Comic Relief Podcast – Issue #38 – Collecting Bounty.

Is this another podcast in the month of December?

Tawmis, Amiee and Maico return for another podcast – again! What madness is this? One a few weeks ago, one a week ago, and another one? Yes. Yes. It’s true. This time we cover the last two episodes of The Mandalorian of Season 2.

It’s not a very long episode, so sit back and enjoy yourself.

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Why Amiee Loves Dazzler?

Was talking to one of my D&D players, and how they’d listened to our latest podcast (shout out to Ben Abell) – and we discussed cartoons and Amiee’s lack of watching them – but I did say she was familiar with the X-Men and even played the Marvel RPG. This character sheet is OVER 20 years old because it predates me and her being married!

When you’re a super hero in a movie theater, and Sentinels show up, and you take cover in the crowd…
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Comic Relief Podcast – Issue #37 – Are You ‘Fett’ Up?

No. You’re not dreaming. It’s true. We went nearly a year without doing an episode – and now we’ve released one nearly back to back in less than a month. We discuss the latest episodes of The Mandalorian (up to an old character making their presence known – I will leave it at that!) We also cover some new releases in regards to what they released on Star Wars! Some new shows, movies, and animated series coming that we discuss and cover!

  • Rogue Squadron
  • An untitled Star Wars show by Taika Waititi
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Ahsoka
  • Rangers of the New Republic
  • Lando
  • Andor
  • The Acolyte
  • Star Wars: The Bad Batch
  • Star Wars: Visions
  • A Droid Story

So give us a listen! Share! Post it on your facebook, twitter, instagram, and whatever social media you cool kids use these days!

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Comic Relief Podcast – Issue #36 – The Randolorian.

And no, that’s not a typo!

Newest issue of the Podcast is up! The Randolorian! And before you think that’s a typo and it’s supposed to be Mandolorian – don’t worry faithful listener, I know what I am doing… usually! It’s titled The Randolorian because while we were originally going to begin discussing the first four episodes of Season 2 of the Mandolorian – we ended up discussing The Mandolorian, Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Clone Wars, Original Star Wars Trilogy, Star Wars Prequels (to some regard), Star Wars Sequels and even talk about how selling and working with LucasArts and Disney works. So there’s just a little bit of everything.

You can stream it below – or you can download it here.

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Hellions #1-4 Review.

So, I finally read Hellions 1 through 4. Primarily because it had Havok, Wildchild and Scalphunter in it. Scalphunter, originally one of the murderous Marauders, who went around killing mutants during the Mutant Massacre event was probably the one character from the Marauders who got the most development (aside from Vertigo and Sabretooth, both of whom were existing characters before the appearance of the Marauders). He appeared in the Gambit series a few times. So the fact that they were were trying to do something with him made curious. Apparently for sensitivity purposes, he’s adopted just using his last name as Greycrow.

So I have to disclose – I’ve not been following the X-Men for a long time. (Since a little before this whole Krakoa thing; but I had the general gist through Twitter, about the state of things). So Havok having mental instability (that’s such a new idea – using Sarcasm font) and feeling a little “evil” wasn’t a surprise. Then the dialogue between Exodus and Sinister, as a part of this Quiet Council (they’re anything but quiet) with Apocalypse there… I mean, these are villains that tried to kill the X-Men and humanity hundreds of times… and they’re OK just sitting there?

But, what I did enjoy seeing was the Hellions (the original ones; the ones that were a part of Emma Frost’s school) – namely Catseye. That makes me happy, because I felt they all perished uselessly (to make room for Generation X eventually). I also enjoyed seeing several of the dead Morlocks confronting Scalphunter, including the very first mutant to die – Tommy. Which, I was always confused about – they referenced it the character as Tommy, but she was drawn as a female (and again, female in this).

By the end of this issue, Sinister comes up with the idea of using these “bad apples” (Havok, Scalphunter, Wildchild, Empath, Nanny, and Orphan Maker) to use them as a team – and their first mission is to head to his old base (hidden under an orphanage) to take out the other Marauders who have refused to go to Krakoa. Cyclops assigns Psylocke to keep an eye on the team and to keep them in line, by any means necessary. The issue ends showing Madelyne Pryor in the form of the Goblin Queen.

The team shows up to the orphanage and speaks to local authorities, and Wildchild takes issue (since he’s far more feral than anything) and Greycrow puts him in his place (as he did the last issue, so this appears to be an ongoing theme). In the previous issue, Greycrow also warned Empath that if he mentally messes with anyone, he’s going to put a bullet between his eyes; and Empath manipulates Nanny, and so Greycrow keeps his word and kills Empath (but this isn’t a big deal, since they can be resurrected on Krakoa).

Shortly after, they find the Marauders, dead, hanging upside down. And the Goblin Queen reveals herself. The team fights the undead Marauders, with Havok taking off with Goblin Queen and being manipulated by her. Here’s where the dialogue again, just feels bland. Her rambling, I get it – is supposed to sound crazy – but it sounds so over the top and sometimes doesn’t even make sense (again, I get it, she’s crazy) – but it just doesn’t flow.

