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Double Jump Company (May it Rest in Peace)

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With the release of Risky’s Revenge on PC I finally realized something that I’ve been pondering for awhile now.

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wonder-meathead:

I think Wayforward’s Shantae might be my most favorite character design of all timeimage

Now both of her games, Shantae on the Game Boy Color and Risky’s Revenge are pretty rad. They’re metroidvania style platformer-adventure games in which you explore, find loot, use your special abilities to beat bosses and find treasures. It’s good stuff. There’s some annoying aspects to them but all around they’re pretty solid games.

But yes, the titular heroine. Out of all the comic books, cartoons, anime, manga, etc. I’ve ever seen I think she is one of the best designed characters I’ve ever come across.

Why’s that?

For starters, she’s probably one of the only female characters I’ve ever seen who manages to perfectly mold cuteness and sexiness without going overboard on either front.

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Ya see, in all official art she kind of got a bit of an anime thing going on; a small body with a slender frame, but with a big head and big expressive eyes with big eye lashes that give the character a lot of expressiveness.

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Then you’ve got her sexy side.

A lot of the times in various artistic mediums like sequential art, animation, or video games artists will attempt to draw character with sex appeal through details of their cloth, or lack there of, in most cases.

Often times it can get pretty nonsensical due to a disconnect between the way the character is written, how the scenario she’s engaged in is written or just real life sense.

I’m not going to be one of those puritan types who says something like, oh say, bikini armor is bad because it’s unrealistic, and nobody would wear that. I know it’s completely idiotic, even if the writer tries to lampshade it in some clownish way. Cheesecake can be fine if you aren’t willing to take everything so seriously.

Yet that can be damaging to your narrative if you feel the need to forcibly include cheesecake to pander to a specific audience.

As for Shantae on the other hand, she totally gets away with it. I can really believe she runs around in basically a bra and poofy pants.

Because it all coincides with her character and that’s the big thing, everything about a character that we see and don’t have to end up reading on some wiki or something should all mesh together.

She looks like a genie (which she is) and a stereotypical Arabian Belly Dancer (which she also kind of is).

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Going back to the whole cuteness thing for a minute, I always thought it was adorable when she crouches and wiggles her butt like a cat.

Anyway, my point is that even though she looks sexy, it’s not overpowering. It’s not the one thing I could use to describe her, and it’s not even the first thing I could use.

Probably because her design is so open with her sex appeal, and she moves around freely with no real reference to it that I don’t pay that much attention to that aspect of her character, particularly when I know she has other facets.

Besides, how could your attention be drawn away from this face?

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Wayforward seem to have a knack for making female characters who can be both cute and sexy.

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Moving away from heavily opinionated reasons over why I love Shantae’s character design, lets look at some technical aspects of why her design is the best.

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Now, when you look at Shantae, what would you say are her primary colors?

Red, Purple, Brown, and Gold.

There are 2 things that are very important when designing a character; color and iconography.

In video games, when you think of a color, usually certain characters come to mind.

When you think of Red, you think of Mario.

when you think of Blue, you think of Sonic the Hedgehog or Mega Man

when you think of Green, you think of Luigi or the Master Chief

When you think of Pink, you think of Kirby.

Color is extremely important. It’s also important to have a good balance of color so the character is visually appealing.

Shantae’s balance of color is perfect. Absolutely perfect.

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Even better that the colors are all placed in a way that help you to remember aspects about her character.

The red is on her clothes, dancer’s clothes.

The gold is on her bangles, hair tie, ear rings, and headband; this part is interesting because it infers a number of uses. Not only is gold considered to be a symbol of richness but it’s also a symbol of magic, and can also serve to remind of the bondage that comes with the territory of genies as well as her primary role as a guardian of the town she watches over.

Her brown skin, again, it lends to her sex appeal as girls with bronzed skin look ravishing but it also serves to remind us that she is from a tropical/desert region.

And finally, purple which is a highly dominant color for her because it’s the color of her most dominant and iconic feature, her hair.

