I am an aficionado of The Brothers Grinn work on their 'Supermegatopia' web/comic site, and was lead from there to your presentation of their three-page DC submission for a revival of Scott Shaw's 'Captain Carrot & his Amazing Zoo Crew' comic.
I see that the Brothers are in top form, as usual, with their three pages, and I found myself wanting more (which isn't so unusual, since I simply cannot get enough of their work )
To explain, I am a dyed-in-the-wool Furryphile (A lover of all things Anthropomorphic), and have been steeped in the world of 'furry' comics and animation, since a small child (Disney's 'Robin Hood' anyone?).
I became interested in Scot Shaw's CC&AZC when it first arrived in comic stores, and actually managed to obtain the first three issues. However, I quickly lost interest, because at the time, I had a more 'refined' taste in Anthopormorphics, and generally required a more 'realistic' edge to my fare (Albedo? Erma Felna EDF?), which CC&AZC wasn't providing, being much too 'cartoony' for my taste
I, too, also gave up on the both the 'Mainstream' comic producers, since neither DC or Marvel were providing fare that interested me in the slightest (I mean, Come on! "Bouncing Ball Boy" from JLA!?! You expect me to actually swallow that tripe! And Marvel had me going for a while with Dr. Strange, until they loused up that perfectly good character, and the fact that they continued to go over the same old hash, over and over again, ad nauseam )
However, if DC actually
manages to break precedent (like that will happen in a million
years), and provide these talented individuals a chance to present their
work to a wider audience (i.e. printed comics), then I will be one of
the first, clamoring in line for a copy.
P.S. -> Just as a side note, I do have some reservation of TBG
actually negotiating with DC over a Limited, or not-so-Limited series
of their version of CC&AZC
Since DC and Marvel are famous
for 'retaining' all and exclusive rights to other people's creations,
then I fear any new characters that TBG introduce, or the very
individualistic art style itself will fall under DC's malevolent
legal claw, which would be a travesty, and continues to remain a travesty
of copyright and creator's privilege/ownership
It is my personal
opinion and recommendation that the Brothers Grinn enter the DC negotiation
arena wearing the legalistic equivalent of flac/riot gear and pungy
sticks, in preservation of their very souls
Have I stressed the point
Or do you think it needs more?
Think I am joking?
kick ass! Why these guys haven't been hired already, to do two or three
books at least, is beyond me
someone get these people on books, _now_!
THIS IS AMAZING!!!! This is so much like my dreams, it's scary.
Anyway, hooray for the Bros. Grimm and may they get the popularity they
deserve. Punchline: I'd buy this.
I, as a loyal fan
of both the Brothers Grinn, and CCAHAZC, (whom I MISS terribly!), I
must say that this comic warrants a 10 on a scale of one - to - three,
and If DC isn't gonna wise up and bring back CCAHAZC, ('specially since
the whole HYPERTIME thing
) then they should just GIVE the characters
to TBG and let us poor deprived fans rejoice!!
The Brothers Grinn
did fantastic!!! I would indeed buy this one!
I think Captain Carrot
& the Zoo Crew is great! These guys should
Not only would I burn
Brother Power the Geek, but Superman as well. The Brothers Grinn RULE,
I loved the Brothers
Grinn Zoo Crew springboard. It's nice to see the
That was hilarious!
Beautiful art, and great dialogue. Just one minor thing: It's a kid's comic. Don't say "damn". Also, I know it was really cold in that ice and all, but we didn't have to know how it affected that patriotically garbed heroine, if you know what I mean. :)
But only take out the rather explicit stuff, the "he's been looking rather lonely lately" could be taken in a very sexual context, then again, it could be perfectly innocent. That's why it was so funny.
Yeah I'd buy this. Submit
Hee-Hee! This is pretty good. hey, if James Robinsom could get away with the "Justice Critters" panel in JSA #4, why not the return of the Zoo Crew?
Geoff Johns on the DC Message boards expressed interest in doing a Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E./Zoo Crew meeting. And hey, the JLA and Supes are set to meet the Looney Tunes when that special goes back on schedule!
