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WHY AVATAR??

Disclaimer: Never watch the live action film. It was terrible. I watched it opening day. Which just happened to be the first time I left my house after my FOURTH open heart surgery!!!! Don’t watch this movie. I gave it two chances. It is as bad as the cartoon was good. So, saying it was a let down, is like saying the Beatles were famous. TOTAL UNDERSTATEMENT!

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Why Avatar? Why does this need so much explaining, not the movie about blue people,

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not the movie about a train wreck, oh wait, it was a train wreck, yeah thanks again M Night. I mean ATLA, Legend of Aang, I mean the most beautiful, adventurous adventure ever. K now, don’t get me started on Legend of Korra haters, I’ll post some other time about you strange folk.

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Let’s break this down for age groups.

Remember racing home to watch Star Trek TOS.

Remember shaking when you had that Star Wars ticket in your hand.

Remember when Batman got a new suit and him and the Joker went head to head.

Remember plugging in your N64 with Legend of Zelda

That was the level of excitement every time we- Avatards or Team Avatar members or Aangsters or whatever you wanna call us- felt every time Nickelodeon put a new 22 minutes of bliss out.

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Now granted, I wasn’t there for the 60s, 70s, 80s, I was there for the nineties and yes I did play Legend of Zelda start to finish about a million times. But I do know, that when I saw this show, I was in complete heaven, full of bliss, you could even say I was in my….. element. A show meant for seven year olds is so beautiful, deep and moving, it could, much like Aangs friendships with lifetimes, transcend any age group.

That was terrible

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Iroh taught me never to give up on someone you believe in

Toph taught me that to stand your ground, sometimes you need to be stubborn and that’s okay.

Katara taught me that having hope, can keep you moving forward

Sokka taught me, if you have a joke say it, there is no bad time to be funny

Zuko taught me it’s more important to be true to yourself than live up to the expectations of your family

And Aang taught me that being kind and compassionate to everyone will benefit your own life greatly

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What if I told you this was the greatest show ever?

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Would you take the blue pill, or red? Or green or yellow. Nations, am I right?

But why is this show so great? Awesome characters?  With incredible development and deep back stories. Torn apart by war, left clinging on to the hope of tomorrow. Yeah, we’ve never seen that in nerd life.

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Well here are a few other reasons.

The music, never have I seen slash heard such epic and beautiful music be composed for a weekly cartoon. With new scores all the time. The music pulls you that much closer to the edge of your seat, or jerks those tears a little bit more. Every step of the way has new exciting styles of music based on the characters, setting or mood. If you don’t ever watch the show, I would still check out the tracks.

The Story. Wow, this show feels more like a movie. Because right from the first episode there is a set storyline. We know Aang has to learn to master each element. He can already airbend. So through the three seasons he learns the other three. Book One: Water. Book Two: Earth. Book Three: Fire. The storyline is tight, and doesn’t suffer from mission drift. It is great. Plus by the end you are so invested in the story it’s like you’re really there.

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The action. Every episode is packed like a nerf gun. With great use of angles and slow motion. Despite being a cartoon this show holds up a crazy level of cinematography against the big boys.

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Stand alones. Anytime there is a stand alone episode, which isn’t often, especially nearing the end of the show, they are charming and sweet. But always end up taking a twist and tying into the bigger story.

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The laides. This show is full of strong female characters. Evil or good. The girls keep up or outdo the guys in fights, witty remarks, learning skill and tact. And for a show that is geared for a young audience what better to show your daughter? Not everyone needs to be a princess. And Avatar can show you, girls or boys. Being strong and fighting for what is right isn’t all that hard if you have some support and a cool group of friends.

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Everybody has a favourite character, everybody connects with the stories, and everybody who has watched this show has fallen in love.

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Get in your element, jump into the state, bend your mind around it. And go on another adventure.

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Until next time, live long and prosper, may the force be with you, ect ect.

