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I just saw my first commercial for Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric.

This is going to suck SO BIG!!! Any given Honey Nut Cheerios commercial has more intelligence, and a comparable level of animation.

I know it's a commercial for the game and not the game itself, but better to launch the game and rely on several decades of goodwill than to try to sell it with something like THAT!

UPDATE: I know nothing of the game but if it's anything like the TV show then Sega is reaching for a pre-pre-ado demographic. It plays like Sonic X crossed with the most recent reboot of the Care Bears but without the really ugly computer animation. The characterizations ... well, they're all over the highway. Sonic is a bit more caring about Tails but seems to have been demoted to straight man when dealing with Eggman, who brought Orbot and Cubot for purposes of shtick. He himself has lapsed back into Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog ineptitude. Knuckles is mired in big-and-stupid mode.

As for the females, Amy Rose is all touchy-feely while Sticks the Badger gets all the intensity. Ordnarily, I would have expected Amy Rose to be each in turn, so it's clear that Sega or whoever put this together hasn't really figured out who or what Sticks is and where she belongs in the organization.

The show makes me think of "Teen Titans Go!" which is the recent reimagining of "Teen Titans." The show works because the writers have thrown the older show's narrative style to the winds and has reduced it to sketch comedy. That TTG works is due to the familiarity with the characters as 1-dimensional superheroes. That dynamic simply doesn't work in the Sonicverse so it just feels awkward in Boom.

The producers of the series have obviously tried to come up with an action/humor blend with a dash of Heart (Sonic's concern for Tails in the first ep) but they clearly aren't all that familiar with the Disney/Pixar recipe. This really needed fixing in the writing stage. I don't hold out much hope that it will pick up, especially if the format doesn't veer from sketch comedy with action elements. Tell me a story, maybe I'll be more interested.
Autumn Blaze by DanDrazen
Autumn Blaze
You'd never know that the front yard looked like a war zone a few years ago when the village put in new sewer lines, but when they relandscaped the lawn they later came in and planted this tree, an Autumn Blaze maple. It certainly earns the name this time of year.
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Last Wednesday, September 3, I went into the local hospital. A month before I had been in the emergency room because of extraordinary pain in my right side. It turned out that my kidney stone has slipped down into my ureter and was causing a back-up. The urologist put in a stent and a week later I underwent a procedure that was supposed to break up the stone using sound waves.

Long story short, it didn't work. So the doctors upped their game: I went in to have them snake a camera up into where the stone was located, so they could break it up using a laser. Before going under, my urologist gave me the temporary tat to the right of my navel. Previously another urologist had drawn the following on my right thigh: (|) . I didn't think to take a picture of that but I did capture the latest. I presume they favor a purple Sharpie because you can't miss it.

The good news is, they broke up the stone and hauled away the debris. So, once I get the stent pulled out in about 10 days, that'll be the end of that.
It seems like the Sonic comics aren't the only ones being beset by bad craziness in the industry.

Yesterday there was a report that, in what feels like a desperation bid for relevancy, Archie Andrews himself will be assassinated. Srsly. An older Archie is supposed to take a bullet meant for Kevin Keller, now a Senator pushing for stricter gun control. I'm sorry but this feels like the kind of "redeeming social importance" that filmmakers used to ladle onto porno before it took the leap from soft to hard core in the 1970s.

And this morning I learn that Marvel will be performing a sex change on the Mighty Thor and turning him into a her. Srsly. This is not supposed to be a temporary gender-bender like the celebrated manga "Ranma 1/2" by Rumiko Takahashi, or played for laughs like the animated series "Shezow." Still, I'm hard pressed to figure out what's going on here. There's a part of me that thinks "Well, Marvel DOES belong to Disney now and they're always in the market for a new Princess." I doubt that Chris Hemsworth was consulted about this.

These are the sort of moves that make continuity resets seem logical but which also make the comic book industry as a whole appear to be hopelessly lost. Srsly.

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Current Residence: Berrien Springs, Michigan
Favourite genre of music: Classic rock ... well OK, NOW it's classic
Favourite photographer: Diane Arbus
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Favourite cartoon character: Princess Sally, from SatAM "Sonic"
Personal Quote: "Tether even a roasted chicken"
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I just saw my first commercial for Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric.

This is going to suck SO BIG!!! Any given Honey Nut Cheerios commercial has more intelligence, and a comparable level of animation.

I know it's a commercial for the game and not the game itself, but better to launch the game and rely on several decades of goodwill than to try to sell it with something like THAT!

UPDATE: I know nothing of the game but if it's anything like the TV show then Sega is reaching for a pre-pre-ado demographic. It plays like Sonic X crossed with the most recent reboot of the Care Bears but without the really ugly computer animation. The characterizations ... well, they're all over the highway. Sonic is a bit more caring about Tails but seems to have been demoted to straight man when dealing with Eggman, who brought Orbot and Cubot for purposes of shtick. He himself has lapsed back into Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog ineptitude. Knuckles is mired in big-and-stupid mode.

As for the females, Amy Rose is all touchy-feely while Sticks the Badger gets all the intensity. Ordnarily, I would have expected Amy Rose to be each in turn, so it's clear that Sega or whoever put this together hasn't really figured out who or what Sticks is and where she belongs in the organization.

The show makes me think of "Teen Titans Go!" which is the recent reimagining of "Teen Titans." The show works because the writers have thrown the older show's narrative style to the winds and has reduced it to sketch comedy. That TTG works is due to the familiarity with the characters as 1-dimensional superheroes. That dynamic simply doesn't work in the Sonicverse so it just feels awkward in Boom.

The producers of the series have obviously tried to come up with an action/humor blend with a dash of Heart (Sonic's concern for Tails in the first ep) but they clearly aren't all that familiar with the Disney/Pixar recipe. This really needed fixing in the writing stage. I don't hold out much hope that it will pick up, especially if the format doesn't veer from sketch comedy with action elements. Tell me a story, maybe I'll be more interested.

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TurtieDroppings Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thinking of you hunni <3
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DanDrazen Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Writer
Thanks. Your art has gone some interesting places lately.
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TurtieDroppings Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, why not, it's fun :)
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GladiatorRomanus Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the :+fav:s
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Celeste-the-Cat Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
nice avatar
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DanDrazen Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014   Writer
Thanks. The Care Bears was a guilty pleasure of mine back in the 80s, and I'm not quite over them even now.
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Celeste-the-Cat Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
oh that's awesome i just collect care bears and i've seen some movies shows of them before
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thebigcrunchone9 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hello nice to meet you.
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DanDrazen Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014   Writer
Hello back.
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