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Review: Static Shock the Complete Third Season

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Milestone Media’s best-known character, Static, is back in the third volume of his animated adventures after the release of the first two seasons last year. Static Shock was somewhat revolutionary back in the day, featuring an African-American teen super-hero who juggled classes, girls, villains, and parents, not all that dissimilar to a certain wall-crawler. The comic was long gone, but he left a mark.

Virgil Hawkins (Phil Lamarr) arrived for the Static Shock the Complete Third Season sporting a brand new costume and during the season, his Bff Richie (Jason Marsden) gained powers, taking on the name Gear. Throughout the thirteen episodes comprising the series, which aired in the Kids’ WB, he left the confines of Dakota and journeyed to Africa and even partnered with Superman after fighting alongside the Justice League.

It helped that there were strong scripts from Milestone co-founder Dwayne McDuffie, backed by Paul Dini, Len Uhley,
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Writers Guild Animation Award Goes to Wolverine Co-Creator Len Wein

Writers Guild Animation Award Goes to Wolverine Co-Creator Len Wein
Len Wein, co-creator of the Wolverine and Swamp Thing characters, will posthumously receive the Writers Guild of America West’s Animation Writers Caucus Animation Writing Award.

The ceremony will take place Tuesday night at the guild’s Los Angeles headquarters. DC Comics co-publisher Dan Didio will present the guild’s Awc lifetime achievement award to Wein’s widow, Christine Valada, in recognition of his significant impact on animation, as well as the legacy of his work. Wein died on Sept. 10.

The evening will also include a special appearance by the creators and cast of “The Thrilling Adventure Hour” podcast, as well as video tributes from “Logan” star Hugh Jackman, who portrayed the Logan/Wolverine mutant character in seven superhero movies from 2000’s “X-Men” through 2017’s “Logan,” and novelist-screenwriter Neil Gaiman.

“There are few writers in our industry whose work has made such a lasting impact as Len Wein,” said WGA West president David A. Goodman. “The current
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Countdown to Justice League – The Cadmus Arc

Ricky Church continues his countdown to Justice League by looking at The Cadmus Arc…

From the early-90s to mid-00s, DC fans were spoiled in the animated format thanks to the DC Animated Universe. Starting with the amazing and classic Batman: The Animated Series, DC and Warner Bros. Animation went through several animated series that all connected with each other, culminating with Justice League Unlimited. That series expanded on the previous series, Justice League, by growing the traditional seven member team to a much larger group featuring nearly 50 characters.

A lot of Justice League Unlimited tells self-contained stories following some of DC’s lesser known heroes, like The Huntress, The Question and Vixen, but the first two seasons still followed a large arc that built on elements from Justice League and Superman: The Animated Series known to fans as ‘The Cadmus Arc’. A secret government agency called Project Cadmas
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Michael Davis – Len Wein: A West Side Time Travel Story

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I’ve said many times no one was more Milestone than Dwayne McDuffie. Denys Cowan’s larger than life idea created the company. Dwayne showed up with the details for that idea.

Milestone has made an impact on the comics world to be sure. Most would say comics have had an impact on the world and I would agree.

Just as no one was more Milestone than Dwayne, there was no one more ‘comics’ than Len Wein. That may be my opinion, but I defy anyone who knew Len to prove me wrong. Comics at their best induce moments where you’re living within the world you’re reading about. As an adult, if you’re lucky that feeling will last a few minutes if you achieve it at all.

As a child, those moments lasted hours maybe even longer depending on your level of interest and in my case your level of pain.
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Joe Corallo: Your Friendly Neighborhood Spectacular

This past weekend I saw Spider-Man Homecoming with my friend Chap. We went to the theater right by us early in the afternoon on Saturday. It was the best experience I’ve had seeing a Spider-Man movie in theaters since I saw Spider-Man 2 with fellow ComicMix writer Arthur Tebbel back in 2004. That was thirteen years ago.

