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“Nickelodeon Nostalgia” by NAS Storyboard Artist Aaron Austin

“I’ve been at Nickelodeon for about 3 months now, and I wanted to make something that paid homage to the Nickelodeon cartoons I grew up with. It’s amazing how much a cartoon can mean to you even after so many years. I’m so grateful I have the opportunity to help create shows for today’s kids!” -Aaron

Darkwing Duck is the best comic you aren’t reading

He is the terror that flaps in the night! He is the traffic light that never turns green even though there’s no other cars for miles! He is Darkwing Duck! And he is, apparently, the best licensed comic that is having trouble finding an audience.

In the 1990’s, there was a lot of dreck in cartoons; nostalgia-tinted glasses can make us forget how bad a lot of our precious memories really were. The Disney Afternoon, though, contained the kind of shows that hold up even today. That’s why Disney is looking to mine the period for a modern audience. So far that effort has included a remake of Capcom’s excellent NES Ducktales game, an upcoming collection of six of Capcom’s Disney NES titles, a Ducktales reboot set to launch this year, and a Rescue Rangers movie currently in the works. There have also been comics of many properties, but Darkwing has by far been the standout. Now, I am learning that the series, which started in 2010, went on hiatus, and came back in January of 2016, is endangered. Having just read the collected edition of the first four issues of the returned book, I can safely say this is an injustice the like of which would whip the Duck Knight himself into action.

Simply put, the Boom Studios Darkwing comic, written by Aaron Sparrow with no lack of love for linguistic loquaciousness and illustrated with the boundless energy of the show by James Silvani, is among the best uses of a license ever, not just in comics but in all media. It started seven years ago with Drake Mallard having divested himself of the daring demands of his double life as Darkwing and dissolving the dynamics of the duo between himself and Launchpad, resigning himself to a restless reverie of daily red ink as another corporate drone. Sparrow and Silvani delivered the kind of return fans of most franchises can only dream about. It was funny. It was exciting. It was colorful. Perhaps most surprisingly of all, it gave the show, which was well-known for not having any kind of serious structure, actual continuity while never losing the madcap pace that made it so much fun.

That story was intended as a mini-series, but it spun off into an ongoing one, which saw Darkwing dealing with classic villains and new threats, and in which the stories hung together surprisingly well, considering the cartoon character had about four different origins and constantly contradicted himself. There was even a crossover with Ducktales that…didn’t quite work out, despite their best efforts.

After this inauspicious “end” to the series, Sparrow, Silvani and crew battled hard to save Darkwing, and he eventually landed at Joe Books. When I picked up the first volume, “Orange is the New Purple”, I was worried. I was actually very interested in where the previous series had left things, and I thought for sure that after such a long gap Sparrow would just be made to start over.

Fortunately, I found the new book picks up where the old one left off (which I daren’t spoil), while still being accessible to newcomers. Darkwing and Gosalyn attend the opening of a new Arkham-style prison, and of course things go horribly wrong as some of his old enemies take the place over, lock them both inside and release the inmates. What follows is as funny as it can be without losing the plot, and as serious as it can be without losing the humor. This time around, it is a little harder to swallow the idea that Darkwing is in any real danger, as his “toonish” malleability is in full effect: from cars landing on him to being smushed by giant mallets, nothing sticks. It gives Silvani a chance to go whole hog, though, and his artwork resembles the cartoon even more closely than it did before. It’s also great to see almost all of Darkwing’s wacky Rogues Gallery in one place, including the new baddies introduced in the previous “Election” story. Every one is used creatively as Darkwing and Gosalyn play them off each other to affect their escape, and you can almost see the art moving in full animation in your mind.

Darkwing is, after Ducktales, perhaps the most in-demand show for a reboot from the Disney Afternoon. For now, the comic is as good as we’re getting, and I would argue it is actually a better fit for D.W. With series creator Tad Stones’s approval, Sparrow, Silvani and their team of clearly devoted fans have given us a deeply dedicated distillation of dreamy Darkwing delightfulness. As Liquidator would say, though, if you want to keep the webbed wonder around, act now! This book is a limited time offer!

