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Posted by tom on January 4, 2021 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Hey party people, welcome to my latest video! For this one I dive deep into Wonder Woman (stop it). As DC Comics has proven over the past 70 years that they have no idea what to do with her. I mean, when she came out, she was selling like three comics (Sensation, Wonder Woman, and Comics Cavalcade)! Then when her creator William Moulton Marston stop writing her adventures, she was barely hanging on by her finger tips. If it wasn’t for all the merchandise she sold, DC would have dumped her all together. So let’s go back and checkout what Wonder Woman was like in the beginning. And see where DC went wrong- even super star George Perez didn’t get it completely right. And how DC just keeps making it worse and worse. Seriously, when I was researching Wonder Woman, I was getting mad that DC didn’t make her comics like Marston did. They are so frick’n fun and exciting! Her villains like Cheetah were equally amazing- but now? They are all dreary and hyper violent. And this isn’t to say Wonder Woman shouldn’t be updated for modern times. Just that she should be update in the same vein that Batman has been: Keeping true to their creators original vision. It shouldn’t be this hard, right? Anyway, please check out the video and tell me what you think! Am I nuts, or am I the only one who cracked the code?

Posted by tom on November 30, 2020 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Hey animation fans, got a another Animator on Animation for ya. This time I talk about the one of the craziest shows Disney TV ever made: Gargoyles! Seriously, whoever thought Disney would ever make such a show! It’s just so hardcore action- basically Disney’s answer to Warner Bros. Batman: The Animated Series. And often times, I’d say it was better. B:TAS cut lots of corners in the name of style (not that that is a bad thing), but Gargoyles just said f- it. We are making something as fully rendered as Johnny Quest- with better/more expensive animation! Just wow, all around.

But no show is prefect, because while the 1990’s was a Golden Age for television animation, it still had a lot of quality issues left over from the 70’s and 80’s. Now a days, nearly every show looks great- or at least as good as the production team wants it to look. But in the 1990’s, even with Warner Bros and Disney finally getting into the mix, the overseas animation studios weren’t all up to snuff. So there will still be good stuff and bad stuff to talk about!

But just to talk about the 1990’s for a bit more, what a great time. It was a small window of time where the industry continued to make good money in syndication, with toy tie-ins, before the FCC outlawed them. And before the cable TV take over. Now a days, streaming services are trying to become the goto place for animation. And I welcome the change. As long as they continue to innovate, but time will tell.

Anyway, let’s have some fun and check it out! As we do, let’s talk about animation timing, the stuff that makes animation work- and Karl Gnass. Who’s he you ask? Well, you can ask any animation artist working today- or just watch my video! Enjoy!

Posted by tom on October 26, 2020 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Hey party people, in a mad dash to get this video up before the Halloween. So I don’t have too much to say about it other than, I love classic monster movies- ever since my youth of watching the Son of Svengoolie in Chicago. Funny to think that Chicago gave the USA, Oprah and Svengoolie! So here is a top 5 list of classic monster movie quotes. Hope it gets ya in the mood, as we are currently living through our own pandemic horror movie! Take care and have fun!

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


Hey party people, confession time, I’m more of a DC fan than a Marvel fan. So putting this list together was kinda tough. I hit up a lot of Marvel fans for notes- but they were all over the place! Marvel was such a powerhouse in the 1980’s, basically all their books sold well. So coming up with a top ten list people could agree on, was nearly impossible- but I did it anyway! One thing I unfortunately omitted from the video was perhaps Marvel’s greatest failure of the 80’s: The New Universe. It was ‘Big’ Jim Shooter next ‘big’ idea. Another Earth, with no superheroes, per say. Now there was superpowered beings on the world, like NIGHTMASK, STAR BRAND, JUSTICE, PSI-FORCE and others. But they weren’t the typical long underwear brigand in your typical superhero comic. For reasons that could fill a novel (no money for talent, failed leadership), the new line failed and was canceled fairly quickly (even with a last ditch effort to save it). It also helped Marvel show Jim Shooter the door (his overbearing style was becoming too much as well). So while I stand by my list of Marvel best work of the 1980’s. I should have mentioned their giant flop as well. Because I honestly doubt, any comicbook company ever survived such a colossal blunder. No not even DC’s Nu52- because it started with great sales and very slowly fell apart, giving DC the time to undo it, before it could undo the company. In contrast, Marvel’s New Universe was pretty much dead on arrival. So when talking about Marvel in the 1980’s, I should have mentioned it.

Be that as it may, I hope you enjoy the list. As it was quite a nice walk down memory lane to put it together. Even as a DC fan, I bought several of these comics back then! As for a little house cleaning- yes this video is about two weeks late. But, I still have hopes of putting out a Halloween video in the next two weeks- wish me luck! But more over that will make November’s video pretty d@mn late as well. I’ll tease it by saying it will be another Animator on Animation video. But until then, thanks for all the support and I’ll catch you on the flipper!

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!