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As I was saying about iconography, it’s also important to give your character a recognizable icon or symbol that people can associate with them.

Superman has the S, his Kryptonian family symbol.

and Batman has the Bat symbol

If there’s one thing you’re probably drawn to when it comes to Shantae’s design, it’s her hair, something that also serves as her primary attack. Wayforward always seems to go to great lengths to make her hair stand out

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and in fact, way back during her conception that was what they mainly wanted to focus on most.

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Even fan art and fan animations focus most on her hair

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In the end, that is all why I believe Shantae is one of the best designed characters ever made.

She has the perfect balance of cute and sexy that few female characters have obtained. The most likable features she has all mold well together and make sense for her character, her actions, and the setting she’s in. She has a superb and well balanced color scheme. And she has dominant characteristics and features that are unique to her and no other character.

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed

A fantastic commentary on one of my all-time favorite video game characters.

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Hey Squall, how’d you like to write something for RoboFist’s Revenge? Your style definitely fits, and I’m always looking for guest writers.

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Robin Thicke is unapologetic about how rapey ‘Blurred Lines’ is, meanwhile the dude who parodied it issues a public apology for one word.

And that is just one reason why I love Weird Al.

It’s great that he’s addressed this but are we really supposed to believe that NO ONE during the extremely lengthy processes of writing a song, recording it, mastering it and animating the music video wouldn’t have brought it up?

Excuse me but how the hell is spastic even remotely insulting?

So I just recently learned that in the UK calling someone spastic means the same thing as calling someone retarded, only much worse.
If it makes people in the UK feel any better, people in the US literally do not know this (like literally no one I have ever met and/or know). Here being spastic is usually meant to mean something along the lines of acting like a hyper-active child (like running around in circles yelling just because they feel like it please be quiet for just 2 minutes type of child). NOBODY here uses it as a slur.
Since Weird Al is a US musician and the US music industry is pretty non-international, yeah actually I think its entirely possible that none of the people who worked on this song actually knew that spastic was considered an awful slur in some parts of the world.
And I’m like 99.9999% sure that Weird Al is genuinely very sorry that he was accidentally offensive.

^^^^^

I grew up being taught that spastic meant hyperactive, as well. 
Weird Al is the least offensive artist in the biz. If anyone honestly believes that he did this on purpose or hates people with mental illnesses, then that’s on them.

xcuteikinz:

gryffindorgeek7777:

mad-piper-with-a-box:

thetomska:

giddytf2:

the-last-teabender:

Robin Thicke is unapologetic about how rapey ‘Blurred Lines’ is, meanwhile the dude who parodied it issues a public apology for one word.

And that is just one reason why I love Weird Al.

It’s great that he’s addressed this but are we really supposed to believe that NO ONE during the extremely lengthy processes of writing a song, recording it, mastering it and animating the music video wouldn’t have brought it up?

Excuse me but how the hell is spastic even remotely insulting?

So I just recently learned that in the UK calling someone spastic means the same thing as calling someone retarded, only much worse.

If it makes people in the UK feel any better, people in the US literally do not know this (like literally no one I have ever met and/or know). Here being spastic is usually meant to mean something along the lines of acting like a hyper-active child (like running around in circles yelling just because they feel like it please be quiet for just 2 minutes type of child). NOBODY here uses it as a slur.

Since Weird Al is a US musician and the US music industry is pretty non-international, yeah actually I think its entirely possible that none of the people who worked on this song actually knew that spastic was considered an awful slur in some parts of the world.

And I’m like 99.9999% sure that Weird Al is genuinely very sorry that he was accidentally offensive.

^^^^^

I grew up being taught that spastic meant hyperactive, as well. 

Weird Al is the least offensive artist in the biz. If anyone honestly believes that he did this on purpose or hates people with mental illnesses, then that’s on them.

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Let’s Watch “The Room”, Huh?

robofists-revenge:

Lo and behold, this milestone happened yesterday:

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No, not the fact that my activity is declining; RoboFist’s Revenge officially has one-hundred followers!

