Hey all you out there in internet-land! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays are coming at you a day early from the busy podcast-monkeys over here at To-Ag Studios! Join us this week as we discuss crazy Christmas traditions from around the world, a few of our own, and most importantly – The Second Annual MITC Gift Exchange!! That’s right! We’re once again trying to see who can embarrass who the most, so finish up that last minute shopping, throw another Yule Log on the fire, and be sure to leave some cookies and milk out tonight for whoever might come down the chimney and enjoy a new episode of Monkey in the Cage!
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Tagged 127.0.0.1, 5-Hour Energy, Austria, Barbie Horse Adventures, Batman, Befana, Caga Tió, Captain Mal Reynolds, Catalonia, Channing Tatum, Christmas, Chrstmas Traditions, Darth Maul, Dennis Salvatier, doublefine, E.T., El Caganer, Energy Sheets, Freak Show, Fruit Cake, Fruit Cake Song, Holiday Pringles, International Christmas, Jones Soda, Kentucky Fried Chicken, KFC, Kinect Party, Krampus, Magic Mike, Norway, Pickle Candy Cane, R. Kelly, Rankin/Bass, Sam and Dean Winchester, Satan Baby, Seth Grahame-Smith, Spain, Superman, Supernatural, The B-52's, The California Raisins, The Hobbit, The Hobbit Animated, The Lord of the Rings Animated, THERES NO PLACE LIKE HOME, Trapped in the Closet, Unholy Night, Velociraptors
The subject of time travel has attracted me since I was a kid. Funny enough, my first exposure to it was Disney’s ‘disnification’ of the Charles Dicken’s classic, A Christmas Carol named Mickey’s Christmas Carol. This adaptation was given a more lighthearted approach, but one thing that stayed the same was the death of Tiny Tim. When I saw Mickey say goodbye to his son with glassy, tear-filled eyes, it broke my little heart. It still breaks my heart. So I was happy to see Scrooge change his ways. My next brush with time travel was 1984’s The Terminator. The idea of an unstoppable killing machine that can travel through time to kill you had me piss scared. As you can see, my dear parents didn’t have a problem exposing me to multiple acts of violence and coarse language — but you throw in some Linda-Hamilton-boobies and now we have a problem. If you could sit in that room (in 1985) you’d see two adults watching the conception of humanity’s hope against the machines and a small boy with a sheet over him looking like a covered piece of expensive furniture that belongs in an old English manor.
Posted in Contributions, Dennis Salvatier, Movies
Tagged A Christmas Carol, Bruce Willis, Dennis Salvatier, Donnie Darko, Emily Blunt, Frequency, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Linda Hamilton, Looper, Mickey's Christmas Carol, Moview Review, Old Joe, Pierce Gagnon, Sarah Connor, Terminator, The Nutterfly Effect, The Time Machine, time travel, Young Joe
One of my favorite things to do here on the site is feature independent artists. I think it’s important to support creativity in any way possible. Whether it be a simple compliment when something speaks to me, purchasing prints, or a small feature or shout-out here on the site, I try to do whatever I can to encourage people who follow their passion and put themselves out there. There is one particular designer/illustrator who is near and dear to us here at Monkey in the Cage…
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Tagged @salvatier, Artist, Batman, Catwoman, Comic Books, comics, Comissioned Artwork, Comissions, Dennis Salvatier, Geek, Graphic Artist, Harley Quinn, Illustrator, Independent Art, Logo, RAW Artists, SDCC 2012, Spider-Man, Tanoshiboy, The Walking Dead Escape, Where The Amazing Things Are, Where The Wild Things Are, Zombies
Another Comic-Con has come and gone, and the Monkey in the Cage crew is WORN OUT! Even with back-up and thorough planning, tackling the awesomeness that descends on San Diego every year proved to be more challenging and rewarding than ever, and we weren’t even on the floor (legitimately)! Join us this week as we are once again joined by our favorite intern, Jared the Intern, and artist/illustrator extraordinaire Dennis Salvatier to recap all of our experiences outside of the convention center. Gas up the Batmobiles, throw back a couple of beers, and don’t let those zombies get you as we talk SDCC 2012 on a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!
