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    July 11, 2018, 06:15:50 AM
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    July 05, 2018, 06:14:32 AM
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    July 05, 2018, 03:09:04 AM
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    July 05, 2018, 12:14:16 AM
  • DeCarlo Rules: So both ARCHIE and RIVERDALE are "on hiatus"? That means ACP has no ongoing floppy comic titles. Not a good sign. Good thing they still have the digests going (knock on wood).
    July 05, 2018, 12:12:47 AM
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    July 04, 2018, 04:37:17 PM
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Reviews / Re: PTF Reviews Telepathetic #1
« Last post by Sitcomics on July 17, 2018, 01:57:57 PM »
Whew!  So glad you liked it!     FYI, for those of you who want to judge these comics for yourselves, every single Sitcomic is available to read on kindle unlimited right now. 



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Reviews / PTF Reviews Telepathetic #1
« Last post by PTF on July 17, 2018, 12:46:24 AM »
 Got a PM from the Sitcomics creator wanting me to review the first issue of his other three series, which are still downloadable from free on the Sitcomics official website. And I decided why not, since I love the inflated sense of self esteem critiquing the hard work of others brings.
 
I know what you guys are thinking? “PTF, how do we know you weren’t bought off to give good reviews like all the other online reviewers?” Listen here, I have pride! I will be my usual fair and impartial self throughout this and all other reviews!
 
But on an unrelated note before I begin the standard intro—K.C. Undercover is the greatest Disney show ever. Much better than Jessie. The only thing that could possibly rival  K.C. Undercover is Shake It Up. But only from 2012 to 2013.
 
Now that that’s out of the way---
 
For four years, ninth graders Ernie and Marsha have tried to develop telepathic powers. And now—they have. Will Ernie get the girl? Will Marsha help Ernie cheat on tests? It’s a whole new world that’s open as we delve into…
 
TELEPATHETIC ISSUE ONE.
 
 
 
The Good.
 
The story. This promoted as a “for all ages.” And it definitely fits the bill. I wouldn’t have a problem with any kid reading this. And the story is fun: two best friends want to develop super powers and finally get one: telepathy. The first issue sets up their lives, both are only the lower social order at school, even below band. It’s a real quick read, but it’s a fun read. It does most of what a first issue should, introduce the characters, grasp the theme of the series, and the direction it’s going. Special note is the subtle foreshadowing and the ending. Awesome.
 
The characters: Well, we only get to know two of the four main characters (if going by the introduction page) but it’s good.
 
Dirk is the easy going, seemingly confident, eccentric kid who pines for the most beautiful girl in school, but she doesn’t take him seriously. And you really root for the guy. While he is a little mischievous, he’s a nice kid. And we get some real depth to him. He doesn’t have a great relationship with his father (who makes him walk a mile before he can have school lunch) and he opens up to Marsha when he acknowledges he’s not what he wishes he was and being a superhero is the only way to get respect.
 
Marsha. She’s more of the straightman, but she does have her quirks. She stresses about a writing contest to the point she feels like she’s going to throw up. Bit of a deadpan snarker, which I like. And it’s hard to not like a character who supports her idiot friend like she does.
 
Amy and Beth get the short end of the stick, but we get enough of them to get a good idea on their personality and disposition.
 
So great work by Darin Henry.
 
 
The art. Okay, I’m going to be honest, when I looked at the cover of this issue, I didn’t think I would like the art style, but as I read, the art and colors of Blair Shedd became my favorite thing about the issue. I swear, when I was looking at this book, Akiko sprung to my mind. For those not as knowledgeable/not old as dirt like me, it was a fun little book in the nineties where the art style was simple, but the characters had real synergy to them. Same with Telepathetic, best seen with Dirk having to jog his mile in the hallways and the facial reactions throughout the issue.
 
But what Akiko didn’t have going for it was color. The colors really pop. I’ve given Glen Whitmore heaps of well deserved praise in my reviews and this is very close to that level. The shading and lighting on characters is really good. Just how the shading of hair to the head is something that I don’t see in a lot of the Big Two comics (X-Men Gold if someone wants a specific example) Even better, it would have been real easy to just go “White Room” with the Brain Hole, but it is radiant, there’s energy to it. And I love the idea of yellow for the flashbacks of Marsha and Dirk trying to develop super powers.
 
All in all, amazing work by Blair Shedd. But there is one thing I’m more impressed by. The greatest thing I have seen in all of the issues of Sitcomics…maybe even comics I have ever read--
 
That vest. Seriously, how the heck did that vest with that design stay consistent throughout the entire comic?!! We still can’t get an issue where the rocks that comprise Marvel’s The Thing look the same after a few panels!!  Even if computers were involved, I’m impressed.
 
