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05
Mar
11

Reading into Things: Courage the Cowardly Dog

So, I remember writing something about how I felt about how the gang in Scooby Doo got together: Freddy and Velma realize that they both like mysteries and invite Freddy’s girlfriend, pot supplier, and the pot supplier’s dog (Daphny, Shaggy, and Scooby respectfully) to break into a house to solve a mystery. Well, my good friend, Sam brought up one day that he believed that Courage the Cowardly Dog is set after the awakening of Cthulhu, hince the insanity of the world and why no-one seems to notice.

So, I’ve decided to run with this idea.

Continue reading ‘Reading into Things: Courage the Cowardly Dog’

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03
Mar
11

Spectacular Gong Stories #4 – For Whom Do the Angels Cry?

WB Johnson here. Now that I’ve become a member of the GONG family, I’ll be placing some of my stories both here and on my own blog (which has yet to be fully constructed). Now, this story is a fantasy story, as it features angels and ghosts. HOWEVER, this story might upset some people as the setting is the Iraqi War.

Now, just as a disclaimer: I don’t thing that all military people are like this. In my opinion there are 3 things that service men/women protect that make them heroes: Their Country and it’s people, their family, and their own freedom (which is part of the reason that our main character is so damn disgusting). Continue reading ‘Spectacular Gong Stories #4 – For Whom Do the Angels Cry?’

03
Mar
11

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02
Mar
11

Webcomic Recommendations: Kyoji’s First Two

So, I’ve decided that I should some of the amazing web-comics that I’ve read over the years, plus a few new ones, because, goodness help me, I lover being bound to a running series that I can get updates on. For a while, I’d base what day it currently was off of three things: classes, work, which web comic uploaded.

First off, I’m going to start off with the two first webcomics I ever started reading:

The illustrious, famous, and hilarious 8-Bit Theatre. Running from 2001 to 2010, this webcomic is supposed to be a straight translation of the original Final Fantasy, but various hilarious things happen, including appearances of characters from other Final Fantasy games, digs at the conventions of the original game itself, and a tight woven together continuity (there’s a joke stated in the very first few episodes that become’s true towards the end of the comics run). Even the writing is fantastically well done, which isn’t a surprise in hindsight; Brian Clevinger is the creator of the Atomic Robo comic book series. If you’re a fan of Final Fantasy, metaphysical hi-jinks (what happens when comic strip characters are aware of their actions from every panel in a strip? They form an army), ridiculous violence, and a total disregard for Dwarves, this webcomic is for you.

The Second Webcomic is one that’s more of a Main Comic and it’s influenced side comics.

That’s right, Bob and George; a ridiculous “retelling” of the first 6 Megaman games. Originally started as a hand drawn comic until the creator finally had to admit that he couldn’t draw worth a damn, then shifting to a sprite comic (allegedly the first sprite comic), it ran from 2000 to 2007. Aside from the hilariousness of all of the characters dying around each of the comics anniversaries (but it’s okay, because, since they’re robots, they can just be rebuilt), it’s one of the few sprite comics full of dozens of recolours that actually manages to be good. The titular Bob and George are characters from the comic’s original hand drawn strips that ended up in the Megaman Universe. But this is a different Megaman Universe to what we’re use to. In this one, most of the Robot Masters are ridiculously incompetent, as is Megaman and most of the good guys. Dr. Light accidentally programmed him to have the Prime Objective of being an Idiot and a Secondary Objective of being a Hero of Justice. Most of the recollections of the original games are grossly inaccurate due to Author intervention (this being a comic where the Author has a self insert character who does nothing but try to keep order, but ends up being a pain in the ass sometimes), Time Travel Shenanigans (which are essentially the most hated thing in the entire comic, due the to absolute bullshit time travel causes, like George being the main bad-guy of Mega Man 5) and the speculation of the event known in the comic as “The Cataclysm”, which boils down to the explanation as to why the original MegaMan characters aren’t around in MegaMan X by saying that Zero activated early and killed everyone. NOw, for the longest time, Bob and George also hosted several sub comics, some relating to Megaman, others not at all. As of this writing, the only one that’s still actually updating and being linked to from Bob and George’s front-page is MSPaint Masterpieces.

 

MSPaint Masterpieces, unlike Bob and George, has been epicially re-telling the original Megaman games. While it started out as generic Webcomic silliness, it progressively to more and more serious in nature and deeper in tone. By the end of the retelling of the first game, the armies of the world are outside of Wily’s Castle and Megaman is nearly crap metal. To be honest, there are times when this comic is more serious and grave in nature that the famous Rockman MegaMix manga. It’s, quite honestly, the best balance for a silly comic like Bobo and George.

 

Tomorrow, I’ll be talking about the Webcomics that I’ve read, but not longer keep up with anymore.

