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UPDATED!!! AIN'T IT COOL with Harry Knowles: Episode V: Avengers Fucking Rocks & So Does KNB!

Hey folks, Harry here with the latest episode of my Nerdist/YouTube show.  We're having a ton of fun making these - My favorite part is coming up with what each show is going to be about - and how we have fun doing it.   This one was wonderful.  First, I get to geek out on THE AVENGERS with ya, but then we head off to KNB to chat with some of the wonderful artists there, along with having a nice lengthy chat with Greg Nicotero.   Now a warning, Greg & I talk a bit about Season 2 of THE WALKING DEAD including that big spoiler at the midpoint of the season.    Then Greg suddenly brings up the Ending of THE MIST - both in Stephen King's original and in Frank Darabont's movie - so...   If you haven't seen SEASON 2 of WALKING DEAD or THE MIST...   Go do that, then watch this episode, ok?   Now here we go...

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  • May 3, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Great episode

    by eric haislar

    Love Puppet Harry.

  • May 3, 2012, 9:40 a.m. CST

    need a new cap

    by HerbSewell

    loved avengers.... Chris Evans is the weak link, he's just out of place among most of the cast. He does far better "Johnny" Storm than Cap. IMHO.

  • May 3, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Love your show.

    by MrPaisley

    I worked with KNB back in the day on From Dusk Till Dawn. I was a tyke back then and loved wandering by their shop on set to check out all the goodness they were pumping out.

  • May 3, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Avengers #1 comic

    by LordPorkington

    I like your efforts with these videos, but when you boast about having a $250,000 comic book without providing any evidence, it makes me think back to that sad kid at school who would make shit up just to make people like him. I had a friend who claimed he had Robocop 3 on VHS days after Robocop 2 was released, but we couldn't watch it because his dad wouldn't let him. So, are we allowed to see your quarter of a million dollar comic book please Harry?

  • May 3, 2012, 9:57 a.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    Dude really for all you know his issue is old and worn out and not worth anything at all (He said he read it, if it was worth that much there is no way he would read it.) Look at all the shit he has does it really surprise you that he has avengers #1.

  • May 3, 2012, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Awesome Job, Harry!

    by End_Of_Line

    Getting better and better every week. Keep up the great work!

  • May 3, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Avengers #1

    by Blanket-Man

    Gee, I have an Amazing Fantasy #15, but its graded at a 1.8, so it's only worth maybe 4 grand. Yet a high-grade copy sold for over a million bucks last year. Harry saying he has an AVENGERS #1 tells us next to nothin' about its value, which could be anywhere from a few hundred bucks to many thousands. Calm down, comic noobs!

  • May 3, 2012, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Is the Wheelchair Puppetized Too?

    by Read and Shut Up

    I thought you were having surgery or something to drop the weight, Harry.

  • May 3, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Hate to be that guy

    by barryallen77

    But that 1st guy he talked to, Kevin, was totally the dude who did my prosthetics for season 2 episode 2. those guys are awesome. even greg nicotero was cool as shit. make up dudes were def the coolest cats on set by far

  • May 3, 2012, 10:29 a.m. CST

    keep it up harry

    by barryallen77

    fun shows

  • May 3, 2012, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Don't hate on the guy for the sake of hating on him.

    by Tell_Your_Mom_I_Said_Hi

    Jesus fuck, get a life. Owning a single issue of a comic, for a collector who has the available resource to buy one, is kind of a stupid fucking thing to "doubt" about. With the way some ass-clown talkbackers are on here, you'd think they paid money to visit the site. Don't even get started about the advertising money schtick, that point is moot. "Most" people know it.

  • May 3, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    I'd love to sit down for a pint with Harry...

    by Righteous Brother

    and just chew the fat (no pun intended..well maybe...) about movies and comics and stuff.

  • May 3, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST

    aven #1 for $500

    by barryallen77

    at least midtown in manhatten had one there in poor condition for that much last year. some dudes need to chill the eff out and try enjoying life. (im lookin at YOU lord porkington)

  • May 3, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    drop the music keep the muppet

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • May 3, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    I envy the guys that do that make-up shit for a living

    by Righteous Brother

    I was always into that stuff as a kid, although I'm not gifted enough to have made a go of it professionally. Damn.

  • May 3, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST

    How about an Avengers spoiler warning?

    by Andrew

    Some of us haven't seen it yet.

  • May 3, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    don't worry about avengers spoilers

    by animas

    its not like the movie has much of a story or drama or tension, just shit going boom....

