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Ph.D Webcomic Gets Adapted Into Feature Film

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the grad-students-get-free-cheese dept.

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Technically Inept writes with the lead paragraph from a report at Comics Alliance: "To the best of my knowledge, Jorge Cham's Piled Higher and Deeper (better known as PhD Comics) is the first webcomic to be adapted into a feature-length film. After months spent on a college campus screening tour, Piled Higher and Deeper: The Movie is finally available for purchase and streaming. And, like its comic inspiration, the PhD pokes fun at the frustrations of graduate students, those noble folks who enter academia with dreams of changing the world and inspiring young minds, only to be thwarted by indifferent professors, lazy undergrads and the ever-present fear that they'll never graduate." The short review linked makes this sound like a very watchable movie.

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former grad student (0)

colinrichardday (768814) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767099)

As a former grad student, I say Bravo!

Re:former grad student (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767371)

As a former grad student, I say Bravo!

As an Anonymous Coward, I say NIGGERS!

Yeah yeah, mod me down, uh huh, that will make it all go away. There now. That's better. Mua hahahaha.

Re:former grad student (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767445)

As a grad-student that just defended I say,

$10 for streaming this? Grad-Students aren't made of money.

Re:former grad student (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767555)

As a grad-student that just defended I say,

Defended what? Yo mama's honor?

Don't worry. My cock defiled that a long time ago. RIght about when you were conceived, come to think of it...

Re:former grad student (1)

_Shad0w_ (127912) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767721)

You probably need to look up "viva voce" in the context of thesis defence.

PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (-1)

ub3r n3u7r4l1st (1388939) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767117)

The golden trio of webcomics.

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (2)

Trepidity (597) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767193)

You forgot Pokey [yellow5.com] , you insensitive clod!

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767725)

Damn you, I'll never get those 30s back!

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767199)

Don't forget smbc!

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767243)

I usually find amazing superpowers to be the best of my check daily webcomics.

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767853)

I'm partial to sinfest [sinfest.net] , myself.

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767217)

Meh. I find faux-intellectually elevated webcomics too tedious. If someone wants to impress, they have to be more than just wikipedia dilettantes.

I prefer the ones that try a bit harder. To name a few that have that extra spark I'm talking about:
  Romantically apocalyptic: http://romanticallyapocalyptic.com/8
  Digger: http://www.diggercomic.com
  Erfworld: http://www.erfworld.com/book-1-archive/?px=%2F001.jpg

They are more involved but it is well worth the extra effort.

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (1, Insightful)

Machtyn (759119) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767291)

Meh. Can't you enjoy all 6 for their existent value, rather than smugly putting the others down or pompously elevating your preferred tastes?

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767497)

Can't you enjoy all 6 for their existent value

Can't you just accept an opinion?

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39768839)

Not when it's a blatantly wrong opinion.

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39768969)

My comic is better than yours!

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (3, Informative)

mbkennel (97636) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767887)

Cripes. A bleeeeeeping cooler-than-thou grad student *comic strip* snob.

May thy dissertation committee complain interminably about footnotes and papers you didn't cite, for ever and ever.

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767253)

I guess the Hollywood treatment would be to make the movies: PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade

Next make the movies: PhD 2, xkcd too and Penny Arcade Two

Once those are out: PhD vs. xkcd, xkcd vs. Penny Arcade and Penny Arcade vs. PhD

Finally: PhD xkcd Penny Arcade cage fight

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767319)

You forgot to do a couple of reboots of each.

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (1)

khallow (566160) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767481)

Penny Arcade would be the most difficult since it frequently rails against the tyranny of a causal universe.

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767825)

So you're saying the second Penny Arcade movie would need to be a prequel?

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (1, Flamebait)

Elbereth (58257) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767333)

Are you kidding? xkcd is total shit. Let me sum it up for you: whimsical stick figures white knighting on the internet!!!!! But with pop culture references!!!!! LOLOLOLOL. Penny Arcade is better, but the blogs are frequently better than the actual strips. PhD comics is alright, but it's not exactly what I'd call great.

Let me introduce you to a real webcomic: The Parking Lot is Full [courageunfettered.com] .

Honorable mention to Gone with the Blastwave [blastwave-comic.com] , Sexy Losers [sexylosers.com] , and Perry Bible Fellowship [pbfcomics.com] , even though PBF is a pretty much a ripoff of PLIF. Still, it ripped off the best, so it gets an honorable mention.

If you're into insipid, warmed-over Monty Python references and "internet culture", then SMBC [smbc-comics.com] is probably what you're looking for. It's alright. It's shitloads better than xkcd, at least. And there's no desperate, low self-esteem white-knighting, which is a huge bonus. There's also Bob the Angry Flower [angryflower.com] , if you crave nerd humor that's got more substance than someone making fucking graphs.

