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Oct 222012


An homage is an honor or tribute that is a deliberate, but respectful recreation of one work of fiction within the context of another. Most of the time done for comedic effect but can also be serious in tone. Sometimes it’s both. A Homage is an more than just a “shout out” or even a single scene. A homage is a series of scenes or  sequence in books, film, comics, and games.

Airplane! as one of the most successful spoof films of all time, is a near shot-for-shot non-remake remake of the 1957 Hall Bartlett disaster film Zero Hour! When stacked side by side both movies are nearly identical. Airplane! one ups Zero Hour! with hysterical one-liners and visual gags.



A parody is a twisted take on another artistic work that exaggerates some things and downplays others . Parodies are usually funny, but don’t have to be.  A parody mocks it’s source intentionally but in a loving way. The way guys bust each others balls sometimes. The parody imitates the style of the source in order to point out mistakes and flaws.

A parody usually fails when there is lack of respect for the source material.  If the parody is critical and pursues an intellectual point it can be considered satire. But, parodies are mostly watched by audiences who love the source material, so pointing out that something is stupid or that it defies the premise,  can subconsciously insult the audience. In fact, many successful parodies still use the situation or design that they mock. They simply point out that it doesn’t make sense, but let the appeal be in the eye of the beholder.

Mel Brooks loves parodies, and he has sent up several other popular films and characters. young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs,

A parody is basically something you’ve seen before presented in  another form. The audience wants the property they love but with something new added to it. They  will not be content if all you do is regurgitate cliches.


A Pastiche is a type of homage that calls for an artist to copy the style of a single work by a single artist, or a body of work by one or more artists, or even an entire genre. The difference between a Fan Fic and a pastiche, is that the pastiche copies the tone and flavor of its original while a fan fic reuses characters or settings from the source work. A pastiche is all about the style.

A pastiche can be an homage to the original artist, or it can be a soft parody. A pastiche which doesn’t show some respect for the original would be a very difficult thing to pull off.  Pastiches are created in the spirit of fun for the most part. This makes it hard to decide whether the creator’s intention was parody or homage or both.

A good pastiche is a tough thing to pull off. Many artist have eaten a bag of dicks in the attempt. Using someone else’s style is simply not an easy thing. Look at independent comics and the many horrible wanna be Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko knock offs there are.  A good pastiche is not only fun to make but fun to watch

Shaun of the Dead is a pastiche of various horror movies, including An American Werewolf in London, Evil Dead 2 and Night of the Living Dead.

Monsters vs. Aliens is a pastiche of monster/sci-fi movies.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie is a pastiche of Victorian-era stories.

Quentin Tarantino’s films are generally pastiches of their respective genres. With every movie that Quentin puts out you’ll hear him go on and on and on and on and on and on and on about the old films that have inspired him. He has done this with EVERY single movie he has ever done except one. You won’t hear a PEEP out of Tarantino about Reservoir Dogs his not so subtle nod to Ringo Lam’s 1987 crime drama City on Fire.


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Whole Plot Reference

Sometimes rather than just a brief reference or homage to some other work of fiction, a work will actually be a full-blown recreation of something else’s story. This is usually done in sitcoms, and likely a spoof to at least some degree.

Charlie and the Chocolate Parody
Die Hard on an X

How The Douchey Character Stole Christmas
It’s a Wonderful Plot
The Magnificent Seven Samurai
May The Farce Be With You
Off to See the Wizard
Yet Another Christmas Carol

Fan Fic

Fan fiction is what literature would be if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear holocaust by some pop culture dorks that were trapped in a bomb shelter.

If you want something done right, do it yourself. If “by something done right” you mean take your favorite characters from different properties and write terrible stories of them having sex with each other that’s Fan Fic. For example, Here’s my fan fic about Legolas from LOTR boning Twilight’s Bella. This is totally absurd, everyone knows Legolas should be boning Edward. Duh!

Fan Fiction is an Alternate or Expanded Universe not by the work’s original creator but created by fans. Fan Fics as they are often called, are written for several reasons: To continue a story that ended too early, or to place certain characters  in unusual circumstances, or to explore what happens when characters of one franchise encounter the characters of another franchise. But usually it’s just a perverted excuse to get the characters to have boink each other.

Thanks to the inexperience, severe lack of talent, skill, and discipline of all Fan Fic writers, Fan Fic has gained the reputation of being a source of terrible writing. However very very very rarely there are Fan Fics out there that are almost decent.

Pro Authors have different reactions to fan fiction set in “their” universe, which may lead to a Fanwork Ban. J. K. Rowling has been cool with Harry Potter Fan Fic, of course with a few limitations. Like no SEX! for example. George R. R. Martin the writer of the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, fucking hates fan fic! He says “creating your own characters is a part of writing.” He’s even threatened legal action should he become aware of any fan fic set in his fictional universe.

