Tees Please: Paul Reubens and Astro Boy

Paul ReubensBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

This is a new segment on Otaku no Culture, one where we explore the t-shirt, that talkative piece of clothing that has (through the decades) bared powerful political statements, expressed the wearer’s feelings, and has caused fits of laughter or bouts of disgust. I’ll be posting photos sourced from different media and in those posts I will try to give proper credit not only of the photographer but of the manufacturer of that certain tee.

There are times it won’t be possible and we will be asking you, the public, to help us fill in the missing information. In my travels I will also be asking people permission to snap photos of cool tees that I spot in the street. So if I come up to you to ask for a photo, please don’t be shy and know that I won’t be asking to take a snap of your face, just the shirt you’re wearing.

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In a World Where Pee Wee Herman Narrates the Avengers

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Just when you’ve seen the trailer to The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie and thought it couldn’t get any cooler, think again.

Paul Reubens was a guest on the October 29th broadcast of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Reubens purpose was to promote the recently released DVD/Blu-ray box set of Pee Wee’s Playhouse from Shout Factory.

Viewers got more than they bargained when Reubens let loose his P-Man persona by taking a crack at a voice-over of one of the most watched film trailers on YouTube.

Let us take this one step further by considering the Playhouse gang cast in the roles of the Avengers; Miss Yvonne as Black Widow, Cowboy Curtis as Nick Fury, Conky as Iron Man, and Captain Carl as the Incredible Hulk.

I couldn’t see it a serious piece of course but as a comedy piece it would be brilliant. After all it worked for Welcome Back, Kotter’s Sweathogs in a parody of Pulp Fiction.


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