Monday, February 20, 2012

Mr. T #1



A comic that unfortunately does not quit the jibber-jabber.



120 comments:

BronyBraeburn said...

If the song lyrics were changed to better suit the grimdark mood of the city, then maybe it would have been frightening. It certainly scared me when they rewrote that nursery rhyme "one two, buckle my shoe" to fit Freddy Krueger in Freddy vs. Jason.

The Blue And The Gold said...

That whole bit with the use of the word "literally" reminded me of an episode of How I Met Your Mother, with Ted constantly telling Robin she means "figuratively". Same thing with ironic, really, people confusing meanings and such.
Weirdly enough, when I watched the latest episode Australia has, a bear kept popping up. Lewis, you were right, the bears ARE everywhere, man!

About good comic book stores: while this one sadly is no longer in business, I've seen only the one down here, when I was briefly living in another state. It was called Shadow Gallery Comics and it was wonderful, it was a place I felt at home in and the owner was the only real friend I had up there. It's also where I obtained both The Killing Joke and that awesome Paul Dini written issue of Detective Comics, where Joker's got Robin restrained in a van (issue 826?)
Sadly, I no longer have both, casualties of something I'd rather not go into (I call it "The Great Unpleasantness" and that's all I'm saying on the matter) but Adam, if you're reading, thank you for being the only friend I had up there and hope you're well ^_^

deuxhero said...

Oddly enough, the songs I tried it with made MORE sense.

Granted my first few tries were with things like "Reach Out to the Truth" or "Battle -Town" are related to a plot, but even the truly random things like "Hardware Store" still work better.

Anonymous said...

I'm disapointed you didn't put "Pokémon Theme" or "Go Go Power Rangers"'s lyrics in there.

KRBlackRX said...

As always great job Linkara

LucasChad said...

Hilarious. I bet the next issue has more comedy gold.

Tyler said...

Bored uninterested comic book store owner, that would be perfect for a Simpsons clip of Comic Book Guy.

BEAR!

Sume Gai said...

Linkara "he's a bear! how does he do that?"

Beary: "I'm batbear!"

that might be a pretty awesome twist.

SkylerQ said...

I am so happy you like 'Into the Woods" but really? All this time doing a show about BAD comics and no Agony parody?

Jesse said...

This may have been lame but it was better than I thought it would be. I was worried this be be insufferable, but that wasn't necessary.

I go tho this comic ship out of town and everyone there is really nice. They take their costumers seriously and learn some of their names.

They're fans too and know what you're talking about, be it a complaint (they might share it) or praise.

One of them has an uncle that looks JUST LIKE Santa Clause! It's truly awesome.

Xepscern said...

Oh, Mr. T. The coolest Mama's Boy ever.

There use to be a really cool gamer shop (not quite comic book store, but it sold them, so whatever), that I worked at from 14-16 years old. Sadly, it got shut down due to the lack of nerds in the small town I lived in. The guy in charge was a 6'7'', 400 pound teddy bear who took the time to help people with finding what they wanted. Once a month, he would hst a movie marathon, where people could give some MST3K commentary over it.

If you want a good shop, don't look at the number of customers; look at the number of employees. There were 5 of us, and no one wanted to quit. If a comic store is only run by one guy, or if the employees are constantly charnging, STAY AWAY!

areoborg said...

The creepy nursery rhyme thing only really works when you have a creepy kid reciting it.

Otherwise its just bizarre since most people will be reading that in the more traditional way (bright and bubbly) rather than the intended way.

R. Lex Eaton said...

Oh wow...Mr. T in what is essentially a hardboiled detective story. I agree, he's really out of his element in this book.

Also, I apologize in advance for getting my inner fanboy on here, but I highly suggest that--time and money permitting--you should at least give Gold Digger a read. Speaking as a fellow feminist, it's easily one of the best sci-fi/fantasy comics on the market right now.

Granted, Gold Digger has a few problems in its art and writing: most of its jokes are pop culture references and its origins as a cheesecake comic have a tendency to rear their head on occaision. But barring those two flaws, the writing is solid (at least in later issues), the art is unique and vibrant, and it's got some of the best-written female characters in the entire medium, chief among them the protagonists.

A final note on the book, since I've ranted long enough: Fred Perry, the creator, does EVERYTHING himself with it. Writing, pencilling, inking, coloring, AND lettering. He not only puts that book out on a consistent monthly basis, but also devotes time to many side projects that flesh out the GD-verse. I hope that I've convinced you, if not to pick up the series, then to give props to Mr. Perry for his self-discipline. (Which is more than can be said for some people in the industry... *coughRobLiefeldcough*)

Anyway, great episode, Mr. Lovhaug. Sorry about the rant. ^^;; I loved Revolution of the Mask! *dashes off*

Jessica said...

looks like Tyler already caught it but yeah look at that guy's pony tail and beard, that is obviously Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons


worst....cameo....ever

Damienx247 said...

You have not read Gold Digger? Why do I have a feeling you are gonna a long, drawn out conversation with Last Angry Geek on Twitter?

LoneWolf23k said...

If you live in the Southshore area of Quebec, I recommend Comics Rive-Sud, a great comic shop in Longueuil. Friendly people, and sells a lot of gaming stuff as well.

DefectiveType40 said...

The comic book shop I go to most regularly here in Washington is the Comic Stop by Alderwood Mall. While I'm not a particularly social person and I tend to avoid human contact whenever possible, I gotta say that the people at that store have been really nice and friendly, and going there tends to improve my mood quite a bit. I highly recommend that place.

Robert 'Staredcraft' Willing said...

Hey Linkara so glad to know there's another Into the Woods Fan! It's MY Favorite Musical of all time! It's such a classic, what's your favorite song?

Jer Alford said...

If you wanna see "Mrs. T", check out this old SNL sketch with the actual Mr. T!
http://www.hulu.com/watch/264886/saturday-night-live-mr-and-mrs-t-bloody-mary-mix

rutana said...

Thanks for this english lesson.
No really, thanks for explaining literally :D
I improved my english, heavily, thanks to reviews from you and the other reviewers from tgwtg (and I blame reviewers like the Nostalgia Critic and the Angry Video Game Nerd for my cursing skills...). I also came across literally in many places, including forums and such, as it was wrongly used. So I figured, it's just like the german word "wortwörtlich", which is even a pretty exact translation, so I definatly used it wrong too without knowing it ._.


Also, Mr T is awesome.
And I'm looking forward to the second comic.
About the Mr T vs Chuck Norris thingy...
Well, as kid I liked both, the A-Team and Walker Texas Ranger, which were the two series I got to know these actors. I also loved Sidekicks with Chuck Norris, because as a asthmatic, daydreaming, picked-on kid who took Karate lessons, I could actually pretty much sympatize with the main character... :D
Buuuut.... Mr T has the better impact to me, since Chuck Norris got kinda annoying thanks to the internet... (Also, the Mr T WoW advertisment is much better then the Chuck Norris one!)

Unknown said...

If you are in Germany - in the area of cologne I can only recommend the "Bonner Comic Laden" greatest geek shop ever. The shop is the best source for comics, sci-fi and fantasy books (especially English ones)in the area and they got RPG/Magic on the second floor. It might be small but it's got its heart in the right place. And if you see a bald man in his early fifties "surfing" through the shop on a transport board on little wheels, pushing himself forward only by the power of his pelvic thrusts, shouting "I am the Silver Surfer," say 'Hello' to the owner from me ;)

Robert 'Staredcraft' Willing said...

