Showing posts from March, 2013

Omnicommentary #5: Designated Fight Time,Yo

For those familiar with my Twitter feed, I said these would be back next month.  Well, I'm home sick with a particularly weird thing, so I might as well do something halfway practical with my time.  Behold - the return of the Omnicommentaries!

Legionnaires #5: New Life, New Death!

Creative Team: Tom & Mary Bierbaum (writers); Chris Sprouse (artist); Karl Story (inker); Pat Brosseau (letterer); Tom McCraw (colorist); August 1993

Legion Roll Call: Andromeda; Apparition; Catspaw; Computo; Cosmic Boy; Ferro; Matter-Eater Lad; Shrinking Violet; and Ultra Boy.

Miscellaneous Notes: I have nowhere else to put this, but it's worth a mention.  Mile High Comics is opening another Mega-Store, now in Anaheim!  Rob Liefeld is appearing in person on June 25th, but that's not important.  No, what is important is that Jim Shooter is appearing on the 26th.  So let's travel back in time and see if we can convince him not to take the run on the Threeboot together, everyone.

Summary: Mc…

Terrible TV Time #3: Late Night Zombies

So apparently NBC is yet again trying to reinvigorate their late night shows by swapping out Leno on The Tonight Show again. Mark my words, even with a good lead-in, this will play out just like the Leno/Conan switch did. And I don't think Jimmy Fallon has the cult following that Coco does to go with him if he too is forced to leave. In fact, if he does badly, NBC may be forced to give real thought to canceling The Tonight Show altogether. It won't be Fallon's fault, though -it will be the fault of a zombie TV genre.

I am actually hard-pressed to find people my age who think the traditional monologue-music-and-guests late night format isn't tedious. I'm not the only one who DVRs Conan to breeze through the interviews or bands I don't care about, and the same goes for Craig Ferguson's show (who I personally find most interesting when he just decides to "get real" with his viewers). The big two late night shows are either nonentities (Leno'…

Ink and Paint: Magical Maidens

Two posts in as many days?  Yeah, I know, Satan's probably looking for the blankets right now.  But thanks to the very smart & insightful Jeff Harris on Twitter, I have another rambling train of thought to address:

"Speaking of that new Sailor Moon series, when are we going to see anything from it? A sketch, a publicity shot, anything? I know more about Ladybug than the new Sailor Moon, and they've been working on that for a couple of years." - Jeff "Nemalki" Harris

Once he said that, I realized he was right - I haven't heard anything about Toei's new Sailor Moon series since last year.  Usually, about now, you'd at least see ads or a one-minute preview making the rounds; after all, the series is supposed to air in May of this year.  Yet, Toei's been pretty silent.  But I have a theory.

Y'see, Toei is one of the biggest backers of a new international streaming service that's due to roll out called Daisuki.  I wouldn't be surpr…

Ink and Paint: On CN, Amethyst, and Action Comedy

There's a lot of stuff I want to write about: resuming the Omnicommentaries, some X-Nonsense stuff including an epic takedown of my personal least favorite X-run, and God knows what else.  But for now, I wanna do something immediate.

I wanna talk about the Amethyst shorts that became the only thing worth watching most mornings on DC Nation (lone exception being the Thunder & Lightning shorts).

These shorts were perfect - they told a set story, they managed to have likable characters with realistic growth, they made excellent use of their game theme, and they had an ending that doesn't preclude visiting this world again.  The designs were lovely, the writing sharp, the acting as well.  I watched each one and wished it was a series so I could see more of Amethyst & her world.

But then I remembered this was Cartoon Network we're talking about and got mad again.

Unless I hear that (a) this will have a sequel or (b) some of the other shorts will continue or show up, I a…