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@  TheMightyMol... : (23 February 2020 - 01:36 PM)

It makes me burn. Accursed daystar.

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 February 2020 - 01:33 PM)

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy....

@  Vexwing : (22 February 2020 - 03:26 AM)

I watched L.I.L.Y.Cat on there a while back, it was surprisingly good.

@  Steevy Maximus : (21 February 2020 - 08:47 PM)

@Dekafox, no DTP, but they DO have LILY Cat ;)

@  CORVUS : (21 February 2020 - 08:46 PM)

For me, it's "chocolate therapy".

@  wonko the sane? : (21 February 2020 - 08:32 PM)

Tonight dough owns my soul.

@  CORVUS : (21 February 2020 - 07:28 PM)

Stupid, delicious Ben & Jerry's.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (21 February 2020 - 06:42 PM)

Ahh. I remember watching Bubblegum Crisis 2020 or whatever.

@  Dekafox : (21 February 2020 - 06:25 PM)

Next you'll say they have Dominion Tank Police and L.I.L.Y.Cat

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 February 2020 - 06:06 PM)

Bubblegum Crisis, going by several shouts down.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (21 February 2020 - 05:38 PM)

BGC?

@  Bass X0 : (21 February 2020 - 02:33 PM)

Enjoy the fudgy icing of this Hostess Cup Cake!

@  Telly : (21 February 2020 - 02:31 PM)

harlock is on tubi as well. not dubbed though :(

@  Rhinox42 : (21 February 2020 - 01:19 PM)

Blugh, the english dub of BGC is atrocious.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 February 2020 - 07:02 AM)

I might need to update my software, or they face regional limitations, cause I found no evidence of either.

@  Steevy Maximus : (20 February 2020 - 10:31 PM)

DUDE! Starcom and COPS are on Tubi too!

@  Steevy Maximus : (20 February 2020 - 09:29 PM)

Spiffy! The english dub of Bubblegum Crisis on Tubi. It's gotten so hard to find these oldies on modern streaming services.

@  Nevermore : (20 February 2020 - 08:44 PM)

And now I know and now I know and now I know that you can hear me, know that you can hear me, know that you can hear me.

@  Nevermore : (20 February 2020 - 08:31 PM)

Oh, oh, people can you hear me? People can you hear me? People can you hear me?

@  Echowarrior : (20 February 2020 - 06:39 PM)

Let me go-o-o-o!

@  Telly : (20 February 2020 - 05:41 PM)

Galileo Galileo!

@  PlutoniumBoss : (20 February 2020 - 05:36 PM)

Very very fright-ning me!

@  Sabrblade : (20 February 2020 - 04:02 PM)

*thunder and lightning*

@  ▲ndrusi : (20 February 2020 - 03:46 PM)

Ah, ah, ah!

@  PlutoniumBoss : (20 February 2020 - 03:33 PM)

Already did. It didn't take long.

@  Dekafox : (19 February 2020 - 06:14 PM)

Count Zero?

@  TheMightyMol... : (19 February 2020 - 03:53 PM)

Oh boy, here we go.

@  ▲ndrusi : (19 February 2020 - 02:34 PM)

Or do Japan's cultural values vary depending on exactly who you're trying to shut down?

@  ▲ndrusi : (19 February 2020 - 02:33 PM)

Could it be that, perhaps, these different cultural values might lead to a different approach seeming appropriate?

@  ▲ndrusi : (19 February 2020 - 02:32 PM)

Hm. Back when we were arguing about the Legends comic, I seem to recall being repeatedly told that Japan had different cultural values than the US (and therefore anyone who had a problem with anything at all was wrong to voice that opinion ever).

@  fourteenwings : (19 February 2020 - 07:23 AM)

Plus, as much as I hate to admit it, every single anime character is built to suit the audience's tastes so they buy more merch/do other things that allow $$$ to flow in the production committees direction, so the authenticity is certainly not for representation's sake.

