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JJ Abrams & Bad Robot to make BOILERPLATE, a Victorian Robot Tale!

Hey folks, Harry here and this is exactly the sort of awesome I like to see being developed. A true life (wink wink) tale of a Victorian Robot. Yes, please. For all of you that love retro-tech and timeless tales - it is a project like this that gets my blood pumping. It is about time that BAD ROBOT got into the Robot business. Not with gargantuan transforming robots, but old school robot with a shotgun type of action. I love that. I love the idea of a robot fighting alongside the Mexican Revolution. I love the illustration in the Arctic. This is one of those magic box projects that JJ loves. BOILERPLATE was the world's first robot soldier, created in 1893. It's in the history books folks. Sheesh. Do some reading. Giggle. The film will be based upon Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett's book. I'd just about die if JJ hired Paul Dini on this - as it is a period he'd flourish in as a writer. Pinky swear. Oh well, we'll have to wait for those kinds of announcements.

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  • July 29, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    fuck bad robot

    by lostboytexas


  • July 29, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    and les wiseman remaking total recall

    by mr. smith


  • July 29, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    This will

    by Nerd Rage


  • July 29, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    thor trailer!!!!

    by Pancho_Villa

  • July 29, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Reviewed the book last year - Innovative

    by crankyoldguy

    The "Zelig"-like use of historical photos, poster and such is truly brilliant. At Comic-Con, spoke with folks behind Boilerplate. Nice people, too. Mentioned they were in talks, but couldn't say anything yet. Guess I'll be calling/emailing 'em now, like everyone else. 'Cause they will be busy. Happy for 'em as they deserve it.

  • July 29, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Pancho - It's being pulled all over

    by crankyoldguy

  • July 29, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    I found the Boilerplate website months shoe

    by D.Vader

  • July 29, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Should be starring Bender

    by TheNorthlander

    He's got the looks, and he's Mexican.

  • July 29, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST

    I found the Boilerplate website months ago

    by D.Vader

    And the website was treated and portrayed as if this was a real historical figure. I was intrigued because I couldn't figure out the angle. Maybe there was an ad for a book somewhere, but I missed it and instead read about the sad history of Boilerplate.

  • July 29, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    I fucking hate victorian robots and steampunk

    by jimmy_009

    It's so cliched by now people. It's sad how many people confuse steampunk and clockwork shit for something actually creative and not run into the ground.

  • July 29, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Bad Robot movie?

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm


  • July 29, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Steampunk is so overdone.

    by RPLocke

    Enough already.

  • July 29, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST

    You kids these days...

    by SlyAndTheFamilyStallone

    Back in my day, we didn't have robots. We had 2 sticks and polio; good fuckin' times.

  • July 29, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Why does everyone eat up JJ hubris?

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    I mean, this site went apeshit crazy over Super 8 or whatever its called, and now this. Its a mildly diverting notion, but does it get my geek up? Not a chance. This is what Abrams does time and again - take a well worn concept, tweak the context and suddenly its genius. Boilerplate is Short Circuit in the Victorian era. No thanks.

  • July 29, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    ....Another project, JJ? Really?

    by Dharma4

    I mean, I love the guy, but Jesus. Seriously?

  • July 29, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    JJ Abrams is the guy we all went to high school with...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    You know they guy, the geeky, sad hopeless loser who wanted all of the jocks (or gangstas, for this generation) to think that he was really "bad-ass" and cool. He would always follow the "cool kids" around like a rejected puppy, trying desperately to get their approval by picking on the one kid in school lamer than him, the guy with down syndrome. <p> Of course, since this kind-of thing never worked in high school, Abrams is still trying with the type of projects he's involved with. Basically, he produces shit like Cloverfield and Star Trek to try to make the neanderthals think he's "bad-ass". Unfortunately, not only are the assholes not impressed, but he's ended up alienating a lot of fellow geeks as well. <p> For Christ's sake, Abrams, you're like 45-years-old! Get over fucking high school already and try producing something with some actual intellectual content, as opposed to working with Porki Orci and Clueless Kurtzman and attempting to Out-Bay Michael Bay.

  • July 29, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Haaa, love that illustration. I'm in.

    by belasco_house

  • July 29, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    rusted, weathered ass. Nah. This will be amazing. Or never happen.

  • July 29, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST


    by Yeti

    But "Super 8" had better knock my socks off.