Hey Linkara question...I rewatched the finale of your third Silent Hill year and I noticed you have it left in the air "What is the girl in the gun's name?"...is that meant to be a plot point for the future? Do you even have a named picked out?

Lewis Lovhaug said...

"Hey Linkara question...I rewatched the finale of your third Silent Hill year and I noticed you have it left in the air "What is the girl in the gun's name?"...is that meant to be a plot point for the future? Do you even have a named picked out?"

Not a MAJOR plot point, but I do have a name picked out. ^_^

CaptainCalvinCat said...

@ Areoborg: Or a childrens choir.
Think about “Tick, tock, goes the clock, he cradeled and he rocked her, tick, tock, goes the clock, till River killed the doctor”… That I found especially creepy. ^^

@ Linkara. Just a question, I just rewatched the Lets play Elite Force (great vids) and I watched the thing where Ensign Munroe is invading Camelot. Then the question popped into my mind: So what do you think of the “new adventures of Merlin”? And what do you think of the Eleventh Doctor?

By the way, the video was great, I am curious, how it will conclude next week. ^^

Greets

Cal

BooRat said...

Wow, that comic was pretty bland... Not bad just forgettable! And, if it fallows cliches like I'm thinking it's going to then predictable! I've never read or heard of this comic before in my life but I'm going ahead and wagering that the female character they mentioned that replaced Mr. T while he was in prison is the drug dealer's boss's boss! Just saying!
I'm surprised no use of the female Mr. T character from Family Guy for the Mrs. T bit or a scene from Rocky with the evil Mr. T!
Also is it just me or did the doctor look like Morgan Freeman!?
So, this is a British owned company? That'll explains the Captain Britten reference!
Why does Mr. T here look more like Kimbo Slice!?
The funny thing is to me the creepiest children's songs I like are like Jesus Loves the Little Children, Frère Jacques, Ring-Around-the-Rosie, Pop goes the Weasel, and any use of a counting song like the Freddy Kruger one! The Teddy Bear Picnic doesn't even come close.

For my comic book shop stories the one we had in my home town only lasted about 2-3 years before going out of business. It wasn't because of bad service but because of the economy. People prefer food to comics when it comes down to it, but when I did have money to spare at the time when I went there the only thing I did notice about the place's owners was that they were an Uncle and Nephew team and the Uncle was the friendlier and more approachable to ask for orders or back issues. The nephew guy was the one more than likely to ignore you til it came time for you to checkout. The saddest thing that happened though was that went belly up before they got finished doing a lot stuff they wanted to do. Like in my home town a well known comic, book, tv, and movie writer lives, Joe R. Lansdale, and he was going to come in and do a signing. also there were building and modeling a storage room to look like a medieval dungeon so they could use it for RP gaming and Magic games!
Hey, this reminds me! Hey, Linkara you watching or ever seen an episode of Kevin Smith's Comic Book Men on AMC!? I'm just curious a lot of people seemed to be very angry at that show!



Frère Jacques, frère Jacques,
Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous?
Sonnez les matines! Sonnez les matines!
Din, dan, don. Din, dan, don.

BooRat said...

PS, I hate your new sucurity thing! I'm not a ROBOT and I still can read that coded crap!

Falcovsleon20 said...

You finally make a mention of Gold Digger and you claim that you have no interest in reading it Linkara?! BLASPHEMER!! BLASPHEMER!!

Falcovsleon20 said...

"Also, I apologize in advance for getting my inner fanboy on here, but I highly suggest that--time and money permitting--you should at least give Gold Digger a read. Speaking as a fellow feminist, it's easily one of the best sci-fi/fantasy comics on the market right now.

Granted, Gold Digger has a few problems in its art and writing: most of its jokes are pop culture references and its origins as a cheesecake comic have a tendency to rear their head on occaision. But barring those two flaws, the writing is solid (at least in later issues), the art is unique and vibrant, and it's got some of the best-written female characters in the entire medium, chief among them the protagonists.

A final note on the book, since I've ranted long enough: Fred Perry, the creator, does EVERYTHING himself with it. Writing, pencilling, inking, coloring, AND lettering. He not only puts that book out on a consistent monthly basis, but also devotes time to many side projects that flesh out the GD-verse. I hope that I've convinced you, if not to pick up the series, then to give props to Mr. Perry for his self-discipline. (Which is more than can be said for some people in the industry... *coughRobLiefeldcough*)"

I don't blame you for doing the same thing. Gold Digger is what got me back into reading comics after "someone who I mention too much on this blog and elsewhere" (coughBendiscough) turned me off of it. I can't help but do the same.

Gonzo said...

Ha, I kept waiting for Bear to show up and there he is!

THANK YOU for explaining what "literally" means. I hate it when people don't use it correctly. Another pet peeve: saying "ax" instead of "ask." *shudder*

I have, sadly enough, only been in a comic book store once. Even more sadly, all I remember is that the guy working there said Adam West didn't count as a Batman. :(

Psychotime said...

Huh? What's happening in Blue Beetle?

Scarecrow said...

As always, great review Linkara. I was going to post this via an account I made to comment on your videos...but I am having troubles logging into it, so this will have to do for now.

Mr. T is better than Chuck Norris, although I will fully admit to not being a complete fan of either. I didn't grow up with them, so I don't have any form of attachment to them. From what I Have seen though, Mr. T > Chuck Norris

As for good comic book stores, the one I have gone to since I was a little kid (and the one that got me into reading in general) is Clockwork Comics in Orange, CT. The owner is extremely nice and helpful, and the store has a nice feel to it. Not to mention the massive amounts of old comics that one can find there...I bought my beloved Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight "Terror" there, along with my collection of G1 Transformers comics and my old Spiderman collection. So if you live near Orange, CT, check the store out! It even has a facebook page that can give you more info. For those into gaming, it also has a lot of tabletop games to play and the owner is very helpful when it comes to painting tips.

Anyways, great view Linkara and I am anxious to see next week's review.

frice2000 said...

No interest in reading Gold Digger...Oh Linkara I am so so disapointed. As a matter of fact the first few issues of GD would EASILY fit into this show. They aren't very good, however if you read past those issues and actually get into the meat of the story the art, story, and characterization all go into overdrive and get awesome. It's an amazing transformation and really something you should give a read. Really think you'll like it especially since it has a actual narrative structure, characters have actual arcs and development that matters, and there is no retconing every 5 years. What you get in the start still matters now all these years later. Read that book...Hell review the first issues then look at a later issue for the show and see how much better it's gotten.

Anyway, as to this review in specific very nicely done. Quite liked your little exchanges, and after the very deep but well done storyline set from last week I enjoyed seeing that toned back a lot. However, still would've liked to see a snippet of story perhaps work on a certain robots new body or just something along those lines. Also perhaps I'm in the minority here but the end of the comic seems to be quite a nice send off. While the beginning seems to fit the tone really oddly Mr. T coming out at the end there was actually effective and would make me pick up the second issue if I was actually buying the comics just to see if the tone radically departs from this rather downer beginning.

Harvey F. said...

