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‘Venture Bros’ Post-Show Analysis, Season 6, Episode 5: ‘Tanks for Nuthin’

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Welcome to Calamitous Intent, Comics Alliance’s weekly reckoning with The Venture Bros, in which Betty Felon and Elle Collins, longtime fans of Adult Swim’s most complicated half hour, discuss and clarify the latest episode.

In this week’s installment, “Tanks for Nuthin,” Ventech’s stock takes a dive, even more supervillains attack the Venture tower, and Dr. Mrs. the Monarch is on the Blue Morpho’s trail. “Tanks for Nuthin” was written and directed by Jackson Publick.

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Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: The Best Powerpuff Girls Fan Art

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With a brand-new Powerpuff Girls series headed to Cartoon Network this spring, this seems like the perfect time to gather some Powerpuff fan art for your enjoyment. Ever since Professor Utonium accidently created them in his lab in 1998, the Powerpuff Girls have been the heroes of Townsville and some of the most influential superheroes to originate on television rather than comics.

The girls comprise a perfectly balanced team despite the small number (and small stature). Buttercup is the violent tomboy, Bubbles is the sunny girly-girl, and Blossom, as the leader, falls between those extremes. Add the Professor as an Alfred figure and the Mayor of Townsville as their Commissioner Gordon, and you have a perfect little superhero premise.

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‘Venture Bros’ Post-Show Analysis, Season 6, Episode 4: ‘Rapacity in Blue’

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Welcome to Calamitous Intent, Comics Alliance’s weekly reckoning with The Venture Bros, in which Betty Felon and Elle Collins, longtime fans of Adult Swim’s most complicated half hour, discuss and clarify the latest episode.

In this week’s installment, “Rapacity in Blue,” the Monarch tries on a new identity, Brock gives in to his desires, and VenTech creates something really dangerous. “Rapacity in Blue” was written by Doc Hammer and directed by Jackson Publick.

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Toy Fair 2016: Mezco’s One:12 Collective Blows Everything Else Away

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Excellent. Amazing. Unbelievable. Awesome. What's left to say about Mezco's One:12 Collective that we haven't already said? Well we better start thinking of some new superlatives because 2016 is going to be ridonkulous for this line. Where once Mezco was content to start slow and only release a few figures in a calendar year, the company's plans for 2016 include more than a dozen different figures from Marvel, DC Comics, Universal Monsters, classic animation, and Star Trek. If you had told me last year when Batman and Judge Dredd released that just one year later we'd be able to start building our own Justice League in the One:12 Collective, I'd have told you to git out. But here we are, and Mezco's positioning itself to be the new leader in 1/12 scale figures.

That's a tall order given the competition, but Mezco's not really playing on the same field as Hasbro and Mattel, or even NECA. Though NECA does have its own line of clothed figures, the retro-inspired line is meant to pay tribute to the past with the advances of modern figure design. Mezco's approach is to take on the high-end of the spectrum, where the likes of Sideshow and Hot Toys reside, but provide a smaller figure with just as much detail and accessories for less than half the price. Not only does that make One:12 Collective more attractive from a collecting and displaying standpoint, but it's also a lot easier on the wallet... provided you don't want to buy them all like I do.

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Toy Fair 2016: DC Super Hero Girls Are Going to Run the World

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Every step along the way, Mattel's new DC Super Hero Girls have looked better and better. Since announcing DC Super Hero Girls, Mattel has slowly been teasing the figures and dolls, along with the numerous other branded accessories like notebooks, skate helmets, socks and books. There are already a dozen animated shorts online, which I guess are supposed to be the impetus to get you to buy the dolls. Considering most of these characters are already fairly big names, it seems like the inverse might be more true. But what do I know?

Not much, except for one thing. This line is going to be trouble.

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Something Special: Brad Breeck On The Music Of ‘Gravity Falls’ [Interview]

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If you're anything like me, you're probably trying to sort through your feelings about Disney's Gravity Falls airing its last episode this week. As many of you will understand, Gravity Falls holds a special place in my heart. The show is funny, charming, subversive, wholesome, and amazing, and I think I can speak without hyperbole when I say that it is one of the best things that has ever happened to television. If you've never seen it, you've got some catching up to do.

Now that we're perfectly clear on how I feel about the show, it should come as no surprise that when I was presented with the opportunity to interview the show's composer Brad Breeck, I jumped at it. Breeck is the man responsible for not just the iconic theme, but all the other music on the show as well --- as well as music for Star Vs. The Forces of Evil and We Bare Bears. To mark the sad occasion of the show's final episode, ComicsAlliance is delighted to put a spotlight on one of the people that helped make it so great.

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‘Venture Bros’ Post-Show Analysis, Season 6, Episode 3: ‘Faking Miracles’

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Welcome to Calamitous Intent, Comics Alliance’s weekly reckoning with The Venture Bros, in which Betty Felon and Elle Collins, longtime fans of Adult Swim’s most complicated half hour, discuss and clarify the latest episode.

In this week’s installment, “Faking Miracles,” the Monarch learns something huge about his father, Hank’s love life gets complicated, and Dean gets a surprising edge while studying for the SATs. "Faking Miracles" was written and directed by Jackson Publick.

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Toy Fair 2016: DC Collectibles’ Batman: The Animated Series Figures Will Ruin Your Bank Account

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For three years, DC Collectibles has been churning out figures based on the beloved Batman: The Animated Series. There have been a few hiccups along the way, but after seemingly righting the ship at the tail end of 2015, it looks like the line is set for some smooth sailing in the coming year. At Toy Fair, nearly 20 new figures for the line were unveiled for the first time, with final production versions of few others appearing as well. Given that the show, and its successor The New Batman Adventures, ran for so long, there's still plenty of mileage to get out of this series. There's no signs of DC Collectibles slowing down at all, and that's just fine by us.

A few of the figures were teased prior to the show, including the tremendous new box sets for "Girl's Night Out," "Legends of the Dark Knight," and Batman Beyond. Even in the early stages, all three of these collections look fantastic. Supergirl and Livewire are the only new figures to the "Girl's Night Out" set, but both are welcome. The two characters had great designs on the show, and those come through wonderfully here. The Batman Beyond set comes with some accessories for Terry, including wing attachments, so there's a lot of promise in that set. Both Batman Beyond and "Girl's Night Out" also hint at potential expansions for DC Collectibles' animated figures. Keep those fingers crossed for an Inque and Bruce Timm-inspired Darkseid.

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Cartoon Network Reveals The Theme Song For The New ‘Powerpuff Girls’

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While we still don't know exactly when Cartoon Network's upcoming relaunch of Powerpuff Girls is going to premiere on television, it's definitely coming soon, and we know that because the promotion for the series is in full swing. It was just last week that the network unveiled a clip from the first episode, and now, we've got a look at the theme song.

Specifically, an extended version of the show's opening sequence, with a brand new theme song, "Who's Got The Power?" by Seattle's Tacocat, just in case you wanted a reason to get pumped up for the return of what might actually be the single best superhero team of the '90s. Give it a watch!

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Watch a Clip from Cartoon Network’s New Powerpuff Girls Series!

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We've been hearing for a while about an all-new Powerpuff Girls series coming to Cartoon Network, and today they've released the very first clip from the show, which you can watch right here.

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