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Caption Contest #107

Ok guys, time for another caption contest, where you have to come with the funniest caption for a random panel of my choosing. This week you have to come up with the best caption you possibly can for this panel:

Everyone can have a maximum of 3 entries, entries must be in by next Wednesday (Nov 22nd) and All Entries Must Be PG-13.

Caption Contest #106 Results

Ok guys, last week I asked you all to come up with the best caption for this panel:

And your top 5 are:

The Atomic Punk: Breathing his last, Kurusu Kimihito made a deathbed confession: “Anime was a mistake.”

The Atomic Punk: And you were there… and you were there… it was just awful!

Rekulhs Nathe: I swear to god there better not be boobs in my face when I wake up!

HerrD: He did NOT say he would live till the school was empty. He said he would die when there were no more pupils.

Calvary Red: The news that he was allergic to monster girls hit them all pretty hard.

But, of course, there can only be one, and our winner is....

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What Were They Thinking?: 10 to One

This month marks the tenth anniversary of a very "special" storyline, a storyline delivered to us by our good friends at Marvel Comics Inc. And to celebrate, we've gone above and beyond and baked a cake. It's a lovely chocolate cake. It's a belgian chocolate sandwich with white chocolate icing on top and even chocolate chips in the cake mix. It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but a lot of people would look at it and say "you know what, that's a good cake". And you know what Marvel, as you are the ones celebrating this occasion, I'm going to let you have a slice. See how good that tastes. Now, for no real reason, I'm going to take that cake away from you and replace it with a plain old Victoria Sponge. Oh and by the way, that Victoria Sponge is 20 years old and a bit mouldy. And for good measure I may have vomited on it, but hey, that's the cake you're getting from now on.

Now, if anyone doesn't get that entire long winded metaphor, let me explain. That is exactly how I feel about the storyline we are discussing today. What we had wasn't perfect but it was something that a lot of people really liked and then this storyline came along and replaced it with a status quo that was 20 years out of date and garnished it with as much bile and excretion as possible. This week we are taking a look at THE WORST storyline Marvel comics (or anyone for that matter) has ever published, on the tenth anniversay of its month of release. What Were They Thinking, the place where we look at the most stupid and ill-advised things in comic book history presents to you the stupid and ill-advised dumpster fire that is: One More Day

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Caption Contest #106

Ok guys, time for another caption contest, where you have to come with the funniest caption for a random panel of my choosing. This week you have to come up with the best caption you possibly can for this panel:

Everyone can have a maximum of 3 entries, entries must be in by next Wednesday (Nov 8th) and All Entries Must Be PG-13.

Caption Contest #105 Results

Ok guys, last week I asked you all to come up with the best replacement dialogue for this here panel:

And, as per tradition, your top 5 are:

LoneWolf6155

Ms Marvel- Leave me be, I’m meditating.

Captain Marvel- No, you’re high.

WillyPete

MM- By the power invested in me by the Marvel Comics Group, I shall henceforth be known as… Captain Marvel!

CM- Great! You don’t know how LONG I’ve been waiting to get a vacation!

HerrD

MM- His leg was this thick and he was green

CM- We know him.

HerrD

MM- My lost bird had a wingspan this wide, brown

CM- …white belly?

Calvary Red

MM- Hands up if you haven’t started a civil war!

CM- Get out.

But, as always, there can only be one winner, and that winner is....

