Fandom Report for Thursday, September 22, 2016

RIP Clay Martin Croker of Space Ghost fame, “Marvel vs DC” in Baltimore, the Ghost in the Shell adaptation looks awful, and the Avengers want you to vote against the supervillain Donald Trump.

Headlines, commentary, and rambling are below.

Did I miss some major news? Message me on WordPress or Twitter @dereksmcgrath.


Marvel vs DC in Baltimore, Deadline 9/30

My colleague Lisa Perdigao is organizing this academic/fan’s dream, a panel on representations of the rivalry between two of the biggest comic book publishers, or about how Marvel and DC differ in representing rivalries. Submit your 300-word abstract and short bio to the Northeast Modern Language Association CFP here online before the September 30th deadline, and read more about the Marvel vs DC rivalry here.

Avengers vs Trump

Joss Whedon and actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe campaign against supervillain (and Marvel’s favorite presidential candidate) Donald Trump.

Video here.

Register to vote (for Clinton, and in all races) here.

Comics

Gene Luen Yang, comics creator behind American Born Chinese, Superman, and Avatar: The Last Airbender, has received a MacArthur Genius Grant.

DC Comics

The CW is releasing an app that allows viewers to watch its DC shows for free.

In other DC streaming news, Netflix just added Gotham Season 2. And its third season started on Fox, along with Season 2 of Lucifer. (Shameless plug: My review for the Lucifer Season 2 premiere is here.)

Legends of Tomorrow will feature two iterations of Obsidian.

Batman: The Animated Podcast looks at the Riddler episode “If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?”

Mattel is developing a Batman: The Animated Series virtual reality toy, featuring cast and crew from the original series.

Gremlins director Joe Dante talks about how he intended to approach a Batman movie.

Marvel Comics

Spider-Man may be visiting the New Avengers headquarters from Age of Ultron and Civil War in his cinematic outing Homecoming.

Doctor Strange may be popping up at Disney World.

Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg has updates about Season 2.

Nets basketball player Jeremy Lin will appear in Hulk.

Marvel is launching a new She-Hulk series–except now Jennifer Walters will not be called She-Hulk but just “Hulk.”

The Civil War commentary reveals Black Panther’s suit was enhanced visually through CGI, while Comics Alliance talks about the iconic nature of the suit’s appearance in comics.

Anime

Paramount has released clips of its whitewashed Blade Runner ripoff of a Ghost in the Shell Western live action adaptation.

Servamp wrapped up its initial 12-episode series. I’ll have a review of the season following the completion of the Funimation dub.

Gintama is getting a new animated series.

Animation

Illustrator Brandon the Outcast shared tribute art of Laika films: Coraline, Paranorman, and Kubo and the Two Strings.

Saturday Morning Rewind posted a podcast interview with actor with Jason Marsden (Young Justice, A Goofy Movie, Spirited Away).

A teaser trailer for the new Smurfs film is out.

Amazon and iTunes have offered for free the first episode of Murphy’s Law, the new Disney cartoon from the creators of Phineas and Ferb and featuring Weird Al Yankovic.

RIP Clay Martin Croker

Clay Martin Croker, animator and the voice of Zorak and Moltar for Cartoon Network’s Toonami and many Space Ghost programs, passed away.

Space Ghost: Coast to Coast and Cartoon Planet were the reasons I wanted Cartoon Network to come into my house. It took a few years for my local cable provider to add it, and when I started watching those shows, I was hooked. I had no idea Croker was Moltar until seeing him on camera do the voice, without a filter.

A Space Ghost Christmas was almost yearly viewing, along with Mystery Science Theater Christmas episodes, every winter. Adult Swim has now uploaded most episodes of Coast to Coast this week in memory of Croker.

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