The place I do my weekly comic shopping has always been Acme Superstore in Winter Springs Florida (been going for a few years now). I started biking out there for cheap issues of the 80s Teen Titans and 90s Batman but kept going for an ever expanding taste for DC lore.

I mean what you have working for the place is their approachable and fun loving staff, a mass collection of toys and comics (boasting over a million items in stock), and an atmosphere welcoming to both the mentally handicapped and the youngest of children. They also do plenty of events: which usually consist of a generous spread, sales, and bring in people for autographs (like the boys that do the Eisner winner Tiny Titans).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_4DfeM06pE

Strange sidenote - At two separate Acme events I flirted with girls dressed like Robin and the former Robin Jason Todd.

A place I don't recommend so much is A Comic Shop (though I'm probable in the minority here). The collection of stuff is pretty good if you're looking for trades or the newest stuff, but nothing in the way of back issues (which is something I enjoy about Acme). I mean it's the kind of place you go to if you enjoy dick jokes (being completely serious on that one) and being a teenage boy to young adult. They do a lot of events too, but nowhere near as family friendly. And I'm fairly certain they do the occasional Burlesque show, but I've never attended.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-hmCbAi05E

FugueforFrog said...

That song...that "Mother" song...is more disturbing than anything involving "The Teddy Bear's Picnic"...just hope Bear wasn't offended.

Seriously, why did we need "Mr. T Returns"? Did someone think they liked the T-Force comic and tried to make a sequel just like Batman? Seriously, we saw him with superpowers, therefore he's not Batman and doesn't need "The Dark Knight Returns"!

BTW: was sort of hoping you'd leave out any comments about Antarctic until/unless you get back to the Marvel Mangaverse...yeah it was to explain the company but considering Antarctic is a major component in the Mangaverse stuff, it sort of felt more appropriate if you returned. (then again I do have the Gold Digger creator on my Deviantart Friend's list...)

Anonymous said...

I go to Blue Beetle Comics in Barrie, Ontario. The people there are very energetic, friendly, and know a lot about comics among other things. I doubt you'll be able to visit when you come to ConBravo this summer, but if you're ever in the Barrie area, check them out.

Trekker4747 said...

Linkara, I can never get over your Mr. T. voice. It can't fail to make me laugh.

Ming said...

Hmm. . . This comic isn't that great -- probably because we don't see much action from Mr. T. Perhaps next part will be better, I hope.

Cenobite829 said...

Great review. In to the Woods is my second favorite musical too. My first is Singing in the Rain.

Now as for a great comic shop if any of you are ever in Lawton OK go check out Carolina Comics. I have known the owners for a long time and they are great people. In fact the store was featured on the cover of IDW's Godzilla comic getting smashed by the big lizard. It is so cool to see that.

Keep up the great work and I can't wait for more Mr. T next week.

Anonymous said...

Hmm... Dull comic. The doctor looked an awful lot like Morgan Freeman in the one panel. Were they thinking this was going to be turned into a movie at some point...? Klingon Bloodwine this time? I can't imagine the hangover you're going to have if you finish the bottle.

Fiery Little One.

Falcovsleon20 said...

Oh and as for good comic stores, there's one aptly titled The Comic Store you can drop by if you're ever in Lancaster, PA

Also not to bring up Gold Digger again, (because I'm sure you'll get enough e-mails about that....) but I've actually gotten most of my GD issues from a comic store I've been to in Virginia called Trilogy Shop. REAL good comic book store there.

Shanethefilmmaker said...

Somebody should put a ***** bell on that bear. Seriously he creeps me out.

Funny now that you mention comic book stores. I never at all once set foot in one. The first time I ever read a comic was when it came with a War Torn Spider-Man Action figure. The comic was all about Spider-man nearly getting killed by a Voodoo Witch controlled Doctor Conners. It was the first time I ever seen Spider-man's Antiheroic personality in contrast to his witty and funny persona in both the 60s and 90s cartoons I grew up watching. What really got me hooked on comics though was, Teen Titan's Judas Contract. I found a copy of it in my school Library. Its very rare to see comicbooks in school let alone the library.

jstr4life said...

@8:54 is the Doctor... Morgan Freeman?

VisibleNinja said...

I've been in my share of the "owner uses it like his own private library and gets pissy if you want to do anything other than stroke his massive ego" comic stores.

This one i visited was 5 years back as traveling through that city to a Convention, figured i'd stop and see what they had in the way of Figures.

The guy, who wore "Manager" tag on his stained Green Lantern Shirt, was behind the counter reading some comic (can't remember what) while eating Pizza.

I browsed around a little, saw some decent stuff in the way of TPB's, grabbed one and some others (The TPB was 'Star Wars Infinites: A New hope' and the others where 'Star Wars Infinites: Empire Strikes back' #1, 2 and 4) whent up to the counter, and the friggen guy would not even look up from his book, he just yell "what the F&^% do you want?".

I told him i wanted to buy these things, and he half-yelled "can you come back tomorrow? i'm doing something important here!".

i just slapped down $35 (the total for my comics came to like 30.45) and left my with stuff.

He is the reason i won't go into Comic stores anymore.

Juanito Burrito said...

Well I only have to say one thing about the comic shop here in Laredo, Texas. The owners know how to run a business and have a lot of knowledge about comics. They are friendly even if you just go there to watch the HeroClix tournaments. The shop is owned by firefighters who read comics. So if any one is ever in Laredo, Texas, visit Legacy Comics where every Friday they stay open late because of HeroClix tournaments and games.

White Rabbit said...

After years of watching your reviews, you've finally goaded me into leaving a comment. A shame it has to be this one. I'm disappointed in you Linkara. Dismissing Gold Digger out of hand without even giving it a shot? I thought you were made of sterner stuff. Sorry, I'll stop channeling Optimus now. But seriously, you've always struck me as an open-minded sort of guy, a lot like me. I'm not saying you ought to review it, since it falls into that gray area of American manga, and you've sworn to never review manga. I can respect that, but please don't just shoot it down without giving it a chance. You may be missing out on something that you'd really enjoy. Just remember that the eye candy is there to draw in your attention. It's the story and characters that keep you coming back for more.

As for the review itself, it was a pretty good review of what I like to call a non-comic. A comic so dull and generic, you forget what its about seconds after putting it down. Sad really, and Mr. T deserves better. Perhaps a Mr. T/Chuck Norris/Army of Darkness/Ghostbusters/Buffy the Vampire Slayer crossover comic? How awesome would that be? In any case, keep up the good job with the reviews!

Kaingerc said...

Why does Mr.T think he's Luke Cage?

also, i think i know what you mean about blue beetle.
for a book that was really fun and felt more like a Saturday morning cartoon before the relaunch, now it feels like they are trying to have every horrible thing imaginable happen to Jaime.

Horrible spoiler list:
*Jaime can't tell his friends and family what's going on with him, and the suit makes him sick every time he tries, so he can't confide in them.
*La Dama seems to have been sent to hell or something (i count that as a bad thing).
*the suit made him fatally stab Paco when he found out about it.
*instead of dying now Paco has a bug suit inside of him that he can't control, and wants Jaime's suit to continue it's world domination mission.
*Brenda always seems to be crying.

I have a bad feeling that next, one of his parents will die or something

Lewis Lovhaug said...

"You may be missing out on something that you'd really enjoy. Just remember that the eye candy is there to draw in your attention. It's the story and characters that keep you coming back for more."

