I hope you join us on this crazy ride and enjoy our podcasting shenanigans. If you have any comments or suggestions, please leave them on our comments section, we'd really appreciate it!
For the past two months me and two of my internet buddies have been doing a podcast delving into the world of comic books, movies, video games and everything else pertaining our geek culture. I've decided to announce it here on the blog now because I wanted to make sure we were going to stick with it and also, see if it would even work and so far; it has! We still got a lot to learn in the world of podcasting but we'll have fun getting there and hopefully you'll join us along for the ride. I'd like to introduce the Truthful Comics Podcast crew to everyone and the reasoning why we decided to do this.
First off we have the man with the most podcasting knowledge, the mastermind if you will, Aaron Hoover (a.k.a. Uncool Aaron). This is the man responsible for the recording and editing the podcast as well as being the master of ceremony if you will. But that's not all he does, Aaron is the co-host of another podcast called confessions of a Movie Snob and he recently launched the Nerdvana Network, a website dedicated to all things geek that also serves as homebase to his podcast as well as his blog. If you like movies, comic books and everything else geek, you should check it out: http://nerdvananetwork.com/
Then there's our young ward, Nolan's Batman #1 fan and Truthful Comics Podcast's boy wonder himself: Cory A. Gaitan! This dude has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Nolan Batman Universe as well as anything related to the Dark Knight. This self proclaimed DC fanboy is also writing his own comic book as well, so pretty soon we'll all be reading his work alongside our regular comic books. Cory is also an avid gamer and DC Comics connoisseur, so if you're thinking about picking up any DC book or maybe jumping into the New 52, it might do you a lot of good to listen to this young man.
And last but not least is me, Manuel A. Carmona. As you might or might not know, I'm the co-founder of Truthful Comics as well as President of a non-profit organization called Comics For Christmas (http://www.truthfulcomics.com/comics-for-christmas.html) and I'm also a comic book artist (Captain Action, Phazer, Project: New Wave). I'm a huge Star Wars fan as well as a longtime comic book fan. I read comic books on many genres and companies from Marvel to DC to Image to Dynamite and I'm a self proclaimed crusader of Ultimate Spider-Man (Miles Morales), The Mighty Thor and Stephanie Brown (Batgirl) LOL!
Listen to the Truthful Comics Podcast HERE: http://www.truthfulcomics.com/podcast.html
I hope you join us on this crazy ride and enjoy our podcasting shenanigans. If you have any comments or suggestions, please leave them on our comments section, we'd really appreciate it!
OK, so I saw Iron Man 3 in the theaters and I was itching to give you all my two cents about them the film but, I was giving you all some time to see it for yourselves. If the box office numbers are any indication, you've probably seen it by now so I don't think I'll be spoiling anything that you either haven't seen or haven't read on the internet already, so please; bear with me. :)
Due to the fact that I got the movie spoiled by some very annoying Facebook "friends", I went into the movie with a bit of negative feelings towards a few things regarding the treatment of classic characters; but I still gave it a chance. And guess what? I absolutely enjoyed this film! I actually enjoyed it way more than I thought I was going to for many reasons, and the few things that annoyed me weren't even that annoying after all. So, shall we begin?
When we first see Tony Stark, he's having panic attacks, he's distant, doesn't sleep, he's hiding behind his work and his relationship with "Pepper" Potts is "rocky" to say the least. He's obviously still shaken up by the events that transpired in New York where he found himself looking for answers and for the first time, he had none! If there's one thing that Tony Stark can rely on is his genius and the ability to find all the answers, but the moment when he met a god of thunder, aliens and parallel worlds, he came to the abrupt realization that he was, as he himself puts it: "a man in a tin can".
