Ten Offensive Comic Characters Created by White Dudes

Look, I don’t know if ALL of these qualify as racist. Some sure do. But I also think most of these were tone-deaf attempts at adding diversity to comics. That’s an admirable goal, but you need to do your research and learn about a culture before trying to write for them. The one unifying feature of all of these offensive characters? Laziness. Either the offensive ideas were dismissed because it wasn’t important or the writer didn’t really bother to understand the people he was writing about or… maybe they were racist. Let’s take a look at some of the ideas that not only got into comics but were PROMINENT.

 

There's offensive and then there's over-the-top racist

There’s offensive and then there’s over-the-top racist



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War of the Worlds Goliath 3D: A Review

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I love War of The Worlds. The book, the radio play, the 1950s movie, the TV show, comics, and even.. deep breath… the Spielberg version. That’s why War of the Worlds: Goliath peaked my interested, but my interest was even more peaked when I found out it was available in 3D. But what in the heck is War of the Worlds: Goliath? It’s an understandable question. I only heard about this film by reading 3D Blu Ray forums looking for new releases. The people there said it was pretty solid and with a price point of only 12.96 on Amazon I had to check it out.



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Digga D Dark Horse Saddle Up: Creepy X Star Wars Edition

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Just three issues this week under the gun, so there’s no excuse not to read the whole post! Unless you cant read. And in that case you don’t know what the heck I just wrote.

Creepy Comics #16

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Various Artists and writers

Over the last several months, I have really enjoyed CREEPY. The throw back nostalgia for Tales of the Crypt REALLY resonates with me. So looking at the cover for CREEPY no. 16, I was pumped… however, the image on the cover never appeared in the book. No big deal… that happens all the time with these books. This issue featured an internet site that leads to death, a relationship with a clockwork corpse, a goofy look at Lovecraft, a father son story that repeats the mistakes of the past.

These short tales of terror are one shots and need nothing further.

I couldn’t get into this issue. I mean, it was still entertaining, but it felt well worn. That being said, like a musical artist when they release an album that isn’t your favorite, you just have to go “well… the next one will be better.” There isn’t anything particularly wrong with this issue of CREEPY, but it just didn’t grab me with it’s tentacles like it normally does. I would still recommend this issue to anyone that hasn’t read CREEPY before. The art is fantastic and the tales are on key, but it was just missing something minor that didn’t put that final nail in the coffin for me.



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Top 10 Failed Ventures by Hulk Hogan

One of the least embarrassing moments in Hogan's life

One of the least embarrassing moments in Hogan’s life

You’d think being the biggest pro wrestling star of all time would be enough. Not for Hulk Hogan, though. He keeps trying to break through with something, anything else. Sometimes he wants to be a Real Actor. Or a reality star. Or a rock star. Does any of this work? No, the Hulkster keeps trying to get into business for himself and he doesn’t exactly seem choosy over what kind of a business. This is probably because he’s stupid. Hey, we can all enjoy some Hulkamania running wild on us, but none of us are dumb enough to support the following Hulk Hogan businesses.



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Danger 5: Pretty Much Everything I Love in One Show

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A few years back I wrote about this web series called Danger 5 that looked ball explodingly awesome and… I never watched it. I’m the worst. Well I finally rectified that and checked it out and if ever you needed a command from me to do anything it’s: Watch Danger 5 right now! Here’s the trailer to get you started!

Danger 5 is a (currently) 6 episode web series from Australia that’s set in World War II (which looks more like it’s during the 1960s than the 1940s). It features a special ops group of five agents with the task of stopping Nazi plans and killing Hitler. The only thing in their way is sadistic Nazis, talking dogs, dinosaurs, giant robots, and copious amounts of drinking.



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Transformers: Victory Episode 12 Recap – “Tanker Hijack Operation”

Guess what? Deathsaurus is still mad at his people for not gathering enough energy. You know, I really miss Megatron. He went out in the field and got stuff done. Deathsaurus spends 95% of his appearances sitting on his throne, being mad at his 11 troops for not gathering energy. How about you get off your ass and do it yourself? He’s like an Internet tough guy, acting like King Shit from home. Maybe Deathsaurus is agoraphobic?

Mad as hell but he'll probably keep taking more.

Mad as hell but he’ll probably keep taking more.



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Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier

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It’s your favorite blogger with a slightly late opinion on Captain America: The Winter Soldier! I just saw it this last weekend in 3 dimensions on an IMAX screen and I’m here to report my thoughts on the return of Captain America to the really big screen. Spoilers, ahoy!

One thing before I go on is that I’m a terrible nerd and I haven’t seen Thor: The Dark World Yet or Iron Man 3, so if any of my points are dependent upon those films, I grovel at your feet for forgiveness.

What I Loved



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Did Harry Knowles Fleece His Fans with His Kickstarter?

It's his prop and you can look but don't touch

It’s his prop and you can look but don’t touch

On September 5, 2013, Harry Knowles successfully funded his Kickstarter campaign to pay for a second season of his web series movie review show, Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles. Harry is the founder of Ain’t It Cool News, a movie news, gossip and review site and he was given season one of the show as part of Nerdist’s then-new channel with YouTube. The show never got very good viewership (over a year later, the majority of episodes have less than 20,000 views). Harry is an awkward interviewer who used the show to frequently brag about props and guests but also presented an off-putting show that played like Pee Wee’s Playhouse but with vulgar language. It was all over the place.

While some of Nerdist’s lesser-viewed shows currently get 30,000 or so views, those have much lower production costs. And many of their shows get more than 1 million views. So Harry’s show was canceled (or not renewed, if we want to be nice). Harry was determined to keep doing his show despite critics and fans alike not really liking it. He offered a Kickstarter with some pretty terrible rewards and it floundered for a full month. In the last week, Harry called in favors from film directors Rian Johnson, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro who made videos and reached out to social media to ask their fans to support Harry. He crossed the goal line at the last minute. It’s been over half a year – has he fulfilled his obligations? Well, we’ll list the facts and let you draw your own conclusions.



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FRU: Avoiding Homework Again Edition

Hey kids, it’s another rip roaring adventure of Friday Round Up goodness! And yes, I totally avoided homework to write this post! You’re welcome!

Toy Stuff

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G.I. Jeff: While nothing is going on in the offical world of G.I. Joe, the Fan Club Convention is happening this weekend and last week Community aired it’s G.I. Jeff episode. I finally checked it out on Hulu and man, it was brilliant. I didn’t realize how much of G.I. Joe was actually going to be in it. I thought it was all parody. But it was G.I. Joe down to the theme song and classic voice actors, and even toy commercials! And as far as the plot… I only have five more years to get to 40. Sigh.



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Top 5 Worst Versions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Turtles from the 2003 cartoon (left) meet with the Turtles from the 1987 cartoon (right) and the original Mirage comics Turtles in TURTLES FOREVER (2009)

The Turtles from the 2003 cartoon (left) meet with the Turtles from the 1987 cartoon (right) and the original Mirage comics Turtles in TURTLES FOREVER (2009)

I love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I discovered them in one of my first visits to a comic book store when I was barely a teenager. Their original, black and white comic was around issue 8 or 9 from Mirage and I fell in love with it. I watched the first season or so of the original cartoon, saw the live action films in the theater, and played the video games. I’ve only seen snippets of the 2003 and 2012 cartoons, so I can’t claim to be an expert on all things TMNT but I’ll always have a great affection for the characters. However, there have been some BAD interpretations of the Turtles. One of the weird things about them is they’ve been rebooted many times so there’s a lot of different takes on them. Most of the time, the important elements are there. Other times… not so much. Here are the  worst takes on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.



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