The thing is that I hear a lot of praise about Gold Digger, and it's entirely possible that the praise is every bit deserved. The thing is though, and this is going to sound extraordinarily shallow and closed-minded (mostly because it probably is), I'm really not interested in a lot of comic book material outside of superhero stuff.

It's not that that other material is BAD, far from it - it's just that I tend to enjoy and be more invested in superhero material than other stuff. There are and have been exceptions, of course, and it's very possible that I'll read and really enjoy Gold Digger eventually, it's just with this video I wanted people to stop telling me about it and offering back-issues. I HAVE the back-issues on a DVD a fan donated. I'm just not interested, is all.

But still, thanks for watching and expression your thoughts on it! ^_^

Anonymous said...

Hey Linkara, I just thought if you were looking for something fun to do for next Halloween, how about you review the Evil Dead comic book movie adaptations by Dark Horse Comics.

Anonymous said...

I know you tired and all, but when are we going to see the start of the next storyline.

Did you pick these two comics just because it was Black history month, or were you just missing Mr. T.

Jesse said...

Well, as far as first issues go, this one didn't seem so bad. Rather slow, to be sure, and didn't set up as much as it could or should have, but you've shown worse. Maybe the next issue will be better. Looking forward to that.

Anonymous said...

note: I typed this around 12:26 at midnight so please forgive the spelling issues.

Hi linkara I have been to five diffrent comic shops in my time

the first one was called hoghead's comics
it was a super small store (think trailer home size)that was ran by three people and they had one whole wall full of spider man covers and posters all framed they also had a tub full of hero clix for sale for a doller (i still have the rule book somewhere) four years later i returned to the shop and sadly found that only one guy runs it now and just sits there and glares at people and the wall of spider man gone and he only carries a few brands.

another comic shop story i have was this cool place called time machine this shop was run by a son of a wealthy businessman and in this shop he had a working street fighter 2 arcade game along with about a dozen computers for lan party's the place was quite awsome but that was when the shop first opened in a few months the man slowly became quite strange only opening when he felt like it, changing out the windows with ones you cant look in, geting rid of all the comic book fixtures and just pile all the comics in one corner telling them to dig for the comic they want, and then talking to people about bizare stuff like how aliens helped the americans fight the british in the revalotinary war and how he can see people's auras. the final nail on this store was when a really bad storm hit and the store got flooded getting all the comics wet not that long after that he just simply stopped opening the store all together.

the third comic shop I've been too
was a shop called starbase 21 one of the biggest comic shops i have gone too (it was the size of a small warehouse)the shop was run by this one old guy who was really cool and he and i would talk for hours about comics and star trek he had almost every star trek action figure since 1985 he also had a borg cube he a built himself! in his shop sold comics, movie posters, action figures, and almost any kind of pen and paper game you can think of. every summer we would go to this shop and buy a trunk load of comics then one year we went up there and we found his store empty so we went to the people next door and they said that he had a heart attack and died. six years later i learned that he had not died and just simply moved his store somewhere else so that summer my and my family went to search for his shop and found it his new shop was super small and he did not recognize us from years past and his comics were way overpriced and all his star trek stuff was missing
we quickly left after it appered thate we were annoying him i havent been to his shop since.

the fourth comic shop was one called wizard asylum this place was cool not only did have alot of comics but they also had a room just for trade paperbacks and hardbound they also sold pokemon and magic cards, every DnD book since edition 1, and a room for all things warhammer/40k. this shop is family ran and is so successful that they are building a second shop i still go to this place from time to time he has some good deals on comics.

the fifth comic store i have visited was a shop called little rocket he has been in business since 1979 and not only just sells comics but he makes his own too i don't have much to say about this shop as i have only visited his shop once.

anyway thank you linkara for posting the question about comic shop experances.

boooratt said...

"The thing is that I hear a lot of praise about Gold Digger, and it's entirely possible that the praise is every bit deserved. The thing is though, and this is going to sound extraordinarily shallow and closed-minded (mostly because it probably is), I'm really not interested in a lot of comic book material outside of superhero stuff.
It's not that that other material is BAD, far from it - it's just that I tend to enjoy and be more invested in superhero material than other stuff"

I totally agree with you, man! But, i can openly admit I'm a shallow person with no trouble! XD
All I read are superhero stuff or some variant of that kind of stories.
I never heard of this comic til today and after looking it up all I can say is, "Oh so that's what all that fanart is of on DA!"
Actually most of the comics I've offered you are strange and weird low budget comics I bought for like a buck and thought they'd be good material. And stuff I could buy cheap to send you as a friend of mine is sailing a stack of old Disney and Hanna-Barbara comics in his record store! He's also got some old Ultraverse(Prime, X.) comics and some old Valiant(XO) Comics.

Anonymous said...

So what's your favorite musical? :)

Skyler Ammons said...

If you're ever in Santa Fe, New Mexico I reccommend Big Adventure Comics. Its a really positive atmosphere, and the guy who owns it, Kevin, is one of the nicest guys you'll meet. He loves to talk about whats going on in comics and his favorite stuff and other geek-related things as long as its not too busy.

Honestly the hits of the New 52 aside, its sad to see how some of them are going, namely Blue Beetle and Statics (which is getting canned). Why couldn't they just do a Ultimate line like what Marvel does and left the mainstream universe alone?

Oh, and to people knocking him for not wanting to read Gold Digger, would you lay off? We all have things we don't particularly feel like reading. Like I don't particularly want to read Sandman. Yes, I know it considered a legend, but it doesn't seem like something I personally would like. Should I be booed and hissed for it?

Tyr Germanic said...

I'm from Fresno,CA. HEROES is our best(that i know of). They introduced me to my wife:The Walking Dead comic.They're just cool,and rarely charge cover price on trades and shit.


the "i hope mr.t doesnt isnt involved in some scandal" bit was great. And the ending,awesome.On the viewer side i dont think we got our fix either.good call.

Crow T. Robot said...

Geez. I guess Mr. T developed a lot of apathy in his downtime. Well after that lame opening, hopefully #2 really has him T-ing off on those fools' asses

Wanted to give a good shout-out as well for the comic shop I go to in San Jose CA, Hijinx Comics. Hijinx is awesome, despite being really small and kinda tucked away. The employees are all very friendly and quick to help and they offer to order an issue or series you're looking for if they don't have it. If for some reason you're ever in San Jose, check 'em out

Valerie Keefe said...

I'm a huge fan of Into the Woods as well, I actually saw it on stage the same year I saw Camelot on stage, both were being performed by the local theatre my first year in theatre appreciation class and thus both are very strong memories for me.

I didn't think this comic was that bad too be honest, but your critique of it was definitely amusing, loved the literally part.

Anonymous said...

So glad you referenced that episode of Angel. Was the first thing I thought of when I heard those lyrics. I think this is the first time I heard the title of that song, too.

And my only real experience with a bad comic book store (or anything close to one) was run I went to in Chicago once. It was right across the street from another comic book shop (both being under one of the train rails if I remember correctly) and that comic shop was good from what I recall. But this comic shop (the one across from the good one) was so disorganized that it was hard to find anything. I don't know if they had just moved or what but it was kind of annoying as it seemed like comics were just stuffed into random boxes.

So not THAT bad of a store, and maybe they had a perfectly good reason for the disorganization, but the worst one I've been to.

