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‘The Dark Crystal’ Is Being Re-Released in Theaters Next Month


The Dark Crystal is a well known 1982 classic film from the Henson company. Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, The Dark Crystal was a story about a Gelfling named Jen and his quest to fix the crystal and restore unity to the Skeksis and Mystics.

Fathom Events has announced a re-release of the original film to over 500 theaters in the United States. There will be two dates to watch the film, February 25 and February 28.

The new film will also have an introduction by Jim Henson’s daughter Lisa Henson. This behind the scenes look at the making of the film will air before the actual film.

Here is a look at the Re-Release Trailer:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqY_4w3YnRc]

The re-release comes several months after the Henson company announced it would be creating a new 10 episode show with Netflix. The new Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will take places decades before the original 1982 film.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGzVYyV_Jsg]

You can learn more at Fathom Events. Tickets will be available at select theaters 2/25 and 2/28 with show times at 2PM and 7PM local times.

The New ‘Nintendo Labo’ Will Allow Gamers To Custom Build Accessories


Nintendo has recently posted a video demonstrating a new product they are releasing on April, 20, called the Nintendo Labo.

Here is the official video:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3Bd3HUMkyU]
The Nintendo Labo is a very interesting and inventive concept. Gamers can purchase pre-made cardboard punch out pieces that they can then turn into a variety of fun and interactive gaming accessories.

I love this idea so much! This allows players to build and customize their own accessories. It reminds me a lot of those viral videos where people make hands out of cardboard and bands, but these actually assist you in playing games.  You just follow the Nintendo Labo instructions on the Switch cartridge to build various peripherals called (Toy-Cons.)

There will be 2 kits available.

(Each kit will contain a Switch cartridge and pre-cut cardboard sheets, and other accessories like strings, connectors, or bands.)

1. The Variety Kit

The Variety Kit will contain the cartridge and cardboard parts and accessories and will feature 5 different games. The Toy-Cons will include:

  • Piano (13 keys)
  • RC car
  • Fishing Rod

This set will retail for $69.99

2. Robot Kit

The Robot Kit will contain the cartridge and cardboard parts and accessories to create a backpack and visor.

This will retail for $79.99

One thing I really love about this product is the customization. It’s a blank canvas and you can color it however you wish.

Overall, the whole line is brilliant. Using inexpensive items like cardboard and string to teach people how to build accessories it clever and fun. I do worry about how they will hold up. $70-$80 for cardboard accessories does seem to be a bit high. I work with cardboard every now and then and it can bend or tear easily. But I still love the idea behind it and I am excited to try it out!

What do you think? Comment and let us know!


YouTube Ending Monetization for Smaller Channels


Next month, YouTube is going to end the ability to monetize smaller YouTube channels via their YouTube Partner Program.

What constitutes a “smaller” channel? Any channel that has under 1,000 subscribers and under 4,000 hours (or 240,000 minutes) of accumulated watchtime in the past 12 months.

That’s a minimum of 20,000 minutes of watchtime per month, if you’re having difficulty mathing it out.

This latest restriction is allegedly in response to the streaming giant trying to appease advertisers who’ve taken them to task for being too lax about policing their content.

Here’s an excerpt from YouTube’s blog post on the subject…

2017 marked a tough year for many of you, with several issues affecting our community and the revenue earned from advertising through the YouTube Partner Program (YPP).


A big part of that effort will be strengthening our requirements for monetization so spammers, impersonators, and other bad actors can’t hurt our ecosystem or take advantage of you, while continuing to reward those who make our platform great.

Back in April of 2017, we set a YPP eligibility requirement of 10,000 lifetime views. While that threshold provided more information to determine whether a channel followed our community guidelines and policies, it’s been clear over the last few months that we need a higher standard.

Starting today we’re changing the eligibility requirement for monetization to 4,000 hours of watchtime within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers. We’ve arrived at these new thresholds after thorough analysis and conversations with creators like you.


On February 20th, 2018, we’ll also implement this threshold across existing channels on the platform, to allow for a 30 day grace period. On that date, channels with fewer than 1,000 subs or 4,000 watch hours will no longer be able to earn money on YouTube. When they reach 1,000 subs and 4,000 watch hours they will be automatically re-evaluated under strict criteria to ensure they comply with our policies. New channels will need to apply, and their application will be evaluated when they hit these milestones.


Of course, size alone is not enough to determine whether a channel is suitable for monetization, so we’ll continue to use signals like community strikes, spam, and other abuse flags to ensure we’re protecting our creator community from bad actors.


