Welcome to Reynard City

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

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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!

 

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Star Trek Beyond

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Just our regular reminder- I do my best to keep my reviews spoiler free but as ever if you are looking to watch a film and go in as fresh as possible then watch the film and then read the review. Oh and to make clear this is solely my opinion and not of the whole Reynard City team!

 

First things first I am not a Trekkie, Trekker or however you say it. I enjoyed Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness mainly on the basis of being fun blockbusters that while not as deep as they present themselves were worth the watch.

Third films are notoriously tricky and this one had a couple of behind the scenes issues- the sad premature death of Anton Yelchin (who played Chekov and by all accounts was a lovely chap and a rising star) plus a debate between the writer Simon Pegg (who also plays Scotty) and original Sulu George Takei on retconning Sulu as part of a gay couple (it’s a fleeting moment, personally I wasn’t that bothered).

My personal concern was Justin Lin taking over from JJ Abrahams as director- would the Fast and Furious director remove the grandeur and epicness? Fortunately the answer is no and if anything the film benefits from a changeup in style, the plot revolving more around the crew grounded on a planet rather than the usual zooming about.

With regard to Simon Pegg’s script for the most part it works- well paced, plenty of funny jokes but also a clear affinity for the characters. If I was going to be ultrapicky there are a couple of “Screenwriting 101” moments (“Here is a seemingly incidental thing that I am discussing in more detail than someone usually would. This probably won’t come up later, wink wink”)

Another flaw is that though new badass warrior character Jayla is a welcome addition Uhuru sadly gets relegated to the background. However there are also interesting new character dynamics- Spock and Bones make an engaging odd couple double act while Kirk’s confrontation with Idris Elba’s villain has more depth to it than you would initially think.

Overall Star Trek Beyond is pretty much exactly what I was hoping for- a solid blockbuster with just enough action, humour and character to be worth a trip out!

 


Ghostbusters (2016)

Please note: This is purely the opinion of writer Rob Turner and does not necessarily reflect the views of everyone on the team. As ever with my reviews I do my best to keep it spoiler free. If you are going to comment keep it civil and spoiler free please!

 

First things first- I love Ghostbusters. And when I say I love it I mean I had the toys, the Game Boy game, went to the cinema to see Ghostbusters 2 etc. Personally I also really enjoyed Extreme Ghostbusters, an under-rated cartoon that was wrongly dubbed “the PC Ghostbusters” (Seriously give it a proper go, there were some quality episodes!)

Of course plenty of people have expressed their views on this latest film before seeing it- my view has always been “I will reserve judgement until I see it.”

So I have seen it and here’s my view. It’s…good but not great.

There are a lot of things I like about the film- the updating of the effects still has that odd retro charm to it, the updating of the technology is clever and there are some great characters in there (Kate McKinnon especially is the breakout star in this I think). An unexpected bonus are normally straight actors given the chance to be a bit goofy with Chris Hemsworth playing a doofy secretary and Andy Garcia playing a slightly overly self-conscious mayor.

And herein is the problem with the new Ghostbusters. I know some will disagree but most of the casting I didn’t object to- If you don’t like Kristen Wiig or Melissa McCarthy this film won’t convert you but I personally like their chemistry and as I said before Kate McKinnon provides a certain oddball nuttiness.

Sadly one I didn’t really go for was Leslie Jones- It’s not that she was bad and she had some funny moments but her character felt a bit one-note compared to the others. Don’t get me wrong I know them from SNL and get they are broadly in keeping with their style of performance but it would have been good to get a bit more depth.

However what stops this film being great is a certain awkward self-consciousness. While nobody likes being made fun of online (LOL you know who you are😉 ) it is a bit cheap to throw potshots into your script. Also the director Paul Feig’s improvisational style does mean some running gags outstay their welcome and some go on a bit too long.

Overall I enjoyed the film and it was a fun blockbuster. This is the problem- after The Dark Knight, Avengers and Lord of the Rings people are constantly expecting bigger and better films. However sometimes I think it’s ok to have a fun ride that’s enjoyable, even if it’s far from perfect. This reminds me of something like seeing the first Mummy film or Spiderman- Fun but you can see the flaws.

In short, if you have kids bring them along and if you enjoy improv type humour then give it a go. However those who don’t want to go I think in this case it’s understandable.

P.S If you do like the film stay till the end😉

 


Marvel: Beyond The Comics

 

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I have a confession to make- I only really got into comics off the back of the X-Men cartoon series. Therefore I thought today I would give a quick summary of my favourite non-comic Marvel things.

 

X-Men

 

The original 90’s cartoon series is one of the biggest influences on Reynard City- it was like a weekly animated soap opera with added action.

 

Another great X-Men product (and needs to be ported on more consoles etc) is the X-Men arcade game. I still have many great memories of whacking mutants as Nightcrawler (And yes it is still hilarious to hear Magneto say “WELCOME TO DIE!”)

 

Games

 

The X-Men arcade game is one example of top quality Marvel tie-in games but should also give honourable mentions to the PS2 Spider-Man games and the beat-em-up fun of Marvel v Capcom 2. If you fancy having a flutter it’s worth checking out some great online casino games that you can play at casino.com.

 

Spider-Man

 

The original 90s cartoon is another with slightly dated animation (including unnecessary CGI) but still find it more charming than pseudo-Family Guy wackiness Ultimate Spider-Man.

 

The films have been variable- The Tobey Maguire trilogy starts off well, the second is smart and mature while the third is cheesy and crams too much in, Andrew Garfield’s Amazing Spider-Man double- First a bit too dour and Rhys Ifans doesn’t really work as a villain while the second is like the third Maguire film- too many villains, too much going on.

