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Bun Toon V Hollywood: Darn the Justice

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You knew the risks going in.

Who says movie makers don’t listen to the people?

 

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Wonder Woman is cool.  She’s the only thing in the movie that makes you smile, or sit up, or discover yourself enjoying something.  I will greatly look forward to the Wonder Woman movie if it’s anything like the twenty-three seconds of air-time she gets in this one.

It might have been a stronger movie if they hadn’t dedicated so much of the film to advertising their next six movies and instead spent time building the characters, motivations and relationships of THIS one.

Sigh.

I miss the cinematic triumphs of Green Lantern and Jonah Hex.

Ty the Guy OUT!

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Back when the boys got along.  Who’s a pretty Batman?

You are.  Yes you are.

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One of my many contributions to the World’s Finest-ness of Animated Comics.  The first issue of Superman & Batman magazine with a cover by the rabbit.

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Movie Magic Bun Toons! YAY!

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I’m ready for my close up, Mr. Warner Brothers…

We’re in the final days of counting down before the big, big DC Smash-Em-Up Justice League movie-palooza hits the theatres.   As an expert on the characters, let me introduce you to the new kids on the blockbuster…

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Wonder Twin Power…shape of a….

I can’t say it in a family webtoon.

See you at the movies, gang!

Ty the Guy OUT!

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It’s hardly the first time the Super-Friends have behaved like a bag of crotch rockets.  Here’s how they treated their beloved team mates Wendy and Marvin when they found NEW friends.

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No joke.  This was the last appearance of Wendy and Marvin.  They were never heard from again.  I think they became homeless and had to eat the dog.

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Strong, More Human Bun Toons! YAY!

I am bunny, hear me roar...or at least make little nibbling sounds.

I am bunny, hear me roar…or at least make little nibbling sounds.

Ah, it’s the 4th of July in the States…no one is reading this anyway.

Wonder Woman vs Hobby Lobby

My daughter LOVES Wonder Woman.  Just so you know…

Ty the Guy OUT!

Click on the image of Wonder Woman celebrating fireworks her OWN way, to read a delightful article about her relationship to chains and ropes.  Not so safe for work, really…

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Click the bomb up there for the article

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For last week's tragic Bun Toon, click here

For last week’s tragic Bun Toon, click here

For the not-as-recently-updated-as-it-should-be-archive of the Bun Toons...click here

For the not-as-recently-updated-as-it-should-be-archive of the Bun Toons…click here

Halloween Photos.

I mentioned on the Bun Toons last week that my ten year old daughter, Kate,  was working on her Wonder Woman costume, and she insisted it had to have the Golden Age look to it, with the long pants and the golden eagle, etc.

There we go.

The pants are a teensy bit longer than the originals, mostly to combat a Canadian Halloween, and we decided on nothing off the shoulder for a ten year old in the cold, but the costume scored big with out daughter.  Her mother Keiren did most of the work on this wonderful custom job, I just drew in part of the bird.

But the costume wasn’t the HALF the fun for our Golden Age Wonder Woman…

It was the honour guard that accompanied her.

Steve Trevor,  Steve Rogers, and a gumshoe up to no good in a city that’s got friends in all the wrong places.

Those are her brothers Sean (as the flyboy that looks suspiciously like MacArthur), Taylor (as the two bit cop with a chip on his badge) and their friend Josh (as the proud infantry man ready to mix it up).

The whole 1940s effect was pretty darn cool, if I might say so myself, and as they went from house to house, they  got a lovely reaction.

Who says this isn’t the Golden Age of Halloween Photos?

Our eldest son, Kellam and our daughter in law, Jessica came over and brought fantastic Halloween cakes and cookies that looked like pumpkins and ghosts.

 Beat THAT, Christmas!  You Suck.  Halloween ROCKS.

Ty the Guy OUT!!!

Here now, your BONUS Templeton-Smith Halloween Moment:

Behold the Family Pumpkins! And take note of the smattering of blood up by the door. Attention to detail.

Bun Toons for the Family! YAY!

Smarten up, young man, or I'll put you over my knee!

Some friends of mine recently became pregnant with their first child, and they’re nervous about the experience.   I have four kids, ranging from 25 down to 10 years old, and this old pro knows what he’s doing.   Like all my “Honest-To-God Adventures” every word of this story is true.

Anyone who needs some advice on child rearing, now you know where to turn.

TY THE GUY OUT!

Here now, your Bonus Batman, Spider-man, Wonder Woman, Cake Moment:

Because everything exists if you google it.

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Happy Christmas 2010. My favorite Santa Cover

The Golden Age of everything is twelve.

I was twelve years old the Christmas that this giant comic book came out, and it is forever enshrined as my favorite Christmas comic book of all time.  It’s not better drawn, or better composed than other covers, but it was in my stocking twenty five years ago, to this day, and I cannot see this lovely illustration by Nick Cardy without being transported to my childhood home, and my childhood sense of joy at the holidays.

It won’t mean the same to you guys, but I present it, nevertheless…happy Kringle to all.

