Recommended #25

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Movies/Film

Aquaman

“The Collector” from Victor and Valentino (Cartoon Network)

“Sad Teen Hotline; Jannanigans” from Star vs. the Forces of Evil (Disney XD)

Blog Posts

“WINTER | Finland” by Edge of Humanity Magazine

“Greece & Italy 2018 (#1)” by RTW Roxy

“Film Review – Despite Everything (2019)” by Brian Connor (MovieBabble)

Books/Stories

“I, Introvert” from I by JEHallows

“[PROLOGUE]” from Worlds Within the Pages | NaNoWriMo ’18 by klarasofe

“(1-1) The hard things Asked” from Bitter Cold Truth: A Tale of the Everburning City by Arveliot

Podcasts/News

Bernard Chang on his first job in Comics – Dreamer Comics Podcast by Dreamer Comics Highlights

Synagogue shooting: What can be done to stop the attacks? by Washington Week (audio) | PBS

Episode 7: Legend of Zelda – Please, Mr. Postman by Hidden Pixels Podcast

Comics

Captain America (2018-) #1

Shazam! (2018-) #1

Cyclops Reunion | Champions #5 (War Of Realms Tie In) by Caped-Joel

Everything Else

Starlord Pistols Only Challenge | Fortnite by Blitzwinger

Game Theory: Why Ridley is Smash’s Deadliest Fighter! (Super Smash Bros Ultimate) by The Game Theorists

Here’s The Most Annoying App Ever (It’s Hilarious) – Up At Noon by IGN


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Poké-man Theory | Ponder This

It seems like everyone and their Growlithe has a theory as to why Ash doesn’t age. I’ve heard everything from “Ash is in a coma” to “Team Rocket is in purgatory” to “Ash’s age is equal to his level.” So with the release of Detective Pickachu, I’m going to wander through the tall grass and catch myself a theory.

Wild Theory Appears

The reason Ash doesn’t age is similar to the theory that in the Pokèmon universe age is the same a level. The theory states that Ash is not 10 years old–in the way we think of age; he is level 10. So going from this theory (plus the one saying that humans are Pokèmon), the reason why Ash doesn’t age is because he hasn’t leveled up enough to evolve. We’ve seen how Pokèmon will evolve from babies to children to adults–with some having a middle/teenage evolution.

For example, Charmander could be the childhood version of Charizard with Charmeleon as the teenage version. (I guess some Pokèmon are lucky enough to not have to go through those awkward teenage years.)

So Ash looks ten because he’s in his childhood evolution. He could really be 18 in our years but only look ten. Pikachu has been with him for years and he (or is Pikachu a she) hasn’t “aged” either.

This theory makes sense because…let’s face it, Ash isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. Maybe one day he’ll level up enough to evolve. I could just see that moment.

ASH has reached level 13. What’s this?! ASH is EVOLVING? *Pokèmon evolution music plays*

ASH has EVOLVED into TEENAGE ASH!

ASH has learned ANGST!

Wouldn’t that be cool if humans were like Pokèmon? If someone bullies us at school we could just go into a Pokèmon battle.

Enemy GARY uses PEER PRESSURE! It’s SUPER EFFECTIVE!

ASH uses YO MAMA JOKE!

Enemy GARY has fainted.

I could just see the equivalent of the evolution stones (like the moon stone or grass stone).

MOM uses COLLEGE DEGREE on ASH! ASH EVOVES into MIDDLE-AGE ASH!

Now, you’re probably thinking, “But then we’d all go around saying only our names,” but we’ve seen that Pokèmon understand each other. So…maybe we aren’t really speaking English or Spanish. Maybe to an outside species, like a dog or cat, we are just standing around saying our names in various ways. Maybe if aliens visited we’d just be standing around going, “Bob. Bob. Bobby. Rob.” “Sam. Sam-mantha. Sam Andrews.” (or just “Human. Hu. Human.”) To us dogs just go “bark” with different variations.

Kind of blows your mind, doesn’t it.