Enter: The Mandarin. For comic fans across the globe, The Mandarin is Iron Man's arch nemesis. Created by Stan Lee and designed by Don Heck, The Mandarin first appeared in Tales of Suspense #50 (February 1964), battling Iron Man of course! The character is described as being born in China before the Communist Revolution, to a wealthy Chinese father and an English aristocratic mother, both of whom died when he was very young. He is portrayed as a megalomaniac, attempting to conquer the world on several occasions, yet also possessing a strong sense of honor. The Mandarin is also a genius scientist and a superhumanly skilled martial artist. However, his primary source of power are ten power rings that he adapted from the alien technology of a crashed space ship. Each ring has a different power and is worn on a specific finger. But... as Hollywood often does, they completely changed the character to the point of him not even being "real", but just a ruse created by the true villain of the story. As you can tell, I'm a bit upset about this but I decided to just enjoy the movie for what it was and roll with the punches but I can totally understand why so many Iron Man fans are up in arms throughout the internet because of this plot twist. I feel your pain my brothers and sisters!
Now, some of the best moments for me came by way of "Pepper" Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and it went from fun to shock to amazement. She was vulnerable, funny and a badass at the same time and they did it in such a way that it takes you by surprise in such a great way! The fact that she puts on an Iron Man suit and saves Tony, she gets "killed" right in front of Tony and she comes back thanks in part to the villain, and she completely kicks ass; it was a blast to see on screen. Of course, Paltrow is always easy on the eyes, but to have her in a more action oriented role is perfect for the character, especially if you're a comic book fan like me, and have seen her become a part of the Iron man Corps and wear her own Iron Man suit, it was great to see in this movie a little bit of that. It also gives them the opportunity to potentially use her in a more demanding and active role n future installments of the series, which I hope they do.
One of the cool things about this movie was the introduction of Iron Patriot into the fray. For those of you who don't read comics, the Iron Patriot armor is first worn by Norman Osborn during the Dark Reign storyline. Norman Osborn first dons the Iron Patriot armor when he establishes the Dark Avengers. The armor serves as an amalgam between Captain America and Iron Man. The Iron Patriot armor utilized a version of Iron Man's armor painted in the colors of the American flag. The armor featured superhuman strength, enhanced durability, flight, magnetic impact blasts, heat seeking missiles, miniaturized lasers, flamethrowers, and a communications system housed in his helmet which allowed him to interface with any U.S.-controlled satellite or computer network. While the original Iron Man armor utilized repulsor technology, Osborn's design does not. Stark destroyed all but one repulsor, and stated that "Oz is too stupid" to make his own repulsor-based weapons system. The star shaped Uni Beam projector on his chest because of its shape, also has a less powerful output than that of the original Iron Man model.
Now, in the movie, the Iron Patriot armor is an upgrade of the War Machine armor worn by James Rhodes (Don Cheadle). Rhodes is asked by the President to take on the Iron Patriot identity to be used as the US government's "American hero" symbol in response to the events that occurred in The Avengers. The armor is briefly stolen by Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM) and used by Eric Savin to abduct the President, but Rhodes is able to recover the armor at the conclusion of the film and is the only Iron Man armor that still remains active. I personally enjoy seeing the character of "Rhodey" in action, be it as War Machine, Iron Patriot or as the soldier. He's one of the few people that Tony Stark can truly count on and he's also a badass; he proved it in this movie.
Now to the real villain of the story, Aldrich Killiam. Dr. Aldrich Killiam was a brilliant scientist working alongside Dr. Maya Hansen. Together they developed Extremis, an attempt to create a new super soldier. Extremis was a techno-organic virus that rewrites the body's genetic code, regenerates organs and/or limbs, gives superhuman strength, speed, endurance, reflexes and the ability to project electricity and breathe fire. In the movie we see all of these features except the electricity part, but Killiam, in part because of Tony's egocentric tendencies, becomes obsessed with power and the desire of recognition. So, in a way, Tony Stark created his greatest foe.