P.S. I know this has been said before but your singing voice is very good.

FormulaFox said...

I can back up Linkara's above statement about having the back issues of Gold Digger on a DVD, as I'm the one who donated him said DVD(GD-Rom 2.0).

Obviously, GD-ROM 2.0 has become a bit out-of-date since I sent it, but it's more than enough for him to worry about right now. He has MORE than is necessary to see whether or not he likes the series. So you can lay off on the offers to provide him copies, he's just fine on that for the time being.

On that note, Linkara, I need to recommend that when you DO finally get around to reading GD, you need to give it up to approximately issue 20 of the black and white regular series before you pass final judgment if you don't like it. I think it's more a matter of character establishment than anything else, but it takes a while before they get fleshed out enough to really see how important the characterization is in keeping this comic from being painfully sexist. Gold Digger would be an awful series if it weren't for the great characterization - I've always felt it's the perfect bit of proof that characterization is important in determining whether something is sexist or not.

libraryguy said...

Great, now I'M thinking about the crap going on the nuBlue Beetle comic!

Will that ever wind up on this show? Or will it be too depressing?

Falcovsleon20 said...

"The thing is that I hear a lot of praise about Gold Digger, and it's entirely possible that the praise is every bit deserved. The thing is though, and this is going to sound extraordinarily shallow and closed-minded (mostly because it probably is), I'm really not interested in a lot of comic book material outside of superhero stuff."

Yeeeeeah I don't anyone told you yet that Gold Digger actually has a few shades of superhero comic what with the Superfriends meets Men in Black group: Agency Zero. But I don't think that's going to change your mind so I'll stop pestering you about it.

At least you went on to explain your reasons and as I've mentioned on Twitter, the fact that you've mentioned its existence is enough to give it publicity that comic desperately needs. (Especially with what's being sold in today's market)

I can't help but be a little fanboyish towards that comic. As I've mentioned before, Gold Digger is to me what the Titans are to you. (And good thing too. I wanted to quit comics and never go back before I learned of GD's existence, thank you very much Secret Invasion)

R. Lex Eaton said...

"The thing is that I hear a lot of praise about Gold Digger, and it's entirely possible that the praise is every bit deserved. The thing is though, and this is going to sound extraordinarily shallow and closed-minded (mostly because it probably is), I'm really not interested in a lot of comic book material outside of superhero stuff.

It's not that that other material is BAD, far from it - it's just that I tend to enjoy and be more invested in superhero material than other stuff. There are and have been exceptions, of course, and it's very possible that I'll read and really enjoy Gold Digger eventually, it's just with this video I wanted people to stop telling me about it and offering back-issues. I HAVE the back-issues on a DVD a fan donated. I'm just not interested, is all.

But still, thanks for watching and expression your thoughts on it! ^_^"

Most welcome, sir. ^^ I figured as much, since while Gold Digger has superhero characters, they're not really an integral part of the plot. But I'm glad you cleared this up for us.

(Still, Fred Perry is one of the most badass people in the industry. The man's a Marine! Oo-rah!)

On a completely unrelated note, do you happen to possess a copy of the infamously kooky Batman: Year Two, by Mike W. Barr?

(I got a copy of that one recently, and if you thought Frank Miller's Batman was off-key and psycho...this one takes the biscuit. It's mesmerizing.)

Lewis Lovhaug said...

"I know you tired and all, but when are we going to see the start of the next storyline.

Did you pick these two comics just because it was Black history month, or were you just missing Mr. T."

Not for another two months. I need a break from storylines and I think the fans need one, too. It'll give me a chance to catch up on everything else on my plate.

I decided to do more Mr. T because I missed Mr. T awesomeness, but didn't want to do another T-Force comic since I've been doing a lot of sequel episodes lately.

Lewis Lovhaug said...

"So what's your favorite musical? :)"

Camelot. XD

Catherine said...

Your Mr. T voice never fails to crack me up. And you singing a bit of "Into the Woods"? Sheer awesome. :)

Wanted to give a quick shout-out to my two favourite comic stores in London (UK, not Canada):

- Forbidden Planet is basically a geek superstore - books, games, clothes, toys, and an extensive comic and manga section, including lots of cheap TPBs and books from independent publishers. They do regular signings and events as well.

- Orbital Comics, near Leicester Square, is smaller, but has a good selection of books from a variety of companies and a lot of reasonably priced back issues. The staff is also pretty awesome; they're patient and willing to chat with comics newbies (like me), and also tend to be good at figuring out what to recommend based on what you already like.

Both shops have a lot of female staff members and customers, as well, which makes them feel more inclusive and welcoming (at least to me).

Also, the clerk at Orbital Comics once gave me a free Judge Dredd pog out of the blue, just because. It was the kind of quirky thing that probably isn't going to happen at a big chain bookstore, and - no kidding - it's what's kept me going back to Orbital ever since. Not the hope of free pogs, I should point out. :) Just the fact that the staff are (and are allowed to be) very human and goofy, as well as being friendly and helpful.

joepro9950 said...

I actually like what's happening in Blue Beetle. The things happening to Jaime are depressing, yes, but what I'm enjoying is the writing. Jaime's reactions to all this crap are believable and really give the sense that he's just as freaked out as he should be. I also enjoy the Jaime-vs-Beetle aspect, as it creates a lot of tension. I've never read the original run, so I can't compare it to that, but I'm enjoying this one.

Though if next issue they totally ignore the established supporting cast, I'm going to be quite angry.

VisibleNinja said...

i'm just pitching this...Spoony has "Counter Monkey", mayne Lewis can make a new show where he extolls his stories of Comic store he's been too, as well as shares and comments on the stories of his fan's stores.

=D

Joethecondor said...

I was very disappointed no fools were pitied in this issue.

Joethecondor said...

I kind of feel a little sorry for you guys who didn’t get to be kids in the 80’s; it was really kind of fun. Mr. T was huge back then, he had lunch boxes, several action figures ( my next door neighbor had one I wanted badly) breakfast cereal, and of course an awful Saturday morning cartoon that I never missed a single episode of. I remember kids would come to school with their heads shaved in Mohawks like him. For us children of the eighties, Mr. T was practically our god. I agree with you Linkara, screw the Chuck Norris memes, Mr. T is the real deal.

Blogging about nothing! said...

The best comic book shop experience I've had would have to be at Third Eye comics in Prince frederick maryland. The guys there really know their stuff and have been helpful to me. Anyway the teddy bear picnic would have been terrifying if they had maybe set it to some more darker settings like maybe some shots of the dealers skulking about or even the kid walking around paranoid looking.

Anonymous said...

Mr. T. is cool, but he ain't got shit on Mr. Rogers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZsKqbt3gQ0

White Rabbit said...

Thanks for responding Linkara. It always feels good when a celebrity of any kind acknowledges your appreciation for what they do. Wow, that sounded like brown-nosing, even to me.

