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This Thursday, I will be in Atlanta, GA, attending Anime Weekend Atlanta. AWA is an anime/manga convention and one of the biggest in the United States. In past years, I saw previews to/full-length episodes of fabled Toonami original anime IGPX, the English dub to my favorite series Claymore, and the dark and violent Rin. I saw the first installment of the 20th Century Boys film trilogy. I was at the panel where Cartoon Network representatives announced Toonami’s death while plugging Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I saw a feature-length AMV (aka AMV Hell 3). I also bought lots of stuff and took pictures, so there’s that. And, if you’ve been following me for some time, it was the con where I got those chibi Rei and Asuka plushies in piggy onesies. Because if I didn’t have a piece of Evangelion merchandise that completely missed the point of the series, then I am not a true anime fan in my eye.

From my first post in February 2011.

This year’s con has a nice selection of guests, including Ryo Horikawa (the voice of Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z), Johnny Yong Bosch (Bleach, Eureka Seven, Power Rangers), Trini Nishimura (Luna in Casshern Sins), Ayumi Kino (e-manga Magical Dreamers), Tim Eldred (storyboard artist for Avengers: EMH & Batman: The Brave And The Bold,, and visual-kei band heidi. The panels appear to be filled with variety, including those devoted to Japanese religion, a Pokemon vs Digimon debate, a “Fanfic or Fact?” Q&A involving Gundam Wing, two panels devoted to indie game series Touhou Project, and even a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic panel for some strange reason. There will also be the world premiere of the new Mass Effect anime movie, Paragon Lost, along with the dub debuts of Level E and Hellsing Ultimate Volume 5. And I will be there. Tweeting it to the best of my abilities. (more…)


Honestly, I thought I would put this out early. Thought wrong and turns out I am lazier than Racattack. Well, either way, here is the first of an experimental new ScratchCast episode, where we talk about news. Recorded on January 22, Ryan, Don, and I talked about recent events; well, recent when we recorded the podcast. Like the debut of the new DC Comics logo that is now 100% official and not a Bleeding Cool rumor. We discuss the fall of SOPA and PIPA, which gives us an excuse and segway to talk about MegaUpload and founder Kim Dotcom’s fleet of cars. We also got Ryan to ramble about Bone, Don East to discuss the economics of My Little Pony DVDs, and Scott Lobdell writing that Axe webcomic thing. And, most importantly, the most important My Little Pony news ever…on January 22.

BTW, music notes: The opening is “Uncaged Czarina” by Dan O’Connor, Free Royalty-Free Music by The ending is the glorious MegaUpload song.


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I sometimes like interaction with others. Interaction proves others are paying attention to what we do. And, I am curious about what readers of The [Real] Scratch Pad and listeners of the ScratchCast think of certain topics. Therefore, starting with episode 4 of the ScratchCast, we are beginning a new feature called “Question of the Moment”. I ask a question to the ScratchCast hosts, we give our answers, and ask the same question back to you. Respond back via your comments, emails, tweets, and other various channels, and we might read your answers on the next episode! Lather. Rinse. Repeat. To kick this thing off, we look back at an end. Batman: The Brave and the Bold aired its final episode in the US on November 18, capping off 3 seasons filled with 65 episodes. It combined the attitude of the Silver Age of comics – which were more light-hearten than the more modern eras – with the action-packed scenes that are a staple for the past 2 decades. It was good. But what was its signature episode? The episode that defined the series, and was enjoyable from beginning to end. What is the best episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold? After the break, the multitude of ways to respond back… (more…)

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Sorry for the extreme lateness, as this was supposed to be up last week. Either way, Tomato and Elliot did tackle all the #1 issues of the New 52. As quoted by Elliot for this episode:

Join us for the 4th and final week of the #1′s where we discuss Aquaman, All Star Western, Fury of Firestorm, and Justice League Dark; Do we love these comics? Can Gail Simone go two for two? Did the insanity that was the strip club make us rage when we reached Voodoo #1. Is Diane as crazy as me and Tomato? This weeks Diane “Tranimation” Tran
The Following contains strong language and may not be suitable for all ears. But you know you’re going to anyway so listen away

Title card art is by Jermey Conrad. This episode’s guest, Diane Tran, also has a DeviantArt account. The theme song used for this episode is “Euphoric Ecstasy” by DJ Link (free on NewGrounds | NG Profile | SoundCloud). If you are or represent DJ Link and believe that this isn’t FairUse, contact Elliot on Twitter or via email (


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Join Elliot Shade and Diane “Tranimation” Tran as we finish off the two worst comic books to come out of week 3 of The DC Universe “New 52″ and listen as we discuss why you shouldn’t boycott all of DC for two titles.

Listener Warning: The Views and opinions of this podcast are strong and could be offensive to some viewers, please if you are sensitive to vulgar language turn away now
or you know, because you read the warning you could listen to it all the way through just sayin

(this episode was supposed to be done soon after the Cat Trap one but for one reason or another got caught in limbo for a while)

The title art is, again, from Diane Tran; she has a DeviantArt account and a Twitter. Music is “Hard To Handle” from The Black Crowes via the album Shake Your Money Maker. (iTunes | Amazon | Band Website). If you are a member of the band, represent the band’s management, or own the rights to the song and don’t believe that this was used under Fair Use guidelines, contact Elliot via Twitter (@shadowsofthot) or email (

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Welcome to episode three of this craziness folks, this week has been a rather controversial week for the DC New 52. With Catwoman shocking all we focus our attention on DC Universe Presents, Blue Beetle, Wonder Woman, and Batman. Did we love them? Did we hate them? Can you understand Softly Spoken Las? Join Elliot Shade and Tomato Surprise as we try to decipher what the hell is going on.

Softly Spoken Las, aka Linsay Powell, is also a part of Comics Anonymous, a blog devoted to reviewing comics and specifically DC’s New 52. Title card art was done by Jeremy Conrady.

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Elliot Shade has created a bonus side-episode of Reboot Recovery called, well, Reboot Supplemental. Here, let him explain:

Join me Elliot Shade with my friend Diane N Tran, as we discuss.. i.e Rage over the new Catwoman Title by Judd Winick; why do we hate it so much? Well listen in, I swear you can hear us ripping it apart literally.

After the break is the quote Judd made that Elliot mentioned. The title art was made by Diane Tran. The song used is “Catwoman” by Anastasia Midnight (download the song | Twitter | YouTube). Again, LANGUAGE WARNING!

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