“Yesterday’s” Graphic Novel> Star Trek: Voyager–False Colors

Two photo covers in a row. Wish I could reuse the same joke.

Star Trek: Voyager–False Colors

WildStorm (January, 2000)

WRITER: Nathan Archer

PENCILER: Jeffrey Moy

BACKGROUND ASSISTS: Philip Moy

INKER: W.C. Carani

COLORS: WildStorm FX

LETTERER: Ryan Cline

SELECTED PHOTO COVER: Alex Sinclair

EDITOR: Jeff Mariotte

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BW’s Daily Video: What If Filmation Made Star Trek: Voyager

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I also posted their similar video with Star Trek: The Next Generation, only that one had a behind the scenes. I imagine the process was the same.

Explaining Saturday Morning Cartoons To James Rolfe

Ahh, Saturday mornings. There was a magic to that period when you were a TV-watching kid. Monday through Friday you had to fight the parents for TV. Mom had her soaps, Dad hadn’t come home from work yet but you know he’d put on the news or something equally boring. There were shows for you to watch but it wasn’t really “your time”. You came home from school and had homework to do, possibly chores, and then once dad was home (granted we’re talking typical because every home and family structure was of course different, especially if you were old enough that mom could go back to work if she chose) no more TV. It’s to the dinner table where TV wasn’t allowed, maybe some family bonding programming, and then to bed to do it all over again.

Saturday was different. No school in the morning so maybe you got to stay up a little later on Friday night but Saturday TV was your time…when you didn’t have the vacuum cleaner going over it. (Mom really didn’t remember when she was a kid.) From 8-12 TV was all you. The parent stuff was boring even to parents, sports wasn’t coming on until the afternoon, and you could talk mom out of kicking you outside to play until after lunch…later if it was raining. No, Sat AM TV was YOUR time. The shows were for you, the distractions smaller because even if you didn’t do your homework on Friday you could always do it on Sunday. Saturday morning was your TV time. If you wanted action shows or comedy, cartoons or the occasional live action bit, there was something for you at least once during that morning.

And then it died.

What did kill Saturday morning? Just today James Rolfe of Cinemassacre posted a video talking about Saturday morning television and why it stopped being made. However, I don’t think he quite understood how it all worked, like the difference between Saturday Morning Cartoons and Syndicated Cartoons, or the other reasons SatAM died beyond the one he gave. So let’s watch his video, because it’s still interesting, and then I’ll try to fill in the blanks.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Spider-Man: The Manga #27

Can Peter Parker save Yu Komori from the horrors of bad 1990s comic art?

Spider-Man: The Manga #27

Marvel Comics (March, 1999)

WRITER/ARTIST: Ryochi Ikegami

TRANSLATION: Mutsumi Masuda

RETOUCH/PRODUCTION: Dano Ink Studios

COVER ART: Joe Madureira & Tom McWeeney

COVER COLORIST: Jeromy Cox

EDITOR: Dan Nakrosis

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BW’s Daily Video: 10 Mind-Blowing Batman: The Animated Series Facts

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Chapter By Chapter> Tekwar chapter 10

Chapter By Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at a 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.

I just noticed that there’s a pull quote on the cover from Publisher’s Weekly…I mean, I knew it was there but I didn’t really look at it until today given what it says: “The pace is unrelenting.” Yeah. The definition I looked up gave me two possibles: “not yielding in strength, severity, or determination”, which given that the pace of the story itself has been slowed by worldbuilding and showing off this is The Future amuses me, and “(of a person or their behavior) not giving way to kindness or compassion”, and while I’ve had worse part of me thinks this is what the reviewer had in mind. To be sure I looked to see if they put the review online, which they did for the original hardcover. The one for the paperback is just a truncated version of this one. It’s short and for some reason has an extra “r” but here it is:

Some of Shatner’s projections are likely (newspapers and magazines published by fax), some are improbable (androids so human-like that most people can’t tell the difference) and some are the same old thing (a missing scientist with the standard-issue beautiful daughter).

Well, given many people get their news from a website rather than fax we actually outpaced the future, roboticists are trying to make those kinds of androids (which worries me), and that plot does get used quite a bit. The last time we saw it here the daughter and the scientist were evil and menacing the cyborg version of the Three Stooges. This is the line the pull quote comes from.

While the writing is awkward in spots, the pace is unrelenting.

I’ve found the pace rather slow thus far, though last chapter it at least was starting to find a balance between the worldbuilding and story. Now the story needs to overtake the worldbuilding and just be the parts that matter. Let’s see if it makes waves in that direction this chapter.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Robotech: Clone #4

You’d think after meeting real space aliens they wouldn’t get E.T. wrong.

Robotech: Clone #4

Academy Comics, Ltd (April, 1995)

“The Dialect Of Duality” part 5

WRITER: Rosearik Rikki

ARTIST: Tavisha Wolfgarth

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