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    September 10, 2018, 11:42:47 am
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  • DeCarlo Rules: On the other hand, maybe I should just bypass the Blu-Ray format altogether, buy a huge terabyte HD, and download everything. There's something to be said for that, in that you can get everything quicker and stacks of Blu-Ray cases aren't taking up space in your house, I guess.
    August 27, 2018, 03:19:15 pm
  • DeCarlo Rules: This coming from a guy who still hasn't capitulated to the inevitable domination of Blu-Ray. It's getting to the point where I might have to relent, since I've seen some anime sets being released for the first time on Blu-Ray (no combo pak) with NO release of a DVD version.
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  • DeCarlo Rules: ... and often the answers to those "why" questions comes down to a very simple explanation of "because it's a funny situation".
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  • Tuxedo Mark: With New Riverdale, things kinda make more sense, overall, I guess. With Classic Archie (even new Classic Archie), I find myself often asking "Why is this even an issue?" or "Why would the teen characters even care about this?" With Riverdale, it's absolutely insane bonkers, but everyone involved is in on the joke, so it's fun to just sit back, shut off my brain, and enjoy. :)
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The writing is awful. They're so angry, hateful and violent over the dumbest things. And the abuse the male characters take (and how they're written to be 95% scumbags or dumb) is really offensive. Most of the new Archie Comics have been pretty bad in the writing department and the art department. (Although I would say the 'Archie' comic is an exception, but they're putting that on """hiatus""" too - which means we'll never see it again.) Obviously, Archie Comics doesn't have the money (or the drive to make money with their comics) to hire top talent, but they're sticking to the writers who have been criticized for their inferior past works or people with no experience writing comics.

I was 100% ready for biker gang Riverdale girls but it was just more wasted potential. At this point, I think they're just making comics to maintain their IPs and they are depending on their WB tv series partnership as the future for Archie "Comics."

Also according to Comichron they are selling (or distributing) between 1,000 - 1,500 issues a month...that's pretty bad. That's way less than what the 'Josie' comics sold and that reboot was cancelled so fast they changed the artist in the middle of the second-to-last-issue to bring her on the 'Archie' comic. So no surprises this is ending.

Reviews / Re: JOSIE reprint collections - Contents Listings and Comparison
« on: September 08, 2017, 11:15:43 am »
Thanks for posting all this info, DeCarlo.  :)

I was bummed-out about not being able to get the new collection, but it looks like most of those stories are reprints from other collections or stuff I have already so now I know I can hold off on it for awhile.  :P

All About Archie / Re: Josie & The Pussycats #8
« on: July 12, 2017, 01:19:03 pm »
Ha ha ha you have about 17 more Josie loving years on me Vegan, but I gotcha.  ;)   Honestly I love this series, this is the only time I have ever had any sort of disappointment towards it.

Too bad not a lot of other people are reading it. I just saw the final sales numbers for the last issue - less than 6,000 total issues sold.  :'(

All About Archie / Re: Josie & The Pussycats #8
« on: July 12, 2017, 11:29:11 am »
I am pretty annoyed at the whole Alan/Alexandra thing. They have no chemistry and neither of them had any interest in each other in the previous issues. Also the way Josie treats Alexandra because of it is so petty to me. Josie gave Alan up - now she likes him again because Alexandra is with him?? That stuff drives me insane.

But maybe it's just me. Maybe it's because growing up as a woman all my boy-crazy friends were constantly causing drama within our group over some 14 year old boy who had no interest in being in a long-term relationship (and honestly I can't blame the dudes lol).

Also, I am overly protective of Alexandra as a character, especially this version of her. It's probably not normal lol.

Otherwise, dang the Archie gang looks good drawn by Audrey Mok.

All About Archie / Re: Riverdale episode 12: Anatomy of a Murder.
« on: May 05, 2017, 01:49:30 pm »
I was way shocked to see Clifford Blossom as the killer and that he killed his son. And the end when they went to arrest him..... cannot wait for the finale

I saw it coming when the police surrounded the barn but the way they shot that scene and the set itself was amazing and made me shocked about it anyway.

All About Archie / Re: Josie & the Pussycats reboot
« on: June 08, 2016, 10:15:38 pm »
C-can we talk about how beautifully Mok draws them? It does not help my unnatural crush on Melody lol

Also I hope they don't make Alexandra into a cartoonish villain and nothing else. (Like no character development.)

All About Archie / Re: Riverdale TV Series
« on: May 13, 2016, 04:08:56 pm »
With all the backlash against CW shows like 'The 100' and how they portrayed minorities and pulled the 'dead lesbian' stunt (a lesbian finally gets her love interest, killed off literally in the next scene or shortly afterwards), 'Riverdale' should take care and read up on 'The 100' backlash and criticisms.

