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Branded Microcast Episode 18, Indian Guides make me feel like Ned Beatty in Deliverance…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this episode of the microcast I’m reminded of my tenure in the YMCA sponsored Indian guides program.  Fake bearskin ponchos, gaudy feathered necklaces, goofy yellow headbands, and some great memories of my Dad.  Here’s another interesting recollection of the Guides as well

That’s me in the middle with the tacky plaid shorts…

Again, me on the back of the fire truck and my dad marching alongside with the walking stick…

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Branded in the 80s Microcast Episode 17, diverting the Scorpio comet your way…

Oh my god, three microcasts in a row?   I suppose in this post Halloween afterglow it’s sort of nice to just talk about some of the stuff that’s on my mind rather than try and jump right back into writing columns.  I do have a Peel Here that I want to get to this week though, so look for that later on.  Anyway, in this episode of the Branded Microcast I ramble on about the Pryde of the X-Men cartoon for a bit

If you’re interested in watching this beauty of a one-shot cartoon, it’s up on youtube in nice bite-sized chunks (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.)  I also talk about the X-Men arcade game that was sort of based on the cartoon…

Right click and download episode 17 of the Branded in the 80s Podcast here

Branded Podcast Episode 15, introducing the microcast…

In trying to get myself podcasting again I’ve decided to try and stop being so precious with the recording and research and just do it.  My new idea to is too keep these episodes short, like under 15 minutes.  Micro-podcasting.  Anyway, here’s the first microcast which is all about the great golden age we’re living in as far as toys are concerned…

In this episode I talk about all the properties and characters that have toys these days like the Goonies, Akira, Edward Scissorhands, Snake Plissken from Escape from New York, Ash from Army of Darkness, the new Matty Collector Ghostbusters figures, the new Matty Collector He-Man figures, as well as some older stuff that could use some new figures, namely the Karate Kid and V.

Saturday Supercast Episode 22: A continuation of the discussion on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe!

I’m really excited to be back this week with episode 22 of the Saturday Supercast!  In this episode Jerzy, Kevin and I finish off our exploration of the first season of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.  Again, for those not familiar, in the series He-Man and his friends, the Sorceress, Man-At-Arms, Teela, Ram Man, Orko, and Stratos wage an endless battle defending Castle Greyskull and the planet Eternia against Skeletor and his evil warriors, Beastman, Evil-Lyn, Trap Jaw, Merman, and Triklops, who want to conquer and rule the world.  The series, produced by Filmation Studios in 1983, was a landmark cartoon mixing fantasy and science-fiction, reinvigorating children’s television with a sense of action and adventure, as well as helping to instill a solid sense of morality for an entire generation of kids.   Masters of the Universe was also one of the first series to break through the governmental ban on interweaving existing toy lines and cartoons, not to mention paving the way for first-run syndicated animation, defining the distribution format for shows through the 80s and 90s.

Join us as we deconstruct the series, diving into another four of our favorite episodes:

The fan favorite Evilseed

…as well as the Dragon’s Gift

Quest for the Sword

…and Prince Adam No More.

In this Saturday Supercast episode we touch on a lot of the talent that made He-Man possible including series producers Lou Scheimer (who also voiced half of the cast of characters including Orko and Stratos), voice actors John Erwin (He-Man and Beastman) and Alan Openheimer (Skeletor and Man-At-Arms), as well as some of the writers and artists such as Larry DiTillio, Tom Sito and Michael Reaves.

We also dig into the immediately identifiable synthesizer music of He-Man (as well as its Wagnerian themes, lush quality, and a debate on whether or not it helps to bind the sci-fi and fantasy genres of the series or just dates it), the series’ budgetary constraints as both boon and bane, 65 episode syndicated seasons vs. the more traditional (at the time) 13 episode Saturday morning seasons, jump-scares, Evilseed’s secret under his robes, Billie Holiday’s haunting rendition of the tragic song "Strange Fruit", Star Trek the Animated Series, solving problems with book smarts and the RIF (Reading is Fundamental) program, Ray Harryhausen, the Rankin/Bass Hobbit cartoon, horrible Irish stereotypes, the Trash Heap from Fraggle Rock, Ents, the Visionaries, He-Man inspiring public office, Andy Mangels and his awesome work on the BCI Ink & Paint editions of He-Man on DVD, Bustatoon’s He-Man & She-Ra Blog, Matty Collector’s amazing new line of Masters of the Universe action figures, and the insanity of the Bollywood He-Man stage show!

