BW’s Morning Article Link: When Ads Are The Content

Like it or not, TV networks need advertising dollars to stay in business and businesses need ads to promote their products and services, especially small businesses who need that local ad break time to reach potential customers. But as Millennials are perceived as hating advertising of any kind networks are trying to come up with new ways to bridge the gap. Fox’s latest plan are sponsored stories of overcoming adversity. Making the advertisements into actual content may be the way to go. It worked when I was a kid. I’ll explain that one tonight.

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Chapter By Chapter: The Death And Life Of Superman ch. 14

Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.

You know, I’m just not in the mood to discuss death and mourning like I have been. Death is a part of life. It’s unavoidable, whether we die of natural or unnatural causes. (Or in the DC universe possibly supernatural.) Mourning is also important. It helps us to accept that death has happened, that someone we love and care about is no longer with us and our lives have to go on. And yet at some point we do have to go on. This may be an opening better served in the third arc, but you can focus too much on death that you never really live.

Take Batman for example. Actually, first take Spider-Man. Peter Parker became Spider-Man due to an accident but didn’t really become a hero until his uncle died. He also lost his fiance, which sent him into an emotional spiral for a while, but he ended up finding someone else, marrying (though Marvel wants to forget that–TOO BAD!), and living his life. Bruce Wayne on the other hand never really did. He had Alfred and later the various Robins and Batgirls to pull him from the edge (although some writers want to keep pushing him towards that edge), but the “millionaire playboy” persona is just an act, a way to help Gotham in ways a costumed vigilante can’t and to fund said costumed vigilante’s activities. But even in his purest incarnations, not too far over the edge that he’s dangerous to himself as well as others but not so far over that his adventures are downright silly (well, maybe a little silly on occasion to break up the tension) Batman is the “real” identity, an obsession of a boy who couldn’t save his parents to try to keep other children from suffering the same tragedy. Crimes that mirror his own victimhood tend to bother him more than any other because it’s more personal. He never can find love except with someone just as obsessed as he is or at least willing to accept that part of him. Really I don’t see this upcoming marriage to Selina going well. I could be wrong, since it worked in an alternate reality or two.

But right now this book is still in the grieving chapter, as characters come together to deal with their loss. The body is buried but the man who used to inhabit it was already gone. So….what now?

Chapter 14: Funeral For A Friend part 4

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Steel #39

This is so cool that it… never actually happens in the comic. That makes me sad.

Steel #39

DC Comics (June, 1997)

“Crash”

WRITER: Christopher Priest

LAYOUTS: Denys Cowan

FINISHES: Tom Palmer

COLORIST: Stu Chaifetz

LETTERER: Pat Brosseau

ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Ruben Diaz

EDITOR: Frank Pittarese

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BW Morning Article Link: The Dark Knight “Sitcom”

The Joker as he appears in the show bible for Batman: The Animated Series.

Here’s an interesting little experiment for you. What happens if you take a scene from the very serious Batman flick The Dark Knight and toss in a laugh track? Here’s an old Entertainment Weekly article with the answer.

Jake & Leon #368: Partial Upgrade

They added the features you wanted and you didn’t have to pay. You just can’t use them although they were in the last version.

I love Clip Studio Paint, and now that I’m digitally drawing as well as the old-fashioned method it serves me well. However I’ve been having some trouble with putting it on my older laptop. I understand that later programs bring about new features that might need more advanced software, including the operating system. However, the problem I’m currently having does not happen with the same feature in Manga Studio 5. It was a free upgrade to Clip Studio and it works okay on my other computer with a slightly later operating system, but that leads to layout problems. I was going to go into more detail for The Clutter Reports this week but surprise events foiled that, so this week’s project was more email clearing. I hope to have some work around solutions but the laptop also gets really warm and that’s not Clip Studio’s fault. Still I have the option in my drawing corner.

I’ve got another Versus article coming this week, but I need to watch the movie in question to refresh my memory before I can properly respond. BW’s Best FNF continues, but that’s all I have to report. I know what I want to write about but we’ll see if I can get to any of it.

Saturday Night Showcase: Big Hero Six The Series

So it turns out the episode up on Disney’s YouTube channel isn’t “Baymax Returns”, the hour-long episode that shows how the end credit to Big Hero Six the movie took place. You know, where Baymax was brought back (hence the episode name) and the team became the city’s crimefighters, while also taking on the name Big Hero 6. It’s a good story and I recommend it. However, I can show you the first actual episode as the team takes on their first supervillains.

For those you who missed the movie, or my Finally Watched reviewBig Hero 6 takes the name and not much else from the Marvel comics Japanese superhero team. Instead we find ourselves in the future city of San Fransokyo, a strange but visually interesting merging of San Francisco and Tokyo. In the episode “Issue 188” the team deals with a mother/daughter villain team who treats crime as a rock performance while Hiro has to deal with being forced to make friends with the only other gifted teenager on campus. And yes, the dean is introduced in “Baymax Returns”.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Batman: Gotham Adventures #14

“Trash my book, will you?” (No, really, that’s the plot.)

Batman: Gotham Adventures #14

DC Comics (July, 1999)

“Masks Of Love: A Harley Quinn Romance”

WRITER: Ty Templeton

PENCILER: Craig Rosseau

INKER: Stan Woch

COLORIST: Lee Loughridge

LETTERER: Tim Harkins

ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Joseph Illidge

EDITOR: Darren Vincenzo

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