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summer journal comics: heart of ice

Posted in summer journal comics with tags , , , , , , on May 28, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

…so here we go! I have a couple of final thoughts on teaching the journalism class; they will make their way here… eventually. I’m not rushing it.

In the meantime, I thought I’d start posting my summer journal comics. I’m trying something slightly different with this run of strips. I’m not sure if it’ll be a success, but so far I’m liking what I’m putting in my sketchbook. Since that is not always the case, I’ll just run with it and see where it goes.

Today’s comic features Elliot and I watching THE best episode of Batman: The Animated Series

The animated introduction of Mister Freeze, if you’ve never seen Heart of Ice… or you only know the Bat-villain from his horrible outing in that awful Batman and Robin flick with Ah-nuld… do yourself a favor and seek it out. It’s fantastic and surprisingly moving. Here’s a link to the final, heartbreaking minute of the episode, but watching the whole thing is highly recommended.

island of misfit toys: my two favorite DCAU figures

Posted in island of misfit toys with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

I was digging around in the garage last week and I came across one of my boxes of old toys. I was quite a toy collector in my teens and I’ve held onto a lot of of my stuff. Unfortunately I was a HORRIBLE toy collector, from a monetary standpoint- I either collected toy lines that EVERY other person collected in the ’90’s (Star Wars) or I would collect toy lines and rip the toys out of their packages the moment I got them, effectively ruining their value on the secondary market.

Anyhow, I decided that it was time to pass some of the stuff to the next generation and gave the lot to Elliot and Henry.

This is my collection of DC Animated Universe action figures. The line was started by Kenner in 1992-93 to coincide with the premiere of Batman: The Animated Series and toy companies one after another have been making figures and vehicles of the various DC superhero characters in their streamlined, cartoony style ever since.

I collected these toys mainly during my high school years and they were a fun, inexpensive hobby for me, as I was only interested in the screen-accurate sculpts. By that I mean… I would by the Superman action figure that looked like the character from the animated series. I’d skip the 30 variant Superman toys that were created (as all toys should be!) with kids in mind.

Kenner were somewhat stingy in their choices for which characters received action figures and which did not. For every one Robin action figure, they’d make 20 Arctic Blast Batman toys or whatever crazy costume and gimmick they thought would sell.

The line continues to this day, with nearly every DCAU character getting the toy treatment, with a shift in focus from being a toy line directed toward children to a line being targeted at toy collectors. I can see the appeal – I did love collecting these toys back in high school.

That being said… although I’m all for handing these toys off to my boys for some good ol’ fun, there were two DCAU action figures I just couldn’t bear to part with. Sue me!

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