Rise of Skywalker

May 31st, 2020 by

In a previous post, I had mentioned that I was not going to see Rise of Skywalker at the theater, and maybe would pickup the Blu-Ray. Because of recent events, I decided to complete my Disney Star Wars trilogy and purchased the Rise of Skywalker Blu-ray at Walmart.

Having read countless reviews, I was not anticipating much. The movie was as terrible as the reviews made it out to be. I am a judge for myself type person, and reviews will seldom influence my judgements on movies or television shows. Chances are I will like something most people do not like, Superman Vs. Batman is an example. Rise of Skywalker is not something I like that others dislike.

The movie was so disjointed, and confusing, I ended up falling asleep. I woke up during the big final battle, and shook my head, then went back to sleep. The next time I woke up, I felt like I had missed nothing. I removed the blu-ray from the player, placed it into the case, and put the movie into the cabinet containing my DVD/Blu-Ray collection.

Will I ever watch the movie again? Maybe. I did watch Last Jedi a second time, hoping to be less critical. That taught me to sometimes go with my instincts and not rewatch a movie. At this point the only good Disney Star Wars movie is Rogue One. It is an example of how a Star Wars movie can be made by someone else, not Lucas, and still tie well into the Star Wars canon created by Lucas.

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Self Parody

March 22nd, 2020 by

At some point, when you try to pander to smaller and smaller groups in order to boost sales, your company becomes a parody of itself. Marvel has done just that.

The “New” New Warriors comic is an eye rolling, agenda driven, pamphlet of propaganda. Already people on both sides are complaining, but for different reasons. Those whom are tired of being attacked as everything evil point to these two characters and say, this is why we stopped buying comics. The continued shaming, blaming, and destroying of iconic characters due to some social justice agenda has turned off major comic fans – white males. The “progressive” crowd is complaining that the characters feel like an insult. An attempt to attack or make fun of “progressive” views. Unfortunately this unintended parody is the whole reason why people of all walks of life have stopped buying comics. It is also why groups comic book companies are trying to court won’t buy comics. In an attempt to be “diverse” comic companies create characters that are cliched and pander, rather than create characters whom are original and engrossing.

Sadly a hobby I had enjoyed for nearly four decades is coming to a close. Comic companies were able to continually reinvent themselves in creative ways, update characters in ways to make those characters not only more appealing to new people, but satisfy older fans. The creativity is gone.

The whole method of producing comics and distributing them is also bloated and antiquated, thus would eventually collapse under its own weight. The take over of comics by the current regime of agenda driven nitwits was the introduction of sand into the gears of a machine that was breaking down.

Why would I buy a pamphlet that is designed to propagandize hate and bigotry against me disguised as “progress” or “inclusive”? Why would I buy something that insults me?

The central concept of heroes was altruism. The heroes fought for the good of all people, not for some misguided ideals or values. Superman fought for truth, justice, and the American way. Unfortunately the American way has become distorted and viewed as wrong. If you look at the actual origins of Superman, and the origin of Superman’s creators, things become very clear. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were children of immigrants whom sought and achieved a better life in America. Spider-Man fought crime because he did not want others to suffer tragedy he suffered as Peter Parker. Uncle Ben was killed because Spider Man refused to stop a thief. With great power, comes great responsibility.

Creators of comics tend to be influenced by their own world view. Creators put themselves into their creation. Villains reflect the creators perception of evil. The hero fights against that evil. Superman’s greatest villain was Lex Luthor. The origins of Lex Luthor have changed throughout time, but Superman’s goals have not. Lex Luthor was a genius whom used his intelligence to commit criminal acts. Then Luthor became the CEO of a global corporation. A ruthless businessman intent on furthering his own goals. Spider Man’s rogues gallery is filled with villains whom represented the misuse of science for personal gain or misused their powers.

At some point comic book companies in the attempt to prove themselves as being pleasing to all people and inclusive, end up displeasing everyone and alienated those whom were fans.

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Pardon The Exposition

February 2nd, 2020 by

I am the soul person writing, drawing, coloring, and haphazardly editing Teen Spider Adventures, and before that Gorilla Fish. That is why I release a comic once a week. At that pace, it would have been ten years before Gorilla Fish covered the entire story arcs, I had outlined to cover. So I switched to Kid Spider Adventures, changed some story arcs, and aged him to Teen Spider.

When I first wrote, and still writing, the Universe Zero storyline, it was intended to be a Gorilla Fish endeavor. It still technically is a Gorilla Fish story, but I have graphed it onto Teen Spider Adventures.

A lot would have had to happen before I would release Universe Zero. Gorilla Fish would have travelled to multiple universes, there would be some familiarity to some of the characters introduced, etc.

Bagboy was intended to be a main character in the Universe Zero story. Now it is Teen Spider. When I rewrote Universe Zero, there was going to be some exposition. Since the plans that would have played out in Gorilla Fish did not happen. Gorilla Fish’s Evolution would have been a few panels, and it would have taken place in the BagBoy Universe. At that time, the villains would have separated into their own smaller alliances, and things would have been slightly different.

PinBot was going to be the main villain in Universe Zero to begin with, so I decided to have him explain how the multiverses work, and how he discovered a way to execute his nefarious schemes. Gorilla Fish was going to be the foil. I had to alter some of the story points a bit, but the overall story comes to a similar conclusion.

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Collecting Something

January 26th, 2020 by

As stated in a previous post, I am essentially done with comic books. For over three decades of my life, nearly four decades, I collected comics. Changes in creative directions, and ultimately the cancelling of the one series I read, Walking Dead, ended my comic collecting.

Throughout my entire life, I have collected many things. Action figures, sports cards, none sport cards, gaming cards (magic the gathering), blackjack chips, and many other things. I have sold off most of those other collections completely or to a point where there is very little left. Comic books were the one constant. Even after selling off nearly ninety percent of my collection, I was still collecting. Now I am done with that. The comics I want to keep are in small boxes in a closet. The comics I do not care about are in small boxes on a pallet in the basement. I will eventually get rid of them.

Collecting can be an odd obsession or quirk. At this point, I am collecting video games. Since I play video games as a hobby, and record my play for posting on my YouTube channel (link in the upper bar of this website), it makes some sense. I have an Xbox 360, since a new Xbox system is coming out at the end of 2020, I will skip to that system. It will be backward compatible.

Another little collection is my Funko Pops. I started with Davos Seaworth and Tormund Giantsbane, two characters I liked in Game of Thrones. Suddenly I have fifteen. Seven of which are Brady Bunch related. I did an unboxing of getting the six figures a while back (video below). I did find the Jan figure with George Glass.

Due to streaming services not always carrying certain movies or television shows, as well as possible editing of digital content, I have started collecting DVD & Blu-Rays of shows. Do not get rid of your physical media folks. It may be the only way to watch some shows or movies in the future. Companies will often repackage movies or television shows, which are edited or missing. check entertainment app for pc.

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Updated Characters Page

December 1st, 2019 by

Updated the characters page to include Antenna Girl and Dark Hammer. They are under the Universe Zero listing.

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