UserFriendly Rated G: We are talking Saturday Morning cartoons…

So episode 3 of our podcast UserFriendly Rated G is out. We are talking comics, tv, and our love for Saturday morning cartoons. We spoke before about them leaving us and finally got the chance to drop our passion in audio form. Hit us back, give it a listen, and tell us ones that you will forever miss. This podcast was recorded late after watching a few cartoons and a little Power Rangers (may do a podcast on that sometime lol). So enjoy and tweet us. We also will be announcing a huge podcast series we will be doing in January so watch the site for that or the info of the podcast.

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Episode 3: Saturday Morning Cartoons

The end of ours/my childhood has come…I DIE!!!

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Here at WestBorn, most of us were born between 1980 and 1990. So most of our childhoods consisted of cartoons throughout the week. Yet Saturdays were special. Wake up before your parents got up and make your way to claim the TV and watch the best cartoons ever. Saturday morning cartoons were devoted to the cartoons that could claim that they were the ITS of the cartoons. There wasn’t a cartoon that could touch them. From Scooby Doo to Muppet Babies to Street Sharks, there are numerous cartoons that could claim that they were able to positioned in one the coveted time slots that were between 8am and 12pm. Recently there was a huge decline in viewership for the shows that were shown on Saturdays. For a block on networks that could claim 11-20 million viewers, now could see less then 2 million. CW marked the last to close out its block as of Saturday September 27, it was the end. In honor of what we here see as the closing of an era, I mean no child will know the glory of Captain Crunch commercials or toy spots that make you wanna wake your parents up and make them run to Toys R Us. Seriously what child currently knows the theme song of Toys R Us, “i’m a big kid now” anyone? This was the time of the week where even advertisers would push to show that kids could push sales in a way that no other cartoon could. So here I wanna place just a few here that our staff thought were great shows that they loved. Shows that made them remember their childhood. You won’t find the common. You might only see shows that didn’t long. Yet you will smile.

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You might not wanna walk the woods alone anymore…

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I’m big on reading stories that give me chills. I enjoy the rush of adrenaline that comes with the feeling that something is behind you. Also I like a story that doesn’t follow the normal tropes, a story where you can’t guess what is going to happen next. Well this is exactly what I get from Scott Snyder and Jock’s Wytches. I had heard about it from one of my favorite podcasts iFanboy, where the first 2 issues have been pick of the week. I really wanted something to give me the same feel as Locke and Key. Wytches did that. The story seems to be following a young girl named Sailor Rook who is trying to get past some event that has happened to her. The event involved a bully and something that seemed to cause her family to want to watch over her also uprooting themselves to a new place. Part of what let me know that this series is going to take a different look at the genre of horror, if it is even going fully there, is that witches are not “witches” in the normal sense. From what I am gathering in the first two issues things involve a pledge. The mother seems to be involved in this some how also.

The art adds to the feeling of the story. It has a gritty feel but beautiful in nature. The art harkens to a feel to the genre but at same time it could be an illustration for a slice of life book. Of course that not what this is. The pages also have a feel that the book is older. The pages have ink splotches and a worn look. This adds to the feel. Each time I turned to another page I felt like the scene was going along and the anticipation of something happening was coming. I felt immersed into the next part. I picked up the first two issues and read them in one sitting. Currently issue 2 has just been released, I do suggest a read. If your not a horror reader that fine. This book does more of holding you in suspense and turning things on its head. I came into reading Scott Snyder thanks to Batman and Swamp Thing, this brings me in thoughts of some of his more suspenseful arcs in those books. I say this is a must read.

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Images Comics: Wytches

Scott Snyder on Twitter

Jock on Twitter

Series was mentioned on episode 2 of our podcast UserFriendly; Rated G…check us out online or on iTunes