December 17th, 2017 by Proprietor
Lady Bloodline appeared a long time ago in a comic now far far away. When I discovered the concept of web comics, I began producing the comic BagBoy. It was about a college kid producing a webcomic by the same name. It alternated between the personal life of Burt Chopper and the adventures of his character. The villains and heroes of the comic were based on people from Burt’s life. Kid Spider was Burt’s younger cousin. Profile now in the Characters section.
I shut down the BagBoy web comic, because I was not really happy with the whole story. The crossing over of the universes of sorts were, not working well. I had Burt dealing with his personal life, and then the escapism of the comic. Reconciling things was not going well for me. Also, I was getting too far behind with producing the comic. I felt like I was running on a treadmill. The comic came out on Sunday and Wednesday, usually I was trying to produce Wednesday’s comic on Tuesday. Not a good thing. With work, family, friends, etc. time was eaten up rapidly when it came to the hobby of producing a web comic.
I tried other ideas, and a once a week schedule, but those ideas fizzled.
Now that I have Kid Spider up and running, I planned on introducing other characters for Kid Spider as well as include characters from BagBoy. Lady Bloodline is one of those characters, like her half sister DeMonica.
Originally Lady Bloodline was based on Burt’s goth chic girlfriend from college. Lady Bloodline was a goth vampire type character who was BagBoy’s girlfriend in the comic. I liked the character of Lady Bloodline. Since things have changed dramatically in the BagBoy universe, bringing her back after a lengthy absence had to be explained. I wanted to add in Gorilla Girl for Kid Spider, so I wrote the most recent story.
Sorry for dead ending it with Lady Bloodline’s reintroduction. How she relates to Gorilla Girl and how she will become known to BagBoy will happen in the future.
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Boy Sunflower Girl
December 13th, 2017 by Proprietor
For the most part, the Brady Bunch television series remained apolitical. Dabbling in the counter culture was for a more musical family named Partridge. To some extent, the Brady Bunch mocked the times it was in. It was a timeless wholesomeness that went against the more permissive times. Like most half hour sitcoms, serious topics were dealt with in a humorous fashion, and did not get into the depths of the debate, just the surface. So it was very hard to take the point seriously.
In the first season, sibling rivalry drove the show as the girls and boys were growing to accept each other as family, rather than competition for affection or resources, like the bathroom. Who would build a house for six children with only one main bathroom? That could be a blog post. Because it was boys versus girls, the idea of women’s lib was introduced into one episode.
Marcia stated on television that girls could do the same thing as boys. Marcia gained instant teasing and scorn from her brothers. Greg being the chief rival was the focus of Marcia’s desire to prove herself. Marcia decided to join a scouting organization that Greg was a part of. This scouting organization was a stand in for the Boy Scouts. After a humorous cut scene where Mike and the other scout master are scene turning pages of the scouting manual to find a reason why Marcia could not join, it turns out, there is no rule against her joining.
Outraged by Marcia joining his scouting troop, Greg decides to get even. Marcia is a few years younger than Greg, so she is part of a Girl Scout like organization, the Sunflower Girls. Very hippie. Because Greg is too old to join, and Bobby is too young, Peter has to join. Marcia is informed of this, and rather than become insulted, seems to enjoy the idea. Peter ends up walking around the neighborhood with Bobby selling cookies. Their attempts to sell cookies to a middle aged man seem ridiculous, but ultimately, the man admires their guts and buys a box. Peter immediately decides to quit.
Though Peter would be the only Brady to throw a punch in a real fight, and it was to defend Cindy from that mean old bully Buddy Hinton.
In the mean time, Marcia trains to be a scout with the help of Alice and Carol. Their understanding of certain things is lacking, so there is comedy. Marcia goes with the scout troop on a camping expedition. Her final challenge is to track and follow Greg through the woods. Greg returns after blazing a trail. Greg reveals he had intentionally made the clues hard to follow, except, Marcia did find them. She passes the test. Rather than go to the scouting initiation later, she drops out, feeling her point is made.
The show itself was intended to imply being a girl is harder than being a boy. To some extent it might be different, because at the time different social expectations were placed on boys and girls. Peter quit because he did not want his masculinity questioned. If he did not quit Sunflower Girls, he might put himself into a place socially that would lead to him being picked on or beat up, not admired. Marcia on the other hand had everything to gain from success. Even failure would prove some sort of point.
Thankfully, the Brady Bunch stayed away from politics a good deal of the time. There were general riffs and some pointed comments, but the Brady Bunch was for the most part a parody or paradox of the time. The sequels or spinoffs were more serious, and tried to deal with both social issues, as well as politics, but that bogged down, plus detracted from the series. The movies, would take the whole parody and anachronism paradox to the extreme, hence Mike Brady became president.
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Ten More Movies To Consider + A Kicker
December 10th, 2017 by Proprietor
Most of these movies might be more modern than the previous post of a similar topic. Though more modern, they are still decent movies, and if you have not watched them. Give them a look. These days with streaming services, you do not feel too guilty about putting something on your watch list, then not liking it. Numbering is not an indicator of anything.
