A review of “The Force Awakens” that tries to be as non-spoiler-y as possible.

I have to admit something to you all, first, before I get this review underway. I am a bad fan.

And I don’t mean of Star Wars. I mean in general. Lots of Franchises I come in late too, miss episodes, don’t know lore verbatim.

Some of that is access. Does the channel always play reruns? Could we afford cable or comics?  Do I have a good enough memory to remember all that I witness/experience  or ability to find all the little pieces hidden away? Did someone challenge or change how I dealt with the franchise because of their feelings towards it?

The last one really hits me with Star Wars.  I just seemed like someone else’s thing. Something that I wasn’t a part of. I like things, I disliked things, and respected it because it did have an impact in both positive and negative fashions in pop culture.

Yet, there was something about this movie.

The best comparison I have is the Avengers (please don’t beat me up and let me explain). I didn’t know all the lore, read every comic about every hero in the Avengers. But there was hype, there were separate egos that were going to clash, and with more drama than an episode of “Desperate house wives” or the cartoon “Totally Spies,” I had an exact idea of what I wanted Avengers to be. And what was Avengers?  A bunch of ego maniacal, self righteous/self important (hero and villains a like) wind bags trading blows and one liners with explosions. It was funny, the characters worked off each other, action was good, and I got EXACTLY what I wanted from it.

And that’s how this ties into Star Wars. The Hype was different, how much I knew (though I DID know a lot for someone who is quite outside the fandom/franchise) and what I knew was different. But that’s just it. People may disagree with me on this, but:

This is, for fans and non fans a like, is the Star Wars movie to see.  It delivers on what it promises, big time.

Some fans have critiqued it as just Recycling the old movies, and the have a fair point. This movie has a tie in to pretty much every movie that predates it, elements that will stick out to those who have seen any of the previous movies. And as much as that can be a draw back, I feel it addresses fans issues with the prequels: they seemed much more Star Wars in name than in story or lay outs.

But it does truly have something new to offer. It continues and fleshes out narratives that we wanted to see. It gives us the old, but it’s not without changes, turns. Some that, may in fact, be vary uncomfortable. Toy Story 3 gives a narrative that is targeted at fans who grew up with those movies, and those people seeing a shift in their world views and Identities. The Force Awakens shows the same, both metaphorically and realistically, time has moved forward in the Star Wars universe, in a way that can make a lot of sense, whether it is good or bad.

It was weird to me to see the ONE movie Lucas was so far removed from did a better (not perfect, but better) job of dealing with two central themes of the Prequels: Adolescence and ones embracing and embodying ones personal evils (“The Dark Side”).

Don’t get me wrong. Sometimes the movie drags, and even though they tried to make it less campy by being more practical than CGI, it sometimes can’t remove the camp element (Some times the storm troopers looked like Power Rangers, and if you don’t know who they are, Google them to see what I mean).  Some times it will seem a little goofy or a little dragged on.

But I haven’t had such real connections with a movie in a while. And not just emotional ones. Sometimes it’s as simple as I feel like I am walking with the character, that I am not only observing their world, but a part of it. Especially in the last scenes. I felt a lot less like that I was watching someone on a journey, rather than taking one myself.

And that’s the thing. Part of me me wants to give this movie just a solid 3/5 just because it’s that: A solid movie. It stands out, flows well (for the most part) and just seemed well put together.

And then there is another part of me, and it feels like I didn’t watch a movie. It just, it made me melancholy, yet full of hope.  Furious at things that transpired or should have been avoided, but ecstatic as to what was to come.

This wasn’t what the prequels were for me. It wasn’t “just entertainment.” It was what Star Wars was supposed to be. It’s a space opera. Dramatized, definitely. Unrealistic? No doubt. But its  a story, a tale, a legend. A mythos in it’s own right, even if you don’t know the background lore. It was a story. An actual, factual, story. A beginning, a middle, an end, put well together that connects you to the elements of someone  else’s imagination.

When you read a book, you watch the story be told. It unfolds for you, over time. It’s not forcing you to believe certain things (at least not out right). It’s showing you what happened, rather than telling it. It’s telling the story to you, who these people were. What they believed. What they did. And it does it such a way I don’t think you haven to even really like the concept of Star Wars to appreciate it.