He's also charming, elusive, conniving and just an evil genius the likes of which Tony Stark hadn't met before. Before all the genetic tinkering, Dr. Killiam was a genius, but after Extremis, he was also a physically superior to Tony Stark and for the first time, Tony was outmatched. It was truly a great battle at the end, and we could see just how superior Killiam was to Tony, how clever Tony had to be to even stand a chance against his most imposing threat ever and how lucky he is that the has loyal friends whom he can count on.
All in all, I really enjoyed this film from beginning to end and like I said, even the parts that annoyed me didn't annoy me to the point of me not liking the film. If you haven't seen Iron Man 3 I got two things to say to you 1. Why haven't you? and 2. Give it a shot and I guarantee you it'll be money well spent.
I give it a rating of 8.5/10
Press Release- Apr. 3, 2013 - OLATHE, Kan.
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Well, today we launched unto the interwebs our first effort from what is going to be the Truthful Comics Podcast. This is something I've been wanting to do for a while now and thankfully, I met Aaron Hoover, a master in the art of podcasting, through the magical world of Facebook and now I can truly say, we've become good friends. And what do friends do? They help each other out or course!
Being that he's such a wizard in the art of podcasting, I asked him to help me out with this little experiment and he agreed! No loopholes, no small print in a shady contract and no bribes, none of that was necessary for him to give me a helping hand; and I appreciate him for that. He not only co-hosts the podcast, but he's also is the driving force behind the editing and post-production of the episodes and all the technical stuff I have no idea how to deal with, plus he produced the intro to the podcast which I fell in love with as soon as I listened to it, being a HUGE Batman: Brave and the Bold fan. I think what he's doing with this podcast asa favor to me is incredible and the appreciation I feel for my friend is something I can't quite put into words, but I'll just say: Thank you Aaron!
Joining us on this crazy ride will be Ethan Parker who is Aaron's co-host on a podcast called Confessions of a Movie Snob (http://confessionsofamoviesnob.com/) as well as Batman super fan Cory Gaitan. So, without further further ado, I give you Issue #0 of Truthful Comics Podcast.
Truthful Comics Podcast Issue #0: http://www.truthfulcomics.com/podcast.html
We hope you enjoy our little podcast and we're looking forward to listening to your feedback. If you have questions or you want us to discuss anything in particular, send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
ORDER is brought to you by RockBottom Studios and hosted on Truthful Comics, an opening tale of a coming satanic apocalypse. This web mini series gives a look into a world where all of the conspiracies and secrets of society are in fact spout from the lips of the King of Serpents himself. A cosmic event that tramples through lives and spins a universe into a dark and desolate future.
The web comic series ORDER carries an interesting take on the apocalyptic prelude of 2012. A subject that in genre isn’t always accepted with open arms. I do however enjoy the approach taken by Corey Davis, I like his style, his voice. Some of the dialogue could be tweaked, but his anatomy fits his fantasy spin and is a quick read. Surely a mere opening of curtains to a grander arena.
Set to debut in February 2013, Shadow Club Karma will rock the shelves as the first collaboration of Rocbottom Studios and Truthful Comics talents. Be sure to keep an eye out for it’s budding debut, and stay tuned for more from Truthful Comics as we will undoubtedly have more to share!
Review by AgromaniaWorldwide
By Manuel A. Carmona
After reading this much anticipated Batman #18 book I find myself feeling conflicting emotions; and here's why. I like Batman's reaction to his sons death, I understand what it's like to loose someone who means the world to you and feel like your entire world is crumbling around you. Honestly, all you feel is hate. Hate for the world, hate for humanity, even hate for God because in your mind, he's taking everything from you; or at least everything that's important in your life. I think Scott Snyder portrayed Batman in a very believable way and I really enjoyed it, atleast that aspect of the book. The tone of the book was very dark and you immediately felt Bruce Wayne/Batman's pain and his sense of loss and you almost want him to release that pain onto the scum of the world. The problem with that is that at some point, you start loosing sight of the person you were and the person you've become. I went through exactly that when my grandfather died. That experience, I feel, killed the innocence and joy I felt when I was with him and made me stronger in more ways than one. But... back to the story.
