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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 October 3, 2019 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Hey Party People,

I thought I’d give Puzzle Time another shot. Based on the views last time, not a big fav! But we’re still a growing channel, so I’ll be giving it a few more tries. This time the puzzle is Masked Man- as in can you guess who the DC character (hero or villain) is solely based on a close-up image of their mask. Images are a bit blurrier than I’d like- but be free to yell at me if it’s not doable.

Now some of you might be wondering: “Where’s the usual comicbook video?” Well with Halloween around the corner, I’ve got a monster related one coming in another week or so- but instead of leaving you hanging at the beginning of the month, I posted this. Typically, a Puzzle Time should be a mid-month video. In November, things will be back to normal, so don’t hate me too much!

Anyway, back in a few weeks with some monster fun.

Cheers!

Posted by tom on March 4, 2019 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Hey Party People,

I’m back with part two of my look at diversity in superhero comics! As I showed in part 1, superhero comics still suffer from a lack of diversity. In case you missed it, you can check it out here:

http://toonocity.com/tomsblog/?p=328

So now the question is, what can we- or rather publishers do about it. As I lay out in the video, there are lots of different ways to increase diversity, but only one way to make everyone happy. Check it out!

Posted by tom on February 4, 2019 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Hey Party people,

Welcome to another year of Super-hero Pow! I can’t tell you how much I wanted to get this video out before February- but didn’t happen. My goal is to get one video out a month, and I’m behind already. If you’d like to help, encouragement will do it! I’m a fool for anyone telling me how great I am- it happens so rarely (sniff). Subscribing to the YouTube channel helps a lot too. Last year, after Super-Hero Pow’s launch and then YouTube’s rule changes, I wasn’t quite sure what to do. Then a hundred of you subscribed, and well I felt obligated to keep it rolling. So seriously, a simple “atta boy” keeps me from going to bed early.

So this time I tackle the main event of comicbooks these days- diversity! As the exact opposite of diversity myself, I thought do we really need diversity characters anymore? Obviously in the 1940’s, the superhero community was whiter than a news caster’s teeth! But it’s the 21th century now, the Black Panther was the biggest movie, hell a black guy was just President, and the new President dyes himself orange! Clearly white males are the new minority! Or are they??? Check out the video to learn more!

Posted by tom on May 7, 2018 in Uncategorized with No Comments


A few weeks back I talked about Power Girl’s physique, this time I talk about her costume. Just what is up with that circle window on her chest?

Posted by tom on April 9, 2018 in Uncategorized with No Comments


It’s often been said that Batman used to run around with a handgun and kill people. But, is that really true? Check out his first 14 issues, Detective Comics #27-39 and Batman Comics #1 to find out! Though while we are at it, how many did Robin kill???

Posted by tom on January 19, 2016 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Hey party people,

Here’s another peek into my old sketch books. First a color pencil sketch of Poison Ivy, in the old Bruce Timm style. Next a marker sketch of a one shot character from DC comics, Densensitizer, she showed up in a Justice League Quarterly, and as far as I know has never been seen again. I guess I was just really bored for something to draw that day.

Then we have three character sketches from a webcartoon I has hired to produce, the Barbarian Moron (no idea what happened to this, or the guy who created it), so it’s Moron Barbarian himself, Invisible Torso-Man and I’ve totally forgot who the robot woman was, Amazoid or something. I think she had a oven in her belt buckle – oui. Anyway, enjoy and have a great week.

poisonivydesensitizerbarbarianmorontorsomangirl

Posted by tom on February 11, 2015 in Uncategorized with No Comments


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Hey Party People,

Was looking through my comicbook collection the other day, and I came across one of my favorite series, THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD ( the comic that the recent cartoon series was based off of)! It featured my favorite superhero, Batman, teaming up with various superheroes and other characters. One issue had him team-up with the Riddler, another with Swamp Thing- one of my favs was a team-up with Richard Dragon (arguably DC #1 martial artist). And the two of them actually fought each other in the issue- too cool!

But as I looked for back issues of this series (it’s run was just about over by the time I really started collecting comics) the ones I liked the best were his team-ups with female heroes: Black Canary, Supergirl, Wonder Woman- who knows why. One character he never team-up with was another one of my favorite characters: Powergirl! To me, Powergirl had all the cool of Supergirl, with none of the baggage. Teaming her up with Batman seems like a natural to me, but I guess she was on a different Earth back then and all.

Anyway, here’s my homage to the venerable THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD: Batman and Powergirl- wearing the costume I first saw her in, which I suppose is why I like it best.

As a side note, before THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD became a superhero book, and then the Batman team-up book, it was the home of Robin Hood, the Viking Prince, the Silent Knight and the Gold Gladiator! As I’m also a big adventure fan, I love all those characters too! Wish they had longer runs, especially the Silent Knight and Gold Gladiator- oh well, Batman was a bigger seller!

Lastly, I’m just about done with the next Captain Rocket cartoon, unfortunately, I just can’t find the time to wrap it up! It takes more than the few hours it takes to draw a little pin-up like this. I’m sure hoping I can get it done before the end of the month though- so here’s hoping!