  • May 3, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Another great one, Harry!

    by TheBigFuckinLebowski

    Very fun to watch! Your enthusiasm shines through!

  • May 3, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Personal Attacks.

    by End_Of_Line

    What's with all of the personal attacks against the big guy? Do you feel that Harry OWES you something? This is a free site, and Harry is trying his best to give you something cool here. The fact that some people troll this site just to hop into a new thread to spew the same crap all the time is just so overplayed, and frankly rude and boring. Didn't your Mama raise you with some manners? At least try to be original in your Troll-ness. If you don't like Harry, or the way he runs the site, go elsewhere... please. There is no shortage of movie sites out there. I, for one, appreciate and applaud Harry's excitement, and non-bitterness. I see him as this generation's Uncle Forry. Many talkbackers should pay attention, and try having fun with movies and cinema, and stop being so negative about it all. Lighten up, y'all. I for one hope Boiler shows up next week to spew off some of these personal attacks so Harry can straight up tell him to "FUCK OFF!"

  • May 3, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST


    by Jaster Mareel

    I don't know what that's about, or the awkwardly timed laughing, but this is definitely you're best episode. I seem to say that after each one, and that's a good thing. I'm looking forward to your next one Harry, good job!

  • May 3, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST

    good work but...

    by gringostar

    the forced "Harry" puppet's laugh every 30 seconds started to grate on me. That said it I know this type of thing is not easy to put together so I do want to say all in all great work.

  • May 3, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    An idea for the next episode...

    by Sean1701

    Harry can tell us what he knows about Dark Knight Rises and Prometheus. I miss the old days when Harry had some early scoops on summer blockbusters.

  • May 3, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Harry puppet....

    by Lou Stools


  • May 3, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Fat bastard, yellow bastard......

    by DARTHpatel

    Liked the episode. Especially the David lettermen failed oscar hosting reference. Uma, Oprah, oprah, uma. Ahh classic Dave.

  • May 3, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST

    I don't think Harry spoiled the Avengers. Very good episode, btw.

    by adeceasedfan

  • May 3, 2012, 12:07 p.m. CST

    new expandables trailer: HOLY SHIT

    by thelastoutsider

  • May 3, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Great Work Harry

    by Devilboi

    Great job Harry. There is no excuse for folks to take personal jibes for absolutely no apparent reason. Love the cars on your desk (my kid had the green Mystery Machine from McDonalds, I believe). Maybe an episode on some of your favorite video games from the past? I have a Star Wars V mailbox filled with Intelli-vision games that probably don’t work but kept for either nostalgia or an episode of 'Hoarders.'

  • May 3, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Harry puppet has the same mannerisms as Seth Rogen

    by adeceasedfan

  • Actually, I do know. The people complaining about the trolls who bash Harry. At least the trolls come up with some funny stuff now and again. While the people who complaining about trolls who bash Harry just seem to be humorless twats.

  • May 3, 2012, 12:24 p.m. CST

    @adeceasedfan lol HA! SPOT ON!

    by rakesh patel

  • May 3, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    enjoyed it

    by rakesh patel

    as a previous poster mentioned that music looping in the background during the interview kinda grated a bit. The Muppet is a great idea, just i think need some better questions pitched. I'm pretty sure casting for Michonne and Governor were posted here. No point being a lawyer and asking questions you already know the answer to. some new insightful and interesting shit wouldn't go amiss.

  • May 3, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST


    by seagrass

    Go fuck yourself, buddy. Seriously. Or, go produce your own show if you don't like Harry's. Either way you'll be too busy to post your trollish bullshit.

  • May 3, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Is Harry doing the voice for puppet Harry?

    by Talkbacker with no name

    It doesn't sound like him...then it does sound like him doing a voice. What the what is all that and ting?

  • May 3, 2012, 1 p.m. CST

    The deal with the puppet...

    by Jaster Mareel

    I'm trying to figure out how they do it that explains why it's so weird. I'm assuming teh whole purpose of the puppet is because Harry can't personally go on these things anymore. So he sends out a little crew consisting of a cameraman, a lighting guy, a sound guy, a director and a puppeteer. He could send out a script that the puppeteer mouths the words to in his own voice, which is later dubbed, or what I think is more likely, Harry records the questions/comments/sure's and weird laughter and puppeteer tries to match them live. That would explain why the mouth movements are usually off. It could likely be a combination of these techniques too. I agree with everyone else that the puppet is a cute idea, but just doesn't work as good as if there was a real correspondant there. But it's not like it's a failure either and does differentiate the interviews from the ones others acquire.