Now, this Harper Row character really bothers me, but not for the reasons you might expect; let me explain. Harper and her brother Cullen's story is a very interesting one, you can tell Snyder thought about their backstory quite bit, but thats where me liking this story ends. For example, here's a list of the things that I find oddly familiar about the character:
1. Harper being inspired by Batman.
2. Practicing martial arts, boxing, etc.
3. Training to be a superhero.
4. Going out at night on patrol.
5. Batman yelling at her because she's not ready.
6. Batman telling her that she will never be his partner.
7. Harper proving herself worthy of being Batman's partner.
8. Batman apologizing for treating her like crap.
This is not Harper Rose's story, this is Stephanie Brown!!!
Scott Snyder took what made Stephanie Brown (a.k.a. The Spoiler, Robin and Batgirl) the cool character she was and adapted it to "his character" and for that reason alone, I could never get behind this Harper Row/Stephanie Brown rip off . It's mind boggling to me how Dan Didio said that they probably wont be bringing Stephanie Brown back because the sales numbers don't justify it, and yet they "green light" a character that is obviously and blatantly a Stephanie Brown rip off!!! This happened simply because the character was pitched by DC Comics' "golden boy" Scott Synder.
//By the way, if I notice this I am sure every Stephanie Brown fan out there will notice this too.//
Besides my obvious issues with the whole "Stephanie Brown rip off" thing, I feel that the character interaction between Bruce Wayne/Batman and Harper Row was executed very well, but I've seen it before, almost word for word. The same arguments, the same problems, and even the fact that Harper and her brother Cullen's father is a scumbag. Wasn't Stephanie Brown's father a scumbag as well? Good Lord!!!
One of the highlights on this book to me was Andy Kubert drawing Batman again, which is something I can always appreciate. Also, Greg Capullo's cover is simply beautiful! Even my wife (who's not a comic book fan AT ALL) loved the cover. Even Alex Maleev's art , even though it wasn't on par with Kubert's or Capullo's artwork, it was still good. All in all, this was a well written book that I absolutely didn't like because of the reasons I mentioned before.
Agree or disagree? Leave your comments below and let us know what you thought of the book.
-Art: Kubert- 5/5 Maleev- 3/5
P.S. I want to thank my wife for helping me with this blog entry by typing all this on the computer ebcause my hands where hurting. Thanks baby!
By Manuel A. Carmona
Two weeks ago I teased you all with the thought of me writing a series of blog entries about which actors/actresses I'd cast if I were given the opportunity to do the casting of a big budget movie and/or TV series. Last week i gave you my first entry, my version of the Justice League cast. This week, I decided to do what I'd really been wanting to do, cast my version of Batman and the entire Bat family. This are my choices, you may agree or disagree, but if you do, please... leave your comments below. Thanks
Let's start with the figure of the moment in the Bat family...
Damian Wayne/Robin- Kenton Duty
In order to portray the former child assassin, turned Robin, Damian Wayne, it'd take months of training and conditioning if they're going to accomplish that goal. But when it comes to looking the part, Kenton Duty is my pic for the role of Damian Wayne. He's played serious roles before in movies such as 2:13 and Forget Me Not and he had a role in the hit TV series Lost. So when it comes to a young actor who looks the part and has the acting chops to play Damian, my vote goes to Kenton.
Kate Kane/Batwoman- Laura Prepon
We've known Laura Prepon for her roles in the hit TV series That 70's Show and How I Met Your Mother, but I think she'd be an awesome Batwoman. Besides being a natural redhead, Laura has the... uhum... body to pull it off, she has a look that is sexy and dangerous at the same time. I totally see her as Kate Kane and I think men and women all over the world will fall in love with Batwoman.
Jason Todd/Red Hood- Zac Efron
Now, before all my geek guy friends freak out on me over my choice for the Red Hood, look at the pictures, after you do that, watch the movie Charlie St. Cloud and THEN, come back and tell me if the guy isn't a great actor. I think he'd be perfect to play our favorite not-so-dead-Robin turned into Red Hood, Jason Todd.
