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Cat Girl Comic Book Hope

10 Oct

Last night I went and saw Kimbra play some music live.  My friend Trent and I began the evening by waiting in line to get into the show.  We were directly behind this cute little girl in a leopard print dress including a black tu tu.  To top everything off, her shoes were actually bright red, fuzzy slippers with little claws.  She had a cat obsession, clearly.

The wonderful thing about this little girl was how playful she was, and that special something that warmed my heart: she was reading comics. [this post was just interrupted by a package being delivered for a book called “Reading Comics” which is not the book I was hoping  to read on the plane, but, oh well, I still got a book]  This little girl was full of energy taking her mom’s phone to use as a flashlight at the tables near the back of the venue (we ended up sitting behind them).  She was reading away first with a Sonic the Hedgehog comic and then with some sort of Angry Birds space picture book.  You could tell her mom was there for the music and this girl was there to satisfy her mom and to read books.

(The best quote from her was right before The Stepkids (who were reallllly bad) started playing another song and she exclaimed, “OH NO NOT AGAIN!”)

In case you haven’t gleaned from previous posts, I am an avid advocate for children’s comics.  I believe that companies should devote more time to fostering creative energy in children and start them early on comics.  Instead of the five titles a month coming out of the “Big Two” why not double or triple that?  You can tell that they have some sense of trying to get kids on comics, but that’s only one day of the year: Free Comic Book Day.  The comic companies are aware that children read comics, but they’re so caught up in appealing to this artificial white men, teens to 40s demographic that they don’t realize comics are for everyone!  This little girl is an example, Archie is appealing not only to the much younger generation’s demographic but also the little girls’ demographic.

Comics deserve to be in hands and read by everyone.  Companies should put emphasis on all readers rather than just alienating everyone outside of the superficial demographic.  Luckily, the “Big Two” aren’t the only ones making comics and the others know how to focus on kids.  Still, the “Big Two” have the (some) more recognizable characters so they should put an increased amount of effort into children’s comics.

Unfortunately, the little girl and her mom left right before the show was over.  I was going to get their attention and tell them, “hey, some of the best comics around for people your age are ____…”

Here’s a list that could have filled in the blank:

  • Owly
  • Tiny Titans
  • Johnny Boo
  • Archie
  •  Uncle Scrooge
  • Mega Man
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Smile
  • Tin Tin
  • Bone
  • and many others.
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Oh, Foolish Sonic

3 Mar

For more dumb running Sonic, check out this tumblr page!

While you’re at it, watch this super sweet video of Hyper Sonic:

 

Writing Challenge #4: Loves

11 Feb

3 Loves:

1.) Sabretooth

Is there really no surprise here?  I love my cat tremendously… even when she’s being a bitch while scratching at the door, chewing on my paper, biting my face, and everything else she does.

2.) Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Hilltop Zone

So, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is probably my favorite game of all time (particularly playing it with Knuckles on the Genesis and the funky adapter thing).  Hilltop Zone is my favorite level.  I have no idea why.  Really, it’s not that creative a level design, but the music calls to me.  There’s just something so enchanting about it.  Plus, the British guy playing through the level is hilarious.

3.) Foosball

I LOVE Foosball.  It also helps that I’m really good.  While I’m microwaving something, I will more than likely be practicing my shots.  I am that dedicated.  Oh, and I’ve won with two different teammates the last two foosball tournaments at my house.

Well, that’s it.  Stuff is in the oven!

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For the entirety of the WRITING CHALLENGE, follow the link!

Free Comic Book Day 2011 – Reviews!

7 May

Today is Free Comic Book Day, and I just stood in line for an hour and a half with my companions (Selena and Lillian).  Sure, I also spent $44 (buy two graphic novels get one free) to get my precious hardcover of Stumptown and a Tiny Titans trade.  Anyway, I’m just going to bust through this stack in no particular order and rate the comics as they come!

Baltimore/Criminal Macabre:

This kicked things off really well.  Both stories are short but succinct and tell mini tales appropriate for the size of the comic.  Plus, it’s two stories in one comic (you get to flip the comic over to read the other story!  I love this).  Both of which deal with something rather supernatural.  Baltimore involves vampires and I really have no idea why it’s called Baltimore because it takes place in Europe, I believe.  Criminal Macabre deals with Frankenstein’s monster.  In both, the art and writing is spot on and really strong while the art is scratchy to match the mood of the stories.  Free Comic Book Day is about promoting comics and delivering short but sweet material that will get people to return to the comic store(s) later, and these two stories succeed splendidly.  I will probably look into both of these stories later.