  • May 3, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    The puppet is not Harry. Can't be.

    by adeceasedfan

  • May 3, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    You know what I find dull?

    by gotilk

    The trolls that complain about the talkbackers who complain about the trolls. You're a douche. Accept it.

  • Let's see: 1. Harry lives in a basement in Austin, Texas even though there are no basements in Austin, Texas. This is a fantasy world of Harry's own creation where his ID is free to explore all of his wildest fancies without attracting scorn or ridicule. 2. Harry's basement is filled with all kinds of children's toys. We know that Harry is a manchild who still collects toys. His hoarding of items that remind him of his childhood, which he is still desperately trying to hold onto, is reflective of his inability to adjust to adulthood. Collecting, like hoarding can be an obsessive compulsive behavior that keeps the individual from truly taking responsibility for their life. By spending all of his income on collectibles Harry perpetually keeps himself in a state of financial dependence on his Father, in the form of his obsession with film which his Father transferred to him at an early age. 3. A miniaturized version of Harry's Father exists in a tiny projection booth for the sole purpose of showing movie clips to his son at his son's beckoning. The size of his Father represents Harry's attempt to marginalize his Father's influence. He has put his Father in a box where Harry can control him and make him do his bidding, which is showing him movies, the only thing of value that Harry believes his Father imparted to him. 4. Harry has a teleportation device that transports him outside of his fantasy bubble and turns him into a Muppet when interacting with anyone outside of his sanctuary. The Muppet represents Harry's Ego as it makes it way in the big cruel world. Harry must interact with the outside world through this puppet doppleganger because of the personal inadequacies he feels about himself. Many physically challenged people have found a way to express themselves on the internet. The Muppet is Harry's avatar and ideal version of himself, hence no Muppet wheelchair. 5. Boiler represents the voice of the Talkbackers. He is portrayed in a negative light because Harry wants to disassociate himself with this aspect of his personality, the Super Ego. Boiler is the voice of reason, which Harry absolutely refuses to listen to and in fact is compelled to contradict as an automatic response mechanism. Harry needs Boiler to function as a whole and complete human being but for the time being he would rather exist in his impossible fantasy world ruled by the Id playing with his toys, his father marginalized put in a box essentially castrated with his tiny useless penis where he can't hurt him anymore.

  • May 3, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST


    by Stifler's Mom

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    by Stifler's Mom

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    by Stifler's Mom

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    by Stifler's Mom

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    by Stifler's Mom

    seriously, hard to get through the intro without losing my appetite

  • May 3, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Excellent Episode

    by skywalker71

    I met Greg once. I stood having a piss next to him back at London in 1990...remember Greg? The episodes are getting better and better all the time!

  • May 3, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST


    by Joe Plumber

    you would know buddy!

  • May 3, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Great episode, Harry.

    by gotilk

    I do agree that the music doesn't need to play through the whole episode though. Pretty much perfect other than that. So far you've had great guests. Still looking forward to more Trumbull.

  • May 3, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST


    by Joe Plumber

    like I said, humorless twat.

  • May 3, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    A few things (including an apology)

    by LordPorkington

    Firstly, I am a total comic book noob and I admit I'm probably totally wrong about that Avengers #1 thing. If so, I apologise to both Harry and anyone else who I offended here. Secondly, I come to this website daily and have done for a good number of years now. Yes, it has wained slightly in the past year or two, but I'm sticking with it because I love the Talkbacks and Harry's enthusiasm, which can be misplaced sometimes, but he's just a big goofball who wouldn't hurt a fly. Thirdly, Harry's writing style can grate from time to time (especially his boasting) but again, it's part of the fun of coming here. Looking back, yes, I look like a total fucking troll and I deserve to have my wrist slapped, but I was just being honest. Opinions are like arseholes, we all have one. Some just stink a little more than others...

  • May 3, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST

    That was excellent

    by bigtime_charly

    The best yet. Well done all. Really great work.

  • May 3, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST

    lordporkington - an apology isn't going to cut it fucker

    by antonphd

    your punishment is having to watch The Avengers 3 times this weekend!!

  • May 3, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST


    by fscottnational

    Or he could just be a dude that loves film. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

  • May 3, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST


    by TheMcflyFarm

    for accuracy's sake!

  • May 3, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    cellarat, please do expound

    by Joe Plumber

    I think you're spot on about the Drive In metaphor. Harry's show is a Psych Major's goldmine. Someone could write an a whole dissertation on it and how Harry represents the Geek mind and culture.

