Apollo Chungus

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  1. I like to think that in the Sonic-verse, the Shinobi games were adapted into a tokusatsu (Power Rangers/Super Sentai) TV series called The Super Shinobi, and that the reason Espio is a ninja with Sentai-esque tendencies (posing and declaring silly phrases like "Ultimate Ninja Power!") is because he loved The Super Shinobi as a kid and wanted to be just like its main character.
  2. Just looking at that page, I'm not even thinking about the artwork. Yes, it's hysterically bad, but what do you expect from Penders after the last five years? (Wow, has that much time passed already? Dang!) No, my problem with the page is how busy it looks. When writing and drawing a comic, the best thing to do is draw the reader's eye in such a way that they see the actions, read the dialogue and get what's going on as easily as possible. You can show progress by having characters move to the right of the panel, which is natural if you read from left to right (as seen in Hergé's later Tintin books). You can have the dialogue spaced between actions and sound effects, which makes potentially complex scenes a much more comfortable read (as discussed on a Kotaku article analysing the artwork of the Dragon Ball manga). Whatever you do, the end result should always be towards making sure that the reader can understand what they're seeing without going through it multiple times. Unfortunately, that's not what happens here. There's so much going on in terms of the panels being used and how everything's displayed, all the elements feel like they're being squished together instead of being given room to breathe, and it overall looks like a cluttered mess. And as Penders himself clarified, that's without the word balloons! Having read a bit of Penders' older work with RobotnikHolmes' blog, I imagine that it's going to be even more of a pain to read once the reams of dialogue are included. Let me make it clear, Penders being a bad artist doesn't automatically mean that he can't layout a comic book. After all, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto is a fantastic artist, but the way his page design in the Neon Genesis Evangelion manga leaves something to be desired. However, I think that this page suffers from the same problem that I had with the first page back in 2014 (unfortunately, I can't link to the post due to a server wipe that happened round that time): there's too much being introduced too quickly. None of these elements leave any impact, because there's so much happening in such a short span of time that it leaves the reader unable to really comprehend what's going on. When trying to get someone invested in a story, you've got to start slowly and build up to something much bigger, or you risk going into sensory overload by throwing all of these things in the reader's face. This is the third page, and yet I'm already confused and struggling to understand the very basics of who's who and what's happening. It's a really bad first impression that would more than likely have all but the most curious of people putting the book back where they found it and going off to find something they can at least read. My only guess as to why it's written like this is because Penders has only written for licensed comics, which are often on some sort of deadline that forces him to make sacrifices, dump exposition on the viewers, and make everything feel rushed. But he's not on a deadline; he's been working at his own pace for five years, so he shouldn't have to worry about establishing things out as quickly as humanly possible. He can pace this comic however he wants, and I feel like it would be best if he found a balance between the rushed nonsense seen here and the meandering timewaster that was Mobius 25YL (personally speaking, I'd much rather he have someone help out with the pacing; even if he never credited them because that's just his way, at least the final work might not be as painful to read).
  3. Dang, man! Those are actually really good! All of the elements are nicely laid out; nothing feels too cluttered or spread out; it's easy to read the text, the colours contrast nicely, and there's just a really clean and simple design to the covers that's just so satisfying to look out. I'm not a game cover designer, but I must imagine that it must be really hard to do them well. And I've got to tip my hat to you on a job very well done; I honestly kinda wish that I had GBA games to keep in DS boxes so I could try to emulate what you've done for these. Well done, man!
