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Posted by tom on September 7, 2020 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Hey Party People,

Here’s my latest video, and can you believe it’s not a Superhero Pow!? Yes, it’s a new series called Animator on Animation. Where I, you’re host animator, will look at some animation clips, and talk about what’s good about them and what’s bad about them. Along the way I’ll tell little tales of my days working in animation studios, and the realities of the animation industry. Mine, all from my point of view. So people can disagree with me, I’m fine with that.

To give away my inspiration, I’ve been a fan of Corridor Crew’s VFX Artist React for the passed year. And since I already bother my wife, sitting on the couch watching cartoons, with my so called wisdom- I thought I should do my own react videos. With animation, because that’s what I studied and got payed to do for a while.

Next month I’ll have another Superhero Pow video. I always have a few videos idea rolling around at one time. If I’m extra lucky, I might get two videos for October- a Superhero Pow and a Halloween one. Time will tell, as I’m still dealing with a 1 year old and a 4 year old every day (never worked so hard in my life)!

Anyway, enjoy the video and let me know if you’d like to see more.

Posted by tom on August 3, 2020 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Hey party people, here is my latest video, The Most- as in which superhero is the most- pick a category. I’m sure you know how much us superhero fans enjoy arguing about superheroes. Who’s the strongest, who’s the fastest, etc. Well this (possible) series will help answer those questions (inspire heated debate, depending on how much you disagree with me). In this first video, I go over the strongest, smartest, fastest, most powerful and most dexterous superheroes! I basically go down a list of basic role playing stats!

For those of you interested, I’ll go into more boring details of what’s up in Toonocity world. For the most part, I’m still stuck at home watching my two sons. Which doesn’t leave me much time for anything else. I’m often amazed that I manage to keep getting videos done! It’s hard for me to even keep up with my nerdy hobbies. I sure hope you are having a better time, during this pandemic time. One thing I just did, was re-watch The Umbrella Academy season 1, to get myself ready for season 2. And wow, Season 1 is such an up-grade from the comicbook. Mind you, while the comicbook is great, the show cuts down on the bug nuts crazy and increases the emotion roller coaster of everyone. In reminds me of what James Gunn did with the Guardians of the Galaxy. All the characters are tragically flawed, and only have each other for support. Which creates an amazing blend of humor and sadness to the story. And, overall, makes to care for the characters all the more. I find it very rare that the Hollywood production is superior to the comic. But Steve Blackman, just crushed it here. I so can’t wait for season 2.

Either way, that’s all for now. Hope you enjoy the video and I’ll ‘see’ ya next month!

Posted by tom on July 2, 2020 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Wowie, wow, wow, wow! Creating videos is hard work! This one took longer than I hoped, and it was aided by the fact that I started to do a little bit more writing for Anititcool.com. You can swing by there and read some of my, “This Week in Comics” articles. That, plus preschools being closed just makes my spare time disappear before I know I have it!

Anyway, this video is about DC Comics- my first comicbook love. DC’s, and comics in general’s best decades were the 40’s, 60’s and 80’s. So this video is about the Top Ten stuff DC published in the 1980’s. I gotta say, it was pretty hard coming up with the list. DC just put out so much good stuff that decade. It probably didn’t help that, that was also the time I started reading comics! I got a few subscriptions for Christmas gifts (FF and Marvel Team-Up), started using my allowance on buying Justice League of America and others at the grocery store, and eventually convinced by parents and older brother and sister to drive me to a comicbook store once a month! That turned weekly once I was able to drive. To date myself, one of my first comics bought at the comicbook store was Blue Devil #1 (I somehow thought that series was going to follow me all the way up today! Little did I know back then how fast things would get canceled!). But still 80’s was a great time, beyond my personal connection. Aside from the top ten list, I have 24 items in the Honor Mentions section! So I tell you honestly, I can’t wait to hear your complaints about this list. Because just about everything DC was doing at this time was so good! So have at it and enjoy, and I’ll see ya next time.

Posted by tom on April 27, 2020 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Hey party people, welcome to what really was suppose to be the April video! You can read my last blog to see what went wrong. Corvid-19 being one of them. So the good news is, I’m almost back on schedule. I don’t think I can get May’s video up in the first week of May, but it won’t be as late as this one.

