Monthly Archives - October 2020

Clobberin’ Crowdfund Comics – 10/31/20

Happy Halloween, true believers! Jolly Jon Del Arroz here to let you know about exciting news in the world of indie comics and recommend a few books which caught my eye. Napalm Brothers Issue #2 Written and drawn by Sixth Scale Combat, Napalm Brothers takes you to a bizarre world with action-packed fun from the perspective of a Vietnam veteran. With radical new style, Naplam Brothers tells one of the strangest stories of 2020! Titan: Mouse of Might #2 Gary Shipman...

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Warner Media Sells Crunchy Roll

Sony just became the Anime monopoly. * It’s not quite in stone yet but it’s close.  According to Nikkei; Warner Media’s asking price of $957 billion has been agreed to by Sony.  which is roughly the amount that Sony’s, Demon Slayer movie has grossed at the box-office.  COVID hasn’t been a disaster for everyone. Background Crunchy Roll was founded in 2006 in San Francisco.  It’s headquarters still there…for the moment. I can't imagine what this "office space" must cost in San Francisco. But I doubt if Sony...

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Disney Tears the Heart out of Disney World

The Disney Difference.  That was always the big selling point.  That was what made Disneyland better than county carnivals of the 1950s. “Plusing it,” was the term Walt Disney used to describe how his theme park would always go that extra 10%. “Good enough” was never good enough for Walt Disney.  His goal was the unattainable goal of perfection.  That constant pressure to make everything that was great just a little bit better was what made the Disney Difference.  This drive attracted people who...

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RE:View – Cast A Deadly Spell

The true gods of Earth existed long before our ancestors crawled mindless upon the shore: Yog-Sothoth, Shub-Niggurath, Nyarlathotep... insatiate, tenebrous monsters, whose ultimate throne is Chaos.Greatest of all is he called Cthulhu. Only in ancient, blasphemous manuscripts can that name be found... and those who decipher it are left pale and numb, aware that in the very act of decipherment they have become both pawn and prey of an ultra-worldly power that renders human existence both tenuous and trite.The...

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DC Comics Limits Distribution

DC is now down to one distributor. Lunar is it for the foreseeable future and there isn’t a lot of future to foresee with DC Comics.  USC was initially reported as having been dropped by DC Comics, but it turns out that was USC that dropped DC. Very quick recap, up until April of this year Diamond had 100% distribution for comics shops.  There were a number of reasons for this but one of the biggest is that no one wanted to...

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The Dark Herald Recommends Over The Moon

... Some things need to hurt. I am NOT about to cry.  I am far too old to cry for a kid’s movie.  It’s too early is all.  I don’t have enough bile in my system yet, that’s all.  A couple of Biden commercials should fix me right up...  A year ago, I went firmly on the record as stating with perfect conviction that Netflix was the strong horse with a weak chest in Streaming Wars Sweepstakes. And that Disney was going to be the winner...

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Popculture Deathcart: Streaming Wars Casualties

Man down! We have a fatality in the Streaming Wars.  Quibi is shuttering operations. Beloved Readers: What the fuck is Quibi? TDH: A good question.  And sadly, one that Quibi never actually had an answer to.  Although it did have other things. It certainly had lots of investors; Disney, Warner, Paramount (but NOT, it should be noted, Netflix). It had 1990s Disney wunderkind Jeffrey Katzenberg in charge. And it had original content But like I said, it didn’t really have an answer to the question, what is Quibi?   It is (or...

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Yeah…It’s Gonna Suck: Hulu’s M.O.D.O.K

MODOK, is one of Marvel’s better supervillains. Generally speaking, a comic book supervillain falls into one of two archetypes.  The Brawn.  This guy is the muscle, and muscle is about all that he brings to the party. The Brawn is characterized by low intelligence and is very much a creature of the id.  He is driven by his baser desires.  And is as quick to anger as he is to drooling lust. He doesn’t eat, he gorges. He doesn’t drink, he gets drunk.  His...

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Cleopatra: A Nationalist Heroine

Cleopatra VII would make for an intriguing Nationalist heroine today.  Her entire life was spent fighting for her country’s nationhood. It was a fight she lost but she gave it literally everything she had. The last native Egyptian dynasty ended when Psamtik III was defeated in the Persian invasion.  He was carried off in chains and later “committed suicide.” His sons were executed and much more importantly, so far as the Egyptian religion was concerned, his daughters were taken away as slaves...

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Cleopatra: Is the General Quality of Our Ignorance Improving?

Last week Paramount Pictures had something of a coup.  Wonder Woman’s director, Patty Jenkins and Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot were announced to be headlining a new film version of Cleopatra. And Twitter shit itself sideways over the announcement.  They were furious at the choice of Gal Gadot in title role.  And I honestly, find the choice a little questionable myself.  Gadot is frankly, a rather weak actress and the part of Cleopatra may require something more than one of six facial expressions she...

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