Don't worry about sounding shallow, since I'm the same in the other direction. I used to read all kinds of Marvel comics, mostly X-books and Spider-Man, but sort of lost interest in them sometime after the Age of Apocalypse Crossover. Don't get me wrong, I still love the characters (especially Rogue and Kitty Pryde), but the stories just seemed to lose something intangible to me. The final nail in Marvel comics was Civil War and Secret Invasion. That was when it hit me. These were no longer stories about superheroes. Somewhere along the line, the killers, vigilantes, and villains sort of took over. Captain America is dead (and back again I think), Spidey's making deals with the devil and exposing his ID only to have it retconned back into existance, Tony Stark is making illegal clones of a good friend (and true hero), and you can't trust anyone to not be a shapeshifted alien. Looking back on it now, I can see that the change started at least back in the early 90's (thank you Rob Liefeld), but has progressed to the point where I'm just disgusted with most comics. Leave the moral ambiguity for real life. Comics are supposed to be escapism. But I digress.

I forgot to tell you about the comic shop where I go. It's a little hole-in-the-wall called All Books and Comics in St. Augustine, Florida. Now, 70% of the floorspace is given over to used books like novels, and the owner only sells the popular superhero comics and GN's, but I still go there out of customer loyalty, convenience (it's the only store like it within a 30 minute drive), and the fact that she sells the preview catalog. I'm not sure just how common that last part is, but I just love being able to take home the catalog to peruse, since nothing I order she really stocks (I've given in to the dark side and gone wholly over to manga). I also like to think that comic shops run by a single person are somehow bad, since this lady is about the nicest person I know working retail. Of course, that may just be because I've been ordering from her since '93, and shopping there for longer.

Also, I have to back up what R. Lex Eaton said. Fred Perry isn't called the hardest working man in the comics industry for nothing. The man is like a machine when it comes to cranking out quality goods consistently.

gotenks6 said...

I recommend Dewey's Comic City in Madison New Jersey. Never do I feel more welcome in a comic book store than when I walk in their door. They often have celebrities sign/talk at the store and have been mentioned in the Flashpoint comic series. And yet, they're still a small business, and the people who work there are very friendly, and always conversing with the customers.

Bobcat said...

Huh. I was really surprised when this one clocked in under 20 minutes; it's about the length of a review from the early days.

I guess there wasn't much to talk about... this one seemed like the more boring flavor of bad.

Anonymous said...

So with the author's recent behavior of telling people who called her work bad they were just jealous she had a vagina (yes, she said it), any chance of seeing M.I.T.H. on Atop the Fourth Wall?

Lewis Lovhaug said...

"So with the author's recent behavior of telling people who called her work bad they were just jealous she had a vagina (yes, she said it), any chance of seeing M.I.T.H. on Atop the Fourth Wall?"

I don't quite know what MITH is supposed to be an acronym for, so I'm not sure what you're referring to. ^^;

Sijo said...

The reason this comic didn't work: DECOMPRESSION. That modern-day bane of good storytelling. This ENTIRE issue would have been at best, what, one-third of a full story? Why not just tell the whole thing in one comic? Maybe that's why the writer inserted the poem- to HAVE SOMETHING TO FILL UP THE ISSUE WITH. *Sheesh*

And yeah, this angst-filled stuff just doesn't work with Mr.T. He's supposed to be over-the-top. But that's another problem with modern comics- its like the writers are embarrassed of writing heroes and have to 'make them realistic'. Meh.

Btw what has been going on in the new Blue Beetle comic that annoys you Linkara? Please don't tell me DC ruined even that one!

The Mad Scientist said...

This was disappointing. An emo Mr. T is just unnecessary. He's supposed to make you cry in pain, not cry in sympathy!

Regarding good comic stores, if you're in New York and on Long Island, visit Mark's Comics and Collectibles in Valley Stream, NY. It's my local gaming store, and it also has an excellent selection of new and old comics! Mark is a great guy and really knowledgeable about comics in general. Just don't go on Mondays (when the employee not unlike the cashier in the comic is working) or Tuesdays (when the store is closed).

Phantom Roxas said...

"I decided to do more Mr. T because I missed Mr. T awesomeness, but didn't want to do another T-Force comic since I've been doing a lot of sequel episodes lately."

So why Kamandi At Earth's End #2?

The real disappointment with this comic is that Mr. T didn't really show up much, and when he did, he was acting completely wrong. I also wasn't fond of them having established that previous events had occurred. I know that could work sometimes, but it really just made me want to read that story rather than this one.

Since you've shown Slifer and now Obelisk, do you have Ra as well?

Lewis Lovhaug said...

"So why Kamandi At Earth's End #2?"

Like I said: doing a lot of sequel episodes lately. XD

Kamandi and Marville, since they're miniseries, though, I want to get back to more than others - Kamandi in particular so we can see the road that eventually lead to Superman at Earth's End.

Arianne said...

This comic just looks so-so to me and I'm not sure if a grim serious Mr.T comic suits Mr.T's character in my opinion.I'm used to crazy awesome Mr.T myself. But,We'll have to see what's he's like in the second issue.
As for the teddy bear picnic song. I thinks it's a hella creepy song.

biznizz said...

@Sijo:

The problem with Blue Beetle is that it isn't the old series. By that I mean, it's not lighthearted like the old series and the characters aren't (at this point) really close. Really, now it's more like (Ultimate) Spider-Man than the last Blue Beetle. Lewis doesn't like that. Me? I believe it's fine as it's own creature. Comparing this and the last series so seriously is like comparing Superfriends to the DCAU Justice League, same characters but very different attitude.

Shanethefilmmaker said...

I'll tell you one thing, if the Teddy Bear's Picnic was narrated by Vincent Price, even the most crappy of comics would be scary.

Unknown said...

I was never a big Mr. T comic fan; don’t get me wrong, I like him as an actor and as a generally great person. I just was never a big fan of Mr. T as a comic book icon. The comic itself was a bit cheesy and drab and cliché and you basically gave the review what the comic was entitled to. However when you mention Fred Perry and Gold Digger and state that you wouldn’t want to attempt to pick it up a read it at least one or two story lines before saying that? That’s where I throw the coffee mug across the room and ask “What is your Glitch”?? Antarctic Press has been around for nearly 3 Decades and this “apcomics.com” in/from the UK is been around for maybe ¼ the time?

I seriously think in my humble opinion, that you need to have a pow wow session with Mr. Perry, Both of The Dunn Brothers, Mr. Espinoza, Ms. Anderson, and maybe get some insight from the actual readers of Gold Digger and what they think? Gold Digger has a 3 Part OVA Series *Animated* and compared to the “T-force” and some of those other animated series?

It’s like comparing a rotted Brussels sprout to a Fresh orange right off the tree. Whereas I agree with your review, I do however have some severe distain for your mentioning Gold Digger and Mr. Perry in a negative manner. And Challenge you to establish a some connect to Antarctic Press and see about an interview and review with them. The Gauntlet is cast!

Lewis Lovhaug said...

"It’s like comparing a rotted Brussels sprout to a Fresh orange right off the tree. Whereas I agree with your review, I do however have some severe distain for your mentioning Gold Digger and Mr. Perry in a negative manner. And Challenge you to establish a some connect to Antarctic Press and see about an interview and review with them. The Gauntlet is cast!"

I wasn't casting Gold Digger in a negative light.

I just want people to stop TELLING ME about Gold Digger as if I've never heard of it before.

Anonymous said...

that joke about what they'd do when they found him had me cracking up, but that might just be because i'm sad.

anyways politcal satire=awesome=this episode as well

R. Lex Eaton said...

"I wasn't casting Gold Digger in a negative light.

I just want people to stop TELLING ME about Gold Digger as if I've never heard of it before."

