Smutty has long been interested in animation, comics and superheroes. However, the inspiration for creating a feature animation came from following the career of Dwayne McDuffie. Smutty believes in giving credit where it’s due, so this post is dedicated to the great animation talent, Dwayne McDuffie.
First and foremost, Dwayne was a native Detroiter, born, raised and educated here. His education included a master’s degree in physics. No silly fanboy here. McDuffie has worked at Marvel, DC and co-founded Milestone Media, the first minority-owned comic publishing company. His work includes printed comics and screen animation.
Even if you are unfamiliar with Mr. McDuffie, you have probably seen his work. Justice League Crisis on Two Earths and Justice League Doom were both written by McDuffie.
He created Static Shock!, wrote and produced Justice League Unlimited and wrote for many other titles including Ben 10: Alien Force and Teen Titans.
Sadly, McDuffie died on February 21, 2011 the day after his 49th birthday. He leaves behind a legacy of pioneering work for other minority comic fans and creatives to follow and enjoy. Smutty gives him the 4 paw up salute.
Smutty is a TV connoisseur, and only stays awake for the finest entertainment. Arrow from CWTV is worth missing a couple of naps.
A re-boot of the Green Arrow backstory, in this iteration, only one of Oliver Queen’s parents dies, his father. This is sets up the entire framework of the show as the father’s dying wish leads Oliver to his mission to clean up Starling City. There are secrets, betrayals, changing loyalties and even some teenage angst. And action, action, action.
Although many DC characters are introduced in the storyline, none is supernatural or alien. Their powers are all “reality” based and explainable. The writers are kept on their toes maintaining this premise. The lack of paranormal based story is very refreshing. But the best part of Arrow is the great interaction of characters and layers of motivation cleverly peeled back each week. The flashbacks to Oliver’s time on the island add spice to the current activities.
If you haven’t been watching, Smutty says set your smartphone alarm for Wednesdays at 8:00 pm EST and join in. Arrow is the most TV fun since Smallville left the screen.
Here are some links to get you started on your latest guilty pleasure;
The petition to officially allocate resources to build a Death Star has been classily declined by the Whitehouse. Great reasons were outlined such as cost, current space programs, and feasibility, but Smutty is quite suspicious of the timing of this petition.
After all, Disney recently acquired the Star Wars franchise, and now there is a request for a Death Star??? Smutty thinks there is something funny going on. Perhaps we need some recent photos of the Disney CEO. Has there been a hostile takeover? Hmm…
Well, at least the Whitehouse has shown their openness to alternative and gentler weapons with this video of the President launching the dreaded Marshmallow Cannon.
If you haven’t checked out Grimm on NBC, you are missing out on one of Smutty’s best guilty pleasures. Well written with action, drama and occasional dark humor, this is one of the best things on network TV.
Strictly in the PG-13 category, Grimm is fairy tales meets Michael Myers/Freddy Kruegger and a dash of NCIS. These are not the bedtime stories you tell your kittens and puppies. Catch up on the network site if you are just joining.
Smutty found some great Sci-Fi to veg out on. When you need a stay-cation for the weekend or just need to spend quality time with your pet, try out some of these. If you haven’t seen them from the beginning, use a streaming service or the network web site to go back and catch up on episodes.
Star Wars Clone Wars *FAMILY FRIENDLY*
The very notion of Sci-Fi comes from both Star Trek and Star Wars. These two franchises set the gold standard for the type. Clone Wars has stunning visuals and is set between the second and third Star Wars movies . It follows Jedi knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in their roles as generals of the Clone Wars. Shared adventures take them across worlds both familiar and not, fighting with the clone army in battles against the Separatists, and other foes old and new.
The show provides a glimpse into never-before-seen parts of the Star Wars universe, and like the movies is a great family shared adventure.
Currently airing on SyFy, Alphas is about a group of seemingly normal people who have superpowers, called Alpha abilities, like heightened senses, strength and the ability to see communications signals as streams of data.
Along with their psychologist, Dr. Rosen, they’re employed by the government as part of a secret program to track down criminal Alphas. It starts out as a by-the-books superhero tale and quickly becomes an intriguing mix of secret agendas, questionable loyalties, and surprising twists that’ll have you wondering who the bad guys are.
A tale of invasion set after alien overlords have decimated most of the human race, leaving only a few pockets of resistance struggling to fight back. The series focuses on one group in particular, a mixture of civilians and military from Massachusetts.
The greatness of the show plays off of the human drama that unfolds among the survivors rather than massive special effects battle sequences.
Futurama – *NOT FOR KIDS*
A hilarious series following the misadventures of an intergalactic delivery company called Planet Express. The central character, Philip J. Fry, is a regular pizza-eating, beer-drinking everyman from the 20th century who gets cryogenically frozen and wakes up in the 31st century.
He find himself in one crazy situation after another, along with his very decrepit great nephew Professor Farnsworth, a headstrong cyclops named Leela, an alcoholic robot named Bender, and a whole host of other oddballs. While not for the whole family, this is great fun for not sensitive adults.
For a short time, the new installment demo of Transformers game play is free. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is available to play free on XBOX and Playstation. To whet your appetite, Smutty has provided some clips from the game below. Great graphics, an established franchise and robots beating up robots. What more could any game ask for?
Not for kiddies, rated T for teen with animated blood and violence. The same thing they see on Saturday morning cartoons.
OK, Smutty has already started his Christmas wish list. Marvel has a great new way to package the superhero movies; in a S.H.I.E.L.D. briefcase! Aughhhhh, September can’t get here fast enough.
But wait, there’s more; it comes with a Tesseract. A Tesseract! Who wouldn’t want one of these? A cube of unlimited energy that can cross dimensions. Everyone who wants to become Supreme Emperor of the Universe needs one of these.
Quick where do I input my human’s credit card number? Before the dog rats me out.