02
Mar
11

Captain America and why Super Sentai is /co/ related

So, ever since the debut of Kaizoku Sentai Goukaiger and Saban reacquiring the rights to Power Rangers and porting Samurai Sentai Shinkenger as Power Rangers Sentai .

Now, a certain American imageboard of a larger site of ill repute has been particularly butt-frustrated about everyone’s gusto about showing info about both series. Now, as some (READ: none) of you know, there are a few things that have honourary status on /co/. Power Rangers is one of those things. Most people, in a ridiculous attempt of nerd hierarchy, try to distance themselves from anything Eastern, deeming it “stupid”, and “for weeaboos”. Now, one of the most quoted phrases on /co/ is “not /co/ related”.

Fine, you don’t think Super Sentai’s /co/-related? Let’s take a trip back to 1978.

Toei gets a license to make live action shows based on Marvel characters, the first one that they decide to do is Spider-Man, renamed as Supaida-Man.

Now, there was on thing that Supaider-man did that no other Tokusatsu show had done at the time…

SUPAIDA-MAN FIGHT VILLAINS WITH A HUGE FUCKING ROBOT.

 

Now, this leads to Toei wanting to place a giant robot in their Captain American and the Avengers show. However, they didn’t get around to making a Captain America and the AvengersĀ  show; they took the concept of an international Superhero team that pilots a giant robot to fight crime. Now, to make it Japanese, they meshed it together with a series that they had only 2 entries for.

That series was Senta, consisting of:

Himitsu Sentai Goranger

And J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai

Now, Marvel and Toei combine Avengers, Cap, and Sentai and gave birth to the few Sentai show to be called Super Sentai:

BATTLE FEVER J

Therefore, Super Sentai is quite /co/ related.

Now go back to playing with your Ponies; me, your sister, and your cooler older brother are going to go watch a huge fucking Sentai War.

02
Mar
11

Localizing Kamen Rider

Now, I’m sure that most of the people who come to this site know about Kamen Riders (don’t lie; as of the writing of this post, the most frequently viewed topic on this site is Top 5 Heisei Kamen Rider Series), so most of you have at least a working knowledge of the fact that our beloved bug-eyed battling hero has only made a few appearances in the United States. Continue reading ‘Localizing Kamen Rider’

16
Feb
11

Filling the Multiverse or Doing DC’s Job for Them.

So, for those of you who are familiar with American comics, you may know that there are alternate worlds in which the comic book characters interact. And by this, we mean things like, there’s a universe where everyone’s a zombie (Marvel Zombies), a planet where everyone’s evil (Earth-3), or everyone’s a furry (Earth-26).

Now, while Marvel’s alternate worlds are comprised of the Omni-verse (meaning that every possible dimension, including our own exists and can be visited), DC Comics has a much humbler 52.

The 52 is comprised of 52 identically different worlds. By that, I mean each of the 52 have a Superman and variations of the main DC world (which is Earth-0, as DC is Douche-bags). Most of the 52 are new versions of DC’s old Silver Age multiverse (Earths 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10 being updated versions of the original 2, 3, 4, S, and X), DC’s more famous Elseworlds titles (Gotham By Gaslight, Dark Knight Returns, Kingdom Come, Red Son), and entire Imprint franchises (Tangent and Wildstorm). However, there are around 23 worlds that haven’t been touched on at all. 8 have had specific people show up from them/we have the jist of what their world is, and 15 of them are completely uncommitted on. Now, we’ve seen 52 different Supermen show up to save reality itself once (including Obama. Not even lying; there is a world with a black US President who also happens to be Superman), so we know that these aren’t just vacant slots with nothing going on.

Now since DC has failed to realize how cool it would be to have new writers come in a make their own worlds for the uncatalogued 23, I’ve come up with two worlds of my own.

Earth-47: Lantern’s Oath Universe

In this universe, Earth has never had superheroes, nor has it come in contact with any alien lifeforms. The reason for this being that a sentient species can only be contacted after they pass the Trail of the Lantern, in which a developed enough species is given their own versions of the Central Power Batteries and are made to master the emotion spectrum. If they pass, that means that they are able to conduct themselves emotionally well enough to join the Galactic Community. One day, Earth’s skies are turned white and the Central Power Batteries descend around the world and send rings to various people (many of which have ties to or are analogues to the Lantern Corps Members of New Earth) to test their mantle and show the power of the various emotions. Each of the Central Power Batteries also sends out an avatar of it’s most illustrious member (i.e., the Yellow One sends out an avatar of Sinestro) to find as many people who have been effected by the rings and do what they will with them. This Earth’s Boston Brand also becomes the wearer of the White Ring to warn the others of the fact that the Black Central Power Battery has formed in the Earth’s core and is feeding off of the deaths of all of mankind’s history. Should the new ring-slingers fail, the Black Lanterns will cover the planet and eradicate them entirely. Also, the bearer of the White Ring changes, as its bearer is to always die.

