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    September 22, 2017 5:58 am I feel like The Tick is a very "Jr. High" thing. In Jr. High, you're first starting to become aware of "society". You're starting to understand that people are weird and that society is weird. So the idea of this very familiar thing, superheroes, poking fun at "society" is very appealing and very funny. The problem is, I think, like most groundbreaking art, everything is "The Tick" now. Every movie that comes out now has jokes about how superheroes are weird, quirky normal people. I don't know if there's room for The Tick anymore. I feel like most of the stuff that seemed novel in the 90s is pretty wrote now. (I only ever really saw the Cartoon. I never read the comics, although I'm aware of them.)
    September 21, 2017 6:06 pm I think people kind of forget how Timm and Dini started out in cartoon-ass cartoons. That kind of thing doesn't exist any longer, but I can see the people from that age still want to live there from time to time.
    September 21, 2017 5:50 am I looked up some pages from Star Wars to see what you guys were talking about regarding Larocca's faces. You're right. They do look weird. In analyzing it, I think the main problem is that Larocca "inks" his art. That is to say, he draws bold black lines to alias objects. But for whatever reason, he's NOT doing that to the faces. I think it's because, since he's tracing the faces, he doesn't really know what lines to draw and what lines not to draw. So he is just fully drawing out the faces as one would if they were a portrait artist. The problem with the colors in the faces is that they are not being colorer properly. They are being colored as a "Face" with "flesh tones", but they are not being colored as though they exist in the same room with the rest of the scene. Light is bouncing all around a scene at all times. A face is reflecting all sorts of tones from the room that the face is currently standing in. If they are in, say, an Imepieral Detention center, the face would be picking up and reflecting lots of warm colors like reds and oranges. If they are on, say, Hoth, the face would be picking up and reflecting lots of blues. When watching a film, the eye makes the adjustments to see flesh colors as being normal. But when you look at the colors independently, you realize that there isn't really any one set of "flesh colors" that will work in all scenarios. Long story short, it's why tracing doesn't work as well as one would think. There's no shortcut to talent. It just takes hard work. But to support Larocca, I have to say that I enjoy the attempt to get the characters to look like themselves. It really helps my enjoyment of the Star Wars books. or at least it did before I realized that I don't really want new, endless adventures of Han and Luke.
    August 28, 2017 9:56 am Shield lost me. The first season started out awful, but by the end was legitimately awesome. Then the beginning of the second season was outstanding. But by the end of the second season and the beginning of the third season, they had completely jumped the shark. It felt aimless and rudderless. They never knew what to do. They would stumble across a great idea, and then bizarrely surrender it all for no good reason. Like, for instance, getting rid of Mockingbird and whatshisname. I can't blame them fully, though. The audience is a big part of the problem. The show works best when it's a spy show. But people who see "Marvel" think it should have superheroes, and so they are under constant pressure to do that in a weekly show with a limited budget. Thus the whole Inhumans arc, which was all just bad. In my opinion, anyways. Although I do have to hand it to them, the scene where Lincoln and the villain are in space about to blow up, and they have that poignant moment together was actually extremely good. It was BIZARRE, and somewhat of a joke because of how much people hated Lincoln, but it was a neat bit of writing.
    August 28, 2017 9:50 am I don't understand why they couldn't have just had Iron Fist take Matt's makeshift mask when he changes into his costume. Just go "Here, gimme that. I should wear a mask too." and BOOM. Iron Fist has his mask and is a step closer to his actual costume. The whole problem with comic book adaptations is that people forget that a huge reason why kids were attracted to comic books in the first place, and why they like one hero over another, is COSTUMES. We like the pageantry of it. And 1/2 of the reason anybody likes Iron Fist is because of his cool costumes.
    August 4, 2017 5:01 am "There's a lot of cool scenes with motorcycles in this film..." The scene where Bruce punches a guy off a motorcycle in weird-slow motion is directly ripped off of the anime Akira. That's why it's in there and why it feels a little odd. Time would do a similar thing in Batman Beyond Return OF The Joker when he steals the satellite laser scene from Akira.
    June 3, 2017 3:23 pm Slow down? Why? For stupid people? Listening to people talk slowly is like nails on a chalkboard to me.
    April 9, 2017 10:45 pm I agree 100% that what is wrong with Marvel is Alonzo, and that is shocking to me. When he was coming up, he was the cool maverick editor at Marvel. Once he became EIC, though, he basically seems to make poor decision after poor decision. I think he thinks that he is taking comics back to their subversive roots, but NOTHING they are doing is working for me.
    February 13, 2017 6:16 am I find your comment to be so interesting because of where you think the influences for the show come from. I would agree with your argument that elements of the show are derivative of other things, but I would come up with a COMPLETELY different list of where the things come from. The narration, I think, is pulled from American Beauty. At one point Jughead even uses the line "look closer", which was a tagline for that film. The entire film of American Beauty is told in that dramatic narration of past events that always manages to foreshadow that something worse is right around the corner and that the events don't end well. (This game narration style was used in Tom King's "The Vision") As for the other plot elements, the overall tone of the film and the murder seems to be ripped directly from Twin Peaks, which is not a bad thing. I grew up in the late 80s and 90s so most of my childhood was spent watching shows that were derivative of Twin Peaks. Riverdale feels like a warm old blanket, in that regard. Most of the character backstories seem to be taken right from Dawson's Creek, the premier WB/CW teen drama. Veronica is a party girl from the big city who is slumming it with locals ala Jen from Dawson's Creek. The "Betty is in love with Archie but he has eyes for Veronica" is akin to the Joey, Dawson, Jenn love triangle of that shows first season. The teenager in a relationship with a teacher plot is straight out of Season 1 of Dawson's creek, except that storyline was reserved for a secondary character. As for the football player being secretly gay... that's a well worn plot line from many, many dramas. Dawson's Creek being one.
    December 27, 2016 7:14 pm There are absolutely a lot of idiots who say that The Force Awakens is full of plot holes. But there are also a lot of idiots who don't know what plot holes are. The internet at large thinks a plot hole is when the characters in a film do something stupid or something they don't like. That's not a plot hole.