Green Lantern Special Edition:

So, this is part one of Secret Origin for Green Lantern.  It’s alright, but I’ve already read it before.  So, for people who are new to the property and interested in the movie, this is decent.  But, to those old faithfuls, this is nothing new.  Plus, the preview to Flashpoint is kind of stupid.  I’m pretty confused to what is going on, and I really don’t care about The Flash.  Overall, this was a good old “meh.”

The Amazing Spiderman:

So, this issue really tried to be fun.  I suppose I had some fun in it.  I really like the look of a skinny superhero, but there were other parts of the art that had their problems.  Spiderwoman, for instance, probably should have broken in half with her tiny waist and gigantic breasts.  Plus, there one page when she’s fighting Spider-Man and it is near pornographic.  Nevertheless, the script tries to deliver it all: Spider-Man quips (including one about Fox News!), Action, Webs, Monkeys, and Kung Fu.  Although, Shang-Chi, the martial arts young guru, is wearing a Marvel Sash.  *sigh*

Atomic Robo:

Here’s another fun story.  I’ve always intended to give Atomic Robo a shot, and FCBD has given me the opportunity.  The story involves an ambitious youngster at a science fair where Atomic Robo is a guest judge.  Things take a turn for the worse when a crazed Dinosaur (who I believe is a recurring character) in suit, tie, and fedora comes to steal one of the young student’s projects.  Overall, the story provided a few laughs and is definitely children-friendly.  The art was fairly simple with a strong line and strong colors which worked well with the story.  Overall, it was entertaining and a joy.  I will definitely keep an eye out for Atomic Robo in the future.  However, the back-ups were not memorable in the least and sort of took away the magic from the feature.

Locke & Key:

I found it interesting that the series is advertising on FCBD in a kid-friendly format even though it admits on the first page that it’s not really meant for kids.  Just a bit confusing.  I felt a little lost while reading coming midway through the series (this portion comes from section three of the normal series).  There’s a strong sense of line that matches the tone of the series, but the splash pages at the end were a bit excessive.  Overall, I might look more into the series once the television show comes out.

Mickey Mouse:

This collection of Mickey Mouse strips from 1935 were definitely rather interesting.  I found them to be entertaining and light-hearted but nothing fabulous.  Then again, I read them really fast.  So, I can admit that I did not take as much time as I could have enjoying them.  Nevertheless, I had two key points that bothered me: 1) This is a dog race that Pluto is entered into by Mickey, but most of the characters in the strip were dogs!  So, dogs own dogs and race the dogs and bet on the dogs while they’re dogs? 2) Mr. Shoebuckle has to deal with paying off his mortgage which is interesting considering the time frame this is from and trying to make it relevant, but it’s still kind of weird.  I did really like how they had a bunch of cool vernacular(s).  Looking more into Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey strip, it really gets a lot better from here.

Civil War Adventure:

So, I read something while previewing FCBD that this secretly had zombies in it.  “Zombies during the Civil War,” I thought, “perfect!”  Turns out, there were no zombies, but there were a full two pages devoted to how limbs were amputated!  The first story was kind of fun with a bunch of cool looking ‘gators and lots of moonshine.  Otherwise, it was pretty ridiculous and Chuck Dixon kind of rubs me the wrong way sometimes (it’s hard going back and rereading those old issues of Robin and Nightwing that he wrote and putting them into his conservative ideology).

Top Shelf Kids Club:

The obvious stand out of this issue was Johnny Boo, but I really enjoyed Owly (I am a big fan of Owly) and Korgi (which I had never heard of/seen before).  I love kids comics.  They’re just so fun, simple, and often times hilarious.  The joke after joke in Johnny Boo had me laughing aloud for a good number of frames.  I liked Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chicken (the moose’s changing t-shirt provided some laughs even with the suggested naughty word at the end) and Okie Dokie Donuts, but they were a little chaotic in the art department.  Nonetheless, comics should be accessible to everyone, and this preview definitely provided that.

Pep Comics:

You know, more and more, I have gotten into Archie comics.  I used to look at them in disgust, but they’re not actually that bad.  Unfortunately, they seem too preachy rather than fun sometimes.  Nonetheless, this comic has a great bit with Jughead, autotuning, and ringtones at Veronica’s expense that is super funny.  Overall, it’s something you come to expect from an Archie comic, but nothing more than that.