@  fourteenwings : (19 February 2020 - 07:18 AM)

Both those anime air at midnight and are aimed at a very specific audience in a whole other media landscape. Major projects have press releases about almost everything, and there are groups just waiting to pat anybody on the back for doing what they want (GLAAD, HRC, etc)

@  B-Fox : (19 February 2020 - 03:16 AM)

It's funny that a friggin' anime about zombie idols and an anime about a school of anthropomorphic animals can have really positive trans characters WITHOUT a press release about their inclusion in the series prior to the episodes airing or having the creators announcing it on social media and patting themselves on the back for doing a thing.

@  TriBlurr : (18 February 2020 - 10:26 PM)

Vegan meat needs bacon

@  Paladin : (18 February 2020 - 08:43 PM)

vegan meat must taste delicious. they're grass-fed and regularly exercised....

@  wonko the sane? : (18 February 2020 - 06:57 PM)

Vegans are better than kids if you don't talk to them. They'll keep the lawn trimmed anyway.

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 February 2020 - 06:02 PM)

Do you want vegans? Because that's how you get vegans.

@  CORVUS : (18 February 2020 - 04:33 PM)

Hook up your sprinkler system to a canister of healthy organic carrot-juice. The kids won't be able to get off your lawn fast enough.

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 February 2020 - 03:59 PM)

Just use the hose.

@  wonko the sane? : (18 February 2020 - 03:52 PM)

Ask bing. It'll be a FAR more effective answer.

@  TrnsfrmGod : (18 February 2020 - 03:26 PM)

Google, how do I get those durned kids off my lawn?

@  TrnsfrmGod : (18 February 2020 - 03:26 PM)

Please ignore.  Old man here apparently doesn't know the difference between the "Search" field and the "Shoutbox" field.

 

Also doesn't know how to delete from the shoutbox

@  wonko the sane? : (18 February 2020 - 07:33 AM)

Huhn. Penny arcade was right, the division 2 is literally 3 dollars...

@  Steevy Maximus : (17 February 2020 - 11:05 PM)

Oh, Wicked Cool Toys got the Halo toy license. This is a big year for Jazwares

@  Steevy Maximus : (17 February 2020 - 07:02 PM)

iTunes/Apple TV has the complete Cowboy Bebop series for just $5!

@  fourteenwings : (17 February 2020 - 12:41 AM)

The Samsung Galaxy B-TOOM!

@  Paladin : (16 February 2020 - 07:20 PM)

business is booming.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 February 2020 - 06:49 PM)

SAmsung has you covered. Exploding phones.

@  Patch : (16 February 2020 - 05:21 PM)

Modern problems require modern solutions.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (16 February 2020 - 05:21 PM)

Japan seems to have a tradition of murder things where cellphones facilitate the killing instead. Like King's Game and Doubt.


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#1 MrBlud

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Posted 31 January 2020 - 09:01 PM

They changed their Facebook profile picture to a new "under construction" graphic.

 

Intrigue abounds!


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Posted 31 January 2020 - 09:14 PM

http://transformersclub.com/

 

There's also this



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Posted 31 January 2020 - 09:18 PM

Verra eenterestink!


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Posted 31 January 2020 - 09:49 PM

I'm following BotCon now on Twitter specifically so I can unfollow them if it turns out that Fun Pub is involved. Feels weird.

Edited by Chip, 31 January 2020 - 09:53 PM.


#5 Jenny

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Posted 31 January 2020 - 09:56 PM

I'm following BotCon now on Twitter specifically so I can unfollow them if it turns out that Fun Pub is involved. Feels weird.

Fun Pub can't be involved because the company liquidated back in 2018

 

I have to assume this is some kind of archival thing.


Edited by Jenny, 31 January 2020 - 09:59 PM.