Stephanie Brown/Batgirl- Bridgit Mendler
Stephanie Brown is one of my top 10 favorite characters of all time, period! Her evolution as a hero is the stuff of legends and because of my deep love of the character, I searched the web for the perfect actress to portray my beloved Stephanie. I found her in the form of a real life Disney princess, her name; Bridgit Mendler! Of course she has a huge following because of her Disney popularity, but she's an all around great young actress with appearances in shows like House and General Hospital and she;s also been in hit movies like Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 and Alvin and the Chipmunks 2. I think she's the perfect girl for the role of my favorite Batgirl!
Tim Drake/Robin- Thomas Dekker
Tim Drake is another character very dear and near to my heart and as such, I wanted a n actor who could portray all the qualities that make him so amazing. Thomas Dekker is, in my opinion, one such actor. We've seen him portray a badass hero in Terminator the TV Series, where he played John Connor and when you look at him, you see Tim Drake! This guy would be an awesome Robin in my opinion.
Barbara Gordon/Batgirl- Nina Droveb
Nina has been in numerous films as well as TV shows, but we know her best for her role in CW's The Vampire Diaries. She has the looks, the acting chops, the range and the fan following to make her my one and only choice to play Barbara Gordon.
Dick Grayson/Nightwing- Milo Ventimiglia
The character of Nightwing is one very dear to my heart and as such, I thought about this a lot. When I think of Dick Grayson i think of an adventurer without fear, a character full of optimism and joy, but at the same time I think of a big brother type figure. I think Milo Ventimiglia falls into all of the above mentioned categories effortlessly and he looks the part. We've seen him portray a hero and a big brother in the hit TV series Heroes and I wouldn't mind seeing him portray Batman's greatest triumph; Dick Grayson/Nightwing!
Selena Kyle/Catwoman- Rachel Bilson
Of course there has to be a love interest for Batman, and we all know who that is; Catwoman! I have only one choice for this role... Rachel Bilson! We all know she can act, she has an innocent and caring look to her, but we also know there's a dark side to her, much like Selena Kyle, and her looks... well, you be the judge. I know they'll be thousands of men falling in love with cats after this movie comes out!
Alfred Pennyworth- Ian Mckellen
I really don't have to justify my choice for Alfred because, well... Ian Mckellen is a BOSS!!! It doesn't matter what role you put him in, he's going to deliver the goods and when I think of Alfred, I think of a smart, strict and gentle soul, in my opinion, that's the precise definition of Sir Ian Mckellen.
Bruce Wayne/Batman- Ray Stevenson
I think that all the previous incarnations of Batman lack one key element of the character, an intimidating presence. Batman in my opinion should have rugged good looks, he should look serious to the point of being scary and he should have an imposing physique. My choice for Batman is none other than Ray Stevenson. We've seen his acting range when he portrayed Volstagg in the Thor movie and we've seen how intimidating and downright scary he can be in Punisher: War Zone, but he's also a very handsome man; the perfect combination to play Batman.
Agree or disagree? Leave your comments below!
THERE IS A LEGEND OF CRYSTAL SKULLS. ANCIENT ARTIFACTS THAT ARE SAID TO CONTAIN THE KNOWLEDGE OF EVERYTHING FROM WITCHCRAFT TO THE REASON FOR HUMAN EXISTENCE. BUT WHEN THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS PLANS TO SURFACE FROM THE UNDERWORLD AND CREATE HELL ON EARTH, IT'S UP TO THE GUARDIANS OF THE SKULLS TO COME TOGETHER AND PUT A STOP TO HELL'S ARMY. DRACULA, FRANKENSTIEN, THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTIEN, THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, THE WOLFMAN, AND THE MUMMY ALONG WITH THE LAST LIVING DECENDANTS OF THE VAN HELSING FAMILY ARE SHADOWCLUB KARMA.
