Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Casstoons: Farewell, My DCU!

Well, due to my new anti-virus software being annoying, I currently can't put any work up onto my DevArt account. *SIGH!* So for the meantime, it seems that this'll be the home of Casstoons and my other projects.

Starting off, here's my Goodbye strip to the DC Universe that I grew up with.

Red vs. Blue Season 9 - episode 9

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Batgirl 1 Preview in the New York Post

From here,

And here,

Well she's definately younger, she's living at her dad's house and the Killing Joke happened three years ago, apparently. Not sure if that means she was only Oracle for three out of the five years regular superheroes have been around in the DCnU or not though, same as now both Cass' and Steph's tenures as Batgirl are similarly reduced.

Art looks interesting, still depressed about the change though, and the newspaper's decision to phrase people's annoyance about this in a way that makes them seem slightly sexist isn't really helping matters.

Also, why is the Joker's chest exposed in this version?

Currently doing a Casstoon strip about the end of the DCU, was held up due to pulling a nerve in my back. XP Should be up today or tomorrow though.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Shock SuspenStories: A Kind of Justice

An imprint of the infamous EC Comics line, Shock SuspenStories, which was apparently one of those series' that was brought before the committees that were investigating the violent content in comics in the Fifties.

Rather than the usual EC content of people receiving ironic punishments and stuff, SSS apparently was more in line with the realistic (and depressing) kind of crime dramas, with the below being such an example, and kind of suprising for its subject matter considering the time it was published in.

Warning: As stated, it's depressing.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

The DCUniverse Online Mini-Movies and Motion Comics, Part 1

To advertise the setting of their new online game, DC released some animated videos showing the setting and how the events of the game came about, which would then be fleshed out more in the games' comicbook series.

The videos actually do a really good job of what a possible JLA movie could go, with a variety of powersets and all the characters playing to their various strengths. Except for Green Arrow, he seems to have copt it before the action even started.

They also released some motion comics at the same time as the games release, which are here,

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Oooo! The Solicit for the post-series Avatar comic!

Avatar: The Last Airbender Volume 1—The Promise Part 1 TPB

The wait is over! Ever since the conclusion of Avatar: The Last Airbender, its millions of fans have been hungry for more--and it's finally here!

This series of digests rejoins Aang and friends for exciting new adventures, beginning with a faceoff against the Fire Nation that threatens to throw the world into another war, testing all of Aang's powers and ingenuity!

* The continuation of Airbender and the link to its upcoming sequel, Legend of Korra!

* Written by Gene Yang, author of the National Book Award-nominated American Born Chinese.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

That Guy in the Suede: The Top Eleven American Anime

I agree with most of these choices, including the last one. Huzzah!

Cheers: A Batgirls FanComic

From the creators of City of Reality and the Wotch, and they've given me a couple of references over time, so I'm posting this here.

And it seemed fitting, this being the last week of Steph's comic and the last most of her and Cass' universe and all.

From Here

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

A Preview of the last Steph Brown Batgirl issue

From Batgirl 24,

From here

And here is also the writer of the excellent current series of Batgirl, Bryan Q. Miller, saying goodbye to the character,

CBR News: To start off, you told us that you had to compress some of the story in issue #23 so that #24 would be the last issue. When did you find out that issue #24 was the final issue of your "Batgirl" run, and how did that affect writing #23?

Bryan Q. Miller: I want to say I didn't get word until the end of March, beginning of April, maybe? I was at that point on issue #22, which had Steph and Squire in London and was originally intended to be a two-parter, issues #22 and #23. So I was probably halfway through writing issue #23 when I got word. Naturally, I wanted a little more room than one issue to wrap everything up, so I kind of truncated the action of #23 into issue #22. There was a whole different first half of issue #22, with Steph almost getting caught by her mom and stuff with her passport and riding on the plane next to an annoying kid -- just a whole bunch of stuff I went ahead and pulled, and then collapsed #23 backwards into #22. Then I had to wrap up as much as I possibly could in what was to be the new #23 and then subsequently #24.

"Batgirl" artist Dustin Nguyen provides the cover for Stephanie Brown's final issue

Besides truncating the plot, did you have to finesse what you were planning to do with the characters?

Oh yeah, absolutely. I think I had probably planned out for the current arc to end at issue #29 or issue #30, so I had to find a magical way to take what would have been 120 pages worth of story and find ways to tell it in just forty. For instance, in #23 there is the death of Grey Ghost and there was the conversation between Steph and Nick about Babs and about his time with the Reapers. It was originally intended to have entire issues devoted to that. I just tried to hit everything I wanted to on the way out the door. Some of it, unfortunately, came across a little fast or without much regard, but I wanted to get the checklist taken care of before it was all done.