  • July 29, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Ummm yummy JJ hubris

    by donkingkong

    Not sure what you mean by JJ hubris zactly Mr. by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole, is it like hummus?... Ummm good stuff, this looks fun and all kinds of awesome. Guess I'm on the JJ hummus bandwagaon since everything he's done in the past decade is pretty frick'n cool.

  • July 29, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST


    by ciroslive

    C'mon dude. Anyways I hope JJ doesnt spread himself too thin, otherwise we get cinematic equivalent of Alias Season Four. <shudder>

  • July 29, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Well said.

  • July 29, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Is the book out? Cause I want it.

    by andrew coleman

    And hating on JJ Abrams is pretty old now. I see the posts bashing him and I just roll my eyes. The one ranting and describing what he thinks Abrams was like in high school. I think he was describing himself. More of this type of hate towards people who have made money making movies and the jealousy just spews out here.

  • July 29, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    JJ Abrams is no geek. He didn't even read

    by Dingbatty

    comics as a youngster.

  • July 29, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST


    by Boborci

    Tell yourself whatever you need to tell yourself to keep from wishing you were JJ for even 30 seconds of your life.

  • July 29, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    "Boilerplate is Short Circuit in the Victorian era"


    Hey, BP Drills -- this is what you call a good high concept idea, you nitwit. Abrams works all the time because he comes up with great ideas. <p> Sure, they've all been done to one extent or another, but, as you so astutely put it, Abrams resurrects tired, old ideas into new, exciting ones. Kinda how Chris Nolan has taken The Matrix and Dreamscape and fashioned a clever, meaty action flick out of them. <p> I'm not a huge JJ fan, to be honest. I thought LOST was a ponzi scheme and wasn't crazy about the new TREK. But the man's talented. Have you ever read the original draft of one of his earliest films, REGARDING HENRY? Great stuff.

  • July 29, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    So far nothing JJ and Co. has done is grade A..

    by conspiracy

    not that their shit is AWFUL, well the writing is, but nothing is full on Grade A, Future classic stuff. Lost was kinda lucas-y..written on the fly no clear vision, Cloverfield was just derivative, and Trek while entertaining was so poorly scripted it could have been "Enterprise".</p><p> JJ and Orci are hot right now..because everyone else is even lamer than they are. And Lets be honest..the Whole "Black Turtle Neck" Faux Intellectual look went out with Sprockets..and Roberto..take off that ridicules stripper curled up cowboy're married, and the guys in W.H might get the wrong ideas.

  • July 29, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    There is a HATCH on that robot!

    by Squashua

    Is there a Desmond in it?

  • July 29, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    I'll wait and see...

    by Johnny Ahab

    I got sucked into the whole "Sky Captain and the Giant Clanky Robots" hype - and man, did that movie stink.

  • July 29, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    I'll wait and see...

    by Johnny Ahab

    I got sucked into the whole "Sky Captain and the Giant Clanky Robots" hype - and man, did that movie stink.

  • July 29, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    kwisatzhaderach, thanks...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Boborci...HAHAHAHAH! Thanks, I needed a good laugh!!! <p> No, I don't really want to be a sub-mental moron who looks like a penis. <p> BTW, I think that post was the most coherent thing you've written! Good work!

  • July 29, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Fatasswhatev- uhuh.

    by Boborci

  • July 29, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    When will the reign of Dick Nose come to an end?

    by gruntybear

    Oh right, whenever I want. I don't actually have to buy a ticket to this sure-to-suck Jar-Jar Abrams' crapfest. Now, there's a man who can do no "right."

  • July 29, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST


    by Boborci

    What cowboy hat? And what is WH. Not following your insult and I really want to, to see if it hurts.

  • July 29, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    To paraphrase a quote by Lawrence Kasdan:

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    "It takes a lot of talent to do what Steven Spielberg and George Lucas do. It's not their fault that the people who followed them weren't talented". <p> Of course, Kasdan went on to direct "Dreamcatcher", a film featuring an invasion of things called "shit-weasels", based on a book that Steven King wrote after his car accident when he was high on morphine. So consider the source, I guess...

  • July 29, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Sounds akin to Larry Blamire's STEAM WARS

    by Dasinfogod

    LOST SKELETON auteur and bon vivant Larry Blamire came up with a far more intriguing metal man scenario some time ago; he still plans on filming it. Check it out:

  • July 29, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Hey NM Bob...

    by conspiracy

    As boborci when he come snooping around; You'd have to live out here to get the's a Cali insider thing.

