I am excited to see that She-Ra and the Princesses of Power has been so well-received. This relaunch of the 1980s cartoon show has a more modern sensibility, and it allows the character to stand on her own instead of being a He-Man adjunct. (I haven’t had a chance to see the show yet, but I believe it, since the revamp was created by Noelle Stevenson, whose Nimona, which did something similar to fantasy adventure stories, won an Eisner a […]
Now that the feature-length Pixar movies are more focused on sequels and known quantities, the short films are where the most exciting concepts and animation techniques are found, in my opinion. Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 3 has a mix of original ideas and cartoon shorts with Pixar favorite characters. It contains the following, each of which can be played with or without a filmmaker introduction and/or commentary. Bao – by Domee Shi, 2018, shown with Incredibles 2, about a […]
Now available, to prepare us all for the live-action Aquaman movie out next month (this disc even opens with that trailer, in case you missed the connection), is the Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Commemorative Edition, which reissues the three-year-old animated movie with some new extras. The 4K Ultra HD edition, which Warner was kind enough to send me for review, also comes with a regular Blu-ray disc and a digital edition, while the Blu-ray edition has digital and DVD. […]
The movie that’s the grandfather of our current era, with the domination of superhero films at the box office, has been released on the newest video format, 4K Ultra HD. The 1978 Superman, starring Christopher Reeve, showed that you could do superpowers believably on film. This year is the 40th anniversary of the movie and the 80th anniversary of the character. Unfortunately, there is no new content on this package to mark that milestone. It would have been great to […]
To go along with their non-fiction graphic novel lines Science Comics and Maker Comics, First Second has announced at EW.com a new imprint, World Citizen Comics. They aim to excite and inform readers about how they can fight corruption in elections, blast fake news with truth-telling, and even battle would-be dictators both near and far through a better understanding of constitutions and the rule of law. They plan to release seven books beginning in 2020, focusing on civic involvement and […]
At the end of 2017, I reported on a lawsuit, in which the owner of Dr. Seuss properties sued website ComicMix over a proposed mash-up book called Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go!, a Star Trek adventure drawn and told in the style of a Dr. Seuss book. They were alleging trademark infringement (claims were dismissed) and copyright violation. Now comes news that the ComicMix folks have won on fair use grounds! District Judge Janis L. Sammartino reaffirmed her earlier […]
IDW continues to struggle with leadership. CEO and founder Ted Adams was replaced last summer by Kerry McCluggage, a TV executive. Now he’s left after 7 months. The new CEO of parent company IDW Media Holdings is Howard Jonas, Chairman (and the company’s biggest stockholder). The company is also losing a lot of money, most out of its entertainment division. ICv2 has analyzed the company’s delayed fiscal year report for 2018. They lost 36 million dollars last year. Jonas previously […]
This is a change I was not expecting. Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo is an incredibly long-running, award-winning, wonderfully drawn series about a samurai rabbit in an historical Japan where everyone is an animal. It has been published by Dark Horse since 1996 (although previous runs were put out by Fantagraphics and Mirage in the decade before that). IDW has just announced that, beginning in June, the series will be published by them. Usagi Yojimbo will now be monthly, in full […]