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Comic artist Tony Moore discusses his “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil” poster and “The Walking Dead”

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When the team behind the gory horror-comedy “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil” went searching for a comic book artist to create a limited-edition poster for the film, they definitely went looking in the right direction.

Revealed earlier this month, the “Tucker & Dale” poster created by illustrator Tony Moore not only offers up a great caricature of the film and its stars, but it harkens back to the work he did on another project you might be familiar with: The Walking Dead comic book series.

With “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil” hitting the On Demand library this week (just in time for Halloween), IFC chatted up Moore about his work on the film’s bloody poster, and what he thinks about the “The Walking Dead” television series.


IFC: When you decide to tackle a project like this, where do you start? How do you kick everything off?

TM: I watched the movie a few times trying to get the general feel for the thing. “Tucker & Dale” seemed a lot more humorous than a standard horror thing, so when I dove into it I kind of leaned a little more on my roots as a cartoonist and dug into more of the fun horror stuff that I grew up reading, like EC Comics and Jack Davis and that kind of stuff.

IFC: How much back and forth was there about the design of the poster? Was the final result close to your initial layout, or something else entirely?

TM: This was basically the same layout that I had started with, and when I sent it in to Magnet Releasing to show them what I was shooting for, it hit near the same basic layout that they had for the official movie poster, so I felt like I was on the right track. At least, I was thinking in the right direction if I was that close to what they had already done on their side. I changed it up a little bit and added some action into it, and tried to play around with some of the horror movie tropes.

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IFC: Most of your work involves creating the look of characters from scratch. Does it require a different approach when you’re working off a real-life person’s likeness?

TM: Yeah, definitely. Likenesses are definitely a challenge. I feel obligated to hit somewhere near the mark as best I can to make it recognizably Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine. On top of that, I also had to play up the difference in their sizes and shapes, and exaggerate their silhouettes a little bit. So I went more with a “Laurel & Hardy” kind of contrast between the two – just to make them more visually striking. That’s sort of the root of cartooning any way.

IFC: It looks like you got to tread some familiar ground with the gory scenes framing the poster image. Did this feel like some of your work on The Walking Dead and projects like that?

TM: Oh yeah. Throughout my career I’ve been lucky enough that most of my jobs are people who want me to do what I do, what I do best. Yeah, I got to sink my teeth into the framework of gore around the image, which I had a lot of fun doing. That part’s actually the calm part, even though it’s full of horrible things. It was fun to get to really play with that, and make all sorts of marks and disgusting shapes and all of that.

IFC: So what did you think of the film?

TM: I thought it was hilarious. I really enjoyed it. So many horror movies have become so overly serious and grim, and you don’t really get a lot of tongue in cheek horror any more. I’ve always enjoyed that. Like I said, I grew up reading EC Comics and Tales From the Crypt-type stuff that was as horrific as they could make it, but also never took itself too seriously. I’ve always been of that mindset, that when you start to take yourself too seriously is when you become a joke. I definitely was pleased to see a movie that finally relaxed a little bit.

IFC: So, as the artist who first brought The Walking Dead to everyone’s attention, I have to ask what you thought of the first season of the tv series… Any thoughts?

TM: For the most part, I really dug it. There were some parts that were not as awesome as others, but especially visually, I couldn’t get over how amazing it looked. Some of the stuff were scenes straight out of the book, which were really surreal to see brought to life and brought to that level of realism. That was amazing, and the visual effects stuff that Greg Nicotero and his crew are doing is some of the best stuff that’s probably been put on film.

IFC: You created the look for Rick Grimes and drew many of the iconic scenes that were brought to life in those first few episodes of the television series. How did it feel when you first saw some of them on the screen?

TM: “Surreal” is really the only word for it. Previous to this, they were words on a page that I tried to do my best to bring to life in some relatable form. Obviously there are some parts of the scenes I’m not able to fully execute in a drawing, so to see it so fully captured and finished, it was like somebody had reached into my brain and pulled it out – like when they grabbed Freddy Krueger from a dream and pulled him into the real world. That’s what it felt like to me. I got chills the first time I saw the bicycle-girl zombie, and that scene of Rick riding into Atlanta on horseback, and that highway – those scenes were straight from the panels I had drawn. I still sit back in awe that this was something I had done.

IFC: What are you hoping to see in the second season?

TM: It’s pretty wide open. They’ve covered a lot of ground from the first volume but they’ve left plenty of threads hanging. I’m just looking forward to seeing how things play out. I think they’re going to go to the farm this time, and they’ve hinted that they will probably bring Michonne into the mix. I think she’ll be great to see on screen.

“Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is available via On Demand now, and stars Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine, and Katrina Bowden. You can find out more about Tony Moore’s work online at tonymooreillustration.com.


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Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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