Marshall Dillon. Not only does he have the greatest parents ever for giving him that name, but he’s a heck of a letterer. I love the designs of the caption boxes. It says something when I go back to look at caption boxes. The sound effects are really well done, especially Adam and his misfortunes at the water fountain. Just great work like normal.
 
The Bad:
 
The art. I love the art, but there is one little gripe. On page nine, there’s a panel where Ernie’s hands are as big as his entire head.  So we got a boo-boo in a park of Yogi’s.
 
PDF Files. Adobe Reader has never been a friend.
 
The intro page: “Or mentally control a basketball so you never miss a shot?” That’s not telepathy! That’s telekinesis! They are totally different psionic powers!!!
 
What I learned from what I read
 
 Amy seems like a nice girl, but she has a warped sense of humor.
  • It’s amazing how shutting your mouth leads to discovery.
  • Adam is like a camel.
  • Another interpretation of the Brain Hole is what John Byrne used to do when he didn’t feel like drawing stuff. Just less shiny.
  • That Nibbles went hungry.
  • Cheating, from the right perspective, could be seen as a team building skill.
  • It takes four years of training to develop telepathy.
  • Telepathy---THE MOST OVERRATED POWER EVER!
  • Marsha should forget these short story contests. They’re rigged. And no, I’m not a sore loser. My story had tens and nines marked before they made them all six’s!!
  • Apparently the Brain Hole is open to everyone.
 
Yeah, this was a really great issue. There’s only the minorest of complaints.  It’s a really great comic that I think everyone can enjoy. And you can check out this book and other Sitcomic books as the first issues are available for free.
 
It’s an A for this issue
 
And next time I’ll be reviewing Z-People. Will it hold up or will it be a dead duck that feasts geese and other parkland critters? Find out soon?

 
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I have a feeling the ARCHIE 1941 miniseries is going to be a big bomb, saleswise. If they thought sales were slipping and that this idea (just by virtue of its novelty value) would perk up readers' interest for a few months, I think they badly miscalculated.

Interest in reading comic book stories which are period pieces set during WWII has been slowly but surely diminishing among the average comic book reader since at least the mid-1980s. During the Silver and Bronze Ages of comic book collecting, there was a high awareness among the serious collectors and students of comics' history of the roots of iconic characters being during that era, and a consequent fascination with it.

Not any more, though. The average comic book reader not only couldn't care less about history (either real-world history, or the history of comic books), it's effectively an active turn-off for them. Like Vegan said, it's "not relevant" and has nothing to do with the world those readers live in. There's no nostalgia to be had among the majority of comics readers for your old granddad's time (or even your great granddad's).

IMO, if what they were attempting to focus on in this story was what Archie's life was like as a typical high school student in 1941 -- how was it the same for teenagers 25, 50 or 75 years later? and in what ways was it different? -- it would have been a lot more relevant to what ARCHIE, as a comic book character with more than 75 years of history behind him, has really been about -- always reflecting "the high school experience" (whatever that may mean).

The real oddity of the ARCHIE 1941 concept isn't that it attempts to recreate the Archie comic stories of those times and translate them into a modern style of storytelling (with a more serious spin). It's nothing like the published Archie storyline of 1941 (or any later time), since it deals with Archie and his friends leaving adolescence behind them as they graduate into adulthood in a world that stands on the brink of global war. In short, it really has FAR less to do with what Archie has been traditionally about, than even the modern reboot spin that it's temporarily replacing.
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General Discussion / Re: bulk sms delhi
« Last post by Neikavai on July 16, 2018, 03:13:32 AM »
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General Discussion / Re: Latest Hauls, what did you buy?
« Last post by archiecomicscollector on July 15, 2018, 01:24:50 PM »
I just picked up a set of Archie Bendy Figurines by Jesco, c. 1989 at a local yard sale  :smitten:


I already had Archie, Jughead, Reggie and Veronica, but, I was willing to buy a few duplicates, as it included Betty, and I have been looking for her forever!





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Exciting!  :D  Thanks for sharing.
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No sense getting excited about any of these until they really happen and we can see what they actually are. The so-called newsbyte didn't even provide the most basic of details, like what networks the series are being produced for, or what animation studios are producing the shows. It's all just pie-in-the-sky until grounded with some factual details.
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General Discussion / Re: Library Books That You All Read
« Last post by BettyReggie on July 14, 2018, 11:49:45 PM »
I read
IZombie - Repossession
Black Butler #24
My Boyfriend Is A Monster - Wrapped Up In You #6
Archie's Big Book - Rock & Roll- Volume #3
Jack Of Fables -The Deluxe Edition - Book #2

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General Discussion / Re: Latest Hauls, what did you buy?
« Last post by BettyReggie on July 13, 2018, 04:54:59 PM »
I got season #1 of Twin Peaks & season #5 of Sabrina The Teenage Witch from The Thift Store. I used a $5 coupon on their app.
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