the aquabats! super show! tv


In January of 2016, Alterna Comics tweeted about wanting to see an Aquatbats comic. After an enormous amount of “likes” and “retweets,” Peter Simeti (founder/owner of Alterna) found himself in a discussion with the band. Months passed and nothing really came to fruition. Being a huge fan of the band–and their tv show–I wanted to move things along.

So I made a proof-of-concept pitch with @axureneas. You know, the natural thing to do.

Our pitch was a direct continuation of “The Aquabats! Super Show!” Being true to the tv iteration of the band, different art styles would pop up in every issue. This would’ve been done through the help of various creators from around the world. So, in a way, it would’ve been a fun lil mixtape anthology.

While nothing really came of this short, I’m still immensely happy about how things turned out. With KISS and Gwar comics on the horizon, maybe enough likes, RTs, and reblogs will show the band that fans really want a comic!

I would just like to point out

The sticker on the side of S’s helmet is a pop/punk band called The Aquabats

They’re a group of superheros who also have a band, which has been around for like 30 years. They each made up ‘tragic backstories’ to go along with their superhero alter egos. I just think it’s super cute that Rebecca Sugar put that in there, because recently, The Aquabats were signed on by the Hub to make a kid’s tv show called The Aquabats Super Show. Kids watching Steven Universe can point it out and feel like their apart of that sort of subculture S is apart of.

Also, I’ve always loved thinking about how the Crystal Gems mirror their powers a little bit.

Lovable goofball with a big appetite and powers strongly connected to their emotional state

Awesome cool kid suffers from feelings of inferiority in the group and has to try extra hard to keep up

Cool, collected mom of the group with strong arms and the ability to see into the future

Overprotective mom who is constantly falling in love and hates eating

Self proclaimed leader of the group who has no real powers and loves aliens

My point is thank you Sugar and go listen to The Aquabats

anonymous asked:

What's an AquaBat?

Ah boy, I love this question! Come here friend, [whispers] let me explain.

An Aquabat is a member of The Aquabats!, aka the best crime and boredom fighting band in the world!

Pictured here is the current lineup, from left to right, Ricky Fitness, Eaglebones Falconhawk, The MC Bat Commander, Crash McLarson, and Jimmy the Robot. 

They’re a band that’s been around since 1994 that originally started as ska but ended up as like, surf rock pop something + other genres when they lost the horns section (keeping up an 8 or sometimes 9 piece band is hard!). Their lead singer, The MC Bat Commander (aka MCBC aka Christian Jacobs) is also the co-creater of Yo Gabba Gabba, and the Jacobs aesthetic, musical skill, and humor shine through in the band.

Their music is awesome, and they’ve had a good run of their very own TV show, The Aquabats! Super Show! which currently has 22 episodes counting the pilot. Their past is also filled with a complicated mythos, centering around 8 or sometimes 9 youths being washed up on the Californian shore after their homeland island of Aquabania was attacked by the evil Space Monster M, leading to them being taken in by Professor Monty Corndog, who gave them super powers to further their goal of playing the raddest music possible, and to take over the world so Aquabania can be reclaimed! 

But this description does them no justice. No, it’s near impossible to capture in just words what makes The Aquabats! what they are. As their most famous song declares, they are indeed “super rad!”, having an amazing energy on stage and in the show. Still actively touring, their live shows consist of fighting villains on stage, tossing around pool toys with everyone, and throwing young children out into the audience to crowd surf. Their audience consists mainly of Aquacadets (of whom I am one of)–commonly Aquabats uniform-clad fans who adopt the moniker to show their dedication to the band and to being rad as heck.

As for the Super Show!, it contains great musical sequences and humor oft compared to the Monkees or 60’s Batman. Solid jokes, great music, fun action, cartoon segments, fake ads, and ridiculous scenarios abound in every episode. Currently only season 1 is on Netflix and Hulu, but the rest of the 8 episodes available are currently caught in some kinda contract Hell and haven’t seen the light of day for over a year. It’s basically impossible to view them anywhere legally anymore and there’s no sign they’ll be released soon, so if you’d like to see them, send me a message wink wink nudge nudge. 

Check out the band for yourself, and see if you like it! A lot of people recommend starting with their album Charge!, unless you’re a ska fan, in which case dive into their earlier works. Of course, don’t forget to watch the Super Show!, too! The first season ends with quite the twist, so watching it all is definitely worth it, and it gets even better from the first episode onwards.

Here’s a link to a song I really like because it was the first song of theirs I sat down and listened to and realized how they’re like, a REAL band with SHOWS and A TV SHOW!!! THEY PLAY MUSIC I’VE BEEN TO A CONCERT OF THEIRS IT WAS SO GREAT HOLY GOD!!! SUCH GREAT CONCERT!!!–I’m going on a tangent now, heh. –Plastic Lips, from Charge!

I hope that helps explain what an Aquabat is, but the only way to get a real answer is to check one out for yourself, which I hope you do! Enjoy!