BW Versus Screen Crush: No, Syndrome Is NOT A Hero!

The Incredibles is one of my favorite movies, but I’d be lying if I said it was perfect. There’s a reason I thought Big Hero 6 was a better superhero movie. When you think about it, it’s basically Watchmen for kids, which means it has a similar precedent and takes shots at some of the classic superhero tropes but is lighter in tone and actually celebrates superheroes. So I like it better, but there are some big issues I have with the movie.

  1. Solely from a superhero fan perspective, its trashing of capes.
  2. The rather weak reason the supers went into hiding, which is an article on its own.
  3. Where did the superVILLAINS go during all this time they would have been opposed only by regular cops?

But I still love the movie. It’s got great character, great action, CG’s pretty good for the time, and it’s just a lot of fun. I really want to see the sequel but my funds are still nonexistent. However, did anyone actually think Syndrome is secretly the hero of the movie and not the villain? Besides Syndrome of course. I didn’t until Ryan Arey of Screen Crush put out the following video trying to prove his case. And it’s not like he’s coming off as explaining Syndrome’s point of view or going into what made him. He states the case as if he honestly believes Syndrome is the hero. It should be noted that I don’t think too many people in the comments agreed with him. And after just finishing re-watching the movie, neither do I.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Transformers: All Hail Megatron #9

“Hey, you’re blocking my sun! I’m trying to tan here!”

Transformers: All Hail Megatron #9

IDW Publishing (March, 2009)

WRITER: Shane McCarthy

ARTISTS: Robert Deas & Emiliano Santalucia

COLORISTS: Josh Burcham & Robert Deas


LETTERER: Chris Mowry

EDITORS: Andy Schmidt & Denton J. Tipton

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BW’s Morning Comic Link: The New Zen Pencils

I’ve discussed the webcomic Zen Pencils before. Writer/cartoonist Gavin Aung Than sets inspirational quotes to comic stories living those quotes. Well, he’s opted with a new direction starting with this week’s strip, a longform story called “Little Warrior” based on one of the recurring shorts involving a girl learning martial arts. It looks good and I know he’s a good storyteller and artist. Give it a chance. Once I’ve seen more I might do a full article on it.

NerdSync Defends The Villain Monologue

Ah, the villain monologue, where the villain decides to tell the hero all about his evil scheme to gloat over his fallen foe, only for the hero to eventually stop his plan. There are people who look down on this exposition trope because they look down at everything that doesn’t align with their narrow, dark, depressing, grim and gritty perspective on the world. But thankfully NerdSync’s Scott Niswander isn’t one of those no-fun types and in this video defends the art of the villain monologue, using Syndrome from The Incredibles as his example.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Mega Morphs #2

“Hulk want to know who use Hulk’s body wash!”

Mega Morphs #2

Marvel (October, 2005)

“200 Tons Of Doom”

WRITER: Sean McKeever


INKER: Pat Davidson

COLORING: HiFi & Sotocolor


LETTERER: Dave Sharpe

EDITOR: John Barber

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BW’s Morning Article Link: So Not AT&T Time Warner

image source: Wikipedia

AT&T, the communications company that just bought Time Warner and it’s various brands (Time, Warner Brothers and it’s library as well as the Hanna-Barbera and Ruby Spears library, DC Comics & DC Entertainment, and various other multimedia outlets), has announced their new name, and I admit it’s a pretty good one. They are now WarnerMedia, although I do wonder why their name is fused that way. Why not Warner Media? Do they think it looks cooler? Asked the guy named ShadowWing, who is not, has never been, and probably never will be cool? Are they trying to look like a screenname? Actually, I want to see what the logo will look like. You know how I am about logos.

Advertising, The TV Series

And no, today’s villains won’t surrender for taco pies, either.

This morning we talked about Fox trying to make their ads more interesting by having sponsored stories of real people overcoming bad situations. I’m all for that, because we need more uplifting stuff. But while you’d think the next step would be the return of fully sponsored shows (which would still be impossible for local small businesses, the real victims of a lot of these attempts to alter advertising) there is another way. What about if the advertising was in itself content. We’ve seen wacky ads but what about ads that actually have something that people would come back to for the next chapter or a short adventure that people might tune in for. It’s been done. In kids advertising.

I know, parent groups hate when something is marketed to kids because kids are stupid and easy to manipulate and totally not because said parents don’t want to be asked to buy something while they’re not doing anything of real importance but I want you to hear me out on this one. What I’m going to be showing tonight are only inspirations for what could be done. See, while some of you out there in the universe look at something like He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe or Transformers and see shows meant to sell toys (while happily waiting for the next Mobile Suit Gundam series and not seeing the irony because that’s not how it started) even as a kid I saw “good, fun stories that happened to be based on a toyline instead of a book, comic, movie, or prime time TV show”. So when I would watch these ads below that’s also what I saw. Some of these things I never even bought (or asked my parents to) but the ads to me were little action shows while I waited to see how Turbo Teen was going to turn into a car while locked in a freezer or something. (I think that was a cliffhanger. Ad breaks cliffhangers are also part of what got me into being a storyteller myself, something to do during the commercials.) It helped that I also grew up with Schoolhouse Rock, basically an edutainment short that popped up in commercials but felt like just another cartoon. Let me show you the base ideas and then go into how Fox or others could use some fiction alongside the uplifting tales of overcoming adversity.

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