While this change will tackle the potential abuse of a large but disparate group of smaller channels, we also know that the bad action of a single, large channel can also have an impact on the community and how advertisers view YouTube. We’ll be working to schedule conversations with our creators in the months ahead so we can hear your thoughts and ideas and what more we can do to tackle that challenge.

Clearly, the “larger creators” who will be taken to the proverbial woodshed include controversial figures like PewDiePie (who was accused of making racist comments) and Logan Paul (whose recent antics in Japan included filming a dead body and posting on his channel.)

The announcement comes after last year’s “Adpocalypse,” in which many YouTube channels suddenly lost the ability to monetize based on vague community standards guidelines which deemed many videos “not advertiser friendly” if they were even remotely controversial.

While YouTube claims that they see a 40% increase year-over-year in creators making over six figures, it’s clearly going to be harder for newcomers to crack the platform going forward.

[Source: YouTube]


WATCH – Bruce Lee with Lightsaber Nunchucks


Why couldn’t The Last Jedi have been more like this?

A Bruce Lee / Star Wars mashup video is trending now on YouTube, and it’s just too awesome for words.


The scene recreation from the 1972 Bruce Lee classic Fist of Fury sees the legendary kung-fu master squaring off against his adversary wielding lightsaber nunchuks.

Lightsaber. Nunchucks.

Yes, Lucasfilm. This needs to happen in a future Star Wars movie.

The video was posted by YouTuber Patrick Nan, who says he was inspired by fanart from Deviantart user Ameeeeba.

[Source: YouTube]


“Godzilla: Monster Planet” To Air on Netflix Worldwide January 17


Get ready Godzilla fans! On January 17, Neflix will launch the worldwide premiere of the anime film Godzilla: Monster Planet.  The film was released in Japan last year, but now it’s going out to Japan and other countries via Netflix.

The Trailer

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-3do2pM4pM]

Netflix Show Description

Part 1

“A desperate group of refugees attempt to recolonize Earth 20,000 years after Godzilla took over.  But one young man wants revenge above all else.”

So mankind left Earth and now want it back. This explains the space ship full of humans at the beginning of the trailer.

The Biggest Godzilla

According to the trailer it’s 20,000 years in the future and man-kind is facing the “largest Godzilla” they’ve ever encountered. Since we are in the future and stuck in space there are space suits, space looking motorcycles (they kind of remind me of the He-man Battle Ready Motorcycles)  and mechs! If we are fighting the largest Godzilla ever, and this is a futuristic anime, it stands to reason we would need mech suits.

I’m really excited. We are big Godzilla and kaiju fans here.  I know we will be watching.

Godzilla’s watching and he looks like he’s smiling, so it has to be good…right?




Hulu Signed Animaniacs for 2 Seasons Plus Secures Back Episodes


Animaniacs is coming back for 2 more seasons!  Hulu has approved the “revival” from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation. While they were at it got the rights to exclusively stream the back episodes of the Animaniacs show. They also will have Pinkie and the Brain and Tiny Toon Adventures.

Newsarama posted the following quotes about the new collaboration.

Craig Erwich, SVP of Content at Hulu said the following in a statement:

“We cannot wait to work with Steven Spielberg and the entire Amblin and Warner Bros. teams to bring more sketches, catchphrases, songs and laughs from the Animaniacs to kids and adults everywhere. Now one of the most beloved, inventive and funny animated franchises in history, Animaniacs and its cast of witty characters can live on, on Hulu. This marks yet another big move for us as we continue our efforts to be the #1 streaming destination for premium animated content.””

Sam Register, President of Warner Bros. Animation is quoted as saying this:

“Yakko, Wakko and Dot have been waiting impatiently inside the water tower, and now their hilarious brand of animated chaos will be unleashed — again! We’re incredibly excited to be partnering with Amblin and Hulu for new episodes of Animaniacs, filled with endless laughs — and ongoing plots for world domination by Pinky and the Brain.”

Steven Spielberg, Executive Producer offered the following:

“I am so pleased and proud that Animaniacs will have a home at Hulu. Together with Warner Bros., we look to bring new audiences and longtime fans into this wild world of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot. I am also excited that the full library of Animaniacs and Tiny Toon Adventures episodes are included in the deal.”

There you have it folks! You can now go to Hulu and relive taking over the world with Pinky and the Brain, or go on crazy adventures with the Warner Brothers and their sister Dot right now.  Back episodes are currently available on Hulu.  With the new seasons will be coming sometime in 2020.