Hmm…maybe all we need to do to use THUNDERBOLT is to shout out our name. “P-eee-ttt-er Wil-BROOK!!!” Then again, who knows what Pikachu is shouting when he says, “Pi-ka-CHUUU!!” It could be “Thunderbolt!” or “I like chili dogs!”

What four Pokèmon powers/moves would you like? (Because they can remember four moves.)

Now I’m off to ponder why Ash talks about Pikachu being his best friend yet he hasn’t given him a nickname. Hmm, maybe Pikachu doesn’t want one. What would Pikachu’s name be? Ryan? Deadpool? (I smell a Detective Pickachu meme brewing.)


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Recommended #24

The following are my opinion and do not reflect the opinion of any organization or person.

Movies/Film

“Shadow of Evil” from Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Justice League vs The Fatal Five

Second Act

Blog Posts

Op Shopping and Café Hopping in Labrador | Four Nomadics by Michelle

I changed to all cruelty-free products. by What’s In My Wonderland?

Zuru Egg Hunt: Smashers Series 3 by Hemingway Sisters

Books/Stories

Two Terrifying Tales from MythologyLovesHorror! by Madame Raven

“Tehran’s Old Ghosts” from Tehran’s Old Ghosts by EdCowling

Six Figure Author: Mentors by Mark Brandon Powell

Podcasts/News

BPFS006: Don’t Kill For Me, Absalom’s Fate by The Best Page Forward Show

#16: When Sales Tank by Relentless Authors Advertise

Ryan Parrott on Scripting for Comics by Dreamer Comics Highlights

Comics

Ghost Of Loki Past | Thor #12 (War Of Realms Tie In) by Caped-Joel

Leviathan Rising Part 4 | Action Comics #1010 Review by Fortress of Solitude

The Frame Up | Heroes In Crisis #8 by Caped-Joel

Everything Else

How Captain Marvel Should Have Ended by How It Should Have Ended

Public Speaking by TimTom

What To Do With Zero Dollars by It’s Alex Clark


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Avengers: Endgame | Review (Spoilers)

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Over the weekend I saw Avengers: Endgame. I had a hard time figuring out what I thought about it. There was discontent between my writer brain and my fanboy brain.

As a movie, Endgame was pretty good. The action scenes were well done. There was a nice balance between humor and emotional scenes.

I did have a problem with how Old Man Cap was able to arrive in present day Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to the movie, if you remove (or add) something to the timeline, a new parallel timeline is created. If Captain America stayed in the past, it should have created an alternate present and he’d just stayed in that timeline. Some might say that he used the “time GPS” to return but then he should have appeared on the platform.

It also disturbed me that all the returned people were now five years behind everyone else. Ant-Man ended up missing five years of his daughter’s life.

img_2674Then there was the ending. As a writer, the ending was OK. I knew from how Marvel set up the world’s rules and the characters that someone had to die. But, as a fan, I wanted Iron Man to live and just retire with Pepper and his daughter. I know. This ending is more realistic. The hero had to sacrifice to return everyone. Etc.

Also, I felt like it ended with more questions than answers. For example, what about Loki stealing the tesseract. Sure, the tesseract from 1970 was return thus resetting the timeline but Loki still stole it after the New York invasion. The Avengers never returned that tesseract. And if Old Man Steve managed to rejoin the MCU timeline, does that mean tesseract Loki will eventually catch up too? Thor joined the Guardians of the Galaxy–does that mean Loki will show up as the villain in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3?

The reason I became interested in superheroes is because they offer hope. Life has its problems–illness, injury, loss of a job, and so on. In the superhero world, there is the villain that causes problems. The hero does suffer and sacrifice but eventually wins. They show that no matter how bleak things get eventually it gets better.

Life is sad enough without it being thrown back at us at the movies. Sometimes you want to go to the movies to escape. You want the good guys to win and there be a happy ending.

It also felt like the crew had changed the movie to please the “trends and trolls.” When the MCU started, the movies were more lighthearted, but then people kept saying, “None of the characters die,” and “Time travel? Ugh, lame.” It seemed like things were different in Endgame–even Captain Marvel and the new Spider-Man movie seem to lean more towards how the movies were at first.