Old friends come back, new people come in, friends leave, enemies are made.  And I think THOSE elements are what make it accessible to diverse people, and not just the Star Wars fans.

And With that, I would recommend at least checking it out.

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Review comics 4 (language warning)

SPOILER ALERT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT SEEN: Godzilla, 2014. 

And some KICKASS2 spoilers.
Review comic 4-Recovered

 First, I apologize id I fucked up the Japanese.

Two, this comic is a little bit based off of this.

And this sketch was prep for this comic.

Their critique is a little crude, but so is mine, because the intention is that they are both played up for laughs. So, let me go a little more in depth here.

Godzilla, originally, was basically a message saying “the Atom bomb was going to far.” “Man played god, and weren’t supposed too.”  Godzilla was kinda the counter balance to that. Puts humanity back in it’s place for going to overboard. But, he also kinda became a super hero that “saved” humanity from the other monsters (no one talks about the casualties from these battles?). So, kinda terrifying, human killing Godzilla. And, anime hero Godzilla. They both exist, and are both relevant to Godzilla’s history. One with him being a horror movie monster, the other being the bad ass hero that spawned awful knock-offs like “Mega Shark vs Mecha Shark.”

My issue is, this movie kinda started as the former and ended as the latter. The teasing, the half-reveals, the over emphasis on humans? It makes sense to me, if they all tragically died. Get invested in these humans, they die. A slap to the face that makes humanity question if it actually has gone to far. And honestly, with colonel JACK-ass being the main human? Surprised they DID survive. -_- Actor kisses a girl who is underage when he is like forty, and now acts like a loser in every other movie (Kickass and H kiss in the second kick ass movie, and I am PRETTY sure there was a twenty year age gap between the actors. AND she was a minor) . As hokey as Cranston was, they totally played it up that there was going to be more of him. And even with the bad Japanese, he was more interesting a human XD.

I don’t know. I feel like It tried too hard to be both the “Godzilla is a terrifying Monster that kills a dumb ass humanity” and “KICK ASS GODZILLA KICKS MONSTER ASS.” Would have been a stronger movie if It pick one or the other, in my opinion.

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Review comic 3

Review comic 3-Recovered

 

 

So, this is just a dorky comic about whether I have seen a movie or not.  But I do think it is a good time to address a view that is often over looked in the general, and sub sets, of the “Nerd” community: accessibility.

Most of the content most of us “fans,” well, “fan” over is content that is payed for. If not, we have to pay for internet, TV, library memberships, back in the day “rent” movies and games, to access the content we enjoy. Things such as income, transportation, and location affect how people first access a particular franchise.

For example, I sure as hell loved me some “Spider-man.” And though I never considered myself to be from a rich family, I am sure I had more than most even at my lowest points. But most of the time, the only place that sold issues of comics were places like the 7-11 or the Co-op (grocery store). The problem there was, if I was lucky enough to convince my folks to get an issue for me, I would get, say… issue #156 (just hypothetically).  The next one I would be able to get, even if I was going regularly, would be issue #207. Even if I was consistent  the stores never were. And I just didn’t have transportation to get to, or know the location of, an actual comic store. So when I got into Spidey, it was the cartoons as I was a kid.

Another example is gaming. I think it would do me more favors to label me as a kid more than as an adult, and a huge part of that was being able to rent games. And I mean from the store. Being able to pay for playing the whole game only for a limited amount of time helped me better gauge what games I wanted to own and more open to trying games I wouldn’t normally. Demos, demos are cool, but limited access doesn’t allow me the same knowledge of the game’s world. I am not as comfortable making purchasing decisions now as I was back then because I felt more demos are kinda the same as trailers, teasers.  And we all know that a trailer can make something that isn’t even remotely good seem like the most kick ass thing.

