My Top 10 My Little Pony Episodes

Hey OK, I said I wouldn‘t talk about MLP here but I can‘t leave this matter uncommented. So instead of talking about how I discovered the show and what is on my mind about the whole Brony-culture, I put down my Top 10 episodes of both seasons. I also wrote down what is so special about every of them and why I like them. This is my personal Top 10, when you have another opinion, I‘d like to read it in the comments. And I am making my way up from #10 to #01 to make it more thrilling for you to read. So jump into the list and read why MLP is so special. But I warm you, SPOILER WARNING EXTREME!!! (read on…)

My Little Filly

Actually I wanted to post a gigantic article about My Little Pony. But I mean, everybody has to check out this show by himself. So I won‘t talk about MLP here! Well, I am looking for MLP toys for some time and it is quite hard to get some in my hometown. But you can easily get the German rip-off called Filly! The other day I was in one of the most traditional toy shops in my town and when I asked the clerk about My Little Pony, she was like „What’s that?“ I just grabbed a random Filly thing from the counter and said „Something like this from Hasbro!“ She told me they only had Filly, I hated her, and my pal and me left the shop. I saw Rainbow Dash and Princess Celestia toys the other day but RD had giant butterfly wings and Celestia was way too expensive. So yesterday night when I was in the supermarket I just grabbed into the box of Filly-blindbags. They were only 1.99 and I was curious what was so special about them. The store was quite full, yesterday Germany had their first football match in the European Championship and it was halftime when I was there. So I sneaked around this box. Not because I was afraid that somebody who knew me would see that I was about to buy a girls-toy, I didn‘t want to let anybody see how I buy a Filly.

When I had left the store I looked around me. When I knew I was alone I opened the bag. The first thing I noticed was a terrible smell. The figure smelled awfully like chemicals. I took out the figure and was confused. I couldn‘t find it in the list that was printed on the backside of the bag. Than I noticed that the figure looked somewhat special. And suddenly I realized that I drew the rarest of this figures. Princess Jewel. I checked the description that also was in the blindbag. It said Princess Jewel had a moodstone in her crown. Actually those stones work through the change of temperatures. Anyways, she also had 3 extra Swarovski Elements. You must know Swarovski stones are made of glass that is grinded like diamonds. And the figure still had this awful chemical smell.

I checked the other 20 figures. And even though you can get Filly-products much easier than My Little Pony stuff, they suck so terribly! First of all, every Filly-Pony wears a crown. No matter if they live in the forest or in the village. There are even male Fillies. But in fact they just look like the female ones. They only have male names like Florian, Xander and Adolf Hitler! You see, I don‘t really like Filly.

I hope Hasbro releases more MLP-toys in Germany soon. „When I was a littly filly and the sun was going dooooown… na na na“ huh?

DON‘T follow the little stinking FILLY!!!

Gay Lantern

DC introduced a gay character. Speculations were around the internet for about a time and I didn‘t know enough to actually take part in this. As far as I understood the few things I heard about this, DC said that an „iconic character“ will be revealed as gay (as in homosexual) during June, and that this character has still not appeared in the New 52. One theory said that Alan Scott (the Golden Age Green Lantern) could be the one. Well he appeared briefly in Earth 2 #1 (almost as shown in the post-related pic, I only slightly modified it) so I thought maybe it would not be him in the end. It is, though!

I don‘t care if any of the characters in my comics is homosexual. I don‘t even care if they are straight. I admit I like the art of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy in the comics from the 1990ies. That’s a men-thing, men like lesbians making up. But that’s far away from a personal sexual orientation thing. Let me put it down like this: it should be unimportant if somebody prefers men or women. And announcing to introduce a gay character is like putting the sexual orientation into the center point of interest. It is like: look, this guy is gay! It would be easier if DC would just put a GIANT arrow pointing on the character (whoever it will be in the end) saying „GAY“ all the time. Cause I don‘t think that they will come around with a decent story around his relationship.

