Thursday, October 21, 2021

Mark Arnold:

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Giant Robot Warriors + The Trenton Doyle Handbook

Giant Robot Warriors

Genre: Science Fiction

Designed as political satire for the 21st century, this graphic novel owes a lot to early pioneers of the form such as Batman: The Dark Knight and small wonder, as Author Stuart Moore was a founding Editor of DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. The story is timely as the story’s President bears an uncanny resemblance to a certain Mr. Bush. There is a twist (in fact several) that won’t be revealed here, but the irony of the situation is satirized to its fullest extent.

The Trenton Doyle Handbook

Genre: Anthology

Trenton Doyle Hancock came up with a unique idea: instead of creating a number of comic book series and stories and then creating another comic book with an A-Z index of all those characters and describing their traits like Marvel and DC have, why not just create your own version of The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe and populate it with your own original characters. This is what Trenton did. He even has them marching across the front and back covers just like Marvel.

Mark Arnold is a comic book and animation historian and a writing, art, and film/video production professional. He writes comic books and articles on comic books and animation for various publications in addition to scripts, short stories and novels. He is also skilled in sales, marketing and promotion, and has film and TV production experience with digital video, video tape, and film. He has many online websites including Fun Ideas, Mark's Rare Comics, The Harveyville Fun Times!, So Rare!, and Food Shop. He also writes an (almost) daily blog and writes and draws a weekly comic strip called Protecto, the Little Robot. For the curious, Mark can be reached online at Whew!

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