Coincidentally, this milestone coincided with another landmark event in my life: my first ever midnight showing of the legendary vomit stain, The Room. Yeah, that The Room.

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Instead of reviewing the movie itself, which has already been done by people far more hilarious than I am, I’m going to review the overall experience. Because you can’t go to one of these things without going through a bizarre metamorphosis. I felt like Neo at the beginning of The Matrix, going through those slimy pods all naked and hairless: I am a changed man because of last night.

First of all, the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak, MI is one of the coolest little art house cinemas I’ve ever been to. Every month, they show three or four films at midnight, ranging from classics to cult classics. I’ve been there many times before, but I’ve never in my life seen it this packed.

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I stood in one of the longest lines I’ve ever seen for a good half hour before I realized that this wasn’t even the line to buy tickets. I found that a bit strange, so I left the line to purchase my ticket. At the register, I asked the most “I’m so stressed but dammit I’m gonna smile!” 20-something employee what the giant human centipede outside was for.

"Oh, that’s for the meet-and-greet."

Um…excuse me?!

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Guys, he was there. The director, writer, producer, and star of The Room, Tommy Wiseau, is indeed a real person, and not the melting wax puppet that I thought he was! Look at him, in all his glory, signing autographs and wearing sunglasses at 11:45 at night.

I don’t mind telling you that it was kind of surreal. I’ve seen interviews, listened to podcasts, and read books about this guy, and he’s exactly as enigmatic, bizarre, and ridiculous as I’d hoped. 

I didn’t have anything for him to sign, which was fine because the line was of biblical proportions and, to be frank, I really didn’t want a poster of Tommy Wiseau’s face hanging in my room, autographed or not.

The strangest thing was that people around me, waiting in line eagerly clutching their blu-ray copies of the worst movie ever made, is how they looked at Tommy. He was a messiah figure to them, a rock god or a douchey teen idol. There were girls who were literally screaming when they were next in line, as if I had teleported back to the 60s and was surrounded by people about to meet The Beatles. And this guy is grotesque in every sense of the word. His accent is so strange that you can really only make out every sixth word he says. He’s withdrawn, awkward, and downright eccentric. So…note to all of you “Nice Guys” out there, just be more like Tommy Wiseau and you’ll be golden.

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So we all eventually sit down and patiently wait for the Q&A (because of course there is one). Once again, upon entering (“Oh hai errybawdy!”), he welcomed with cheers, whistles, and screams. However, he seems tired and annoyed (or maybe that’s just his personality, I couldn’t tell), and hurries the questions along.

The strangest thing about the Q&A was the quality of Wiseau’s answers. Some of them made no sense (in response to “What events inspired the story of The Room?” he said something about it originally being an 800 page novel…) but one or two were genuinely inspiring.

One individual asked him “Do you have any advice to give to aspiring filmmakers?” His response was “Don’t think you can do it all at once. One day, you’ll look at your life and see that you’re only 20% to your goal. And that will make you mad. But you keep going and eventually you’ll be at 40%, 60%, all the way up to 100% before you know it.” Like…that’s a damn locker room-level inspiration speech from the guy who wrote a movie that opens with two 4-minute sex scenes…within ten minutes of each other.

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Then he left, the lights dimmed, and the most horribly-structured film I’ve ever seen in my life began. 

I tell you, there was nothing like it. Half of the audience was drunk, the other half high, and everyone was just shitting on this movie. Loudly. At all the perfect moments. It was crude, offensive, not at all for the faint of heart, and easily the funniest movie-going experience I’ve ever had.

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Footballs were passed, plastic spoons were thrown, quotes were shouted, scenes were reenacted. Everyone shouted “You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!” in unison, and everyone was laughing. Hey, Rocky Horror Picture Show? Eat my shorts. 