Now with school, work, and missing the ability to rent, it feels a lot harder for me to be in the loop/ know and I feel more disconnected from the happenings of “gamer land.” That, and things like “online play” never really did it for me. I like more playing an adventure solo. Allows me space to newb and figure out the world on my own terms, not having to worry about my skills being evaluated by anything other than the laws of the world itself. Online, well, is a different experience from that.

I’m not looking for pity, or anything of the like. I had a lot more access than a lot of people. But there were circumstances that limited/limits my access to content even besides money.  And this is a thing to keep in mind. Not everyone will grow up with the original version of a thing. Not everyone will have the time to see that movie. Not everyone will be able to play that game, or all the games of a franchise. But does that make them any less fans? To not deserve to be Entitled to their interpretations?  To not be allowed to like a thing for different reasons than you? 

I would say, that, if you say “So and so is not a real fan” is really just a big way of saying “I am an asshole who does not consider shit about anyone else.”

I realize this is off topic from the comic, which is just me being upset about missing a movie. But, I didn’t know where else to make this rant.

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Review Comic: 2

review comic 2

 

Say what you will about this movie. Some parts of it I liked, some I didn’t.  But I was super confused as to what the hell this thing was trying to be. At some moments I felt I was watching the 1960’s  cartoon. It was that cheesy, that campy. At other moments I felt like it was the 90’s cartoon. Other times it was like “Spectacular Spider-man,” other times “Ultimate.”  Other times I thought I was watching “Twilight” meets “Spider-man 3” meets “Dare Devil” meets  “The fault in our [motherfucking] stars.” I am not saying that it tried to hard to be too many things, to too many different types of fans. I literally mean it did not seem like the same movie from scene to scene/ beat to beat/ act to act. It was like people edited footage of six different movies and posted them together. And can someone please tell me why there is even a point to this reboot (other than money) if we are going to pull the “too many villains not properly developed and all kinda rushed in an awkward way crap from Spider-man 3 all over again?” 

Seriously. You cannot convince me at all (considering how little the Rhino was in the movie) that “The Amazing Spider-man 3” can successfully put the entire sinister 6 in a movie, AND Felicia Hardy. And  what about Norman? Is he dead? Or does he become the Goblin after something happens to Hairy? Because then it’s a movie about a group of six villains. Black cat. AND Norman as Green Goblin. Even if it doesn’t have all that, It’s seems to be shaping up to be “Spider-man 3.” Only it is going to be worse, and then we will not hate ourselves for buying tickets to its two predecessors. Oh no. This one will make us hate buying tickets to all five previous movies.

I hate being the crotchety, cynical, nerd, but It’s going to take a lot to convince me “The Amazing Spider-man 3” won’t be the movie that  haunts my nightmares due to ineptitude. Even with the things I liked about  this one.

 

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Review comic: Number 1

Review comic 1 copy

 

 

 

 

(Warning for language below)

So this is my first review comic! The idea was to make the initial premise of this comic and make it suck les-

Angry Mustachio

 

 

Not all my review comics are going to be full on reviews, but lumped into my review comics  anyway. I will normally try to vent frustration, praise, or my neutral opinions of things in the main comic (Be the Best (You can be)). However sometimes these things are Company/product/artist Specific. When this is the case, and I can’t avoid name dropping, these parody/ review comics serve to be a release on those valves.

For example: I think many artists/content creators are worried about originality  and authenticity when they make their art. They may want to reference what is already out their, but want to create something that’s their own. How do we balance this? Well, if any show has established a unique balance, it’s the show of good ol’ Doctor.

Some may argue that the show created some of the tropes because it has been around for so long.  Time travel, space travel, robots, heroes, reincarnation, weird devices, evil things. Some of these existed before the show began, and even the tropes they did “create,” have evolved into something unique that differs from when the show originally started. In fact, I found it was hard to watch because it was to original. It was so different, so unique, and such a fucking space case show on drugs that my brain hurted too much after I watched it. And it manages that kind of reaction for a new viewer (Me) after being around for ever. 

It may be trope-y, but I would still argue it reinvented the wheel.

No, it STILL does.

 

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NOT ACTUALLY AFTER SECTION/CHAPTER ART STUFFS: A filler till I sort things out (assignment comic 2)

A repost of this second assignment comic and the sequel to this one.

