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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Just Add Comics| CLUE

Welcome to another edition of Just Add Comics, where I highlight comic books that adapt stories from other forms of media — movies, television, plays, “webisodes”, etc. — and see how they match up compared to the original. I actually wasn’t planning to make another one of these posts so soon, but I recently came across a comic that was so far off my radar that I couldn’t put off talking about it anymore. That’s because the comic I want to cover today is an adaptation of a classic board game: Cluedo, or as it’s more commonly known in America, Clue.

Wait…seriously? says the Hypothetical Reader. Yes. Seriously.

Look, I get it. I was skeptical myself, but after reading up on all things Clue over the last few days (i.e. I skimmed over all the pertinent bits on Wikipedia), I dunno, I guess I’ve been converted. I even pulled an old copy of the board game we had lying around the house to reacquaint myself with the set-up, and I think I have enough now to make this worth your time and mine. So yeah, let’s put on those deerstalker caps and dive in.

Source: My basement, rescued from under a copy of Battleship and the “FRIENDS” Trivia Board Game. Incidentally, the artwork here is done by Drew Struzan. Yes, that Drew Struzan.

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Ten Songs I Love To Sing Out Loud In My Car (But Will Never Ever Let You Catch Me Doing)

This past week was a bit of a rough patch for me, downtime-wise, on account of Work Reasons That I Don’t Want To Talk About, and as a result I’ve been feeling a bit sulky. Fortunately I am prepared for just such an occasion in the form of a whole playlist of terrible, wonderful music that for some reason gets me back in a good mood. As I was driving home from work the other day, cranking the music up and singing along (badly), I had a flash of, well, I guess you could call it inspiration for lack of a better word.

“You know what would be fun? Taking a couple songs from my terrible musical library and posting my thoughts online for a bunch of random strangers to make fun of! Also, maybe grab a Pepsi.”

Anyway, now that I’ve got my carbonated beverage of choice in hand and an hour or so to kill, how about another edition of One Hundred Words, where I focus on terribly cheesy music no grown man should ever sing along to, but that I absolutely do. If this doesn’t destroy whatever credibility I have left, I don’t know what will.

This is a good idea!

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Every Single Movie I Watched In Summer 2018 (In 100 Words Or Less)

Writing takes a lot of time, especially when you’re trying to say something in a way that a million other people haven’t already said. Add a normal day job to that, on top of Unpredictable Life Stuff, and it becomes that much harder to get yourself in the proper mindset. I only mention this because the thing I meant to post earlier this week is going to take a bit longer than I thought, so I’m working on trimming and refocusing it down to a more manageable length. Still, I’d like to finish writing something in the meantime, if only to keep myself from stalling out completely.

On that note, I’m gonna try something a little different here and take a look at a couple movies I saw over the summer, roughly April to August 2018. Just to keep things moving and avoid rambling on, I’m gonna put an handicap on myself and try to keep it to a hundred words or less. Admittedly this is more of a writing exercise to try and consolidate my thoughts rather than actual proper reviews; it would be more accurate to call them impressions or observations, so take that as you will. With all that out of the way, here are a few thoughts on a bunch of movies I saw this summer.

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Z Reviews MOVING PICTURES by Kathryn and Stuart Immonen

Isn’t it interesting how old forgotten things from our past find their way back into our lives? A crumpled up dollar bill you find in your pants pocket; a box of toys you stumble across during spring cleaning; running into an old friend from your high school days at the grocery store. They must have had some value to us once, some presumably more than others, but then for one reason or another we simply stopped thinking about them until one day, out of the blue, they sneak up on us. Moments like that make me wonder why those things were so important to me in the first place and, if they were, what does it say about me that I could forget them so easily?

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Welcome to the inaugural edition of what I’m tentatively calling Just Add Comics, where I hope to shine a light on stories from other forms of media — movies, TV, web series, books, etc. — that have been adapted, for whatever reason, into comic books. I don’t really have a set format established for this yet, but for now I’m going to start by providing a brief summary of the source material, talk about some of the talent behind it, and then get into the comic itself. The story I want to talk about today is by acclaimed fantasy writer, Neil Gaiman, with a title that recognizes a timeless problem that has plagued so many awkward teenagers:

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