Happy Marvelous Monday!
When Pietro and his sister Wanda Maximoff collapsed at the door of the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters, they were almost dead. They had been travelling across Europe in search of others like themselves. When Pietro was asked how they crossed the Atlantic Ocean, he replied “We ran.”
After Pietro recovered, Professor X began training him to join the X-Men. His mutant ability to run at extreme speeds could prove very useful on the field and a special pair of silver boots were designed. They wouldn’t wear out and they could halt him if he ever went too fast. Occasionally, he would continue running and not realise he’d traveled hundreds of miles before stopping.
However, the analysis of Pietro and Wanda’s mutations also revealed something else - they were the children of Magneto! Fathered in Europe many years ago, their mother Magda had sent them to find Magneto, assuming him to still be at the X-Mansion. When they discovered their father had defected and formed a terrorist brotherhood of mutants, their loyalties were torn.
Pietro decided to stay with the X-Men but Wanda defected to the Brotherhood. During a battle between the two, it was revealed Wanda was secretly trying to destroy the Brotherhood from within.
Wishing no longer to be involved in the personal battles of their family friends, Pietro (along with his sister) joined the Avengers, rather than either side of the mutant conflict.
SEE ALSO - Magneto and Scarlet Witch
Have a few mouth charts from Cartoon Hangover’s upcoming Dead End! Aren’t they cuties?
I drew some chatting Dead End-ers.
Barbara the ghost is one sassy spectre. She’s haunting Dead End but has plans to return to the land of the living! Will our heroes kick her butt back to cyberspace?
THEY’RE COMING TO GET YOU BARBARA!
Check out Barabra from my upcoming Cartoon Hangover pilot Dead End and follow the production blog!
To celebrate the start of production on Hamish Steele’s upcoming Cartoon Hangover short Dead End, have a spinning Pugsley! He’s into fezes, the occult and erotic art.
Is he.. a dog? Or like a snowman or something…
I animated a character turn around for Pugsley in my upcoming Cartoon Hangover short!!
Still time to send in questions for my Q&A video!
My new comics! Featuring @cartoonhangover ‘s fantastic Bravest Warriors comic!
Mel “Rocket Dog” Roach has finished her prep work - complete with lava lamp - to tackle animating “Dead End.”
Hi! I replaced all of my sad, moldy plates and cups with actual nice things, resulting in this - my motivation station!
(some other relevant rhyming words: animation, creation, generation, fabrication, origination, devastation)
If you look closely you’ll notice the limited edition Rocket Dog postcards. All of them! So if you’ve asked for one or want one, I guess I uh… will have to work out an affordable way of distribution or something. Maybe you’ll see them at a convention!
Today and forever is going to be super productive and I won’t spend the entire time marveling at the zappy ball like I did all yesterday.
Dead End production begins!
When Wanda Maximoff and her brother Pietro collapsed at the door of the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters, they were almost dead. They had been travelling across Europe in search of others like themselves. When Pietro was asked how they crossed the Atlantic Ocean, he replied “We ran.”
After Wanda recovered, she began exploring her mutation. Professor X wasn’t able to work out what it was because to anybody it looked like nothing but magic. She was able to change the path of flying objects, fire energy out of her hands, fly and cause bad luck to those who angered her. Wanda explained that in her village, she was known as ‘The Scarlet Witch’ and that people feared her curses and hexes.
Further investigation revealed that Wanda had access to the multiverse and could alter the timelines of our current universe by looking into all the possible outcomes. Although unable to distort reality fully, she was able to bend probability in favour of certain events happening.
However, the analysis of her and Pietro’s mutations also revealed something else - they were the children of Magneto! Fathered in Europe many years ago, their mother Magda had sent them to find Magneto, assuming him to still be at the X-Mansion. When they discovered their father had defected and formed a terrorist brotherhood of mutants, their loyalties were torn.
Wanda decided to join her father much to everyone’s surprise. However, when the X-Men next battled the Brotherhood, it was revealed Wanda was using it all as a trap. She controlled the probability of their battle and caused the defeat of Magneto.
Wishing no longer to be involved in the personal battles of her family and her friend, she (along with her brother) joined the Avengers, rather than either side of the mutant conflict.
SEE ALSO - Magneto
Quicksilver next week! Or sooner if I find the time :)
Following the recent release of New Frontiers, Big Finish Productions is pleased to reveal details for the forthcoming Bernice Summerfield box set Missing Persons: a bumper five-story release that marks the end of an era for the archaeologist and her friends.
‘When Scott Handcock and I took over the reins of Benny’s adventures five series back, we wanted to create a set of stories that could be enjoyed one at a time, but with tiny beats and moments seeded throughout that, with hindsight, form a bigger picture,’ says outgoing co-producer and directorn Gary Russell. ‘Missing Persons is the culmination of that, as everything we’ve been dripfeeding in comes to fruition here. Fingers crossed, listeners believe we’re leaving on a high, and created a nice level playing field for someone new to come along and take Benny in a direction all of their own. I love Bernice Summerfield passionately and hope we’ve done her proud!’
The set kicks off with Big Dig by new writer Hamish Steele, where Bernice and her friends find themselves embroiled in an archaeology documentary series gone wrong, as a lost civilisation makes its presence known in a less than pleasant way. Philip Bird (Sapphire and Steel, The Fades) and Paul Copley (Torchwood: Children of Earth, Spare Parts) guest star as Big Dig’s long-standing presenters Shepton Rothwell and Jimmy Deel.
The Revenant’s Carnival by Martin Day takes Bernice and her son Peter to a masquerade ball on a world ruled by benevolent tyrant Willem van der Heever. Can they head off an assassination attempt, or will Van der Heever’s secrets compromise their position? David Warwick (Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet and Army of Ghosts) and Susan Vidler (Amy Pond’s Aunt Sharon in Doctor Who) appear as Van der Heever as his associate Doctor Krige.
The Brimstone Kid arrives at the White Rabbit bar in the third instalment, written by David Llewellyn. Bounty hunters galore are in pursuit, and when they hear of the presence of a certain Irving Braxiatel, events take an unexpected turn. Red Dwarf’s Mac MacDonald and Doctor Who’s John Schwab lead a guest cast including David Menkin (Zero Dark Thirty) and Katharine Mangold (Dark Shadows: Speak No Evil).
The penultimate story in the series - The Winning Side by James Goss - finds Bernice lost in the ruins of an alien world, where she uncovers the story of the great King Theon and his adviser Meriol, and learns the truth of how their world was destroyed by a mysterious sky-witch. Hugh Skinner (Les Miserables, The Confessions of Dorian Gray: The Heart That Lives Alone) and Geoffrey Beevers (The Master in Doctor Who) star alongside Lisa Bowerman in an intimate tale of war and love on a dying world.
‘The final adventure - In Living Memory - is a typical Bernice Summerfield story,’ says co-writer and producer Scott Handcock. ‘It celebrates our magnificent regular cast, wraps up all the loose threads, and tells a frankly bonkers Benny tale all at once… and the script certainly kept our actors guessing right until the very last page!’
Missing Persons will be released on CD and download in September 2013, and will be accompanied by an original novel: Adorable Illusion by Gary Russell. Both are available to pre-order now, either separately or as a bundle at a reduced price.
Hey! Last year a Bernice Summerfield story of mine was recorded by Big Finish! It’s a great series, a Doctor Who spin off series with lots of connections but an entirely different show in its own right!
Be sure to check it out if you’re a fan of big, bold and silly sci-fi. (Well, MY story is silly, I’ve not heard the others this series!)