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Tagged assassin's creed III, Avengers vs. X-men, Batman, Batmobile, Borderlands 2, Captain America, Comic Books, Cryptozoic, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Cthulhu Fluxx, Cthulhu Gloom, DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Dennis Salvatier, Disneyland, Django Unchained, Eberron, Firefly, Gamers vs. Evil, Grant Imahara, Guardians of Middle-Earth, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, Iron Man 3, Joss Whedon, Keith Baker, Mythbusters, Penny Arcade, Penny Arcade Game, Playstation, Quentin Tarantino, Resident Evil 6, Robert Kirkman, Salvatier Studios, San Diego, San Diego Comic-Con, SDCC 2012, Sony, Steampunk, Super Heroes, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, The Avengers 2, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit, The Mandarin, The RealmCast, The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead Escape, Thor The Dark World, Winter Soldier, Xbox, Zombies
Animal Man by Jeff LeMire & Swamp Thing by Scott Snyder
When I started on my journey into DC’s New 52 I had no intention of pulling Animal Man or Swamp Thing. But at the urging of past guest, Dennis Salvatier, I decided to give them a shot. Dennis knows his comics and has become something of my comic book sensei. After loving his last suggestion of Scott Snyder’s Batman I knew he wouldn’t steer me wrong. So, off I went into both The Red and The Green…
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Tagged Alan Moore, Alec Holland, Animal Man, Batman, Comic Books, comics, DC New 52, Dennis Salvatier, Guillermo Del Toro, Reviews, Salvatier Studios, Scott Snyder, Swamp Thing, The Green, The Guardian, The Rot
For gamers and geeks alike, comic books are essential for building up your geek street-cred. While we here at Monkey in the Cage are a little behind the curve on mainstream comics, we’re working to fill the holes in our geek game every week. Join us this week as we talk comics and comic artists, both big name and independent, with our special guest, designer and illustrator Dennis Salvatier. We talk everything from the comics of our golden age (the 90′s) through the books that influence and entertain us today. Squeeze into your spandex, fasten the clasps on your cape, and get ready for a wild ride on this weeks all new episode of Monkey in the Cage!
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Tagged 30 Days of Night, AD&D Deluxe Reprints, Adventure Time, Airsoft, Alan Moore, Alan Moore Crazy, Animal Planet, Archery, Asteroid M, Avengers vs. X-men, AVX, Batgirl, Batman, Batman and Robin, Battleship, Ben Templesmith, Bigfoot, Brad Meltzer, Brian K. Vaughn, Bruce Wayne, Charles Xavier, Chris Claremont, Collosus, Damian Wayne, Dawn of the Dead, DC Comics, Dennis Salvatier, Dick Grayson, Digital Comics, Don't Taze me Bro, Dr. Light, Elongated Man, Fact or Faked, Finding Bigfoot, Goseki Kojima, Hellboy, I Wanna Live in a World Full of Heroes, Iceman, Image Comics, iOS, Jason Todd, Jeremy Renner, Jim Lee, John Buscema, Katniss Everdeen, Kirby Krackle, Liam Neeson, Lone Wolf and Cub, Lucid Dreaming, Magneto, Marvel Comics, Marvel vs. Capcom II, Mike Mignola, Motion Comics, Neil Gaiman, Nightwing, Paranormal Files, Parker: Martini Edition, Professor X, R'as Al Ghul, Rags Morales, Rasputin, Richard Stark, Rihanna, Robin, Salvatier Studios, Sandman, Sigmund App, Spawn, Steampunk, Stephanie Brown, Steve Skroce, Sue Dibny, Swamp Thing, Talia Al Ghul, Taylor Kitsch, Tazers, The Avengers, The Comedian, The Indentity Crisis, The League of Assassins, The New 52, The Savage Sword of Conan, The Walking Dead, The Watchmen, Tim Drake, Todd Lockwood, Todd McFarlane, Tony Diterlizzi, Ultimate Tazer Ball, Vertigo Comics, Wendigo, Wolverine, X-Men, X-Men #1, Y: The Last Man, Zombie Mall Experience, Zombies