  • Massawyrm was an employee and friend of his who left to pursue bigger and better things. Basically he left to do the things that Harry wishes he himself had the talent to do, make movies. Harry childishly repeatedly interrupts Massa as he tries to tell us what he is up to. Then he repeatedly attempts to one up him calling his Geek Cred in into question. As if Geek Cred was a real thing of substance that mattered to an individual's personality. He then dismisses him saying that he needs to brush up on his knowledge of useless trivia before he can come back to work for the Head Geek. And then without any sense of irony he uses a Computer Generated Graphic of Max Fleischer's hand to erase his friend and colleague, establishing his dominance by the only power he really possesses. An imaginary power generated through "movie magic", thinly concealing his true emasculated nature. Max Fleischer's hand is his surrogate phallus. It is one of his collectible items, all surrogate phalluses compensating for his wheelchair bound impotence.

  • May 3, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    darth , don't forget about his mail order bride

    by animas

  • I did pretty much the exact same type of breakdowns that you're using, only on films. It really was fun and I got a kick out of the fact that nobody else was writing reviews like that. They still aren't in fact, which is kinda weird since those allegories and psychological undertones tell us exactly why we like or don't like something. The first one I wrote was about Turbulance with Ray Liotta and how it was a metaphor for female empowerment in the workplace. Another was on Anaconda and how it was based on the story of Adam and Eve and man's inherant struggle with temptation.

  • May 3, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Holy shit, is Yoko really a mail order wife?

    by Jaster Mareel

    That had never occurred to me. I wonder if it's true.

  • That said, if Yoko ever makes an appearance in one of these things...

  • The overall children's tv feel of the whole thing juxtaposed with the F word and panty and bra comments is a winning formula.

  • May 3, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST

    You guys have GOT to watch this!

    by Jaster Mareel This is Harry's video invitation for his wedding. I really cannot believe he never posted it because the whole thing is narrated by Richard Taylor and features he and Yoko getting memorialized in like a fucking dozen statues sculpted and painted by WETA!

  • May 3, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Episode 5: Harry Walks!

    by googamooga

    Yeah right...

  • May 3, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST

    fett, that was way funnier than any of these things

    by Joe Plumber

    The Chinese kid describing how he thought Harry wasn't real but a Hollywood monster and the girl placing the ginger hair on the Harry figurine's crack were hilarious.

  • May 3, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    that was hilarious

    by animas

    thanks fett

  • May 3, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Re - The Cellarrat ("The Harry Puppet needs to show more cleavage....)


    ....or....just show some 'bush'....70s style bush.......(btw, thanks for quoting that HK review with '70s bush mentioned)

  • This is genius!

  • May 3, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    That was great darth_meh, and seems to contradict Harry's self bio

    by Jaster Mareel

    Hasn't he said that he started AICN after suffering a major back injury that put him in a wheelchair? He's shown walking around all over that news clip. It was nice to get a glimpse of what the site used to look like back in the day. Memoriiiiies. Also got a kick out of him saying he =had like, 76 people= on the set of Lethal Weapon. What he really means is that some extras on that set emailed him afterwards.

  • May 3, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Hahaha thanks Darth, Ebert saw that coming. Pwesents?????

    by Fritzlorrerains

  • May 3, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Darth Meh....

    by benlinus

    Your points and posts are enjoyable. I really don't post that much anymore as you guys do it so much better than I could ever do. I find Harry, while creating something wonderful, to be a not particularly likable person. He's got that "Austin Hipster" attitude that really shows in that 1998 Inside Edition piece. He's basically the opposite of humble. He's arrogant and this video series, while at times VERY entertaining, shows a great deal of being self-absorbed. A little humility would go a long way.... All that being said, I'm afraid all our posts will be gone shortly because the ban-hammer has been really falling hard lately. The sterilization of this site lately has been rampant.

  • May 3, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Harry, I know you LOVE the Mondo Posters

    by JediChris1138

    Great one! I love seeing all the latest Mondo posters in the background. I think for your Birthday one year you should have them do a Harry Knowles Mondo Poster of you in all of your favorite movies - Maybe to Mirror the front page of the site? I know I'd actually LOVE to see that! If you do it, though, you totally have to give me a small guest appearance!

  • May 3, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Episode V

    by Heartland

    This was the best yet.

