On top of that I have a full issue of The Last Hometown Comic penciled and now I just have to finish inking it. As well as the first three pages of my daughters “Cat-Girl” comic penciled! With a little luck I will be able to get the print and ready for this Falls conventions!
In the near future I am going to start to try to post at least once a week on here… Maybe more… If nothing else at least get announcements up when new episodes of the podcast hit! So… Look forward to seeing you all more!
I spend a lot of time thinking about why it is that I love this genre.
Why do I like end of the world tales.
Why am I fascinated with the Apocalypse and Disasters?
I think part of it was when I grew up.
Being a child in the 1970’s a strange time. You were a kid, but you felt the tension in the world around you.
Let me start with a little bit about myself, I have always been a watcher, and I have always been a person who stresses and worries. So as a child of the 1970’s I would pick up from the news and people in my life bits and pieces of how the economy was in a bad place.
Watergate had caused the downfall of our President.
There was an energy crisis and gas was in short supply.
We were just starting to understand what we were doing to our planet with pollution and what it could mean to us.
And all of that is just the tip of the iceburg. Civil unrest, Racism, Weak Economy… So much more was wrong…
In short, it was not a very optimistic time.
Our entertainment at the time reflected that.
One of the most popular franchises at the time was The Planet of the Apes. A series where mankind has wiped itself almost totally out of the world. We were obsessed with Disaster films and the coming Apocalypse, so much so that Irwin Allen becomes known as the “Master of Disaster” making projects during this era.
And it did not just limit itself to our movies either. The end of the world carried over to the TV Shows…
Our comic books…
and even the Saturday morning entertainment for us kids…
Thinking of maybe doing a patreon at some point… one of the ideas of rewards is a downloadable/printable calendar page each month…
Along that train of thought…
I want to make a calendar for next year… End of the World themed. going to put my comic characters into scenes of the end… Any ideas people want to share? Bonus points if the idea is tied to something special about the Month… Already thinking Zombie Apocalypse for Oct… and of course the attack of the Giant Mutant Killer Turkeys for November!
When I was Kid I did an stay in the hospital at one point. While there I had a number of visitors and one of my visitors bought out all the Hulk comics the gift shop had for me… These are the issues that helped lock down my love for Hulk!
Today is the 50th Anniversary of the premiere of a little show called Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. Mr Roger’s would teach us a lot of stuff over the years. This is one of his best lessons… which apparently originated from his mother. Turns out our mothers do know everything.
It was 50 years ago today that Planet of the Apes was unleashed upon the world.
The movie would go on to spawn four sequels, a live action television show, a cartoon, a remake and a reboot series of an additional three movies. Not to mention the comics, the novels, the dolls… I mean Action Figures… video games and so much other merchandise…
Made on a budget of 5.8 Million Dollars, the original movie would end up with a box off total of 33.4 Million Domestic.
The Planet of the Apes was one of those defining movies for me. Those childhood movies that made me into the great big geeky freak that I am today. They are my comfort food so to speak… when I end up getting really sick and laid up for multiple days it is always the POTA series that comes out to keep me company on the couch as I curl up and whimper like a great big man child with the flu… Many a time have I sat and watched all of the movies while drinking tea and the TV show while strung out on Day-Quil…
I personally think it was the success of POTA that would open the door at 20th Century Fox to the idea of Star Wars… That would make them believe a sci-fi tale might be worth the gamble. I think it deserves far more credit for helping to open the doors and start us down the road to the world of popular geek culture that we live in today.
Happy Anniversary Planet of the Apes! Here is to another glorious decade for the franchise!
One of the greatest opening monologue in all of Hollywood History.