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    February 6, 2018 12:26 pm Are you sure you were not on a boat while listening? You could have been doing both.
    July 31, 2017 11:39 pm I'm one of those who ended up getting big into Robotech, and used it as a gateway into anime. Voltron was cool, but it didn't have the serialized story telling that Robotech had. I didn't read the new comic, but I did find a preview of the first few pages online, that combined with what you said on the podcast, I've gathered this is a reboot of the story from the beginning. I must say, as big a fan as I have been in the past, this preview did not breed much confidence, that preview dialogue was bad. Most of it was tweaked from the first episode, and it wasn't great back then. I'm guessing BW has his hands tied a bit with this adaptation. While the cartoon series was a cherished memory for 9 year old me, and 13/14 year old me really did enjoy the YA novelizations (co-written by Star Wars regulars Brian Daley and James Luceno) of the series, I'm willing to admit the whole thing did not age well. It is of the 80's, and can be remembered for nostalgia, but really doesn't need to be "updated" for a new generation. I actually think the story surrounding how it got brought to the US, and marketed. And the Love/Hate relationship fans have with the primary person who did that Carl Macek is more interesting to outsiders then the show itself. If you don't know the story, it's worth a quick look in Wikipedia. The gist of it is, is unlike most anime brought to the US now, Carl mashed up and rewrote a fair amount of 3 Japanese series, to get the episode count high enough to get good syndication deals. So, purists hate him for ruining the original art, but there are many people like me, who are more glad that he was able to introduce us to to the Japanese style cartoons. In my mind with out works like this being dubbed and rewritten for the US in the 1980's, you don't get shows like "Cowboy Bebop" and "Ghost in the Shell" in the 2000's. Side Note: When Robotech comics rebooted in the early 2000's (Via Wildstorm) it was the first, and for a brief time, the only thing on my pull list. I also have a few random Comico issues I found while searching the back issue boxes in the early 90's. So in a round about way Robetech is what led me to a revitalized interest in comic books, and that led me to discovering iFanboy.
    August 29, 2016 9:26 pm Thanks again, awesome show as most always. I listened on my long drive to work this morning. And came back to this page to try and find the info on the Original art holders. I was shocked... Shocked I say, ;-) to find your time line was about 20 minutes off of what the YouTube time line is. So those looking for the product they were talking about it is I don't have much original art, but I've been trying to figure out a good and easy way to display it, and this seems like a way more economical solution then the frame store. I like the stuff I do have and wish to share it, a Guillory, a Norton, and a Scalera, with a limited Cooke print (of James Bond). I think all will be getting this treatment, instead of keeping it in an acid free box as it is now.
    July 18, 2016 10:42 pm You really do need to the break the lights, lavs, and video cameras out of retirement and do a PSA about the epidemic. I'm sure you still have enough of the ear of the industry to stop this trope before it really gets wore out on it's own. You could even have interviews with artists and letterers about how the movement saved them from lazy writers. ;-) It might even make a good patreon intro video.
    May 27, 2016 12:44 am I don't think it would be too rude to mention in here a site that Cooke's family set up to raise a little bit of money for the Canadian Cancer Society. That link should work, but I know the guys have posted it on there respective twitter feeds as well.
    May 27, 2016 12:30 am Count me as one of those that has not read the comics, and this was my first real experience with the world. I knew a few facts from listening to the podcast over the years, but most of those I just remembered after seeing it (Cassidy being who he is, being one of them). I really enjoyed it. I didn't think it was difficult to follow, and thought it had a great pace to go along with the great main charcters, and good story. Yes there are things I don't know (mostly regarding the ball of light and the two strangers), but those seem like things left intentionally vague, and will be filled in as the story progresses. I think they used enough "Genre" shorthand to make sure you understood things like Cassidy pretty quickly. Not having read the books, I didn't realize the pace was slow. I thought it gave us time to get to know the charcters and setting, before really jumping in on the overall plot. I didn't mind that Jesse was brooding, and unconfident, except when he was fighting. It just gave him a certain personality, one that I didn't know was slightly different from the book. And I loved the way Tulip always had a plan, but it was usually a very random one. At first glance it could come off as luck, but it seemed to be more skill and knowledge. Now that I've spent a few days (hay it's only been out a few days) thinking about this, it almost feels more like a Neal Gaimen story then a Garth Ennis one, and maybe that is a pacing thing. But I'm a fan of that sort of slower burning story, so I don't mind. I'll keep watching that is for sure, and hope to enjoy the show as much as everyone else has enjoyed the graphic story. I am a little torn on if I should try and read the trades now, and get ahead, or just enjoy this take on that universe? As a base line I had read "Game of Thrones" before the show came out (but it took two tries, and still didn't love it, stopped after the 2nd book), but enjoy the series (I had a hard time with the graphic nature of the stories in the written form, but not as much in the visual form). Well anyway that was my take,
    July 1, 2015 2:30 am Three heads are better then two, especially when they have the comoridery you guys have. Welcome back Ron. Any more word on Darwyn's Revengance?