Sources: Newsarama, Animaniacs Wiki,

Don’t Look Away From a New Season of Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’


On January 2, 2018, Netflix released a new promotional video on their A Series of Unfortunate Events Facebook page. The new season will continue the story of the Baudelaire orphans and Count Olaf.  The new episodes are set to premier on March 30, 2018.

Based on the 13 novel book series, by Daniel Handler, Netflix released the first season on January 13, 2017.

The series was summarized on Wikipedia as the following:

“When a mysterious fire kills their parents, the Baudelaire children are placed into the care of their distant relative Count Olaf, an actor who is determined to claim the family fortune for himself. Following Olaf’s failed attempt, the Baudelaires set out to elude Olaf and uncover the mystery behind a secret society from their parents’ past.”

If you haven’t watched the first season, prepare to binge watch in preparation for the upcoming new episodes. This show is worth the watch! Neil Patrick Harris does a fantastic job as Count Olaf! The entire cast is very good, and it’s hard to stop at just one episode.

The first season has 8 episodes that encompass books 1-4. The second season, releasing in March, will contain 10 episodes, covering books 5-9. It has been confirmed that a third season is approved and will cover the final 4 books.

While you wait re-watch or catch up on Season One over at Netflix.

The X-Files Season 11 Premiere… Sucked.


The truth may still be out there, but I honestly don’t care any more.

The X-Files returned to Fox last night after a year-long hiatus (following a 14-year hiatus before that.)

And my gut reaction immediately following its broadcast was “What in the hell did I just watch?” followed by “That was boring” and then “Did they just do what I think they did to Scully?!”

Apparently I wasn’t alone. On social media, many fans were left confused and angry.

I concur. Although I was more angry than confused.

There are SPOILERS ahead, so turn back now if you don’t want to ruin the… excitement?

“My Struggle III” is one of the messiest hours of television I’ve watched in recent memory.

The episode begins with a montage of the Cigarette Smoking Man’s history with alien tech, his involvement in the hoaxed moon landing and a bunch of other things that are supposed to tell the audience that he’s The Most Interesting Man in the World, and create a unified theory of every conspiracy theory ever.

Oh, also he’s Mulder’s father and his real name is Carl Bush.

Then we proceed to find out that the events of last season’s over-the-top cliffhanger was just a dream… er… vision in Scully’s head, apparently being beamed into her brain by her long lost son, William.

Mulder spends about half of his on screen time in car as we listen to a truly awkward inner monologue that sounds like a bad Sam Spade fanfic.

David Duchovny looks utterly bored in this episode, and I had to wonder if he was preoccupied with cashing his check and picking out a new car, or just wondering what he was going to have for lunch.

And Scully? Well, given that Gillian Anderson had little more to do than vacillate between being unconscious and panicking like Joyce Byers, she did the best she could do.

And while Scully tried to save Mulder, he wound up saving her from a rejected James Bond goon who tries to smother her to death with a pillow.

(Because of course he did.)

Most of Scully’s scenes were spent in bed.

Speaking of which…

The episode ends with the audience finding out that Scully was roofied by the Cigarette Smoking Man and somehow impregnated with Alien Baby — either via “science experiment,” or (more unsettlingly) as the result of the Cigarette Smoking Man having his way with her.

Literally, it was such a completely WTF moment that I had to rewind the last few minutes of the episode to make sure I was fully understanding what just happened here.

Gillian Anderson has said that she’s out after this season.

Between reports of her receiving far less money than David Duchovny, grievances about a nearly all-male creative team and the piss poor treatment of Scully… I can’t blame her.

I think I’m officially out after this episode, too.

The X-Files revival is proof that you can never really go home again. And that while there’s a huge trend for networks and studios to cash in on nostalgia by reviving beloved TV series and movie franchises, sometimes it’s better to just revisit those shows in our memories.

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Will the New Netflix / Dreamworks ‘She-Ra’ Have The Power?


Netflix has announced they will be bringing the 80’s icon She-Ra back as an exclusive show they are creating in conjunction with Dreamworks. Noelle Stevenson, is listed as the Executive Producer. She’s best known as the creator of Nimona, and part of the Eisner-winning team on Boom Studios’ Lumberjanes.

Set to be released sometime this year, the once “Princess of Power” will be coming back, and it sounds like she will still be a sword wielding princess.  Netflix released the following comment in their press release.

“..fans are in store for an epic and timely tale that celebrates female friendship and empowerment, lead by a warrior princess tailor made for today.

The original was an epic tale that celebrated female friendship and empowerment too and was led by a warrior princess, so okay.  Sounds good so far. A bit worried about the words “made for today,” but okay.  I mean the new Voltron is amazing!  It is a modern take on it and the art and story are spot on.