J.W. Coughlan

Comic Review: Goof #1 #2 and #3

Comic Review: OMP- Goof #1 #2 and #3

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Old Man Productions Present

Goof: Issues One, Two and Three

Writer: Guy Hasson

Artists: Guillermo Ramirez and Borja Pindado

Reviewed By: J.W. Coughlan

Hey Poppers,

J.W Coughlan here again with yet another post. This week my good buddy John asked me to write a review on some issues of the comic, Goof. What can I say gang? This comic made me smile. Really smile. The issues I had the pleasure of reading made me laugh, and appreciate the work that went into them. What’s it about? Well it’s all there in the title isn’t it? Goof.

Alright I’ll quit being vague, strange and excited to be writing for The Pop Culture Cafe and get down to brass tacks here. Okay, as I have in past blog posts, I am going to throw my nerdery your way in order to try and construct a thought a human life form may be able to interpret as information. What? Just go with it! I’m confused too. Seriously. Imagine, the movie Hancock was redone, but 1994 Jim Carrey was cast instead of Will Smith. And instead of a movie, it was a comic. And they got  Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim) create it. There it is. That is Goof.

This comic is light-hearted, sweet and entertaining. You know when Doctor Who is a bit cheese? Or Star Trek serves you a little corn. That’s how I feel reading Goof. It’s fun, and nice.

It’s about a regular Joe. And not a regular Joe from a sitcom who’s constantly getting laid, or does fun stuff all the time despite his crappy job. No, I mean an actual average Joe. Your buddy from the comic book store, who’s always spilling mustard on his shirt. Yeah, you know the one. Anyway, it’s about a real down to earth average guy who gets blessed with superpowers. Now, unlike other comics, our one and only Captain Gorgeous, that’s the name he’s forced to go by, he doesn’t train like all our other favourite heroes did. He just kinda wings it. So, despite strength, laser vision, invisibility, flight and being indestructible our purple and yellow hero is constantly getting hit by buses, falling flat on his face and even ending up naked in front of several people.

I read three issues and each left me wanting to read the next. Some of the humour was obvious, yet it was endearing and even though it was a comedy, I was really rooting for the main character.

THE ART!!! Now, I’m no Andy Warhol, But oh man. Awesome! Like Freakazoid, Animaniacs Pinky and The Brain great. The frames, actually made sounds in my brain without classic BAM SMACK POW frames, He threw an alien I heard the woosh, he fell on concrete I heard the crunch did Captain Gorgeous shoot lasers from his eyes? Cause I heard that too. Yes, the comic has a voice over/ Cap Gor thoughts throughout. Sometimes they’re written on scrap pieces of paper which was rad, sometimes they’re more basic. Other things about the art I really loved was the use of shadows, reflections or… let’s call them, anime surprise lines. Does that make sense? Now I am a 90s baby, so I was raised on WB mornings, with a healthy dose of Disney Afternoon, so I really have a soft spot for lanky, over the top, cartoony cartoon style. If you catch my drift. I wanna talk more about the art, but far be it from a Ravenclaw like myself to drag on after a point has been made. Just trust me, the art is like if awesome-sauce and specradular had a baby and got Mario to raise it. If that made things more unclear, I was trying to say the art was FANTASTIC.

Alright, so in conclusion I guess I would say, if you love fun, off-beat, funny entertainment. Like a stand up comedian you don’t shield the kids from I would suggest you READ THIS COMIC. But that being said although this is a comedy, I could see the cheese and corn I touched on earlier turning into a delicious meal that brings you to tears.

I am going to use my powers granted by the King of The Pop Culture Cafe and rate these issues at 4 pops out of 5.

 

Remember kids comics are to be enjoyed, not destroyed.

 

J.W. Coughlan

Comic Review: GFT- Wonderland #24

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GFT: Wonderland Issue 24

Writer: Eric M Esquivel

Artwork: Jacob Bear

Colours: Leonardo Paciarotti

Letters: Jim Campbell

Editor: Pat Shand

Reviewed By: J.W. Coughlan

 

Hey Poppers,

I have made my triumphant return! Now, this time I will not be sputtering like a dying motorboat about this nerdlife I have happily fallen into. Today I am reviewing a comic.