I could mention a few others, but I was never that big a fan of Ghastly's Ghastly Comic [ghastlycomic.com] (maybe you need to be a weeaboo to really love tentacle rape jokes... and Sexy Losers did it all first). There's also Subnormality [viruscomix.com] , if you don't mind preachy, TL;DR strips about the totally wacky and off-the-wall adventures of a sphinx that -- get this -- likes to EAT PEOPLE!!!! LOL. What craziness!

But, really, xkcd is total shit.

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (1)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767341)

My current ones are menagea3.net and megatokyo.com

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (2)

coplate (1187701) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767739)

Just a heads up, [NSFW] on menagea3

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767373)

But, really, xkcd is total shit.

Agree. So often I check the latest xkcd and am dumbstruck by how profoundly not funny it is. I think he should just let it die now (though I'm of course ignorant of important issues such as how much money it's raking in....)

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (2)

colinrichardday (768814) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767385)

Let me introduce you to a real webcomic: The Parking Lot is Full [courageunfettered.com].

According to the site, it hasn't been published since 2002.

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (1)

Wovel (964431) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767629)

Not exactly real in the past decade.

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767679)

Hipsters man. Into old lame crap and all about how cool it is. Despite it being actual, old, lame, crap. Its like a hipster in a bar at the juke box.

At least my bike has gears. Oh, and brakes. Silly hipsters.

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39768397)

Exactly. Any webcomic worth it's salt has been on hiatus for at least the last four years.

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767411)

Sexy Losers was shit.

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767473)

People have different tastes than me and all their tastes are wrong!

I summarized your post.

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767553)

Girl Genius forever! I love you, Agatha!

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39768077)

I second this! Girl Genius rules!

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (1)

stms (1132653) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767631)

It sound to me like someone needs to learn the difference between objectivity and subjectivity. Google and read about them thoroughly.

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767669)

Trollololololol!

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (5, Funny)

Elbereth (58257) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767833)

The part that confuses me is that I got modded up.

The disturbing thing is that someone out there agrees with me, but only when I phrase it in the most trollish and asshole-ish way possible. Whoever you are, I appreciate your moderation points, but you need to take a step back and think about whether you've made the right decisions in your life. You're modding up an overt troll made by a bipolar poster who's off his medication and thinks it's hilariously funny to flame people on Slashdot. If you're OK with this, then I'm OK with it, too. But you need to think long and hard about this.

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (1)

Anonymousslashdot (2601035) | more than 2 years ago | (#39768761)

The part that confuses me is that I got modded up.

The disturbing thing is that someone out there agrees with me, but only when I phrase it in the most trollish and asshole-ish way possible.

There, you finally grasped the idea of Slashdot :-)

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (2)

sco08y (615665) | more than 2 years ago | (#39769229)

The part that confuses me is that I got modded up.

The disturbing thing is that someone out there agrees with me, but only when I phrase it in the most trollish and asshole-ish way possible.

There's trolling and there's trolling. The fact is that xkcd fans are basically like Ron Paul fans; you say something about their beloved comic / the Fed and they go ballistic. Are you really a troll, or are they simply a hoard of thin-skinned losers?

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39768729)

Why is the parent modded as flambait? It might be provocative, but everything in the post is essentially true. It notes webcomics of actual quality, and explains why xkcd is indeed bad nowadays.

The only weird thing about the post is, that I can't really tell whether it recommends Subnormality (even in passing) or not. For the record, it should not, Subnormality is preachy, excessively wordy (albeit well drawn) tl;dr misuse of the comics medium.

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (1)

Freddybear (1805256) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767489)

Gunnerkrigg Court, Freefall, or Digger.

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767691)

Sinfest, vgcats, Looking for group

But there really are infinite out there
Dr mc ninja, dilbert, 8bit theatre, gone with the blast wave, goblins, order of the stick, erfworld, zap, biff...

Re:PhD, xkcd and Penny Arcade (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767543)

Of pretentious shit comics, maybe. Seriously, have you read the blog entries connected to the PA comics lately. FFS, can the guy get any more full of himself without exploding? And they revealed their industry whore nature with the whole Mass Effect 3 thing. All geek comic are total shit.

No, not quite... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767119)

There have been other webcomics optioned, like more than 3 years ago, and may still be in development hell.

Re:No, not quite... (5, Funny)

flyingsquid (813711) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767171)

According to the Hollywood rumor sites, XKCD is held up because Michael Bay can't decide who looks better in a hat, Brad Pitt or Ashton Kutcher.