And now some “unseen” Christmas Comic Book moments of zen:

An official DC Christmas card from a few years back.  Bruce Timm drew the Wonder Woman figure, and I did the rest.

And…

My un-used original version for the  DC Christmas Special collection from the year 2000 (or thereabouts, don’t make me remember dates!).  The final cover that was used was slightly different, and this version only used in the advertising.

Ty the Kringle Guy OUT!

SOMETHING NICE ABOUT THE NEW WONDER WOMAN

I’ve drawn a couple of Wonder Woman stories, and she’s shown up in my Justice League comics, so me and the Princess have personal history.

This is the wallpaper on my computer screen - smug, self-loving man that I am.

I was also exactly the right age to have fallen deeply in love with Linda Carter when Wonder Woman was on the air in the Seventies, and have NEVER gotten over that.  AND, I’m fairly friendly with Gail Simone and her lovely and talented husband.  So I get a little Wonder Woman cred, and I’m here to say nice things about the new direction.

Everyone has been trashing the new costume, mostly because it’s a lot less flashy, and it’s not the iconic Wonder Woman we all fell in love with.

But if we were all so in love with her and that costume, why weren’t we buying her comic every month?  And why isn’t there a big budget Wonder Woman Warner Brothers movie? Or a Saturday morning cartoon show?

Because we don’t really love her, do we?  Not the way capitalists want us to love our icons…by BUYING things.  We just love the idea of her.  Women dress up like her on Halloween–

Apparently, these women are famous.

As is Heidi Klum.

I recognize Kate Beckinsale, but don't know who the guy is.

Wonder Woman is second only to “the sexy nurse” as the most popular costume for women, I promise you.

And people like to point to her as one of the “BIG THREE” characters that have never gone out of print since the Golden Age.  But neither of these facts sells issues of the comics today and buys movie tickets tomorrow.  A fondness for an iconic costume, an old TV series and a long history of past success is nothing compared to the need to keep the character moving, fresh, modern and relevant.  Nostalgia ain’t sales.

DC wants what’s best for the Princess…it’s their job.  And what they’re doing is a perfect example of  “Genre Twisting” –  a tried and true way of waking up a moribund franchise.  James Bond does it,  Batman does it, Captain America does it- EVERY successful franchise does it, or it collapses dead.

Remember me?

What “twisting” is, is specifically taking THE most basic aspect of a character or genre, and removing that, for a time.  James Bond loses his “LICENSE TO KILL”,  Batman loses his ability to walk.  Captain America looses his shield.  Superman loses the battle for truth, justice and the American Way, Spider-Man loses his costume, Green Lantern loses the ring.  Hell, Marvel completely rebooted their entire Universe with the Ultimates, and then rebooted that Universe again last year with a massive death flood.

By changing THE most basic aspect of a character, you create new possibilities and new expectations from the audience, or more correctly, you abandon old expectations.  For the first time in a little while, you DON’T know what’s coming next in a Wonder Woman comic, because if they’d take away her iconic COSTUME, they might do anything…and that’s intriguing.  So the  audience comes back to the thing that was once just a pleasant memory or nostalgia, to see what’s going on with it…to see what ELSE the creators muck with.

Sure, it’s a gimmick, but if you tell the curious new audience stories that are ANY good, they’ll stick around for a while, and you’ll earn those new sales that just showed up to see what you’d done to their childhood memory.  And if the stories aren’t working and the audience abandons you…

Urghh.

Trust me.  They’ll put it all back.

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Enron accounting got us to this number, but close your eyes and go with it.

Now, I just read the issue that introduces the new outfit –  #600  went on sale a couple of days ago.

First off:  The book is primarily a nostalgia piece, as most anniversary issues are.  There’s a touching Gail Simone/George Perez curtain call for the excellent era of the late eighties when Perez was running the show near the top, and there’s some fun pin-ups and short stories about aspects of the character all through.  And of course, the requisite T&A, where appropriate.

The new costume in action.

But the most important part of the book was the introduction to the story we’ll be getting in the next year or so…the new costume, and what seems like a completely new reality to Wonder Woman’s environment, for now.  It’s the PERFECT bit of tease, with just the right amount of fun and mystery to encourage you to pick the next issue.  We’re giving glimpses of things, a sense of magic (important in Wonder Woman), a fun bit of ass-kicking in the new costume, and a promise that more will be revealed next month.  I wished this particular story was longer…which is the feeling the editor wants you to have.

So, the new direction is exactly the right call.  It’s not the costume I’d have designed, but it’s exactly the same editorial decision I would have made.

Good luck, Princess.  I for one, will be back next month to see what’s up with all this.
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And now, because it’s my blog, and I can do what I want…we’ll end with a few  shots of women I find ALMOST as attractive as my wife, in Wonder Woman costumes.

First: Rhona Mitra, from Boston Legal (amongst other things)

WAY better than the sexy nurse costume.

And now, Megan Fox.    I suspect this might have been photoshop work, but I’m trying to figure out how to care.

Someone slap my eyes back into consciousness.

Ty the Guy OUT!

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