John Rezas

My dog Roxie feels the same way as Snoopy when it’s gray outside or when it rains. It makes her feel depressed.

My dog Roxie feels the same way as Snoopy when it’s gray outside or when it rains. It makes her feel depressed.

If these were my cats, then I would name them Yin and Yang.

If these were my cats, then I would name them Yin and Yang.

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The Z Nation premier was better than I expected.
★★★☆☆
That’s a generous rating. It’s SyFy, so how good can it get?

Permission granted…

No… Still not ringing a bell.

No… Still not ringing a bell.

DEAD SET. Before there was THE WALKING DEAD on AMC, there was DEAD SET on Channel 4 in the UK. Show description: “The show takes place primarily on the set of a fictional series of the real television show Big Brother. The five episodes, aired over five consecutive nights, chronicle a zombie outbreak that strands the housemates and production staff inside the Big Brother House, which quickly becomes a shelter from the undead.”

DEAD SET. Before there was THE WALKING DEAD on AMC, there was DEAD SET on Channel 4 in the UK. Show description: “The show takes place primarily on the set of a fictional series of the real television show Big Brother. The five episodes, aired over five consecutive nights, chronicle a zombie outbreak that strands the housemates and production staff inside the Big Brother House, which quickly becomes a shelter from the undead.”

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May de Sousa (1884–1948), American singer and Broadway actress.

May de Sousa (1884–1948), American singer and Broadway actress.

Can’t live with them, can’t live without them.

Can’t live with them, can’t live without them.

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Avengers vs Avengers

I love both Marvel Comics and DC Comics. I enjoy superheroes and superhero movies. I also am a big fan of numerous animated television cartoon superhero shows. It has always been a neck-and-neck race in the comic book world. But, Marvel took the lead in the movies. However, when it came to the animated TV show market, DC Comics took a substantial lead. Marvel seems unable to pick a direction and stick with it. They get something good, but they do not realize it, so they cancel it. I think that, more often than not, Marvel lacks the vision to make their animated TV series succeed. Somehow, they seem unable to translate the success of their big screen movie franchises down to their small screen television shows.

The Justice League and Justice League Unlimited cartoons set the pace for superhero animation. Along with Batman Beyond, they advanced on the work that The New Batman Adventures and Superman: The Animated Series began in their individual cartoons, as well as in The New Batman/Superman Adventures. One of the main reasons for the success of these animated TV shows came from the work that Bruce Timm (artist, animator, writer, producer, director) and Paul Dini (writer and producer) put into them. Timm and Dini, along with many others, gave these animated TV shows a vision, a larger DC universe of characters, and DC ran with it.

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Marvel developed some decent animated TV shows. Back in the 1960s, Marvel created cartoons like The Marvel Super Heroes, The Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man that achieved a lot by way of bringing the comic book characters onto the small screen. While not up to modern standards of animation, these TV shows remain classic. Later, in the 1990s and on, Marvel saw limited success with the X-Men, X-Men: Evolution, and Spider-Man animated TV shows. But, Marvel did not pursue a united vision for their animated TV shows. The concept of crossovers did not happen. The idea of a larger Marvel universe did not come into being with those shows.

THE AVENGERS: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES (AEMH) quickly became one of my favorite superhero cartoons, and it featured Christopher Yost (head writer) and Joe Quesada (co-executive producer). But, after two seasons, Marvel cancelled it. As with Wolverine and the X-men, Marvel did not seem to appreciate a good thing and cancelled the show before it could make its mark. They replaced AEMH with the badly written and poorly animated AVENGERS ASSEMBLE (AA) cartoon. AA took a step down from what AEMH established. It took away what made the Avengers great, the strong basis in the comic book source material. It did try to create a larger sense of the Marvel universe, but AEMH remained superior in that regard by featuring The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and Heroes For Hire (Power Man and Iron Fist) in some episodes.

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Marvel based AA on the film adaptation. It put forth what I consider to be a poorly developed animation style. AEMH, by comparison, developed a more interesting look for the Avengers, and brought to life many of the stories and characters seen in the original Avengers comic books, including Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, The Vision, the various characterizations of Henry Pym, Ant-Man (from Henry Pym to Scott Lang), The Black Panther, the Wasp, and well-established comic book supervillains like Kang the Conqueror, Ultron, The Purple Man, Galactus, Loki, and The Enchantress. AA reduced the list of supervillains to a small group that it used and reused over and over again in each episode, essentially the same thing in each episode.

AEMH developed an interesting and stylized animation design for the depiction of the characters. When called for, like with The Hulk and Thor, they made the characters larger than life and muscular. But, when a character came from more or less normal backgrounds, like Hawkeye, the Black Panther, and the Black Widow, they depicted them as fairly normal people in superhero costumes. That contrast worked well. But, when Marvel decided to create a new Avengers TV show, they decided to dispense with that and went with the bloated muscular approach for all the AA characters that just looked terrible. Once again, Marvel took a step backward, rather than building upon the vision within AEMH.

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THE AVENGERS: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES
★★★★☆

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE
★☆☆☆☆

Listen, looking at it very simply, musicologically and ethnically, Tim Minchin’s STORM THE ANIMATED MOVIE is essentially an empirical malengistes of a rhythmically radical, yet verbally passé, and temporally transcended, lyrical content welded with historically innovative melodic material transposed and transmogrified by the angst of experience which elevated an essentially alpha exponent of, in essence, merely beta potential harmonic material into the prime cultural exponent of Aeolian cadencic comic stanza form.

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I have a lot in common with R5-D4. We both have bad motivators.

I have a lot in common with R5-D4. We both have bad motivators.

Rest in peace, Right Honorable Lord Sir Richard Attenborough, the Baron Attenborough and brother of Sir David Attenborough. In 1967, Sir Richard was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). He was made a Knight Bachelor in 1976. And, in 1993, he was made a life peer as Baron Attenborough of Richmond upon Thames in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The Baron was ninety years of age.

Rest in peace, Right Honorable Lord Sir Richard Attenborough, the Baron Attenborough and brother of Sir David Attenborough. In 1967, Sir Richard was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). He was made a Knight Bachelor in 1976. And, in 1993, he was made a life peer as Baron Attenborough of Richmond upon Thames in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The Baron was ninety years of age.

I love a good mystery. Best book EVER.

I love a good mystery. Best book EVER.

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EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK RELEASE DETAILS!! ON SALE TODAY!!!

The 12th Doctor by Matt Ferguson / Tumblr / Website / Twitter

8” X 11” numbered giclee print, timed edition release. Available today, for 24hrs only, beginning 12pm EST (4pm GMT), Sunday August 24th, 2014, from the Bottleneck Gallery / Facebook, HERE.

This marks the final piece (until the next regeneration) in the series that started last year at the 50th.Anniversary.

Very cool! I love the contrast and that gold color. The splash of red works really well with the silhouette of The Doctor. And, you can see Peter Capaldi’s profile, it looks like him.

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