Vlad Tempe, lord of the undead.
The man the world knows as DRACULA, is now the keeper of The Skull of Righteousness. With this skull, God personally chose him to lead Heaven's army against the League of Devils. With this this skull, Dracula's soul was restored, and his special abilities enhanced. As the general in Heaven's Brigade, he also wields the heavenly sword of generals, La'Galma.
In the final confrontation between Abraham Van Helsing and Count Dracula, it was documented that the Count had fallen at the hands of the legendary vampire slayer. In reality, the final confrontation was Van Helsing's true destiny. He would indeed slay the monster Dracula, but not with traditional means of vampire slaying. He presented the vampire with The Skull of Righteousness. It was with this skull, that Count Dracula had paid for his sins on earth, and was fully redeemed to fight for humankind and the kingdom of heaven. God fully restored the vampire's soul and removed his weaknesses, but left his thirst as a reminder of his past life.
Upon his attempted suicide in the arctic, the monster, Frankenstein's life was spared after discovering The Skull of Wisdom frozen in a block of ice. The skull unlocked the monster's true destiny as a soldier in the ShadowClub army.
After unlocking the skull's secrets on the knowledge of mankind, Frankenstein was instructed to head for the mountains of Russia, where he would be reunited with his bride. The skull has enhanced Frankenstein's strength and intelligence, and has given him the ability to manipulate electricity in various forms.
THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
The god of fate gave the immortal, Imhotep, his first mission. Find the last to die at the hands of the monster, Frankenstein and resurrect them. That being the female creature that was created to become the monster's bride.
Upon her resurrection, she was given the Skull of Magic. As the skull's keeper, she would master the art of witchcraft, and would use the powers of the skull to locate her soulmate, the keeper of The Skull of Wisdom, Frankenstein.
THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON
The last son of Atlantis, Char'ok, was warned of the coming war between his fellow Atlanteans and the Egyptians. The two most technologically advanced civilizations on the planet built on ancient alien design. The god of fate was sent to inform Char'ok of the war's outcome. That the Egyptians would deploy, “The Weapon!” A device so powerful, that it's use would destroy the planet.
Char'ok agreed to become the keeper of The Skull of Space and Time. His first mission, destroy The Weapon! The price, the fall of Atlantis. Upon Char'ok's return after the fall of Atlantis, he was informed to go into hiding. So Char'ok would find his exile along with the surviving Mayans in the Amazon jungle.
The resurrected ruler, Imhotep, was a man of great power in his lifetime. But it was in death, he found his true calling. Upon his resurrection, he noticed that a very valuable piece of his fortune had been stolen, The Skull of Immortality.
Eshu, the god of fate, returned the skull to Imhotep, informing him that his destiny was to seek out the Shadow Club army to protect mankind. His refusal would result in him remaining a slave to the underworld. Imhotep agreed, and was released from the zombified curse that had turned him into the mindless monster upon his resurrection.
Larry Talbot searched the world for a cure to his Lycanthrop, the werewolf transformation. Upon finding this cure, he got married with plans on living a normal life. A few year later, his wife was killed. From that point on his life had no meaning or purpose. After hearing of the 13 mystical skulls, he set out to find them in hopes of
bringing back his slain bride.
He finds Eshu, the god of fate and director of the skulls. He tells Talbot that he can indeed use the skull of space and time to bring back his wife, but at a cost. He will revert to his Wolf-Man appearance for good, and use this to fight along-side the Shadow Club Army. Talbot agrees. His wife's life was then restored, but Talbot, too ashamed to have her see him as a monster, left his true love behind. Now bitter, and enraged, The Wolf-Man uses his inner turmoil as a weapon, as the keeper of the skull of War.