Okay, okay! >> Yeesh, if I knew it would explode like this, I would never have mentioned it...

I really didn't mean to offend you or anyone else, sir. My sincerest apologies on behalf of all of us.

Anonymous said...

Ah, 2309, there is no finer vintage.

John Pannozzi said...

So, Linkara, what non-superhero comics DO you enjoy? I'd really like to know.

Do you have such a narrow taste in film and TV, for that matter?

Ryubbert Narraetsor said...

What are those background singers singing? "Tweet her right!"....?

Biocritic said...

Hey Linkara, just found your Angel Armor books. Wow! How did you pull that off when you where 15? I know self-publishing wasn't much of an option, but wow! You must've had a high grade in English :)

I myself am pacing myself to finish my Sci-Fi/Fantasy book when I'm 18-19. I also want to thank you for helping me find Lulu publishing :)! If I don't use Ceatespace I'll use that.

Lewis Lovhaug said...

"Hey Linkara, just found your Angel Armor books. Wow! How did you pull that off when you where 15? I know self-publishing wasn't much of an option, but wow! You must've had a high grade in English :)"

LOL, yes, but that didn't help that much. XD Basically I pulled it off by dedicating myself to completing the goal and showing I could do it. Unfortunately, there is that teensy problem of writing a book when you're 14 or 15 means you don't know everything and you are full of yourself and don't realize grammar errors, moral messages, and other little things that, when you reach adulthood, you realize how stupid you really were at the time. XD

CaptainCalvinCat said...

"LOL, yes, but that didn't help that much. XD Basically I pulled it off by dedicating myself to completing the goal and showing I could do it. Unfortunately, there is that teensy problem of writing a book when you're 14 or 15 means you don't know everything and you are full of yourself and don't realize grammar errors, moral messages, and other little things that, when you reach adulthood, you realize how stupid you really were at the time. XD "

Never the less, writing a book when you are 14 or 15 is damn ambitious. Dedicating to the goal and compliting that task is even more so, because - when I think, how I was at that age... - there are people, who stop with what they are doing, when they notice, that there are obstacles, which are not that to overcome easily.

So, Kudos to that.

Anonymous said...

Linkara, since you talk a little about musicals in this episode, what is your opinion on Evil Dead: The Musical?

Biocritic said...

@ Lewis Lovhaug
Yes, I understand. This is why I have decided to take my time, seeing as I'll probably end up rewriting most of it anyways. As for morals and grammatical stuff, grammar can be fixed by reading over your work a few times (XD, you DID reread what you wrote, right?). Morals for me should be fine, as one of the main points in the book is how imperfect the world is. I hear much praise given to how you developed the worlds, they're not like 2D Star Wars ones (admit it, they are). Oh, and a heads up, on the Barnes and Noble Website it says you're still 15. Do you think you'll eventually return to writing books, now that you have gained so much experience?

Lewis Lovhaug said...

"Yes, I understand. This is why I have decided to take my time, seeing as I'll probably end up rewriting most of it anyways. As for morals and grammatical stuff, grammar can be fixed by reading over your work a few times (XD, you DID reread what you wrote, right?). Morals for me should be fine, as one of the main points in the book is how imperfect the world is. I hear much praise given to how you developed the worlds, they're not like 2D Star Wars ones (admit it, they are). Oh, and a heads up, on the Barnes and Noble Website it says you're still 15. Do you think you'll eventually return to writing books, now that you have gained so much experience?"

It's certainly possible. I've written some notes down on how I would rewrite the books so that I don't have some of the more... unpleasant and naive aspects in them.

Biocritic said...

@Lewis Lovhaug
Gasp a reboot! Please not a reboot! Well, you could make it a reboot but have some cataclysmic time-related event to occur. Because it will be hard to release new books under the old Angel Armor titles. With movies, yes this is possible but it never works with books. If you choose the time travel related form of reboot, yes it essentially undoes events of the trilogy and allows Louis to put a mature spin on things. When you said rewrite the main red light that went off was that you'd release another book titled Angel Armor: Just A Boy and ignore that the original AA books ever existed. I may be only 16 now, but I know remaking these books and ignoring the original versions are a bad idea. If you do remake them, will it be some Bs time travel thing like Star Trek (2009) did that sort of destroyed its continuity but still allowed a reboot, or a bullshit Amazing Spider-man type of reboot that ignores all previous works? Because if you're not careful you can anger your fans.

Anonymous said...

"
I don't quite know what MITH is supposed to be an acronym for, so I'm not sure what you're referring to. ^^;"

The acronym is the title.

Lewis Lovhaug said...

"The acronym is the title."

Yeah, so I don't know what that is, then, sorry. XD

Sabre said...

Ok. 2 things.

For comic shops, I'm not a big comic guy, but I swore off a place called Forbidden Planet (it's a chain iirc) right as I was getting into comics. The guy there wouldn't sell me Astounding Wolfman (they only had a few left) because I didn't know who Kirkman was. I waited for the trade and got it from somewhere else.

As for the review itself. One thing that took me by suprise both in the review and the comments was Gold Digger being well known. I thought it was only known to furries. Like that comic about a steampunk badger detective.

Formula Fox said...

@Sabre:

You really shouldn't be so surprised - the comic's been around for 20 years, which requires more than a periphery demographic like furries. Particularly given the furries have only really exploded in popularity in the past five years or so(and even then, a lot of that population explosion consists of sick fucks who're trying to hide their borderline/outright illegal fetishes by hiding behind the furry label rather than being actual furries - they're the reason furries get a bad rap). Bear in mind that while GD's most well-known cast member is the werecheetah Britanny(one of the few characters in comics who has a legitimate justification for wearing tight clothes), she is NOT the comic's main character - that would be her older sister Gina.

But your surprise does illustrate the one big problem that holds the comic back; What makes it genuinely good is simply not visible at first glance. Much like how you have to actually watch the Witchblade anime to see the greatness of it's story, you have to actually pick up and read a few issues of GD before the quality of it's story becomes apparent.

It's not helped by the fact that nearly every event has been tied into, called back, or otherwise referenced in later issues makes it difficult to pick it up and follow this late in the game - color issue #101 was meant to be a good pick-up point for new readers, but I don't think it did as well at that as it could have. Fortunately, Antarctic Press has made a wise move by creating the GD-ROM collections of all the back issues that are no longer available at a cheap price.

But if you do go back and give the series a try from the beginning, be warned; While the early art is not BAD, it can be painful to look at compared to how far Fred's drawing ability has come since then. Let's put it this way: Whatever you want to say about the art quality of early GD issues, it's better than anything Rob Liefeld's ever done. By an immeasurable margin.

Sabre said...

Formula Fox

I disagree with some of your claims about furries, but that's off topic. However, I'd say a niche group could carry a product. Sonic games have been existing almost exclusively on it's own fanbase, which is a sub group of gamers. More obscure stuff like train and farm simulators make tons of money so clearly someone is buying them, so if I had to guess, there is enough furries to sustain a comic. I wasn't aware of it's long history, but had heard of the book before.

As for actually reading the book. The theme appeals to me from what I've heard of it, but if the backstory is as dense as you say, that could be an problem. Although even finding the books could be difficult as I don't recall ever seeing them in the comic shop.

Unknown said...

