Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Dragon Ball Multiverse

You're viewing the these images and thinking to yourself "I've never seen that stuff happen in the Dragon Ball manga!" Well you're right, you haven't. No it isn't a new work by DB creator Akira Toriyama, but it's the work of Gogeta Jr. and Salagir, two harcore DB fans. Dragon Ball Multiverse is a fan manga, taking place 20 years after the events of of Dragon Ball Z.

DBM is an excellent fan made manga. I should know, I just spent the alst hour and a half reading the first 119 pages. The art is so close to Toriyama-san's that you'd almost think he drew this himself. The manga is filled with many of the over the top DB fighting elements you've come to expect from anything baring the DB name.

As the title suggests, there are multiple universes in this manga, meaning there's more than one Goku, Vegeta, etc. It can be confusing at first but once you start reading, you'll get to sucked into to care about keeping track of who is from where.

For my money, this is easily one of the best fan projects to ever come out of DB. If you're a fan, you definitely need to check out DBM. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Monday, May 25, 2009

The Spider-Marriage is Back in the Strip

That's right, marriage fans! No longer a "swinging single," the Spider-Man newspaper strip seems to have pulled a Dallas, except this time, no one is really upset about it. Only a matter of time before it gets restored in the main Marvel comic line. Bet it.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Puny Parker is Amazing!

Written and illustrated by Victor Cafaggi, The Amazing Adventures of Puny Parker is a web comic that taxes elements from Peanuts and mixes them up with Spider-Man. The art is cute, the writing is funny and there are all kinds of nods to various Spidey mediums. Some jokes will will go over your head if you're not a Spidey fan, but for everyone else, this is a very pleasant read.

You can check out the strip at Victor Cafaggi's blog.

R.I.P Mickey Mouse

In case you haven't heard, Wayne Allwine, the voice actor of Mickey Mouse passed away at the age of 62. He had been voice the world's most famous mouse since 1977. The original voice actor for Mickey was Walt Disney himself. Allwine's imitation of Disney's voice was spot on. Most of the the Mickey Mouse cartoons I've seen were voiced by Allwine. 'Tis a sad day in cartoon history. R.I.P, Wayne Allwine.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Are Comics Returning to the Silver Age?

I read a very interesting post at one of my regular hang outs and it got me thinking. I've copied it here because the original poster sums it up far better than I could.

"Ok, these days we've been seeing a lot of comebacks lately. Infinite Crisis. Hal Jordan as Green Lantern. The Phantom Zone villains, Braniac and a whole boat of Kryptonians in Superman. All of that bullshit Grant Morrison found at the bottom of the barrel to make Batman R.I.P and Final Crisis to begin with. Marvel putting Spidey back to what he was in the 70's, Tony in the old Iron Man armor, Secret Invasion, The Marvel Space Titles and etc, etc.

Now we have Barry Allen, the Silver Age Flash, coming back. Geoff Johns plans to do with Allen what he did to Jordan and remind us how cool he is. But unlike Jordan, who I hated until Johnss re-introduced him, the only thing re reminded was how cool the OTHER Flashes are than Allen. Yes, even the Golden Age Flash is cooler than Allen. Everyone knows how awesome Wally West is, and even Bart ALlen, Kid Flash, states outright, that people are making a big deal out of Barry's return

Allen is such a nancy boy, he finally comes back to life to be with his loved ones, first thing he thinks is: "I shouldn't be here, it must be a fluke. Anyday I can be dead again, need to get back to work and be a hero." The reason for his longtime partnership with Jordan: "I thought he was an arrogant sob who is a perverted jock maniac but then I found out he was a cop, meaning he was a figure of authority. And I respect those, so he cool". Look I didn't like Jordan, but all of the stuff Allen though was bad I think was cool! He hates all evil, so forget about him being cool with the Rouges (who are always have this ghetto type respect for the Flash and vice versa) And I've seen in other stories how much as a naggy tight ass dork he is. I'll go on record to say SUPERMAN has more balls and machismo than this guy and he's the boy scout, he sucks!!

And they want this guy to replace the more interesting, funnier, cooler Flash of 3 decades, Wally West, simply cause Wets has kids now and...he was the Silver Age Flash, so yo gotta give him props. Bullshit.

This whole nostalgia wave has been going for a while now but none so more than in comics, where it appears more and more obvious they want to go back in time to a more iconic time, which is pleasing a bunch of fanboys who are now editors, writers, artists, movie directors and all sort of big figures in the industry, but are alienating the much younger fans (80's-2K fans like me) and the newbies who's only exposure to the characters are through other mediums (games, television, movies).

Marvel did a retarded mini-series "X-Fernus" simply to bring back the New Mutants, when they can't get their Young X-Men to act right. DC has another Titans series dedicated to the old Titans (the ones from the cartoons plus Wally and Donna Troy) for no other reason but nostaligia, but they can't get their other two Titans series straight. Damien, Batman's illegitimate son, is getting groomed to become Robin, simply to indulge Grant Morrison's desire to return Batman and Robin to the cheezy era of the 60's (I swear that idiot is Joel Shumacher in disguise!!), leaving the poor other Robins out in the street looking for food and shelter Meanwhile, unless they're gonna be in a movie, creative people don't wanna touch characters like Gambit, Kyle Rayner, Azreal, Bane, Carnage, Onslaught, Danny Ketch and other cool character from the modern era, but they flock at whatever golden and silver age relic they can get their hands on cause they influenced their childhood.

