010 @ 3:34pm
The Titanic represented the pinnacle of western civilization. It's all been downhill ever since.

(I know, don't get on me about modern medicine, technology, air travel and such- I stand by my opinion.)

related note: On December 21, 2012, the vMSDE plans on hosting an invitation-only white-tie Titanic-themed "End of the World" Gala in the Pythian Castle. That gives us just over two years to find a string quartet to play "The Wedding Dance" and "Nearer my God to Thee" to prevent panic on deck as the hour draws near.

by L.S.Erhardt on 12/9/2010 @ 4:21pm
Wouldn't that party be better for April 12, 2012?
Something to be said for the centenary...

by The Jinxmedic on 12/9/2010 @ 4:37pm
True- I do hope to attend someone else's Titanic centenary party as well- no doubt there will be something good put on by people with more money than I.

However, the End of the World gala on December 21st is a combination Solstice, Christmas, Titanic, and END OF THE WORLD party. It may very well be your last chance to revel before everything is gone for good! (I blame those stupid Mayans and their crappy calendar.) It should be very much like going down with the mighty White Star liner herself.

by L.S.Erhardt on 12/9/2010 @ 4:42pm
12-21-12 will be a very popular wedding day.
After all, what better way to start your new lives together than by getting married on the eve of the apocalypse?

Actually, it is kinda romantic.

by NineInchNachos on 12/9/2010 @ 5:03pm

by The Jinxmedic on 12/10/2010 @ 8:21am