Nov 16, 2009

Life Imitates Art- Bored to Death & Dexter

1:59 PM

Unfortunately for me, two of my must see shows throughout the week are on premium cable.  Bored to Death in its first season on HBO- follows the wannabe P.I. antics of writer Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman) and his homies Ray Hueston (Zach Galifianakis), who is a comic-illustrator and their pseudo-boss / stoner George Christopher (Ted Danson).

One of the recent developments in the last few episodes
is that Jonathan and Ray will collaborate on a regular column in George's magazine to chronicle their misadventures.  I loved this moment as it brought to light another wonderful way in which the comics medium can have interplay within a popular, mainstream sitcom.

The actual artist- Dean Haspiel who's work reminds me of Cameron Stewart (Batman & Robin, Seamen), even has a dedicated page on HBO that collects his illustrations.  The smart dialogue and hilarity of the brilliant comedic ensemble keeps me hooked.

The other weekly serial that has me counting down to the next episode is Dexter.  I was so 2000 late jumping on this in season 4, but oh boy am I glad I did.

Similar to Heroes (which I gave up on like many others), the show now has it's own weekly webisode- Dexter Early Cuts that actually emotes even more of a hauntingly, graphic tone in this medium.

The producer/writer Lauren Gussis and other creators of the motion comic speak more on how they maintain the texture and feel of Dexter.  I suppose it helps to Michael C. Hall on the voiceover.

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