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It’s 2013. It’s been 2013 for quite a while now. And from upcoming films to comics to television series, we have a lot to look forward to and a lot to discuss in the next 12 months. But before we can completely get into the 2013 groove, we have to reflect on the previous year first. So while this article is several days late, it’s time to share with you all the thoughts and emotions we had on some of bigger events that rocked the worlds of ink-and-paint entertainment back in 2012. Well, the ones that we cared about, anyway. While we have recorded an episode of the ScratchCast for your listening “pleasure”…the audio from the second half was kinda messed up. Wasn’t good at all. And that just gave me more incentive to have a…let’s say transcribed version of it (my thoughts are separate from the “transcribed” version). That said, you can listen to the 20 minutes of the podcast I could salvage and/or click that “Read the rest of this entry” button for a more visual than auditory experience. Also, check out that short blooper reel. It’s fun.

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It’s a bit of an understatement to say that Titmouse Inc. has been doing pretty well for itself recently. With several shows currently in production for Adult Swim, it’s likely that you’ve seen the Titmouse logo at least once while navigating the current television animation landscape. In fact, their output got to the point where a New York studio had to be created to help support the growing Los Angeles operations, with said New York branch being a full-fledged animation studio. Yes, Titmouse has been doing well for itself when it comes to adult animation, but that’s not all they’re currently up to. In fact, if you haven’t noticed, they’re also dabbling in childrens’ animation for Disney XD. The end of April unleashed upon us the auto-charged action series Motorcity, which my older brother once eloquently described as “The Matrix with cars,” and which I can easily recommend as an enjoyable ride that everyone should check out.

Of course, I wouldn’t be talking about Titmouse right now if Motorcity was the only series they’re making for good ol’ Disney. No, because tonight, we can add Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja to the long list of shows that Chris Prynoski’s studio has under its belt. However, can we safely add the adventures of this teenage ninja to the list of great Titmouse productions? It’s time to dive into the pool before summer truly ends, to find out whether or not this stuff is the real cheese…SMOKE BOMB!!!

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Well, I think all we animation fans are well-aware of what happened back in late May. Toonami came back to our television screens, once again featuring awesome anime and commentary from a robot. And…it was pretty sweet. The whole internet was ablaze with complete and utter joy, us at the ScratchCast included. This episode, recorded on May 27th, has us showcase our memories of the cartoon tidal wave in its Cartoon Network days, and our hopes for the block in its Adult Swim return. And we have a lot of memories and hopes. From crushes on Wicked Lady to our love of Deadman Wonderland, we spill all our thoughts surrounding everything involving our main man and the Absolution. On a side-note, next episode will be Sunday afternoon instead of Saturday night, for obvious Toonami-related reasons.

P.S. The song at the beginning is Uncaged Czarina, and it serves as our theme song. And so we won’t have to pay $10 every time we use it…Free Royalty Free Music by DanoSongs.com.

P.P.S. Toonami: Adult Swim Edition has been airing for an entire summer. Did you enjoy Deadman Wonderland? Are you enjoying Casshern Sins? What shows do you want to see in the future?  Tell us on Twitter, Facebook, via email, or in the comments below!

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Yeah, I’ll admit it. This episode is extremely late. Like, extremely late. I mean, the cable upfronts took place in late MARCH. And this episode was recorded shortly after. There is absoulety no reason for this episode to be so late, beyond my own laziness. And I apologize for that. But you know what? There’s a bright side! Because this episode being late means we can all sit around and laugh at our reactions to certain bits of news. Who would have though we’d all fall in love with Gravity Falls after giving it the finger? Or that The Legend of Korra would leave all of us in anger about the pacing and the romantic subplot after we constantly praised it? Ah yes, things have changed between then and now. So please; sit back, relax, and enjoy the silly antics of our slightly younger selfs.

P.S. The song at the beginning is Uncaged Czarina, and it serves as our theme song. And so we won’t have to pay $10 every time we use it…Free Royalty Free Music by DanoSongs.com.

P.P.S. Has your opinion of any of these shows changed over the past few months as well? Tell us on Twitter, Facebook, via email, or in the comments below!

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After a long, long break caused by both laziness and my inability to figure out how to register for college classes, the ScratchCast is finally back! That is to say, we’ve been recording some episodes during this time, but I haven’t started editing them until recently (this episode was recorded in March). So let’s hope I can successfully play catch-up and post the other two episodes we’ve recorded this week as well.

In this episode, Ryan takes the helm and leads a two-hour discussion on the ever-popular Disney animated series Phineas and Ferb, and manages to keep us on track for once, despite having to deal with an inebriated Don East. So stay and listen for a bit, at least up to the part where Don gives an award-winning performance of a typical Phineas and Ferb episode. Or you can stay until the end, where Don gets his finger stuck in a bottle for a few minutes and we all mock him…yeah, Don does some weird stuff this episode. (As for the Shonen Jump Alpha interview…*shrug*)

P.S. The song at the beginning is Uncaged Czarina, and it serves as our theme song. And so we won’t have to pay $10 every time we use it…Free Royalty Free Music by DanoSongs.com.

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You guys thought I would never get around to this, didn’t you? While things have gotten in way of this article’s completion, mainly my bad time management skills, I’ve finally completed this article; a list of some of my favorite independent comics, to make up for the horrid episode of the ScratchCast that was released on the 10th. That said, when was the last article on this site actually posted? Back in October? Jeez, that’s a long time. All the more reason for this thing to exist. Anyway, I’ll be staying away from making a formal “Top 5” list, the reason being that I find it impossible to compare comics of different genres in such a way. Crap introduction done, actual article begin.

