Edit: Just bumping this up a bit as I've added a copy of the comic. See at the bottom for a link.
Sci Fi has posted the pilot episode of The Amazing Screw-On Head on its Sci Fi Pulse website for free viewing. The 23-minute episode is based on Mike Mignola’s 2002 comic book of the same name, a definite break from his Hellboy work of the time, starring a secret agent…who is a screw on head and an assortment of bodies.
Set in the era of Abraham Lincoln, Screw-On Head is the president’s secret weapon against evildoers the world over.
Sci Fi’s description of the episode reads:
In this hilarious send-up of Lovecraftian horror and steampunk adventure, President Abraham Lincoln's top spy is a bodyless head known only as Screw-On Head.
When arch-fiend Emperor Zombie steals an artifact that will enable him to threaten all life on Earth, the task of stopping him is assigned to Screw-on Head. Fortunately, Screw-On Head is not alone on this perilous quest. He is aided by his multitalented manservant, Mr. Groin, and by his talking canine cohort, Mr. Dog.
Can this unorthodox trio stop Emperor Zombie in time? Does Screw-On Head have a body awesome enough to stop the horrors that have been unleashed? Where can we get a talking dog?
All these questions (O.K., maybe not that last one) will be answered when you watch the thrilling tale of The Amazing Screw-On Head!
Amazing Screw-On Head features the voices of Paul Giamatti as Screw-On Head, David Hyde Pierce as Emperor Zombie, Molly Shannon as Screw-On Head's love interest, Patience the Vampire. Rounding out the cast are Patton Oswalt as Mr. Groin, Screw's faithful manservant and Mindy Sterling, playing the dual roles of zombie henchwoman Aggie and Geraldine.
Produced by Kickstart Productions, the pilot was written by Bryan (Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls) Fuller. Fuller and Jason Netter serve as executive producers, with Mignola as art director. Chris Prynoski directed the pilot. Following the episode - and this is important viewers are asked to fill out a survey from NBC Universal’s research department about the pilot which will help SCI FI executives decide whether or not to green-light the pilot to series.
The pilot of Amazing Screw-On Head will debut on the Sci Fi Channel on July 27th, following the series debut of Who Wants to Be a Superhero?, the new reality show starring Stan Lee.
View the pilot here.
My thoughts : Loved the heck out of the comic when it came out a few years ago and highly reccomend tracking it down if you like things that are completely brilliantly weird. I have my doubts that the cartoon will ever surface in the UK, it's probably a bit too weird. We only just started getting [Adult Swim] this weekend, which shows how far behind our colonial cousins we are.
The cartoon is pretty sweet, it captures the visual style of Mignola's comic book pretty near perfectly, and the writing, animation and voice acting are all top notch.
Go watch it, then pray it gets picked up at a series sometime.
Now I've uploaded the comic here. You'll need something that can open a .cbr file to read it. I use CDisplay.