Hello, Alvaro/Lance here with something a little different. If you’re into webshows, specifically review shows, you’re most likely familiar with Doug Walker, aka “The Nostalgia Critic” and one of the founders of the website of online reviewers at That Guy With The Glasses from Channel Awesome. By now you may also know that after his lastest review, the Scooby Doo movie, and the anniversary special “To Boldly Flee” marked the end of an era, after four years and over 200 episodes, the tie has been hung, “The Nostalgia Critic” will no longer be a weekly show, and I’m here to remember it!
Like many of his fans, I first found out about The Nostalgia Critic back when another internet reviewer, James Rolfe, who as the Angry Video Game Nerd (AVGN) who reviews bad games, made a cross over with Doug’s character. I was curious as to what exactly he did, so the first video I watched of his was his review of the “Batman and Robin” movie by Joel Shumacher. For nearly 3 years I’ve been hooked ever since. As the Nostalgia Critic, he reviewed, well, nostalgic movies, cartoons, TV shows, and one of my favorites, a trilogy of videos showing nostalgic TV commercials.
He was foul mouthed, obnoxious, ill tempered, and yelled to the top of his lungs and even violent from time to time…and we loved every minute of it! Many of his one liners becoming memes in manner of seconds after the videos would go up live online. He caught on like wild fire, creating a successful franchise which has earned him a ton of money and interviews in entrepreneur magazines. My thoughts about this series has a really personal meaning to me, though.
Many of you don’t know this, but in December of 2010 I was involved in a car accident that nearly took my life. I will not go into details, but suffice to say I was banged up, 13 stitches on my head and a battery of tests done to my head. For over 2 months I saw double after that accident, and doctors at one point told me I would never be the same. Something I never told my family or friends at that point, because, well, I’m a numbskull like that. I just told myself “well, I will just have to work hard to prove them wrong”. Double vision and all, I would draw and write. It was frustrating, disheartening, and believe me, many times I did wanted to just give up. But when I would feel like that, I’d clumsily stumble into my bed, tried to turn on my pc, and when I would, I’d go and see various episodes of AVGN and Nostalgia Critic (as well as fellow member of TGWTG Obscurus Lupa).
Through that trying time, one of the few things that kept me laughing, was the Nostalgia Critic. He along with James Rolfe also ignited my love for movies and I even started making small videos again on youtube, mostly trailers for my webcomic, or me reciting some of my poetry, or just acting silly in front of my camera and recording conventions and activities I went to. Inspired by their countdown of their personal favorite movies, I made a youtube video speaking of the comic books that has influenced me over the years that made me want to make comics.
Over the years Doug Walker made many videos (easily over 250). Here are my top 11 favorite Nostalgia Critic videos (WARNING: if you’re sensitive to foul language, I suggest you not watch it). Why top 11? Well, you should know if you watched his videos….
11- “A Simple Wish” movie review. A fairly recent one, but memorable for the shocking guest appearance at the end of this video!
10- “Gordy” movie review. Pig Power in da HOUSE!
9- “Harry Potter Book 7 Launch”, not a review per se, but Doug Walker as the Nostalgia Critic character in line for the midnight release of the final Harry Potter book!
8- “Good Son” movie review. I actually kind of liked this movie, but it was hilarious how he ripped this one apart!
7- “Batman and Robin” movie review. The first review of his I watched. Watch him flip out at the iconic “bat credit card” rant!
6- “Godzilla” movie review. That’s a lot of fish!
5- Nostalgic Commercials Trilogy. This was a set of three different videos that went up at different times, but I consider it a trilogy.
4- “Signs” movie review, another fairly recent one, but it’s just funny!
3- “Simon Sez” movie review. This was a crossover with the aforementioned Obscurus Lupa!
2- “Double Team” movie review. This video to me, has the best ending EVER!
And #1- “The Room” movie review. So good, Tommy Wiseu, the man behind perhaps the worst movie ever, actually managed to take this video down for a short time on claims of copyright infringement, but ultimately the video was reuploaded and actually became even more famous after that. I have probably watched this review a thousand times and it doesn’t get old, you HAVE to listen to Doug Walker impersonating Tommy Wiseu!
