The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is Here to Enlighten the Next Generation of Children

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Sept. 2, 2019



The original story of the Dark Crystal was released in 1982 by the Jim Henson company. It was a viewing staple for many children who are now adults with a dark, yet hopeful storyline. It was a story about balance with the mystic Urus contrasted against the devious Skesis. There ...

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I Was Wrong

Banes at 12:00AM, Aug. 8, 2019



I Was Wrong - The Character Arc

Last time I was here I talked about “The Old Warrior”. It's one of my favorite character types and story elements.

This time I'm going to go into another trope/theme that almost always works for me: The realization of a character ...





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How Realistic Can Animation Be Before It is Not Considered Animation?

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, July 22, 2019



In an attempt to cool down during the heatwave that has taken over two-thirds of the country, all Saturday was spent at the movie theater watching Toy Story 4 and the new Iive-action Lion King movie on IMAX. Toy Story 4 picked up where Toy Story 3 left off and ...

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Realer Than Real

Banes at 12:00AM, July 18, 2019



Recently I saw a performance of the Muppets' band “The Electric Mayhem” from 2009. Pretty great!

It occurred to me how many years have passed since the heyday of the Muppet Show in the late 1970's. The fact that this young-ish audience was so excited about this show said ...



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Heavy Metal

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, July 7, 2019



Metal Hurlant: The Craziest Comic Book Series You Probably Never Heard About.
Comic books and graphic novels are considered by many an inherently American form of publication. They became popular in the English-speaking parts of the world (the US and the UK) in the 1930s and conquered the world in ...


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Working with Political Agendas

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, June 15, 2019



Lately more and more comics and animated features seem to consciously, and more importantly loudly, incorporate political messages in their stories. From feminism to social stratification and discrimination, to racism and xenophobia or even depression and psychological trauma.

This is by no means a new thing, to incorporate themes and ...



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Betrayal

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, May 18, 2019



This is a topic that Ozoneocean suggested to me and I have to say I'm quite intrigued to tackle it and start a conversation perhaps around the concept as a plot device but also as an issue of the relationship of the creators and the audiences.

Betrayal can be ...



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80 Years of Batman

Banes at 12:00AM, April 25, 2019
tags: batman 80



May 2019 is right around the corner, and it marks a massive milestone in superhero comics - the 80th birthday of Batman.

His looooong running comic, Detective Comics, releases issue #1000! This is the second superhero comic to reach this impressive place - last year was Superman's 80th, and Action Comics ...



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FEATURED COMIC --> Bunni and Carot

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, March 13, 2019



Bunni could have stayed underground and been happy, but one day he discovered Carot, a once worshipped “veggi” that needed to be plucked. However, lurking deep in the forest lives scary creatures like a monster pig that Bunni and Carot are able to tag team and take down. Welcome to ...

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SHAPES and Character

Banes at 12:00AM, Feb. 28, 2019




CHARACTER SHAPES

I remember hearing about this notion some time ago, on the dvd special features for an animated movie or show. I don't remember which one.

Characters derived from basic shapes can give a very strong impression of their basic personality type. This can help the audience feel ...






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