Before 'The Simpsons' and 'South Park,' there was Ralph Bakshi
Cody Ralph Bakshi, creator of the cult classic animated films "Lord of the Rings" and "Wizards," is planning a comeback.
September 21st, 2011
04:19 PM ET

Before 'The Simpsons' and 'South Park,' there was Ralph Bakshi

Ralph Bakshi shocked audiences in 1972 with the animated feature film "Fritz the Cat." The movie, with its adult themes, received an X rating at the time.

"What’s extraordinary is what they’re saying on 'The Simpsons,' on television, is almost more than I did on 'Fritz the Cat,' which I got yelled at and beat up about," Bakshi told CNN earlier this month. "And 'South Park!' What is going on here? I got shot for less than this."

Not only did "Fritz" and many of his subsequent films move animation well beyond kids' fare, but Bakshi's irreverent 1987 take on "Mighty Mouse" for CBS Saturday morning TV, influenced what came just a few years later on television, if only by the fact that it employed the creators of "Ren & Stimpy" and "Batman: The Animated Series".

Bakshi has also had his feet planted firmly in nerd culture for decades. He recently made an appearance at the popular Atlanta, Georgia sci-fi/fantasy convention Dragon*Con to screen his 1977 cult classic film "Wizards," and to take part in a panel discussion of his pre-Peter Jackson version of "Lord of the Rings." FULL POST

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New comics Wednesday: September 21, 2011
George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones #1 Cover by Alex Ross, Mike Miller Writer by George R.R. Martin, Daniel Abraham Artist: Tommy Patterson
September 21st, 2011
01:20 PM ET

New comics Wednesday: September 21, 2011

Wednesday is the best day of the week because that’s when the new books arrive in stores. Here are some of the comics scheduled to hit the shelves on September 21, 2011. Your local retailer will probably have these and others, so make sure to check with them for more details.

This week, I'm most excited about Dynamites' comic adaptation of George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones #1. With the TV show doing as well as it did and Martin's visual writing style, I cannot wait to see how this book looks and reads.

That's what I am excited about. What comics are you looking forward to this week? Is there a comic out there you are really loving? If so, let us know in the comments. We are always looking for tips on good books! FULL POST