Getting ready for the BAFTAs, dahlingz!
Ever wondered what ‘Die Hard’ would have been like if it was set in Disneyland? Well, thanks to recently published graphic novel ‘Ricky Rouse Has a Gun’, you no longer have to. Sorta.
This rip-roaring yarn is a deviant little book – in all the best ways. Jörg Tittel and John Aggs have crafted a satirical story with bite in it’s hero’s mousey teeth: not to mention gunfire and bloodshed in abundance. Despite its central character’s, erm, resemblance to a famous mouse, this is definitely not bedtime reading for kids.
So, what’s the story? Down-on-his-luck soldier Rick is lying low in Shanghai when he crosses paths with Hucheng, an entrepreneur who owns a Chinese theme park that is decidedly similar to the US’s most culturally significant amusement parks. Out of the job and desperate to support his estranged daughter, Rick becomes ‘Ricky Rouse’ and joins the park’s existing staff, all of whom are versions of some of the world’s most familiar fictional characters.
However, when a rogue band of costumed creeps take the theme park hostage on Christmas Day, Ricky Rouse has to come to the aid of both its patrons and his visiting family. Cue bullets and ultra-violence – happy Christmas!
As well as sly political undertones regarding Western-Chinese relations, the commentary on attitudes to political property is defiantly on-the-nose. Above all though, it’s a fun romp with a wicked streak of anarchic humour, Tittel’s snarky dialogue backed up by Aggs’s blood-soaked, rampaging visuals.
Published by SelfMadeHero, ‘Ricky Rouse Has a Gun’ is available now – and just waiting to give you a good time.
Remember last week when I was going cray cray over the top tees offered up by website T-Shirt Grill? Well, they’ve only been so kind as to gift me my very own Godzilla of a garment with the beast of a T-shirt modelled below…
Yep, amongst the Grill’s portfolio of savvy pop culture designs, ranging from cult classic clobber to badass rock band T-shirts, awaits a new collection that honours the new big screen take on Japan’s iconic beastie.
I’m posing in true McGeek fashion in the men’s Godzilla ‘Kanji’ T, which depicts a lumbering beast smashing his way through a cityscape (as in Gareth Edwards’s monster movie smash) with the creature’s name in Japanese characters below. In short: it looks pretty effing cool, and I’ll be wearing it to all upcoming monster mash parties.
Also, if I ever fancy treading on a city, this means I’ll have the very outfit to complement – as evident in the mockup of McGeek deciding to flatten a metropolis below. Flatten it in style, mind.
Love Godzilla so much you want to show him off on your chest? On the lookout for your next gotta-have-it tee? Uncover, then cover up in, T-Shirt Grill’s treasure chest of T-shirts now available online at www.tshirtgrill.com. More info on Twitter and Facebook.