Can you at least name one gay MARVEL character? No? But there are some! For example Hulkling and Wiccan are a couple! There are some more, I don‘t remember atm. Why can‘t you not name any gay MARVELs? Because they don‘t have that giant arrow! The sexual orientation does not matter for a superhero. Even though MARVEL takes a much bigger look into the private life of all their heroes, sexuality does not really appear. OK, I admit we saw Spider-Man after sex with Black Cat several times. But that counts for DC, too! Seeing Black Canary dressing up for fighty-fighty in Final Crisis and Green Arrow still laying in bed only wearing his trunks in the same picture somewhat disturbed me. I bet you, they won‘t show any scenes like that with gay characters. So why even have them?

Check out the news at Newsarama. GAYERONI

Follow the little green LANTERN!!!

…does whatever a woman can

I promise I will write about other topics than comics again soon! And enough for DC here is a MARVEL topic: Spider-Woman. One of the comic characters with some mystery to her. Well. I first saw Spider-Woman in the Iron Man TV cartoon series. I never thought her to be like the female version of Spider-Man. Basically I didn‘t know much about the supporting characters in Iron Man. As far as I remember they are the Avengers to that time but I might be wrong. Hawkeye also appeared there regularly. SO I guess they were the Avengers. But whatever. Like a year or two ago I was reading my monthly Spider-Man comic book (Amazing Spider-Man #648). And my brother took a look over my shoulder to check what I was doing. He doesn‘t know much about comics, he only knows the movies. He was able to recognize some of the characters though but finally pointed to Spider-Woman. He was like „Who is this?“ I answered „Spider-Woman!“ He looked at me and asked „Why does she fly?“ And I was like „I dunno!“ (read on…)

Girlpower… uhm… Powergirl

Yes, I love her. I am a man, I am heterosexual (mostly) and I like boobs! So Powergirl definitly is one of my favorite DC heroines. Well… let us say WAS! (read on…)

Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Batgirl!

Well, I wanna add something to my last blog post about the New 52. Um… maybe it is not as bad as I thought. First of all I found out why Barbara Gordon can walk again:

One of the Joker’s goons called the police and told them where Barbara was. So Gordon didn‘t find her laying on the floor after he was „raped“ by the Joker but she was found much earlier and could be saved from beeing paralyzed.

What do I think about this in the end? Hmm… I dunno. I mean DC has completly changed their universe many times in the last decades beginning with „Crisis on Inifinite Earths“ in 1985. So this event is nothing special. They even already released new #0 or #1 earlier. For example after the „Crisis in Time“ event in 1994. And they always came back to the original numbering later. Here’s an add released in „Zero Hour: Crisis in Time #0″

When I started reading this story I started at #0 and noticed I was doing it wrong when I thought back to „Countdown to Final Crisis“ which also had to be read from #52 to #0.

In the past events they always changed MAJOR things: different origin stories, new costumes, new powers, new earths, deleted earths, kill characters, bring back characters! THEY! OFTEN! CHANGED! FUCKING! EVERYTHING! Flashpoint seems to have changed only details. And those details, like the phone call the Joker’s goon made, changed the characters and/or major things. And I really like that approach! Often nobody knew about even the biggest changes after the last events. Now we have at least the Flash who remembers what happened before the reboot. He’s the only one remembering everything. This is quite interesting when he meets people he knew before the reboot and who are now different. So he really has to deal with that, while everybody else does not seem to know what was going on. I can‘t wait to finally experience one or two series myself when the reboot hits Germany.

Follow the little chaning EVENT!!!