We are now living in an age of high quality television programs that last an hour, or longer, and giant graphic novels that will either leave you wondering or tie everything up in a neat bow…ties are cool, sorry couldn’t resist. Yet, week to week or month to month comics, do not have 200 pages to take you on a journey. We have to do this thing, that in 2014 only nerds do, we have to wait. (Sherlock, Star Wars, Batman v Superman, Doctor Who, I’m going to stop or the list of what we are waiting on or it will be my entire post.) Sure, you’ve got Google in your hand 24/7, ensuring you never have to wonder anything about anything, but 75 years in and we still can’t buy the calendar to mark the day we’ll finally see the caped crusader and the man in blue hit the big screen.

Taking that into account, this comic was alright. Knowing there will be many more issues to come, I  didn’t go into reading with huge expectations.

The comic, was….. cool. A fantastical world full of woman warriors trying to live day to day. Pros for me would be as follows. The story moved along smoothly, there was dark humour aspects, and yes, it ends on a cliffhanger. Yet, I wasn’t amazed by it. Not trying to put anything down here, or be Mr Lamesauce, but as we enter an age of strong female characters, it feels like a bit of a step back to have every character with a huge chest breaking out of her already tiny clothes. I mean yes, that looks great and all, but don’t we want to show our daughters they can be strong and independent without objectifying themselves? And I’m not saying every time you show skin you are objectifying yourself, it’s just, if I was out on an adventure, not knowing when or what will attack me, I’d want a layer or two to protect myself.

The art was good, I liked the action sequences and the different use of frames. The lettering was cool too, experimenting with different shapes and shades of word bubbles. The only thing I would have liked to see more of in the art would be bigger facial expressions. Really get the angry or sad wrinkles going, you know the ones I mean. Wolverine, bub, your healing hides you age, but when Marvel draws a good close up of you losing your shit, everything age line you’ve avoided comes out.

I like the idea behind the entire comic, a beautiful alternative reality, that has grown evil, now preying on the sanity of humans. Not to mention the beautiful underdog who has escaped and is now on the run.

I think this comic has a lot of potential, and could move along, really causing you to fangirl/ fanboy it up, but right now, it’s a bit shallow. And you know what, that’s okay, because it’s better to have something to work toward then to just have something fizzle.

 

Am I ready to run out and grab the next issue, probably not, would I read it, say, at the library, yes.

 

I’m giving this comic 3 pops out of 5.

 

Not bad, but I want it to grab the reader a bit more.

 

Comics are to enjoyed, not destroyed.

 

J.W. Coughlan

Welcome, Welcome

Hello Zuko here….. Poppers,

So, here it is. The day has come. I am making a blog post. I may or may not ramble, lose my train of thought, or even fall asleep on my keyboard.

So here’s the dealio. My good buddy John, asked my humble self to write some posts and I’m super excited to be on. A little insight on myself would go something like, I am a nerd. I run in nerd circles. I am known for starting nerd fights in the lunch room at work. IE: Batman could beat Superman in a fight. They are called zombies in TWD comic. And it’s Aragorn not Aragon.

I wrote a decent novella and some people bought it. But if I needed to some it up I would say read my Twitter. My bio is as follows:

Khansulting Rebel Scum from Team Avatar living off Lembas Bread from The Seam if JLA or SHEILD find out I’m Divergent they’ll kick me out of Ravenclaw.

Oh man, you can really talk on these gosh darn blog things. I am not limited to 140 characters here. Nice.

K, I’m gonna review something. Oh, the meme font is IMPACT. It popped into my head I had to get it out, that’s what she said?

That’s what she said?

Anyway, my twitter is @MindWeird so yeeeah.

K, a review what are we thinking here, X Men DOFP, are people calling it DOFP yet?. Maybe we should talk Game of Thrones. No. Arrow. Oh man, let’s talk some Arrow.

First off, as an intellectual entertainment connoisseur I can tell you that Arrow, is friggin’ sweet. Okay, what do we as nerds look for in a show. Background! Comic? Book Series? Cartoon? Whatever it is, for a show or a movie, we, as cultured and sophisticated beings, need something with a cult following, history and depth. Arrow is obviously based on the DC comic, Green Arrow. A kick ass, rich ass, bad ass archer named Oliver.

