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At least an old hand will be taking his place. James Tucker, a longtime director and producer on DC titles including Batman: The Brave and the Bold and, most recently the DVD movie Superman Unbound, will fill the role Timm held on the direct-to-DVD/Blu-ray projects based on the DC Comics superheroes.
By Andy Khouri
In 2009 the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave a TED Talk on the dangers of what she called “The Single Story.” Put simply, the Single Story is the conventional understanding of a people, culture or situation that’s informed by stereotypes in literature and the media — stereotypes that aren’t necessarily untrue, but that are necessarily incomplete. For example, it was the Single Story of her middle class family’s young servant that his family was incredibly poor — not “incredibly poor and incredibly hard working.” It was the Single Story of Africa as a “catastrophe” that prompted Adichie’s American roommate in college to remark upon how well Adichie spoke, how impressed she was that Adichie could use appliances like stoves, and how surprising it was that Adichie listened to Mariah Carey instead of “tribal music.”
Adichie’s remarks struck a chord with indie comics creators John and Charles Agbaje, who observed that one chapter largely missing from the story of Africa in the west was that of the hero — more specifically, the heroine. To that end, the brothers took to Kickstarter to fund the production of Spider Stories, an 11-minute animated pilot inspired by Nigerian folk tales and modern hero epics like Avatar: The Last Airbender, with a view to selling the project as a proper animated series. With three days remaining to pledge, the Agbaje brothers have already raised the $25,000 needed to produce the short, which I think demonstrates that a western audience is keen to see something new in animation and improve its understanding of the African story.
It’s asolutely killing me that I missed the Titmouse Animation panel at last weekend’s Emerald City Comicon because A) they make Venture Bros., Motorcity and other shows that are awesome B) as it turns out there was some really great news for comic book fans specifically. Jim Mahfood of Everybody Loves Tank Girl and numerous other alt comics and countless numbers of beautiful illustrations, pin-ups and other art has developed an original animated project calledD.I.S.C.O. Destroyer that will be produced by Titmouse for MTV’s revival of Liquid Television. In even more surprising news, Invader Zim creator Jhonen Vasquez is working on an original animated short starring his Squee! character, and may soon begin adapting his cult classic Johnny the Homicidal Maniac.
If his Tumblr page is any indication, Iros Yan is a pretty big fan of both the Avengers and the Powerpuff Girls. He’s also fond of combining the two, and a quick look through his Tumblr shows that he’s been creating various comics and illustrations depicting the Avengers in Powerpuff Girls style art for some time. But he may have just outdone himself with a recreation of the Powerpuff Girls opening credits that features Thor, Captain America and Iron Man standing in for Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup.
By Chris Sims
A few weeks ago, I wrote about how great it was that the “DC Nation” shorts on Cartoon Network put a spotlight onto some of DC’s lesser-known properties (like Amethyst), but occasionally, they swerve into entirely new takes on the stuff that’s already popular. Case in point, DC Nation Farm League, in which the JLA is reimagined as a bunch of animals hanging out on a farm. The first episode introduced us to Supermanatee, Wonder Wombat, and Shazham (a pig with a magic word, obviously), but now, things are getting a little darker.
This week, the Farm League returns with a focus on Batmongoose, voiced by The Brave and the Bold’s Diedrich Bader, as well as villains including Cat Cat, which might be the best idea ever.
By Andy Khouri
Ahead of its presentation to advertisers and promotional partners — known in television as “upfronts” —Cartoon Network confirmed what new and returning series will be on the slate for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. While such ComicsAlliance favorites as Adventure Time and Regular Show will return with new seasons and specials, it seems we’ll not see new installments of Green Lantern: The Animated Series orYoung Justice. But in happier superhero news, Cartoon Network announced the long awaited return of thePowerpuff Girls in a new CG-animated special, and the much anticipated Beware the Batman and Teen Titans Go! will finally make their premieres later this year.