The Room is the most bizarre cultural phenomenon in recent history (except for 50 Shades of Grey, but for a totally worse reason), and you’ll get no complaints from me. Is the film bad? Son, it’s worse than bad. Not even the Nostalgia Critic could fully explain just how terrible this movie is. I left the theater exhausted trying to keep up with its nonsensical plot. But is it worth seeing? If you’re going to a midnight show with a group of people who simply despise it, then I couldn’t recommend it enough.

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Spoons.

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Congrats on Wonder Woman, DC fans!

robofists-revenge:

Have you ever felt second-hand happiness for a fanbase you’re not even a part of?

Because, look, I’m not a DC guy by any stretch of the imagination. Most of my knowledge of the DC universe came from episodes of The Justice League and the atrocious crossover they did with Marvel in ‘96. Batman is awesome, and even Flash is pretty OK, but I’ve made mine Marvel since the very start.

That being said, just look at this:

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This is a crowd of fans of every age, race, and gender, going crazy because their Wonder Woman looks awesome. Wonder Woman, the quintessential superheroine, is finally coming to the big screen, and she looks fantastic. She’s not sexualized, she’s not fragile, she’s not a supermodel, and she thankfully doesn’t look anything like she did in the rejected NBC pilot from 2011. No, she’s Wonder Woman. She’s the Greek Amazonian warrior princess everyone wanted.

(Meanwhile, over on Marvel’s side, Janet van Dyne’s Wasp has been replaced with Hope van Dyne, who may or may not even end up donning the Wasp wings. Way to drop the ball, true believers…)

This news doesn’t really change anything. Wonder Woman’s costume doesn’t guarantee that she will be written well, or performed well by actress Gal Gadot. But it still just makes me smile that fans of “The Other Company” are finally getting some good news film-wise. 

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I dont understand why, for a girl to be considered badass and strong in movies and books, she has to be tomboyish, not wear makeup and not like girly things?

Girls should be allowed to put on lipstick and flowery dresses then conquer the world by crushing the necks of their enemies under their 6 inch heels

Y’all need Buffy.

Have any of you seen Sailor Moon? That’s exactly the premise of the entire show…

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Or Ramona Flowers? Miss “I fight people with a giant hammer?”

She uses $45 eyeliner. 

Status: Badass.

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nayomiejade:

voldemo:

I dont understand why, for a girl to be considered badass and strong in movies and books, she has to be tomboyish, not wear makeup and not like girly things?

Girls should be allowed to put on lipstick and flowery dresses then conquer the world by crushing the necks of their enemies under their 6 inch heels

Y’all need Buffy.

Have any of you seen Sailor Moon? That’s exactly the premise of the entire show…

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robofists-revenge:

First Look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woma-
Wait.
Hang on.
Stop.
Did Warner Bros, DC and Zach Snyder do something…right?
No, seriously, this is actually amazing. Knowing the sexist attitudes of some of the people involved with Batman v Superman, I was seriously expecting WW’s outfit to look more like the one from the rejected NBC pilot.

(Yes, in 2011, this was almost a thing)
But instead, we get something significantly more badass. For her first real leap to the silver screen, I’d say that this look exceeded everyone’s expectations, and is definitely worthy of the Amazonian princess.
Rest easy, everyone. Though we’re still not sure how great the actual film will be, or how Gadot’s acting chops will hold up, or if she’s well-written, we can at least take comfort in knowing that the costume designers did her absolute justice.

robofists-revenge:

First Look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woma-

Wait.

Hang on.

Stop.

Did Warner Bros, DC and Zach Snyder do something…right?

No, seriously, this is actually amazing. Knowing the sexist attitudes of some of the people involved with Batman v Superman, I was seriously expecting WW’s outfit to look more like the one from the rejected NBC pilot.

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(Yes, in 2011, this was almost a thing)

But instead, we get something significantly more badass. For her first real leap to the silver screen, I’d say that this look exceeded everyone’s expectations, and is definitely worthy of the Amazonian princess.

Rest easy, everyone. Though we’re still not sure how great the actual film will be, or how Gadot’s acting chops will hold up, or if she’s well-written, we can at least take comfort in knowing that the costume designers did her absolute justice.

