chadbonin asked:

Was the death of Uncle Ben beneficial to the Marvel Universe as a whole? Is Gotham a better or worse city for the loss of the Waynes?

The death of Uncle Ben may have done more harm than good in the Marvel Universe for many reasons, mostly because of one thing:

The Symbiote.

When Peter Parker rejected the symbiote, it became violent and full of rage and inevitably found a willing host to embrace it in Eddie Brock becoming Venom. Years later, an even more violent “offspring” of the Symbiote was born in the form of Carnage. Hundreds of murders occurred at the hands of Venom and Carnage, and one storyline actually put Spider-Man on trial (Trial By Jury). Then you have to put into accounts of all those villains “inspired” by Spider-Man to take him down. Heck, Scorpion’s creation was funded and greenlit by J. Jonah Jameson, whose anti-Spider-Man commentary hasn’t endeared the hero to his fellow New Yorkers. Even Norman Osborn’s criminal life was spurred on because he wanted to challenge Spider-Man. Poor Gwen Stacy would still be alive if there wasn’t a Spider-Man.

I could easily say the same thing about the deaths of Thomas and Martha Wayne. Gotham is a cesspool. There was once a bright city there, but it tarnished over the decades. Crime-ridden streets, corrupt officers pocketing payoffs from mob bosses and underground criminals. The murder of one of the most prominent socialite couples should have been a signal for the better half of society to clean up the city, but the opposite happened.

Gotham City is a place where you would be afraid to walk in the light and wouldn’t dare go outside in the dark.

You think the Batman cleaned up the streets of Gotham? Think again. Like I said, before the Batman, Gotham was full of crime-ridden streets and corrupt officers pocketing payoffs from mob bosses and underground criminals. After the Batman decided his war on crime, Gotham is still full of crime-ridden streets, corrupt officers pocketing funds from mob bosses and underground criminals, and costumed, theatrical criminals either hired by mobsters to get rid of the Bat or foolishly challenging a formidable opponent in a battle of wits, chaos, and martial arts. 

Even though there was an episode of Batman: The Animated Series that stated otherwise (Trial), Batman IS just as much responsible for the arrival and actions of his colorful foes as they are. And Batman is seen as a hero who puts his foes away through the revolving door of justice where he’ll dance that dance again.

The death of the Waynes made Gotham a lot more darker and much worse, but it did convince their son to pick up a hobby.

giancarlovolpe

giancarlovolpe:

A little behind the scenes look of the early stages of Green Lantern the Animated Series.

My eternal gratitude to everyone who helped prove the doubters wrong.

Wow.

It seemed like the datacrunchers were only concerned with making something just for tween boys, who just won’t into it. Girls LOVED it, young boys did too.

The bottom line: focus groups are stupid.

Let the viewers judge themselves.

Not so much eye-opening, but rather a visualization of what I’ve imagined these situations were like.

davidrazi

davidrazi:

TECHNICAL DAVE - KIDS AND MONEY

I was grumpy about socioeconomic expectations! Argh! Life!

Ah, yes, Technical Dave. 

Purveyor of truth, disposer of knowledge, the hero of the art school generation. His tales are legendary and advice is wise. 

Cynical, yet wise.

He’s the guy that you wish guided you through college. Comedy in truth. Love every second of this.

toonami
toonami:

ATTACK ON TITAN IS COMING MAY 3rd at 11:30p!!!!
You’ve asked for it for months, and we’ve said we can’t talk about future shows. But now we CAN, because we’re getting Attack on Titan!
Toonami will premiere Season1 starting Saturday May 3rd at 11:30p. Repeat Episodes of Space Dandy will move to 12:30a.
Full Line up below.
Get Ready for the Attack!
11:30 – Attack on Titan
12:00 – Bleach
12:30 – Space Dandy
1:00 – Naruto: Shippuden
1:30 – One Piece
2:00 – Blue Exorcist
2:30 – Black Lagoon
3:00 – Naruto
3:30 – GITS
4:00 – FMAB
4:30 – Samurai Jack
5:00 – SWCW
5:30 - Sym–bionic Titan

That’s huge. 
Wait … that’s three weeks from tonight!

toonami:

ATTACK ON TITAN IS COMING MAY 3rd at 11:30p!!!!

You’ve asked for it for months, and we’ve said we can’t talk about future shows. But now we CAN, because we’re getting Attack on Titan!

Toonami will premiere Season1 starting Saturday May 3rd at 11:30p. Repeat Episodes of Space Dandy will move to 12:30a.

Full Line up below.

Get Ready for the Attack!

11:30 – Attack on Titan

12:00 – Bleach

12:30 – Space Dandy

1:00 – Naruto: Shippuden

1:30 – One Piece

2:00 – Blue Exorcist

2:30 – Black Lagoon

3:00 – Naruto

3:30 – GITS

4:00 – FMAB

4:30 – Samurai Jack

5:00 – SWCW

5:30 - Sym–bionic Titan

That’s huge. 

Wait … that’s three weeks from tonight!

Do You Have The Time To Listen To Me Whine?

No? 

Okay. 

Just had a frustrating week. Found out I had a client that wanted a small service by today but I didn’t find out about it until yesterday afternoon. I didn’t half-arse it by any stretch, and I checked and double-checked it all night long. First time I stayed up until about 7 AM in a long, long time. Surprisingly, I’m well-rested.

Had to tutor this kid in a subject that I thought was going to be geometry (which I know quite well) but is advanced trigonometry (which, well, I don’t). Had to study the basics on that myself, but I found myself understanding this ridiculously pointless skill.

Almost felt like quitting everything because I’m tired of arguing with people unwilling to bend and just so hellbent on hating anything new. It’s a futile task, so why bother?

I just need a hug or something. 

stuffbrawl

I’m kind of curious what the creator of this thing is trying to say.

They don’t like this current generation of Disney Channel stars? Are they mad that it’s a lot more “colorful” these days? What’s the issue.

Also … that top row is hardly the first Disney Channel.

I’m pretty sure that stuff came 17 years after the first generation of The Disney Channel.

I’m talking back when parents had to pay a subscription price for The Disney Channel. and get a magazine for subscribing to it.

Back when they actually had more, um, real Disney programming.  By real, I mean stuff actually produced by Walt Disney himself. That’s the first generation.

Then came the second generation. Kids Incorporated was at the beginning of it, The New Mickey Mouse Club was at the end of it.

Then came the third generation with Fast Forward, The Famous Jett Jackson, So Weird, The Jersey, The Proud Family, and Lizzie McGuire

That’s So Raven was the beginning of the fourth generation of Disney Channel programming and essentially the base where the whole channel’s current identity originates from, not unlike how All That is the nexus of Nickelodeon.

The bottom line:

tl;dr If you’re complaining about “modern” Disney Channel, you’re too damned old. Move on. You’re getting older.