So much of what makes this movie work is Spider-Man himself. Tom Holland (no relation to Alec Holland, a.k.a. Swamp Thing) manages to nail playing both a boy with a superhero physique with enough awkward mannerisms to make it totally believable that he would be perceived as big nerd even by nerd science school standards. He handles the social anxiety and doubt of a teenage Peter Parker better than just about anyone else I’d seen play it or write it. Tom Holland approaches the character with a neediness, desperation, love,
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Spider-Man: Homecoming - 13 spoilery questions answered

James Hunt Jul 5, 2017

We take a look at the questions that Spider-Man: Homecoming leaves behind...

Spider-Man: Homecoming has firmly established the webslinger’s presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with a fresh take on Peter Parker and his supporting cast. But like any comic book movie, you might still have questions – about who characters are, about whether there were easter eggs you missed, and about what happened. Here, we’ll do our best to clear things up for you.

Spoilers for the entire film follow right after the return of the spoiler squirrel...

What’s Damage Control?

In the McU, as in the comics, Damage Control is an entity that exists specifically to clear up the mess made by superhero battles. Created by Dwayne McDuffie and Ernie Colon in 1988, the company was originally co-owned by Tony Stark and Wilson Fisk, who were the two largest shareholders. It was run, as in the films,
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Michael Davis: Milestone is Dead 2: Long Live Milestone

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This article processes some hard truths many won’t like.

The first part of this narrative, Milestone Is Dead, got a lot of people talking.

Nothing and I mean nothing in that article was new. I’ve written about what and why I thought the holdup at Milestone was many times. The only thing that was new was the title.

Every move Milestone has made I’ve predicted beforehand, and done so in writing.

But as always put a new spin on an old point, and people see something bright and shiny and want to play with it.

Now people are paying attention.

Paying attention to see whether or not I’m going to throw more shade at my former partners. I didn’t throw any in the first place. I told the truth Milestone 2.0 formed almost seven years ago, and there are no books.

Milestone is dead for four reasons.
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Black Lightning Static Shock Team-Up? Salim Akil Loves The Idea

This fall The CW may need to consider changing its name to the DC Super Hero Network or something similar with as many super hero shows as it has lined up. Starting with Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. If that weren't enough, soon they will also launch Black Lightning. As many of us have already seen, they have already released a promo image as well as a trailer for the show. This show as confirmed by the CW President Mark Pedowitz will not be part of the Arrowverse as they are not looking to make a 5 way crossover, not to mention that while the other shows are produced in Vancouver, Black Lightning is produced in Atlanta. But I think that they will be crossed over at some point. Supergirl wasn't supposed to cross over either but that quickly changed as well all remember. So for now with
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Michael Davis: Milestone Is Dead

1993

More than 20 years ago my swagger caused a rift between DC Comics and myself and that caused problems between DC and Milestone.

The pressure was put on Milestone to silence me. Silence me from what you ask? Calling DC Comics on their shit is what.

I gave up a significant income to concentrate on Milestone. DC was in breach of my deal, and as a result, I lived more than a year on my savings waiting for these people to pay me.

I did well, and my lifestyle conveyed that. My wife and I moved three times in just as many years. Our space got more luxurious until I found a loft, so dope (throwback slang it means fucking fantastic) thought I’d never want to leave there.

How dope?

If Milestone wanted to impress anyone those meetings took place in my new loft. That lifestyle was not because of
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Martha Thomases: King Arthur, Lois Lane and Gefilte Fish, Oh My!

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Diversity is in the news!

Warner Bros. spent an estimated $145 million on a movie about King Arthur, directed by Guy Ritchie, hoping to have a new tentpole hit like his Sherlock Holmes films. Instead, the movie opened in third place, far behind Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which had already been out for two weeks, and Snatched, starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn.

In other words, a movie based on a male hero of white culture (albeit one with a random but beautiful black man) flopped behind a movie about a multi-racial multi-species space gang and a movie about two women, one of them old enough to have grown children and one of them not conventionally movie-star beautiful.