  • May 3, 2012, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Love the show

    by TheGangBangTheory

    But goddamn the puppet is disturbing. The courtesy laughs are ackward. And it does not at all convey a feeling of "Harry is there." Not even his voice, right? Really, I understand the lack of mobility, but these spots should be done by a living proxy. Chris Hardwick or one of the douche bags from G4 or whoever.

  • May 3, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Oh and the music

    by TheGangBangTheory

    Harkens to Spielberg films and others from the 80's. It is supposed to evoke a bit of childlike wonder, and it does for me. Very cinematic musical bit, especially effective when the "comic sans" font "Aint it Cool" hits the screen. It is very appropriate for a pop culture show. Please don't change it like the soulless piece of corn in a pile of dog shit says above...

  • May 3, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    I'm not sure but...

    by Cagliostro

    I feel like I've seen a photo of Harry at home with a framed copy of Avengers #1 hanging on the wall. I may be wrong or hallucinating. In any case, it wouldn't strike me as all that implausible, coming from a family of collectors. His father could have bought that on a news stand for all anyone knows. I also remember buying books like X-men #1 at comic book conventions in late '70s or early '80's for something like $150. I know it sucks not having been born early enough to cash in on things like that, but c'mon. It also burns my ass that I gave my entire comic collection away to a friend in the early '90s, thinking they where going to a good home, only to find out that she was randomly selling them off. Didn't think about one day passing them down to my kids (of which I still have none), or, more likely, my future nephew that became a rabid comic book fan. He did get a lot of my Megos, luckily.

  • May 3, 2012, 5:43 p.m. CST


    by J-Dizzle

    "Absolutely" "Ha ha ha ha" Dude, how fucking robotic can you possibly be?

  • May 3, 2012, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Harry has a better hairline than his puppet.

    by CreasyBear

    I would have expected it to be the other way around.

  • May 3, 2012, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Harry Puppet

    by Muppet Of A Man

    Hey there Talkbackers. I wanted to introduce myself here. My name is Artie Esposito. I’m the puppeteer (and voice) behind the Harry puppet. Like many of you, I’ve been a fan of the site for many, many years, dating all the way back to the infamous “Batman and Robin” review. I’ve been enjoying reading all of your feedback, both the positive and negative comments. You guys have some great senses of humor (even the ones who come here just to give Harry crap). And, you’re totally right about the “Sure, sure, sure” comments! I didn’t realize that I was doing that! I guess I get so into what people like Greg Nicotero or Stan Lee are saying that I start to become a viewer myself, and just start to soak it all in. Ha! As Harry mentioned, we have some fun things in the can already (interviews with Caroll Spinney, John Landis, etc…) and some really awesome stuff coming up. Please keep the puppet comments coming (they are helpful, and I read them all), and maybe someday I can be half as good an interviewer as the head-geek himself. Anyway, just wanted to say “Hi”. Thanks for watching, -Artie

  • It's distracting. Go back and watch how they showed the memorabilia in the Incredibles.

  • May 3, 2012, 8:42 p.m. CST

    These are Awesome Harry, I really look forward to these.

    by billF

  • May 3, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Great episode

    by TheJudger

    More pics of Anthony Hopkins in the makeup have leaked on the web Martin Landau didn't look exactly like Bela, but I never doubted him as Bela. Make up is a build up process, sometimes the shape of the face under it wont allow you to get 100% dead on when it comes to recreating someone else's face. Anthony is a great actor and KNB is the best in the biz. I retract my concerns over the makeup being off a bit and look forward to the final resulting film. I know everything that could be done, was done, both makeup and actor will do what they do best to sell it.

  • May 3, 2012, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Great. This should be on IFC or some network similar. Also...

    by Tasteflex

  • May 3, 2012, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Great! This show should be on cable. Attn: IFC, F/x. Also...

    by Tasteflex

    Was that a big pile of bud on your desk? It looks like it.

  • May 3, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST

    I'm enjoying these shows...

    by Mikey Wood're making me like you, damn it. Shout out for the little Huey, Dewey, and Louie you have in the wee drive-in set up there, man. Love it. Keep it up.

  • May 3, 2012, 9:06 p.m. CST

    trajectory = great. werd.

    by josh hubanks

    these are getting more and more informative, and funnier to boot. werd.

  • May 3, 2012, 9:19 p.m. CST

    @mrthefrog, I just looked at your Muppet Wiki page.

    by adeceasedfan

    I don't know where the Harry puppet falls on your list of accomplishments, but I'm glad to see it is in capable hands. I have great admiration and respect for your profession. Thank you for your contribution to this site.

