Saturday, September 23, 2017

#24: "Recyclables Of The Dark Knight"


Or "The Strange Secrets Of This Bane!"

In this second and final edition of Graphic Novelism's epic retrospective of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, Big Bad Alex, James The Squid, and Mike 'The Wheezer' Napier embark on a Demon's Quest of their own through the latter half of production in the classic show to answer lingering questions that have plagued them and the fandom at large for years. And the answers they find? They're the stuff that dreams are made of. Illuminating revelations are given on everything from the production team's many clashes with Broadcast Standards and Practices, culminating into one of the most bizarre censor requests of the show's entire history, to the most perplexing redesign choices going into The Animated Series' spin-off, THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES. But just what did happen when the team ran out of story material for a villain they themselves redefined? Who very nearly gave the Bat-Family a fifth and perplexingly permanent member of the team? What's the story on the series spin-off that almost was? Were the actual origins behind the titular villain of the Caped Crusader's first cinematic animated outing really what we've all come to accept, or was there more to the story all along? And just what, exactly, was up with that version of the maligned villain Bane - and what hidden truths does it reveal about a key member of Batman's allies?! The Strange Secrets Of The Animated Series stand revealed at last! And as Graphic Novelism closes out this retrospective, we pay tribute to the legendary Len Wein, the man who helped give us many of The Dark Knight's greatest adventures and beyond.



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FURTHER READING

'Batman' At 25: Hirings, Firings and Other Last-Minute Changes Behind the Animated Classic
Kevin Nowlan Lifts The Cowl On His 'Batman: The Animated Series' Designs
'BTAS' Turns 25: Why It's Still The Greatest Dark Knight Adaptation Of All Time
Harley Quinn's Maddening 25 Year History

Monday, September 4, 2017

#23: "The Strange Secrets Of Batman: The Animated Series"


Or, "I've Got Batman In My Podcast!"

In this special edition of Graphic Novelism, Big Bad Alex, James The Squid, and Mike 'The Wheezer' Napier bare their silicon souls in an effort to transport themselves to a more innovative time in comic book animation. A time where the universe momentarily aligned, the Gods of Superheroism finally looked down upon the medium of cartoons, and uttered a single command - "Let there be vengeance." From it's surprising, often overlooked origins as a footnote on the backlot of Warner Bros. Animation Studios, to it's ascension as legendary Emmy Award-winning television, the super-scholars pay homage to the 25th anniversary of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES by detailing the dreams behind the darkness. How did a 29-year-old storyboard artist turn an innocuous duck into one of the most iconic renditions of The Caped Crusader of all time? What secret benefactor both saved the show as we know it and helped guide the hands of fate towards a ghost most gray? And just why, oh why, did audiences get saddled with the one episode of the series that we all collectively decided never to talk about? Riddles from The Minotaur's Maze are revealed in the first part of a retrospective so epic that it just couldn't be contained in one installment!




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Friday, July 21, 2017

GRAPHIC NOVELISM REMEMBERS... ADAM WEST (1928-2017)


On a tragic day that is long to be remembered, the world of superheroes and the world at large lost a true caped crusader - Adam West, the first actor to truly inhabit the role of Batman for entire generations of fans. Join Graphic Novelism's Alex, James, and Mike as they reminiscence about West's life and career as everything from superhero to mayor, their earliest memories of the 1966 classic that shot West to stardom, and what West's role as the cowled crimefighter did to transform the medium of comic books into what it is today.

So long, old chum. From all of us.



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Friday, July 7, 2017

Off The Panel Classic - Ultimate Spider-Man



In this reprint of a classic OPP episode, Aristo' Alex and Jam' James turn back the clock to the year 2000, when MTV's irrelevance was still relevant, America could not care less about the electoral process, and Spider-Man was being rebooted for what was certainly going to be the only time. What began as a last-ditch effort from a dying company to reach a new audience would soon become a cultural touchstone for an entire generation of comics fans, and for over 100 issues Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley crafted a run whose highs, lows, and filler issues would shape the medium for years to come. Listen as our past selves share their own experiences with the book that helped cement their love of comics, and talk about that time Gwen Stacy became Carnage.

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FURTHER READING
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

#22: "And Then There Were X-23's!" (Challenge Of The Supertoons Part VI)


or "Walk On The Spidercide!"

In the penultimate part of our animated retrospective, the dawn of a new millennium brings a new beginning for Marvel's most-animated mutants, and a mixed bag for everyone else, as we enter THE WB YEARS. From 2001-2009, hear all about the second Spider-Man show to avoid Spider-Man at all costs, the most un-fantastic Reed Richards possible, SURPRISE Gammazons, and quite possibly the best superhero cartoon ever made (and it's not the one you're thinking of) . How did Avengers: United They Stand accidentally SAVE Marvel animation? What incredible plans were in store for the next season of Spectacular Spider-Man? And just what, exactly, do we all need to understand about Toad?

To find out, well, you'll just have to listen!



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"Also Sprach Zarathustra (Metal Cover)" by Dillon Sienko

Thursday, April 6, 2017

#21: "Midnight In The Garden Of Venom And Carnage" (Challenge Of The Supertoons Part V)


or "Welcome to the Fashion Warriors, Betty... hope you survive the experience!"

In part five of our animated retrospective, the Children of The Nineties revisit Marvel's biggest decade ever... until this current one, at least. From 1992-1999, follow the trail of broken dreams and legal fees that led to the shows that captured your five-year-old imagination, as we follow the redemption of Tony Stark, the battle for the soul of the Fantastic Four, and the unending shame of Ant Man. Why did She-Hulk and her gammazons take over an unsuspecting Hulk cartoon? What's the most adult-oriented Marvel cartoon you've never watched? And what shocking corporate intrigue REALLY led to Spider-Man being exiled from planet Earth?

To find out, well, you'll just have to listen!



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Season 1 Producer Dick Sebast on The Incredible Hulk
Silver Surfer Series Bible
Interview with Spider-Man Unlimited producer Will Meugniot About What The Hell Happened

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