1. Ocean’s 11: The 2001 George Clooney remake of the Rat Pack movie by the same name. Essentially it was a modernization of the original movie, and took the name only. Con Man and Grifter, Danny Ocean, played by George Clooney, decides he wants revenge on the man who stole his wife, Tess (played by Julia Roberts), and wants to get his wife back. Brad Pitt plays his partner in crime, Rusty, helps Danny organize eleven people with various skills in order to steal nearly $200 million from Terry Benedict, played by Andy Garcia. The show is basic, but well done, and has beautiful views of Las Vegas at the time, now radically different. I am a little biased in regards to this movie, since I am a Las Vegas fan, and I was present during some of the filming at the Bellagio, one of my top ten favorite places in Las Vegas.
2. The Fifth Element: Not the greatest science fiction movie, but one that sort of attempted to be a parody of science fiction movies. If viewed as a sort of parody, it actually makes some sense. The main character, played by Bruce Willis, is embroiled in a galactic crises, and is trying to hide the fifth element.
3. Fanboys: It is sort of the ultimate Star Wars fanboy homage. At the time, several of the actors were popular, and it was based on a rumored story. George Lucas was going to release Episode I: The Phantom Menace, one of the fans was dying of cancer, and he, along with his buddies do one last road trip to Skywalker Ranch in order to see if they could view the movie before release. There are a bunch of guest appearances, and the movie is generally silly, but worth watching.
4. Blues Brothers: A classic from the 1970s, it was a movie based on John Belushi, and Dan Ackroyd’s characters in a skit from Saturday Night Live. The show is loaded with good blues music, and humor. The Blues Brothers must save an orphanage they grew up in. To do so, they decide to put on a concert, then take the proceeds to pay the back taxes of the orphanage. Elwood and Jake Blues are pretty much con men, and drifters, but in the end, they somewhat succeed.
5. Trading Places: Dan Ackroyd, and Eddie Murphy team up to play two men caught in a game. Dan Ackroyd plays a wealthy stock merchant, whom is brought down low by two wealthy men he works for. The reason, the other men wanted to test the scientific theory of nature versus nurture. Even though a wealthy man is made poor, if his nature is one of success, he will rise up again. Take a poor man and make him wealthy, his bad habits and nature will cause him to fail. Eddie Murphy is a con artists, and street person who is used as the opposite part of the experiment. At first both men are foreign to their environments, but adapt. When by accident they meet, they sort out the details, and plot revenge.
6. Hangover: This movie is eight years old so it is considered ancient. One of the funniest modern comedies made. Though the sequels sucked. The movie itself changed things in Las Vegas, because it was primarily filmed in Las Vegas. As stated above, I have a certain affinity for Las Vegas. There are people who make a living dressing like characters from the movie, and standing on the Las Vegas Strip taking pictures with tourists. There are themed gaming machines based on the movie. If you have not seen the movie, and like comedy, this is one to watch.
7. Watchmen: A superhero movie that is often overlooked. It was faithful to the comic book source material. In spite of some fanboy whining about the ending, and how some material was glossed over, it is still a very good movie. A television series on HBO would be better. If you are looking for superhero movies, this is one to add to your watch list. Then you can watch the watchmen.
8. The Mystery Men: Based on a more eclectic, and alternative comic book, The Flaming Carrot, it focuses on superheroes that do not really have any powers. It is a parody of superheroes. The heroes are just guys in costumes to some extent, and if they are not in costume, you might see them working at Walmart or McDonalds. It is probably one of the most underrated superhero movies produced. The acting is good, and you have known comedians, and comic actors playing the parts of the heroes.
9. Young Guns: A fictionalized western based on the life of Billy The Kid, as portrayed by Emilio Esteves, Charlie Sheen makes an appearance as well. This is a decent western, and tries to even portray Billy as a hero, rather than an outlaw. It starts with a reporter meeting an old man in the desert who claims he is Billy the Kid.
10. Rocky: Though there has been a recent movie tied to the franchise, the original movie is still one of the best. It was passed over for an academy award, and almost viewed as a joke. When you view this movie, you realize how well acted, and directed it really was. It follows the rise of a heavy weight fighter, Rocky Balboa, when he was a washed up has been joke of a fighter, due to the way the fight industry works, Apollo Creed picks Rocky to do a Fourth of July fight against. Apollo’s managers pick Rocky, because Apollo is supposed to easily defeat Rocky, and the fight is more promotional, and reputation builder. Except, Rocky decides he does not want to be a joke anymore.
The Kicker –
11: Rocky II: The sequel to number 10, this movie is just as good. It is the rematch between Rocky and Apollo. Rocky has now become famous due to his fight against Apollo. Apollo has been avoiding fighting Rocky for a second time, and for a real match for the title. Not to give away the ending, but “Yo Adrian I won!”
