Review:It’s Tokyo Charlie Brown

By Robert Greenwood

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It’s Tokyo Charlie Brown

If, by now, fans of Alternative Mindz didn’t know, I am a huge fan of all things Japanese. I’ve been to Japan twice and my wife reads, writes and speaks Japanese.

I’m also a huge fan of The Peanuts so having the two together is like Reese’s.
I’ve sung the praises of the new Boom series and how it lives up to Charles Schultz and embodies the spirit and energy of his work.

So, how does this new adventure fit? First off the writer, Vicki Scott, placed segments of actual old strips into the story to meld the world as one, making this book seem like it “fit like a glove” as one of Charles M. Shultz’s own.

This story has a familiar theme. Charlie Brown once again fails at everything he does, letting his team down again as their coach and pitcher. This leads to all forms of torture by his peers through name calling. Despite all of this, he receives a letter in the mail to have his team play in Japan.

The reasoning gets lost as to why they are chosen but who cares? Get these kids to Tokyo!

They sprinkle bits of actual Tokyo into the story from images of Tokyo Tower to the “go to” tour bus of all of Tokyo, the Hato bus and more. Yet, they missed a real opportunity at showing the gang like fishes out of water by not taking them to Akihabara (Akiba) with the maid cafes or all the fun electronics, something they would look completely confused by. Also having Snoopy interact in a pachinko parlor is a personal wish.

It would have been something unique to have the game played in the Tokyo Dome. When Lucy makes fun of Chuck’s head, I thought we would get a game inside the Tokyo Giants’ turf.

Other than my Otaku grip, this is a perfect continuation of all the past “It’s ——- Charlie Brown” books and should be read by all who love The Peanuts and who love Japan. It’s over 100 pages and a super fast fun read for all ages.

Comics Corner #17

Welcome to the Comics Corner! This week features a little bit of everything for the big cross-over events with Avengers vs. X-Men #9 and Ultimate Spider-Man #13, super heroics in Peter Parker, Spider Man #156.1, World Finest #4 and Earth2 #4. And finally we stray away from the world of the superhero with Sweet Tooth #36, Mondo #3 and Double Jumpers #2! There’s only one way to find out who made to the Top of the Stack and it’s here, inside the Comics Corner!

Comics Corner #16

Welcome to the Comics Corner! This week is filled with plenty of surprises from the Top of the Stack all the way down to an impromptu rant on the new Star Wars comic from Dark Horse! In between we talk a look at Amazing Spider-Man #690, Aquaman #11, The Flash #11 as well as a pair of Star Wars titles in Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead #4 and Darth Maul: Death Sentence #1. And don’t forget about Super Dinosaur #12 and Venom #21. Who climbed to the Top of the Stack and what do you think about this new Star Wars series? Is it the beginning of the great Expanded Universe reboot? It all awaits you in this week’s Comics Corner!

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It’s that special time of year, when hundreds of thousands of geeks, nerds, fanboys and fangirls descend upon the city of San Diego for the pop culture Mecca that is the San Diego Comic Con! (Officially titled Comic Con International, the movement back to the original name starts here!)  But we’re not at Comic Con, or talking about Comic Con.  As always we’re talking about comics.  Comics like Venom #20, Spider-Men #3 and Scarlet Spider #7.  Plus comics that have nothing to do with spiders like Batman #11 and Batman and Robin #11.  There’s even a comic about that robotic, rampaging rooster Poyo, in Chew: Secret Agent Poyo #1.  Come inside and find out who rules the roost at the Top of the Stack!

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This week’s Comics Corner featuring plenty of superheroes from both DC and Marvel.  There’s Amazing Spider-Man #688 and since one Spider-Man is never enough there’s also Spider-Men #2.  From the New 52 we’ve got Justice League #10 and Justice League member titles with Flash #10 and Aquaman #10.  The project gets a whole lot more entertaining in Manhattan Projects #4 and we finish up with some sci-fi goodness from Star Trek #10 and Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett is Dead #3.  Tune in to find out which of these comics made all the way to the Top of the Stack!

Comics Corner #11

Welcome to the Comics Corner!  There’s a long list of comics to get through this week and the debut of a new segment: ‘Good, but not good enough’!  What comics are on the chopping block this week and what comics continue to impress?  The world didn’t end with new Watchmen material last week but can it survive the collision of the Traditional and Ultimate Marvel Universes?  And what is the deep, dark secret of the Wayne family?  Find the answers to these burning questions, as well as the reveal of the comic at the Top of the Stack, in this week’s Comics Corner!