    October 13, 2014 5:41 pm I very much enjoyed Batman, but I have to say I could have used a few more one shots like last month before a big arc again. And as much as I liked the twist, I wish they had held out another year or two before bringing him back. Now since I saw the previews of the new Batgirl outfit I've thought that's a Steph outfit with a red wig, it just had her personality with it. And now that I've read the issue I feel the same. She is written much more like how Steph has been portrayed then how Barbara has. It is what it is, but that reworking going into the new 52 was a huge miss step for both those charcters, and probably the greatest tragedy to come out of it. I can't believe I think it's a greater tragedy for some one to get out of a wheel chair then to have been put in it to begin with, I'd feel bad about that if she wasn't fictional. ;-) Do you think the creators would mind if I collared her hair blond in my issue, and did a find and replace of Steph for Babs?
    August 12, 2014 9:28 pm There is just something about the summer memories of 12 year olds. It really is a unique and influential time. I'm basically the same age as Josh and Conner and have very vivid memories of that summer. Bear with a long bit of story time, or at least how I remember it. Where I grew up, I lived about 30 miles from the nearest movie theater, and at the time they only had a couple of screens, so we didn't go very often. I always thought that was a bit cool, because it meant "Going to the Movies" was a bit special when we did go. We didn't have air conditioning at the time, and so for several years we made it a bit of a family tradition to go see a movie on July 4th, since it was usually so hot out. in 1989 it was "Batman". The theater was only about 1/4 full, and we got decent seats. The intro with the fly around the bat symbol was awesome. At the time I knew who Batman was from pop culture, but I hadn't read any comics. So I was amazed they spent so much time with Bruce Wayne. I enjoyed the one liners, and the "New Batmobile", and fell for the story lines and plot devices. My Mother however was not as swayed. At the height of one of the key dramatic scenes, Batman is hanging off the ledge of a building the Joker standing above him, and my Mom starts chuckling at the absurdity of it all. I turn to her with my 12 year old innocence of not being jaded by decades of movie watching, and ask her "What are you laughing at ?". Before she can respond, Jack Nicholson's Joker turns to a gargoyle and asks "What you laughing at ?". Both my Mom and me start belly laughing, to the confusion of just about everyone else in the theater, including my 10 year old Sister. We got it together a little while later, and made it through the rest of the movie, but from that point on it was broken to me. The 4th wall came tumbling down, and I could never take that movie seriously again. Later that summer I remember having a serious (at least for 12 year olds) discussion with my best friend about the movie, and how it had taken over pop culture that summer. I was convinced (and still am) that the movie was OK, but the reason it made such a splash was because we were hungry for a super hero movie, any super hero movie. There hadn't been any in a while (6 years if you don't count Superman IV), and Marvel hadn't done any of note yet. Warner capitalized at the right time with the right summer movie. He thought it was because it was a really good movie. I'll let history decide who won that one. OK after I wrote that story I checked out what movies came out in 1989, dang there are some good ones. And I must confess I think I went to the theater more then a few times that summer, funny how memory works. I know I saw "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" on the Thursday night it came out, since it was my birthday (that was a really big deal since it was a school night). And I also remember seeing "License to Kill", "Honey I shrunk the Kids", "Field of Dreams", "Star Trek V", and a film I had completely forgotten about "Cheetah" in the theater that summer. Between that and the movies that came out that year that I eventually saw on video tape, I'd call that the most influential year of movies on my life. Thanks for letting me share, John