  • May 3, 2012, 9:46 p.m. CST

    this is quite an excellent show

    by Hercules

    but I grow frightened for Harry every time that transporter robs him of his hair and Texas accent.

  • May 3, 2012, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Ew. Harry said the word "panties" Heh Heh.

    by Cureguy

  • May 3, 2012, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Have a word with your Video Editor

    by JohnNadaUK

    Seriously, when more time is spent looking at your puppet than KNB's workshop then there's a serious problem! The way the interview was cut was abrupt as shit as well. Other than that great content going on.

  • May 3, 2012, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Lol, I really love this show

    by LowDevil

    Especially love how much of a fucking geek Harry is. God bless the guy

  • That feels dishonest. One thing about the internets, it's honesty.

  • May 4, 2012, 1:59 a.m. CST

    These are quite obviously getting better...

    by SK229

    I don't think it's wrong to criticize either, it's good because I'm sure they'll be able to separate the stuff that makes sense from the trolling in order to improve the show. Kinda cool to see something start out a certain way and then see the evolution. Keep it up, great stuff! Can't wait for the Landis interview...

  • May 4, 2012, 2:12 a.m. CST



    Sadly - I didn't have much time at all with Landis - and we had a lot of problems with the Audio and footage from MONSTERPALOOZA - but I still think we've done something extremely special and heartfelt with that episode... buy I'm sure you'll be the judge of that.

  • May 4, 2012, 2:21 a.m. CST

    MrTheFrog = The Harry Puppet


    Upon seeing the tests of the Harry Puppet cussing under other operators - I realized.. it just felt wrong to cuss as Harry Puppet. Not many people cuss as joyfully as me, I find celebration in being able to speak how I speak when I go. I think before the next shoot I'm going to do A LOT more work prepping Artie - and anticipate answers and retorts. I also need to give him a host of little notes and advice - but also see what more Artie can do as Harry. Before the events - I give Artie a loose framework - and a few questions. I need to punch that number up - and there was talk of having me on the phone to talk with Artie as he's doing these things - and I think we might should do that sort of thing too. BUT - I love the puppet - and a lot of people are too. They don't have nearly the time to craft their side of things the way we do in the basement. They're going out into the wild - conditions can be a bitch out there and they've done a remarkable job thus far. The next episode with me using the telepuppetor is done as a memory - and it's giving us a lot of creative freedom. Let's see how it turns out.

  • May 4, 2012, 2:27 a.m. CST



    Actually i did. The Wedding Invite was directed by Peter Jackson. So yeah - of course it is better than my imagination. I love it.

  • May 4, 2012, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Yoko - Mail Order Bride


    She was born in Louisiana. She's only half Korean. Went to Junior High & High School in Central Texas - and has essentially grown up her entire life stateside, with only one visit to South Korea I believe as a small child. So - no, she's not a mail-order bride. But you should be proud to know that her online name was given to her by TALKBACKERS that believed she was going to break up The Beatles (aka AICN). She thought that was so funny, that we decided I'd refer to her as Yoko on AICN.

  • May 4, 2012, 2:36 a.m. CST



    Actually - Massawyrm knew I was going to have him erased by Max Fleischer's hand (which wasn't a computer effect by the way - the hand was practical. Digital effects did paint out what was holding it there though. BUT - Cargill lives half a block from my house. We talk all the time - are best friends - and we constantly have fun poking at one another - it's what we do. Because we're REALLY GREAT FRIENDS. And - we're really going to watch the Ogami Itto films like we discussed - at this point - we're just trying to find a way to make it work in both of our crazy schedules.

  • A Rob Bottin interview. No worries about the Landis interview, less is always more. And trust me, I know about audio and footage problems. I'm an editor in television. If I were in Austin, I'd help you out in the edit for free! Also, I think everyone would love to see a bts video of the set construction, brainstorming, etc. at some point, maybe to mark some special occasion. You can't have too much (good) content on youtube.

