He’s spent most of his career protecting California — first as an angsty teen on The O.C. and more recently as a cop on South LAnd, but it seems Benjamin McKenzie‘s next stop is Gotham as a young James “Jim” Gordon. This isn’t McKenzie’s first rodeo either, as he voiced a young Bruce Wayne in Warner Bros. Animation’s 2011 Batman Year One animated feature, which adapted the comic of the same name by writer Frank Miller, artist David Mazzucchelli, colorist Richmond Lewis and letterer Todd Klein.
By Joe Hughes
Community is back. The brilliant and comics friendly NBC comedy (has any other television show, ever, featured an issue of Scud The Disposable Assassin?) made its season five debut Thursday night, with series creator Dan Harmon running the show once more. At ComicsAlliance, we’ve been fans of the show pretty much from the beginning, and even if it never again quite reaches the heights it once achieved — season four wasn’t exactly great, but our fingers are crossed for this year — we’ll always celebrate the good times.
With that in mind, we figured now was a good time to look back at a piece of Community art by noted Applebee’s aficionado Chip Zdarsky, who we understand also draws that Sex Criminals comic all the kids are talking about.
Funko's just about ready to take fans of Cartoon Networks' DC Nation series Teen Titans Go! on a guided tour of Jump City with new Pop! Vinyl figures of Beast Boy, Cyborg, Raven, Robin and Starfire due out in February.
By Joe Hughes
Last week Cartoon Network revealed plans to air a brand new Powerpuff Girls special in January. The special, titled “Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed,” in no way involves series creator Craig McCracken. As such, it features a completely reimagined look for Townsville’s heroes, as the Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup get the CG treatment. While the show has a different look, it does reunite the original voice cast, and along for the ride this time is Ringo Starr, debuting a brand new song and giving voice to the “flamboyant mathemetician Fibonacci Sequins,” a character with one of the best names I’ve come across in any show in years.
The Mego-meisters at Figures Toy Company have been making 8″ action figure waves with their faithful recreations of vintage Batman toys, but this week’s image rollout hits like cartoonish onomatopoeia reading “Rad!” A new line consisting of Batman, Robin, Riddler and Joker figures is set to arrive in April, sporting all of FTC’s Mego-like style and some very modern touches — and that’s a good thing. After all, these Adam West, Burt Ward, Frank Gorshin and Cesar Romero likeness seem a bit more accurate than what Mego might’ve manufactured four decades ago.
Set to retail for around $25 a piece when they arrive at retail and online, the four Batman ’66 figures are accompanied by a special carrying case that’s already available for $50.
I’ve got good news, bad news and strange news. Which do you guys want first?
The good? OK. A new CGI-ish Powerpuff Girls special, titled “Dance Pantsed,” will debut on Cartoon Network January 20 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time. The bad news is that show creator Craig McCracken doesn’t seem to have anything to do with it. The strange news: It will prominently feature former Beatle Ringo Starr.