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Pete's Basement Season 10, Episode 24 - 7.5.17

Pete's buddy Andrew Buzzetta joins the roundtable this week, making his long-awaited Basement debut! They're talkin' classic toys, classic cartoons, and of course, comics! IDW gives us a murder mystery to unravel in Clue, the board game brought to the printed page. Alex De Campi's ex-marine turns merc for hire in Bankshot. Fabian Rangel Jr., the creator of Namwolf, hits another home run with Blood Brothers, and DC must be doing something right with these Looney Tunes crossovers: wait'll you hear what Pete has to say about Batman and Elmer Fudd!

Pete's Basement Season 10, Episode 21 - 6.13.17

Pete and Ramon hit the roundtable for a spoiler-free review of Wonder Woman! Her boyfriend Steve Trevor gets his own comic book. Batman (sort of) debuts on the Gotham season finale! Paybacks and God Country writer Donny Cates gives birth to the anti-Christ. Working in this psychiatric hospital doesn't sound like such a great idea in The Unsound (see what I did there?) Darth Vader gets a second series, and Iceman is just trying to get his life in order. All that and whiskey too! Hit the play button.

Pete's Basement Season 9, Episode 5 - 2.9.16

Batman Europa concludes on a high note. The guys are loving Miles Morales Spider-Man. We're dropping tons of bombs tonight! Exclusive info on Supergirl, Agent Carter, Legends of Tomorrow, and more! Our good buddy Mike from Geek of the Week podcast sits in with Cheezeburger, Pete, and Ramon on this explosive episode. Plus we answer the burning question: What's our favorite G.I. JOE episode? Go 'on, whatcha waitin for? Get to watchin while the fires still hot!

Finally, The Return of Cartoons Designed to Sell You Shit

Believe me, growing up I enjoyed my fair share of Transformers, G.I. Joe, and various ninja reptiles, but then something happened. At least for me, the Simpsons was first, then Ren and Stimpy, and then a whole slew of other shows that proved what animation could, and should be -- good. Well it looks as if the pendulum is swinging back to stupid right at this very moment.

Cartoon Brew (http://www.cartoonbrew.com/) just posted a great essay in which they detail the decline of the creator driven cartoon, and the rise of the marketing driven one, like a dim-witted phoenix held together by the promise of money via merchandise sales, and running off of the sweat of assembly line animation houses in the west and Korea. With the launch of the well funded new network, the Hub, which is partially owned by Hasbro, we can expect to see such gems as Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Bitty Adventures, and My Little Pony Friendship is Magic.

This is a troubling vision, however I have hope. The landscape is different now than in the late 80's early 90's. The internet and american cartoon audience are maturing. Even television may not totally be a lost cause, there certainly are places where good content can find a home. At the rate they're going, my money is on FX coming to their senses and funding some awesome animation. If their current non-animated line up is any indication, they have the intestinal fortitude to do so. I have a pilot. FX execs, call me.

Read "The End of the Creator-Driven Era in TV Animation"
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COBRA ISLAND moves to ZOMBIELAND

Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese may be writing the sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. IESB has reported that the writers have approached Paramount Pictures and are waiting for a response. Earlier this week it was officially announced Reese and Wernick were hired to write the Deadpool movie. No official word yet about the G.I. Joe sequel. Officially they have retired from sleeping and now live life reading comic books and watching cartoons.

Source: IESB.net

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