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I've been hearing a lot of buzz for the new cartoon Young Justice, so I tracked down the first episode and gave it a try. I... don't think I'll be sticking with it.

Let me just say that the animation is beautiful. It's very crisp, everything is smooth, and it doesn't look like any of the other DC cartoons I've watched, so it really stands out. It reminds me a lot of the animation for X-men: Evolution, which I'm very fond of. So, my first impression was that it was going to rock.

But the first episode left me feeling underwhelmed, mostly because of the characters. To begin with, the first episode features a grand total of zero women with lines. Normally I wouldn't be too bugged by this (it happens a lot and I've accepted it) but I remember seeing female heroes in the promo images, so a complete absence of them sticks out.

Another thing is that the characters are incredibly whiny and unlikeable, in my opinion. I'm okay with teens being whiny and then proving themselves, but Jesus CHRIST are these boys whiny. And it's all the same kind of whiny - "we're not sidekicks!" "We wanna see the Justice League's toys!" "Treat us like adults!" I was doodling while watching this episode and didn't even realize multiple boys were whining because the way their voices are written all sounds the same. And on the topic of voices, the "witty" quips the writers gave Robin are HORRIBLE. They are just stupid and sound like the writers were just trying waaaay too hard, especially since he says one every two minutes. Again, I'm all for quips, but only if they're actually funny and sound natural.

Other then that, the story didn't really grab me. A show about sidekicks is a good idea, since these are characters that don't get to shine as much and may be a bit obscure compared to the main heroes. But in practice, that turns into a weakness of the show - I don't know anything about these kids, and the show is treating them like I should. I thought Aqualad was white*? I thought Green Arrow's sidekick was named Speedy? I thought that was Tim's uniform but imdb tells me that it's Dick? This is a show meant for hardcore fans, not casual ones like myself. And it looks kind of good and I'm sure there are plenty of hardcore fans that are having fun with it. But this is one superhero cartoon I'm not going to join in on the fun.

*ETA: Wiki tells me that there is a black Aqualad named Jackson Hyde. But seriously, all my knowledge of Aqualad comes from Blackest Night (think that one was Garth?) and the Teen Titans cartoon where he was voiced by Wil Wheaton.
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I finally got my hands on the Batman Beyond miniseries comics! Well, sort of. I went to the comic store for the first time in months the other week, and they had issues 4-6, so I bought those. But they didn't have 1-3 and didn't think any store in town would. So I resorted to buying online... but couldn't find issue 1. BUT. I got 2-6, so I at least got to read them. Here's my thoughts on the miniseries, under the cut because of spoilers.

Hush Beyond spoilers )

Wooooow, TL;DR. Congrats to whoever read through all my nerdy ramblings. So, long story short: There are some problems with characterization and the villains, but I still really enjoyed the series. I look forward to the ongoing series, and hope the fandom will get more active. Oh, and expect some icons from the comic from me soon.
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I think I'm about due for another art post. I've been sketching quite a bit lately, which makes me happy. I think I may have a bit of an artist's block for the last few months, because I just couldn't come up with anything to draw just for the fun of it. Now I seem to be over it, though. So yay! Now, on to the art post.

Lots of boys this time, oddly enough )

My car is all fixed now, it was the steering pump that was having problems.

I talked to my adviser today, and I think I might do a minor in geology. Because... it sounds like it would be cool to do. Haven't decided yet, though.
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So, I sketched quite a bit in the past month. Guess today's an art day, then.

All sketches, mostly original stuff, one piece of fan art )

In other news, I've started reading Homestruck. That... comic? Can it really be called that? Is... strange. I just finished Act 2, and while it's interesting, it moves rather slowly. Still, the themes being presented and the way the story moves along, flipping between perspectives and time-lines, it really interesting.
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It's been a while since I've done an art post. Probably because it's been a while since I've done any art. But I did some in August, so here we go.

Various sketches and some finished art )
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Heeeey, it's been a while since I've done an art post. Probably because I didn't do too much art in June. So, hey, let's do one of those.

Some sketches, mostly fan art sort of stuff )

That's about it. Not much to talk about lately. I'm going to one last showing of Rocky Horror tomorrow, though, which will be awesome.
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Day 04 - Your favorite show ever

Anyone that's talked to me more then once probably already knows the answer to this - Batman Beyond.

Do I even really need to go into detail? Because I know myself, I know once I start talking about it, I'll never shut up.

Basically, I love Batman Beyond for doing what comics so often fail to do - moving forward. Batman Beyond was a shake-up to the Batman franchise, finally letting us see Bruce Wayne after he'd retired from the cowl, with little intention of going back. It was a new Gotham, a new Batman, a new story to be told. It wasn't just the same thing recycled over and over.