Now then, what am I talking about today? Well my favorite comicbook, the Justice League of America! I have two long boxes dedicated to their issues! Not to mention the Archive books I have as well. So when I say, this is the greatest issue of the Justice League ever, you know I aint just whistling Dixie! And I don’t just mean the Justice League of America, I mean all their main runs- which by my count is: Justice League of America, Justice League (America), JLA, Justice League of America, Justice League (New 52), Justice League (Rebirth), & just Justice League, I guess. Now maybe I’m getting to old, but I haven’t really read a good Justice League issue since the JLA days. For my money the best Justice League writers were Gerry Conway, Keith Giffen and Grant Morrison. Best artists would be George Perez, Chuck Patton, Kevin Maguire, Adam Hughes and Ivan Reis. Not that everyone else sucked or anything- but these were my favs. So it’s no wonder that the tops of both lists worked on what I (and many many others) consider the greatest single issue of the Justice League: Justice League of America #200. And not only that, it featured every JLer up to that time in one giant blow out story. Paid homage to Gardner Fox (the guy who created the League)’s writing structure, it also had seven iconic guest pencilers as well. Now on some level you can say it has an unfair advantage to current comicbooks- because one and done issues basically don’t happen anymore. But be that as it may, Justice League of America #200 from 1982 is the best ever- fight me! I dare you!

Now this often leads to the next question, is it the best Justice League story ever? No, but Conway wrote that one as well. And I will leave that unanswered at the moment, to be answered by some future video!

Now then, I hope you enjoy the video. And I sure hope you are all healthy and financially secure in this crazy pandemic time we are living in. Hopefully our nation, if not our world will be stronger when it’s over and we can use it to shame future generations about how easy they’ll have it!

Take care and have fun,

Tom

Posted by tom on April 8, 2020 in Uncategorized with No Comments


So this just a fun short one talking about Wonder Woman wardrobe. To steal a joke from Svengoolie: “You’d like to see more of Wonder Woman on TV? So would I, but that’s as small as the censor’s will allow her costume to be.” But seriously, this was something I found / figured out a long while ago and always wanted to talk about. So I’m happy to get to it, even if it is rather trivial. Because nearly every well versed person in comicbooks will tell you Wonder Woman used to wear a skirt. Just like Captain America’s shield wasn’t originally round. But here’s the thing, while yes Cap’s shield wasn’t always round, Wonder Woman never wore a skirt! Crazy right? Well it’s all about culottes. What’s a culotte? Watch the video and find out. I didn’t spend all this time putting the video together to just spoil the lead!

On a more human note, I know we are all dealing with ‘the’ corvid-19, and I sure hope it isn’t affecting you more than just sheltering in place! I hope you have managed to keep you income and that no one you know has actually been hit by the virus. But if that’s not the case, all I can say is: That sucks @$$. And I pray that our nation (or your nation, if you aren’t from around here) will only get stronger when it’s over. In how we deal with pandemics, to how we deal with the sick and in how we deal with people’s livelihood. Often times I think we makes things harder than they need to be, for fear of doing the wrong thing. And that often turns into the worst thing to do. So, good luck and if you pardon me, God bless. I hope to see you in better times soon!

Posted by tom on March 20, 2020 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Hey party people! How’s everyone doing in pandemic land? So far so good over here. I thought I’d write something up to check in with everyone. As you may have noticed, I don’t have a new video up! Well a long string of bad luck just keeps rolling.

Just when I was ready to start cutting my next video (about Wonder Woman), my computer started to melt down. Took me about a week to get that straighten out (with the help of a new graphic card). Once that was done, my toddler gave me his cold from preschool. That knocked me out for a week (have you started playing your little violent for me, because my story is so sad). As I’m getting over that, pandemic time! Preschool is closed, so I have to watch him and his 11 month old brother 24/7 now. As I like to say: I barely got time to scratch my nutz let alone do anything else!

Heck, I even wrote up an article for Aintitcool.com about Dan Didio leaving DC Comics- but with a dead computer and all… well it will probably never see the light of day now. Speaking of which, the real question is why now? We all know he has made some questionable decisions at DC for a loooong time. But he always managed to land on his feet, in regards to sales. Soooooo, what changed? The rumor is that he created a hostile work in environment, as editors have been quitting as of late. But that doesn’t make much sense to me. He’s been there so long, and the environment just got hostile now!? As I wish no one to ever lose a job, we all know how much that sucks, I wish him well. But I also look forward to what direct DC goes in now, that he’s gone.

Ok that’s enough- too much domestic stuff going on here! I certainly hope you are all safe and healthy! And hopefully as this pandemic blows over you, and everyone you know, will remain that way! Take care friend!