Earth-23: The All Magic Universe

I know that there’s already Earth-33, where everyone is magic-based, but this world is different in that the only Superheroes that exist are the ones with magic based powers or are street-level vigilantes. That means that Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman (the circumstances of her birth are mystical, but she herself is not) are not there, but Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne, and Diana Price are. They’re just not superheroes. Clark Kent is still the last survivor of Krypton, but he’s just his ordinary bumbling self, working at the Daily Planet. Bruce Wayne’s parents were still shot and he still swore to end crime in Gotham, traveling the world to gain the resources to, but he does so by being a business man of high ethics, funding only the police departments that fought against mob crime, and providing any straight-laced detective the assistance that they need to bring down. Diana Prince is simply the ambassador for Themyscira. The story that I’d write about this world wouldn’t be about them, it would be about the oft-forgotten occult detective Mark Merlin, aka Prince Ra-Man.

Merlin starts the series already with the powers of Prince Ra-Man (which have been passed down his family line since ancient Egyptian times), but with only an intermediate use of them. Working with Carter Hall (who is not Hawk-Man, but is still the reincarnation of Khufu) on an excavation in Egypt. Coincidentally, they find Metron’s Mobius Chair siting within a tomb, having landed on Earth-23 after Final Crisis. Merlin sits in it, but in doing so, activates it. The chair then automatically shows him all of the knowledge that Metron had gathered, plus anything the Chair itself uncovered. essentially, Merlin learns everything that’s ever happened in the DCU, from Action Comics #1 on forward. Going momentarily insane, but becoming so insane that he was sane again, Merlin returns to his own Earth and decides to look for various items and persons and see why they are so different from the other Earths.

The book pretty much becomes DCU Doctor Who at this point, with the wacky, slightly unhinged Merlin serving in the role of the Doctor, collecting a group of Companions to adventure along with him. The first of which is an adult aged Vicki Grant, whom he gives the Hero Dial. Unfortunately, it’s stuck on what he calls “Legionnaire Mode”; the Hero Dial grants you superpowers whenever you dial in H.E.R.O., but the dial is only pulling up the powers of a few people from the Legion of Superheroes (who exist 1000 years into the future). Hilariously, it only pulls the powers of a very small percentage of powers from the Legion, as most of the powers of the Legionnaires are natural (technically, Superman doesn’t have superpowers any more than the human ability to ingest multiple foods at once; Kryptonians naturally gain their various abilities under yellow sunlight). Joining them eventually would be a slightly reformed Nemesis Kid (who’s been banished to the 21st Century), a refuge Batman Jones from the now apocalyptic Earth-51, and Thomas Kalmaku, friend of Hal Jordon.

Speaking of the Lanterns, in this world, they exist, but they’re power is considered magical. However, all of the various Lantern Corps (Red through Purple, plus the very few Black Lanterns and a single White Lantern) have always operated, clashing at various points, but keeping a seemingly impossible balance. Also, in this Universe, the reason why Earth has so many Green Lanterns is that the original ring went to Alan Scott (the Golden-Age Green Lantern) in the 30s. However, he became so use to being the interplanetary guardian of Earth, that when the Guardians asked for him to pass the torch, he refused. The Guardians asked Sinestro to wrestle it away from him, leading to Sinestro trying to simple destroy the ring. The ring then just breaks into three separate rings and each go to Hal Jordon, John Steward, and Guy Gardener. After stopping a power-hungry Sinestro from illegally extending his control over Sector 2417, the three are allowed to all operate as official Lanterns. Kyle Rayner is added later in an incident where it’s thought that one of the Earth Lanterns is dead. After whining from the other Green Lanterns, the Earth Lanterns are made to rotate on which areas of their Sector that they protect.

A few other aspects are that Dr. Fate is essentially the Superman of this Earth, the Hero Dial is usually not used by other magic users, as it could make them useĀ  a magic that counteracts their own, and Captain Marvel doesn’t exist yet.

Shazam is still off-put from the antics of Black Adam. However, Black Adam placed his powers into an amulet that has ended up with a descendant of his that also happens to be his reincarnation. Shazam knows of Billy Batson, but won’t give his power to a child. Black Adam also holds a grudge against Dr. Fate and Mark Merlin, as Nabu (whose magic and spirit fuel Dr. Fate) and the original Prince Ra-Man (as Merlin may or may not be the original’s reincarnation) helped Shazam beat his powers out of him.

I wish DC would actually do something with their extra worlds. Hell, if they want to use the ones I’ve posted, I’d LOVE to work for DC.

A man can dream, though. A man can dream…