Sonic The Hedgehog:

I have a lot of Sonic The Hedgehog comics back at my parent’s house.  I used to be really into him.  Alas, it stopped happening due to Tracy Yardley taking over the penciling duties and me not really caring for his artwork.  So, I dropped the book.  Apparently, the very talented artist “Spaz” is going to return to do a couple of issues.  So, I might check that out.  Anyway, Steven Butler’s pencils in this FCBD special is actually pretty good.  The story’s energetic which is nice.  Though, the main villain is one that people who know Sonic through his videogames wouldn’t recognize, but there’s still a lot of fun to be had to see how Sonic outsmarts him.  Overall, it was fairly decent.

Super Dinosaur:

So here we go with another Robert Kirkman book (writer of The Walking Dead and Invincible), but this time it’s for kids.  This kids book is more geared towards 10 and up’ers, though.  I thought I was really going to like it, but I feel like Kirkman just does not have the knack yet for writing to a younger audience.  He still has cool ideas, but it seems like his version of writing for kids is dumbing down his language rather than writing in a completely different way to appeal to the younger audience.  For instance, within a span of two pages he has Derek – the young protagonist – narrate the story of Max Maximus’s betrayal saying “But Maximus had other ideas” and then saying “But Max Maximus had other plans for my new pal.”  They’re super similar sentences.  I understand that this is coming from Derek’s point of view, but he’s supposed to be some sort of child-prodigy.  Unfortunately, this sort of writing plagues the rest of the comic.  The art’s good, though.

Captain America & Thor: The Mighty Fighting Avengers:

Here’s another fun comic to end upon.  The comic transports Thor and Captain America to King Arthur’s time in order to stop Loki from getting the Holy Grail.  The writing is spot on, and the art is really creative with it’s inking and colors.  Overall, it was a great read and open for all readers.  I just cannot see how someone cannot enjoy it.  You can see the same writer and artist in the critically-acclaimed yet cancelled “Thor: The Mighty Avenger.”

Well, there was a a great deal of mediocre books, but 3-4 pulled through.  I got some others, too.  But, I’ve been at this for nearly 4 hours… so, I think reviewing such a large stack of comics is good enough.

Ma’am, You’ve Got Yourself a Healthy Blog!

3 Feb

The dexterity of a Saint.

One of my favorite (addictions) things about WordPress is the Stats feature.  I obsessively check this multiple times a day willing the number to increase and increase and increase.  So, I figured I’d share some info. with the devoted readers about how goddamn well and proud I am of this blog.

January was the best month yet with a total of4,070 views (!).

The average views per day was 131 which is 2x (+) more than any other month.

The last week of January had an astounding average of 208 views per day.

The former busiest day in October was surpassed on the 25th with 237 views.  Two days later, the blog got 236 views.

Most Popular Posts:
J. Scott Campbell with 685 views
Andrew Lloyd Weber with 419 views
Super HeroiHot She-Hulk with 144 views

Top Search Terms:
– “Cats Musical” with 220 views caused by search
– “Jesus Christ Superstar” with 73 views caused by search
– “Phantom of the Opera” with 71 views caused by search

Strangest/More Memorable Search Terms:

  • Sonic and Sally Hentai
  • Man Choking Woman
  • Color Me Ninja Turtles
  • Butt Groper
  • Sailor Moon Poops Her Panties
  • Latex Workout
  • Fairy Tail Sex
  • Skivies
  • Batgirl Big Tittis
  • Apple Tree
  • Grout Puns
  • Headache When I Have to Poop
  • Waterski Pyramid Woman on Top
  • Gorilla Tits
  • A Fat Gorilla Humping a Gorilla
  • Gorilla Glasses
  • Nakedness Weird
  • Looking
  • Panty Poop

The strange thing is: some of those were searched multiple times.  Plus, I wonder if just one person happened to have a Gorilla obsession?  Also, there’s a lot of people that come here expecting hentai of children’s characters… which is awkward.  Hate to disappoint.

I hope you enjoy seeing what I get to check every day!

Super HeroiHOT #9: Sally Acorn

18 Aug

Here I was watching America’s Next Top Model when I thought, “Dammit, I really should do a new Super HeroiHOT.”  Part of the reason I’ve been slacking has been because well 1) I’m moving 2) I’ve been looking for female characters from different publishers other than the big two 3) I wanted a character who was a different ethnicity or… in this case, species.

If you know about Sonic the Hedgehog then you may not even recognize Sally Acorn (unless you remember the very old animated show from the 90s), but she’s a very important character in the Sonic Universe.

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Slew of Comic Book Reviews

15 May

I went to the comic book store today, walked over 35 blocks in stolen dance shoes with flat soles, and got a haircut.
Well, I also had to read those comics… didn’t I!?  I mean, I am being “forced” to put them into storage tomorrow.