  • July 29, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    conspiracy - would amuse me to think

    by Boborci

    your denial is real instead of a boring tactic, but I know it's not so. Oh well. I'll just have to live with your dodges. See u around, my cali neighbor!

  • July 29, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Well, here comes the steampunk rage

    by bah

    18 months from now, you won't be able to escape it.

  • July 29, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    "Steampunk is played out" WTF?

    by lewarcher1949

    Did I miss something? When did the flood of Steampunk projects happen that rendered the subgenre dead? And I met the Boilerplate guys at a convention a couple years back. It could be really good. I never got the Abrams hate, anyway.

  • July 29, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Steam Boy is the final word but I find his voice wanting

    by UltraTron

    in both languages. I love that little Scarlett girl. Was it Scarlett? She's all spoiled. Gonna crank the fuck out of steamboy right now- oh yeah! Give me SB2: Rise of the Steam-Mechs. Cranking Steam Boy mutherfuckers!!! You got a problem with that you can take it to the head office.(Flash Gordon double fist jump-"yeeahh!!!")

  • July 29, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST

    As much as I think steampunk is total ass...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...I've seen a couple of the comics and it does have a certain charm. Now, AsimovLives cranks up the JJ hate in 5...4....3...2...

  • July 29, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Just wondering though...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...when he's afraid or shocked, does he shit bricks like his distant decendent Bender?

  • July 29, 2010, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Boilerplate duped Chris Elliott

    by wampa_droppings

    His 'Shroud of the Jolly Thwacker' book was hilarious. Boilerplate was a featured character in the book, but Elliott thought the robot was real when he wrote the book. He got sued, I think. That Elliott book would make for a great movie itself.

  • July 29, 2010, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Hows a pickup truck derail a train like that???

    by TheJudger

    Oh wait wrong talkback. I want my Box movie JJ. You promised a mystery box movie with a big ? mark on it. Where is it!

  • July 29, 2010, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Sitting in for AsimovLives

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    Jerkoff Jizzeater Abrapes thinks he can take the tired steam "-ing pile" punk robot bullshit and make something remotely interesting. WRONG!! BOBORCI WILL RAPE A GOAT AND CALL IT A SCREENPLAY!! CAN'T WAIT FOR LENS FLARE TREK 2: THE DICKBLENDER SUCKFEST!!!

  • July 30, 2010, 1:57 a.m. CST

    And the haters keep on hatin'

    by Happyfat73

    It must really suck to be a hater. Dedicating so much time and energy into something you don't like - what's the point of that? Especially when it's just the speculation of hate - because of course, at this stage, you know nothing but the concept. And yet... you can still find the hate in the black pits of your souls. Good for you. Go have a bile bath.</p> And to the guy who made up that whole story about JJ Abrams in high school - what's up with that? It's not exactly coming across as the product of a well-adjusted and emotionally balanced individual. But, hey... whatever butters your muffin, mate. Who am I to judge, right?</p> Anyhoo, I think the concept looks interesting. Could turn out good. Could turn out arse. Who knows, but Almighty Xenu? Don't really get the steampunk hate. But then again, the world keeps turnin' and the haters keep on hatin'...</p>

  • July 30, 2010, 3:26 a.m. CST


    by MidnightMeatTrain

    go fuck yourself, you self-important stooldouche.

  • July 30, 2010, 3:28 a.m. CST


    by MidnightMeatTrain

    Well played, sir

  • July 30, 2010, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Hey it's talentless hack BOBORCI!

    by Xiphos_2

    is JJ Abrams still your jockey cock bag?<p> If you are "writing" this movie you will need Abrams to save it like he did with Dork Trek.<p> If they shot the original abortion of a an alleged screen play you and your gimp Cuntzman shat out originally, with out Abrams massive save, Nerd Trek would have sucked massive balls instead of being mildly entertaining and utterly forgettable.<p>Orci you have a talent for being less then average way to shoot for the low middle.<p> Since this is a robot movie what racist stereotype will you be mining?

  • July 30, 2010, 3:38 a.m. CST

    JumpinJehosaphat nice

    by Xiphos_2

    Assholelife riff. The only thing you erred on slightly is that AssHoleLife is the one that is the Goatfucker. INTERPOL is combing Portugal as we speak looking for him becasue of his penchant his barn yard animal rape.

  • July 30, 2010, 4:07 a.m. CST

    So hes going to have to drink Tequila Yihaaaaaaa!!!

    by bloodawn5

    Finally Robots and Revolution!!!