I’m not here to say that King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, failed because it is not a good movie, or that the two other movies I mentioned here are of higher quality.
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Michael Davis: I Got Your Diversity Right Here

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“What we heard was that people didn’t want any more diversity. They didn’t want female characters out there. That’s what we heard, whether we believe that or not.” Marvel VP of Sales David Gabriel, Marvel Retailer Summit, March 2017

“Let’s find a place they say, somewhere far away, With no blacks, no Jews and no gays” The Machine, Lyrics from There But For The Grace Of God, Go I, Dec 1979

“Now the big publishing guns are on this diversity thing, but for how long? Think it’s going to last? It won’t. It won’t because it’s a trend, a ploy. It’s a stunt. This, my friend, is nothing but business.” Michael Davis, Bleeding Cool, Feb 2015

Just as I predicted the fate of comic’s only true diversity architect, Milestone Media, I said the current diversity bug would go away. I did not think
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Michael Davis: I Got Your Diversity Right Here

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“What we heard was that people didn’t want any more diversity. They didn’t want female characters out there. That’s what we heard, whether we believe that or not.” Marvel VP of Sales David Gabriel, Marvel Retailer Summit, March 2017

“Let’s find a place they say, somewhere far away, With no blacks, no Jews and no gays” The Machine, Lyrics from There But For The Grace Of God, Go I, Dec 1979

“Now the big publishing guns are on this diversity thing, but for how long? Think it’s going to last? It won’t. It won’t because it’s a trend, a ploy. It’s a stunt. This, my friend, is nothing but business.” Michael Davis, Bleeding Cool, Feb 2015

Just as I predicted the fate of comic’s only true diversity architect, Milestone Media, I said the current diversity bug would go away. I did not think
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Review: Static Shock: The Complete First Season

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Animated fare was very slow to integrate, largely because there was a paucity of useful source material to mine from. In the 1990s, that began to change, largely thanks to Milestone Media, a multicultural operation that had a line of comics distributed through DC Comics.

Milestone’s best known character is Static, a young urban teen with a definite modern-day Peter Parker vibe to him. Virgil Hawkins just wanted live his life when he was accidentally exposed to mutagen gas, giving him electromagnetic powers. Donning a self-made outfit, he protected his corner of the ‘Hood as Static.

The show arrived in 2000 with a bang and became a cause because it not only featured a positive image of a black male, but closely resembled the source material thanks to Milestone co-creators Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan being heavily involved in the show. Static has been back every now and then and
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Controversial: Iron Fist Seemed Close To Casting An Asian-American For Danny Rand

Ok, this is a tough one pal. When I started posting here years ago, my idea was to create new roles for minority characters instead of rewriting their ethnicity. This seemed to work well for Vibe, and now Raptor, but aside from them; who else has benefited? (Please answer below.) In Marvel Comics; Ms. Marvel and Miss America have all been cast as minorities now. My hope has always been that the late great Dwayne McDuffie's work would bleed into DC and Marvel, and we would see characters like Static, Icon, and Hardware become a mainstay in our society. The Inhumans have introduced many new minorities, but I feel DC is lacking in this area.

So when Iron Fist was announced, a character that has always been blonde and white, there was a slight controversy that Iron Fist would be a white guy. As it turns out, an Asian-American
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Joe Corallo: Rebirth of an I-con

This past weekend I found myself at a convention once again with Molly Jackson, but now joined by ComicMix’s own Glenn Hauman. It was an island getaway. Sure, it was Long Island, but it was still technically a getaway so I’m sticking to it.

The convention in question was I-con, and no, it is not a convention dedicated to the superhero Icon of Milestone Media fame, but he should really be used more over at DC and his original run written by Dwayne McDuffie and penciled by M. D. Bright should be collected in its entirely as it has never been before.

I-con is a long running non-profit science fiction, fact, and fantasy convention. This show was billed as I-con 32, but the convention was on hiatus after I-con 31 in 2012. This new iteration debuted at a new location, Suffolk Community College.