Terry was a fantastic Batman. While he'll never be The Batman, he did a good job of filling in for Bruce. He wasn't just a young clone of Bruce, either. His motivations for becoming Batman where different, as was the way he did it. He was rash and didn't think things through all the time and tried very hard not to let his life as Batman take over his life as Terry. He was funny. He was Bruce's opposite, basically, and that's what made him shine, to me. The writers knew he couldn't be the old man, so they didn't try to make him.

The show was well-written, constantly teetering between hilarious and grim, and that was a good thing. The characters were engaging and the show spent time on growth and development, something that tends to be missing in most cartoons. It captured me as a kid, and I can still watch it and be amazing by it.
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And this time they aren't Batman Beyond icons! Instead, it's Cybersix icons! Because that show is awesome and needs more love. 24 icons in this batch, all from the opening theme to the show.

Sample, just 'cause:


More under the cut )

It is a LOT easier to get good screencaps from Cybersix then it is Batman Beyond. Cybersix has much more consistent animation, so every episode looks really good, whereas the quality of BB varies from episode to episode. Though, it might have something to do with different episodes of BB being animated by different companies, while Cybersix was kept to a single company. Interestingly enough, though, the BB movie was animated by the same company that did Cybersix.
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When I first heard the term 'drag race' I was about six or seven, and my first thought was "Wow, it's really mean to make a bunch of guys run around a track in dresses and high heels." I didn't realize that a drag race actually involved cars until I was almost out of middle school. I kind of prefer my version.

So I think I might be allergic to the handsoap that's put up in the dorm bathroom. My hands have been rather dry lately, and the past few days they've been really red and raw. I stopped using the soap in the bathroom in my dorm for a few days, and bought some of my own for my room, and my hands have been doing a lot better. Lotion has also helped. Still, I'm a bit concerned that soap is potentially making my hands just raw as hell.

Cybersix is fucking amazing. I didn't hear about this show until just a few hours ago, but I tracked it down and have watched a few episodes and oh my god. Awesome. There's only 13 episodes though, and I'm kind of scared of watching the whole thing because I know I'll get attached to it and just feel sad when it's over. I wonder if there are translations of the original Argentinian comics floating around somewhere?

Got done reading Blackest Night. Very awesome, and I really want to continue reading The Flash now. I'm a bit disappointed with the ending, but it was still very enjoyable. A good gateway comic, I think.

And lastly, meme snagged from [livejournal.com profile] umi_mikazuki under the cut:
Music meme )
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Guuuuys

This makes me wanna cry.

Or stab my eyes out with a spoon.

Not sure which.




FYI, that's a cover for an X-men Manga. Yeeeeah. Flip through the gallery some more - it's a doozy. And painful, seriously.

And what's this crap I'm reading under that image about the Xavier Institute being an all-boy's school? Ooooh, why did I have to be shown this? I finally got re-acquainted with the awesomeness that is X-men Evolution and now I just want to weep.
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This is BALCONY DOG, the GREATEST SUPERHERO!

Basically, my friends X, Penguin, and myself where walking around downtown Denver on St. Patrick's day, and I spotted a dog on a balcony of a tall building. So I made up a story in which he is Balcony Dog, a superhero! And then X crushed my dreams by telling me Balcony Dog couldn't fly. :< X can be kind of a jerk.

That's X (on the left) and me (right) in that last panel - probably the worst drawing of us ever. I forgot to put Penguin in there, oops.
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I drew a freaking TON of art this month, so it's time for monthly art post, whoo!

Mostly aliens and superheroes )

In other news, it's been confirmed that the Batman Beyond comic mini-series comes out in June. Aaaaaugh, it cannot happen fast enough!
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So I just found out most, if not all, of X-men Evolution is on hulu.com. This is so freaking awesome. I LOVED that cartoon. Almost to the same degree I love Batman Beyond. X-men: Evolution is, in my opinion, one of the best superhero cartoons ever made, comparable to Batman: The Animated Series in terms of quality and story. Each episode has crisp, good animation, and Steven Gordon, the main concept artist behind the show, has been a huge inspiration in my own art lately. I'm so looking forward to re-watching the series.

Also, Evolution has the only version of Cyclops I can stand and one of the few version of Wolverine that I like. Cyclops is actually smart, brave, and a good leader in this show, and while he angsts on occasion, it's not to the degree that it gets annoying. And Wolverine is the way he should be - a short angry Canadian that doesn't say much and whose backstory is mostly left a mystery. Because honestly, I think his character gets boring as hell when we actually know a lot about him.
amredthelector: (batman)
I made icons, whoo. Because I actually found a Melanie/Ten player! So Melanie icons, whoo!

under the cut! )
amredthelector: (batman)
Day 3: My favorite television program

This should be obvious to anyone who’s spoken to me more then twice, but whatevs. It’s Batman Beyond.

