Fun-Size Friday| 7-12-19

Greetings and welcome to the very first Giant-Size Fan-Thing Fun-Size Friday! This is my chance to completely abandon any pretensions of theme, analysis, and critical thinking to basically talk about whatever I want! I also won’t be limited to a single topic like in my usual posts: it could be just one subject or it could be as many as a dozen [Editor’s Note: Never, ever gonna happen]. The only provision is that I have to keep each topic to a hundred words or less. Even this introduction is under a hundred words!

Yeah that’s right, we’ve already started.

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Z vs THE RE-INTRODUCTION!!!

About a year ago today, I made a spontaneous, not entirely well thought out decision to purchase a domain address and spend a substantial part of my day writing about comic books online. Actually, comic books “and things”, which was just a way to cover myself if I started to get burnt out on comic books, which, based on the fact I haven’t posted anything for about a year now, didn’t really pan out.

It was pretty basic stuff: I did a few comic book reviews, highlighted a couple movies I enjoyed, did a couple think pieces abo—

WHOA-HO-HO! “THINK PIECES”? SERIOUSLY? WOW. I KNOW IT’S TEMPTING TO REWRITE HISTORY BUT THIS IS DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO J.K. ROWLING LEVELS OF REVISIONISM HERE!

Oh no. Please, no.

ALTHOUGH, I SUPPOSE “THINK PIECES” ISN’T ENTIRELY INACCURATE. YOU ALWAYS DID SPEND A LOT MORE TIME THINKING ABOUT WRITING THAN ACTUALLY DOING THE DARNED THING.

That annoying voice…that bold, all-caps font…it can’t be.

IT IS! WASSUP, DUDE! IT’S YOUR OLD PAL: THE VOICE INSIDE YOUR HEAD. LONG TIME NO PSYCHOTIC BREAKDOWN.

Again with this nonsense?! A whole freaking year and I’m already falling back on the old “talking to myself” gimmick? Why do I keep doing this to myself?

I MEAN, I’M NO EXPERT, BUT I THINK IT’S BECAUSE EVER SINCE YOU WERE YOUNG YOU’VE STRUGGLED WITH PUTTING YOURSELF OUT THERE IN FRONT OF OTHERS, EVEN YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND THE THOUGHT OF SHARING YOUR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS – ESPECIALLY ONLINE WHERE ANY GOOMBA WITH AN INTERNET CONNECTION CAN SEE THEM AND CRUCIFY YOU FOR IT – EVEN FOR SOMETHING AS TRIVIAL AS COMIC BOOKS, IS JUST A LIIITTLE BIT MORE THAN YOU CAN HANDLE AT THIS POINT, AND SO THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN THINK OF EMOTIONALLY GUARDING YOURSELF AGAINST CRITICISM IS TO CREATE THIS OTHER VERSION OF YOURSELF TO BOUNCE YOUR THOUGHTS OFF OF AND MAKE JOKES AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE, TO PUT YOURSELF DOWN BEFORE THE HATERS HAVE A CHANCE.

…“goomba”?

WHATEVER, MAN. SO ARE WE BACK IN BUSINESS OR WHAT?

Can you slow down for like half a second and let me process, please? I had a lot I wanted to talk about here.

WHAT, THAT’S ALL THIS IS, ISN’T IT? YOU’RE WRITING AGAIN.

I mean, yes, but I wasn’t planning on being so abrupt about it, you know? I thought I could get to go into a bit more detail.

OH PLEASE, WE BOTH KNOW IT’S NOT THAT INTERESTING. THIS IS THE INTERNET. THERE’S LITERALLY NOTHING YOU COULD SAY ON HERE THAT WOULD SURPRISE ANYONE, SO LET’S JUST GET ON WITH IT.

It just feels a little…unceremonious.

YOU CAN ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET THE NEXT TIME YOU LEAVE FOR A YEAR WITH NO EXPLANATION. FOR NOW, LET’S STICK TO BULLET POINTS. YOU STILL PLANNING TO TALK ABOUT COMICS, CARTOONS, AND ALL MANNER OF GEEKERY?

I mean, that is pretty much the only thing I can talk about with any sort of authority. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, you know?