  4. It's time for another update for the 1001 Animated Films You Should Watch Suggestions Thread! This will be the last update for quite some time, since I'll be going on holiday soon enough, but please check it out! Thank you very much, and have a great day! https://board.sonicstadium.org/topic/21993-1001-animated-films-you-should-watch-suggestions-thread-updated-17july2017-over-1350-films/?do=findComment&comment=1134558

  5. LIST HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH SUGGESTIONS FROM DK VINE AND OTHER WEBSITES I WAS RECOMMENDED TO CHECK OUT, AS OF 13:09 - 17/JUNE/2017. Eh, I just couldn't stop myself from updating this project one last time. And bleeding buggery, this update's the biggest one yet; with 346 films, the amount of films on the list skips straight past 1100, 1200 and 1300 films, and heads to just over 1350 FILMS! Once again, this is both insane and beautiful, and I can only thank everyone who has suggested films or recommended other lists for me to check out. Y'all are amazing and I love you. Here's the list of films being included with today's update: I've not made much progress on the social media front just yet, but I'm gathering ideas for what I could do. One of these involves doing a YouTube channel focused entirely around animation-related topics (reviews of animated films/shows, discussions about certain topics, countdowns listing favourite shows/films/whatever, animator reels). I will start getting to work on them when I come back from my break. And that will likely be about 2-3 weeks, since I'm going off to somewhere on holiday for the first time in 3 years, and I plan to not do any kind of work during that time. In the meantime, please keep suggesting animated films, providing feedback, and giving me advice on how to promote this topic on social media if you can. Thank you all, and have a great day! -Jim McGrath/FrDougal9000
  6. Just finished watching the series and I gotta be honest, that was terrible. I'm not really a fan of the series, so this isn't some bitter fanboyism masquerading as critique. My issues with the series lie with its mistakes and them alone. So, what did I not like about the series? The Content: In a post I made shortly after the series' announcement, I expressed my fear that the show was going to be claim its rating of "R-rated as fuck" (an actual thing said by one of the show's producers) by cramming each episode with gratuitous gore, disgusting spectacles or subject matter, and basically all manner of nonsense for no other reason than to appeal to teenagers who think that kind of shit is 'mature'. And that's exactly what happened. Whipped out eyes, rainstorms of bat foetuses, disembowelled children, talk of goat-shagging; shit like this is done constantly (especially early on), and it feels like it has no other purpose beyond shock value. I understand this is a horror-action series and that it wouldn't be presenting family-friendly content for that reason, but there's a reason that the best horror media (and non horror media) choses to use gruesome/disturbing content sparingly. Be it showing the brutality that a being is capable of (the climax of Evangelion Episode 18), to contrast the terror of this creature with the tone of the work in general (Gygas in Earthbound, anyone?), or to simply scare the shit out of the viewer after a peaceful respite (Clemens' death in Alien 3); good works wait to disturb the viewer until the right time. Netvania, meanwhile, chooses to subject the viewer to an un-relenting amount of gore and other disgusting scenes, unaware of how quickly that ceases to affect the audience and simply results in them getting bored with your nonsense. If you want effective horror, you're not gonna get it here. The Writing: Netvania is written in the same manner seen in too many other shows or films: an overly serious tone that wishes to depress the viewer with 'heavy' themes, only broken up with Joss Whedon-esque quips from Trevor or one of the other characters to provide moments of 'humour'. The different tones don't play off of each other well; it feels like writer Warren Ellis felt that he had to do a 'funny scene' at this point, with no regard for comic timing or the context in which the scene happened. It's hackneyed writing at its most blatant, and it makes me groan with irritation every time. The characters themselves, though well acted, are as one-note and predictable as you can get. Trevor is your typical roughed-up hero who stays out of things until he decides not to. The Bishop is the same misguided religious nut who believes the word of God allows him to do whatever. Sypha's the grand-daughter who wants to get out and make a difference. The Elder of the Speakers is a wise old man who exposits background information and is hesitant to abandon people in their time of need. There's nothing wrong with using old character tropes (they're tropes for a reason), but there's nothing interesting going on here. There are dopey 60's sitcoms with more nuanced characters than this show. What drives me up the wall more than anything, however, is the dreadful use of screen-time economy: this is a principle where you try to get across as much as you can while saying very little (Mad Mad: Fury Road and Perfect Blue are very good examples of films that use screen-time economy effectively). That doesn't happen here; every conversation feels like one-note exposition that has nothing to interpret beyond what the script is literally telling you, every scene goes on for 5-10 minutes when it could have very easily been done in half that time. The end result is that it feels like very little happens in each episode, even though it feels like an eternity. It belies the fact that Warren Ellis is a comic book writer, since that kind of expository dialogue can work far better in comics than in animation. The Animation: When it comes to TV shows and films, most people tend to think that the script and the acting are the most important elements when analysing and critiquing them. However, they forget to take into account that those are not the only elements that exist; there's the visuals, the use of sound, the editing, and the pacing (each of which contains at least ten other elements that all play off each other to create the film/show that you are watching). What I'm getting at is that there's more to a show than just the script, and those elements need to be as strong as they can be to really make the show work, or they feel wasted. And the animation in Netvania is more than wasted. Sure, the characters look 'detailed' and 'on-model', and some of the backgrounds look pretty good, but it's so uninteresting. The character designs are bland and have too much detail for them to be animated well, and the animation itself is often stilted, mediocre and lacking a soul. There are a couple of decent scenes (the fight against the Cyclops in episode 3, and the fantastic title sequence, both animated by animation director Spencer Wan), but for the most part, it feels like the animation was done by a series of drones who were told to serve the script and character designs, and little else. This isn't helped by the incredibly lacklustre visual storytelling. Every other shot shows the characters in 3/4 profile, making most shots feel very repetitive. When characters are talking, it shows them talking without trying to do anything interesting in terms of visuals. It ends up making the already long exposition scenes feel so much longer, because there's nothing going on beyond seeing pictures of people talking. This right here was what killed the show for me; I can get over the needless 'R-Rated' nonsense, I could have tolerated the boring script and hackneyed tone, but this show is just so goddamn boring to watch! It reminds me a lot of DC's animated work since Batman Beyond, in that you have to like the script or characters to enjoy them, because there is absolutely nothing else of interest. If you haven't yet seen this series, avoid it. Go watch the 1997 Berserk anime if you want a horror-action series that tries to keep you interested. Go play any of the Castlevania games if you want to have a good vampire-whipping time. There are much better shows and films that deserve your time and attention. (Also, the music is terrible. It's the kind of boring electronic Zimmer-lite arpeggios that's been popping up in every hackneyed show or film since Deus Ex: Human Revolution. It's awful and forgettable, and the fact that Castlevania is a series known for its often great soundtrack just rubs salt into the wound. Fuck this series.)
