Sing Me A Story: Lips Are Movin

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We’ve talked about cheater songs in various forms in this article series. It tends to come in two forms, the pro cheating and the revenge against the cheater. “Revenge” could be as simple as breaking up with the person, maxing out their credit cards, damaging their property, or even murder. Not a fan of that last one. There are exceptions like Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me” or Cutting Crew’s “I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight” in which the man is sorry, and I can’t recall a song about the woman cheating and the man dumping her since Justin Timberlake’s “What Goes Around…Comes Around”, but those are exceptions. It’s usually “yay cheating” or “you’ll pay for cheating on me”.

With the latter, as I’ve mentioned, you can’t leave a hole in your “you cheated on me” tirade or it can be overthought without being too silly. For example, it’s always possible (unlikely, but possible) that the woman is misinterpreting things and it could look highly suspicious when it isn’t. This isn’t helped when her “friend” keep pushing her to believe it because of whatever issues her friend has. But I’m not talking about that because the singer’s character has “word of God” on her side for the sake of the song. How far that goes is possibly up to interpretation. Take Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me”. Based on the song we have to accept that the girl her love interest is with is the wrong woman for him, but it’s up to interpretation that Taylor’s character is just because he and she have so much in common. It varies and depends on what you think of the singer and what she sings, because we often forget that when you sing a song you’re playing a character just as much as any fictional performance in other media.

What does this have to do with Megan Trainor and “Your Lips Are Movin”? Well, in addition to the title being a letter short, she leaves that hole by making a minor mistake. She gave evidence. Let me play a lyrics video and I’ll explain after to make sure we’re all on the same page.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Marvel Action Hour: Iron Man #6

Marvel Action Hour Iron Man #6

“Once I rule the world, sleeves will be outlawed!”

Marvel Action Hour: Iron Man #6

Marvel (April, 1995)

“Origins” part 2: “Mandarin Ascending”
WRITER: Eric Fein
PENCILER: Anthony Williams
INKER: John Nyberg
COLORIST: Sam Parsons
LETTERER: Dave Sharpe
EDITOR: Tony Daning

I don’t care what the credit say, this wasn’t freely adapted from anything.

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Morning Article Link> Mission: Free Movies

Mission: Impossible II (score)

Mission: Impossible II (score) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve never gotten into the Mission: Impossible movies. I did watch the first one but seeing the heroes of the show turned evil is off-putting. However, if you like the movies, ScreenCrush is reporting a campaign by Paramount to promote the next movie in the franchise by giving the previous movies away for free via digital download. I don’t know how much longer it’s going on, so move quick. (Also, Vudu sometimes works with Ultraviolet so if you have that account you may or may not need Ultraviolet.)

“Yesterday’s” Comic> Darkhawk #16

Darkhawk #16

“More like the Ginyu Force.”

Darkhawk #16

Marvel (June, 1992)

“Brave New World”
WRITER: Danny Fingeroth
PENCILER: Mike Manley
INKERS: Mike Manley & Ricardo Villagran
COLORIST: Joe Rosas
LETTERER: Bill Oakley
EDITOR: Nel Yomtov

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Batman: The Animated Bible> The City And The Cave

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There is a section in the show bible for Batman: The Animated Series that focuses on two key pieces of Batman geography, Gotham City and the Batcave. It’s understandable why they would focus on the Batcave. Arguably the most famous superhero HQ, the Batcave is part of our culture. I’m pretty sure every “man cave” in America owes it’s existence to Bruce Wayne’s hideaway, while kids have their own Fortress Of Solitude, which is really a Batcave but a bit more remote.

Gotham being listed (first, in fact) may only make sense to Bat-fans. Many writers in the comics have tried to make the City itself feel like a character (or slutty girlfriend if your Frank Miller). It’s only natural that Timm and company, who really wanted to form their own world, would also form their own vision for Gotham City and the Batcave. What was that vision and did anything change as the show went on?

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Batman & Robin Adventures #4

Batman & Robin Adventures #4

“Do you know how much that T-Shirt cost? It’s a Comic-Con exclusive!”

The Batman And Robin Adventures #4

DC Comics (February, 1996)

“Birdcage”
WRITER: Ty Templeton
ARTIST: Rick Burchett
COLORIST: Linda Medley
LETTERING: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Darren Vincenzo
EDITOR: Scott Peterson

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Morning Article Link: He’s Not Called Spider-BOY Darn It!

Spider-Man Marvel Adv #1

Their predecessors sent Peter Parker to college and later to the bonds of matrimony. And yet, the current generation of Spider-Writers can’t get over the fact that he graduated high school. So yet again an all-ages Spider-Man comic is sending Peter back to high school. Fine, but you can’t use Gwen, MJ, or Harry because he didn’t meet them until college! You can’t have it both ways, guys! And Gwen wasn’t a scientist in the original continuity so stop making her one in order to lie to people that she was right for Peter when she was just as much a party girl as you claim Mary Jane still is even though she grew out of that after making peace with her father! Finally, when I was introduced to Spider-Man, he was long since out of high school!