P.S. I’m adding this a few months later to thank everyone for supporting this book and for using my post to do so. The book is on hiatus again, but from what I can tell the creative team is always fighting for the character.

In hopes I can be forgiven for being a little self-concerned, I’m also adding some links to some of my other columns you all might like. This blog essentially serves as my portfolio for writing work, so any followers, shares, comments or likes are very, very helpful to me. Thanks in advance. Now back to the Duck Knight!

Captain America: White comic review: http://ryanmeft.tumblr.com/post/160374659772/captain-america-white-comic-book-review

Some thoughts on the newly announced Assassin’s Creed: Origins: http://ryanmeft.tumblr.com/post/161731846962/assassins-creed-origins-thoughts-and-stuffs

And my latest positive film review, for Wonder Woman: http://ryanmeft.tumblr.com/post/161360516982/wonder-woman-movie-review

Aphmau Fandom

Aphmau’s content is pretty much the only minecraft-based thing I watch religiously on YouTube. The worst thing I ever do while watching any of her videos is look down at the comment section. It’s filled with people who type in all caps and either ship a whole bunch or hate canon ships.

I get it. There’s always going to be critics. But you guys have crossed the line and y'all don’t even know where the line is!

First of all, there are REAL people working on these videos. R-E-A-L PEOPLE. They build sets, write scripts, characters, make animation and graphic design and many, man more. The voice actors, to me, now have the toughest job of all, and it’s because the fandom is getting out of hand. Ship any fictional characters you want, but why do you have to bring in real, live people into this? If you ship the characters Garroth and Aphmau, don’t tell Jess to have a divorce with Jason and don’t tell Andy to break up with Amy. What is wrong with you people?

And now there are those who send death threats. There are others who make a group of people with the same mindset and try to tear this entire thing down ALL BECAUSE THEY DON’T LIKE THE CANON SHIP. This is child’s play. So you hate the channel because it isn’t showing your favourite ship, and? What do you want them to do about it? It is THEIR story. It’s JESS’ story. She works her ass off for you people and we appreciate her for that because her stories are well written, funny and emotional. It’s NOT YOUR story. Oh look! There’s that line I was talking about! You also cross the line when you bring a group of people and plan to spread hate into this community. They’ve said it before so I’ll say it again:

IF YOU DON’T LIKE WHAT THEY’RE PUTTING OUT, THEN DON’T WATCH THEIR VIDEOS. LOOK FOR SOMETHING ELSE AND FOR GOD’S SAKES, TRY NOT TO TEAR THEM DOWN AS WELL.

I’m in many a fandom. From Steven Universe to Undertale to Aphmau. All three have toxic people in them that just want to cause a ruckus. Undertale probably has it worse than any of them, but this fandom is a damn close second. Don’t let us become the toxic fandom all because you didn’t approve of the ship. Kids these days want to prove so badly that they’re mature, well then don’t act like this. This isn’t being mature. Don’t be like those groups of people. If you don’t like their content, then unsubscribe, leave, find something else to enjoy. Why spend so much time trying to tear such a nice thing down? Are you that bored with your life? Are you that immature?

Please, do us all a favour. If you’re one of these people, go. BlueJay Studios is doing a phenomenal job at keeping us on our toes with all the series they’ve been working on. They deserve only good things and the credit for dealing with this fandom in a calm, mature way.

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BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT EUROPE AND TITAN COMICS ANNOUNCE LITTLE NIGHTMARES™ COMICS – BASED ON THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED VIDEO GAME!


BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe teams up with Titan Comics publisher to create comics based on the upcoming shadowy suspense-adventure game!BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe and Titan Comics are thrilled to announce the creation of comics based on the upcoming, highly anticipated 3D puzzle-platformer LITTLE NIGHTMARES! 


The LITTLE NIGHTMARES video game is scheduled to hit PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and Steam® platforms on April 28th, 2017 and, to tie-in with the release, Titan Comics’ LITTLE NIGHTMARES Issue #1 hits stores in May.

