Pizza from Scratch, 89

23 April, 2007

Giving "The Devil Bat" the MST3K treatment

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The first row of panels would have run the previous Thursday. When is it not too soon for jokes? After the 9/11 attacks, professional baseball considered cancelling games, but decided it was better to try to help people carry on, and not let the haters ruin everything.

I'm just a beginner cartoonist, but the main reason I wanted to do comics was, and still is, to cheer people up. And even in normal times, college depression is more prevalent than depression in the general population. This is what I have to offer, so I tried to help people carry on.

In case you're not familiar with it, "Mystery Science Theater 3,000" was a TV program that ran in the 80s and 90s, first on broadcast syndication, then on Comedy Central, and I think it also ran on the Sci-Fi Channel. Did I get those names right? The intentionally obviously fake premise of the show was that evil mad scientists sent a human subject into space, and their experiments make him watch bad movies. "He can't control where the movies begin or end because he used those special parts to make his robot friends."

Joel and the 'bots, and later head writer Mike and the same 'bots sit in silhouette, as the movies play in front of all of us. They make funny comments at each movie's expense, while the movie is running.


Locally, MST3K came on channel 12, right after "Saturday Night Live," so late that I rarely had the energy to stay up and watch. When I did, I loved it, no matter how I felt in the morning.