But then I realized that I was troll-feeding in my writing. I was changing the story to try to get more views or reads. I kept trying to fit the story to the wants of others instead of telling the story I wanted. I mean, you do need to compromise some–like changing something because your readers are confused, but the problem comes when you change the core of the work. If you start changing what made your work special in the first place, it starts to fall apart.

I also realized part of this discontent was a fear that the following movies would follow suit. I was worried that the rest would be all gloomy. I also realized that part of the problem was that I’m getting superhero fatigue. On my way home, I noticed that Captain Marvel was still playing at the theater. There were two superhero movies from Marvel at the theater. Take a breather now and then, Marvel.

I also suffered real fatigue. The movie was just too long. It needed to be about 30 minutes sorter…maybe 15.

Finally, I remembered that Endgame was like a series finale. It was the moment to say “good-bye” to all the characters you’ve gotten to know over the last 10 years. It was supposed to be sad. Also, Endgame was the culmination of 10 years of build-up, it needed to live up to the hype.

So, there were a few problems, like plot inconsistencies and an ending I didn’t enjoy, but as a movie…it was pretty good–I really enjoyed it up until the ending. The acting was well done as were the effects. You cheered when certain moments happened and you cried at other moments. I also enjoyed how the movie did what movies should do–make you think and make you feel. After the movie, I kept trying to figure out why I felt “out of sorts” about it.

I have to give the Avengers: Endgame a 4/5 and a 3/5. It was good from a movie perspective, but not so much from just my personal preferences–I’d much rather Tony live and retire and have the time skip to have only been a couple months to a year.

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Recommended #23

The following are my opinion and do not reflect the opinion of any organization or person.

Movies/Film

Dark Phoenix – Final Trailer (2019) Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence by IGN

Replicas

The Kid Who Would Be King

Blog Posts

“Courage is…” repost by frenchc1955

“Second episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ #season 8 #leaks online” by Michael The Blogger (The People)

“Scars #Poetry” by Carrie Ann Golden

Books/Stories

“Chapter 1-Part 1” from Ishmael by EdCowling

Da Vinci’s Turtles by GlennKoerner

“3 terrifying bedtime tales By C J Cannatelli” by Madame Raven

Podcasts/News

Discussing “The Hill to Die On” with Jake Sherman from Washington Week (audio) | PBS by Washington Week (PBS)

The Twilight Zone and What’s Making Us Happy by Pop Culture Happy Hour

“Even Greater London” by Victoriocity

Comics

Birth of The Source Wall | Justice League #22 Review by Fortress of Solitude

Massacre of New York | The War of the Realms #2 Review by Fortress of Solitude

The 70’s | Spider-Man Life Story #2 by Caped-Joel

Everything Else

Testimonial by Hadi (Gentle_Bull) by Earnest Writes

Top 10 Scary Avengers Theories by MostAmazingTop10

Hermitcraft 6: Episode 60: DON’T TELL ISKALL by Grian


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Avengers: Endgame | Rant

Today’s rant is brought to you by Avengers: Endgame (not really though–it’s just a gag)

At first, I found it ironically funny when I heard about people lining up for the latest Marvel movie days in advance or when I saw someone wearing an Avengers t-shirt.

When I was younger, I read comics, wore superhero t-shirts, and had other Marvel/DC merch. And everyone, and I mean everyone, would pick on me. I was called a geek or freak. I was told I was lower than pond scum. I was called a monster, an alien, and a few not so nice things.

Teachers and everyone would say I couldn’t read because I read comic books, sci-fi, and fantasy. Even though I would be sitting there reading War of the Worlds or Lord of the Rings, everyone would be like, “Pfft, he can’t read. He stupid.” Even though I got straight A’s and was in the top ten percentile in mathematics for the nation.

If I said my favorite show was Batman The Animated Series, I’d get all sorts of name-calling. For years, I thought I was the only person on the planet who liked the show.

So when people started talking about how awesome Marvel movies where or that Batman The Animated Series was a great show, I was like “Whaaaaat?” Then I found out about a thing called Comic-Con. I thought, “There are other weirdos like me out there?” It felt like I’d just discovered extraterrestrial intelligent life. I was close to running down the streets shouting, “I’m not an alien! I’m not an alien!”