Let's touch on those characters heading into your final issue of "Batgirl." Issue #23 ends with Cluemaster revealed as the man behind the Reapers. Did you always intend to use Cluemaster, or did you decide to bring him back so that the last issue would emotionally bring things full circle for Stephanie?

Kind of both of those things: he was always intended to be behind the Reapers, just like in issue #23 where there was that raid on Blackgate and the reveal that Arthur Brown was behind it. That was going to be a full arc. There were going to be three issues with Steph undercover at the prison -- with brown hair! Stephanie Brown! [Laughs] She was going to have to be shoulder to shoulder with the people she put inside the jail in the process of trying to suss out who the ringleader was. It was always in the stars; we just had the opportunity to play that card earlier than intended.

The return of Cluemaster reminds everyone of Steph's murky past, especially since, as you said before, one of your big goals for Stephanie was for her to become Batgirl versus Spoiler.

And in either version, the longer version of the arc or in this much shorter version of the arc, it was kind of right when she's at her lowest when Dad rears his head -- it's when her past rears its head. That's the challenge for her; when faced with that -- even though she's done all this work and put that behind her -- when faced with it again, what's her new reaction to that going to be? Suddenly there's this very big, real, tactile reminder of how she began back in the day. There they are, face to face. It's an interesting situation for Steph.

Let's talk about the other characters as they now stand in the penultimate issue. Like Stephanie, Clancy is a character who received very little love from others in the DCU. Did you want to create him as a mirror for Stephanie, for her to see where she used to be?

Not necessarily a "Dark Mirror" for her, because I think Scott Snyder officially owns "Dark Mirror" terminology for Gotham, and rightly so! But I think Clancy to an extent does, and would have provided more of a cautionary tale for her, a reminder of what Steph doesn't want to regress into. Not that she ever had the same attitude that Clancy certainly does, which makes them different. But he fills that role in her life.

Because so many of these characters tie into the maturity of Stephanie as a character and as a person, to your mind, how has Stephanie grown over the course of your run? Have you hit those emotional goals you wanted to hit with her when you started "Batgirl?"

I think I have. I think she's more self-actualized then she was preceding my run and the beginning of my run. She's still the same girl, but I feel the reasons she's doing what she's doing she owns a little bit more. Hopefully she's much more proactive now as opposed to reactive. Not to say she wasn't proactive in the beginning with the Cluemaster stuff, but she kind of, in the middle there, became a kind of instrument of multiple parties for different reasons. She's hopefully grown up under my pen.

Was Stephanie letting Detective Gage know that Barbara Gordon is into him part of that growing up process?

EXCLUSIVE: Artist Pere Perez's pages from "Batgirl" #24

Yeah, definitely -- that was intended. There was going to be more to get [Steph] to that point, but definitely, especially when faced with what she had to go down and deal with. I debated having a smooch between the two, but it just didn't feel right for her, especially given the situation she was going into. Not that she and Babs ever really talked about it. I think there was, on Babs' end, an awkwardness about the whole Nick thing! It is definitely, I think, a very mature thing for Steph to do.

Touching on the rest of the "Batgirl" supporting cast, was having Proxy/Wendy take off for Tibet partly done to clear the deck so the last couple of issues revolve around Stephanie on her own again?

I had a very different plan for Wendy; I like what happened with Wendy, but I had a very different plan. Going into the last run for Wendy and Stephanie, they were going to be Butch and Sundance a little bit, and there was a request made to broom Wendy out, so I tried to find the most actualized way to get Wendy out. This was a place I eventually wanted to take her, I just wasn't ready to take her there just then.

When you look back at your run, do you feel you accomplished all you wanted for Stephanie and the series? Or do you have any regrets with the way your "Batgirl" is wrapping up?

It's hard to say. I mean, hindsight is always 20/20. I think I would have approached the Reaper story differently, rather than having them be en mass at first, and do it more on an individual basis to get into the villains' heads a little bit. I think I would approach it in the exactly opposite way that I did, and that might have gotten a little more traction. But apart from that, I've had wonderful art teams and great editors and it's always awesome to get to play with toys in the sandbox, so I'm very grateful for what I've gotten to do!

We know at this point that Barbara Gordon will be back as Batgirl come September. Like many fans, did you originally come to know the character of Batgirl from the Barbara Gordon comic book run?

I wasn't really exposed to Babs in comics form; I didn't have much access to comics growing up, period. A lot of it came through all the Bruce Timm animated stuff. So that was my introduction -- and to a very small extent, reruns of the Adam West "Batman" -- but the Bruce Timm Batgirl was my primer growing up on who and what Batgirl was.

A lot of fans have commented that Stephanie feels very much like the old Babs Batgirl. Do you think your version of Batgirl helped revive interest in the Barbara Gordon one?