  • July 30, 2010, 4:48 a.m. CST


    by GroolDemon

    I always thought the story of Boilerplate would make a cool movie.

  • July 30, 2010, 6:11 a.m. CST

    If I want Steam Punk Ill watch Sucker Punch

    by mojoman69

    Looks like everybody is jumping on the bandwagon for steam punk. kinda boring to me, but JJ might make it work.

  • July 30, 2010, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Nice news to wake up to.

    by punchydugan

    I hope this one comes to pass. I bought the book last year from Paul Guinan and Anina Bennetts web site. It's a great book and the above mentioned creators are very nice people.

  • July 30, 2010, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Is AsimovLives banned?

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    It's been a while since I saw him here. (Although I gotta admit that I don't really read talkbacks anymore)

  • July 30, 2010, 7:07 a.m. CST

    oh yeah!!

    by zbend5

    I'm gonna make my own robot movie with hookers and booze ,as a matter of fact, forget the robot movie!!

  • July 30, 2010, 7:51 a.m. CST

    6 months we'll read how this fizzled out...

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    then JJ will announce 3 new projects.

  • July 30, 2010, 9:25 a.m. CST


    by fireclown

    Wow, is it pathological in here or is it just me? We all get it: you were all cool enough to be in on the steampunk thing before it went all commercial and lost it's soul. /p I, for one, am happy someone is tossing out a new movie idea instead of a sequel or reboot.

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  • July 30, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Steampunk used to be cool

    by bah

    But now it's the new goth. Vampires used to be cool, too.

  • July 30, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST


    by Tumor_Binks

    Great book. I thought George Lucas might have picked this up for some reason. Can't wait.

  • July 30, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Abram's contributions

    by smackfu

    So far he's given us Alias, Lost, and Fringe, 3 series that show up on any credible 'best shows of the decade' list, an interesting 'monster attack' movie that would have been another Godzilla 2000 abortion in anyone else's hands, made the only watchable Mission Impossible movie of the series, and was able to do the unthinkable, to reboot the original Star Trek, and make it not suck. Super 8 sounds interesting, as does this project. I understand the 'I hate him because everyone else seems to love him' hater mentality, but honestly, the guys got a pretty good record.

  • July 30, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST


    by smackfu

    Not to forgive him for writing that atrocity of a movie, but the stepinfetchit robots were forced on him by Bay, he was openly, and vocally, against their inclusion.

  • July 30, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    I agree though, he is very mediocre

    by smackfu

  • July 30, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    i've seen this movie

    by treatment

    so Forrest Gump runs into Bicentennial Man .....yawn.

  • July 30, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is steam punk?

    by Nice Marmot

    I've seen about 3 totally different things referred to as steam punk. Come on dorks, give me a definition.

  • July 30, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Xiphos 2

    by Boborci

    Don't have anything to do with this project. And Trek script couldn't be changed during shooting because of strike.

  • July 30, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST


    by Boborci

    Agree that alias, fringe, MI3' and Trek were exceptional.

  • July 30, 2010, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Conquistador robot? SOLD!

    by lifeisjustamovie

  • July 30, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    You know what's played out?

    by ebonic_plague

    Complaining on the internet about movies that haven't even been made yet.

  • July 30, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    the concept

    by blackhole4140

    great concept, book and web site. huge potential for something special.

  • July 30, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Do a movie about Tesla's automatons!

    by strosmer

  • July 30, 2010, 9:16 p.m. CST

    There is no motherfucker on here or on this planet...

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    That I disagree with more than RPLocke. WTF is that about anyway?!?!?<p>Anybody else notice that - where you'll have a certain issue (new Star Trek, Star Wars, Joss Whedon, wearing white after Labor Day, Mary Ann vs. Ginger, or fucking something) and you'll get into a fucking argument with somebody on a talkback, but think to yourself, "Well, maybe we'll agree on some other topic." But then, topic after topic, talkback after talkback, movie after movie, or what the fuck ever, you show up in a talkback, see the guy you argued with over something else, and find that motherfucker's on the wrong side of ANOTHER FUCKING ISSUE! And it ain't just once. It's like fucking constantly! Over and over and over again! This guy is like the Bizarro Bicycle Sharer. I say up; he says down. He says black; I say white.<p>Does that happen to anybody else? It's fucking creepy and annoying.<p>I mean, sure there are guys here I've argued with about something, but then we show up elsewhere on a different topic and we're in agreement. No big deal and to each his own. But RPLocke...<p>I feel like I could show up in a talkback devoted to breathing and I'd find that motherfucker bitching about how breathing was highly overrated and nobody was doing it anymore.<p>So in conclusion, fuck you, RPLocke. You're wrong. As usual. YOU are overdone. Enough already. Besides aren't you supposed to be somewhere else predicting that "dropping like a rock" of Iron Man 2 or something?

