Welcome to Reynard City

Welcome to Reynard City, a Saturday morning cartoon in webcomic form!

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Click here for our intro video (Special thanks John Paul Guerra)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Mad as a box of frogs and all the better for it” Samuel Victor, Night Of The Living Dead 3D

“Thundercats on crack” Gizzy Linnell

Three superhero foxes (AK Girl, Wondervixen and Hyper Rob) come to Earth to stop an evil robot fox (Mega Fox). What follows is a story of galactic warfare, destruction, caramel inflation and subconscious weirdness.

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Issue 27 is being posted up now– new pages every Monday! 

 

Issue 27 cover by Jamel Markee

 

 

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About the site- This is not just the home of our online comic! We are dedicated to supporting a wide range of artistic talent. As well as artists we also help promote designers, musicians, acting talent and more. Keep an eye on the blogs for upcoming news on the project as well as how you can get involved!

 

Any questions? Email us reynardcity@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Artwork by Jamel Markee

Script by Rob Turner (based on a story by Wo-Nellie)

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Artwork by Jamel Markee

Script by Rob Turner (based on  a story by Wo-Nellie)

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Issue 27 cover by Jamel Markee

Artwork by Jamel Markee

Script by Rob Turner (Based on a story by Wo-Nellie)

Special thanks Visualise Web Design

The story so far- AK Girl has been affected in strange ways, causing her modes to be scrambled, putting her teammates in danger. It turns out that evil aliens known as the Zedites are using Mega Fox’s former lieutenant Squirmy to invade Earth via her mind. Now AK Girl is teaming up with her imaginary friends to stop them…while she still can!Reynard City Issue 27 pg 1

 

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P.S Yes the reference to Fantastic Four’s Issue 1 cover is intentional!


Issue 27 starts next week!

Issue 27 cover by Jamel Markee

 

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The Story So Far (For those of you who just joined us and those of you who need a recap)

Three superhero foxes came from Earth after a battle to stop an evil robot on the planet Animal Kingdom

 

They are-

AK Girl- A psychic vixen who inflates on contact with caramel. She uses modes to summon various powers (Strength, speed etc)

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Wondervixen- A superhero capable of flight, super agility and strength. However she suffers from body dysmorphia (sees herself as fat) and her sometimes workaholic approach hides a dark secret

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Hyper Rob- His father was a gangster who created the evil Mega Fox. Now Hyper Rob atones for his father’s misguided ambition by fighting crime. While he has similar powers to Wondervixen his main weakness is overzealousness, often landing him in traps and getting him in more trouble than he should!

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Together they take on the evil Mega Fox, a robot designed to establish order. However this is easier said than done with his army of megabots and lieutenant Squirmy on board. . But even he has superiors and they ordered him to take over another planet called Earth…

 

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AK Girl shows off her moves in Issue 3

 

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The three heroes arrived on Earth and got seperated 

 

Vibes McAllister thought she was human. Turns out she's a superhero fox!

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Issue 5 The Search For Sally

Before finally reuniting to fight some bizarre enemies

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Issue 14 Ad Infinitum aka Protection Pt 2

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But while many villains could defeat them, certain events hit home harder than any “WHAM” or “SOCKO” could.

(Editor’s note- Can’t say much more because SPOILERS!)

Anyway Sal has a few secrets (Key issues to read for Sal are issues 7, 19 and 20)

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While Vibes goes through some tough times…and those who read the comics know that’s a massive understatement (Issue 11 and 24 in case you’re curious!)

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After this strange things have started happening…

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And it all links to the ambitious alien Zedites and the evil Mega Fox’s former lieutenant Squirmy…

 

 

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Will AK Girl be able to stop these villains using her mind to take over the Earth? You’ll find out next week in Squirmy’s Revenge Pt 2!

 

 


In response to the Nostalgia Critic- Are kid’s show’s now better than ever?

First of all this article is not about having a go at the Nostalgia Critic. I love him, he’s awesome and great fun. Plus his latest video arguing that kid’s shows are now better than ever raise some valid points (watch it here.) However here are a few points I would like to bring up.

