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Published on October 2nd, 2011 | by JJ


Mars Needs Podcasts #128- North Virginia

JJ and his amazing friend Aaron want to fix things, why is the world not listening? They attempt to fix the U.S. government, even with some amazing lack of geography skills. They try to fix corporate culture by using comics as an example. They even try to fix the Muppets (there is some discussion on just how much they need to be fixed), still things go awry. We here at Mars Needs Podcasts are just trying to help. Let us help you, please. We have so much love. Let us love you.

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JJ Hawkins currently lives in Portland, Oregon. As a vegetarian, thespian and goatee grower he fits in perfectly.

  • Colin

    Aaron, the same way you feel about the current Muppets, is exactly the way I feel about the Looney Tunes.

    The Looney Tunes were very much Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, Bob McKimson, and Friz Freling’s sense of humor. Which is why the Looney Tunes now aren’t funny, they don’t work anymore because the same mindset that made them great is behind them anymore.

    • JJ

      I agree that the new Looney Tunes are less than good.

      However, if the characters are strong, then it falls on the creative elements BEHIND the scenes to tell stories that are worth telling. Although Tiny Tunes were new characters, the archetypes were derivative of the originals. They were told in a new way to make them come alive. Duck Dodgers had a series a few years ago, that I thought would be awful, but in fact, is was really funny and charming.

      I think that comics are the example here. Bob Kane has died, but Christopher Nolan has come up with stories worth telling*. Quality storytelling will always win out. The problem is the people telling the new stories are not up to the challenge. That is not to say that no one is.

      *(Batman example borrowed from Elizabeth.)

  • Isaac

    On the subject of the future of comics, I think the big companies should take cues from the smaller ones. Recently Slave Labor Graphic announced that all new series will debut digitally first. This is a smart move in my opinion, because it allows them to publish more (standard or niche) content with significantly less risk.; pumping new blood through the system.

    • Aaron

      Agreed Isaac. If they wake up, they’ll realize they can actually make more money from digital releases but they’re still clinging on to the old ways.

      • Isaac

        Honestly, I think going digital for standard issues and only do trade paperbacks in print form is the smartest thing they could do.

  • Harvey Locust

    Shit on me! Shit on me! WOW! I am fuckin’ mind blown at the moment. I was about to come on here and tell JJ he was mad and that DC(the district not the company) was in the North. I mean that’s how I always saw it. I figured it snowed there, so it had to have been north of the Mason-Dixon, but I stand corrected. Not only was it South of the Mason-Dixon, it is still considered part of the south according to Census Bureau.

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