The Surprise Robert Kirkman-tastic Comic Launch of Die!Die!Die!

You wake up one lazy day, it’s a quiet one indeed, and Robert Kirkman, Scott M. Gimple, and Chris Burnham unleashed a surprise onto comic shelves called Die!Die!Die! to shock us all. Now with Robert Kirkman co-creating the Walking Dead and Gimple being a showrunner and writer on the series, well that’s a powerhouse team right there. Then you have the powerhouse artist that is Chris Burnham on art duties, well that’s a big deal. Chris Burnham worked on freaking Batman Incorporated with Grant Morrison for goodness sake and multitudes of other projects along the way. How did this become the shock surprise comic on the shelves? It’s Robert Kirkman being cool and giving us a neat surprise. I think that’s cool, especially a new monthly comic. That’s astonishing. So I want to talk on this a bit and have a chat about how amazing this really is.

Now if you’re expecting a formal review here of Die!Die!Die! well you might be disappointed. I have thoughts on this Robert Kirkman-tastic jam though and you’ll get them along the way. I just want to talk on this unusual release a bit.

die!die!die! #1 cover Robert Kirkman

What Robert Kirkman and the gang pulled off here with this crazy stealth surprise is incredible. I know from one shop I talked to they got the books free and added on to the order. The store even had a one per customer set in stone for people buying it. I get the feeling once people learn about this I spy a second printing in the future for this comic. Heck for sheer curiosity, Die!Die!Die! is a comic that you can’t help but be wanting to at least read. Heck Nathan Fairbairn colors this book, which means it is going to be that much more wonderful to behold. Then you have Rus Wooton lettering it and Wooton is an awesome letterer. I mean this level of high quality unleashed on us as a surprise is unheard of and really cool. It’s just exciting to me.

In this day and age that you can have a comic book appear at your local comic store and on Comixology as a surprise is amazing! Though if people do it with music and so on, then why not comics yeah? Heck if anyone could pull this sort of craziness off, I guess it’s Robert Kirkman and his all powerful Sweet Zombie Money. Now many people also wondered as this was a total surprise comic launch, how good will it be? The simple version of all this is that it is really fun. The concept of assassins sent by the government to take care of who are truly evil is a wild one. It’s violent though so if you’re not into the ultra violence this may not be for you. Yet it’s a fun comic and sometimes that’s all you need.

Oh and yes as the people involved in the Sweet Zombie Money are making mega bucks off of TV, yes I can see Die!Die!Die! as a TV show too.

Kirkman and Gimple craft a crazy story though and it’s pure unfiltered comics mayhem. I mean the art team is perfection and it looks amazing with Chris Burnham, Nathan Fairbairn, and Rus Wooton rocking out everywhere on it. Like I said this really wasn’t as much a review but more I love seeing a crazy comic book surprise on the shelves. That it is this much fun is a bonus in itself. With a team like this involved I could say you’re either hyped or not that into it. For me this is something that piqued my interest so I had to give it a shot. Luckily Robert Kirkman and his crew delivered and delivered in spades. It’s pure comic energy and I love the heck out of that.

Yeah it’s worth reading, it’s worth giving a shot and the next issue is due out on August 22nd so I say get on the ground floor and enjoy. It isn’t for everyone but if Die!Die!Die! is for you, you are in for a treat. If you’re not into the ultra violence, then skip Die!Die!Die! simple as that. So yeah that’s my bit on Die!Die!Die! let me know what you thought about it and I’ll catch you later. Bye for now!

 

The Sequential Chronicles: Wesley vs. The Get Along Gang

Welcome to the second adventure into The Sequential Chronicles and yes you read the title right. This edition focuses on the Get Along Gang. I found an issue of it recently at a local convention and figured it would be perfect for this. Here’s fair warning, the story itself is fairly harmless. I mean it’s the Get Along Gang. For a lot of my younger readers though you may find it fascinating to learn a little more about this property. This was a show that aired all the time when I was a kid between syndication and cable stations. Nowadays no one airs this along with a lot of shows of the period. Enough of the intro and on with the adventure into the Get Along Gang #1 from Star/Marvel Comics. Where cartoon history and comic book history collide.