1. “You still get some mindless shows”

This is my first point- generally speaking with any era of cartoons we remember the classics and forget the junk. However I would argue even something silly like Captain Planet at least had its heart in the right place. Yes there were the celebrity cartoons (Hammerman? New Kids on the Block?) and baffling spinoffs (Little Shop) but these did not detract from the fact the late 80’/early 90’s had some great shows from the darkness of Batman: The Animated Series to the kooky oddball antics of Earthworm Jim.

While Doug rightfully highlights quality like Adventure Time in some respects it means the shows of lesser quality can be more painful- no amount of intertextual snarkiness or kooky random bantz makes up for that.

 

2.”The more effort in the show the bigger the hit it is”

I think the makers of Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Young Justice and any number of unfairly cancelled shows would disagree on this. Also from my perspective as a British viewer without satellite TV a lot of these shows I’m either denied access to or take longer to get to.

In Britain we also have the issue of less funding for production of kid’s shows, something that partially came about as an unintended consequence of clamping down on junk food promotion for kids. This means that we rely more on imports and remakes (Thunderbirds, Dangermouse, The Clangers and Teletubbies have all either been remade or will be remade.)

Please don’t take this as an anti-American rant. A lot of the cartoons I love are American and I would love to work on that kind of scale (also if there is some magic way I could meet Andrea Romano that would be awesome).

3. ” Cartoons focused more on what’ll sell toys”

Again we go back to Young Justice- according to a recent interview with the creators the show was cancelled because executives felt it was directed at both girls and boys, fearing this wouldn’t sell merchandise.

Also I would argue the shift has been to a different style of selling- shirts, novelties, collector items etc.

4. “Creators were going through a transitional period”

I would argue all creative work is always a “transitional period.” Hanna Barbera cashed in on trends in the Seventies (Kung fu, Jaws etc), we had a period of kiddie versions of older shows (including Roseanne for some bizarre reason) and so forth.

However a lot of those shows were great because they established formulas- The wacky nature of Adventure Time would not be possible without Tiny Toons and Animaniacs, while Batman The Animated Series not only influenced subsequent cartoons but also the comics themselves.

A good example of this is Sonic- in effect we had a cartoon that grew up with us, going from slapstick to a darker adventure series (again arguably paving the way for shows to push the boundaries a bit more).

5. “Not always comedic/not always dramatic”

Real Ghostbusters was a good example of this blend, plus plenty of live action kid’s shows in the 90’s did this (Grange Hill, Byker Grove being two examples in the UK of shows that did confront real life issues but did so in a realistic way.)

6. “Designs are simpler than ones in the past”

True but that does also mean those shows can seem a little crude. There is also the odd moment that can take you out of the action when something doesn’t seem to fit the tone or is a little too random.

7. “Shows from back then wouldn’t touch these issues”

As stated before maybe not cartoons but there were definitely shows that did (as I say in the UK the aforementioned Grange Hill and Byker Grove).  Also shows like Animaniacs actually did manage to subtly put in educational messages without being overly annoying about it.

 8. “People got tired of rewarding repeat programming” 

How many remake shows have we had? Don’t get me wrong the latest CGI Ninja Turtles is great and what I’ve seen of MLP: Friendship Is Magic is a quirky and silly show that is nonetheless well made. But equally we have also had the snarky Ultimate Spiderman, the ambitious but ultimately flawed remake of Thundercats and any number of incarnations of Transformers. While Sonic Boom is great fun it exists as a promotional tool (albeit a well written one that’s pleasing to watch).

This video is fab but what it seems to highlight is one thing- the high points of the current crop of kid’s shows are very high indeed and they do indeed deserve praise. But equally there is something to be said for the artistry of Batman, the charm of the Disney Afternoon era cartoons and the oddball nutty of shows like Earthworm Jim, Samurai Pizza Cats and Animaniacs. Also shows like Mighty Max pushed the boundaries (for a show plugging the boy equivalent of Polly Pocket it was super dark!)

I don’t think this is a golden age because I don’t believe in them- inevitably for every one or two brilliant shows there will be about a half dozen that are bunkum.

It’s good to see boundaries being pushed but I do think there are other issues that need to be addressed. One reason I want to make Reynard City is because there are 90’s cartoons that did have heart and weren’t just money making machines. And it would be an honour to pay homage to an era I love.

 


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