Strange, spooky and surreal, LITTLE NIGHTMARES is the first collaboration between BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe and Tarsier Studios - the Swedish team best known for their award winning work on a PS Vita game in 2012. 


This four-issue mini-series delightfully connects to the deranged video game, which follows Six, a little girl, who tumbles into a den of ravenous creatures beneath The Maw – a grim feeding trough for the swollen, corrupted souls of the world. A place where excess is encouraged and dark secrets kept far out of sight.


“As an entertainment company our vision is to go beyond our games and use several formats such as comic books to tell great stories. With these comics, fans will be able to dive deeper into the vast universe of Little Nightmares and learn more about events connected to the game and beyond.” said Hervé Hoerdt – Vice President of Marketing & Digital at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe.


LITTLE NIGHTMARES further expands the strong relationship between Titan Comics’ and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe and adds to the portfolio of successful comics based on gaming properties Dark Souls™ and the upcoming TEKKEN™.


Titan Comics’ LITTLE NIGHTMARES Issue #1 is written by Dan Watters (Assassin’s Creed: Uprising) and Alex Paknadel (Assassin’s Creed: Uprising) with art by Aaron Alexovich (Heart Shaped Skull).


Titan Comics’ LITTLE NIGHTMARES will be available to order from Diamond PREVIEWS catalogue. The LITTLE NIGHTMARES video game, will release on April, 28th in digital and physical format on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Umm! Can we talk about how stoked I am about the Starlight episode that came out today??

Okay so first of all, my body is ready for that sweet, sweet internal conflict between Aph and Aaron. Clearly Aph’s idea of who Aaron is has changed because of her perception of werewolves. And Aaron is taking offense! He doesn’t find it cute that she is stereotyping him; he’s annoyed! For the first time in their adult relationship, Aaron is annoyed by something Aph does! Huzzah! They have taken a really important step in becoming a realistically written couple! AND THEY AREN’T THE MAIN FOCUS OF THE EPISODE! They are a third of the episode! They give way to other plotlines that are also interesting! Characters that are also going through problems and revelations and changes! Love it, love it, LOVE IT!

Then we have drama with Katelyn and Travis! And it’s not comedic drama where Travis hits on Katelyn and Katelyn literally just hits Travis. We are getting realistic dialogue (though Travis’s monologue was a little over the top, but I will gladly forgive it because of the subject matter). We are also getting a softer Katelyn and I’m so excited about that! She’s so much more real now that she has a consistent softer side.

And YAS the Kawaii~Chan/Zane plotline! (I put a “/” instead of using their ship name because, while I really like that ship, I don’t want to assume that’s where Blue Jay is going with it.) I’m just so stoked that Zane has a close companion who is NOT Aphmau! It really allows other characters to shine and it doesn’t have to have literally everything centered on Aph all the time. We get to see more characters from the amazingly colorful and interesting cast!

And I love that the writing isn’t shying away from more serious topics as well. While we aren’t dealing with magic and evil and blahdy bloo, we are dealing with REAL stuff and I’m so stoked about it! (Don’t get me wrong, I love where MCD is going, but I’m really into the psychology of real world relationships.)

Anyway, I absolutely loved the episode from today and I’m really excited about this new direction Blue Jay is heading in! I’m really looking forward to seeing how these three plotlines progress!

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Tommy Bracco, Iain Young, Aaron Albano, Evan Kasprzak, Jacob Guzman singing “Cheerleader”

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Aaron Carter
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Aaron Carter’s new single. Thought you guys might want to hear it, this shit is FIRE.

I encourage everyone to go buy his single instead of downloading it off of here, so you can support Aaron in his efforts to make a self-funded album. Seriously, his comeback is gonna be better than ever, just you wait. You buying his single can help him do that.

Mares loves to talk about certain themes, and they are inversted and glad to talk about it…but that kind of changes when controversial opinions come into play ._.

( FINALLY! A NEW COMIC!)

Featuring @ask-aaronthepony and her marefriend, Rosie :P

Special thanks to: @ask-leonidas-littlelight / @derpdurderpii for the revision and edits of this comic before it’s posterior publication