Okay, yes, I know, this cartoon has been off air for over six years, but y’know what? The meme doesn’t say it has to be a show that’s currently airing. So yes, BB is my favorite TV show. Why? Oh lord, where to begin…

I think the main reason I like it is because it gave the world a Batman that was relatable. I know, I know, Batman isn’t really supposed to be relatable. Still, the fact that Bruce Wayne is such a humongous asshole is the reason why the original Batman isn’t anywhere on the list for my top 5 favorite superheroes (which I will post someday). I like my superheroes to be everypersons, really. And Batman Beyond gave us that. Terry is a high school student who struggles with keeping his social life together while also being Batman. He’s set apart from characters such as, say, Peter Parker, though, in that he does have a bit of a dark past. It’s revealed in bits and pieces throughout the show that he was a troubled kid, who ran away from home a few times and eventually wound up in a gang, and then juvie. He was almost average, but had some interesting aspects about him that kept him from being boring.

The writing for the show was just great. I can’t think of a single episode where I didn’t like the story. The show was dark, like it’s predecessors, but Terry provided a touch of humor that kept it from being the exact same as B:TAS. The relationship between Terry and Bruce was fantastic, lying somewhere between mutual respect and mutual grudges. In an interview, the creators of the show stated that killing off Bruce was considered, but the refused to do so, and I’m glad they didn’t, because it really wouldn’t be the same show without him.

I don’t really have much to say about the art style. It was consistent and clean, and it fit with the previous series, but it never really wowed me. That’s okay with me, though. The writing was great, and that’s enough for me. And even if the art style wasn’t super amazing, it certainly grew on me.

The JLU episode ‘Epilogue’ never happened as far as I’m concerned, though.
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Yeah, that's right. I made a mini Green Lantern Power Battery out of clay and put it on a necklace. Because I can.

Actually no, this was a gift for a friend of mine who loves Green Lantern and got me into the comics. Also, he gave me a Blue Lantern ring as a gift, so now I feel compelled to make a Blue power battery. And thus the descent into a fandom I never saw myself in will begin.
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So, I don't have any actual DRAWINGS for you today, but I do have a wall-of-text poem and some ridiculous photos, so I think I've made up for it.

Let's start with the poem. This was an assignment for my US history class. I was given an article about geopolitics used during WWII, and told to select words and phrases, then use those phrases to write a poem. The only other worlds I could use are 'buffer words' like it, and, or, his, etc.
This poem does not endorse or sympathize with the Nazi party in any way. It was merely a bunch of words taken from an article.

Now... I'd post it here, but LJ screws up the format, so go read it here

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So, I got to do the single most villainous thing ever today.



I got to drink green slurpee from Ironman's head like some horrible war chalice. (Cellphone photo, hence the suckiness.)



D also felt like being evil. (I remembered I had a real camera, durrr :B )



I also bought a straw that came with a tiny ironman figurine. Because I'm a tool.



My friend Death got one, too. IRONMAN HIGH-FIVES!
amredthelector: (Geek Wars)
Dark Knight Trailer
Wow. Oh my God, this make me happy. Well... actually, not all of it. Seems there will be three villains - Scarecrow, Joker, and TwoFace. Nyeeeeh.... why three? Did we not learn our lesson with Spider-man 3? And I've heard that Joker's makeup is 'just makeup'. As in, he applies it himself and it rubs off through out the film. No bleaching of the skin.

What? That's like taking a piss on his entire character. His fucking ORIGIN is that he got bleached and went nuts. Uggggghhh.

And Wayne with the same girl for more then one movie? Nuh uh. Wayne, like, screws movie stars then kicks them out of the house so he can go fight crime. He doesn't have girlfriends.

Still, the motorcycle looks awesome, and the acting of the new Joker seems a lot better then Nicholson (I was never really a fan of his Joker), and Christian Bale does make a good Bruce Wayne. I'll just go to the movie for mindless entertainment. That's what movies are for, right?

Anyways. Enough of that. Cut for FUN WITH ACRYLICS! )

Oh, and I can't believe I missed this. I followed a forum discussion about this for WEEKS and then missed it. I have such a boner for Time Travellers, and I MISSED IT. I... feel sad now.

blarb

Dec. 21st, 2007 12:12 pm
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I wound up listening to some of [livejournal.com profile] gogoicarus's bad fic readings, and grabbed my tablet (named Larry) and just started doodling. Eeeeyup.

Doodly stuffs )

Hey, look, it's almost Christmas! Which... I don't really care, because I already had my Christmas last weekend.
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Okay, this here makes me happy. (Most don't know it, but I'm a super pokenerd) Turns out I'm Bublasaur. Sweeeet.

Aaaand cut for art )

Whoo-hoo! I also just got into a college astronomy class! Whoot.

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