This one is terrible, it is. And so is my explanation as to WHY it's terrible.

 

So this is the second assignment comic, and… it is not my favorite thing I have ever done, tbh. The explanation as to why is kind of ramble-y as well, but if you want to try to make sense of it, the original text is below. Yeah. So, why am I posting it if I don’t like it, or think it as not professional?  I talk about this in my Writing 101 post, “Working for the A,’ but in case you don’t want to bore yourself with TWO super long reads, here is the short version: I evaluate work more than I actually work.  I spend time worrying about how good I am at something, or how good something I create is, I tend to avoid doing things. Fear of failure, I guess. I’m trying to worry less about that, focus more on the job than worrying about how a project will turn out. More focusing on the practice/studying/drawing/writing/ playing then whether I am the best at what I do. Because being distracted by that tends to make me even worse, not better.

And yes, I KNOW that even though Disney bought up the Marvel universe, Marvel Studios still made the universe. One of the flaws in my explanation.

SO THIS IS THE ORIGINAL TEXT: 

I really don’t like this one. Like, for some obvious reasons and some less than obvious. What is the first thing you notice? Super, super tons of text. There is a reason for that, even if it isn’t the best one. And if you want to know why, buckle in for a long one. If you want to skip it, go past the picture of David Willis. You will know it when you see it.

Let me start with my original inspiration/idea with this strip. It started with a personal beef from one Franchise I always had a special affinity for, good Ol’ Spidey. Now, for those of you who do not know, Sony bought the rights to the movies and the original Spider-man movies were made by that company (and oversimplification, I know). But the important thing is that Spidey was NOT made buy the same studios as the Avenger Movies, which is Marvel Studios.

So Sony was going to make a fourth movie but the director, Sam Raimi, was not going to do it. He was already pressured to put a villain in Spider-man 3 that he didn’t care for (Venom) and that didn’t work out well for him, did it?

So Sony was trying to figure out how they were going to get another movie out there, but they were going to take some time to figure it out. And it is in the time gap between Spider-man 3 and the first “The Amazing Spider-man” movie we get the cartoon “Spectacular Spider-man.”

No, at first I didn’t like Spectacular Spider-man. The aesthetic was to different, I didn’t like the voice actor for Spidey, and the Theme song was an actual song that was kinda “alternative” to me. It wasn’t a stupidly catchy song like the Spider-man theme of Yore, nor was it the terrible techno-chants that were the Nineties Spidey or the Digimon theme (Digimon, Digital monsters! Digimon are the champions!). But then I watched the thing from beginning to end. And honestly? It was probably one of the best together cartoons I have ever seen. Now, the combat scenes were good and almost all of the characters were believable and made sense, but that isn’t the big thing.

Each villain lead to the next. Like, each action led or tied into the next thing. like, It was like each episode was a panel for a the story board of a larger Arch. Each villain needed a specific tactic to defeat, and the same trick never worked twice. Basically, you could see Spidey learn. He was thrown into complex situations and he took something away from each of them. Sure there were some problems that were reoccurring, but that was less to do with his incompetence and more to do with how complex the situations were. Either they were highly emotional charged, impairing his reason, or they were things that he just didn’t have the info to solve. Basically, I could see the Hero’s journey. I could see his progress, how he grew, and that even at the end he had a lot more to go.

So I really liked this show. Was it perfect? No. But it stuck out as being something great. For something made by a big company, it really stood at as more than just an ad for some toys. For a cartoon, it didn’t seem patronizing as some cartoons do.

So I was a little miffed when I learned it was canceled, or was only the two seasons long or whatever. But guess why it was only two seasons? Remember how I talked about Sony doing the movies, and then they did the cartoon? Well, Marvel wanted Spidey back. But Sony wasn’t going to completely give that cash-cow up. So they made Marvel a deal. We will either sell you rights to the Cartoon, OR the movies. Pick. Marvel picked the cartoon. Which was a dumb move, in my personal opinion.