ER, I MEAN, IT KINDA DID BREAK THOUGH. LIKE, YOU STOPPED, COMPLETELY.

Semantics.

I DON’T THINK YOU’RE USING THAT RIGHT. DOESN’T MATTER, MOVING ON. WHAT KIND OF POSTING SCHEDULE SHOULD READERS EXPECT MOVING FORWARD?

I don’t know, it definitely won’t be the same as before, that’s for sure. I don’t really have as much time as I used to, even compared to last year, but I still want to put out something on a more consistent basis, but I also want to have enough time to really polish it up, while also—

OH-NO-MY-ADHD-MILLENIAL-ATTENTION-SPAN-IS-FADING-WHAT’S-PEWDIEPIE-TWEETING-RIGHT-NOW-I-SIMPLY-MUST-CHECK-THIS-VERY-INSTANT

One post a week! One post, probably either Wednesday or Thursday. If I can make it more than a couple months just doing that, maybe we can start figuring out how to proceed from there. Happy?

IT’LL DO FOR A START, BUT DUDE, YOU BETTER NOT JUST LEAVE PEOPLE IN THE LURCH AGAIN.

I think you may be slightly overestimating how big the audience is for my writing.

I LIKE TO THINK OF MYSELF AS AN OPTIMIST.

I will try to be more consistent, and that’s pretty much all I can guarantee. If this is the only thing I put out all year, people can dump on me in the comments all they like.

ASSUMING THERE’S ANYONE OUT THERE WHO ACTUALLY READS THIS POST AND CARES HARD ENOUGH TO WRITE A REPLY.

I thought you were an optimist!

I CONTAIN MULTITUDES.

You’ll understand if I find that quote more than a bit unsettling coming from a voice inside my head.

I MISSED THIS. DID YOU MISS THIS?

Not even a little bit.

YOU LIAR.

Nine DOCTOR WHO Episodes For People Who Don’t Have Time To Watch DOCTOR WHO

Sup, Squares!

You know I’ve covered a lot of geeky stuff these past couple months, including comic books, anime, the Academy Awards, and my unapologetic love for trashy pop music. Assuming you read the title, you won’t be surprised to learn my love of all things nerd also extends to the long-running British TV series, Doctor Who. For those of you who don’t have a clue what Doctor Who is, allow me to provide a brief overview.

How about a little music to set the mood?

In the vast reaches of the cosmos, there is an alien known as The Doctor; a Time Lord who ran away from their home planet in a stolen time machine called a TARDIS. This impossible machine is bigger on the inside, can take it’s passengers anywhere in time and space, and is perpetually stuck in the form of a blue police box from 1963. Often accompanied by one or more human “companions”, the Doctor travels from place to place righting wrongs, defeating monsters, and generally leaving things better than when they arrived.

Additionally, should The Doctor’s body ever sustain too much damage, the Time Lords have the unique ability to “regenerate”. This process can repair the damage and even save them from death, but at the cost of altering their entire body at the cellular level, and one never knows what kind of Doctor will emerge. Though their personality, gender, and fashion sense may change, one thing never will: The Doctor will always be there to save the day.

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Source: Geeks Media

As someone who has followed the show since it’s “revival” back in 2005, I can wholeheartedly recommend Doctor Who to anyone who has even a passing interest in science fiction or fantasy. However, I understand that not everyone has the time or the interest to add yet another show to their pile of movies, TV shows, and other miscellaneous media. I’ve currently got a back-list of Marvel TV shows that’s about a mile high, so believe me, I get it. Fortunately, Doctor Who features a number of “standalone” episodes; one-hour tales that tell one complete story and aren’t too bogged down in continuity or a larger season long story arc. For those people who can only spare an hour or so, I present nine Doctor Who episodes that you can watch right now, without having to resort to Wikipedia.

So, with all the preamble out of the way, shall we?

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Source: Doctor Who 24/7

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What’s Next After VENOM? Here’s Ten Movies SONY Could Totally Make (But Probably Shouldn’t)

Sup, Squares!