If you’re curious about watching this great series you can purchase a copy of season 1-part 1, or season 1-part 2 at Amazon, or head on over to Hulu where you can watch 13 of the 1st season episodes for free.

As for us, well you can find more of Jerzy’s work at:
Make Like a Tree Comics
jdrozd.blogspot.com
Art & Story Podcast

Kevin is freelance illustrator, comic creator, and podcaster whose work can be found at:
Kevin Cross.net
Big Illustration Party Time Podcast

And you’re probably already familiar with my work here at Branded.  

If you have any questions, comments, or heck, even complaints, you can drop us a line at Saturday Supercast

You can find the direct download for the episode here, or you can subscribe to the show via iTunes and find out more over at Sugary Serials.

Also, the Saturday Supercast is on Facebook and Twitter, so if you’d like to stay up to date with the goings on at the podcast, go on over and become a fan or follow us.  You won’t be sorry!

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Saturday Supercast Episode 21: Deconstructing He-Man and the Masters of the Universe!

The Saturday Supercast is back this week with our 3rd cartoon deconstruction episode.  This episode is part one of a two part discussion on the landmark 80s cartoon series He-Man and the Masters of the universe.  Join me and my co-hosts, Jerzy Drozd and Kevin Cross as we dig into the He-Man cartoon, trying to figure out why we like it so much, what could be better, and why the show was so important to an entire decade of animation that followed in it’s wake.

For those who may not know, He-Man and his friends, the Sorceress, Man-At-Arms, Teela, Ram Man, Orko, and Stratos wage an endless battle defending Castle Greyskull and the planet Eternia against Skeletor and his evil warriors, Beastman, Evil-Lyn, Trap Jaw, Merman, and Triklops, who want to conquer and rule the world.   The series, produced by Filmation Studios in 1983, was a landmark cartoon mixing fantasy and science-fiction, reinvigorating children’s television with a sense of action and adventure, as well as helping to instill a solid sense of morality for an entire generation of kids.   Masters of the Universe was also one of the first series to break through the governmental ban on interweaving existing toy lines and cartoons, not to mention paving the way for first-run syndicated animation, defining the distribution format for shows through the 80s and 90s.

Join us as we deconstruct the overall series, and dive into three of our favorite episodes:


The Diamond Ray of Disappearance

Teela’s Quest

and The Wizard of Stone Mountain

In this episode we touch on a lot of the talent that made He-Man possible including series producers Lou Schiemer (who also voiced half of the cast of characters including Orko and Stratos) and Hal Sutherland, voice actors John Erwin (He-Man and Beastman), Alan Openheimer (Skeletor and Man-At-Arms), and Linda Gary (Teela, the Sorceress and Evil-Lyn), and some of the writers, directors and artists such as Paul Dini, Larry DiTillio, Tom Sito, Bruce Timm, Robby London, and Michael Reaves.

We also discuss the Masters of the Universe toy line, it’s inventor Roger Sweet, and its packaging, as well as Star Wars, Clash of the Titans, and Space 1999 toys, getting toys when you’re home sick as a kid, Jack Kirby’s 4th World, the MOTU mini-comics, rotoscoped animation, Barbarian fantasies in the early 80s (including Thundarr and Conan), the 2002 Mike Young Productions He-Man cartoon, how easy and boring it is to make fun of the He-Man cartoon, alter egos and how Prince Adam is an important aspect to the ideal of the He-Man mythos, the myth of Robert Johnson and his fight against the devil, Andy Mangel’s excellent special features on the BCI Eclipse editions of the original He-Man cartoon on DVD, and our friends at the Horror Etc. podcast.