  7. Net Neutrality is the idea that Internet service providers should enable people to access all content and applications, regardless of who is accessing it or from where, and without favouring or blocking particular products or websites. It is, in short, the idea that the Internet should be free for everyone. Obviously, not everyone agrees with this idea; in particular, cable companies such as Comcast and Verizon have spent the last few years trying to stop net neutrality from becoming a thing, so that they can obtain even more control over what people can and can't access (consider how Verizon won't allow non-subscribers to use Tumblr ever since acquiring it this year). Because of the influence these types of companies can have on law, people picked up to what they were doing and began campaigning for the FCC to do something about it. In 2015, after a long struggle, the FCC took action to rule in favour of net neutrality by re-branding the internet as a telecommunications service, therefore applying Title II common carrier rules to service providers. This looked to be the end of the struggle, with net neutrality coming out victorious and the Internet being free for anyone to use. However, with the FCC's new president, Ajit Pai (a long-time critic of net neutrality), taking steps to dismantle those rules and allowing cable companies the 'option' of not being total dicks to their customers, the fight as started up once more. Tomorrow morning, on the 12th of July, several big name websites such as Netflix, Amazon, Facebook and too many others to mention are going on a day-long blackout, with an open declaration protesting against what the FCC plans to do. Hopefully, this will have the same kind of effect that the Internet Blackout Day in 2011 had on the SOPA and PIPA by killing most if not all credibility in the idea. But to really succeed, this needs exposure. So, I'm making this post to ask anyone here who gives a shit about net neutrality to spread awareness of the Day of Action. Make edits to your social media profiles to mark the possible future of the internet, link to websites such as Fight For The Future, and write a letter to the FCC or Congress if you like the USA. Do whatever you can to help; it'll go a long way. https://www.battleforthenet.com/ July 12th is just tomorrow morning. Good luck, everyone.
  8. I've updated the 1001 Animated Films You Should Watch Suggestions Thread once more, and we've crossed over the 1001 film mark! There's still a long way to go, but I want to thank everyone who's contributed with suggestions or feedback. Thank you all. https://board.sonicstadium.org/topic/21993-1001-animated-films-you-should-watch-suggestions-thread-updated-9july2017-over-1000-films/?page=2#comment-1132256


  9. LIST HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH SUGGESTIONS FROM DK VINE AND OTHER WEBSITES I WAS RECOMMENDED TO CHECK OUT, AS OF 15:58 - 08/JUNE/2017. Today's update is a pretty special one, for two reasons. One: this update marks the 3 month anniversary of me starting this thread, all the way back on the 9th of April. Two: the list of suggested films has gone over not just 850 films; not just 900 films; and not just 950 films. The list has gone over ONE THOUSAND FILMS! To collect a list of that many films, shorts, episodes, music videos and so on over the course of just three months is not only far beyond whatever expectations I had when I kicked this thing off, but is simply incredible to think that so many people would be able to suggest and contribute a staggering number of animated works, along with feedback in helping me refine what to include. As my way of celebrating today's update, I'm going to thank everyone who has contributed to the project in some way. We're not done taking suggestions yet (like I said before, we'll probably stop at around 2000 or thereabouts), but I'd like to take the time to give my gratitude to everyone listed below: Thank you all. I say this so often, but that's because I mean it every time. I couldn't have done this without you. And with that, I'll be off to take a brief break from cataloguing films. I'll still take questions, but I need to pace myself for a little while. I'll be back soon enough, however, so you won't have to wait too long. I'll still be around to answer questions if need me, so ask them if you need to. Here's the latest updates to the list: Thank you. Keep contributing if you can with suggestions, questions and feedback. Until we meet again, have a great day! -Jim McGrath/FrDougal9000
  10. Back with another update to the 1001 Animated Films Suggestions Thread! We break past the 750 AND the 800 film threshold, and discuss the possibility of using social media to promote the project! If you're interested, please check out the forum and contribute! Thank you, and have a great day! https://board.sonicstadium.org/topic/21993-1001-animated-films-you-should-watch-suggestions-thread-updated-1july2017-almost-850-films/?do=findComment&comment=1120854

