argentine comics

woodelf68  asked:

Favourite comic strip ever? Favourite juice? What was the first historical period that you were really interested in a child? How about now?

Calvin and Hobbes (actually it’s Mafalda, but that’s an Argentine comic strip no one here will know, so). Passion fruit or raspberry juice. Ancient Egypt. Now it’s the post war eras (first and second world war).

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CYBERSIX (1999)

a series of Argentine comics first published in 1992, drawn by Carlos Meglia and written by Carlos Trillo for the Italian comics magazine Skorpio (Eura Editoriale). The series first appeared in Spanish in November 1993.

In 1995, the comics were adapted into alive-action television series, and again in 1999 into a much more successful thirteen-episode animated series by TMS/NOA

Why was it forgotten?: TOO DIFFERENT TO BE MARKETABLE.

We kick  off our very first ‘Good Forgotten Cartoon’ with something you’ve probably never heard of in your life.

Hell, I never even heard of it until I saw a thread on 4chan’s /co/ board where I had to wait for close to 2 hours before somebody dropped the name.

Let me just say, from the bottom of my heart; THIS SERIES IS FREAKING AWESOME!

Let me give you the basic gist of the plot: a Nazi scientist flees Germany after the end of World War 2 to continue his work in genetic engineering, and construct a series of cyborgs called Cybers. One of the cyborgs, named Cybersix escapes and flees to America where she adopts the secret identity of a male high school teacher. 

By day she’s a teacher, but by night a hero who indirectly saves her city from the minions of her creator who come to seek her out. She destroys them in order to feed on their life energy called “Sustenence” so she can continue living. 

So let me run this by you again; we have a genderqueer cyborg anti-hero fighting nazi robots in the 1990s. Is that not the most amazing idea you’ve ever heard?!

Not only is the concept cool but the actual content manages to measure up. Sure, the cartoon has to take a few liberties; like  toning down some of the violence to make it suitable for television. Of course, it also ran into the misfortune of being a dark cartoon based on a rather unknown intellectual property so no one really knew what to make of it.

Cybersix wasn’t Batman, or even Spawn so it was nigh impossible for her to find an audience. So unfortunate, she wasn’t able to,

All and all, the cartoon definitely has it’s legacy, and though being the first of the good forgotten cartoons, it definitely gets the Cartoon Badlands Highest Recommendation

TRIVIA

  • in 2000, the creators of Cybersix filed a lawsuit against James Cameron and Fox Broadcasting Company, claiming that Cameron’s 2000 television series Dark Angel plagiarized Cybersix
  • The method by which Cybersix obtains sustenance is different among the series’ incarnations. In the comic book, Cybersix sucks sustenance directly from the neck of those she hunts as if she were a vampire. in the animated series, Von Reichter’s creations carry glowing vials of Sustenance with them, which Cybersix would open and drink.
  • the series received positive critical reception from the Pulcinella Awards
  • Cybersix first aired in Canada on Teletoon then appeared in other countries  like the U.S.A. on  Fox Kids, and Kids Station in Japan.
  • The title sequence and closing creditsfeatured lyrics written by Robert Olivier, which were sung by jazz vocalist Coral Egan.
  • Cybersix is voiced by veteran voice actress, Cathy Weseluck

CLOSING THOUGHTS

Such an amazing cartoon. Probably one of the best science-fiction animations I’ve ever seen in my life.

Until all you’ve had is a few bad quality episodes and streams spread across youtube and the rest of the web but fear not Badlanders!

Discotek Media is releasing a dvd box set this year! Please, pick it up when you can, you will not regret it!

And if you’re able to find the Cybersix comics, whether they be physical or digital, read them. Just read them.

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So… something really awesome happened today.

I went down to Argentina Comic-Con 2016, and after meeting Peter David and Daniel Acuña, I was walking down Artists’ Alley when I saw a fellow who had a bunch of fantasy art and a stack about a head tall of art acryllic (I think) on cardboard. And as I walked past I realized… it was all Dredd art. And I knew that art.

I immediately went down to the artist, one German Ponce, and said “Hey, this is from the RPG, right? The Mongoose Judge Dredd RPG?”. And his eyes just sort of lit up a little. “Yes, yes they are. Would you like some? Take a look!”. I knew exactly what I wanted. And after browsing through a few, I found it. One of my all-time favorite Hershey pics. And now I own the original, signed in the back with my name and all, along with that lovely Lawgiver and Judge Pax. I’d actually been wondering who that judge was for ages now…

Anyway, we spent the next twenty or so minutes just absolutely geeking the fuck out about Dredd, me going through his cards, recognizing everyone and everything in them, to his absolute delight. There was a very funny moment where I got to a picture of a judge that he admitted didn’t remember who it was, and I went “Oh yeah, that’s Judge Giant!”. It got to a point where he turned to the fellow next to him (Salvador Sanz, writer and artist of Legion and a fuckton of other awesome argentine horror comics) and went “This guy! This guy KNOWS his Dredd! This is great!”. He then told me about meeting John Wagner, Pat Mills and Michael Moorcock, and I told him about writing for Zarjaz. Then he pulled out a business card and told me to drop him a line after the con. I paid for my stuff, thanked him, and went back into the crowd.

And you know what? I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.