At first, I figured everyone was liking Marvel movies because that was the latest “thing.” Just like how everyone suddenly liked wizards after Harry Potter or vampires after Twilight. But I slowly began to realize that they were “True Believers.” They were geeks!

But…why had I been so ostracized for liking fantasy back when I was younger? For years, I seriously thought that books like The Time Machine and Around the World in 80 Days were considered garbage by society–because that’s what people (including teachers) told me. I never suspected them to be classics. If so many people liked fantasy and sci-fi, how had I been a freak?

Finally, I figured it out. It wasn’t the genres; it’d been me. The bullies didn’t think I was stupid. They knew I was smart–smarter than them in most cases. I also didn’t go around bragging about being smart. Finally, it was because I did wear the novelty t-shirts–publicly. I let my geek flag fly. I wore what I liked, not what was cool or “in.” They were closet geeks while I was proud of my pocket protector (symbolically of course, I never wore a pocket protector).

That’s probably why Harry Potter, the MCU, Fortnite (and other video games) and so on are so popular–people can publicly “nerd out.” It took me years to figure out why everyone loved Harry Potter and what was so special about it; it was the “first” time it was socially acceptable to be a freak. Forget your Inner Child, people could let out their Inner Nerd!

So thank you Marvel Cinematic Universe for bringing us all together and showing us that we are all indeed…nerds.

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Bendy and the Dark Theory

After watching Treesicle talk about their theories regarding the new Bendy game–Bendy and the Dark Revival–(see Bendy and the Dark Revival: New Game BREAK DOWN (BATDR/BATIM) for more), I thought I would throw my hat into the theory ring.

OFF SCREEN: [Cars crashing] [People screaming]

MAN (OS): MY LEG!

OS: [Cat screeching]

BRAIN: They did not mean to literally throw your hat into a ring. Next time, try aiming.

Ooh.

In the video the Treesicle team, mostly Grant–since he was on camera, talked about if the new game would be a prequel or a sequel. They mentioned how the word “revival” makes it sound like a sequel but the trailer shows the ink machine being lowered into the studio…so it could be a prequel.

The video continues on until a blurry picture of a new character is seen. Grant, after some investigation, says that it looks like the character is wielding a banjo. He also states that the character looks dog-like. Finally, he says how the character Boris is a cartoon dog-person. During one scene from the Bendy and the Ink Machine game, a banjo is seen with Boris. Grant states that maybe the new character could have some connection to Boris, like being a love interest. Or, it could be an imperfect Boris clone.

My theory is that it is Boris, but not an imperfect Boris. I’m thinking it could be the original Boris. If you know anything about animation and character development, you know that a character goes through many revisions before the final publication. Even after the character is published, the animators will tweak it. Look at Micky Mouse; he has a ton of different variations. He’s been altered many times over the years to fit in with new technologies or styles.

So, the plot could be someone is “reviving” the old original versions of the characters. Also, in storytelling, the original characters are usually seen to be more powerful or deadly than the “published” versions. Oooh! Henry and Bendy could team up to defeat OG Bendy! (Probably not going to happen but it’d be cool.)

My other theory involves the ink machine being lowered into the studio and the word “revival.” Maybe someone is doing a remake/reboot. Someone has bought the rights to Bendy and is bringing the cartoon crew back. The “new” character might be an updated/remake version of Boris.

This plot could also fit into the themes from the last game (ie doing whatever it takes to be successful, even if it endangers your friends and employees). The new game could relate to people doing remakes of old shows. AH! The evil Bendy creatures are the rabid fans who say that the remake isn’t as good as the original! Hee, hee.

According to a The Game Theorists’ Bendy video, one of the creators stated that Dark Revival is not a prequel or a sequel, so…it could be a remake (or reboot). I wouldn’t put it passed the creators to have a “remake” game of a game they made. Whew, that’s a whole new level of confusion.

But who knows. At least it makes for good discussion fodder.

PS: I love how the abbreviation for Bendy and the Dark Revival is BATDR. It looks like it is Bat-Dr. It sounds more like someone Batman would go see when he’s ill than a title for an indie horror game.


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