The New Look of She-Ra

It all sounds good so far, but a lot of people are having issues with the image they showed.  First of all most of the fanfare shows the old She-ra. People are excited because they are seeing what they know and love.

Then, they showed the actual “approved” image. Honestly, I hope this is just an in-between because it’s mid expression, otherwise, I’m really not too sure how I feel about it, I would need to see more.

Like I said, it’s really hard to tell from just this image, so I’m holding out hope that when we see more it will feel like the Princess of Power.

You can make a new show using an old IP, but you can’t just throw everything out the window for a “modern tale.” The essence of what made it beloved really needs to stay in there somehow. I’m really hoping that’s what they will do here.  Netflix really does seem to get that. Most fans understand that a new version of a beloved show is going to still be a “new”version, but in order to still be a “version” it has to retain some of itself.

For a Bit, People Were Worried

People were not happy about the rumor of it being like Jem, with a female rock band. That was too far away from the “essence” of She-Ra.  It was shared on He-Man.org:

“We’ll probably relaunch She-Ra featuring a rock-and-roll band and a girl with long blond hair who will have a guitar instead of a sword. And we will probably do programming shorts directed at new digital media, such as telephones, for example, where we start to introduce these characters to brand-new consumers.”

Thankfully, it’s looking like this was not true, and from something said several years ago. I think people can calm down about it. Most agree a story about a rock-and-roll band and a lead with long blond hair works for Jem or Valhallen (from Dexter’s Laboratory), they don’t think it would be a good way to “modernize” She-Ra.

I think that success lies in a balance struck between old and new. Most fans seem willing to give a new show a try.  As long as they don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater, and keep some of what made She-Ra, well, She-Ra, I will bet the new show will have the power.

Sources: He-man.org, ScienceFiction.com


Making Comics for a Living is Hard… So Don’t Quit Your Day Job


Making a living in comics is hard. Making a living as a freelance artist is hard. Any kind of art job is hard.

I think we can all agree on that.

But what I can’t understand is why people think that if they do art for a living they will suddenly be “free.”

I’ve been around awhile and I have seen a staggering number of people shoot themselves in the foot and end up far worse off because they want to do “comics full time.” The one I hear over and over is “I just don’t want to work retail.”

Yes, working retail sucks, we’ve all been there at one time or another, but comics is not the “get out” card people seem to think it is. When people start asking others for their opinions, I’ve noticed most will just agree and say things like “oh you’re so good, you could do it.”

No one is willing to state the truth.  Part of it is because the truth and negativity are often confused as being the same thing. No one wants to be “that person.”

The reality is that person is probably being the better friend by watching out for you and telling you the truth and not just what you want to hear. I’ve seen more people get into trouble because they wanted to do something they really weren’t prepared for, and everyone told them only positive things, and the person did it and ended up in a really bad place.

Positivity is not always honesty, and honesty is not always negativity.  

How Hard Could It Be?

For one thing comic book (and all freelance work) is sporadic. Even if you are one of the lucky few that get a paying comics job, it isn’t going to be long term. It’s usually piece work and when it ends you have to move onto another gig, which isn’t always available.

The jobs that are more secure (the ones everyone wants like storyboard artist for (insert company name here) are super difficult to get. If there are 1,000 people out there trying for a comics gig full time (I know it’s higher than that) maybe a couple will get it.

The page rates are not good and they aren’t going to improve. Not when there are so many willing to work for peanuts just to “get a break.” And not when there are people in other countries willing to work for low pay because in their country it’s a “good job.” Expect lower pay, not increased security.

Comics and Money

A lot of the comics gigs out there don’t pay well.

When you break down the time it takes you to do the job, you are probably getting the same or less as working retail.  

I once saw someone say something like “for skilled work, like comics art, writers should pay about $20 an hour.”  

One, that’s not going to happen — especially not for indie projects.

And two, of the massive amount of people who think they are good enough, there is a much lower percentage that would be “skilled labor” enough to truly handle the job.  

Everyone and their dog wants to do comics. Webcomics have lowered the barrier for entry, but the does not mean that just because you “do comics” you are actually qualified to be paid to “do comics.”

I’ve seen amazing artists online — truly gifted people who can’t make it. Those who can’t find full time work making art. Those who are doing comics, but work more than full-time hours for part-time pay.  

If you can’t make it working retail, you might want to rethink being a “full time artist.” If you don’t want to work retail find a job in another field and do comics in your spare time until you can find the paying gigs you want.

