I think it’s time for some nostalgia. Anyone ever play this game? I remember playing it in the Arcade. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Arcade Game had some catchy music, and Level 1 has still always been the most memorable.
Following my Top 10 Best superhero/villain redesigns, it seems only appropriate that we take a look at some of the absolute worst revamps, reboots and reimaginings around. This will be a much more perilous journey, and perhaps unsurprisingly, we’re going to talk about the 90’s. A lot.
What you REFER TO AS imagination is really more like memory gumbo churning a frothy stew in your brain – that occasionally leaks out, convincing yourself & others of your own unintentionally(or knowingly) borrowed genius. Everything is a remix.
I’ve been telling people this since highschool. You can’t just come up with stuff without input somewhere in your life.
There’s a whole mess of problems why mainstream comics are in decline, mostly due to bad habits, codes, and concentrating on all the wrong things. And I can see Marvel and DC make efforts in one or two areas at a time but I don’t think they are tapping into the biggest problem, which is mainstream comics are not mainstream.
Marvel and DC are flooding ONE genre, mainstream comics used to be humor, scifi, adventure, horror, etc. But now you go into a comic section and people start looking for what’s different, and here’s a clue it’s not the guy in spandex who’s about 20 years late in fashion.
Which is a shame cause Superheros are really cool, but the genre has just gotten bloated, They need to diversify their comics, for everyone cut back on superheros and publish lines of other genres not titles but like 5 titles for each genre, this is especially easier than it was with digital because you don’t run the risk of blowing money on print runs. ( I thought Zuda was a good start in this direction )
But between clinging on to old properties and aging fans, concentrating on merch, lashing out with threats of blacklisting for criticisms, the “bro club”, fanboys who have risen to the ranks to run things, the companies sizes, their bureaucracies, and the tons of creators who are just happy enough to get paid for what they love doing, I don’t think they stand much chance of changing.
I think it’ll be the independent creators to finally make comics a mainstream medium for entertainment through advances in digital, self publishing, and smaller publishers who have less restraints.
Then I’d ask if you read the original posts about the art in question or look at the portfolios(more importantly the ANATOMY in the portfolios) of the people who were unmercifully bashing that 2006 Bobby Chui piece… when he wasn’t even the person responsible for the line-art to begin with.
Its REAL easy to think someone is going overboard reading a rant of someone sticking up for another while IGNORING what was said to set them off in the first place. You don’t know me, never heard of me before now and my presence & ART(if you can find it) isn’t familiar at all. I get it. “who the fuck is this mean guy? fuck that guy!” lol.
But I don’t feel as if I have to “back up” anything(me posting images from the portfolios of the people who had the worst things to say was doing that in a way, but i digress). Especially after none of the people who had no problem tearing it down didn’t bother to post any art of their OWN as an example. Why should I “back up” something if Im praising it? However, if you’re tearing something down as being WRONG, posting examples makes a lot more sense in that regard. I mean I COULD post other pin ups from other artists that are also exaggerated, I could ALSO post images of female athletes with seemingly unnatural shapes about their glutes and thighs and hips but that just spells work on MY end that could very likely go unnoticed to those who need to see it the most.(which is a coppout way of saying im lazy, but still…lazzzyyy & i already have 17 tabs open as is @_@)
I think the person saying “He gave a lecture at my school… I didn’t attend” is what REALLY set me off to want to reply in the manner I did. I went to a liberal arts school in DC (that didn’t REALLY get their shit together as a real place to learn until a few years after I graduated) and I would’ve LOVED to have an artist of that calibre come give a lecture! And to hear a current student brushed that off like she couldn’t be BOTHERED with such tripe - kind of boiled my blood. Maybe I’m reading into that wrong, but I doubt it.
In hindsight, I DID come off a bit brash. It wasn’t my intention to make any online art enemies in the process - but ultimately I wouldn’t have been as aggressive in my dissertation if the artists who were having a field day with it had work of their own that showed they know what they’re talking about. But what was said came off as more of a style bashing display of ignorance and sheltered taste than more of an honest critique…. on a 5 year old drawing. But I guess that is to be expected of animators, especially traditional character animators(and that wasn’t a swipe, I went to school for that as well).
But in retrospect…. there is a FLOOD of “likes” and “reblogs” on that particular post of mine so I can only assume I wasn’t the only one who felt/feels this way”
I love the music from this game, it’s inspired me to work on this horror series about kids trapped in a fucked up paranormal town and people get killed left and right trying to uncover the town’s mysteries. With cool settings like broken down abandoned homes, hospitals, police stations, mental institutions, sprawling sewer systems.