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Steve and Danger Play “Fire Emblem Awakening” Very Poorly

robofists-revenge:

So after spending the past 12 thousand years playing Pokemon Y, I decided that it was about time for me to get anything else to play on my 3DS. Fascinated by Lucina and Robin being added to the new Super Smash roster, I figured it was about time to bite the bullet and see what this whole Fire Emblem thing was about.

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I’m going to be honest with you all upfront: I’m not an intelligent man. It took me until my junior year of high school to realize that “pilates” was not pronounced like “pirates”. So a turn-based strategy game isn’t exactly my forte. I’m much more of a side-scrolling, hack-n-slash kind of guy. Give me Aliens: Infestation, and I’m golden.

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However, I was determined to become a smarter gamer, and Awakening was going to be my greatest learning tool.

Plus, Danger wanted a game she could play to show off her quote-unquote “mad tactician skillz, bee-otch.”

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This is one of the first screens, and I just know that it will become the bane of my existence. A lot of people choose Classic Mode because it offers a greater challenge; they’re also people who find the concept of connecting to fictional characters on an emotional level ridiculous. I’m not one of those people. I was emotionally distraught when my sidekicks fainted in Paper MarioToy Story really fucked me up in terms of attaching a piece of my soul to inanimate objects, so Classic Mode is going to kill me.

Still, if I’m going to play Fire Emblem, I want the genuine Fire Emblem experience. Classic Mode it is. May God have mercy on my soul.

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Right off the bat, you get to actually customize your avatar, which is a pretty neat feature. To my knowledge, in previous Fire Emblem games, you just played as the invisible, omnipotent tactician. Since Danger will be playing along with me, I decided to let her name our character.

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How modest.

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Look out, [insert world that the Fire Emblem series takes place in]! This bad bitch is headed your way to screw with your establishment!

Man, I am drooling over these cut scenes. It’s this beautiful combination between 3D cel-shading and classic hand-drawn anime, and I kind of wish the entire game looked exactly like it. I can’t screencap those, but you can check out the opening Bioshock-esque scene for yourself with a simple click on your mouse! In other news, remember when computers came with mice?

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Ahh, so this is that Chrom guy nobody would shut up about. Is it just me, or does he look a bit too much like Marth and Ike had a son together?

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Chrom is so brave that the very concept of danger is foreign to him. Kudos, brave warrior. You have earned my respect, my bow, and my ax.

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Alright, so my brother had the original Fire Emblem for the Game Boy Advance (you know, the one starring Lyn who should’ve totally been in Brawl instead of Marth again), so this layout is both familiar and terrifying to me. Time to make my first move and pray I don’t get anyone killed on my first mission (it has happened before).

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Damn, Danger’s the bee’s knees! Bronze Sword and Lightning spells? If I level her up enough, can I just make her a god? Seriously, who would ever be able to stop someone who can fight with both sword and magic?

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…oh.

Guys, Frederick so so ridiculously overpowered in these first few levels. I’m not sure why I even bother with the rest of my unit, because Freddy kills every boss on his first strike. I’m convinced that he was supposed to be Awakening's original rep in the new Smash Bros, but during development they realized that all of his attacks immediately kayoed just everything, so they’re like “Eh…that Robin fellow will do.”

Speaking of Smash Bros

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Except whoever was in charge of the roster! Pow! Good night everybody!

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I will do no such thing, Lucina.

How anyone could mistake her for a man is beyond me. Sure, her face is covered up, but there’s no denying that every sentence “Marth” says is coming straight from a woman’s vocal chords. Marth must’ve been the most fabulously flamboyant warrior to ever grace the Fire Emblem world if everyone just blindly accepts a masked woman to be him.

Then again…

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…maybe Marth just is a woman? “Prefered pronouns” and all that jazz?

Anyway, Fire Emblem has more blue hair than Final Fantasy has unnecessary belt buckles. 

