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JUST TOYING WITH US?
Seth MacFarlane has made a career out of going seemingly beyond the pale with animation and trying to shock as many people as he can. Family Guy, after being given the chop by its network, managed to claw its way back and it’s now a regular fixture on TV. So when I went to see Ted, his film starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, it was going to be interesting to see if he could maintain his own brand of shock humour for ninety minutes. Ted is the story of John Bennett (Wahlberg) who made a wish as a young boy for his teddy bear to come to life but the problem is that Benett’s a man in his thirties now and his teddy bear has become this degraded, potty-mouthed pervert who he can’t seem to shake. Ted is as over-the-top and as foul-mouthed as Family Guy and MacFarlane as the voice of Ted shows his talent for crude humour and Kunis (from Family Guy) as Bennett’s long-suffering girlfriend Lori Collins shows that she continues to be a talented comic actress, whether as voice talent or when we see her on screen. There isn’t much of a plot here, but you didn’t really think there would be, did you? Ted is filthy fun and Wahlberg shows he does have a little bit of a talent for comedy, so maybe it’s something he should do a little more often and MacFarlane’s Ted is a likeable comic creation. It’s a refreshing antidote to the hordes of maudlin kid’s films that flood the market each year and it’s filled with enough slightly uncomfortable laughs to pass ninety minutes in a pleasant way…

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CELEBRATING TWENTY YEARS IN PAPERBACK
It’s not just in hardback through Unbound that we’re planning to commemorate TRIPWIRE’s 20th anniversary. In the latest Previews #286, on page 362, Item number JUL121370, you’ll find a TRIPWIRE 20th anniversary paperback. It will be packed with loads of great stuff:

•New and rarely seen art from many of the industry’s greatest artists like Howard Chaykin, Frank Quitely, Mike Mignola, Walter Simonson, Joe Kubert, Dave Dorman, Mike Perkins, Roger Langridge, Drew Struzan, Chris Weston, Andy Bennett, Michael Kaluta and more
•Classic TRIPWIRE features and interviews with people like Alan Moore, Mike Mignola, Peter Milligan, Frank Miller, Guillermo Del Toro, Joss Whedon, Joe Kubert and many more
•It will also feature new writing, including the best and worst comics movies of the past twenty years, creators, indie and mainstream, who have come up 1992 to 2012, creators we have lost in the last twenty years, the rise of digital and web comics and lots more
For aficionados of comics and genre, this will be a must buy book. And if you’d like the book but don’t mind getting it in paperback, then it’ll be $24.95/ £14.99 well spent for you.
Here’s a few of the images from the book and if you like what you see, you can order it from your local comic shop…