Having grown up on Long Island, I had
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Michael Davis: President’s Day

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Today we celebrate the birthdays of two great Americans.

I realize for many celebrating on a day called President’s Day is now just a day to be off work.

The current President of the United States is all the reason some need to never celebrate on President’s day again. How can some support the racist comments and actions coming from the now leader of the free world?

No idea, but many seem embolden by these activities – including the hotel I’d thought was making a change for the better.

Maybe what’s wrong with America is we keep looking for what’s wrong with America.

I try to look at what’s right and work to make what isn’t so.

A bit over a year ago I was thrown out of a Hilton in Orange County California for what can only be a racist reason. I gave
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Greg Berlanti's New Fox Show Black Lightning And Crossing Over To The Arrowverse

In recent years, Greg Berlanti has become a huge name in television thanks to his adaptation of comic book characters and his ability to both please the casual viewer and to satisfy the hardcore comic fan. The man has given us Arrow, Flash, Legends Of Tomorrow, and Supergirl to appease our comic addictions, and recently Fox signed him on to helm Black Lightning.

After watching the CBS Supergirl and Flash network crossover, we had high hopes of Black Lightning electrifying Barry Allen's (The Flash) world, and perhaps there was a way to tie in the Speedforce (the cosmic force that gives The Flash his powers) to Black Lightning's own skill-set.

When Berlanti was recently asked about a crossover and he gave a disappointing reply (via Cbr).

"I don’t think so, if we’re lucky enough that that exists, that that show exists, I don’t think those worlds will cross over.
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‘King of the Hill’ Creator Mike Judge to Receive Writers Guild Animation Award

‘King of the Hill’ Creator Mike Judge to Receive Writers Guild Animation Award
King of the Hill” and “Silicon Valley” co-creator Mike Judge has been selected to receive the Writers Guild of America West’s Animation Writers Caucus’ 2016 writing award for lifetime achievement.

“We’re very excited for Mike Judge to receive this long-overdue honor,” said WGA West VP David A. Goodman.

“His contributions to the field of animation, among them the groundbreaking ‘Beavis and Butt-Head,’ and the long-running hit ‘King of the Hill’ have advanced the form of animation storytelling and continue to be a benchmark for creators everywhere,” Goodman said. “We applaud the risk he took to guarantee making ‘King of the Hill’ a WGA-covered show, which to this day helps the Guild chip away at the precedents that keep writers who work in animation from receiving the guarantees and benefits of our union.”

Judge, a WGA member since 1998, was born in 1962 in Ecuador and raised in Albuquerque, N.M. MTV picked up Judge’s 1992 animated short, “Frog Baseball
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Michael Davis: The Dream Killer 3 – Know The Game!

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Please read the first two installments in the series if you have not done so.

From Dream Killer 2:

Full discloser: For two decades I was not welcome at DC.

“What did you do?” I’ve gotten that question countless times. “What did they do?” Not as many have asked, but more than a few. What’s the difference between those who ask the first question as opposed to the second?

And why and how despite being blackballed by one of the big two was I able to not only survive in the industry but thrive?

What did I do? I refused to accept unjust treatment and called attention to it often. That was my right.

What did they do? They got fed up with dealing with me. That was their right.

I haven’t any idea rather or not I’m welcome at DC Comics these days. The perception
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Michael Davis: Those MOFOs

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The Dream Killer series continues next week.

I was attending The Pratt Institute and needed all the bank I could get. Pratt’s one of the world’s great art schools and cheap it was not. I had to come up with most of the tuition because no one talked to me about how financial aid went away if grades fall below a C.

I was a poor black kid from the projects talks like that rarely happen in inner cities. Those lucky enough to raise above our assigned station in life have to fend for ourselves. Our talks revolve around staying away from drugs, gangs, and cops.

American families middle class or above think nothing of seemingly little things like dad or mom talking to them at dinner about their college life.

Mum: My dear sweet Reginal you’ve many things to look forward to while at college!

Reginal:
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