 

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Comic Reviews for 4/11/12 featuring: Batgirl #8, Batman and Robin #8, Demon Knights #8, Fantastic For #605, Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE #8, Saga #2, Saucer Country #2, Scarlet Spider #4, Secret #1, The Secret Service #1 and Star Wars: Agent of the Empire – Iron Eclipse #5 (of 5)

HIDE YOUR LASAGNA! KaBOOM! LAUNCHES A NEW ONGOING GARFIELD MONTHLY COMIC BOOK SERIES THIS MAY

February 15, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA – KaBOOM!, BOOM! Studios’ all-ages imprint, is proud to announce a partnership with PAWS, Inc. to produce a new original ongoing GARFIELD comic book this May. THE GARFIELD SHOW and GARFIELD AND FRIENDS writer Mark Evanier teams up with Garfield strip cartoonist Gary Barker to bring you all the laughs (and lasagna) you can handle!

“We’re excited to be working with BOOM! Studios to bring fans the first comic book with Cattitude,” Jim Davis, Garfield’s creator, said. “Watch out, Dark Knight and Man of Steel…here comes Garfield!”

“We are incredibly honored to work with this character and this creative team,” BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie said. “Mark Evanier wrote or co-wrote nearly every episode of seven seasons of the show GARFIELD AND FRIENDS, one of the longest-running Saturday Morning cartoon shows in history, and works on THE GARFIELD SHOW right now. He, along with strip artist Gary Barker, were hand-picked by Jim Davis himself, so we know we’ve got just the right creative team.”

“We can’t wait to tell new Garfield stories,” BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon said. “We have two awesome creators who have had their hand in the Garfield world for a very long time. We couldn’t ask for better creators to work with and bring the world of lasagna, hated Mondays and diets to the Direct Market.”

This May, everyone’s favorite lasagna-scarfing cat opens the fridge to an all-new ongoing comic book series! Join Garfield as he begins his monthly exploits with Jon, Odie, and the rest of the gang in the latest all-ages must-read from KaBOOM! With brand new stories featuring everyone’s favorite feline, this debut #1 issue is sure to please Garfield fans new and old alike!

GARFIELD #1 is written by Mark Evanier (THE GARFIELD SHOW) with art by Gary Barker. This title ships in May with with a special cover incentive program. For every 10 copies ordered, retailers receive 1 free copy. For every 15 copies ordered, retailers may order 1 free Gary Barker “Superhero” variant. For every 30 copies ordered, retailers may order 1 First Appearance Garfield variant free.

GARFIELD features 24 pages of story and carries a price point of $3.99 and a Diamond Code of MAR120887.Find more information at: http://www.kaboom-studios.com/series/title?series_id=837&name=Garfield

 

About BOOM! Studios
Founded by Ross Richie, 2009 and 2010’s “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios, an Eisner and Harvey Award-winner, generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. BOOM!’s all ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, and Scholastic’s WORDGIRL. BOOM!’s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler’s I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER.

About Garfield
GARFIELD was born on the comics pages on June 19, 1978.  The mastermind of cartoonist Jim Davis,GARFIELD is a humorous strip centered on the lives of a fat, lazy, cynical orange cat who loves lasagna, coffee, and his remote control; Jon Arbuckle, his owner; and Odie, a sweet but dumb dog. GARFIELD was introduced to the world in just 41 newspapers and is now the most widely syndicated comic strip ever, appearing in 2400 newspapers. The success of the comic strip spawned a popular animated TV show, Garfield and Friends, which appeared on CBS-TV from 1988 to 1995, and is currently in worldwide syndication.  In 2009, The Garfield Show debuted on Cartoon Network USA and now airs in 135 countries.  PEOPLE magazine called the show, “One of the Year’s Best New Kids’ Shows” in 2009.

In 2004, Twentieth Century Fox invited Garfield to star in his first-ever full-length feature film, Garfield: The Movie. A sequel, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties  was released in June 2006.  The movies earned over $340 million at the box office.  Garfield has also starred in three CGI animated movies, all penned by Jim Davis.  Fox released Garfield Gets Real (2007), Garfield’s Fun Fest (2008), and Garfield’s Pet Force (2009) on DVD and in limited theatrical release.

Garfield also entertains his fans on a popular web site, garfield.com, and engages kids in interesting and pedagogically sound activities to promote literacy at professorgarfield.org.  English, Science and Life Skills are among the topics Garfield and his pals address at learninglab.org, a public service of the Virginia Department of Education.

Garfield has long been considered a “classic” or “evergreen” property because he has not only endured, but continues to be fresh and funny after over 30 years in the limelight.

Follow Garfield, along with 3.5 million other fans, on Facebook (facebook.com/Garfield) and Twitter (twitter.com/Garfield).

About Garfield
Cartoonist Jim Davis’ company, Paws, Inc., located near Albany, Indiana, was founded in 1981 to handle the creative end of the Garfield licensing business.  Today, Paws is the sole owner of all copyrights and trademarks for the Garfield property, and controls not only the creative angle of the fat cat’s flourishing empire, but also the licensing, marketing, and brand management of Garfield and the Garfield characters.