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Um, so hey, I don’t mean to be “that guy”, but can someone explain to me why my avatar has no feet? Or, you know, why nobody in this fucking game has any feet?? Were they all “foot-castrated” as babies? Are they walking around on stubs? Or in quicksand? Are their feet invisible? Like ghost-feet? Because these sprites do walk with a strange amount of grace for fully-armored shepherds…

No, guys, come on, I’m dead serious, I need an answer to this phenomenon. Nobody has feet, and I’m beginning to freak out and ask myself terrifying existential questions like “Do any of us really have feet…?”

This question will keep me up for nights to come.

Anyway, this post has rambled on long enough. Tune in next time when no doubt everyone will die!

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Throwback Thursday: “Motor City Comic Con: The Tragedy of Stan “The Man” Lee.”

robofists-revenge:

On this special Comic-Con edition of Throwback Thursday, we revisit one of my most read articles about the man, the legend, the Generalissimo, Stan “The Man” Lee, and his upsetting appearance at comic conventions everywhere. Grab some tissues for this one, friends.

djcblog:

They had me with four simple words: “Special Guest: Stan Lee!”

I had to be there. I’d seen B-roll of comic conventions where Stan Lee hung out and interacted with his fans before. He was 90 years old, but he was so lively and energetic and passionate and awesome! And he was coming to Michigan?! Sign me up!

Little did I know what I was about to experience. Something that thousands, if not millions of con-goers have witnessed before, and I can only sit here and wonder if they felt the same guilt that I did…

Anyways, so Motor City Comic Con is one of the most unorganized things I’ve ever experienced. Some security officers are telling us to go into one line, while others are telling us to go into another, while others still are like “Who the hell is Stanley?” Finally, we found the right line, which we stood in for approximately three hours.

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It was daunting, but strangely OK. We were, after all, surrounded by Stan Lee fans, each eagerly gripping onto their VIP tickets and going through what they wanted The Man to sign once they got to him. It wasn’t a completely uneventful wait (more on that later this week), but, deep down, we were all just insanely excited. He was here! In this very building!

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I had my poster tube, all sealed up and ready for our Generalissimo to sign, and as we got closer and closer to the big guy, my heart started to pound out of my chest. I’m not kidding, this was fucking Christmas.

The photography part was first, and…I was shocked at how impersonal it all was. We were ushered in like cattle to stand next to Stan, look at the camera, wait for the flash, and then forced out. Stan himself never even acknowledged the presence of a fan walking in or leaving. For all I know, I posed next to a wax statue of The Man.

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There are two faces in this picture: one that is void, soulless, bereaved of life, and maybe even a little creepy…and the other belongs to Stan Lee.

But seriously, that exhausted smile/frown he has in this picture? It wasn’t just in mine; he looked like that in all of them.

And it was at this moment I realized that something seemed…wrong about this whole thing. Here was a guy who was so incredibly special to me, someone who created so many wonderful characters who influenced me and helped me through life, and I couldn’t even thank him or shake his hand. I realize that he’s old, and that the line was enormous, so fans couldn’t just sit around and talk to Stan Lee. But still…I don’t think this is what he wanted. He loves his fans. He wants to interact with them and talk to them and give them high fives. But this? It felt so routine and unforgiving, and I have a hard time imagining he enjoyed himself, just sitting there, slowly growing even blinder by the flashbulbs.

During the autograph session, I saw him actually move, so I knew he wasn’t a statue. Still, his security guards were making him move so fast to keep the line moving that I felt like I was watching a hospice nurse help her patient use a fork. After he signed my poster, I said “Thank you, Stan!” and his head perked up for a brief moment before another one of his bodyguards forced him to sign another poster. It was actually rather heartbreaking.

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So, in the end, yes, I got my poster signed by Stan “The Man” Lee. And, I won’t lie, it looks awesome, and it’s definitely one of my newest and most beloved treasures now. I’ll never get to actually meet Stan Lee; with him being 90 years old and with a pacemaker in his chest, this will probably be the last time he stops by the Motor City. Still, he’s already given me so much without even knowing it. Me and billions of others. 