When is enough is enough, is there really such a thing as too much nostalgia?"

-Elf With SillyHat

The writers of the comics are fans of the days gone by. No matter how you slice it, fanboys are running the show in comics. I'm not saying it's all gonna return to the 1970s in comics, but the imitations of past eras is more than present in a few of today's comics, Amazing Spider-Man being a big example. There are honestly times I feel comic writers are so focused on making their stories like that of past writers that they forget about trying to tell an new or interesting tale.

I love the comics industry, really I do, but I'd love for writers to take some risks. "But Batman and Captain America were killed! That's taking a huge risk!" Uh, no. They died comic book deaths. Both of them will be back. Bet it.

For every writer that is willing to try something new, I think far too many are stuck on playing it safe, which means things will grow stale. I'm a gamer from the old-school, but there comes a time, in comcis especially, where you've gotta stop living in the past.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Quickly, Robin! To Wayne Manor!

The Batcave? Pff. Old hat. It's all about Wayne Manor, home to the delightful Batman and Sons web-comic. This may very well be the only place on the net where you can see Batman as a father to Dick Grayson (the original Robin), Jason Todd (the second Robin), Time Drake (the third and current Robin), and Terry McGinnis (Batman Beyond). Let me repeat that. Batman. As a father. Parenting all three Robins and the future Batman. Go. NOW!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

IGN's 100 Best Animated Shows

1. The Simpsons (1989)
2. Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
3. Looney Tunes (1930)
4. South Park (1997)
5. Beavis and Butt-head (1993)
6. The Tick (1994)
7. Family Guy (1999)
8. Futurama (1999)
8. The Flintstones (1960)
10. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)

11. The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (1959)
12. The Ren and Stimpy Show (1991)
13. X-Men (1992)
14. Cowboy Bebop (1998)
15. Spongebob Squarepants (1999)
16. The Maxx (1995)
17. Animaniacs (1993)
18. DuckTales (1987)
19. G.I. Joe (1985)
20. Justice League Unlimited (2001)

21. Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003)
22. The Real Ghostbusters (1986)
23. Transformers (1984)
24. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969)
25. Robot Chicken (2005)
26. The Critic (1994)
27. King of the Hill (1997)
28. Home Movies (1999)
29. Speed Racer (1967)
30. The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008)

31. Muppet Babies (1984)
32. Liquid Television (1991)
33. Schoolhouse Rock (1972)
34. Robotech (1985)
35. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005)
36. Superman: The Animated Series (1996)
37. Space Ghost Coast to Coast (1994)
38. Naruto (2002)
39. Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2000)
40. Batman Beyond (1999)

41. Tiny Toon Adventures (1990)
42. The Powerpuff Girls (1998)
43. Samurai Jack (2001)
44. Battle of the Planets (1978)
45. Gargoyles (1994)
46. The Jetsons (1962)
47. Pinky and the Brain (1995)
48. Duckman (1994)
49. ThunderCats (1985)
50. SuperFriends (1973)

51. Death Note (2006)
52. Galaxy High (1986)
53. Freakazoid (1995)
54. Inspector Gadget (1983)
55. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)
56. The Venture Bros. (2003)
57. Invader ZIM (2001)
58. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983)
59. Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981)
60. Chip 'N Dale Rescue Rangers (1989)

61. Count Duckula (1988)
62. Danger Mouse (1981)
63. The Huckleberry Hound Show (1958)
64. Dungeons & Dragons (1983)
65. Todd McFarlane's Spawn (1997)
66. Tom and Jerry (1940)
67. The Pink Panther Show (1969)
68. Popeye (1933)
69. Mighty Mouse (1944)
70. Pokemon (1997)

71. Johnny Bravo (1997)
72. Dexter's Laboratory (1996)
73. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (1995)
74. Underdog (1964)
75. Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (1995)
76. Voltron: Defender of the Universe (1984)
77. Jonny Quest (1964)
78. Dragon Ball Z (1989)
79. Sealab 2021 (2000)
80. Alvin and the Chipmunks (1983)

81. TaleSpin (1990)
82. Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972)
83. Teen Titans (2003)
84. Spider-Man (1994)
85. Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends (2004)
86. Astro Boy (1963)
87. Frisky Dingo (2006)
88. The Woody Woodpecker Show (1957)
89. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
90. Afro Samuarai (2007)

91. Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (2000)
92. Rugrats (1991)
93. Darkwing Duck (1991)
94. The Boondocks (2005)
95. Fullmetal Alchemist (2004)
96. Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973)
97. The Smurfs (1981)
98. Clerks (2000)
99. MASK (1985)
100. Josie and the Pussycats (1970)

If you want to read into it further, click here.

There's a lot many won't agree with but I am glad many of my favorite shows made the list.