When internal fanfiction becomes external professional fiction that’s still, uh, fan-oriented, uh, wait, what? Adventure Time!

I’ve been reading this comic. It’s not Batman. It’s not Green Lantern. It’s not even X-Men. It’s Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake. And it’s pretty weird. This is where you say, “How weird is it?” No, seriously, go ahead. OK, cool.

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Wrecking Wreck-It Ralph and How NOT to Glorify Videogame Culture

Before you read, just a heads up: This post is a no-holds barred, spoiler-laced discussion about the film. If you haven’t watched the movie yet and you think that spoilers will affect your opinion for it, don’t read this. Otherwise, go right ahead.

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I finally got the chance to see Wreck-It Ralph. For those who aren’t in the know, it’s Disney’s not-so-recent movie about the uncanny quest of the titular videogame character to redeem himself, with a (big) handful of destruction as a side dish. The thing is, I watched it under the pretense that it was a videogame geek’s wet dream, that it had a good cast, a good plethora of advertising schemes, and most importantly, a good story that pays homage to the videogame industry.

Boy, I never thought I’d be utterly mistaken.

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The Disney aesthetic

I mentioned possibly doing a longer post on this subject, and I may yet, once Clannad is finished, but I need to collect my thoughts on the matter first.

You may not think of Clannad as exhibiting the design flair of a late eighties/early nineties Disney film, what with its huge-eyed Key style, willingness to hit where it hurts, bare modicum of interpretive ambiguity and such. But then, perhaps you’ve never seen Disney’s short adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl,” which, strangely, was the first thing that came to mind when I considered the visual flavor of After Story’s twenty-first episode.

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