I’ll try to keep the reviews short, but some pissed me off and some made me piss with joy.

These are ordered from worst to best… so, scroll down to the bottom if you want to read praise instead of bitching.

I really need to make star graphics…

Battle for the Cowl: The Network

You know, this “new” Batgirl (Cassandra Cain) has always been the slim, sneaky girl… so why does she have boobs the size of inverted craters on mars?  Ragman’s kind of cool.

I didn’t read Birds of Prey… and this seems sort of like a Birds of Prey reunion.  I like the interplay between Huntress and Batgirl, and I’ve always loved how minimal Batgirl’s words are (originally, Cassandra couldn’t speak and now when she can it’s pretty direct).  Misfit and Ragman’s couple panel team up mystified me.

The plot just really pissed me off.  I know the superheroes have to focus on a super villain (Hugo Strange) when they make a move, but they put him (and his plot to put 3 people’s lives at jeopardy with betting up on the line) as priority #1 when there’s a(nother) gang war presumably killing hundreds of people.  Meh.

Overall, I just feel like all of these One-Shots were written on the toilet as advertisements for the Bat-family reboot books on the shelves this summer.  So far, they have not been exciting me.  Thank god they haven’t advertised for Red Robin… that’s the one thing I’m looking forward to.

Ohh… Tim Drake… marry me.

RATING:
1.5/5 for being filled with poop.

 

Sonic The Hedgehog #200 (!)

Okay, I used to be a huge reader of this series as a kid, and then I got back into it when I was about 15… until about a year ago when I decided to stop buying the damn comic out of habit because it had become shit.

Nevertheless, I had to pick up #200 because it’s a big deal!  This is the longest running comic book based on a videogame character and the second longest running licensed product falling behind Conan the Barbarian, I believe.

Okay, I’ll explain the reasons why I left the book…
I re-fell in love with the Sonic Comic when I picked up Sonic #122 or 123 or something around there at my local Fred Meyer’s because I had played Sonic Adventure 2 a couple years back and was interested in the Shadow character.  I picked it up at just the right time for #125 that set off a storyline where sonic was trapped in space for what seemed like to him a month and to the characters back on his homeworld a year.  This storyline lasted about a year and a half and was really amazing.  It featured a great plot and story development… and something strange: character development.  The artwork had matured past the campy stuff and was obviously influenced by anime.  The funny thing was… the only main character from the rest of the series featured was… well, Sonic.  Gone was Knuckles and Tails and Espio (my favorite character), but I still enjoyed it… then, something terrible happened.

Gone were the various, grown-up artists, and the ever-dependent Karl Bollers to deliver a compelling story.  The writing duties were tossed around awhile to finally settle on Ian Flynn.  Tracy Yardly came over from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and I was devastated.  The campy stories came back, and when there was an actual real threat on a global scale, the power was diminished by the no-risks pencil work.

So, I got pissed off and stopped buying it.

Which leads me to now.  I got the comic, and it’s basically a conversation between Eggman (who I shall always think of as Dr. Robotnik) and Sonic about the past 15 years while Sonic destroys his spiderbot thing.  It’s really stupid… really stupid.  Eggman finally snaps and has a mental breakdown (seen as childish and funny).  Snively, his nephew, decides to take over his Uncle’s reins.  Sonic’s sad that he has not Eggman, but everyone rejoices.

Buy this comic for the issue number if you’re at all interested.  Otherwise, it’s not worth your time.

RATING:
2/5 stars.

 

Oracle: The Cure #3

There are those goddamn gigantic breasts again.  Seriously, how did she fit those into the original Batgirl suit?  Does being a paraplegic grant you enormous breasts?

Okay, all bullshitting aside.  This issue was an incy bit better than the last.  When I say incy bit, I truly mean it.  The bat symbol on the USB plug is cute isn’t it?

So, when this miniseries was announced people went batshit (haha, pun) over crazy ass theories about Babs getting the ability to walk again or taking over the Calculator’s daughter’s body… basically, they just wanted Babs to reclaim her Cowl of Batgirl.  Well, suck it weird, horny comic nerds… she’s still in the wheelchair and you’re going to have to put up with it.  Not that many people have been taking advantage of her disability lately in terms of compelling stories, and this just adds to the pile of shit.  Don’t buy it unless you’re an obsessive compulsive freak like me.

RATING:
2/5 stars for being a stupid miniseries that wasted my time and $9.