Re:No, not quite... (2)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767201)

I figured it was because Michael Bay couldn't decide whether to put in 7 or 8 explosions in the scene based on a Valentine's Day comic.

Re:No, not quite... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767323)

According to the Hollywood rumor sites, XKCD is held up because Michael Bay can't decide who looks better in a hat, Brad Pitt or Ashton Kutcher.

THIT K WEBSITE [hit.com.vn]

Re:No, not quite... (2)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767407)

Brad pitt's former role as Tyler Durden makes him suitable to play Hat Guy.

The only difference is head wear.

Rather see LFG (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767129)

Richard is the man. Would make one hell of a movie.

Re:Rather see LFG (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767303)

FOR PONY!

Re:Rather see LFG (1)

_Shad0w_ (127912) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767731)

They were trying to make it in to an feature length animation at one point.

Re:Rather see LFG (0)

_Shad0w_ (127912) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767733)

an? a. Note to self: actually read the preview.

Saw it, loved it (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767173)

I saw this at a screening in March, and it was very good. The references to the comics would be lost on non-readers, but the movie is enjoyable even without them.

Re:Saw it, loved it (1)

jank1887 (815982) | more than 2 years ago | (#39769459)

I haven't seen it, but based on the topic I figured it would basically be: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The College Years.

how close is that?

Price point (2)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767197)

From the article:

You can access a streaming version of Piled Higher and Deeper: The Movie for $10

Read More: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/04/19/phd-comics-the-movie-video/#ixzz1spIbl05I [comicsalliance.com]

For one thing, they're using that Tynt garbage [slashdot.org] . For another, that's twice the price of, say, an iTunes or Google Play rental.

Re:Price point (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767277)

Of all the things to moan about, a bit of javascript that adds a citation isn't exactly at the top of my list. I find it's helpful more than an aggravation.

Re:Price point (2)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767387)

Of all the things to moan about, a bit of javascript that adds a citation isn't exactly at the top of my list.

It sure is inconvenient when one is trying to copy just the title of the article to make a proper citation suitable for use with Cite.php on a MediaWiki site, and Tynt adds the crap anyway. Besides, the Tynt moan was the throwaway gag; my real moan was about the price.

Re:Price point (1)

Wovel (964431) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767637)

Not a rental though. You can stream it forever. It is in fact half the price of a purchase :)

Not the first among ALL webcomics, but bravo still (4, Informative)

bugbeak (711163) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767265)

There is a South Korean movie based on a popular webcomic here that was released last year called Moss [wikipedia.org] .

But is it good? (0)

InSilico (2622703) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767325)

I like (most of) the PhD Comics, but the opportunity to attend an advanced screening on my campus (MSU) came up a few months ago, I watched the trailer and was a little leery. Long story short, I wound up skipping the screening. Should I have gone? Is it a genuinely good film?

Jerkcity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767329)

I still have my fingers crossed for a Jerkcity feature film

Re:Jerkcity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767375)

Yes please. I would enjoy that all over my face.

they should cover lack of real skills in college (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767331)

they should cover lack of real skills in college and people saying to long.

For most jobs 4 years is to long much less 6 or more. Even more so for most IT jobs you can learn a lot more on your or even in a 2 year tech school.

Re:they should cover lack of real skills in colleg (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767379)

PhD comics is about grad school. In grad school you're supposed to learn how to learn what you need to know. If you lack skills when you come out, it's because you failed.

Re:they should cover lack of real skills in colleg (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767605)

Didn't one of the Occupy guys have a degree in puppetry?

Re:they should cover lack of real skills in colleg (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767665)

Puppeteers can make a lot of money. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Muppets [wikipedia.org]

well in IT trades / tech schools are bettter (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | more than 2 years ago | (#39770245)

well in IT trades / tech schools are better college CS just covers the wrong areas and the higher up you go the less tech skills are learned so it's the schools teaching plans that failed as well as HR who says they want a BA, MA, PHD for a Trades / Tech job.

Re:they should cover lack of real skills in colleg (1)

tibit (1762298) | more than 2 years ago | (#39768395)

Oh please. Many engineering jobs are project-oriented, a new project is often like an entirely new job, only you don't have to interview again.

Old news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767377)

This feature film came out a couple of months ago...

Re:Old news (1)

Garridan (597129) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767693)

Yeah, they screened it at my university. In December, if I recall.