The team is defeated by the undead Marauders, but Psylocke and Wildchild escape, stepping into the shadows. This leads to Wildchild attacking her because he believes in his feral mind that she’s not strong enough to lead the team.

This issue has Goblin Queen sealing Havok’s mouth and he cuts it open with a broken shard of a mirror… I feel like it’s just trying too hard to be edgy. (And this coming from someone who loves the character Adam-X who was edgy defined in the 90’s).

Psylocke and Wildchild fight, and eventually Psylocke is forced to snap Wildchild’s neck, realizing his healing factor will save him from dying. When he does recover, he accepts that she’s strong enough and willing to do whatever it takes – gaining his respect and viewing her as the alpha of the team.

The issue starts with Wildchild and Psylocke showing up and fighting the undead Marauders to save Greycrow, Nanny, and Orphan Maker. Greycrow tells Psylocke to take the rest of the team away and he will take care of his people (the Marauders). He does so, by putting them out of their misery and shooting each of them. He then tracks down the Goblin Queen and the demons she summoned, suddenly flee – and Greycrow shoots her with a critical shot. As she dies, she mentions she just wanted to show the world she was a real person. Havok then freaks out and destroys the orphanage in fit of rage.

By the end, the team arrives back at Krakoa, where Psylocke tells Greycrow that the legacy Marauders (Prism, Vertigo, Riptide, Blockbuster, Arclight, Harpoon, and Scrambler) are approved for resurrection on Krakoa. On the flip side, Cyclops tells Havok that resurrecting Madelyn on Krakoa was not approved. But Cyclops turns out to be Sinister who’d taken form of Cyclops – and Nanny catches Sinister.

Overall thoughts –

I enjoyed seeing the Marauders, even if they were undead. I thought Greycrow had the best moments (slamming Wildchild’s face into the ground) and then shooting Empath in the head. But the dialogue is rough, for me. I just don’t feel like it flows.

It’s not absolutely horrible, but nothing I’d continue to collect.

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New Mutants #1 Coloring.

Another time coloring; did this one in just under two hours. Just trying to get faster and doing things and not over think things. Didn’t turn out too bad, considering the original B&W image I had to work off of.

Turned into this with some brain relaxing digital coloring…

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DC Comics Lay Offs

WB & DC Comics Lay Off More Than 600 people.

Some time late 2013 (after October) or early 2014, DC Comics was relocated from New York, New York (where it’d been since it’s inception back in 1930) and moved to Burbank, California, to be closer to the parent company, Warner Bros. This, when announced, apparently wasn’t a big surprise to many who worked at DC – it seemed there’d be some rumblings before the official announcement made by DC Entertainment president, Diane Nelson. In 2018, she would eventually resign.

So as employees of DC Comics, who’d lived in New York; some of which packed up and relocated to the other side of the coast for work – life was a drastic change (going from New York to California, is like being in a hot shower and then jumping into a cold pool – in that life and the way things move and work, can be drastically different).

Now, here we are in 2020 – the year of Covid-19 and everything else horrible; and as if that wasn’t bad enough, with everyone struggling – Warner Bros had to make a business decision that would, naturally, impact personal lives. Warner Bros has done “some reorganizing” and by doing so, laid off over 600 people.

Among them, pretty much the entire DC Universe Streaming Service – the fate of those shows? Who knows. Probably go to HBO Max (where some of those shows are already streaming) – so those shows can continue in some way and the actors can continue to be employed…

Surprisingly, at least to me – because he’s a name I’ve always known in comics – Bob Harras was one of those who was “let go” due to the reorganization. At DC, Bob Harras was Editor in Chief. Another big name I saw, impacted was Bobbie Chase. Not impacted, was Jim Lee, who remains CCO at this time. From what I’ve gathered, they’re saying one third of DC’s editorial ranks are being laid off.

It’s a terrible time to be laid off right now; finding a new job in this current, Covid-19 world is next to impossible, as most businesses are on pause; waiting to see when and if this Covid-19 thing comes to an end. My thoughts are with those who have lost their jobs. As someone who has been laid off before, with a company shutting down, I am hoping these people can somehow land on their feet.

Sending them all, much love.

  • Tawmis

PS: Wear your mask people. Help stop the spread.

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Didn’t care for how this one turned out, but whatever. Keep learning. #UncannyXMen #XMen #Wolverine #Rogue #Storm #UncannyXMen158 #UXM158

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X-Men Wolverine vs Brood Coloring.

Using the light/dark trick is much, much, much more difficult on Marvel black and white images, because the artist tends to overly shade everything – making it a very cluttered picture to try and do the light/dark trick. But I think – while on Wolverine, it was messy – it actually looks nice in the Brood/Sleazoids and the background.

Bumped up the colors to make it more vibrant.

Now let’s look at the B&W image I worked from…

Prior to Coloring

And this is where I would have normally stopped.

This is the version, prior to the light/dark shading I did. Still good. But feels flat.
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