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Terebi Magazine March 2008 - suit and helmet

Given the string of good luck (and fun) that I’ve had with other comics and magazines geared towards younger kids that I’ve gotten a hold of recently, I figured I’d roll the dice on something random again and see if my luck decided to run out or not. Judging by the contents of this month’s issue of Terebi Magazine, my streak shows no signs of wavering. Continue reading

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John Henry? Check. Mark Twain? Check. Transformers? Uhh…check?

Shockwave - Hearts of Steel sketch cover

Yeah I don’t get it either, but it happened. I finally got around to reading the four-part Hearts of Steel series/line/mini-series and I’m pretty surprised that it actually works. Knowing full well that this is supposed to be fun and not critically acclaimed, historically accurate fiction, I had no problem going from one book to the next. Once I realized that it was an, “out-of-continuity, stand alone Transformers tale,” I thought, “whatever, it’s fucking robots…” and pleasantly made my way through them all.

The premise is pretty ridiculous, but that’s why I kept reading. John Henry and Mark Twain couldn’t have been the only characters that could’ve been used for this, but I guess they were the only people that the darts landed on when picking main characters from old-timey America. I just shrugged and went with it. Even for Transformers nerds this has to be an enormously hard sell, and I can just barely imagine this idea being pitched with someone saying something to the effect of, “No, no, no, it’ll be cool! Check out these sketches!” and then whoever at IDW (who published the books) saying, “That’s…that’s dumb…and what about Optimus Prime? What about Megatron? Not writing them in is crazy. You’re out of your mind…but if you can get it to sell, then we don’t give a shit.” Like I said, I don’t know why this even exists, but it’s still somehow worth reading. Or to be more honest, it’s worth looking at.

Some of the concept and cover sketches are actually a lot better than work that made it into the books, but it’s Jay Fotos’ colors that help Guido Guidi’s art stand out just enough to be memorable, but not absolutely incredible. Lots of browns and tans, and lots of subdued, well…everything. Guido Guidi doesn’t lay down artwork in every issue though. For whatever reason, issue #3 is without his talents and it definitely shows. There are even a few frames that are laughably bad and actually make me a little bit embarrassed to own the book. All in all, it just adds to the can’t-possibly-be-taken-seriously tone of the series.

I can say with a straight face however, that these would have made awesome toys.

You can (and should) check out the other IDW Transformers comics art, info and sketches at IDW’s site.

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A Wondrous Belvederian Outrage!

If Punky Brewster, Silver Spoons and Facts of Life can (and have) made it to DVD, then why can’t Small Wonder and Mr. Belvedere?

“She’ll enchant you at first sight!”

…and the intro to Mr. Belvedere (Holy shit do I wish that was the opening to Mr. Belvedere.)

Here’s the real opening for it

In all seriousness though, why isn’t Small Wonder on DVD? I could honestly care less about piles of shit that I love to loathe like Mr.Belvedere, but ALF made it to DVD…and even fucking Bravestarr got released. Do the studios that made these honestly think that no one would buy them? That hasn’t stopped other studios from releasing pure sludge that I’d rather not take the time to list; people have been buying that crap too. Even more mind-boggling is that somehow the Captain N, Zelda and original Mario Brothers cartoons are out, but Silverhawks and M.A.S.K. have never been officially introduced to the sleek power of a Digital Versatile Disc. Even the Jaleel White (a.k.a. Steve Urkel) voiced Sonic the Hedgehog DVD is available. All the while stuff that should be at the ready to make gazillions of dollars like Transformers, G.I. Joe and even JEM have seen official releases, but are now out of print due to licensing issues. What kind of country are we living in?!

Click here to let the powers that be know that you want Small Wonder released on DVD. Click here to do the same for Mr. Belvedere.

Although it’s neither from the 80’s, nor a TV show, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! is also unavailable in the US…many frowns. Hopefully this trailer will reverse those frowns.

Wait…is Webster not available either? FUCK…

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