In a nutshell, that was “The Nostalgia Critic”. He made us laugh. Sometimes even cry. Made us remember all those little things from our past that brought smiles to our faces. Gave us that escape for 20 minutes every week. To Doug Walker, thank you for your hard work. The Nostalgia Critic remembered it, so we didn’t have to, and we all sure as hell will never forget him. Thank you for reading, stay safe, everyone!
~Alvaro “Lance Danger” Cortes Ortiz Jr
Ok, there's been a lot of controversy around Marvel and DC trying to capitalize on President's Obama's statements on gay marriage and/or relationships and I'd like to give my thoughts on the matter. I believe this has been done in a cheap and forced way that diminish what could've been a move forward in comics, and turned out to be another ploy to make money. My opinions on the matter might be a little polarizing but they come from the heart so here we go.
I believe that what two people do in the bedroom should be their own business as should be who they choose to spend the rest of their lives with. I have nothing against gay people and I honestly don't care who they date or sleep with, that's their personal business and it shouldn't matter to me. I also believe that rational thinking adults have the right to choose right from wrong, whatever that may be to each individual, but when it comes to children being exposed to a gay marriage in a comic book, that's where I draw the line. Now, people might say that Astonishing X-Men is not intended for kids but, if you bring a kid to a comic book shop and they go through the covers and see the cover to Astonishing X-Men #51, there's no telling what effects that might have on them. I know it's up to the parents to teach their kids about the things in life, but there's things a kid shouldn't be exposed to at an early age, no matter what your views may be on the topic at hand, kid's minds are sponges and are gullible, hence showing them that a male superhero loves another man might confuse them into thinking they like little Timmy from down the street, when in reality, they might just be going through a phase or simply be confused by what they just saw at the comic shop/movie/tv show/etc. It's not only gay relationships I feel young kids shouldn't be exposed to at an early age, but also racism, sex, extreme violence and things that may be harmful to a mind that isn't fully developed. If you are an adult and you feel that you love another member of your own sex that's fine, but in my opinion it's not fine to tell a kid that a man falling in love with another man is right, that's crossing the line; but that's just my opinion. Let me be clear, I have a cousin that's gay and I love him dearly, I have two female friends and art colleagues that I greatly respect, but that doesn't mean I'm telling my son that it's ok for him to like our neighbor's boy; I'D NEVER TELL HIM IT'S OK!!!
Another thing I see wrong with the whole "gay superheroes" is that being gay is mainly a selling ploy rather than make it part of what the character's about. That's like putting out a Batman comic and promoting it as "Batman gets married to a sexy woman! He's the straight guy in the country club..." it doesn't feel natural, it feels like what it is; a money grab. Take Alan Scott (a.k.a. The original Green Lantern) for example. He's the latest character to be turned gay and I feel it's DC's way of trying to catch on with Marvel's "gay wedding". Alan Scott is one of the original DC characters being around since the beginning of comics and one with a rich and established history. Married, father of two, a very respected character in the DC Universe and an example of what every man should be. Now, for DC's New 52 and in order for them to ride the "being gay is cool" wave, the "powers that be" decided to erase his whole history and make him a gay man, and not only that, they're marketing the book based on his sexual orientation rather than his qualities and heroism, they're not trying to support gay people, they're trying to make a buck.
Like I said, I have nothing against the gay community and I don't have anything against DC, Marvel or any other company putting out gay characters in comics intended for adults, but please, make it something that's part of who the character is, don't make it WHAT the character is. It's like real life, you don't say "Wow, he/she's gay! Btw, he/she can sing as well", instead we say "Wow! What an incredible voice!!!" and after you get to know the person, you find out that he/she is also gay. Let's hope we keep moving forward as a people and comic publishers try to put more thought into their stories rather than put some stuff together to make a few bucks.
Manuel A. Carmona