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APNSD! Imprints on DC/Hanna-Barbera Line

A simple blog post I wrote announcing my plans to introduce a series of interviews focused on the DC/Hanna-Barbera line of comic books to the regular rotation of A Podcast Named Scooby-Doo! conversations.

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I mentioned at the end of last year that I was hoping to do a series of interviews on the podcast that would focus specifically, and comprehensively, on the Hanna-Barbera imprint of books currently being published by DC Comics. While not explicitly Scooby-related, the show does technically have a mandate to cover all things Hanna-Barbera and I have just been having so much fun with all of these books that I couldn’t not take the opportunity to talk to the creatives behind some of the most clever and progressive books on the stands today.

So, I’m doing the legwork. I’m making the calls. I’m sending out the e-mails.

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Considering…The Burden of Unequal Emotional Labour In Justice League (2017)

An article I wrote after being triggered by a Blu-ray special features menu. Not as serious a piece as I would have liked to write considering how much of a problem this actually is in our culture but, since it was in relation to the Justice League film, I felt I probably shouldn’t hit the issue too hard.

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This preview of a special feature on the upcoming Justice League home video release has me kind of tweaked and, processing my reactions, I had to ask myself if I was simply reaching or if it was a valid concern? The feature is essentially an introductory breakdown of the League’s team roster and while they list Superman as “The Original Hero,” and Batman as “The Strategist,” instead of having Wonder Woman as “The Warrior” (which she kind of is because she kicks the most ass every time she appears in a DCEU movie) they have her down as “The Heart” of the team?

This was a red flag for me.

Why is Wonder Woman considered the heart of the team? Is it because she’s the only woman there? Is it because Superman is dead? Or perhaps it’s because Batman is too consumed with his own anger and guilt to set…

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Afterthoughts: Justice League – Throne of Atlantis (2015)

A review of one of the animated Justice League films from Warner Bros. and DC animation. Because I couldn’t be disappointed by just one Justice League film this year.

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The WB animation division responsible for putting out shows and D2V films based on properties from DC Comics has a long history of just nailing everything they do. They have a tendency to get it right, whether it is telling new stories as in shows like Batman: The Animated Series, or in adapting seminal works like All-Star Superman and The Dark Knight Returns, Bruce Timm and his team of designers, storyboard artists, and directors, have time and again set the bar for quality in series and home video animation establishing an industry standard many studios are still trying to match to this day.

All good things come to an end, though, and at some point over the years that standard of quality has changed. The bar lowered. I am not exactly sure exactly when it happened (although I suspect it was with the release of Batman: Year One

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For Your Information: Six Ways to Enjoy FYC!

A brief little promo piece I put together to spotlight the movie podcast I do and the sister shows that have grown out of it.

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Since launching the podcast in January of 2016 Dustin and I have endeavoured to expand beyond our single film commentary show, For Your Consideration, to try and offer a wider scope of programming centred on the the art of filmmaking. To this end, we have been slowly growing the number of shows under the FYC umbrella all through 2017 to include podcasts that focus on classic film, current films, films you should avoid, soundtracks, and interviews with creatives involved with the film industry.

Following is a list of all the shows FYC currently offers with a brief description of what each one is about and a link to an episode we feel represents that particular show well.

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Afterthoughts: The Mummy (2017)

A review of the most recent iteration of The Mummy which stars Tom Cruise and was intended to be the beginning of Universal’s shared cinematic Dark Universe. I was genuinely surprised by how much I was entertained by the film and felt I would contribute a positive review to counter some of the hate that is floating around out there for this movie.

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TheMummyHeaderHonestly, this movie was really not as bad as everybody let on it would be.

I went in expecting the worst. I am not a Tom Cruise fan, nor was I holding out hope for Universal’s Dark Universe being anything to write home about. And, to be fair, Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy is not the greatest movie you will ever see, by any stretch of the imagination. What is isn’t, though,  is a complete and utter disaster or inherently unwatchable. If it can be accused of anything it would be that it never achieves anything beyond being just a straightforward action/fantasy tentpole blockbuster like any other. Your Fast and Furious‘, your Transformers, your Mission: Impossibles, or even your Star Wars films don’t have a hell of a lot more depth or craft put into them than The Mummy does. 

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Meanwhile… Interviews Stefan Petrucha

It was back in 1998 that I decided to do a big all-X-Files issue of Meanwhile… to coincide with, and celebrate, the release of the first X-Files feature film, Fight the Future. I struggle to remember what other X-File-related material I compiled and published at the time but this interview with comic book writer and novelist, Stefan Petrucha, as well as a conversation with the show’s location scouts, was certainly the main draw.

My first introduction to Petrucha’s writing was within the pages of the Topps Comics adaptation of the show that I loved so dearly. He seemed able to effortlessly capture the voices of the characters and he really just nailed the structure of the show, only in comic book form. Although it is much more common today for a licensed product to mirror the show or film it is based on, sometimes even being written or ‘executive produced’ by the show’s creator and writers, back in 1998 that was not a thing.

And sales for the book reflected that. I am sure that those early issues benefited a bit from the speculator boom of the ’90s but I think the fact that it stayed a best-seller for as long as it did had more to do with the quality of the work being produced than sheer momentum derived from the worldwide popularity of the series. Continue reading “Meanwhile… Interviews Stefan Petrucha”

Interview with Pi: The Book of Ants Artist Edward Ross Flynn

Back in 1998, pretty early on in the life of my online magazine, Meanwhile…, I was contacted by an artist by the name of Ed Flynn. Ed was promoting a comic book he was working on that was being written by a young filmmaker named Darren Aronofsky. Darren had a movie he had been working on and, as part of the process of putting the film together, he wanted to launch a four-part comic book story to act as a companion piece to the film. The film was his first feature entitled, Pi, and the comic book would be called, fittingly, Pi: The Book of Ants. Continue reading “Interview with Pi: The Book of Ants Artist Edward Ross Flynn”

APNSD! Comic Book Revue: SCOOBY-DOO! TEAM-UP #16

As part of my duties running a Scooby-Doo-centric podcast and blog I have been reviewing the Scooby-Doo comic books published by DC Comics. This is a review for Scooby-Doo Team-Up #16. These are especially hard to do as I try to balance the quality of the writing and art with the demographic DC is targeting with these books. I try to be honest but fair.

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In this issue of Scooby-Doo! Team-Up, the gang are summoned to Fawcett City to help find the miraculous Marvel Family who have gone missing, and only Mr. Mind and his Monster Society of Evil could be to blame!!

The story begins with Tawky Tawny and Uncle Marvel filling Mystery Inc. in on the disappearance of Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel, and Captain Marvel Junior. They are told that they were the best chance at finding the Marvels since their area of expertise is finding monsters. With the Monster Society of Evil undoubtedly behind their capture, they are the perfect match for the job.

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