What can I say? You mention a certain type of character and the can of worms becomes a case with a grenade in the middle and a missing too boot. there are just alot of AP/GD/Fred Perry Fans out there. I wasn't being mean, I was simply saying if you mention something that's an underground popular hit and people tag it wrong? There will usually be incidents like that, I'm more than sure you're aware of that. I'm just sayin.....

Formula Fox said...

@Sabre:

Finding back issues is not a problem for Gold Digger: http://www.antarctic-press.com/html/version_01/viewitem.php?id=5713&bk=store.php?id=AP+DVD Every single issue from the very beginning up through color issue #125. We're currently on issue #136, so there's only 11 issues for you to grab after that(as of this posting) once you finish it. And all of those issues are available in the AP store.

Best part is: FREE SHIPPING IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES ON ALL PRODUCTS. So you pay literally the same price you'd pay in the comic shops.

I'm a little curious as to which of my comments on furries you disagree with. Keep in mind that I myself am a furry and have got a bit of an inside look at things.

Sabre said...

Formula Fox

There's the problem. I don't live in the US. I live in the UK, the nearest comic shop is in the next city (a 45 minute train ride I make every 2 weeks or so for other reasons) and I'm mostly a gamer. I don't read many comics. Comics are also my "Not staring at a screen" entertainment.

That said, I would go through the hastle and expence of picking up the backlog if I enjoied it, but comics are already expencive so picking them up on a regular basis from abroad is not likely something I'm going to be able to maintain.

I am at the comic shop tomorrow. (12 hours from now) I also happen to have enough extra cash for a trade, so I will keep a look out, see if they have anything in the indie section. If they have any, I'll pick some up.

As for furries, I don't want to derail the discussion. I'm kind of one too. I hang out with one, and occationally attend the local meet. Unlike you, I don't care about what fetishes people have as long as they are not hurting anyone (unwilling) or forcing it on anyone, and I remember furries being big back in 2005. That said, my issues with furries has to do with the appauling behavior of some of them. Obnoxious behavior is not limited to furries, but the form it takes often plays down to expectations.

MattComix said...

Well, that was indeed a Mr. T comic with too much jibba-jabba.

But just think if the rights for a T comic had been at DC, they probably would have just grimdarked the 80's cartoon. If they can make a savage flesh-eater out of friggin Wonder Dog, Spike and Dozer don't stand a chance!

Le Messor said...

Put me down for thinking he looked like Morgan Freeman, too.

Didn't the cover artwork look really, really flat?

speaking of 'Really'... I'm going to disagree with you on literally.
Yeah, I know what it literally means, and I only use it the way you say, but I realised a while ago that the mutable nature of language - and the fact that its value lies only in what it communicates - means that I've given up that battle.
I mean, we use 'really', 'truly', and 'very' to mean 'a lot' when they all literally mean 'literally' - and no longer think twice about it.
Now, if only we could have a word that means what literally is *meant* to mean. And keep it!

Captain Britain? Doctor Octopus? Will Marvel's lawyers ever read this comic?

Also, I assume the missing superhero woman is the Asian woman on the cover.

Stupid robot words! They're not letting me post!!!

Sabre said...

Formula Fox

My last comment seems to have been moderated out of exsistence. I guess it was the furry stuff. It will suffice to say though that my 'local' comic shops don't have gold digger, so my only options would be very pricy. I'll probley give it a miss.

RB said...

What a week... I didn't get a chance to watch this episode until now! Sorry about that.

Somewhat close to my home, there's a great comic book store called Pulp Fiction. Comic/Gaming store, to be more precise: you can buy all sorts of gaming stuff there and there's a room where people play Magic: The Gathering, D&D, etc. Anyway, the part of the store I really like is the guy there at the time of week I go. He's not the only one, of course, but he's the one I'm familiar with. He greets me by name and pulls out the comics I want as soon as I walk through the door. He also is polite and is willing to make recommendations based on what you usually buy, but he doesn't push you into buying something. Basically, he's a nice guy who provides better service than I think I ever could. Very different from the jerk in this comic. Oh, also the store is well-maintained. There's another comic store I've walked into that's close to my grandma's house and it was really disorganized and dirty. I don't remember what it was called, but I didn't go again.

Literally?! Ugh, every time someone misuses "literally" a disabled child's puppy dies. How can English speakers be so cruel as to carelessly kill puppies that belong to disabled children??

Le Messor said...

Brony, I take it that by "they rewrote "one two, buckle my shoe" to fit Freddy Krueger in Freddy vs. Jason." to be the 'One, Two, Freddy's coming for you' rhyme.
That's been in Nightmare movies since the first one.

Comic shops:
The worst I've had to deal with is Comics Kingdom in Sydney. It's like shopping at Black Books.
Or was; by reputation, it's improved. Last time I was there it was okay, but I've gotta admit I haven't been there since... well, tbh, Tuesday. And some of the individuals who used to be nasty are nice now.

Good ones include: Forbidden Planet, London. Great range, okay service.
Halley's Comics, Fort Collins; nice staff, good range of back issues. Free feline interaction.
Drawn To Comics and All About Books and Comics, both in Phoenix. Great ranges (All About seems to have everything!) and friendly, knowledgable staff.

My favourites, though, are Impact Comics - though I don't know how they treat newbs (I've heard it's not good) and Dee's Book and Comic Shop, both in Canberra.
Dee's is especially great, a very homey atmosphere.

Formula Fox said...

@Sabre:

Getting all the back issues is still gonna cost more than it'll take to order that DVD and have it shipped overseas.

Anonymous said...

Even in his dreams, Mr. T remains awesome http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lykoenaCNv1qewacoo1_400.gif

Anonymous said...

Say Linkara, are you helping Doug write the Forth year anniversary since I've heard that the main villain is Mechakara? I'd hate for him to get the character wrong, especially if your right there to point stuff out.

Also, is Pollo and Liz going to be in the crossover.

Anonymous said...

Hey Linkara, check out this Pokemon inspired rock opera. It's hilarious.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOLlbu4M8yI

See if you can find Paw in the back.

Anonymous said...

Can Steve the diplomat come back again? He could be useful for comics with unexplored repercussions, like burning down the rainforest to save it, Amazons attacking without negotiations, etc.

Also, Bear!

frice2000 said...

As good as the review was...sorry Linkara you got totally overshadowed by your 'previously on' comic. Damn I want resolution of that storyline more then any of the other little joke bits of that I've seen on your show!

Anonymous said...

I know I'm late, but here's my addition to the "choose a more appropriate song" pile

I must have dreamed a thousand dreams
Been haunted by a million screams
But I can hear their marching feet
They's moving into the streets.

Now did you read the news today?
They say the dangers gone away
But I can see the fires still alight
They'r burning into the night.

FormulaFox said...

Y'know, Linkara, given some of the crap you received over the Gold Digger comment in the video, maybe you should do a crossover with The Last Angry Geek at the next anniversary. There's got to be some good jokes to be made out of this crap.

13th Doctor said...

I got to say I was never into Mr. T. I can't take the guy seriously because of those SNL cartoons that imply he is not very bright; "STAY IN DRUGS AND DON'T DO SCHOOL." Also, who thought it was a good idea to let him sing??!!!

This review was good though and I like how you brought up the Angel episode "Soulless" into it. I don't think Mr. T does dark and gritty very well.

Anonymous said...

JE DOMMAGE LE FOU!