Jojo uncensored on Toonami, Jessica Jones on Blu-Ray overseas, and more news!
I’m wrapping up something I’ve been trying to write for a bit about the nexus of academia and fan culture. And since I have a small delay on the next LokiCast, I wanted to post something else this week: I read a lot of news in pop culture and fandom, so here is a wrap-up of this week, covering a bit of scholarship on fandom, comics, and television, and a lot on news updates about Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, DC, and Marvel.
Headlines, commentary, and rambling are below.
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I’ll be at Animate Florida this weekend. I’m not presenting there, but in addition to appearances by actors, illustrators, and writers, there are panels on LGBT and disability representation in comics and fandom.
Cartoon Brew previews the upcoming Iron Giant art book, based on Brad Bird’s classic film.
Tad Stone, creator of the Darkwing Duck animated series, talked about the show, as it has a new comic book adaptation underway at Joe Books.
Stone explains that the titular character has multiple origin stories to mock how inconsistent such origin stories are in comics. While Stone doesn’t cite this particular example, one he could identify is the shifting origin story for the Hawkpeople: are they reincarnations, aliens, both?
So, Stone is trolling viewers who wanted consistency in Darkwing Duck.
But Stone also trolled readers of this article in another way: he mis-names one character from his series (Robo-Duck rather than Gizmoduck), and while it may have been an unintentional mistake on his part, I’m going to pretend he’s trolling some nerd to write a correction to him, hence proving his point about obsessiveness over comic book accuracy.
Thank goodness no nerd would ever go out of their way to correct him. Nope. Not here.
DC on the CW
Greg Berlanti shares more information here, as well as about the Flash/Supergirl musical crossover.
The new Adam West animated Batman film, Return of the Caped Crusaders, will have an early release. Fathom Events will screen the movie at numerous theaters nationwide.
When not tearing apart biased media coverage propping up Trump’s racist campaign, Ta-Nehisi Coates is talking up Black Panther.
In other MCU news, Agents of SHIELD and Iron Fist will have panels at New York Comic Con. Some news already released are initial promotional still images of upcoming SHIELD character Ghost Rider.
Long aside: I have not enjoyed SHIELD at all over the last three years, finding it to be the worst addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the worst superhero show I have seen in five years–and I was the one who sat through (almost) all of Arrow.
I write that stipulation because to judge this artwork at all is premature: as a still image, it cannot convey much about the quality of the animation (and I would know: I spend enough time analyzing still images versus their improved appearance once animation).
Even the commercial doesn’t show Ghost Rider’s flaming head in motion, whether because they don’t want to give it away (despite releasing still images and some graffiti art), or because it is going to be so limited and poor looking due to CGI budgets (which seems more likely, especially after the waste of Hive last season).
So, I’m waiting to watch Season 4 before judging Ghost Rider’s characterization and special effects.