I repeat, why not? The
success of Cartoon Network's "Power-Puff Girls" cartoon and
comic issue shows that humorous Super-Heroes can be a hit if done right.
I say more power to his proposal, and hope it gets sent in.
Well, it's about time. The Brothers Grinn should ask DC to bring this back. They should send some of their work on it in to show what this can achieve. Too bad this can't be finished, but them's the breaks, I guess.
My only complaint is
a personal one. It's that I wish that they should've had Fastback (my
fave character) in action, but guess the BG and I have differing tastes
on fave characters, so that's just my thought. Great job, BG!
Martin Flodkvist <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Way cool idea and
character. Would love to see it done and would buy at least
two copies. Hope DC is listening and sensitive to a pretty
neat concept and, at least from what I can tell from this precis, a
"Fanzing: I have some questions about that, if you don't mind stopping your mini-bio here. See, your need to use Gingold daily makes you the only metagene superhero whose powers are temporary. Rex Tyler, the late Hourman, didn't have a metagene; his miraclo pills would work for anybody. But you have the metagene. Can you explain that?"
This is inaccurate. Rex did have the metagene (in fact, his son Rick
inherited it). In fact, during one of the later JSA series, he was able
to trigger it without the Miraclo simply by chanting :Man of
Excuse me for asking this silly question, but didn't WB air something very similar in the Batman Beyond episode " Heroes" ?
Just wanted to know.
Seems to me that's it's
just another makeover of the Fantastic Four.
Michael replies: I'm not sure which item you're saying looks like the "Heroes" episode. I don't think my E-Man interview resembles it.
The "Heroes" episode was, quite obviously, a parody of the Fantastic Four. It was far more of an homage than a rip-off.
Dear FANZING Staff
Just read Issue 20-My Hero. As always great stuff. Especially enjoyed the interview with Elongated Man. He's always been one of my favorites and the tantalizing hints of future adventures makes it clear how DC needs to publish an Elongated Man series.
I've noticed that the number of fiction stories and new comic reviews has increased while articles and columns like Vanishing Point seem to have disappeared. I realize how difficult and time consuming it must be to do the research necessary for such columns but I greatly enjoyed them and hope to see some more in-depth articles in the future. I've always found the strength of FANZING to be its rich appreciation of past stories and the careful dedication to research (a major reason why I find myself annoyed with the lack of any reasoned argument in the Gillin' with the Homeboys feature).
As for the subject of politics, as a Canadian currently living in Japan I look upon American politics with bemusement and think of the Simpsons Halloween episode where both Clinton and Dole turned out to be aliens but as they said; What are you going to do about it? It's a two-party system; you have to vote for one of us.
Located in Japan and
far from any back-issue bins FANZING has provided me monthly
entertainment and information about comics past and present.
Yours has been at the
top of my list ever since I found it
. keep up the good work and
great stories. I have written some fan fiction myself, mostly about
the adventures of Sinbad. But I hope to spread my "wings"
soon. Until then I am glad to have you guys around
. keep up the
Wow! What else can I say about The Crusaders? It has everything. Action, adventure, romance. A healthy respect for the characters and consideration for continuity.
The characterization was spot-on and Linda didn't go the usual route of drastically altering a character.
Did you catch John Ostrander's take on Fire over in Martian Manhunter? Ouch!
I love the way it addresses the cold nature of the current JLA and how they never involve themselves in day to day activities as a team.
I would love to see The Crusaders head over to Gotham.
Personally I think that having Superman join took something away from JLA. Ever since Dan Jurgans put him in the League things fell apart. He never even carried a signal device and totally disrespected the members. Given how Jurgans turned Booster and Fire into bimbos, Ice into a little girl, Guy into an unrepentant psycho and Beetle into dark and brooding weirdo who crawled around like an insect all the time Well.
Linda's take was respectful
and intelligent and I hope that DC takes her on as a writer should they
ever decide to start it as a regular title (subtle hint guys). Here's
hoping we see more of Guy and co.