I Kill Giants (published by Image Comics)

“I find giants. I hunt giants. I kill giants. So forgive me if “motivating” a room full of losers with no self-esteem out of their hard earned money doesn’t hold much interest.”

These are the first four sentences we see come out of protagonist Barbara Thorson’s mouth, and the very same words that get her sent to the Principal’s office. Not that she cares; she’s become well acquainted with the man in the past several weeks. In what was proclaimed the Best Indy Book of 2008 by IGN, writer Joe Kelly (Deadpool, Action Comics, Ben 10, Ultimate Spider-Man) spins a wonderful tale about a 5th grader who finds herself dealing with monsters both real and imagined while trying to come to terms with the very real issues surrounding her home life. And it’s a tale that is aided marvelously by the grayscale artwork of one J.M. Ken Niimura, whose work I’m eager to see more of in the future. It’s saying something when you can create a character like Barbara, make her a schizophrenic asshole who constantly disrespects authority to the point of backhanding a guidance counselor….and still have her be a great and lovable character that we care about, long before we figure out why she’s acting like this. But Kelly did it perfectly, turning the girl with rabbit-ears into one of my favorite fictional characters. IKG is a comic that is hard to recommend without really spoiling it, but I feel confident enough to say that you’ll enjoy every last bit of Barbara’s adventure, hammers and all.

Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer (published by SLG Publishing)

“Ah, yes, my little surprise. I am a real boy. And you are my prey.”

Basic premise: Titular wooden puppet kicks copious amounts of vampire ass in an unofficial graphic followup to the original Carlo Collodi-penned tale. If that doesn’t pique your interest, I don’t know what will. It’s a living puppet going up against an organization of vampires in an attempt to avenge the memory of his father; what’s not to like? Dustin Higgins writes a wickedly funny-yet-somber story that’s brought to life with the black-and-white stylings of Van Jensen. Named as one 2010’s Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens by YALSA, I found myself completely hooked on the sweet action scenes and the playful banter between characters. So much so, that I became absolutely eager to read the second installment…which I already have. Now I’m sitting here waiting for the print release of the third and final installment, which is coming this summer. Because, let’s be honest: everything is better with vampire hunting. In fact, stop reading this article for a moment and pick up a copy at your local library or something. You’ll never see these characters the same way again; especially the Blue Fairy.

Tank Girl (Various publishers)

“You’ll never become a finely tuned killing machine if you don’t put your heart into it. Asshole!”

Moving away from protagonists who kill monsters, let’s talk about a protagonist who pretty much is a monster. Tank Girl is, quite frankly, an insane gun-toting, tank-riding bitch who roams a Mad Max-esque Australian outback with her subservient kangaroo boyfriend. In one issue, she may stage an operation to steal all the good beer in the country. In another, she could be making countless 80s references…oh wait, that’s in every issue. The writer/artist team of Alan Martin and (usually) Jamie Hewlett string together pop culture references, obscenity, gratuitous fourth-wall breaking, and just plain overall insanity to create clever laughs. At the very least, you’ll find yourself smirking from the madcap absurdity while reading each issue. It’s the sort of twisted, violent, and arguably sexy comic that most teenage boys would be completely enraptured with. And all the “British-style” humour aside, I’m shocked that the comics aren’t as well-known in the States as they should be…however, Tank Girl does stand as the only indie comic I’ve read in public, other than Scott Pilgrim, to be automatically recognized by someone. And that’s just bloody awesome. (P.S.: I hear that the Rachel Talalay-directed Tank Girl film is bloody awful…)

Blacksad (published by Dark Horse Comics in North America)

“A star had been eclipsed, leaving my past in darkness, lost somewhere within the shadows. And nobody can live without a past.”

I reviewed this title back in the summer of 2010, but since we’re making up for bad content with this article…yeah, let me try recommending this thing again. Juan Díaz Canales (story) and Juanjo Guarnido (art) paint a picture of 1950s America, but instead of using plain-old human beings, they choose to have their characters be anthropomorphic animals. This naturally leads to some humourous things, such as bar fights with rhinos. But it also means that topics, such as race relations, become a bit more interesting, now that several species of beasts are thrown into the mix. Rather than going black-and-white like most crime stories in the vein of noir, the artwork is done with muted watercolours; something that definitely adds to the “fun” combination of gritty drama and dark humour that Canales and Guarnido have created.  Blacksad does the “hard-boiled detective” thing really well, and it will probably remain as one of my favorite — if not absolute favorite — crime comics until the day I die. Yeah, the wait between each new issue can be a bit irritating, but they’re always worth it.

Like I say in the disclaimer…this isn’t our best epiosde. This episode was just a total mess due to most of us not being familiar with the topic and those of us who were being somewhat reluctant to speak. Considering the boring and awkward content of this episode, it was decided to post the raw CallGraph recording of the entire Skype call, which includes 15 minutes of us discussing porn. Yeah.

Tomorrow, or sometime later that, I’ll be posting a list of indie comics that I recommend everyone should take a peek at. Maybe that’ll make up for this trainwreck…

P.S. The song at the beginning is Uncaged Czarina, and it serves as our theme song. And so we won’t have to pay $10 every time we use it…Free Royalty Free Music by DanoSongs.com.

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