One problem with fanfiction is sometimes writers don’t do their research even when it is very simple. A common occurrence is from a country other the the original works country of origin write characters as if they are from there own country. An example is Harry Potter where non-British writers (particularly American) make characters act and think like an American would, this also happens vice versa as seen in Fifty Shades of Grey.



Fifty shades of Grey and why it sucks.

Fifty shades of Grey the Twilight Fan Fic hits the Lottery and sells tens of millions of copies for fat dumpy British hack E.L.(Extra Large)James.
Man vs. art asks the question everyone else is asking HOW THE FUCK?!!!

The first I heard about 50 Shades of Grey was in a Huffington post article about its rise in popularity, especially amongst soccer moms. There was a comment about it starting online in a Twilight community. So I went online to check the validity of the claim.

Holy shit it was true! 50 Shades had begun as a Twilight Fan Fic called “Master of the Universe.” It seems James had changed the names of Bella to “Anastasia” and of Edward to “Christian.”

For those of you living under a rock, here’s a rundown: 50 Shades of Grey was a self-published series written by British author E.L. James. It tells the story of virginal university student Anastasia as she enters a sexual relationship with the billionaire Christian. He’s dominant while she is submissive in their fucked up sex games.

And there’s not much else, from what I can tell.  Except fisting, anal beads, spankings, beatings, mouth rape, penis size, tampon yanking, and more. Basically a thinly veiled porn.

10 pages in I realized I was reading the crappiest, most fucked up, amateurish drivel, I have ever encountered and I was not prepared.  I was convinced the author was a semi retarded teenager. Seriously! The characters are straight  out of a 16 year old’s naive and immature brain. The main male character is a billionaire (not a millionaire but a billionaire) who speaks fluent French, a concert level pianist, fully trained pilot, hunk of the month gorgeous, with an enormous schlong. According to Anastasia he is the best lover on the planet. Which of course she is totally qualified to decide since she was a virgin the day before who had never even masturbated. Who better to judge the best lover in the world?

Wait there’s more.  Grey is a self made Billionaire who is using his money to combat world hunger. Oh yeah, and all of this at the ripe old age of 26! We all know that world hunger organizations make billions of dollars in profit right? To top it all off, Christian Grey is never working. The whole time he is having sex or texting and emailing the Anastasia. His billions seem to have just come about by the magic of horrendous writing.

Then “come” the sex scenes. The first one is almost passable but just like Rocky movies they get stupider and less believable as they go on. They becomes more laughable than sexy. This dumb little prude orgasms at the drop of a hat. Christian just by glancing at her makes her orgasm. She’s gushing her panties on every page. Totally fucking stupid.


Writer of 50 shades of Grey E.L. James Artist’s Depiction.

The E.L. stands for Extra Large

Then there’s E.L.’s writing. Fuck. Where do I start? If you take out the parts where Anastasia is blushing or chewing her lips or wondering “Jeez” about something or other the book would be 30 pages long.  Then there’s the overly gratuitous use of the “shades of” device. Christian Grey is “fifty shades of fucked up,” “Anastasia turned 7 shades of crimson,” “his wiener is ten shades of x,y, and z.” Seriously? How about 50 shades of shut the fuck up?! I hate hacky writers!

You know, nothing has made me lose respect for femininity faster than broads who insist that the 50 Shades series is literature.


I mean, we males enjoy our smut too, but I don’t know any man who will argue that this month’s issue of bent over bitches isn’t pornography. At least we’re honest about it, is all.

Ladies you do realize you are reading porn right? Of course you’ll never admit it will you?

Why are you women okay with Christian Grey beating the shit out of Anastasia? But if he was a blue collar guy who drove a truck or something and he beat up his girl you women would collectively shit your pants with outrage. Why? What’s the difference between a truck driver and a Billionaire? Oh, I get it. Money. That’s what it is, fucking money! So according to the MILLIONS of women gushing themselves over this book, if a man has money then it is romantic when he bitch slaps his girl. If a working guy does it, he’s and animal and goes straight to jail.  Shame on you women and your fucking double standards.

 The Man v. Art Facebook Timeline Cover Art Contest is Officially open.

From  now until the day the Mayans say the world will end December 21 2012 .
Artists of all all levels  are encouraged to apply. artwork must be original and all mediums are welcome.
Tell us a little about yourself with your submission. What do you do? What are your artistic goals?  Who inspires you? This will help me weed out all the furries, hentai, and rage comics douche bags.

Click the pic of Walt for contest details!

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