The How and Why Of Paul Richard Thomas

Kon'nichiwa. Paul Richard Thomas is a liar and a thief, a supervillain in a world without heroes; a Scarlett Johansson-obsessed man awaiting the bullet or sexual assault he is surely due who, if he had to describe himself in three words (as he often has to), would say: killer alien vagina. Sayōnara


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No matter how dark the humour on The Simpsons’ can get, the iconic show always has that bright cheery aesthetic the world has grown to love (and go off over the last ten years in all honesty). Austin-based artist and illustrator Tim Doyle had another look in mind when he started his UnReal Estate series back in 2012, re-envisioning the worlds of fictional television shows as dark and rundown places. His Simpsons-themed work is fantastically moody and might give you the impression Springfield is far from fictional.

While Doyle’s works are dark, they certainly aren’t melancholy. Above the burned out street lights, littered streets and spray-painted walls (with a well placed El Barto tag) are beautiful star filled skies that remind us this is just a busy town that’s gone to sleep for the night.

Has it really been thirteen years already?

Has it really been thirteen years already?

Vince Vaughn the villain in True Detective season two is surely a joke, yes?

How do you go about replacing Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in one of the finest shows in years? With great difficulty. Since the second season of True Detective was announced, just who will play the new central investigators has been a big question mark hanging over the show. While that question remains unanswered, we now have a good idea who the antagonist of the piece will be.


Villainous henchmen will be learning to dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge, because Vince Vaughn is now being very strongly linked to the big baddie role by pretty much every source going.

People will say look at what McConaughey’s achieved in the last few years. If his casting in True Detective was announced directly after Sahara, folks would have had a fit. “There’s no reason Vince Vaughn can’t do something similar” they will say, but I really don’t think he’s capable of it. I know he’s done other stuff apart from his usually awful comedy shtick - I have seen him in The Cell and his futile Psycho reboot and he is no Thespian. Strictly speaking, he sucks as an actor. Terrible casting decision if it turns out to be true.


What worries me most is that part of the brilliance of the first season for me was being there with the detectives… detecting. Watching them trying to find the killer, but having as little idea as they did about where this was going. If we go into Season 2 knowing who the villain is already it feels like it will go against the show.

Casting isn’t too far from being confirmed, with Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch the two strongest linked for the two males roles, with a female lead expected as well. Whoever the detectives ends up being, they’ll be hoping that even though Vaughn can dodge a wrench, he can’t dodge the unrelenting course of the American justice system. I’ll stop with the Dodgeball gags now though…


A collection of nearly five minutes little peaks of the much anticipated Simpsons Guy episode of Family Guy which sees the Griffin family visit Springfield where they meet, of course, The Simpsons.

Have to admit I’m actually looking forward to this.

Thor and The Hulk apparently complete the poster but I still feel there may be more to come…

"They’re screwing with the wrong people"

Blimey. Y’know how Robert Kirkman has been telling anyone who’ll listen for the past three months that season five of The Walking Dead is going to be better than ever? By the looks of this spoiler-y looking first trailer, shown today at Comic-Con, he was not exaggerating…

The Walking Dead season five starts on Fox in the UK on Monday, October 13th with the United States getting it a day earlier on AMC.

Following on from the Avengers: Age Of Ultron posters yesterday comes two more featuring Hawkeye, Quicksilver and The Vision. We still have Thor and Hulk to come (likely later today) which then leaves just War Machine who would be missing, seeing as he’s been upgraded to main Avengers. So who would the final tenth poster show? Ultron? Falcon? Or someone new to make us geek out…?

Or maybe that isn’t Vision and is Doctor Strange? I just want to see Doctor Strange to be honest so I’m going to believe it’s him - iregardless of proof - until it’s confirmed it isn’t :)

Couldn’t discuss Marvel’s known and potential plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe without putting up this. A lovely Ant-Man poster from the San Diego Comic Con 2014.
Intriguingly it’s done by one of the two artists who did the Avengers: Age Of Ultron posters. They couldn’t be connected after all… could they…?

Couldn’t discuss Marvel’s known and potential plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe without putting up this. A lovely Ant-Man poster from the San Diego Comic Con 2014.

Intriguingly it’s done by one of the two artists who did the Avengers: Age Of Ultron posters. They couldn’t be connected after all… could they…?

