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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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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

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Colin the Chicken

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Dream Of The ’90s

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A-O River!

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Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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Baroness For Life

Baroness von Sketch Show is available for immediate consumption.

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Baroness von Sketch Show is snowballing as people have taken note of its subtle and not-so-subtle skewering of everyday life. The New York Times, W Magazine, and Vogue have heaped on the praise, but IFC had a few more probing questions…

IFC: To varying degrees, your sketches are simply scripted examples of things that actually happen. What makes real life so messed up?

Aurora: Hubris, Ego and Selfish Desires and lack of empathy.

Carolyn: That we’re trapped together in the 3rd Dimension.

Jenn: 1. Other people 2. Other people’s problems 3. Probably something I did.

IFC: A lot of people I know have watched this show and realized, “Dear god, that’s me.” or “Dear god, that’s true.” Why do people have their blinders on?

Aurora: Because most people when you’re in the middle of a situation, you don’t have the perspective to step back and see yourself because you’re caught up in the moment. That’s the job of comedians is to step back and have a self-awareness about these things, not only saying “You’re doing this,” but also, “You’re not the only one doing this.” It’s a delicate balance of making people feel uncomfortable and comforting them at the same time.

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IFC: Unlike a lot of popular sketch comedy, your sketches often focus more on group dynamics vs iconic individual characters. Why do you think that is and why is it important?

Meredith: We consider the show to be more based around human dynamics, not so much characters. If anything we’re more attracted to the energy created by people interacting.

Jenn: So much of life is spent trying to work it out with other people, whether it’s at work, at home, trying to commute to work, or even on Facebook it’s pretty hard to escape the group.

IFC: Are there any comedians out there that you feel are just nailing it?

Aurora: I love Key and Peele. I know that their show is done and I’m in denial about it, but they are amazing because there were many times that I would imagine that Keegan Michael Key was in the scene while writing. If I could picture him saying it, I knew it would work. I also kind of have a crush on Jordan Peele and his performance in Big Mouth. Maya Rudolph also just makes everything amazing. Her puberty demon on Big Mouth is flawless. She did an ad for 7th generation tampons that my son, my husband and myself were singing around the house for weeks. If I could even get anything close to her career, I would be happy. I’m also back in love with Rick and Morty. I don’t know if I have a crush on Justin Roiland, I just really love Rick (maybe even more than Morty). I don’t have a crush on Jerry, the dad, but I have a crush on Chris Parnell because he’s so good at being Jerry.

Jenn: I LOVE ISSA RAE!

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IFC: If you could go back in time and cast yourselves in any sitcom, which would it be and how would it change?

Carolyn: I’d go back in time and cast us in The Partridge Family.  We’d make an excellent family band. We’d have a laugh, break into song and wear ruffled blouses with velvet jackets.  And of course travel to all our gigs on a Mondrian bus. I feel really confident about this choice.

Meredith: Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show. It wouldn’t change, they were simply perfect, except… maybe a few more vaginas in the band.

Binge the entire first and second seasons of Baroness von Sketch Show now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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