You may not be entirely aware of this, or perhaps you just ignored it, but we have a Venom movie coming to theaters pretty soon. Oh cool, you might be thinking, another Marvel movie featuring a classic Spider-Man villain! So does this take place before Infinity War or what? Well interestingly enough, Venom actually takes place in it’s own isolated universe separate from the other Marvel heroes. That means no Infinity War, no Avengers, and no Spider-Man.

What? Yeah.

This is all part of the Sony Universe of Marvel Characters, a new “cinematic universe” that Sony has been trying to get off the ground since The Amazing Spider-Man 2. If Venom turns out to be the big hit Sony clearly wants it to be, the studio already has plans for movies featuring other characters like Silver Sable, Jackpot, and Morbius the Living Vampire, to name but a few. Whether or not this experiment succeeds, the idea of making movies based on these Spider-Man characters, without Spider-Man actually being in them, intrigued me.

It got me to thinking, as long as Sony is looking for ideas, perhaps I could pitch a few of my own. Full disclosure: I haven’t really put a ton of thought into these; I’m basically just pulling names out of a hat here and seeing what I can come up with. On that note, presented in no particular order are ten movie pitches for movies Sony could totally use for their cinematic universe, each in a hundred words or less!

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Z vs AVATAR: THE [LIVE-ACTION] AIRBENDER?!?

SUP, DUDE!

Sup, voice in my head! It’s been a while.

PROBABLY FOR THE BEST, CONSIDERING. WHAT’S ON OUR MIND TODAY?

Well as you know we got some pretty big news out of the blue on Tuesday.

CAPTAIN MARVEL LOVES PUNCHING OLD PEOPLE.

What?! Where did that come from?

THERE WAS A LOT OF WEIRD NEWS ON TUESDAY. SPEAKING OF, WHY WAS MARIO CART TRENDING ON TWITTER?

I dunno, Twitter is weird. For now I want to talk about the news that Netflix is adapting Avatar: The Last Airbender into a new live-action TV series!

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Source: Reddit

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Every Episode Of THE DRAGON PRINCE Season One In 100 Words Or Less (SPOILER-FREE)

Sup, Squares!

The last week has been an unusually busy one even by my usual standards, full of good things (I went to my first comic book convention!) and less-than-good things (work). None of that matters now though because I just remembered that Netflix dropped the full first season of The Dragon Prince to stream yesterday and I literally can’t focus on anything else until I sit down and watch this thing. It’s taking everything I’ve got just to finish writing this introduction!

For those of you who don’t know or may have forgot (like me), The Dragon Prince is the latest offering from co-creator Aaron Ehasz, a writer whose resume includes one of my all-time favorite animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. As both a co-executive producer and the head writer, Ehasz was responsible for penning some of the very best episodes of Avatar, so you’ll forgive me if I’m going into this with unrealistically high expectations. My only real concern is the animation; in still photos it looks good enough but just from watching the trailer I’m a little confused why they went with this particular style. Perhaps it’ll grow on me.

Anyway, seeing how Netflix is dropping nine episodes all at once I figured I’d try what all the cool kids are doing nowadays and attempt a “binge watch”. Then I figured as long as I’m doing this, heck, I might as well write my thoughts on each episode as I watch them because, I dunno, I need to write something this week. I’m gonna do my best to keep my thoughts as vague and spoiler-free as possible but, you know, read at your own risk.

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Ten Cool Songs I Only Know About Because Of Anime

I think after 15+ years of watching dozens of different anime movies and television series I can now say with some confidence that I’m an anime fan. Sure, it hasn’t all been great and in some instances it’s been downright terrible, but on the whole I think I’ve got a lot more positive things to say about anime than I do negatives. One thing I think we can all agree on, experts and “casuals” alike, is that anime has some pretty friggin’ awesome music.

Anime TV series in particular feature a constant rotation of new songs in the form of openings and endings: one-and-a-half to two minute “bookends” near the start and end of each episode featuring music combined with unique and eye-catching animation. A lot of times these little animated music videos are the only part of the anime I’ve actually seen, and sometimes these little bookends are so enjoyable that they actually rise above the series itself. I’ve had these sorts of songs stuck in my head more times than I can count, and today I thought I’d shine a light on a few in particular that I love, specifically from anime openings.

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