I have no idea! I have no thought or opinion on that whatsoever. It's awesome, it's great and I never in a million years thought that would happen, so regardless of who is under the cowl, my time with the book helped keep that brand alive, as it were. I wish it was still Steph; I think it's great that it's Babs, but naturally, I think I'm very partial to Miss Brown.

Going along with that, how do you feel about the switchover from Stephanie to Barbara come September?

EXCLUSIVE: Stephanie confronts her father, the Cluemaster

I think, along with everyone else I'm going to hold off any kind of judgment on that until I read it. I literally, and I'm not exaggerating, I have no idea what is planned with "Batgirl or how it happened or pieces of continuity -- I know nothing about it. Naturally, I would love to see and had planned to see Steph under the cowl for an additional amount of time. But I'm very interested to see how it all works out with Babs.

When Stephanie first took over as Batgirl, a lot of fans were unsure of the character, but over the past two years, many of them have grown to love the character, often vocally expressing how much they enjoy what you've done with the book. As you move into this last issue, is there anything you'd like to say to those Steph converts?

Nothing but thanks to everybody who stuck around and that core base that kept us around the, I want to say, the 25,000 mark, sales wise. There were drops, but we definitely had a core audience of people who came to the book month after month. People I've met at cons, people I've talked with online, it's awesome and humbling at the same time to know that I helped kind of raise Stephanie's stature in a lot of people's eyes. I think it's great, and I'm absolutely grateful for all of the goodwill that's come from the book and come back from people reading it.

What's next for you as a writer? Do you have any other DC titles, other comic book projects or television projects in the works after the last issue of "Batgirl" hits stands?

Yes, yes and yes! I can't really say what any of them are right now, but there is definitely something that is not a part of the new 52 with DC, which will hopefully be announced soonish, and I'm definitely working on some things in other media. So there's more to come, just not right away.

To end, is there anything you can share with us about "Batgirl" or the wrap-up changes?

I would rather not put out what may have been before it's done. That's certainly something that can be talked about after August. I feel that "Batgirl" #24 does Stephanie justice on her way out the door!

"Batgirl" issue #24 hits stores August 10

From Comicbook

Cartoon Network's New DC Show... Batgirl?

I'd been hearing bits and pieces about a possible CG show that was meant to be replacing Batman: Brave and the Bold, but other than it being produced by the guys behind the Teen Titans show, information has been kind of sparse.

But then I came across this...

Will be getting a better resolution when one appears, but it looks like it might possibly be good.

Any thoughts?

EDIT: Turns out that it's a fake trailer for Batman: Brave and the Bold. Ah well. :(

Robots of Brixton

The Brixton Riots redone as a tale of racism against machines. Pretty good, give it a watch.

Robots of Brixton from Kibwe Tavares on Vimeo.

Monday, 8 August 2011

The Last Days of the Old DC... Detective Comics and Batman and Robin Previews

Well, the sun is setting on the version of the DCU that I've been follwoing for the past ten or more years, mores the pity, BUT they are at least chosing to go out on something of a high, with two at least two really good looking comics.

First up, here is the preview for Detective 881, in which Barbara Gordon has been kidnapped by her crazy adopted brother James...

...Well, that's how you do a good moment in suspense! See what he might have done to her this Wednesday!

And secondly, here's the preview for Batman and Robin 26, where they go to Paris to help their French counterpart Nightrunner when a breakout occurs at the Parisian version of Arkham Asylum,

Intriguing. And the villain has a clockwork orange. HA!

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Cupcakes: The Movie!

Well, someone has made a trailer for the horrible My Little Pony fanfic, Cupcakes, in which Pinkie Pie goes nuts and goes all horror movie on the other characters.

The trailer is hilarious though, watch!

Friday, 5 August 2011

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Darkest Hour Trailer

Following on the heels of Battle: Los Angeles and Attack the Block!, it's Moscow-based alien invasion pic Darkest Hour, in which American tourists find themselves trapped in the city during an invasion by mysterious energy beings...

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Buy My Stuff Please!

So, my time at my old job has come to a close, and I'm in need of some cash. So I'm putting up some of my books, manga and comics up for sale.

It's mostly DC stuff, so some Secret Six, Raven, Teen Titans etc. but there's also some other stuff like a WW2 Dalek poster.

Take a look if you're interested, help fund my quest for employment!
Link here

Red vs. Blue Season 9 - episode 7

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

UK Buyers to Have Range of Skins for Arkham City!

Yes, if you're playing in the UK, then you have the opportunity to play Arkham City as the Terry McGinnis version of Batman, or even the Frank Miller Dark Knight Returns version. Neat. :)