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#1 2006-11-02 11:01:00

Rhymer
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Tad and ... Aquaman...

Tad, if you read this: my Congratulations! Just read over on Newsarama, that you're going to be the new writer of the "Aquaman"-series. What a nice surprise...

Only problem is, that I have decided just some months ago that I won't continue buying the title. (Not that I didn't like what Busiek was doing. I needed to economize, and other titles were just more interesting. And ... I just didn't like Orin's odd new hairdo.). But now ... you force me to change my mind again.

Really great news. Hope your run will be a success. That's one hard title to write. Even with Busiek and all his new ideas it didn't sell overwhelmingly, if I'm not mistaken. I'm certain, you'll do a fine job, though. (Still have to checkout "The Next", though. :) )

[ November 02, 2006: Message edited by: Rhymer ]


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#2 2006-11-02 11:03:00

Rhymer
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Re: Tad and ... Aquaman...

Oh, the Newsarama-article may be read at http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=89755


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#3 2006-11-02 13:36:00

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Re: Tad and ... Aquaman...

There's also an interview at The Absorbascon (which, as far as I remember, is www.absorbascon.com,  but I could be mistaken.  I don't have it bookmarked on this browser, for various reasons, so please forgive if I'm wrong...)

Thanks for the kind words.  You'll see more than a few "Tad tropes", I'm sure.


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#4 2006-11-02 17:49:00

wiked
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Re: Tad and ... Aquaman...

there is a link over at the absorbacon, but the interview is actually posted at Big Monkey Comics..

It should be interesting ride, as i said before aquaman is a tough lad to write, He is a lot like animal man, his powers can be really cool or suck like a pool vac.. Its all dependent on the scribe..


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#5 2006-11-02 22:53:00

Rhymer
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Re: Tad and ... Aquaman...

wiked wrote:

Its all dependent on the scribe..

Not only on the scribe. Will Pfeifer and John Arcudi did some good work during their runs, but, still, not a lot of people cared. The character just doesn't have the necessary kind of following, maybe due to the setting his actions take place in. I think, in order to revive the title, DC Comics does not find any other solution than to use big name writers.


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#6 2006-11-03 06:20:00

ThistleKing
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Re: Tad and ... Aquaman...

I think Aquaman has also suffered from being the long-running butt of so many pop-culture jokes.  From Bare Naked Ladies to Fairly Odd Parents, Aquaman (and parodies) have constantly suffered from the "You can talk to fish?  What good is THAT power?"

Maybe if DC/Tad/Project X can give him some adamantium claws, he'd turn into the badass of the seas.


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#7 2006-11-03 09:58:00

Rhymer
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Re: Tad and ... Aquaman...

Cackalacky Matt Jay wrote:

Maybe if DC/Tad/Project X can give him some adamantium claws, he'd turn into the badass of the seas.

They already gave him a magical water-hand with healing powers and - earlier - a hook. Both ideas didn't seem to work. :)
But seriously, he is an interesting character. Unique. He needs an ongoing series. (And I dislike the capitalist forces of the market for putting this book under such a pressure to "sell well". ;)) Hopefully the title will find stability under the hands of Tad.


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#8 2006-11-03 10:12:00

Ren
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Re: Tad and ... Aquaman...

Looking forward to this Tad.
As a fan of Jacques Costeau sicne I was a kid Aquaman was always sort of a guilty pleasure for me way back when and I'd always been saddened by his seeming dumbing-down over the years.
I will definately be looking forward to and collecting this series. Just one thing, is he getitng his hand back? getting rid of the stupid stumpy/hook thing?
Maybe a replacement made from a Starfish or animate coral or something? So he can maybe go incognito in public with out accidentally stabbing everyone who tries to shake his hand...


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#9 2006-11-03 11:27:00

ThistleKing
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Re: Tad and ... Aquaman...

I thought he already regained the hand.

In all honesty, I kind of liked the hook.  They could have gone all out and given him a trident head for a hand. 

I was unfamiliar with the waterball or whatever it was.


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#10 2006-11-03 11:43:00

Ren
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Re: Tad and ... Aquaman...

Ah see how far behind I am?
Well I will just have to catch up then...8)


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#11 2006-11-03 23:44:00

Olaf
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Re: Tad and ... Aquaman...

Another Aquaman Interview with Tad
http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=89775


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#12 2006-11-04 05:43:00

Rhymer
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Re: Tad and ... Aquaman...

Cackalacky Matt Jay wrote:

I thought he already regained the hand.

In all honesty, I kind of liked the hook.  They could have gone all out and given him a trident head for a hand. 

I was unfamiliar with the waterball or whatever it was.

The thing is, that it's not the Aquaman anymore most people are used to. Nowadays Aq. is a young man in his twenties by the name of Arthur Curry (strangely enough the predecessor had the same name amongst others), accompanied by "King Shark" and the "Dweller of the Depths". This Dweller seems to be the old Aquaman himself. How all this is explained, I don't know, as I stopped buying the title some months ago.
DC just wanted to try something new, to refreshen the franchise and to get rid of complicated and contradicting aspects of the characters history, I guess. This new Aquaman still has both of his hands, so that Tad doesn't have to worry about that.


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#13 2006-11-06 06:32:00

ThistleKing
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Re: Tad and ... Aquaman...

Ah, wow.  I guess I've been out of ye olde comic loop for too long.  I didn't realize that there was a new and revitalized Aquaman.  Thanks for the update.  Now I can sort of know where we're starting when I start buying Tad's issues!


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#14 2006-11-07 15:12:00

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Re: Tad and ... Aquaman...

But things will change...

Oh, yes, things will change.

I thought the first time I read CMJay's comment that it said, "Give him a trident for a head", and I thought, "Wow, he's even got weirder ideas than I do."

There is a certain dark amusement in considering how later generations of comic readers might think of me as "The writer during the weird and disastrous Trident Head Era..."


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#15 2006-11-07 16:59:00

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Re: Tad and ... Aquaman...

You mean... you're not going to give him a trident for a head? Man, Tad, you're missing a great opportunity. At the very least, you'd make a name for yourself in the comics industry. There would definitely be a buzz.


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#16 2006-11-08 05:59:00

ThistleKing
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Re: Tad and ... Aquaman...

All joking aside, Chairface was one of the coolest villains from "The Tick"...


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#17 2006-11-08 23:09:00

Matt
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Re: Tad and ... Aquaman...

With one of the coolest villain voices of all time: Tony Jay's.  Looking him up just now, I see he died back in August, which is a shame.


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#18 2006-11-10 16:16:00

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Re: Tad and ... Aquaman...

Yeah, RIP, T. Jay.  At least there are still a few letters left on the moon.


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