For many of us, superhero cartoons were gateway drugs into comics. Who doesn’t feel a pang of nostalgia when they remember getting up early to watch how Batman defeats the Joker that week, or get pumped up when they hear this?
Cartoons, in many ways, are like comic books during the heyday of the Comics Code Authority. They can tell fantastic stories, but if you are above a certain age, people will inevitably question if you’re too old to be watching cartoons. The answer? No, no you’re never to old, especially right now, with cartoons like Steven Universe and Gravity Falls pushing the boundaries of storytelling and creating plots and characters that appeal to both kids and adults. The stigma still exists though. Like comics, cartoons struggle for legitimacy. They also share a sort of symbiotic relationship. Comics get adapted to cartoons and cartoons get adapted or expanded in comics. Because of this relationship, here are five boundary pushing comic based cartoons I would love to see in the near future. There are, of course, many others that would be fantastic, but this is just my personal top five. Continue reading 5 Comics that Would Make Amazing Cartoons
On the final day of San Diego Comic Con, Marvel made a slew of announcements for new titles. Robbie Thompson of Silk will be writing a new all ages Spiderman series focusing on Peter Parker as a high school student. Former Deadpool team of Joe Kelly & Ed McGuinness will be working together on a new Spiderman vs Deadpool miniseries so that Marvel can print more money. Writer Tim Seely of Grayson, Revival, Batman Eternal & Hack/Slash will be writing an ongoing series on Blade with Logan Faerber of Adventure Time, Oh, Killstrike & Hawken: Genesis. Best of all & most importantly, Squirrel Girl will return in the All New All Different Marvel relaunch with the returning creative team of Ryan North & Erica Henderson. Details here, here & here at CBR
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Let’s play pretend for a minute. Imagine a world in which Squirrel Girl did not exist. Other than making for a much sadder living experience, this week would have been nearly impossible for me to choose my favorite issue. From a strong trio of Converge titles with Hawkman, Legion of Superheroes, and The Flash to the always brilliant Image books such as Invisible Republic and Kaptara to other Marvel favorites like Star Wars and Black Widow, this was a great week in comics. However, when choosing the finest book, a great week makes things all the more difficult. Thankfully, Ryan North and Erica Henderson’s Squirrel Girl came back with issue four, perfectly drawing to a close their first arc and providing with my unequivocal choice.
Continue reading This Week’s Finest: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4