If you are a cartoon history fan you’re going to enjoy this look at the Get Along Gang. Even comic fans will enjoy this one as I will dive a little more into the Star Comics imprint Marvel had in the 80’s.

Let’s start with this, I had no idea the Get Along Gang was originally a series of greeting cards from American Greetings/Those Characters from Cleveland. My own experience with the Get Along Gang began with the animated series that aired initially on Nickelodeon for the pilot in 1984 and then from 1984-85 on CBS for 13 episodes. Now you may be wondering how I know of this show that aired in the mid 80’s and that is a valid question. Get Along Gang aired on The Family Channel/Freeform from 1990 to 1993 which was where I remember them from. They also later aired on Pax TV/Ion Television) from 1999 until 2001. Cable TV was wild in the 90’s and 00’s.

Oh and the original pilot on Nickelodeon for The Get Along Gang had songs by John Sebastian of The Lovin’ Spoonful and the theme song for Welcome Back, Kotter fame too. Which I shall link below.

Heck this aired along with all sorts of random programming on The Family Channel back in the day. Get Along Gang was just one of those shows on Cable TV for kids back in the day.

As for the Get Along Gang comic, it was a bi-monthly series from Marvel’s Star Comics imprint lasting six issues from 1985 to 1986. Now if you are unfamiliar with Star Comics, it was an imprint Marvel had from 1984 until 1988. Star focused on childrens comics that ranged from original properties to ones based off of animated series. If you are curious, yes I own more than a few comics from this line. Yes you will likely see them in future Sequential Chronicles. Animated series adaptations are a favorite of mine and I have lots of them hanging out in my collection.

As for my own story in owning this comic, I found it at a local record and comic expo. Needless to say this was the sort of comic that caught my eye because it has history to it. If a comic has some sort of history to it then it is something I will want to own. Considering during its height there were plushes, comic books, and more with the Get Along Gang and now it is rarely mentioned. Outside of oddball comic and animation nerds, like me, no one would ever think about the show. Which leads me to talk about this comic and after that talk about how it impacted pop culture, in some small way at least.

Get Along Gang #1 Cover

No I am not kidding, the Get Along Gang does have a weird place in pop culture. Stay tuned.

Now here’s the thing about the comic, it’s so harmless it’s not even funny. It is about the perfect kid friendly comic ever. I mean ever. Considering that Dave Manak, the writer went on to work at Archie Comics as the penciler for Sonic the Hedgehog comics amongst other things makes sense. As for the artist of this Carlos Garzon, he’s mostly done art for multitudes of companies, inks for DC and so on. That’s the one thing about these is a lot of these people have credits that aren’t as well known as say others out there. Yet I still feel knowing a little about these creators is good because in comics, everyone is important in their own way no matter how big or small. Even working on a comic like Get Along Gang, there’s still craft to it.

Now if you want to know a bit about the characters in the Get Along Gang, it’s not important but you’ll probably get a kick out of it anyway. I mean there’s a Moose named Montgomery “Good News” Moose who’s the leader of the gang and more characters, a dog, lamb, beaver, turtles, and more. This issue is about the gang having their own Winter Olympics. With the dastardly Catchum Crocodile and Leland Lizard trying to ruin their fun. Oh and control over their Clubhouse Caboose. This is the series my friends, this is how it rolls. It’s a kids show comic from the 80’s and it’s adorable and kind of silly. If any of you reading this are parents out there, you could show it to your kids and be fine.

I did think about writing a more detailed plot thing with the Get Along Gang but then I realized, it was the Get Along Gang.

It’s a well made comic for being a licensed comic based off a kids show meant to teach children valuable lessons in the 80’s. The goal of the show is to teach kids to go with the crowd and to get along. Which is also kind of horrible at the same time instead of you know compromising and talking things over, nope you make sure you get along with the crowd. It’s a strange series. If you’re wondering how the Winter Olympics ended for them, the boys and girls had a fight and over meddling from the villains. Then it ended in everyone getting along in the end and having a good time once more. Yeah there’s not much more to it but there is a reason why the Get Along Gang have a weird place in pop culture.