  • May 4, 2012, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Darth Meh again


    1. At no point do I state that I live in the Basement – I do however host a show from a basement – which actually didn’t come from me, but from reporters that have erroneously claimed that I created AICN in my Father’s Basement in articles that were written back in 1996. So, I simply embraced their assertion. 2. I was raised in a collector family. My father & mother created the first comic book & collectibles shop in Texas. Oh – I also financially support my father, not the other way around. And I don’t even begin to spend all my money on collectibles. Frankly I wish – I do love cool stuff. 3. The miniaturization of Dad – is actually no more complicated than my love of Harryhausen movies which Dad raised me on and to provide magic for my nephew – and to honor my father who has been projecting movies for me, my family and our friends for the last 40 years. He starts off the entire show, because without him, there would be no show. No Ain’t It Cool. I came up with the name of the site, but he’s the one that loved it. And I came up with the site name jokingly after watching BROKEN ARROW. Soon Dad will begin to become a more fleshed out character – but right now – we haven’t rigged the projection room with sound. Personally, I’m amazed that I get to use Dad in the show at all. 4. LOL. My puppet is my way of doing a weekly show and never having to miss REHAB to travel to LA all the time. The puppet allows me to enjoy my family and continue to work towards the long fought eventual goal that’ll have me leave the Wheelchair. I’ve asked the Henson folks to do a wheelchair for the puppet – because actually, I feel it would be more magic that way (and this has been a note of mine from the beginning) because in REHAB all week, I’m surrounded by real paraplegics that work that asses off trying to better their lives – including teenage kids that have had car wrecks, school bus incidents and other ailments that have left them with Brain or Spine Injuries – and in REHAB, everyone is so proud of me for allowing myself to be seen in the wheelchair. I COULD TRANSFER INTO A NORMAL CHAIR – and I can STAND, but my hamstrings & quads aren’t ready for unsupported walking yet – though I can use a walker. Hopefully the folks at HENSON can solve the wheelchair request – but at this point it is more a matter of budget – it is a difficult trick to visually pull off. 5. Not entirely. Boiler is a bitter movie fan that can’t leave the basement. He’s got a lot of problems – but he loves things too. It’s just early in the show and I’m slow developing these characters. You’ll see.

  • May 4, 2012, 3:36 a.m. CST

    David Morrissey as 'The Governor'..! YES!

    by workshed

    A great actor I've been a fan of since he played 'Billy' in Willy Russell's 'One Summer' back in 1983. If you haven't seen him playing 'Gordon Brown' opposite to Michael Sheen's 'Tony Blair' in 'The Deal', well, you missed a treat. Morrissey will bring a huge amount to TWD.

  • May 4, 2012, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Btw, great episode big fella...

    by workshed

    ...keep em coming. I want an interview with Father Geek regarding what a precocious pain in the butt you were as a kid! ;-) Show us your comics!

  • May 4, 2012, 4:52 a.m. CST

    "We're having a ton of fun making these"

    by sarg2k

    I am not having as much fun watching them

  • May 4, 2012, 5:38 a.m. CST



    Agreed, there's no way you could. This is 11 people working, laughing, having fun and trying their hardest to pull off this insanity. That's AMAZING FUCKING FUN. I really can't wait to share the experience with more folks, but until the bat guano gets cleaned out of the caves, it's only for badass frontiersmen like Trumbull.

  • May 4, 2012, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Really enjoying these Harry...

    by digginjim

    good work, well done!

  • May 4, 2012, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Comic Book Store in Texas?

    by JediChris1138

    What's the name of your pop's store? I head through there 1-2 times a year, and it would give me great pleasure to support his store!

  • May 4, 2012, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Awesome episode

    by Fart_Master_Flex

    Not to copy everyone above, but they really do get better and better. Oh and this episode seemed so professional and then of course it ended with a mention of Scarlett Johansson and bras and panties. That was just incredible.

  • May 4, 2012, 7:47 a.m. CST


    by Mikey Wood

    The store was called the New Economics Mercantile Company, Inc and it was only open for about 14 years, from what I understand. I also understand it was the first comics and memorabilia shop in Austin. Whether or not it was the only one in the entire state of TEXAS is up for debate. Either way, it's no longer there. Again: From what I understand. I'm not Harry.

  • If you're going to toss in profanity, this will never go anywhere beyond where it is right now. If you stop using it, then you have a serious shot at doing something similar to this on G4 or SpikeTv.

  • if I think it's good or not.

  • May 4, 2012, 8:52 a.m. CST


    by UltraTron

  • May 4, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Jackie Puppet > Harry Puppet

    by girugamesh

  • May 4, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Love the special effects!

    by Scott Edington

    Not so much the teleporter, but the projector stuff is great! ;)

  • May 4, 2012, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Happy Wars Day everyone!

    by LowDevil

    The 4th is strong with all of you

  • May 4, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Great show Harry! I look forward to it every week...

    by Mr.Macphisto

    and you don't need to answer these peoples idiotic questions about the Mrs.


