Since a new episode of Gravity Falls is airing tonight, why not listen to an episode of the ScratchCast that’s about the show, am I right? Ryan takes up the hosting role to lead us in discussing everything to do about the mysterious town of Gravity Falls, Oregon. From initial reactions to favorite episodes, we let you guys know how we feel about this relatively new Disney Channel animated series…and why you should watch this comedic gem if you aren’t already.
San Diego Comic-Con 2012 stuff. Can’t say much more than that. Since most of the stuff here has either already happened, like Riders of Berk, or will be happening within the next few weeks (The DC Comic #0s). And the stuff that hasn’t already happened, is most likely stuff you’re aware of by now (like Legend of Korra episode orders and MLP news on Season Three). So there is no reason to listen to this podcast other than to hear our thoughts on this news back when it was actually news…not that that’s a bad thing. While this isn’t our best, it’s a decent listen. So give this two-hour episode a listen while you’re reading a book or playing a video game, okay? The most-recently recorded Gravity Falls episode will be posted this weekend, so keep an eye out for that.
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.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!
Did you guys notice how last year, I stopped posting podcast episodes around mid-Spring, and didn’t start back up again until late August/early September? And did you guys notice that I pretty much did the same exact thing this year? Weird, ain’t it? Well, I’ll try to make up for it with three days of episodes in a row. Tomorrow’s episode — yes, I’ll be posting an episode tomorrow AND Saturday — will be all about our experiences with Toonami, but today’s episode is a little look at the Marvel and DC Comics animation blocks, back when they first premiered. Well, it ends up being more so a look at the shows we love (Young Justice) and the shows we hate (Ultimate Spider-Man), but…well, the interstitial bits aren’t huge conversation makers like Toonami’s. Not counting DC Nation shorts, which are bloody awesome, and are kinda like backdoor pilots that can be picked up for full series. New Teen Titans is making the jump, and I’m glad about it, even though the show will be a pure comedy with…wait, what? Okay, a little less happy now. In any case, after this week of backlog episodes, we’ll be officially back with FRESH CONTENT. Fresh like clean towels right out of the dryer. Podcasts! Articles! Who the hell knows what else!? See ya tomorrow, and sorry for the episode’s sudden end.
P.P.S. New episodes are returning to both DC Nation and Marvel Universe soon! Are you hyped for new episodes of current shows. And brand-new series like Beware the Batman and Agents of S.M.A.S.H.? Or are you just shaking your head at some of this stuff? Tell us on Twitter, Facebook, via email, or in the comments below! We’re back for the school year, baby!
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.
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*)
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 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.
“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.