The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series. This week: The Phoenix Saga continues in Part IV, as we meet Cyclops's dad and he immediately tries to get him to kill someone.
Here's something weird for you: Miley Cyrus and John Kricfalusi, the animator and Ren & Stimpy creator often goes by John K., are pals. They apparently met a while back over a dinner in which Kricfalusi drew stuff for her for more than two hours.
Now, Kricfalusi is serving as a vaguely defined artistic director for Cyrus' tour in support of her album Bangerz, which starts up next month. I told you it was weird.
We've seen a lot of "chibi" Optimus Prime figures in our time, but it looks like Hong Kong toymaker Kids Logic is going to take the cake for coolest lil' Transformers Autobot leader of 2014. Due out this month, the 6" figure features a signature "super deformed" sculpt without sacrificing the kind of articulation and detail fans are used to seeing from Hasbro and Takara's much taller offerings.
If you've seen the 2009 blaxploitation parody Black Dynamite or the Adult Swim cartoon of the same name, then I don't really need to tell you why a new, four-issue IDW Publishing miniseries from writer Brian Ash, artists Ron Wimberly and Sal Buscema, and colorist JM Ringuet is exciting. The very idea is exciting on its face.
But if somehow you aren't familiar with the explosive franchise, let me just tell you this: Black Dynamite is a love machine who can't stand to see jive-ass suckas dealing smack to the kids and is also not fond of his kung-fu being interrupted.
The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series. This week: The Phoenix Saga continues with Juggernaut, Banshee and Black Tom Cassidy added in, because apparently there wasn't enough going on already.
Directed by Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is a theatrical extension of their award-winning work on Batman: The Animated Series which finds Batman on the trail of a lethal new villain for whose crimes he has been wrongly given the blame, and whose identity and motives strike hard into the heart of Gotham City’s protector. The film is equal parts mystery, action and romance, and enhanced by riveting music, truly emotional vocal performances and exquisite animation and art direction like no other American animated feature. Indeed, legendary film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert actually apologized to their television audience for not reviewing Mask of the Phantasm when it was released in theaters (lousy promotion caused them to mistake it for a compilation of episodes from the animated series) and heaped effusive praise on the film and its principals. The 1993 film remains the only animated Batman feature released cinematically.
This past Christmas marked the 20th anniversary Mask of the Phantasm, a film that’s arguably its creators’ most perfect expression of their enduringly influential vision of DC Comics’ dark knight — a vision that many believe is the most perfect expression of Batman in any medium. While Warner Bros. has yet to announce any plans for a high definition reissue or any other offerings connected with the special occasion, the film fanatics at Mondo — purveyors of extremely fine illustrated film posters and other cinematic celebrations — decided to honor Mask of the Phantasm with an anniversary event in connection with the famous Alamo Drafthouse of Austin, Texas, where they screened the film in its original 35mm format for a sold-out house last Tuesday, January 7. As always, Mondo came prepared with an extremely limited quantities of new screen-printed poster, and which serves as an update of the film’s original theatrical one-sheet and an homage to the aesthetic legacy of Timm and Radomski’s work.
ComicsAlliance was there.
If you thought that Comic Book Guy marrying a mangaka named Kumiko in this Sunday's new The Simpsons episode, "Married to the Blob" was going to be all Hulk Hands and Stan Lee and Harlan Ellison cameos, rest assured that principally western pop culture references aren't going to hog all of the airtime. In a new clip posted by Fox's Animation Domination channel, fans can watch an intoxicated Homer and the father of the bride-to-be stumble through a Studio Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki-inspired wonderland chock full of homages to Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service and more. It may be the best thing you'll see all week... with the full episode probably being the best thing you'll see on Sunday.
Listen, we know you probably already saw the low-res images (complete with sweet glaring flash!) of LEGO's upcoming The Simpsons House set that surfaced over the weekend. They were everywhere. We don't blame you for looking. We did. But you know what? You deserve better. Hit the jump to see the official, hi-res images, along with an HD video of the set in action.
Over the past few months, Warner Bros. Animation has been taking to Instagram to give fans a speedy look at the skills of the folks working behind the scenes on Cartoon Network shows like MAD. Today, CA's been given a first-look at WBA's latest "WBA Quick Draw" video that sees Teen Titans Go! Producer Aaron Horvath jam on a fun Robin sketch based on the character design by Dan Hipp. The timelapse-y nature of the clip makes it easy to observe one of our favorite talents in animation at his drawing board (or, in this case, Cintiq). See Horvath in action after the cut.
It's been almost a year since The Hub and Squared Entertainment announced that they'd be producing an animated version of Stan Lee's Mighty 7, the Archie comic created by Lee, alongside writers Tony Blake and Paul Jackson, and artist Alex Saviuk.
Now, the first clip from the movie has surfaced in advance of an airing on The Hub in February. In a very meta approach, Lee stars as himself and meets the titular heroes after Archie has tasked him with creating a new superhero team. Check out the clip, which only offers a glimpse of the movie's jaw droppingly strange voice cast, after the jump.