See now this is where I tie everything together. This is a big part why I did this article to begin with. I present to you The Buddy Bears from Garfield and Friends. They never disagree, they always get along, and if you complain you are just causing problems. They’re also hyper educational and are meant to be the safest characters ever. Mark Evanier created them as his way to parody The Ger Along Gang and also apparently Care Bears too. I’m going to post the theme they sing below and you’ll understand what I mean about The Buddy Bears. They were his stress valve dealing with all the cheesy cartoons and by golly it shows, it really does.

 

Prepare yourselves for this song to get as stuck in your head forever as it is in mine. Once you hear The Buddy Bears theme you never forget it. Ever. Never Ever.

It’s weird that I didn’t have more to say on the comic but there we are. Sometimes in The Sequential Chronicles you can only get so much out of something. I’m still figuring this all out as I go along anyway. I swear I wrote about this to talk about The Buddy Bears and Star Comics, I can own that. You will see many more Star Comics books in this too. Anyway, thank you all out there for reading this and I hope you all have a good one. Take care and I shall see you all next time for the next installment of The Sequential Chronicles.

Oh and I also managed to get over 1,200 words on the freaking Get Along Gang. I deserve a medal or a cookie. A cookie medal would work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Art of Refinding your Mojo

So, hi Internet, this is straight up a blog. Nothing fancy, just me wanting to have a quick chat. I don’t really care that much about SEO here or anything else. All this post is about is really getting my mind back on track again. I’m slowly working my way back to functioning so to speak. It’s weird to admit this and I know not many people will read this blather but hey, here we are. I feel it’s important to sort of talk about what the heck is going through your mind. Some people don’t like talking about whatever goes through their head, me I’m fairly open about it. I was told not to be by more than a few people, which probably messed me up in some way. Oh well, but yeah hang in there for a bit as I talk to you all about me refinding my mojo.

Yet I still keep up the subheading gimmick either way because me. It’s my gimmick now.

In my quest to find my mojo again I’ve sort of been wandering. Just wandering about, not quite sure how to talk about my lost mojo. I’ve been a little shaky at times and not quite in a good headspace on occasion. It’s been a little all over the map in my mind. Maybe it’s heat or just a sense of feeling lost, that’s me. Yet I’m working my way back home. I’ve felt disenchanted with a lot of aspects in comics internet for one thing. Heck sometimes while I talk comics on twitter even I want to keep a level of detachment from the last. Which doesn’t help mojo either way but there we are. As any of us who hang out on twitter or any social media for too long, it’s a freaking hellscape out there.

I had talked about doing streaming for awhile but never could pull the switch on it. I just wandered around the twitch sphere a lot. Mostly lurking and trying to figure it out. I’m the grand master of lurking around either way. Heck getting me talking in a chat room for too long on anywhere is tough as nails. Yes I know it sounds weird from someone on Twitter but Twitter is easier than an immediate chat room. It’s hard to figure out what to say so you end up lurking, so much lurking. I started hopping around randomly. Hopping here and there and I found a random room. Weirdly enough I got welcomed. On one stream I wandered into they were playing Fallout 4 and I found a random Fallout 4 stream. This is where things get interesting.

Heck I am surprised by this one. To think just one random visit turned into something bigger than I expected.

I’ll talk more on this as I get closer to a streaming schedule but I found a group called The Nest. I got welcomed in and they helped me figure out how to stream. Seriously, I had no idea what I was doing but now with one supportive group, it helped get my mojo back. My very broken and battle damaged mojo is sort of healing itself back up again. Now I even want to write more again and get back on track after a period of not caring about much at all. It’s weird to say all of this but again it’s honest and well, sometimes you just have to admit you’re not in the best state of mind. Now I’m getting back in the game so to speak. Figuring out games to stream and a schedule for streaming in general. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

I’m looking forward to seeing where this adventure takes me with streaming and getting my writing life back on track. There will games, there will be talks, and overall, it’ll be a lot of fun. Thanks for hanging in there with me those of you that have. I’m slowly but surely enjoying myself again and I feel a lot less alone in the process. More updates to come and more cool columns as well. Take care everyone, bye for now.

Yes the Ambush Bug is totally random for this post but hey it works as a random image for this. Because actual Mojo is weird.