If you’re curious about watching this great series you can purchase a copy of season 1-part 1, or season 1-part 2 at Amazon, or head on over to Hulu where you can watch 13 of the 1st season episodes for free.

As for us, well you can find more of Jerzy’s work at:
Make Like a Tree Comics
jdrozd.blogspot.com
Art & Story Podcast

Kevin is freelance illustrator, comic creator, and podcaster whose work can be found at:
Kevin Cross.net
Big Illustration Party Time Podcast

…and well I’m Shawn obviously, and if you’re reading this than I guess you know my work can be found at Branded in the 80s.com.

We’re keeping the podcast’s feed over at the Sugary Serials site, so if you want to subscribe to it, you can do it over there or you can use this link. I’m really excited to be podcasting again, and can’t wait to dig into more cartoons.  So head on over to the Sugary Serials and check out episode 21 of the Saturday Supercast today or you can download it by right clicking and selecting save here!

If you have any questions, comments, or heck, even complaints, you can drop us a line at Saturday Supercast!

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Dusting off the podcast…

Well, with all the podcasting I’ve been doing lately with the newly revamped Saturday Supercast, I got the bug to dust off the Branded in the 80s podcast as well.  Don’t know how regularly I’ll put one of these out, but it was fun to record just the same.

Basically I spend around 50 minutes talking about some of my general thoughts on cartoons.   Filmation, Hanna Barbera, animation cels, a deconstructive/critical eye towards cartoons, Action for Children’s Television, and why you might want to listen to the Saturday Supercast.  I also threw in a bunch of cartoon theme songs (under the main conversation of the podcast), as well as the majority of the one Kidd Video studio album.

If you’d like to check out the Supercast, you can click on the link below and it’ll whisk you away to the archives.

Saturday Supercast Episode 20 is Live!

Continuing the discussion of the 1st G.I. Joe mini, A Real American Hero, this new episode of the Saturday Supercast delves into the final three episodes of the series which debuted on network TV back in September 1983.  Again, joining Jerzy Drozd in this episode (you can find part 1 here) are Kevin Cross and, well, me.  This first story arc featured the introduction of the conflict between G.I. Joe (the codename for America’s daring, highly-trained special mission force) and Cobra (a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world.)   This mini series effectively set the tone for the episodes that would follow, not to mention having a drastic impact on the decade of animation that debuted in its wake.

The cartoon was produced by Sunbow who also went on to work on other series like the Transformers, Jem, the Visionaries, and the Inhumanoids.  Though the title screens were left off for this mini series, the episodes talked about in this discussion include:

Part 3: The Worms of Death

Part 4: Duel in the Devil’s Cauldron

Part 5: A Stake in the Serpent’s Heart

We also talk about the FHE VHS home video release of this first mini series, Larry Hama (writer of the comic series as well as a consultant on the show), Ron Friedman (writer for this and a handful of other Sunbow shows), Arthur Burghardt (voice of Destro), Chris Latta (voice of Cobra Commander), Frank Welker (voice of Wild Bill), Michael Bell (Voice of Duke), and Rob Paulsen (voice of Tripwire).  We also get into the underused original line-up of characters, in particular Steeler who gets a nice send off in the episode World’s Without End (parts 1 and 2), the myth of Hercules and Linus, Transformers Animated, the new live action G.I. Joe movie, The Rise of Cobra, the recent G.I. Joe cartoon Resolute, Warren Ellis, unmasking mysterious characters, the original Star Wars Clone Wars cartoon, Lancelot Link, Hasbro, getting into anime as a teenager, antihero boredom, and the great Jack Kirby.  You can find the 1st G.I. Joe mini series on the Season 1.1 DVD set put together by Shout! Factory, which was released this past Tuesday.