DC’s New Over 9000

Yay, comics again. At the moment I am reading the German run of Flashpoint. THE DC event that will truly change everything. I‘ve already heard about this relaunch/reboot last year, when it happened in the US. And I followed the news via DC’s Facebook page ever since, not too careful cause I didn‘t want to spoil myself. Everything I got: DC ended all their ongoing comic books and completly started over with 52 new #1s. Even Earth’s most tradtional comic books „Action Comics“ and „Detective Comics“ started with new #1s. Actually this is really risky but I didn‘t think about it that much in the beginning. (read on…)

Heroes in a Nut Shell

Basically I didn‘t want to write about comics and their movies again. But certain things happened recently so I saw myself being forced to write about this topic again.

I mean, cartoons and comics always were a part of my life! A huge part. I always say that the TV raised me and not my parents (and you have no idea how true that is). Watching cartoons all weekend and some hours after school was normal for me. And just like every other boy in my school I loved the Turtles! And I am not talking about any random raptile (I mean I later had snakes as „pets“) but about the „Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles“. That was their European name, because the term „Ninja“ was thought to be too violent for poor European kids. TMNT was awesome, it was colorful, funny, had cool actions! TMNT was just the right thing for a <10-year old boy. And who did not have a crush on April O‘Neal?!?!?!?!

Well, many years later I saw the early 1990ies live-action movies. As I mentioned in the Muppets article some weeks ago, Jim Henson’s creature shop even did the puppets for this movies. Whatever, as a kid I loved, I adored, I enjoyed, I dunno what else I did with the three Turtles movies. I can still speak certain lines along. Then in 2005 or so, German TV broadcast the new TV show in the kids-block. Unfortunatly we only saw the first 2 of 7 seasons of that. In the meantime I learned that TMNT started as an underground comic in the USA and even read some of them (I now have them all, thanks to the interwebz!). The 2003 TV-show is based upon the comics much more than the original series. In 2007 there even was a new movie in the cinema. Completly computer animated but as awesome as the 2003 TV-show. I actually like the 2003 show better than the old show. I dunno why, maybe I grew up and the darker undertone in the 2003 installment fitted me better than this funny little piece of kids entertainment. Who knows?! I won‘t be talking about the Power-Rangers-like TV show that came up in the late 1990ies, it just sucked.

Well… and short time after I started reading the original comics about 2 weeks ago… I can‘t even talk about this. It hurts. I mean, I heard that somebody was planning to do a new live action movie. I‘m not sure if I already heard who wanted to do it, and if so I seem to have forgotten it for my own good. Well, IDW Publishing relauched the comic franchise with a new #1. They created a new origin story with a lot of ideas I knew from the movies. But I was interested in the original comics. And I found them online. Thanks to the internet you can get everything. I mean, this stuff is more than 25 years old and I didn‘t want to spend tons of money for black/white comics. I was so pleased with the first books and I guess I‘ve read the first 20 books in a row. But when I started dreaming of them I had to do a short break of them.

Anyways, I was looking for the last issue that came out on like March 21th and accidently I found a news about the upcoming movie. I was confused. I thought they had skipped the plans to do a complete movie in favor for the new cartoon series on Nickelodeon (TMNT now belongs to VIACOM). The first word I read was „BAY“ and I was like „OH NOOOOOOO, NOT HIM, PLEASE!!!“ and then I read the news that came up with like a day before: Michael Bay wants to make the Turtles to aliens. And I was like:

„NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!“

There was a keynote or so where he actually tried to promote this idea and the whole internet must have been like I was!


Michael Bay talks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles von stuffwelike

Bay’s statement was „Chill!“ He mentioned we hadn‘t read the script, and it would make perfect sense, he had talked everything through with one of the inventors of the franchise. As Kevin Eastman sold all the rights to the Turtles some years ago, it means that Peter Laird must be OK with the idea. I mean, I will link some interesting comments on this matter I saw on Youtube.

Here’s Blunty3000’s comment on the matter:

When I first heard what Bay wanted to do, I said on Facebook (and I quote myself) „Bay is butt-fucking“ my childhood!“ Blunty’s right when he says that Bay is doing nothing to the stuff we liked in the old times. It is his vision (or the vision of the screenwriter) and maybe some new ideas can even improve an existing universe.