And I think that’s why, after I got my photograph and my poster, I felt so guilty. Stan Lee deserves to be more than a wax statue to his fans, and he deserves to be treated a lot better by his staff. Even though he’s old, that doesn’t mean he’s just a novelty until he dies. He’s still the guy who gave us thousands of heroes to look up to, and he should be treated like the comic book legend that he is. ‘Nuff said.

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#BatmanDay

robofists-revenge:

To quote Comics Alliance’s Chris Sims, “Every day is Batman Day.”

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Unfortunately, we’ve been tremendously busy and/or broke over here at RFR, so I don’t have anything planned for the Dark Knight’s 75th (!!!) anniversary.

I know, I know, how could a nostalgia blog not have anything planned for the caped crusader’s birthday? He’s the only one of two DC superheroes that I’ve actively loved since I was a kid (The Flash is a remarkably close second (and that’s a sentence that has probably never been written in the history of The Flash)), and the more I learn and read about him, the more fascinating he becomes. There’s a reason why his anniversary is such a huge deal, while the Fantastic Four’s 75th will probably come and go with little more than a poorly-constructed cake and a bunch of balloons with the number “4” drawn on them. 

Anyway, RFR is working hard to find employment deliver awesome content for you guys in the near future. In the meantime, here are Amazon links to some of Danger’s favorite Batman-related stories and things! Today, act like a Wayne and splurge on all of the Bat-stuff!

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Batman: The Long Halloween - Danger’s favorite Batman story, which works flawlessly as both a superhero vehicle and a hardboiled crime saga. The sequel, Dark Victory, is also well worth the read for Tim Sale’s stylized take on Gotham’s citizens alone.

Batman Returns - I was going to put The Dark Knight on this list, but everyone and their mothers have seen that flick. Instead, pop in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, which is arguably the strangest Batman film, but you can’t deny that Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman is still the sexiest around.

Batman: The Animated Series - If you’re a Batman fan, chances are your very first exposure to the caped crusader is from this action-packed animated series. Pushing the lines of what was acceptable for a cartoon geared toward children, this show not only shaped the Batman franchise, but also action cartoons as a whole.

LEGO Super Heroes: Arkham Asylum Breakout - Look, if you’re not a fan of LEGO, then you simply don’t belong on RoboFist’s Revenge. Get out now. For those of you who decided to stay, this is a painstakingly detailed LEGO model of Arkham Asylum. ‘Nuff said.

Batman: Arkham City (GotY Edition) - As fantastic as both Asylum and Origins were, this is the definitive Batman game. Most of Gotham is open for you to explore, and the cast is as faithful as ever. Plus, come on, who doesn’t want to witness Mark Hamill’s final legendary performance as The Joker?

Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker - Speaking of Hamill’s Joker, he’s downright ruthless in this flick. Yes, technically Terry McGinnis isn’t “the” Batman, but that doesn’t make this movie any less entertaining.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Ever since Nolan helped revive interest in Batman, stories surrounding the Dark Knight have gotten darker and grittier. Fortunately, TBatB brings it back to the fun, campy basics. If you like your humor getting rushed past the censors, or if you enjoy endless cameos from DC’s superhero library, give this brilliant cartoon a watch.

Arkham Asylum: Living Hell - One of my personal favorite stories centers around a crook who tried to cheat the system, avoiding jail by claiming to be insane. What he finds in Arkham, however, is a fate far worse than a prison cell. The end screws up the brilliant pacing with a crude supernatural fight, but the rest of the book is pure psychotic terror.

Funko The Dark Knight Joker Pop - It wouldn’t be a RFR list without a Funko Pop on it! This particular figure is brilliantly modeled after Heath Ledger’s terrifying Joker. We’ve seen Funko take horrifying killers from the screen and make them cute before, but this is definitely an impressive feat.

Anyway, go out and enjoy the anniversary of the greatest, strongest, and most brilliant man who ever dared to dress up as a flying rodent to defeat all of crime!

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