Not looking forward to this (2)

Woogiemonger (628172) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767397)

I'm going to watch it, but as an amateur filmmaker, I'm bracing myself after looking at its imdb listing here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2066040/ [imdb.com] ... The actors are all not real actors. I expect it's going to be silly in a painful way. The idea behind it is great, but, for the major roles at least, you can easily find actors willing to work for free who are worlds more believable than some lab rats trying to make fun of themselves.

Re:Not looking forward to this (2)

Wovel (964431) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767639)

The acting is a bit painful at times, but some of it is ok. Overall it works for what it is.

Re:Not looking forward to this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767767)

Yes, which is why they have a prayer of being believable. He basically got people to play themselves. Then again I may be biased because I know a few of the actors personally.

Re:Not looking forward to this (2)

PsyberS (1356021) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767841)

The actors are all not real actors.

Jorge actually explained this at our screening's Q/A. They are all actual graduate students. In fact, I am not sure exactly who wasn't a grad student but the vast majority of the film including camera operators, editors, sound etc are all grad students.

Re:Not looking forward to this (2)

FleaPlus (6935) | more than 2 years ago | (#39768297)

Jorge actually explained this at our screening's Q/A. They are all actual graduate students. In fact, I am not sure exactly who wasn't a grad student but the vast majority of the film including camera operators, editors, sound etc are all grad students.

Yup, if I recall correctly all of the PhD student characters were actually played by Caltech PhD students, except for the 'Nameless Grad Student' who was played by a Caltech undergrad. I actually had a minor speaking/dancing role in the film myself. :)

Re:Not looking forward to this (5, Funny)

Gerafix (1028986) | more than 2 years ago | (#39768609)

Wait, wait, wait a second! So you're saying that the actors are just acting like actors, they're not real actors? How can you tell an actor is real and is not just acting like an actor, anyway? What if someone is so good at acting that you can't tell they are an actor, likewise what if someone is so bad at acting you think they are just acting like they're not a real actor when in fact they are an actor after all.

Re:Not looking forward to this (2)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 2 years ago | (#39768713)

Wait, wait, wait a second! So you're saying that the actors are just acting like actors, they're not real actors? How can you tell an actor is real and is not just acting like an actor, anyway? What if someone is so good at acting that you can't tell they are an actor, likewise what if someone is so bad at acting you think they are just acting like they're not a real actor when in fact they are an actor after all.

Yo dawg...

Re:Not looking forward to this (3, Insightful)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#39769693)

Real actors carry a union card?

Who gives a fuck. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767399)

Honestly, who gives a fuck about a comic about a bunch of fucking lazy do-nothings? Get a job out in the real world.

Getting a CS PhD was the best choice I ever made (1)

jmcbain (1233044) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767409)

The career choice of attaining a PhD seems simultaneously humourous, praise-worthy, and worthy of sympathy from those on the outside. But as someone who has a CS PhD from a top-20 U.S. university and is now fast approaching 40, I can honestly say it's the single best decision I've ever made. I'm skilled in my chosen fields, make over $200K for a large Bay Area company, and can attack any new project with confidence and thoroughness (and my managers know this). My only real regret is not studying harder in undergrad to get into a top-5 PhD program.

only to be thwarted by indifferent professors, lazy undergrads and the ever-present fear that they'll never graduate

I mostly agree with the original statements. Some professors are frankly very indifferent, and undergrad students are exceptionally lazy, particularly for Spring quarter classes. However, there shouldn't really be a fear of not graduating; it's just a matter of putting together a coherent set of high-calibre research publications.

Re:Getting a CS PhD was the best choice I ever mad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767579)

I went to a top-1 U.S. university for my PhD in chemical engineering and while I'm happy with my choice, it can be annoying to see that the much easier path available to everyone from my top-2 U.S. university undergraduate institution ("investment banking" if you haven't guessed) would have been far more lucrative.

Re:Getting a CS PhD was the best choice I ever mad (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767585)

Mod this nauseous clown DOWN.

Re:Getting a CS PhD was the best choice I ever mad (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767587)

So, wait, what are you selling again?

Re:Getting a CS PhD was the best choice I ever mad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767627)

Is the job market a non disaster now? I also in the bay bay area and graduated with a PhD in 2008 and the job market was a disaster, and the only job I was able to get I'm still working at, and I'm making less than half of your salary.

Re:Getting a CS PhD was the best choice I ever mad (1)

_Shad0w_ (127912) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767747)

You're also a lot younger than them - experience tends to result in greater pay.

Someone still needs to adapt the Girl Genius ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767503)

...the Girl Genius web comic, it's from Studio Foglio. There are not many films in the steampunk style, though - maybe Spielberg could give it a fair rendition.

Shameless plug.