Yes please. I would consider this show the closest thing to a “Chris Nolan level of quality” show. It is similar to TDK trilogy in the dark aspects. Stephen Amell, Caity Lotz and the rest of the gang bring a whole new level of awesome to television. This show is packed full of action, including, great fight scenes, car chases, explosions, gunfire and of course plenty of arrows. Action is great and a must for exciting television, but it has so much more than that. The acting is second to none. The characters lead double lives, scream, cry, wear pain on their faces, and try to get a laugh in. The actors are able to portray this with ease. The story line is great too. One episode and you’ll be hooked. It’s full of twists, evil in good, good in evil, flashbacks and tons of sex. Now throw that into a sundae bowl, top it with crazy costuming and epic music scores and that ladies and gentlemen is your Wednesday night dessert.

A Sundae on a Wednesday? SURE!

Now, even if you aren’t a huge Green Arrow fan, that’s okay. The show has tons of other DC characters along the way. Sometimes, you need to rewind, because an easter egg can go by in a Flash. (see what I did there?) If you still need reason to watch, yes, everyone in this show freakin’ gorgeous.

If you don’t watch the show, but are interested, I would burn through it this summer. It’s the perfect time. We’re sitting in the waiting room for GoT, Doctor Who and Sherlock (grumble grumble Moffat).

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But more than that, Mr Allen’s spin off from his two episode deal will be hitting screens at 702 miles an hour soon, and I can guarantee there will be crossover episodes. Plus, you never know when one…. or both, of the big guys may drop into the show. And you wouldn’t wanna miss the man in blue, or the caped crusader.

My only concern with starting this amazing show would be, you and your friends, fanboys and fangirls alike, will get in fights. But what else is new? The fight will most likely last months, even years. And it will be about one thing, who is the hottest. Sara, Laurel, Felicity? It’s Sara btw, just to save you some time.

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Side note, if Batman’s Dad made Bruce’s middle name his own name. Batman’s initials would be B.T.W. And fanboys, you will catch your fangirl youtubing Ollie’s workout scenes. And you know what? That’s okay. If any TFIOS fans read this blog, it’s okay you burst into tears every time you read the word okay, okay?

In all seriousness, why so serious, because I’m talkin’ DC comics to screen here. Watch the show, you won’t regret it. This is just a small glimpse at what is Arrow. The show, like most things in nerd culture, is an adventure. And this adventure is just getting going, I mean if Bilbo could catch up to the dwarves for an adventure you can catch up to us Arrowheads, I think that’s what we are??

Well thanks for reading. Until next time_________________ <——– you can make up a sweet sign off for me *wink*

J.W. Coughlan

The Saviors

the-saviors-1The Saviors No. 1

Created by James Robinson & J. Bone

Written by James Robinson

Art by J. Bone

James Robinson(Batman:Legends of the Dark Knight, Detective Comics,Starman) and J. Bone(Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Super Friends) have come together to make a very interesting book. The setting for is a small town called Passburg somewhere is the U.S. Our hero, Tomas works in what is the only gas station in town. Spending his days pumping gas and getting high and his nights at the local watering hole. The story is set in modern America but the book has the feel and look of a 1950’s space monster flick shown at the local Drive Inn. Tomas is just living life until by accident or from being high, see’s that the local sheriff and General of the nearby Air Force base and not what they appear to be.

Not sure what he saw Tomas heads to his best friends junk yard to tell him of what he saw. Tomas is told by Frank, Tomas best friend that maybe he needs to lay off the booze and pot for a while. Tomas take Frank’s advice and decides to relax. The sheriff shows up just as Tomas decides to leave and that is when all the action starts.

James Robinson does a great job of giving this book a feel of a B monster movie. Using the town stoner that no one would believe and turning him into the hero of the piece. The writing is easy to read and gives you what you need to know without all the tech talk that would come with other books. In one quick moment town stoner has his reason to fight against the alien invasion.

J. Bone art style fits in perfectly with the story and is the main reason for that feel of a 50’s monster movie. Blocky at times and  yet awesome also J. Bone lack of detail in other areas also stands. Stands out in a way that bring you in deeper into the story.  The book being done in black and white also helps in the tone and style.

I have to say I really enjoyed this book and plan on picking up more of the series.

So I do recommend getting this book.

I give it 4 pops out of 5

Remember comics are to be enjoyed. Not destroyed.

LLAP/POBS