We’re keeping the podcast’s feed over at the Sugary Serials site, so if you want to subscribe to it, you can do it over there or you can use this link.  I’m really excited to be podcasting again, and can’t wait to dig into more cartoons.  So head on over to the Sugary Serials and check out episode 20 of the Saturday Supercast today or you can download it by right clicking and selecting save here!

If you have any questions, comments, or heck, even complaints, you can drop us a line at Saturday Supercast!

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Joining up as a co-host on the re-launched Saturday Supercast!

Hey guys, just wanted to take a second and announce the re-launch of the Saturday Supercast podcast over at Sugary Serials.  This is a sort of secret podcasting project that I’ve been working on with Kevin Cross (comic artist and co-host of the Big Illustration Party Time podcast) and Jerzy Drozd (of Sugary Serials, MLaT Comics, and the Art & Story podcast.)  Basically we’re intending on creating a podcast that deconstructs cartoons much in the same way Tony and Ted deconstruct horror flicks over at the Horror Etc. show, or Ben and Dan do cult film over at Mondo Movie.  We’re going to try and set up a roundtable discussion that seeks to deconstruct the various cartoons we love, taking them apart and seeing what makes them tick; what works well, what doesn’t, and what it is we love about the medium.  It’s hopefully going to be a love letter to animation and what makes cartoons so great.

For the launch of this new format for the show, we decided to tackle one of the mainstays from our younger years, the first 5-part mini series of the G.I. Joe cartoon called A Real American Hero, which originally debuted on network TV in the fall of 1983.  This first story arc featured the introduction of the conflict between G.I. Joe (the codename for America’s daring, highly-trained special mission force) and Cobra (a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world.)  This mini series effectively set the tone for the episodes that would follow, not to mention having a drastic impact on the decade of animation that debuted in its wake.

The cartoon was produced by Sunbow who also went on to work on other series like the Transformers, Jem, the Visionaries, and the Inhumanoids.  Though the title screens were left off for this mini series, the episodes talked about in this discussion include:

Part 1: The Cobra Strikes

Part 2: Slave of the Cobra Master

We also talk about the show’s theme song, Marvel Cartoon Productions and the G.I. Joe comic book series (including the origin of the animated series in the comic commercials), as well as the toys and file cards, Steve Gerber, Buzz Dixon & the G.I. Joe Writer’s Guide, He-Man and Star Wars toy commercials, Action for Children’s Television, a couple of the releases of the Mini Series on DVD (Battle Packs and the Shout Season 1.1 DVD), and backlit animation techniques.

We’re keeping the podcast’s feed over at the Sugary Serials site, so if you want to subscribe to it, you can do it over there or you can use this link.  I’m really excited to be podcasting again, and can’t wait to dig into more cartoons.  So head on over to the Sugary Serials and check out episode 19 of the Saturday Supercast today or you can download it by right clicking and selecting save here!

If you have any questions, comments, or heck, even complaints, you can drop us a line at Saturday Supercast!

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Day 27 of the Halloween Countdown: Branded/Art & Story Podcast crossover!

Wow, this month is flying by.  It’s already the week of Halloween, how in the hell did that happen?!?  Well, I stumbled a bit last week in terms of keeping up a daily posting schedule, but it’s certainly not the end of the world.  I am on vacation from the stupid day job this week, so I should be able to cram it chock full of Halloween-y goodness.

First up is my half of the Branded in the 80s/Art & Story Podcast cross over event.  When Mark Rudolph, Jerzy Drozd, my wife and I got together to talk about horror storytelling and Halloween we recorded enough material for both of our podcasts.  Their half, episode 61 of the Art & Story podcast is up and available at their site, and now here’s the second half.  We end up talking for around 40 minutes about some Halloween memories past (in particular costumes and some fun candy gathering hyjinks) as well as talking a bit about how we celebrate the holiday today.  Talking with these guys is always fun for me, so I hope you can get some pleasure from the conversation as well.  To listen you can either click on the banner below, or right click and save it to your computer for ipod/mp3 player listening and such.

Again, if you enjoy this podcast, take a minute to check out the Art & Story show, as Mark and Jerzy have really put together a great podcast…