Marvel still wanted Spidey to be part of the Universe they were making (the avenger movie universe), but now couldn’t just put him in the movies because of copy right infringement. This is where the “Ultimate Spider-man” Cartoon comes in. Spidey gets his own team that is run by Shield he so that he is not in the avengers, but still connected to them. This is kinda similar with what they were doing with the live action show “Agents of Shield” and is an interesting and creative way of doing things.

Now, I get this cartoon was intended for kids, and to try to attract kids to the Marvel universe. However, this pisses me off for a number of reasons. I think the biggest reason is like, does Marvel really need a boost to attract kids? I mean, the Avenger universe movies aren’t really for kids, but kids still buy up that merchandise like its sustenance. Toys, colouring books, T-shirts, Avenger shit is everywhere. Like, you don’t need an extra cartoon to get kids to buy your shit. They are doing it already.

The other big reason is, like, the “Ultimate Spider-man cartoon” is just not as good as “Spectacular Spider-man.” I mean, in Spectacular Spidey learns (it takes him longer to learn about relationships, but he still kinda does). He faces different problems. I feel like in Ultimate he kinda, doesn’t. The main problem of like over 50% of the episodes is that: “We need to work as a teeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeam.” You know, the team he is a part of because he is not in the avenger movies. It’s not that the characters aren’t likable, they just seem to get into the same stupid things after they supposedly learn a thing. Which didn’t happen, or at the very least, happen as often in Spectacular. The other Episodes are cameo by other Marvel characters. Again, some of them are good and funny, even cute in their own way. But it’s just not as cohesive as Spectacular was. It didn’t gel the same way. It wasn’t as layed out, and you kinda run into a lot of the same even within different scenarios.

I think the worse part of “ultimate” is when they realized something wasn’t going right with their formula. They used this cheesy sort of “Draw journal” thing for comedy effect to get kids to watch, cutesy sort of thing. I mean, it isn’t terrible and you get used to it, but it is not riveting. So now, not really being super potent as the kids show/comedy, “Ultimate” kinda sits down and gets serious about its plot. And what happens, they kinda take from “Spectacular Spider-man’s” plot. SPOILERS AHEAD: I mean, sure, I bet “Spectacular” is not the only Spider-man iteration where Osborn and Octavius are guilty for the production of like 75-90% of Spidey’s villains, but the situation between the two Cartoons situations regarding this is suspiciously similar considering how recently both were created. But it has to be different from Spectacular, right? So they do things like make Harry Osborn into the Villain “Venom’ (Don’t get me started on that) or make “Carnage” Spidey wearing the Venom symbiote (something else that kinda bugs me). I feel like it’s almost as if they are gasping for straws to find the plot and over arching stories that were in “Spectacular.” That may not be true, but that is vibe I get.

And what about Sony’s new Spider-man movies? The ones that were supposed to be the sequels Sam Raimi refused to do? I get some people like Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, but man I feel like he sooooooooo oversells it. I mean, you don’t have to pummel people with your awkwardness for us to get that you are a socially inept individual. And as far as I know, there has never been a sign that Peter was socially inept to begin with. He just got picked on because he was an intellectual, a nerd. Just because he had few friends didn’t mean that he didn’t know how to talk to people, it could have just meant that no one gave him a chance. So I don’t feel like it was necessary to make him that freakin’ awkward. He was a funny Spidey, but I dunno. Kurt Conners was not done super well in that movie to me, and they changed lines to not be “verbatim remakes” of the first three movies, but ugh. The whole “not saying “with great power comes great responsibility” thing, or the falling down and seeing the luchadore mask instead of actually fighting the wrestler? I felt like they were cop-outs. And the second movie, I felt like half the dialogue for all the characters was Peter’s awkward “uh’s” from the first movie. Electro in the second movie and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy in both were kinda saving graces.

So there is my frustration. To make money, both Marvel and Sony kinda made sub par products (movies and shows) based on Economics and not, in my opinion, on what was best for the Spidey franchise. That’s why I talk up this guy:

Fan Art at it's finest, really.