  • July 30, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    If RPLocke says something is "overdone"...

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    You can take it to the motherfucking bank that thing is on the upswing and you should get on the bandwagon immediately. 'Cause I've never known RPLocke to be right about anything. Ever.

  • July 30, 2010, 9:57 p.m. CST

    we are film geeks,aint we?

    by zbend5

    Any genre has potential to entertain. Of course there is alot crap out there but dammit there is sometimes an awesome movie that comes around. I just really hope for the best when it comes to future projects. This year has been slow with a few exceptions. Next year should be better we will have Battle L.A.,Skyline,Sucker Punch,Thor,Capt.America,Green Lantern,The Thing,Pirates4,Rise of the Apes,Contagion,Immortals,and so on. We all want cool movies, doesn't that mean we're on the same side?

  • July 30, 2010, 10:33 p.m. CST


    by Happyfat73

    Yes, indeed... hating on films before they're made is certainly played out. That's why it's now cool to hate on films that haven't even been written yet.</p> I don't know where else there is to go once THAT is played out. Although, looking back, you can see the evolutionary path of hate in action... Hating on films you've seen --> Hating on films you haven't seen based on their trailer --> Hating on films that are in production --> Hating on films in pre-production --> Hating on films that haven't been written yet-->???</p> Is it possible to hate something before its been conceived? I don't know, but if it is possible, an AICN talkbacker will find a way.

  • July 31, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST

    happyfat, as usual, and sparingly

    by MidnightMeatTrain

    has it right

  • July 31, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    if Bad Robot fought Mutant Enemy who would

    by rben

    win? Discuss!

  • July 31, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Awesome, Boilerplate is a great idea

    by JT Kirk

    Not sure if it needs a character narrative though, and a movie generally needs one to not feel like a documentary, because audiences seem to not go to those en masse. As for JJ Abrams, I don't give a fuck, he ruined Star Trek and generally he knows how to make entertaining TV that feels hollow once you get into it, but I'll give this a shot based on the source material.

  • July 31, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    As for Steampunk, it's playing-out right now

    by JT Kirk

    No, it doesn't have screen entertainment support (small or big) aside from the un-watched "Sanctuary" on Syfy, although you can look back to LXG (the abortion that was Legion of Extraordinary Gentlemen to cinema) and see it, and you can see some touches in the Hellboy movies. But it's becoming played out because that shit is all over the internet, every fucking costume-drawing convention gets a million of these people, there is a society dedicated to converting the Nerf Maverick gun into different steampunk weapons, there are companies making bank on hundred-dollar miniature steampunk weapons and thousand-dollar full-sized ones. It's a cute idea, but it is a fad that won't take much to push it into "WHY THE FUCK ARE WE STILL SEEING THIS SHIT?!?" territory.

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Sit Ubu, sit....

    by crankyoldguy

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 1:52 a.m. CST

    The real Wild Wild West was...

    by crankyoldguy the 60d....the original Steampunk, thank you... And the Will Smith blight of a film is a stain to be erased from the mind.

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    What it is

    by bah

    Since I assume Wikipedia is broken for the question to be asked, here's my nutshell definition, for which I welcome flames: advanced or alternative technology in roughly the 1860s to WWII time span. Examples are Sky Captain, Rocketeer, Flash Gordon, First Men On The Moon, Jules Verne, H G Wells, Briscoe County Jr, Wild Wild West. I don't know Boilerplate, but it sounds like it might fit in the subgenre clockpunk.

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Been enjoying TB Spam, How about...

    by crankyoldguy

    the rest of you?

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Been enjoying TB Spam, How about...

    by crankyoldguy

    the rest of you?

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    victorian robot

    by deelzbub

    what was the short-lived comic series in the late 80's about a steam-driven robot? I cant remember either and I've actually got a couple of issues somewhere..

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    This sounds like FORREST GUMP!!

    by High_Guy

    Remake of Forrest Gump.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Bender? Eat me.

    by Johnny Smith

    This should star Pneuman from Alan Moore's Tom Strong.