God I fucking hate the San Diego Comic Con. Too much excitement! How the hell do Marvel always seem to get the hype level through the roof so early?

Four Avengers: Age Of Ultron posters have been released today - Iron Man, Captain America, Scarlet Witch and Black Widow -  and it quickly became apparent they’re all part of one. The Black Widow one is the most interesting as not only can you see Mjölnir and Hulk’s arm but the carnage Quicksilver is creating. Can’t wait to see the whole lot.

I dunno why but I have a cheeky suspicion it won’t just be the eight main characters and Ultron but maybe a newly announced character. Dunno why, just a feeling.

  • Thursday July 24
  • AS Roma at Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 0:30am
  • International Champions Cup 2014 fixtures
  • Sunday July 27th
  • Olympiacos at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
  • 11pm
  • Wednesday July 30th
  • Manchester City at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
  • 11:59pm (God knows)
  • Saturday August 2nd
  • AC Milan at Bank Of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 11:30pm

We’ve known for a long time now that supreme leader Kim Jong-un controls the flow of information to the North Korean people, with the television channels only reporting positive stuff about the country. But in a report posted on YouTube, the media have been caught broadcasting that North Korea are on course to win the biggest prize in football, despite not actually qualifying for the World Cup.

The report says North Korea’s brave side crushed Japan 7-0, USA 4-0 and China 2-0 in the group stages - we all remember those games, right? By beating those three, all rivals of North Korea funnily enough, they’ve reached the final… against Portugal.

Of course, the real final, which takes place tomorrow, is between Germany and Argentina.

Included in the coverage is ‘highlights’ from the matches, with the team shown scoring goals and cheering - although the clips looks years old.

Belgium 2 United States Of America 1 - after Extra Time

Once more Belgium play shite for almost the whole game, turn up for a wee bit at the end and jam their way to a win. Did they deserve it? Just. And I mean like 51-49 deserve it. What I said four games ago though still counts, and it shows Belgium just aren’t learning: bigger and better teams are going to rip them to shreds with the boring, predictable and average way they are playing at this tournament as opposed to the wonderful stuff they did in the qualifiers. The way they caved in after USA’s goal was laughable too.

For years the United States Of America have been an anomaly in football terms. They’ve always qualified but never really got it. Not this time. They have what looks like being a good team, some very good youngsters, a manager/overlord who has been there and won it all, the backing of the country finally and proper fans. The desire, commitment and courage they showed was incredible. They gave it their all once again but, like against both Germany and Portugal, they just lack that one special player to make a difference for them. Finding that player is easier said than done, of course, but they’ll get there. Great run and finish by nineteen-year-old Julian Green for their consolation/kitchen sink and all finish. Chants of “USA! USA! USA!” filled the stadium at the end despite the loss and I imagine they will all night. America has arrived. They could be a massive threat soon.

Three of the few poor games at this World Cup have involved Belgium so it’s not a surprise that this game is rather boring. No imagination in their play, just routine, dull and predictable football… *yawn* Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens and Kevin De Bruyne haven’t done done much and Marouane Fellaini has not broken into a sweat yet. He looks like he’s afraid of the ball.

You have to admire the USA’s work ethic though. The effort and desire to get back and make tackles, they do not hold back. And they do not strike you generally as being dirty, just strong. If anyone is to win this game - it may just run for all eternity - it seems like it will be the American side.

Netherlands 2 Mexico 1

Louis Van Gaal is going to be a perfect fit for United: a jammy bastard manager for a jammy bastard team. They were utterly dreadful in this game. No leadership; no ideas other than boot it up the pitch; the worst diver in the world (if that’s a penalty then I’m a giraffe); big players, bar Robben, haven’t turned up. Even RVP has gone missing since his wonderful header. Since the thrashing they gave Spain they have go rapidly backwards. As soon as they play a team who will finish the chances the Dutch defence gives teams they will get slaughtered.

During the qualifiers for World Cup 2014 Mexico were awful. Dreadful in fact. They went through four coaches and just about qualified after an American win against Panama resulted in Mexico being given a lifeline with a play-off against New Zealand to qualify. Under the gloriously psychotic Migeul Herrera’s guidance they haven’t looked back and I hope they don’t lose heart after this game. They deserved to go through and look a bright prospect.

One of the best goals of the tournament.

One of the best goals of the tournament.

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