Until last week, I had never heard of Pink Spidergirl. You probably haven't heard about her either. She's not starring in any comics, animated shows or movies. She's not even actually part of Marvel's Spider-Verse, which is a vast and seemingly never-ending source of strange Spider-Man iterations.
No, Pink Spidergirl is one of the biggest heroes on YouTube. In fact, she's so popular, there are a number of different channels that use the character, and more than a million videos starring the Pink Spidergirl across YouTube's endless array of ridiculous videos. The videos are strange, fascinating, and incorporate a bewildering amount of licensed characters to tell stories that often make no sense. So how exactly did Pink Spidergirl become such a sensation?
Earlier this month, Black Mask Studios announced a new initiative to bring comics to potential fans who aren't necessarily going into comic shops. This new initiative is a products they call 'Tubecomics', which you can find, unsurprisingly, on YouTube, as well as the Black Mask Tubecomic site. With voice over and camera movement on many of the panels, they're not just videos of still comics. They're also not quite motion comics, not quite animation, not quite guided view... but they're a bit of a hybrid of all of the above. It's an interesting endeavor that's worth a closer look.
The problem with the direction that print retail has taken in the last few years -- with so much material being purchased online, and with so many direct market stores bagging and boarding books before putting them on the racks -- is that the idea of just picking up a book and flipping through it to see what it looks like seems a thing of the past...
Tony Stark and Hugh Grant aren't the likeliest of enemies - they're both very public figures, have a lot of money, enjoy a cocktail or two, sleep with women under unusual circumstances - but maybe ol' Shellhead just doesn't much care for the actor's turn in "Bridget Jones' Diary...
The 'Plastic Man' pilot for The Cartoon Network, which was never aired, is going to be available in a four-DVD set with the original '79-'81 series. Curious about the 'Plastic Man' that never was? It's up on Youtube for your viewing enjoyment...
Now that Wolverine's a movie star and all, lots of people are attempting to imitate the just so-so CGI of his trademark claws by making their own with spring-loaded arm sheaths, bladed brass knuckles, and even a wearable version made out of balloons,
Personally, though, I think this adorable kid with the butter knives takes the prize:
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