DO NOT just up and quit and decide “I’m going to be a full time artist” simply because you don’t like your job. It isn’t going to go the way you think it’s going to go. We have friends working freelance in comics, or have book deals, and they still work their jobs because it isn’t enough to get by on. And if you have responsibilities like kids or pets, your choice isn’t just about you.

“The Cake is a Lie.”

I’ve seen a lot of artists say things like “Well (insert name here) is doing comics full-time so it can be done.”  

Or “She was poor and did comics and now she has (insert number) of followers on social media”….and other examples. 

When you look into it a lot of people doing comics “full-time” aren’t actually making enough money to live on “full-time.”

I can’t tell you how many “full-time” people do comics “full-time” but have a spouse or partner who works a good job and that’s paying for them to do comics “full-time.” If you have someone willing to let you go for it while they support you, then by all means do it!

But if you are the one having to support yourself, do NOT fall for this.

Research your idols. I know of several off the top of my head that claim they are “full-time” that have spouses that are nurses, teachers, investment bankers, etc. They are technically “full-time” and aren’t lying about that, but it’s a skewed truth that catches a lot of unsuspecting creatives off guard.

People jump at the idea that they could quit what they hate and be “full-time” artists too.  Just don’t fall for it!   

Also all “success” on the internet can be faked. Site traffic, social media, crowdfunding — they can all be padded and gamed to appear far more successful than what they are. It really is not hard and it just takes knowing where to spend some money. (And it’s also not hard to figure out who’s faking it if you know what to look for!)

Don’t fall for “success” without knowing what is real and what isn’t.  

Life is hard and expensive.

Look, the bills don’t go away if you can’t pay them. The way the government is going, it’s just going to get harder for everyone to make a living, not just creatives.  

Established comics people are writing articles about how they can’t afford health insurance and housing, and other creators rally around them because they are also afraid of ending up like this.  

There’s been enough of these stories now to indicate a pattern — a long-established one. 

So don’t go down that path. Not until you figure out what you need and find a way to make sure you have it. Life is going to throw everything it has at you. Don’t make it easier to get so down you can’t get back up.

A Cautionary Tale

My husband and I were people who had to go full-time into freelance to survive. It wasn’t our first choice. Thanks to an unexpected layoff and a lack of job opportunities, we were thrown into it.

We had health insurance, good money, and made extra income doing comics. The entire time my husband was laid off we tried to find something else and that’s with paying comics work.  

It took working long, long hours to create several streams of income until we finally got ourselves out of that and into a situation where we create for a living. Unfortunately we also got very, very far behind financially and it took years to claw our way out of it.

Comics work helped, but is NOT our main focus now. It’s too unreliable, and it’s actually the lowest paying thing we do.

It is possible to make a full-time living as a comics creative, but I can’t tell you how ridiculously hard it all was and we barely pulled through.

We have a relatively successful online comic and contacts in the industry, which led to being able to pitch TV shows to Hollywood among other things. We have quite a few things in the works and things are finally somewhat stable.

Unlike many younger creatives, we also had a mortgage and kids and pets to pay for — and no safety net. I can’t begin to tell you how much energy, opportunity cost, lost time with our kids, and anxiety attacks (that put me in the ER) it  took to get here.

I’m not trying to tell people to not do comics or art. I’m just saying think about it.

Don’t just quit your job or move far away from your support system, because you might get a job in the field. I’m saying be smart about how you do it.

Some jobs suck, but having no money at all sucks worse. I guarantee you that for every one of you talking about going “full-time” or getting a job at (insert tv/comics/publishing company name here) there are thousands of others doing the same thing.

The comic book industry is in decline, and there aren’t enough paying jobs to accommodate everyone who wants to work in the business. And what few jobs there are don’t pay nearly as well as they used to.

Build up your art career until you can get to a point where you can do this and then, cautiously, think about doing it full-time.  

It’s not ALL bad…

If you have a way to survive and go for your dreams, then by all means DO IT! But just make sure you aren’t shooting yourself in the foot.  There are opportunities out there, you just have to have the skill, drive, and imagination to find them.  

Sure some people get “lucky,” but most of the time it takes years and good planning. Know when you should pull back. Do not put yourself in bad situations that could ruin what you’ve built. Always have a “Plan B.”

Don’t give up, but don’t be foolhardy enough to throw your whole life into stress and turmoil to reach some level of “success” that isn’t really “success” to begin with.  

Kambrea Pratt is the co-creator of the webcomic Shadowbinders, and a longtime contributor to various Disney Comics projects. She can be found on Twitter at @desert_starr_57.

[Feature Image: Marvel Comics]