 

Azrael: Death’s Dark Knight #3

It cannot be denied that that is by far one of the funniest faces ever on Ra’s Al Ghul ever.  The cover’s pretty sweet.  It’s too bad that the fight on the inside is only about 3 pages long.

So, here we are again talking about how the Suit of Sorrow corrupts whomever’s wearing it (boo hoo) for the whole issue.  Nightwing acts respectable towards the new Azrael, but it’s weird.

I feel like they’re forcing the side story about the new guy’s other life too much.  Like… oh, he likes to fuck his brother’s widow… great.  It just seems like one big, giant advertisement for the new Azrael series coming out.  Sure, I might check it out… but only after it gets Trade Paperbacked and I’ve read a gazillion reviews.

The art looks beautiful in close up and mid shots, but fucking hillariously stupid in distanced shots.  Some characters look completely different than they have before (i.e. how many different Harvey Bullocks have I ever seen… a lot) which is good and bad.

Overall, this issue just left me more confused than excited.

RATING:
2.5/5 stars.  I guess DC milked me a bit.  Damn, another $9… shit, plus tax.

 

The Unwritten #1

Wow, I really branched outside of my DC & Mirage world this week… Comics from 4 publishers.
So, I read a really good review of this comic from CBR and decided to pick it up today… Plus, the $1 price tag helped.

Here’s this guy and his author-father disappeared awhile back.  The books his author wrote resemble Harry Potter (which they even mention within the book) and his father has based the main character off of his son.  Tom has been riding his father’s success and didn’t even get the part to basically play himself in the screen adaptation of his father’s book.  Now, he’s riding the circuit train to get by because his father left a doozy of a partial will where he doesn’t necessarily have access to his father’s fortune.

During a panel, he gets asked by an audience member who seems to become a returning character, if he really who he sais he is.  Alleging that he’s not really Tommy and his father faked him as his son.  This starts a media uproar, and Tom goes on a drinking binge.

Then, someone possibly dressed up as the antagonist of his father’s book captures him and plans to stream his execution online.  Then, the girl from the convention comes in and saves him.

I find it interesting how the stuff from his father’s books is beginning to blur reality.  Is he Tommy or Tom?

I thought this was going to be better than it was, but it still didn’t leave me disappointed.  Reserved artwork is just okay, and the script is above normal.  The issue overall is worth the $1 price tag, and it’s a type of story that’s not just for fans of comics.  It truly is accessible to anyone.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

 

The Life and Times of Savior 28 #1

Please see http://www.majorspoilers.com/archives/12224.htm/ for an alternative rating and a better synopsis of the plot then I could give you.

This issue was beautiful.
This comic is a masterpiece.
This is what comics should become.
This is what amazing writing should be.
This is what I will buy every issue of.

Savior 28 is something fresh for comics.  It still fits into the Superhero genre with a hero who has a main nemesis and a complex (if diverse set) of origin stories.  Except, we don’t know which one’s the right one… and he eventually kills his archenemy who… in some ways had become his one true constant and equal… something he could depend on even if it was bad.  And, well, our hero dies from multiple angles (brilliant) one and only one time in his first issue.

The issue explores what makes a hero heroic when he’s battling for peace while being a wash up or on the top of his game using extreme violence.  It also examines the effect of the media on people and how we don’t realize its power.

September 11th is featured as a backdrop of guilt, but the powerful line in the comic is about September the 12th being the worst day for America not just because it was the day we all mourned… but it was the day the media showed the same clip over and over engraving the plane hitting the building and coming out the other side into our brains.  It’s the day when the media took an event, sensationalized it, crammed it down our throats, and was proud that they had the best story of the year.  It was the day the media took advantage of thousands of dead bodies to make ratings.

This story isn’t always that grim, but it’s not joyful, either.  The writing has an extraordinary pace while remaining clear, focused, and self-examining.

Honestly, I believe that this comic should be read by everyone.  Sure, it helps to know some background in superhero comics to understand what they’re making reference to (primarily Captain America), but it’s not necessary to appreciate this book.  It could really stand alone by itself.  I decided to pick it up when I read the review off of www.majorspoilers.com for the second issue, and after reading this issue, I don’t know how they can follow it up… but it was a good review.  I’m excited for something new and fresh…

Sure, I liked the art but I wasn’t wowed by it, but the art doesn’t detract from the amazing script.  The layouts are also easy to follow for you new-to-comics readers so don’t be wary.  Sure, it sports a $4 price tag, but the pages are thick and heavy with great inks on them and it has more pages than your standard comic.  Please, check this out if you want something fresh to read… no matter the material, no matter the genre.

RATING: 5/5 stars.