  • May 4, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST

    The puppeteers reactions are cringe worthy

    by FrodoFraggins

    You need a real geek who can ad lib a bit rather than nod and say one word.

  • May 4, 2012, 4:45 p.m. CST

    So Ain't It Cool is a reference to Broken Arrow huh....

    by The_guy_in_the_rated_R_movie

    I wish Harry had seen Boogie Nights first, we'd have

  • May 4, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST

    I enjoyed it. Still miss the DVD Column, but

    by JP

    this is good too.

  • May 4, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Why the fuck was THE AVENGERS in 1.78:1 instead of 2.35:1?

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Fucking stupid! All the previous marvel movies set in their movie universe were shot in 2.35:1. Who was the dumb shit that decided that? It could not have been Whedon surely?

  • May 4, 2012, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Someone please answer my question.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Thank you.

  • May 4, 2012, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Harry, question about the basement set --

    by Skraggo

    What's that supposed to be in the big wooden crate in the background. Looks like muscles or skinned body parts or something?

  • May 4, 2012, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Harry- have you ever heard the phrase..."a face for radio"?

    by Cap'n Jack

  • May 5, 2012, 9:20 a.m. CST

    stereotypical evil archer

    by Logan_1973

    My guess is because a lot of the action was vertically-oriented; lots of stuff going up and down. The typical widescreen format would have cuffed a lot of that.

  • May 5, 2012, 10 a.m. CST

    Good Letterman hosts the Oscars reference.

    by Ronnie__Dobbs

    2 for 2 Harry?

  • I always thought Mark Ruffalo would have made a phenomenal Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. And if you think about it, all the Hulk is, is one giant and stronger yet dumber Mr. Hyde, so good casting all around.

  • May 5, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Puppet Harry Knowles sounds just like Seth Rogan

    by RedJester

    And he also seems to some degree clueless about cinema judging by his lack of follow-up questioning/random comments pertaining to something the interviewee has just said.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:20 p.m. CST


    by fra ud

    should support people who are different!

  • May 6, 2012, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Weird. I only saw the Harry puppet interviewed.

    by Chris Moody

    Is there a link for all of Episode V?

  • May 6, 2012, 2:09 a.m. CST

    @ krinkle :

    by Chris Moody

    I have Uncanny X-Men #2. Want to trade?

  • May 6, 2012, 2:14 a.m. CST


    by Chris Moody

    You are doing a FANTASTIC job! I think that it would be great to add a couple of jokes that could be inserted into your interviews. They don't have to be dirty (ala "Triumph the Insult Comic Dog")....but some witty humor might really add to the interviews.

  • May 6, 2012, 7:21 a.m. CST

    stereotypical evil archer

    by Scott Edington

    Word on the street is that it was a concious choice due to the varying heights of all the different characters. If you've got Hulk stood next to Black Widow then you're going to have to get a pretty wide shot to fit them both. Then, if it was 2.40 you've got a bunch of dead space either side. Or something like that!

  • May 6, 2012, 9:35 a.m. CST


    by CoolFrood

    Its just a short interview, not Harry Episode 5.

  • May 6, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST

    The Harry Muppet needs his own spin off show!

    by Felix

    I'm thinking something where he movies into an apartment with three very neurotic roommates and his adorkable pressence mixes things up for them in unexpected predictable ways! "Who's that muppeeeeeet?!?!?! It's Harry!"

  • May 7, 2012, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Where's the fuckin video?

    by Tristan

    I had a look at Nerdist channel and still can't find it.

  • May 7, 2012, 6:34 a.m. CST

    You know Harry

    by Bop N Rumble

    If you ever get to walk again and manage to lose lots of weight you will be one of the biggest inspirational stories. I wish you success.

  • May 7, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Get back to the basement

    by DrGogol

    This puppet interview stuff is for the birds. The basement is where you can build a decent show.

  • As you know, Freudian pychoanalysis is not an exact science. But, it is fun. Hope you don't mind, but I may continue to analyze future episodes of the show. I really do want to get to the bottom of this. Also, that would be an awesome thing for your physically challenged friends, to have your Muppet be in a wheelchair. That said, I hope you're walking soon, big guy!

  • May 7, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST

    $250,000 comic book

    by skiprat1

    No idea if Harry really has a comic book like that, but several years ago I photographed him for a magazine's secondary feature, and he pointed out some stuff in his house that was definitely worth a ton of money... so I wouldn't be surprised if that were true.

  • May 11, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST


    by J-Dizzle

    You can't break something that's already broken.