  11. LIST HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH SUGGESTIONS FROM DK VINE, TWITTER AND OTHER WEBSITES I WAS RECOMMENDED TO CHECK OUT, AS OF 18:38 - 30/JUNE/2017. To try and expand the scope of what's included on the list, I took to asking a couple of animation enthusiasts on Twitter and was sent to some websites listing good shorts/films. This would explain why this next update has 103 films, which manages to take us past not only 750 films but 800 films! Hell, it leaves just a couple of films under the 850 film threshold! It's simply insane to think of how many films have been added with this update, particularly to the 1930's. In fact, I'm quite tempted to give the 30's its own section from here on out. We'll see, but for now, thank you all again. You're amazing! Now for the update list: Onto last week's topic, where I asked how mini-series should be covered in this series. I wasn't sure whether to count the mini-series as a film or list a specific episode, but after asking a couple of people elsewhere for their thoughts, I've come to the conclusion that despite their length, mini-series are still structured like TV shows or shorts series. Each segment is only a few minutes long, and to list an entire mini-series would simply open the gates for people debating on why TV shows with tight narratives can't be included either. It's simply too broad, but I will allow episodes of a mini-series; just not the whole darn thing! Now, since we're pretty much finished with grey areas (at least until someone brings up one that I completely forgot about), this next question is a bit more complex. To increase exposure and people participating in this project, I'm going to try and start social media pages for the 1001 Animated Films You Should Watch project. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc; whatever would best get more folks involved in this project. However, I'm completely useless when it comes to these sort of things, so I'd like to hear your suggestions on what I should do when setting up and promoting these pages. For some examples: How often should I post? Should I ask someone more competent to manage the social media aspect? What kind of aesthetic should the pages go for? Those are just a few basic questions, but if you've got anything more to offer, please let me know and I'll see where to go from there. In the meantime, please keep contributing with suggestions, feedback and questions! Thank you all once again, and until we meet again, have a great day y'all! -Jim McGrath/FrDougal9000
  12. Hey there! I've updated the 1001 Animated Films You Should Watch Suggestions Thread! I've cleaned up the opening post, added 48 films to the list, and ask a question about mini-series like Over the Garden Wall! If you're interested, give the thread a look and please contribute! Thank you: https://board.sonicstadium.org/topic/21993-1001-animated-films-you-should-watch-updated-21june2017-almost-750-films/?page=2#comment-1127768

  13. LIST HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH SUGGESTIONS FROM DK VINE, EVAGEEKS AND SONIC STADIUM MESSAGE BOARDS, AS OF 22:29 - 20/JUNE/2017. Hello, and welcome back to the thread! I've given the opening post a bit of a clean-up, to make it more easily readable to newcomers, and updated the rules since the questions I've been asking y'all have been cleared up. In addition, we've got another big update, with 48 films having been added to the list! This is just a couple of films short of the 750 film threshold, meaning that we've managed to get over 700 films! Thank you all for contributing to this project, with suggestions, feedback and questions, to such an extent! You're the best! And now, for the updated films: As you might have noticed from the update, I've come to a conclusion on last week's question; mainly as to whether anthology films should be listed a one film, or by whatever unique shorts are in these films. After talking to a couple of people, I've decided to list the film in its entirety, though I will have no issue listing shorts of particular note in a bonus section or something like that. Otherwise, there might have been a chance that people would get really pedantic about this topic. Now, last time I said that I wouldn't have anything else to discuss, but someone raised the point of including mini-series such as Over the Garden Wall into the list. I hadn't really considered the point, but I believe that since the episodes tend to be ten minutes long, they should be listed like TV episodes or animated shorts. However, there's also the fact that some mini-series have tight plotlines that develop over the few mini-sodes that they have, so it would surely make more sense to list them in their entirety. I'm not too sure on what to do on this subject, so I'd like to hear your thoughts on it. In the meantime, keep contributing with suggestions, feedback and questions! I'll do my best to address/include them! Thank you all once again, I hope you've found a good few films from this thread, and until we meet again, have a great day! -Jim McGrath/FrDougal9000
  15. Yo, I've just updated the 1001 Animated Films You Should Watch project once again. With over 70 films, we pass the benchmark of 650 films and nearly hit 700 films! In addition, I ask about another grey area: segments in anthology/compilation films! Check out the thread, see what you think, and be sure to make a contribution with film suggestions or feedback if you can! Thank you, and have a great day! https://board.sonicstadium.org/topic/21993-1001-animated-films-you-should-watch-updated-12june2017-almost-700-films/?page=2#comment-1123035