No. 198 – Downlode To Go

Downlode[1] “gun sharks” (hitmen) Finnigan “Finny” Sinister (left panel, left) and Ramone “Ray” Dexter (left panel, right), together known as Sinister Dexter, created by Dan Abnett and David Millgate, here drawn by Simon Davis for the cover of prog 1061 (1997) v hitmen Vincent Vega (John Travolta, right panel, left) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson, right panel, right) from Quentin Tarantino’s classic Pulp Fiction (1994)

The fictional chain of Hawaiian-themed fast food restaurants, Big Kahuna Burger, is a running gag of sorts in Tarantino’s films, and has also cropped up in Reservoir Dogs (Miramax Films, 1992), Four Rooms [Tarantino’s segment, Penthouse – The Man from Hollywood] (Miramax Films, 1995), From Dusk Till Dawn (Miramax Films, 1996) and Death Proof (Dimension Films, 2007).

Similarly, Sinister Dexter stories enjoy satirising the fast food industry with restaurant chains named Pitta Party, Jacket And Thai, Pad Thai [pun slightly undermined by the current spelling of “phad thai” ผัดไทย], Meat Lolly, Tofu To U, Get Freaky Tzatziki, Steak Out, Dutch Oven, Harissa Explains It All [harissa: north African hot chilli pepper paste], Deli Belly, Bite Sighs, I Love Sushi, Chow Bella, Gobchutes [gob: Irish slang for “mouth”], Munchbox, The Snackers Yard, What Sup, Get Stuffed, The Gastronomicon, The Cake Hole[2], Grill Power [presumably a pun on “thrill-power“], The Good Burgers of Calais, Intant Korma, the “Tec-Mex” chain Chicken Itza, and our personal favourite, Burger Me Senseless.[3]


  1. Fictional mega-city engulfing most of Europe; essentially a European Mega-City One, ranging at the very least – although the boundaries are never clearly delineated – from Spain to eastern Europe
  2. There are in fact two food industry-related Cake Holes in the UK: here and here
  3. It’s not so much that we didn’t get all of the slang terms or double entendres, it’s that we’re just not touching some of them

No. 43 – Downlode Vice

Mark Harrison’s Sinister Dexter cover for prog 1693 (2010) v Michael Mann’s Miami Vice (2006) Unrated Director’s Edition DVD cover, specifically the resemblance of Ramone “Ray” Dexter to Det. Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs, played by Jamie Foxx

Mann has been heavily involved in Miami Vice since it debuted in 1984 (NBC Universal Television Distribution, –1990), starring Don Johnson as Det. James “Sonny” Crockett and Philip Michael Thomas as Det. Ricardo Tubbs, and instantly became a hit television show featuring a now-iconic theme tune (Crockett’s Theme by Jan Hammer), a host of cameos, popular ’80s music, and even spawning its own fashion style.

And there’s Sailor Moon (left panel, left), too, which somehow barely seems worth mentioning.