Posted by tom on February 5, 2020 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Hey party people. I’ll be honesty with ya. Sometimes it takes a loooong time to finish one of these video ones. So I thought I’d do myself a favor by making some shorter ones. So ta-da, under six minutes! Next month’s video will be too, as I tackle some fun comicbook trivia. This month I talk about Captain Marvel- until the day I die he will be called Captain Marvel by me. To be fair, as a kid I was confused over his name. Everything was branded Shazam, but people called him Captain Marvel. But this isn’t a Captain Marvel problem, it’s a Marvel Comics problem. So DC needs to grow some balls and Marvel needs to learn how to suck it. IP squatters, yeah I said it! But aside from that, one interesting thing about the character is that magic Shazam lightning bolt, and how it’s now lethal. I mean, if it can burn Superman pretty badly, imagine what it would do to you! As you may have guessed (or even know) that wasn’t the original plan for the lightning bolt. So check out my newest video and learn how it changed!

And come by next month and learn something silly about Wonder Woman! See ya then!

Posted by tom on January 19, 2020 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Hey party people,

As we are coming into a New Year, I always try to think of something fun to do, so here is a double dose of superhero cartoon music. Being of the Saturday Morning cartoon generation, I love cartoon intros. Their animation was usually better than the animation of the show, and if the music was good, I could, and still can, watch ‘em over and over again. So here is my list of the best ones. As I mention in one of the videos, it’s interesting to note that DC has like, nearly no theme songs! Occasionally they have voice over (faster than a speeding bullet, and all that) but no singing. So, DC dominates the theme list and Marvel dominates the song list. Also, I try to make it clear that songs are different than themes. It’s a pet peeve of mine to see other people’s lists and see them include songs on a theme list. They are both fairly different artforms, so I feel it’s not fair to compare, say John Willaim’s Superman theme with the Beatles’ Yesterday. So that’s why there are two lists.

I’m also doing this because I feel like the cartoon (and live action show’s) intros are going away. While Disney is the biggest offender, they just slap the show logo on the screen, Warner Bros isn’t too far behind. Beware the Batman and even Justice League Action, are just barely 20 seconds long. That’s just no fun for nerds like me. Heck I remember years back a guy at a Chicago comicbook convention got on stage and started to recite the lyrics to the 1960’s Spider-Man cartoon- in a Shakespearean voice. The crowd loved it. So this is mine little way to celebrate the superhero cartoon intro theme/song. While sure bad ones are quite forgettable, good ones stay with ya forever! Enjoy

Posted by tom on November 13, 2019 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Hey Party People,

I hope I’m not spoiling anything here, I waited as long as I thought I should. Because now I’m going to dig into Avengers Endgame and talk about…. what the hell was that!? Now this isn’t a so-called “thing bad” video. Because for the most part, I really liked the film. But it does have a rather large flaw. I can claim this because, twice in the movie they say you can’t use time travel (time travel, why did it have to be time travel) to change history and then they went ahead and did it anyway. Creating massive time paradox(s). Now I’m sure Marvel will try to address some of these with their Disney+ series, but I have a far more elegant way of handling them. And I give you more of a comicbook ending. One where our heroes aren’t old, fat, disfigured and dead. It’s funny, for all the right things they have done in the MCU, why the hell did they think we wanted that!? Mind you, it does set-up the question, what does Marvel do when it’s time to recast? Personally I think they should just use the James Bond or Tarzan method. Just hired a new actor! But with everyone being dead, old and fat now. People are starting to think a reboot is in the air. Which I think would suck. Because, A- It would basically mean the original films didn’t happen. B- Most of all, the public only accepts reboots if it is fixing something. And there is nothing to fix about the original films, they were great. So did Marvel break the MCU, with all the paradox(s) on purpose? Just so they could reboot it? Boy, I sure how not. That sounds more like a Disney Star Wars move. And we don’t need any of that in our MCU do we. Anyway, check out the video and tell me what ya think. And tell me what your ideas are for this problem, because no matter how much we love and enjoy a movie, this is what we nerds do!

Tom

Posted by tom on October 16, 2019 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Hey Party People,

Well here’s the real video of the month! As I said, it’s kind of a Halloween video, so I wanted to released it closer to the actual holiday- at least for those of you for are catching these as they come out. Now I’m not really a horror fan, sorry I just don’t enjoy the concept of people being killed- least of all by psychos. But I do enjoy creature features, like the classic universal horror monsters. Not to mention all the giant monsters from the 1950’s and Japan. And since I’ve got kids of my own now, it got me thinking about monsters that are kid friendly, so I made of list of ‘em. For a clue, it’s pretty freak’n obvious who #1 one is. So much so, I’m sure a lot of you will groan at it. But that doesn’t make it any less untrue. Also, you will see a shameless plug for a new interactive book of mine, “Werewolf on the Town” So if you have any little monsters who like little monsters, they might enjoy this. You can buy it where ever you buy apps, or you can check out the this link:

Ok, next month I’ll be back with more superhero stuff, as I take a closer look at Marvel’s old, fat and dead superheroes (can ya figure that one out???)!