These are ten movies, and a kicker that you might want to consider viewing. Some are classics, some are just silly, but all are worth at least a watch.
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Watchmen Television Series
December 6th, 2017 by Proprietor
The comic book Watchmen changed the way people look at a comic book. Watchmen was created by Alan Moore, and originally was a deconstruction of the superhero genre. Moore wanted to use the recently acquired Carlton Comic heroes, but DC said no, so more created his own parables to the characters, and built the series around those characters. Considered the penultimate series, even today, Watchmen had been made into a movie. The movie was a decent portrayal, since the producers realized that sticking close to the source material would probably make the movie better. It did. Many people understood the story, regardless of not having read the actual comic. Though many comic fans whined over nit pick details, and claimed the changing of the ending really destroyed the movie for them, overall the movie was accurate to the source.
There had been rumors decades ago, and even years ago, that one of the prime channels on cable and satellite was looking into doing a Watchmen series. HBO, Cinemax, etc. were rumored to be looking into doing a Watchmen series, but costs were prohibitive. There was a short lived animated Watchmen series, though not very good.
Considering how Game of Thrones, and many superhero based series are now running on television channels, it seems like technology could bridge some of the gaps. Naturally a Watchmen series would have to be on HBO or even streaming services, due to the more adult content, but the series is something that could be affordably done, and almost be exactly like the comic book series. There is plenty of source material left out of the movie, due to time constraints, that the television series could have. The detail would be a great addition to the already known material in the movie.
The comic book series was 12 issues long. If HBO or some other company wanted to adapt the series into 6 seasons, and so many hours of television, this means two issues per season could be adapted. There might have to be some modification for television due to pacing concerns, but overall, the comic(s) could be faithfully adapted. The real concern is picking the right actors. Since the comic series takes place over several months, and filming the television series would take place over several years, actors aging might be a problem. Though most of the comic series characters are either in middle age or approaching middle age.
DC’s parent company, Warner Bros. has the opportunity to do something comic book based that would generate a lot of hype. So far DC has done well with television series versus movies. Supergirl, Flash & Arrow are doing well on television, so there is some opportunity for promotion. A Watchmen television series would be an outstanding way to create a show that already has a beginning, middle, and end, that is based on a popular property amongst the core group of fans. Those fans have a tendency to magnify and promote the property. It could be build as a more adult superhero series. Just a suggestion.
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Tiger Brady Houses
December 3rd, 2017 by Proprietor
The Brady Bunch was loaded with props that were somehow part of one episode, and would remain a fixture with in the Brady House. Driscoll’s Toy Store box in the carport. Safe Laundry Detergent in the mudroom. Cakes Alice baked regularly to Meat, Sam the Butcher delivered from Sam’s Butcher Shop. Bicycles ridden, and probably purchased from Martinelli’s Bike Shop, where Peter lost his first job. Kitty Carryall doll played with by Cindy. Most of these props were introduced later, and abandoned to nowhere after a while.
There was one prop that was from the start of the show, and seen in every backyard scene ever filled, yet forgotten. Other than the ubiquitous swing set and patio furniture, there was the other Brady House. Tiger’s dog house.
Some episodes centered around Bobby and Tiger. From Tiger using his house to house to hide stolen goods, like Kitty Carryall, when Bobby was accused of stealing the doll from Cindy. Tiger had been upset about an invader in his house, when Myron the Mouse, part of Greg’s science experiment got away due to Jan’s practical jokes. Tiger eventually got a dog across town pregnant, and well, that was serious stuff for the Brady Bunch.
Tiger was part of the family but eventually phased out to only being mentioned on occasion. Then forgotten. The only reminder that Tiger ever existed, was the doghouse. His thievery and scallywaggery got to the Brady family, so he went to the mythical farm all dogs go to.
The doghouse became somewhat metaphorical for many things. It served as a family thing, reminding viewers that the Brady’s were a typical family with pets. It also served as the proverbial someone is in trouble way. Bobby would lie in it or hide in it from time to time. The children would play around it. Eventually the house would just be there.
In the sequels the doghouse was completely forgotten, like Tiger, Fluffy, Cousin Oliver, and the Kelly Family were completely forgotten. In the movie, it was mentioned as a gag. Like the Brady family was mowing astroturf lawn and had a doghouse, but no dog.
In the final episode, Cindy was breeding rabbits in hopes of making money. Turns out she had two boy rabbits. She only sold the rabbits because Bobby’s hair tonic turned them orange. Thankfully it was the last show, otherwise there might have been a rabbit hutch in the backyard. Those rabbits would probably have ended up forgotten, and the hutch another prop sitting around for the sake of reminding people.
Then there was Fluffy, the cat house she lived in, was never seen again, like her. Only one scene in the pilot episode, then gone. Which is fine. In the more serious spin off, The Brady’s, the city would ultimately want to clear away the Brady House to make room for a freeway. Maybe the spirits of Fluffy, Tiger & Cousin Oliver got their final revenge for being cast off?
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