 

This is David Willis. He makes web-comics. Has he made slightly lower quality stuff before? Yes. To sell out and make cash like Sony and Marvel though? Not that I know of.
The stuff he made that was lower quality was just his early stuff, which is better than anything I have ever made/posted, and as he learned and got better so did his art. When he did his reboot, he just wanted to give his older characters a new life. See if he could do them justice. Not saying that the people who worked on the various Spidey projects didn’t love the characters, but just saying that Willis’ characters are less likely to be subject to company politics, and that gives him an advantage. As an independent, there is no Executives breathing down his neck and selling rights to characters, and thus less limit to how he structures his own multi-verses.

So basically I am saying there is an advantage to new media (Web comics and blogs) versus big companies (old media, centralized and distributed by one or two big guys) because company decisions won’t undermine what you make. Profit is still important, but not so important that one makes less quality products to make more money.

That’s how I view it, anyway.

But what does that have to do with my comic? I was trying to say all that IN my comic. That’s why it is all text and no art. I drew it already, not thinking of how much exposition I had needed, to make the comic. So, I drew it, realized there was no way I was going to say I wanted to in the comic I had created, and tried to edit it so I got as much as I could in. Did it work? No.

But I want to post it as an example of what NOT to do, so if I come back to that concept I can do it right.

 

 

 

 

NOT ACTUALLY AFTER SECTION/CHAPTER ART STUFFS: A filler till I sort things out (assignment comic 1)

A repost of the first assignment comic.

Enter Mustachio

 

So, there is not going to be a new comic this week, because I just started classes. The one I need to edit is kinda being a pain and, honestly? With all the things I have been starting and trying to organize it is not going to be possible for me getting it out till next week. Hopefully.

So, why repost the assignment comics that I made? Well, it has to do with another project I want to start as a side thing on here: Review comics. To avoid being sued out of my butt hole for putting copy righted material in my strip and other related ethical conflicts, I have been creating in world parodies of things that exist. This will make more sense when we get to the R.J.U.S.T.S. stuff, then you will see what I mean more. But I still want to share my experiences about things I didn’t make up, things that aren’t just plot devices in my universe. Things like, Spider-man and Bat-man, or TMNT for example.  So, when I have more specific issues with SPECIFIC franchises, I would do the “Review comic” for it instead, rather than the “Be the best (You can be)” comic.  at was the

This is stuff the predecessor to “Review comics”, stuff I made for a class. Though, as you will see… like many proto-types, this is kind of a rough, imperfect work. You’ll see what I mean when we get to the last of these posts.

 

Original Text:

This is the first one. It’s supposed to be a gag strip based on the premise of what I feel defines “Netflix Culture.” Which is, to me, marathoning programs late into the night and not getting proper sleep. This is a good comparison between new media and old media too, I think? Old media being more commercial radio/network tv and new media being blogs/blogging, Netflix, and Youtube (for example).

The Promised post (assignment comics)

So, I said I would post a bunch of things, yeah? Well, I am half delivering on that promise.

These are comics that I have made for an assignment for one of my summer courses I am taking. There were three different topics, all about media. The first was a culture or behaviour patterns on a certain media technology. The second was a comparison between “old” and “new media.” The last one was supposed to show an understanding of Cyber punk. Now, I think each of these suffer a little from “over ambition”/ “illusions of Grandeur” syndrome. I will explain what I mean in a second.

Culture of Netflix 2 copy

This is the first one. It’s supposed to be a gag strip based on the premise of what I feel defines “Netflix Culture.” Which is, to me, marathoning programs late into the night and not getting proper sleep. This is a good comparison between new media and old media too, I think? Old media being more commercial radio/network tv and new media being blogs/blogging, Netflix, and Youtube (for example).

Then there is this second one right hur.

Old verses New

I really don’t like this one. Like, for some obvious reasons and some less than obvious. What is the first thing you notice? Super, super tons of text. There is a reason for that, even if it isn’t the best one. And if you want to know why, buckle in for a long one. If you want to skip it, go past the picture of David Willis. You will know it when you see it.

Let me start with my original inspiration/idea with this strip. It started with a personal beef from one Franchise I always had a special affinity for, good Ol’ Spidey. Now, for those of you who do not know, Sony bought the rights to the movies and the original Spider-man movies were made by that company (and oversimplification, I know). But the important thing is that Spidey was NOT made buy the same studios as the Avenger Movies, which is Marvel Studios.

