Vlog 05.07.2011 – Art Appreciation

This week it’s all about recent original Robotech art acquisitions, three pieces of original comic book line art and a fourth piece of mystery production art. If you’re anything like me — and to be fair, in this case you’re probably not — that last piece should prove intriguing. I’d love to know the story behind it, but not quite enough to do the legwork to find out. Maybe someday.

In other news, in addition to the Robotech viewing necessary to keep the Robotech, In Brief posts rolling along, I set a half hour aside to watch the first episode of Allison & Lillia, a recent anime series based on a story by Keiichi Sigsawa — the author of Kino’s Journeys, a series whose anime adaptation I really fell in love with back when ADV Films released it on DVD many years ago. The artwork is charming, and it seems to have a similar degree of simple yet thoughtful world building to it: two countries at war, both laying claim to the same land, with a mysterious treasure hidden away that could bring it to an end. With our two plucky teenage heroes stealing a plane and leaving their moribund lives behind to rescue an elderly gent who claims to know the location of that treasure, there’s a spirit of grand adventure that really brings to mind Gainax’s Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water more than the more philosophical Kino’s Journeys, but I’m only a half hour in — who knows what the next twelve episodes in this DVD set will bring? We haven’t even met the Lillia of the title yet; of the title two we’ve only met Allison, a bubbly blonde in a bomber jacket. I’m intrigued to watch more, but probably not until after I’ve made it through Sentinels for Robotech, In Brief. (I’ve been wanting to watch Sentinels again for the past week, but I dare not until I’ve finished The Macross Saga.)

Allison & Lillia's eyecatch is utterly adorable.

Tomorrow, some thoughts on the Doctor, Amy, and Rory’s exciting adventure with the pirates. Then, this week on Robotech, Exedore gets that tour of micronian society he’s always wanted, right before his people decide to cause its near-extinction. Not to worry, though; we give back as good as we get. Then we meet the Robotech Masters, Minmei and Kyle’s relationship turns depressingly dysfunctional, and Lisa steadfastly refuses to tell Rick she loves him while getting totally ticked off that he still sees something in Minmei. This is the week where I started to watch and write up episodes I haven’t seen in years — yes, I’ve finally broken through where I left off in last year’s prematurely concluded 365 Days of Robotech! It’s too early to celebrate, though; I’m not breaking out the champagne ’til I’ve made it through The Shadow Chronicles …

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3 thoughts on “Vlog 05.07.2011 – Art Appreciation

  1. Comico did go bankrupt shortly after that, which (as I’m sure you know) tied up the Robotech name for quite a while. Perhaps they couldn’t afford the licensing fee for the Sentinels in those waning days? While I would have loved to have seen the Sentinels at Comico, odds are if they *had* got the license it might have tied up the Sentinels content instead of just the name, which would have meant no Robotech comics for quite a few years. So I guess it was a blessing in disguise.

    But wow, what an incredible find! Thanks for sharing that.

  2. The Comico-branded “Sentinels” cover is interesting. I can’t tell from the video. Is there any type of issue number or anything like that? When Eternity took over “Robotech” comics, I always wondered why. This artifact that shows that Comico was at least considering it. And the other art is great. I really need to dig out my “Sentinels” comics and get reacquainted with them.

  3. Fer: I’d totally spaced on Comico’s bankruptcy occurring the following year; obviously I knew it at one point, since I just found where I wrote about it on my old 50Megs Robotech comics site while trying to find some more details about Robotech being tied up for a bit in the wake of it — oh right, Sentinels was technically a separate license, which is why Malcontents & Cyberpirates are branded as “Sentinels” stories, and why Eternity couldn’t publish anything not branded as Sentinels until Invid War & Legend of Zor in 1992. Oh, hello there funny twentyish year-old legal complications. I had forgotten all about you.

    Shawn: While the corner box is present, there’s no price or issue number; it’s just the template, with “USD” and “CAN” below where the prices would be.

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