Today’s Comic> MASK #1 (IDW)

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If only the comic invoked the nostalgia its cover does.

MASK #1

IDW Publishing (November, 2016)

WRITER: Brandon Easton

ARTIST: Tony Vargas

COLORIST: Jordi Escuin

SELECTED COVER ART: Tommy Lee Edwards

LETTERER: Gilbert Lazcano

EDITOR: David Hedgecock

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Scanning My Collection> Batman: Digital Justice

Scanning My Collection logo

The world is an ever-changing place. Some are good and some are bad. Thus is the way of things. For example, I was a kid when video games became popular and we even had an arcade in walking distance (at a time when parents didn’t freak if their kid left the yard…if they’re even that “brave”). I was a kid when home video game consoles were first being sold in stores, from the Odyssey II to the Atari 2600. I was a kid when home computers were first marketed to homes. My cousin had a Commodore Vic 20, my friend has the same kind of TRS-80 that was in the corner of our homeroom in school, and my dad eventually bought an Atari 800 where my mom schooled us in Ms. Pac-Man.

This morning I took a walk since it’s good for my recovery and it’s unusually warm today. (It should be back to normal by the weekend.) In a case strapped to my belt was a device that was more powerful than all of those machines, can do everything those old machines can do and more, and was thinner than the manual for any of those devices. We are all now more connected than ever thanks to data plans, wi-fi, texting, and that rare moment someone actually makes a phone call. I still remember one day when I walked past someone talking to a friend on her cell phone in the days before smart phones, walked a little ways down and saw her friend as they were trying to find each other. (Of course I pointed her in the right direction. It still makes me laugh.) But in the days when the internet was just starting to exist and required a separate service that would tie up your telephone, people were still worried about what this brave new world would be like. Some people are afraid of it now as there are those who are more than willing to cause you harm in one form or another for their own benefit and amusement.

1990’s Batman: Digital Justice is a combination of Tron and Blade Runner, a predecessor or early contemporary of the rising “cyberpunk” movement of science fiction, where man and machine fought for control. And technology even played a part in its creation. While characters are drawn on the computer (long before programs were actually designed to make comics on the computer), 3D modelling was used for backgrounds and other imagery. It followed on the heels of Marvel’s gimmick of using a computer to create a comic, 1987’s Iron Man: Crash. While I have never read that comic, this one is more Tron that what I’ve read about it, while set in a computer-controlled Gotham City. But does Digital Justice go beyond the gimmick? Yes…until things get weird.

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“Darn static electricity. Why did I buy this carpet?”

Batman: Digital Justice

DC Comics (1990)

WRITER/ARITST: Pepe Moreno

DIALOG: Doug Murray

ADDITIONAL DESIGN: Javier Romero

ART ASSISTANT: Bob Fingerman

PRE-PRESS: Anaya Systems

ANAYA PROGRAMMER: Vincete Sosa

The closest I could come to finding a computer drawing program called Anaya was a plug-in for Photoshop whose website hasn’t been updated since 2008. I know he made this on a Mac II. Computer geeks would find the full stats interesting, but there are better computer programs released for free now while most of the comic creators I know split between Photoshop and Clip Studio Paint (formerly under the more fitting name Manga Studio). But you’re here for a comic review, not a computer/art geek lesson.

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BW’s “Yesterday’s” Comic> Oh My Goddess! Part V #2

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This is my problem with manga covers. I do anything with them because they’re just poster art.

Oh My Goddess! Part V #2

Dark Horse (October, 1997),

originally published by Kodansha, LTD, adapted into English by Studio Proteus

“The Lunchbox Of Love”

WRITER/ARTIST: Kosuke Fujishima

TRANSLATORS: Dana Lewis & Toren Smith

TOUCH-UP ART/LETTERERS: Susie Lee & PC Orz

DESIGN: Amy Arendts

EDITOR: Dave Chipps

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BW’s Morning Article Link: A Nightwing Movie?

Nightwing from The New Batman Adventures. Art ...

Nightwing from The New Batman Adventures. Art by Bruce Timm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Look, I haven’t been discussing the DCEU (why “expanded” instead of “cinematic” like Marvel, even though Marvel’s extends to TV and the internet?) movies because after Man Of Steel and all I’ve heard about Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Wasted Time I just don’t care anymore, curious as I am to see the Wonder Woman and Justice League movies. The DCEU is every the MCU isn’t and that’s a bad thing because the MCU comes off more like DC Comics than DC did before the Rebirth, and the movies are still messing it up.

However, Warner Brothers still thinks they can salvage a train wreck without fixing the rails. They’re producing a Nightwing movie. How? They haven’t even had Robin yet in the movieverse. They’re also going with the director of The LEGO Batman Movie, which is an odd choice given the tone the DCEU is going with.

“Yesterday’s” Comic> NiGHTS Into Dreams #3

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“Check out my invisible clarinet!”

NiGHTS Into Dreams #3

FINAL ISSUE

Archie Comics (April, 1998)

“Flight To The Finish”

PLOT: Dan Slott

WRITER/COLORIST: Karl Bollers

PENCILERS: Pat Spaz & Marry Galan

INKER: Harvo

LETTERER: Jeff Powell

EDITOR: J. Freddy Gabrie

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The Cast Of The NeverEnding Story Today

If you can't draw yourself riding Falcor why are you drawing at all?

If you can’t draw yourself riding Falcor why are you drawing at all?

Longtime readers know The NeverEnding Story is my all-time favorite movie. Seeing it on the big screen during a ConnectiCon was worth getting up in the middle of the night, going from my hotel (which was across the bridge) and over to Spotlight Theater in Hartford to see it was well worth losing sleep, and luckily didn’t affect my performance or driving home on Sunday. I went right back to bed the moment I returned to my hotel after the movie, happy to finally see it in a theater.

We know what became of Noah Hathaway and Alan Oppenheimer thanks to their panel and Hathaway’s press junket, but what about the other stars? I came across a video by YouTube channel Looper that has the answer.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Transformers: The Movie (Marvel version re-post)

To compare the two adaptations, here’s what the second issue of Marvel’s adaptation was doing.

Transformers The Movie #2

Remember to have your Sharkticons spayed or neutered.

Transformers: The Movie #2

Marvel (January, 1987)

“Judgement Day!”
ADAPTATION: Ralph Macchio
BREAKDOWNS: Don Perlin
FINISHES: Ian Akin & Brian Garvey
COLORIST: Nel Yomtov
LETTERER: Janice Chiang
EDITOR: Bob Budiansky

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