 

Honourable mention to Tom Holland in Captain America: Civil War who captured both the gawkiness of Peter Parker as well as the wisecracking webslinger.

 

Avengers

 

Like a lot of people I enjoyed the films (Age of Ultron partially filmed in Norwich!)

 

However for me the best Avengers based non-comic thing is the cartoon Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. It managed several epic episode arcs over the course of two seasons. Sadly like a lot of great superhero cartoons it got prematurely cancelled.

 

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Other great stuff

 

I think people forget how influential Blade was- if you haven’t seen it you really should as it is a stylish film.

 

Initially Captain America wasn’t my thing- however Winter Soldier showed superhero films could handle mature themes while Civil War managed to balance a number of storylines effectively.

 

I am not mentioning Netflix series, Agents of SHIELD etc for the simple reason I haven’t seen them. However it is great to see shows like Peggy Carter and Jessica Jones getting made as it gives people the clear indication that people want to see a wider range of Marvel shows.

 

I am interested to see what they do with Dr Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Captain Marvel and Black Panther (hopefully we’ll get some great games and cartoons from them too!)

 


Interview with illustrator Jen Clare

Jen Clare has illustrated the first Patreon short story. To read the short stories, see the Foxy Bop Gallery and more you can donate to our Patreon here (from just $1 a month!)

 

Please introduce yourself to everyone!

Hello, I’m Jen Clare and I’m an illustrator based in Derby. I’ve recently drawn some artwork for Reynard City, and I’m very excited for you to all to see it.

 

How did you first get into illustration and artwork?

I’ve been drawing ever since I was small, and art and illustration have been a constant passion of mine all my life. Maybe I’d be better at maths now if I hadn’t spent all my classes doodling!

At school art class was my favourite time (taught by my all-time favourite teacher, Mr Housden) and I seemed to have a knack for drawing. Being a creative person is utterly brilliant and a massively stressful in equal measures, but I wouldn’t change it!

 

What are your influences?

My early influences all really stemmed from the comic strips in the papers. I loved Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, the Perishers and Garfield, and decided that when I grew up I wanted to be a cartoonist.

Since then I’ve taken inspiration from all sorts of sources. I have a fine art background, and enjoyed studying painters and illustrators from various eras. It’s only in the last few years that I’ve become interested in graphic novels, I read Garth Ennis’s Preacher and was hooked.

There aren’t enough hours in the day to get through all the comics I would like, but I’m certainly trying! There’s nothing better than a good story and some beautiful artwork to go with it.

 

What attracted you to working on Reynard City?

As a kid growing up in the nineties, I was hooked on my cartoons. Saturday mornings were for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Biker Mice From Mars and Bucky O’Hare (“mutants and aliens and toads beware!”).

I feel like Reynard City is really capturing the essence of these shows and the worlds in them, and I’m pleased to now be a part of it.

 

Who would you want on your superhero team?

Tough one. An all-girl team would be great. I’d have Wonderwoman and Black Widow, ’cause those ladies know how to get stuff done. I’d feel safe with Hit-Girl on my side too. And, although not strictly a superhero, I’m gonna want Michonne from the Walking Dead there too. I’ll be in the back trying not to get punched in the face or my head cut off.

 

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

Where every artist sees themselves, doing their creative thing for a living… in a massive, massive mansion.

Big foxy thanks to Jen Clare for her hard work. You can check out more of her work and contact her for commission work on her Facebook commission page

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Tommy V Cancer Tour

Big update coming soon- in the meantime if you have a charity to promote you can send guest blogs to reynardcity@gmail.com

As stated before our regular charity is the Big C (a local cancer charity) and we will continue to regularly donate art and money to them. It can’t be emphasised enough- we can beat this and the more people support cancer research and other charities the better.

Good luck Tommy!

Scream Street TV show review

First up, the theme tune and opening credits are catchy and stylish.

The stop motion style reminds me of Paranorman and Aardman (both very good things!)

Also got to give props to a cartoon referencing The Portrait of Dorian Gray (a personal fave of mine)- the plot is that Luke (a young boy) and his monster friends have to find a portrait to save a witch who wants to preserve her eternal youthful looks.

Overall this is a very charming show and it has a pleasing sweetness with a sly sense of humour, it’s available now on BBC Iplayer and I recommend checking it out!

 

 

 

Tommy v Cancer

 

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Tommy is the author of the popular 13-book Scream Street series for 7 to 10 year olds, published by Walker Books in the UK and Candlewick Press in the US.  His other books include Zombie!, Wolf and Uniform (winner of the Hackney Short Novel Award) for Barrington Stoke, Boredom Busters and Quick Fixes For Kids’ Parties (How To Books), and Making A Drama Out Of A Crisis (Network Continuum).

 

In theatre, Tommy’s plays have been performed to thousands of children on national tours to venues such as The Hackney Empire, Leeds City Varieties, and Nottingham Playhouse.  These productions include Hey Diddle Diddle, Rumplestiltskin, Jack & Jill In The Forgotten Nursery, and Humpty Dumpty And The Incredibly Daring Rescue Of The Alien Princess From Deep Space.  He is also responsible for five episodes of the CBBC TV series, Planet Cook (Platinum Films).

 

As an actor, Tommy played the Clearlake MC in the West End musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story for over eight years, in addition to roles in the movies Zombie Love Stories (where he battled hordes of Scottish undead) and Going Off Big Time (where he was beaten up on a bouncy castle).  A veteran of pantomime, he has portrayed just about every comic character from Abanazer to an Ugly Sister.

Tommy lives in Lancashire with his wife and two sons.  He is a HUGE fan of all things Doctor Who, plays blues harmonica, and makes a mean balloon poodle.  He sees sleep as a waste of good writing time.

 

Website: http://www.tommydonbavand.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tommydonbavand

 

 


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