// Category Archive for: Cartoons

Phineas and Ferb: Glory Days Are Here Again

Published on January 30th, 2011 in: All You Need Is Now, Cartoons, Comedy, Current Faves, Issues, TV |

By Cait Brennan

Everything was better when we were kids. Ask anybody.
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Best Of 2010: Megashaun

Published on January 4th, 2011 in: Best Of Lists, Books, Canadian Content, Cartoons, Comedy, Gaming, Movies, Music, Soundtracks and Scores, TV |

Here’s a list of stuff I was really into in 2010.

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Music

Electric Six, Zodiac: This album arrived in the mail a few months before its actual release. When it arrived, I was so excited that I actually felt sick. So instead of listening to it right away, I read all the press notes that accompanied it. I listened to it the next day. I have listened to this album over 245 times. This is not a lie. Drive somewhere with me and you’ll hear it twice.
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San Diego Comic-Con Diary, Day Four

Published on July 26th, 2010 in: Cartoons, Comics, Conventions/Expos, Gaming, Media, Movies, Science Fiction, Toys and Collectibles, Underground/Cult |

By Christian Lipski

Read:
Day One’s Diary
Day Two’s Diary
Day Three’s Diary

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And then there was the last day. We eventually got up and packed our bags for checkout, and made our way to the convention floor for our last visit. Since it’s the last day and exhibitors want to ship as little as possible back home, there are rampant sales and many attendees only buy Sunday tickets.

Mile High Comics put their entire stock on sale for 50% off, for example. Independent publishers were willing to make deals, for the most part.The show closes at 5 p.m. as well, so the action in the convention center was tinged with both sadness and anxiety.
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San Diego Comic-Con Diary, Day Three

Published on July 25th, 2010 in: Cartoons, Comics, Conventions/Expos, Gaming, Media, Movies, Science Fiction, Toys and Collectibles, TV, Underground/Cult |

By Christian Lipski

Read:
Day One’s Diary
Day Two’s Diary

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After going to bed sometime after 1 a.,m. the night before (late dinner), Saturday morning was pretty much a wash. I had a press conference for Futurama at 11:30 a.m., so I took off for the convention center. The room was about two-thirds full, and we all shifted about until the event began.

Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, Billy West, Maurice LeMarche, and Lauren Tom filed in to have their pictures taken before ascending the dais. They apologized for the absence of the voice of Bender, John Dimaggio, but it was explained that “Dimaggio” was Italian for “running late.” He did show up presently, and the conference began.
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San Diego Comic-Con 2010 Diary, Day Two

Published on July 24th, 2010 in: Cartoons, Comics, Conventions/Expos, Gaming, Media, Movies, Science Fiction, Toys and Collectibles, Underground/Cult |

By Christian Lipski

Read:
Day One’s Diary

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By the second day I feel much less pressure; I’ve already made a day’s worth of forays into the wilds, and though I haven’t seen nearly all of what there is, I have a good sense of the floor’s layout and content. I also know that it’s nearly useless to try to get into large sessions, since the amount of time you need to devote to the line-waiting is better spent wandering the floor below.
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San Diego Comic-Con 2010 Diary, Day One

Published on July 23rd, 2010 in: Cartoons, Comics, Conventions/Expos, Gaming, Media, Movies, Science Fiction, Toys and Collectibles, Underground/Cult |

By Christian Lipski

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Wednesday night was a long night of travel, so we didn’t get to sleep until 1 a.m. Upon rising at seven, I cursed the medium of the sequential image as we struggled to get ready.

We go to the parking garage at 10:30, and walked the mile to the Convention Center. You know you’re getting close when you see the TRON banner start to appear on lampposts, and even a replica of Flynn’s arcade from the movie. The amount of people in costume increased, and so did the amount of people handing out flyers and laminated cards and magazines. These last items tended to create a kind of carpet on the sidewalks that led to the doors of San Diego Comic-Con.
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Top Five Funniest Evil Mad Scientists

Published on March 30th, 2010 in: Cartoons, Comedy, LGBTQ, Listicles, Movies, Retrovirus, Science Fiction, Staff Picks, Top Five Lists, TV, Underground/Cult, Video |

By Lisa Anderson

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The Evil Mad Scientist is a familiar figure in popular culture, and is found most often in science fiction, horror, or superhero tales. Evil Mad Scientists are not to be confused with their more benevolent counterparts, like Emmett Brown of Back to the Future. While the Evil Mad Scientist can be a figure of great terror, when this archetype is used for comic effect the results can be hilarious. Following are five of the best examples.
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Cosgrove Hall Animation: Danger Mouse And Count Duckula

Published on November 29th, 2009 in: Cartoons, Culture Shock, Issues, OMG British R Coming, TV |

By Lisa Anderson

My love for things British goes way back. Like many people my age, I grew up with Nickelodeon, the cable children’s programming network. One of my favorite shows was Danger Mouse, the first British cartoon to break into the American market, and its later spin-off, Count Duckula. Both were from the animation studio Cosgrove Hall.
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The Decline of Disney

Published on July 30th, 2009 in: Cartoons, DVD, Issues, Movies, Over the Gadfly's Nest, Retrovirus |

By Maureen

They don’t make ’em like they used to: the nature of Walt Disney productions has changed. In the mid-1990s, the success of Toy Story brought the new (and previously untapped) market of computer animation into the picture. Disney’s computer-animated films have become very popular, and there are some quality movies affiliated with Disney. Recently, both WALL-E and Up have received critical and financial success. As Disney has begun to adapt their technology and marketing to the computer age, the overall tenor of their animated films has monopolized the genre.
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