(...Not like I will be watching it anyways. No thanks.)

I am going with the nasty scheming Alexandra Cabot who always seems out for revenge

She just needs love. She NEVER gets to date anyone! She's just bitter, but it's kind of hard to blame her. Not only does she never get a date, she NEVER wins, either -- not even temporarily. She's nowhere near as bad in the comics as she is in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon. I know, she could be nicer to people. Actually, she doesn't seem as bad as Alex in some of the early stories.

She never does come out on the top which I think pisses her off even more which then gets her intelligence going(which I think she does have)into scheming more things against Josie and the Pussycats. I just think she is a very bitter character against Josie and the Pussycats because they have achieved success and in her own mind she feels she should be apart of that.

In the She's Josie stories she rarely appears and is more snobbish than outright mean like she can be in the 'Pussycats' stories. In fact, before she does anything remotely mean in her first appearances, Josie is the one to tell the audience she is a "witch." She spends most of her first appearance giving Albert (Josie's kinda-boyfriend at the time) a make-over and acting pretty nice to him. Then at the end he takes advantage of that and tries to get with Josie right in front of her (which results in the first actual cruel thing she does - but Albert deserves it - throws him off a bridge into the water). As the series progressed, she became more aggressive and sneaky/mean like Alex was in the early stories (and still can be - depending on who is writing him). In the cartoon, she was made into the evil twin, and Alex was just Shaggy with sunglasses and an ego.

I don't know about the whole "oh she just needs a boyfriend to calm her down/she needs someone nice like Alan" because to me it implies a man can fix out-of-control women. (It's like when they gave Cheryl a boyfriend --- the mean girl just needs a man in her life!)  Would anyone suggest that about Reggie or Alex? I haven't really seen it, though Reggie seems a lot calmer when Betty is the one going out with him in the comic stories.

I mean on one hand there are  A LOT of stories where someone pretends to be interested in her and she gets really happy and blindly clings onto that person who will tell the audience "It's that Cabot girl! I want her money so I will pretend to like her! I'm a gold digger!" So having someone who loves her would help. But on the other hand, there are a lot of stories where she will have absolutely no interest in getting a  boyfriend (especially when her father tries to set her up with one). And here is where I think is the source of her jealousy - her life is being controlled by her name (Cabot). Alex is allowed to run off and chase girls and make a fool of himself, but we see that Alexandra has a lot less freedom and is more concerned about the Cabot name.

The one thing that is consistent with Alexandra is that she is incredibly over-confident (or she likes to present herself as such) - so yeah, never coming out on top appears to bruise her ego. I find it interesting/funny that she automatically presumes Alan/Albert/Clyde/etc find her more appealing than Josie. Another consistent thing I noticed in the comics is that when she lets all her defensive walls down (mostly when they're not playing a gig or when the boys aren't around) she can be really kind but doesn't know how to show her good intentions right. Also she cares about animals and old people (she loves Sebastian despite her temper with him - but he trolls her a lot sooo...also there are like 2 or 3 stories where she sheds tears over the death/plight of the elderly).

I dunno, for me it's fun to over-think her character because she is so full of contradictions and it's equally fun to think about how each writer treats her a bit differently. ((Like, is she flat-out evil or more sympathetic.)) You can make up a lot of reasons why she's often so insanely jealous of Josie and they would probably all make sense.

Archie's Friends / Re: Gisèle - What's the background on these?
« on: April 20, 2016, 10:52:55 am »
I've been kind of collecting rejected artists/writers/etc who wanted to draw 'Josie' stories and sent their samples in on my blog. Most of the artists/writers say they never heard from Archie Comics about their samples/ideas. Some of these artists are now pretty well-known and have successful comic series of their own.

It's always been kind of odd to me that they don't do more 'Josie' stuff considering most people I talk to remember more about 'Josie' than they do 'Archie.' (Thanks to the cartoon re-runs on Boomerang/the old Cartoon Network.) But considering how many times in the past they tried to re-start the series (2000's, the 'manga') maybe it just doesn't sell well enough in comic book form??

But it was very nice to see that short story drawn by Gisele.  :)

All About Archie / Re: Riverdale TV Series
« on: April 05, 2016, 07:03:37 pm »
I watch a lot of Asian dramas, and when they make a live-action adaption of a cartoon or comic there, they keep the overall mood/spirit of the original source. A lot of them are kind of corny, but they have a lot of heart and are often funny (depending on the source material). I just don't get why in America we have to be all "Make it DAAARRRKKK it'll be great." No. No. Stop it.

Announcements / Re: We're back!
« on: March 31, 2016, 01:53:21 am »
Kind of lousy of them not to be doing some form of backups like they said. Aw well, a fresh start.

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