Well, as far as I remember this only worked once: „The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy“ always was changed and adapted to fit the medium it was on. Compare the radio play, the books, the TV show, the textadventure and the Disney movie and you will find many differences, new story lines, new characters, new monsters/aliens whatever. And it worked everytime.

I mean the Turtles franchise never was out of the minds of the kids. The Turtles always were there in the last 25 years. With TV shows, toys, comics! So I guess Laird doesn‘t need to bring them back with a blast, like maybe Akira Toriyama had to do it with Dragonball. This is another example. Toriyama worked really close with the screenwriters and producers and supervised everything. And he actually said something like „You have to see Dragonball Evolution as a different approach or an alternate universe“ I don‘t remember exactly. But as a hardcore fan you want to see what you know from your childhood on the big screen. That is why so many people feel „raped“ by Bay. I mean, I even felt „butt-fucked“.

Here is another statement from Youtube.

He’s got a good point: If you make the Turtles aliens, it can not be the Mutant Ninja Turtles anymore. Everything that is left over are „Teenage Aliens“!! No more Turtles, no more Ninja and, first of it all, no more Mutants! Barely Teenage Aliens! Well, that basically sums it up. It will end in a hell of a shitty movie! Bay also did the Transformers movies. I‘m not too familiar with this franchise. But except for certain aspects he did a quite good job in my opinion. And I am a man, I love it when stuff blows up and when Megan Fox lays on a motorcycle. But I mean, I‘m trying to think myself into the place of Peter Laird. The big producer/director Michael Bay standing in front of him, talking about the story and his ideas for the movie, throwing stuff into the air and shouting „KABOOOOOOOOOOM!“. Would you say „No I want it differently, I want it like the original“? Of course you have to adapt stuff to the „now“. Stuff that worked in the 1990ies may not work today.

But what if the guys at Universal suddenly had made the Hulk pink or so, just because pink is fashionable at the moment???? So the Turtles being MUTANTS is a basic element just like the color of the Hulk, how stupid it may be! I mean, Blunty is fully right in his point, we have to think before we react and just because something new made of stuff from our childhood, how important it may have been for us, can‘t spoil what we‘ve experienced already! But movie makers have to understand, that they take a certain responsibility when they work with a franchise with such a high popcultural meaning like the Turtles.

I‘m really expecting this movie fearfully. I mean, I sort of enjoyed the Dragonball movie too in some way, cause it brought many ideas to live action I always wanted to see on the big screen. But it simply was not what I expected. The transfer from cartoon/comic/game to a movie always means a lot of compromises, especially when it comes to money and special effects. But please, making „Teenage Mutant Ninja/Hero Turtles“ into „Teenage Aliens“ is not a compromise at all.

Follow the little raping BAY!!!

The End of Sex and Violence

I don‘t know how often I already mentioned it, but I love puppet comedy. Why is that so? Well, pretty easy: because of The Muppet Show and the Sesamestreet. I mean the Sesamestreet of course was part of my childhood. I loved Ernie and Bert, Kermit, the Cookie Monster (whose actual name is Sid) not so much Elmo (honestly I hate Elmo), Big Bird (Bibo in Germany) and this Vampire Count. Count von Count I think. I still make jokes when it comes to counting like this: „1, 2, 3, 4 – 4 sometings! HA HA HA HA HA *thunder* *lightening* *bats flying around*“ (read on…)

HULK SMASHED POTATOES!!!

Recently I bought both Hulk movies. You know, they first let Ang Lee do a Hulk movie starring Eric Bana as Bruce Banner! It was a good first approach to the matter of the comic. I like the overlapping comic-panel-like frames showing different characters and they reactions and actions simultaneously. And in the end, the first Hulk is much more comic-y than the second one. That also means, that the story is also a little stupid. It is a good action movie with a lot of great fighting scenes. (read on…)




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