So Sony was going to make a fourth movie but the director, Sam Raimi, was not going to do it. He was already pressured to put a villain in Spider-man 3 that he didn’t care for (Venom) and that didn’t work out well for him, did it?

So Sony was trying to figure out how they were going to get another movie out there, but they were going to take some time to figure it out. And it is in the time gap between Spider-man 3 and the first “The Amazing Spider-man” movie we get the cartoon “Spectacular Spider-man.”

No, at first I didn’t like Spectacular Spider-man. The aesthetic was to different, I didn’t like the voice actor for Spidey, and the Theme song was an actual song that was kinda “alternative” to me. It wasn’t a stupidly catchy song like the Spider-man theme of Yore, nor was it the terrible techno-chants that were the Nineties Spidey or the Digimon theme (Digimon, Digital monsters! Digimon are the champions!). But then I watched the thing from beginning to end. And honestly? It was probably one of the best together cartoons I have ever seen. Now, the combat scenes were good and almost all of the characters were believable and made sense, but that isn’t the big thing.

Each villain lead to the next. Like, each action led or tied into the next thing. like, It was like each episode was a panel for a the story board of a larger Arch. Each villain needed a specific tactic to defeat, and the same trick never worked twice. Basically, you could see Spidey learn. He was thrown into complex situations and he took something away from each of them. Sure there were some problems that were reoccurring, but that was less to do with his incompetence and more to do with how complex the situations were. Either they were highly emotional charged, impairing his reason, or they were things that he just didn’t have the info to solve. Basically, I could see the Hero’s journey. I could see his progress, how he grew, and that even at the end he had a lot more to go.

So I really liked this show. Was it perfect? No. But it stuck out as being something great. For something made by a big company, it really stood at as more than just an ad for some toys. For a cartoon, it didn’t seem patronizing as some cartoons do.

So I was a little miffed when I learned it was canceled, or was only the two seasons long or whatever. But guess why it was only two seasons? Remember how I talked about Sony doing the movies, and then they did the cartoon? Well, Marvel wanted Spidey back. But Sony wasn’t going to completely give that cash-cow up. So they made Marvel a deal. We will either sell you rights to the Cartoon, OR the movies. Pick. Marvel picked the cartoon. Which was a dumb move, in my personal opinion.

Marvel still wanted Spidey to be part of the Universe they were making (the avenger movie universe), but now couldn’t just put him in the movies because of copy right infringement. This is where the “Ultimate Spider-man” Cartoon comes in. Spidey gets his own team that is run by Shield he so that he is not in the avengers, but still connected to them. This is kinda similar with what they were doing with the live action show “Agents of Shield” and is an interesting and creative way of doing things.

Now, I get this cartoon was intended for kids, and to try to attract kids to the Marvel universe. However, this pisses me off for a number of reasons. I think the biggest reason is like, does Marvel really need a boost to attract kids? I mean, the Avenger universe movies aren’t really for kids, but kids still buy up that merchandise like its sustenance. Toys, colouring books, T-shirts, Avenger shit is everywhere. Like, you don’t need an extra cartoon to get kids to buy your shit. They are doing it already.

The other big reason is, like, the “Ultimate Spider-man cartoon” is just not as good as “Spectacular Spider-man.” I mean, in Spectacular Spidey learns (it takes him longer to learn about relationships, but he still kinda does). He faces different problems. I feel like in Ultimate he kinda, doesn’t. The main problem of like over 50% of the episodes is that: “We need to work as a teeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeam.” You know, the team he is a part of because he is not in the avenger movies. It’s not that the characters aren’t likable, they just seem to get into the same stupid things after they supposedly learn a thing. Which didn’t happen, or at the very least, happen as often in Spectacular. The other Episodes are cameo by other Marvel characters. Again, some of them are good and funny, even cute in their own way. But it’s just not as cohesive as Spectacular was. It didn’t gel the same way. It wasn’t as layed out, and you kinda run into a lot of the same even within different scenarios.

