Part three contains Minimum Clonage, where we weren’t supposed to use the same character twice…so I didn’t even use the same logo twice. The first six were done with game sprites and the other six with comic panels. I’m kind of proud that I pulled that off. Then there was the Free For All. While I lost interest in themes near the end of FNF at this point I was too used to it and saw an opportunity to do a Bumblebee themed tournament. So that will be the best of Da Bee’s Decepti-bashing action! Two tournaments, a whole lot of action!
The Phantom #25
WRITER: Mike Bullock
ARTIST: Silvestre Szilagyi
COLORIST: Bob Pedroza
COVER ART: Doug Klauba
LETTERER: Nate Pride
EDITOR: Joe Gentile
So there’s an official Popeye YouTube channel. I’ve only just heard of it so I did a quick check. It’s mostly shorts from CBS’s All-New Popeye with the occasional classic short and an artcast feature called “Animinute”. (No sign of Popeye & Son and only a couple of classic shorts. No Sindbad The Sailor unfortunately. Now they’re planning to create brand new Popeye cartoons. Will they be any good, and will they be original or match one of the various theatrical shorts (either Fleischer or…was it UPA?). Personally I’d like to see Genndy Tartakovsky finally get his shot at the character. Maybe they can make that happen?
So we’re about halfway through the Dark Horse collection of the old He-Man newspaper comics. So far I’ve been enjoying them. While there have been some complaints (because nothing’s perfect) overall they are good stories. This month’s installment is going to deal with something even more dangerous and destructive than anything Skeletor could possibly plan. He-Man is about to face one of the biggest threats ever….TMZ!
Yep, a gossip reporter who wants to break stories whether they exist or not like “is Prince Adam marrying the princess he just happens to be going to a performance with because man and woman cannot be just friends don’t be silly” or “He-Man is so broke he has to help Evil-Lyn sell her cosmetics to live on”. Oh yeah, and Evil-Lyn is the Avon lady of doom now. You know, this story sounds weirder when you explain it than when I read it?
“When You Need An Extra Something”
WRITER: Chris Weber | ART/ORIGINAL LETTERER: Gerald Forton | COLORIST: Connie Schurr | EDITOR: Karen Willson
Transformers: All Hail Megatron #7
IDW Publishing (January, 2009)
WRITER: Shane McCarthy
ARTISTS: Guido Guidi & E.J. Su
COLORIST: Josh Burcham (assist by Benjamin Maier
SELECTED COVER ART: Trevor Hutchison
LETTERERS: Chris Mowry & Robbie Robbins
EDITOR: Denton J. Tipton
Add the BBC to the list of media companies using Twitch to stream shows instead of video game play. On May 29th they’ll be streaming the original Doctor Who. And it will be available outside of the UK, with a repeat of the day’s episodes for other countries.
Computers have offered us a huge advance in many arts. Less paper is really the only advantage to writing prose but when it comes to comics, cartoons, live-action, and naturally video games there are some good things digital art can bring us. I know it’s been a benefit to me and comic making. However, cel animation does have it’s advantages. It’s been mostly dropped because of the higher cost of cels (Japan partly switched to digital after cel creation became expensive) but it does offer a look and style you can’t replicate as well digitally. Every tool has a much advantage and disadvantage notations as the formats they’re used for.
YouTube creator “Mother’s Basement” takes a look at cel versus digital animation in anime to see how the Japanese animation style is both aided and hurt by the switch to digital. Note his catchphrase does have a swear in it but this one is otherwise clean.