Specialty shops, lack of ads, hurt the industry
No one except perhaps the close friend or significant other of an established fan is going to be introduced to comics via a comics shop. The fact that you're -there- means you've already been sold on the whole "funny books with word balloons" thing.
But where else can you go? Sure, Barnes and Noble has some TPBs. The grocery store or newsstand -might- have some of the mainstream titles; they might not. I don't know about other areas of the country, but I live in New Orleans, and I've lived in New Hampshire and Massachusetts for long periods and there don't seem to be comics at the grocery stores anymore, which is where I used to get them on those days when I could convince my mother to spring for an issue of Batman or Marvel Team-Up (usually with the bargain struck that I wouldn't similarly beg for Boo Berry or Devil Dogs).
And like I said, even when you can find the latest Batman or Flash at the newsstand, grocery store, or pharmacy, the titles you're going to find represent the common denominator of the industry - but miss the subtleties. I was at Rite Aid recently, my local pharmacy, and glanced through the two-months-out-of-date selection to see what they had: Batman. Nightwing. Superman. Green Lantern. X-Men. Spider-Man. Buffy. Pretty traditional fare, with the latter being the exception that proves the rule. Not a single Vertigo title. No Astro City, no Top Cow or Image.
Sometimes I think half the readers of Sandman, if not more, are people who always thought they hated comics until their geeky friend got them to read "this cool comic about a guy auctioning off Hell" (it seems like everyone I know who read Sandman started with Seasons of Mist). These are not the people who will be swayed by an impulse purchase of Nightwing. But they are people who might be attracted to an Elseworlds, or Kingdom Come, or the Invisibles.
And, yes, advertise
outside of the industry - by all means. Advertise on television! Man,
who wouldn't want to revive the Cola wars of the 80s with DC and Marvel?
:) Advertise the Invisibles during Roswell; those WB demo kids
have a lot of spending money. Split a thirty-second spot between the
Spectre and JLA during X-Files; hype Young Justice
during the Simpsons.
Yes, the Batman movies were terrible! Warner Brothers is, are fools!
Over fifty, I grew up loving comics, but my 12-year old outgrew them five years ago. One of the problems is that the animation of the Big Names is infinitely better that most books and free! Who wants to spend $3 for a Batman book when you can watch better for free? Even worse, the book looks more and more like the cartoon rather than the other way around.
Superman never got any better than the 40s cartoons. Superman 1 was good, 2 was better, 3 was awful and the only reason 4 was made was to prove they couldn't possibly do worse then 3 and they did anyway!
I can't watch Lois and Clark.
The best Superman movie never made: Metropolis gets shrunken by Braniac and Superman gets out to discover a Krypton city aboard the spacecraft and falls for a Kryptonian woman whom he must leave behind. (And tiny) That would have been worth seeing.
A longtime comic character
you didn't mention is making a comeback
BLACKHAWK is coming to the
net in an unauthorized story that's got to be better that any Blackhawk
written in nearly forty years.
Collectors and fans request help from readers
I have a small series of 4 comic books from 1990 titled "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane," based on a movie starring Andrew Dice Clay. They were published by DC Comics, and I was told they are rare. When I first acquired them a few years back, none of the dealers could find them in their books.
Could you tell me where
to go for information about their possible value?
Going through my father's attic this weekend, I came across one of those shoeboxes that collectors only dream of finding. Among the thirty or so comic books from 1945-1950 it contained Batman #32, 33, 38, 42, 47, 48, 49 and 50 as well as Detective Comics #95,124-127, 138-140, 150, 151, and 161. It also had All Flash #29, Flash Comics #82 and 86 and World's Finest Comics #29, 35 and 50. Did I make the right move in putting them all in a safe deposit box?
Any idea what they are
worth? Can they or should they be auctioned off? I would greatly appreciate
Hi, I'm a huge aqua man fan but i've looked and i cant find any pictures
of the "old" Aquaman if you have any could you send me them