I think the worse part of “ultimate” is when they realized something wasn’t going right with their formula. They used this cheesy sort of “Draw journal” thing for comedy effect to get kids to watch, cutesy sort of thing. I mean, it isn’t terrible and you get used to it, but it is not riveting. So now, not really being super potent as the kids show/comedy, “Ultimate” kinda sits down and gets serious about its plot. And what happens, they kinda take from “Spectacular Spider-man’s” plot. SPOILERS AHEAD: I mean, sure, I bet “Spectacular” is not the only Spider-man iteration where Osborn and Octavius are guilty for the production of like 75-90% of Spidey’s villains, but the situation between the two Cartoons situations regarding this is suspiciously similar considering how recently both were created. But it has to be different from Spectacular, right? So they do things like make Harry Osborn into the Villain “Venom’ (Don’t get me started on that) or make “Carnage” Spidey wearing the Venom symbiote (something else that kinda bugs me). I feel like it’s almost as if they are gasping for straws to find the plot and over arching stories that were in “Spectacular.” That may not be true, but that is vibe I get.

And what about Sony’s new Spider-man movies? The ones that were supposed to be the sequels Sam Raimi refused to do? I get some people like Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, but man I feel like he sooooooooo oversells it. I mean, you don’t have to pummel people with your awkwardness for us to get that you are a socially inept individual. And as far as I know, there has never been an sign that Peter was socially inept to begin with. He just got picked on because he was an intellectual, a nerd. Just because he had few friends didn’t mean that he didn’t know how to talk to people, it could have just meant that no one gave him a chance. So I don’t feel like it was necessary to make him that freakin’ awkward. He was a funny Spidey, but I dunno. Kurt Conners was not done super well in that movie to me, and they changed lines to not be “verbatim remakes” of the first three movies, but ugh. The whole “not saying “with great power comes great responsibility” thing, or the falling down and seeing the luchadore mask instead of actually fighting the wrestler? I felt like they were cop-outs. And the second movie, I felt like half the dialogue for all the characters was Peter’s awkward “uh’s” from the first movie. Electro in the second movie and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy in both were kinda saving graces.

So there is my frustration. To make money, both Marvel and Sony kinda made sub par products (movies and shows) based on Economics and not, in my opinion, on what was best for the Spidey franchise. That’s why I talk up this guy:

David WIllis

This is David Willis. He makes web-comics. Has he made slightly lower quality stuff before? Yes. To sell out and make cash like Sony and Marvel though? Not that I know of.
The stuff he made that was lower quality was just his early stuff, which is better than anything I have ever made/posted, and as he learned and got better so did his art. When he did his reboot, he just wanted to give his older characters a new life. See if he could do them justice. Not saying that the people who worked on the various Spidey projects didn’t love the characters, but just saying that Willis’ characters are less likely to be subject to company politics, and that gives him an advantage. As an independent, there is no Executives breathing down his neck and selling rights to characters, and thus less limit to how he structures his own multi-verses.

So basically I am saying there is an advantage to new media (Web comics and blogs) versus big companies (old media, centralized and distributed by one or two big guys) because company decisions won’t undermine what you make. Profit is still important, but not so important that one makes less quality products to make more money.

That’s how I view it, anyway.

But what does that have to do with my comic? I was trying to say all that IN my comic. That’s why it is all text and no art. I drew it already, not thinking of how much exposition I had needed, to make the comic. So, I drew it, realized there was no way I was going to say I wanted to in the comic I had created, and tried to edit it so I got as much as I could in. Did it work? No.

But I want to post it as an example of what NOT to do, so if I come back to that concept I can do it right.

Then there is the Third strip, which is me just kinda parodying cyber punk.

Cyber thing

I was going to post some other strips as well, but I don’t have a scanner. Before I can post all the ones I drew, I have to post one I have no yet scanned. So, I have all these things that were ready to post like, a whiiiiiiiiiiiile ago, and they are nowhere to be seen because of that slight error. So, Next week there maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaybe a lot more activity on here to make up for that. I will do my best, but I promise I will see you all next week XD