Re:Someone still needs to adapt the Girl Genius .. (2)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767577)

No. No more adaptions. GG is one of my favorite things in the universe. Keep that cesspit Hollywood far away from it.

How about they write movie scripts with original ideas that fit a movie form and structure?

Re:Someone still needs to adapt the Girl Genius .. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39768375)

Problem is that it has taken years for the story to advance... 2 weeks. At this rate there will never be a GG movie as the plot won't be resolved for several more weeks.. call it a decade at least.

So, your wish is granted!

Re:Someone still needs to adapt the Girl Genius .. (1)

dlingman (1757250) | more than 2 years ago | (#39769197)

Only way to make it would be to clone Mr. Foglio, and have him animate it.

Yuo fa1l it (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767557)

same worthless 7heir parting

It seems kind of weird... (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39767655)

It seems kind of weird that they didn't give us a free alternative for the film. Why not take advantage of sites like Hulu or Youtube? Why not put the movie on a torrent?

Actually... (3, Informative)

idbeholda (2405958) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767677)

I believe Undercover Brother was technically the first.

Re:Actually... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39769623)

I believe Undercover Brother was technically the first.

Yes, it was. Why were you modded down to one? That's just wrong. I guess if it wasn't popular with the /. crowd it didn't happen?

Here's my review (5, Informative)

JoshWurzel (320371) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767687)

I read a lot of webcomics and I always buy the printed compilations and other goodies. So I buying the DVD a good use of money to support the art of webcomics from which I derive much entertainment. That said, in my opinion, the movie was only so-so.

Pros:
1) hit many great jokes from the strip - the conference in hawaii, Tajel's hippie-ness, lab role stereotypes, trying to secure funding, etc.
2) I thought male leads more-or-less matched their hand-drawn counterparts
3) I also thought DVD extras were entertaining, particularly the commentary

Cons:
1) the main character had two different haircuts! Thought it was two different characters at one point! I found it really distracting.
2) sound quality was awful
3) acting for the main characters wasn't great, and was flat out awful for all the non-main characters
4) the female leads were not well matched to their hand-drawn counterparts. This is more of a nit-pick than a real flaw. The girl playing Tajel was gorgeous, though!
5) I thought Tajel & Slackenery's roles were marginalized, while Cecila's romance was given unnecessary prominence. I'll agree that Cecila and the unnamed main character are the "leads", but in the comic they don't dominate like they did in the movie.

Bottom line: the movie was made by students, with students, for students. And I think it showed. I don't recommend it for people who aren't fans of the strip. But for people who are fans of the strip I found it to be a good use of an hour, if for no other reason then seeing your favorite strips acted out live.

Trolling, web comics, Penny Arcade, PhD, and XKCD (1)

cervesaebraciator (2352888) | more than 2 years ago | (#39767735)

I honestly don't understand the response article about webcomics can provoke. I can understand different people taking the opportunity to share comics they like -- indeed, it's kinda nice -- but why so many would want to talk down comics (without, evidently, producing anything better of their own) is lost on me. Maybe it's just trolling but so much effort seems to go into it. Kinda sad. Here's something nice about most webcomics : they're free. Which means people can enjoy those they like and do not have to visit those they don't. It also means that a comic like XKCD can and does link to a comic like Perry Bible Fellowship. Even so, thanks for the recommendations. For my part : I'm having other post grad friends over and we'll make a night watching the film. Congrats to PhD comics. Hope the film's as good as the comic.

Re:Trolling, web comics, Penny Arcade, PhD, and XK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39770061)

I'm quite fond of Girl Genius [girlgeniusonline.com] , myself.

Too much time (1)

Epell (1866960) | more than 2 years ago | (#39768875)

Me think these grad students have too much time on their hands.
"Get back to work!" says Prof. Smith

They should have worked with the drama dept (3, Funny)

msobkow (48369) | more than 2 years ago | (#39768933)

From what I've read of this film so far, the grad students involved would have been better served if they had worked with the experts in the field: the drama department.

Why is it that so many "geeks" think they're good at everything just because they're experts in one or two fields? No one is good at everything, so sometimes you need to swallow your pride, shelve your ego, and call in people who are experts.

Saw it about half a year ago (1)

imbusy (1002705) | more than 2 years ago | (#39769119)

And it was just that: a web-comic turned into a movie. It felt like a lot jokes from the comic strips trying to be linked together by a poor story. I'm a PhD student myself, but I hardly ever found it funny, just lots of overused cliches about students. I don't think a lot of people in the audience liked it too. It's not THAT bad, but it's not something I'd ever watch again or recommend.

Not a Feature Film (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39769847)

This is not getting a theatrical release. It is not going to be 'featured' in theaters.

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