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What Were They Thinking?: Where’s Wally

There are some bits of comic book history that we come back to a lot on What Were They Thinking. After all, this is the place where we look at the stupidest and most ill-advised things in comic book history and these are the places that are the stupidest and have the most ill-advised things happen. And this week, we are mining that well once again. We're going back to the New 52, unanimously agreed to be "a thing that DC did that they probably shouldn't have" and that is the most positive review you are going to find for the whole 5 year debacle. We've covered the problems with the New 52 on numerous occassions before, talking about issues both specific (representation of women, specifically Starfire) and broad (the behind the scenes confusion over storylines, sales failures and poor treatment of creative staff by DC during the New 52 period). However, none of these problems were so hated, so reviled, that DC were forced to reboot their continuity again just to fix the problem. And I'm sure everyone knows what I'm talking about. It is of course, this guy:

No, sorry, this guy:

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Caption Contest #105

Ok guys, time for another caption contest, where you have to come with the funniest replacement dialogue for a random comic panel of my choosing. This week you have to come up with the best replacement dialogue you possibly can for this panel:

Everyone can have a maximum of 3 entries, entries must be in by next Wednesday (Oct 25th) and All Entries Must Be PG-13.

What Were They Thinking?: Going At It A-Clone

When comics started out, and pretty much throughout the entire golden and silver ages of comics, each individual issue of a comic would contain self-contained stories. These storylines would always begin and conclude within the same issue, mostly because of the audience's reading habits of the time. Comics were seen as disposable, and would often be either thrown out after reading or traded between friends. You didn't need to keep hold of previous issues to understand what was happening in the latest. However, that changed in the mid 60's, with the publication of what would become known as the Galactus Triology. Whilst it wasn't the first comic to end an issue on a cliffhanger, by introducing the main villain on the last page of the first issue of the story, Marvel changed the way comics would be structured. Storytelling would expand, taking multiple issues to resolve desputes and leading to the rise of mini-series, graphic novels and, of course, crossovers. Now, there is a debate to be had over the merits of short-form vs. long-form storytelling in comics. a very good one as both have their merits and disadvantages, but today we are not here to do that. No, we are here because this is What Were They Thinking?, the place where we look at all of the stupidest and most ill-advised things in the history of comic books and our subject today is probably the best example of taking long-form storytelling in comics too far. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you The Clone Saga

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Caption Contest #104 Results

Last week I asked you guys to come up with the best possible replacement for the dialogue in this here panel:

And our Top 5 are...

William A. Peterson: Soon, this warehouse will be impregnable!

The Atomic Punk: Make breakfast for the Hulk... "It'll be fun"

Rekulhs Nathe: Behold, Mount Flapjack!

RobM: Scrooge McDuck will be so pissed

KJR1998: Hey writer, insert pancake joke here. And it better not fall flat...

It was very difficult to pick a top 5 this week, let alone find a winner, but we must have one, so I have chosen.... (dramitic pause for emphasis)....

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What Were They Thinking?: How not to do Anti-Racism

Bit of a short WWTT today, I'm a bit tight on time. But anyway, racial tension is a big thing at the moment and has been basically since Europeans started to colonise Africa. Many comics have dealt with the subject in many different ways, some good, some bad. But then you have this response from Kitty Pryde in the 80's:

FYI, I had to censor out this page myself. Marvel actually decided it was alright to use the N word in a comic. Hard R and all. Hand-claps for Marvel guys. Now, they make a decent enough point by saying that even if you don't intend to be racist you still can be, and that you shouldn't hold yourself to a double standard, getting offended by racism when you are acting racist yourself, but look at what they're actually saying here. You've got a made up insult against a made up section of society (in this case "mutie" for mutants) put on the same level as a word that has very rightfully been completely removed from polite conversation because of how racist it is. X-Men is a great platform to fight against prejudice (which is why I think it's so strange that the movies are made by the same company that makes Fox News), but come on guys, really? You chose to equate actual racism with prejudice that only exists in your fictional world. And you used a Jewish character to do it as well, that's the amazing thing. You could have made the point actually mean something, because both racism and anti-Semitism were and still are disturbingly prevelant. Those are two things that are equatable. But racism against anti-mutantism? And, let's not forget, you actually published a full on racial slur in a comic. It doesn't really even matter what the context is for the story, that's the sort of stupid thing that shouldn't even get past the planning stage without a firing taking place.

Idiots.