#6 Chris McFeely

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Posted 31 January 2020 - 10:10 PM

With no further word of Hascon, I could easily believe Hasbro's bringing BotCon convention back (via a new liscencee or by themselves) and has acquired the domain and Twitter to go along with it. Just hope it doesn't mean a return of Fun Pub's excesses, and allows us to continue getting focused, high-quality, affordable, accessible exclusives like the Refraktor team, and media that doesn't feel like the inmates running the asylum.


Edited by Chris McFeely, 31 January 2020 - 10:37 PM.


#7 Echowarrior

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Posted 31 January 2020 - 10:17 PM

There's hope for a revival then. Nice.


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Posted 31 January 2020 - 11:51 PM

http://transformersclub.com/

 

There's also this

 

Heh, and just a few days ago that link was dead.


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If I'm consistently misspelling a word, I would want and expect people to correct me as should I imagine all decent people who know the value of good literacy.

Its just arrogant laziness to know you're spelling a word incorrectly and not correct yourself or ignore the advice when people do tell you how to spell a word correctly.

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 12:49 AM

I'm so excited by this!!!

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 01:25 AM

 

I'm following BotCon now on Twitter specifically so I can unfollow them if it turns out that Fun Pub is involved. Feels weird.

Fun Pub can't be involved because the company liquidated back in 2018

 

I have to assume this is some kind of archival thing.

 

Fun Pub wasn't liquidated, they just sold their inventory because they were legally required to with their license expiring.  They did not go bankrupt.  They basically just became dormant for a few years, still existing, but not doing anything.  If you check the Trademark information, they still own Botcon.  So it's very likely they are still involved unless they sold the trademark back to Hasbro and the sale of the trademark has not yet been updated on the United States Trademark website.

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 01:32 AM

Interesting is the current status of the Botcon trademark. Seems like an Examiner at the USPTO is not too fond of it:

http://ttabvue.uspto...e/v?qs=87958992

Basically, the current Examiner does not care that it has existed as a trademark for years, and now wants to undo it.

Also interesting, I don't see any record of the name being re-assigned from FunPub to Hasbro.

Edited by D Buster Prime, 01 February 2020 - 01:38 AM.

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 02:08 AM

Just hope it doesn't mean a return of Fun Pub's excesses, and allows us to continue getting focused, high-quality, affordable, accessible exclusives like the Refraktor team, and media that doesn't feel like the inmates running the asylum.

 

Inmates like our own Greg, Trent, Dave, and Jesse? ;)


Edited by Sprocket, 01 February 2020 - 02:09 AM.

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 04:16 AM

YES EXACTLY THEM.

I miss Botcon and want it back.
But also understand why it ended when it did. It feels like for everything they did right, they had something go wrong for reasons they would eventually explain want their fault but still it added up.
Woooo!

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 04:35 AM

Interesting is the current status of the Botcon trademark. Seems like an Examiner at the USPTO is not too fond of it:

http://ttabvue.uspto...e/v?qs=87958992

Basically, the current Examiner does not care that it has existed as a trademark for years, and now wants to undo it.

Also interesting, I don't see any record of the name being re-assigned from FunPub to Hasbro.

That could just indicate the reality of the trademark starting to go dormant. Not so dormant though for FP to let it go uncontested if they've enlisted a team of lawyers. (And also websites and whatnot.)

Edited by Jim S, 01 February 2020 - 04:36 AM.


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Posted 01 February 2020 - 04:41 AM

Interesting is the current status of the Botcon trademark. Seems like an Examiner at the USPTO is not too fond of it:http://ttabvue.uspto...e/v?qs=87958992
Basically, the current Examiner does not care that it has existed as a trademark for years, and now wants to undo it.
Also interesting, I don't see any record of the name being re-assigned from FunPub to Hasbro.

That could just indicate the reality of the trademark starting to go dormant. Not so dormant though for FP to let it go uncontested if they've enlisted a team of lawyers. (And also websites and whatnot.)

The Examiner's action has nothing to do with the mark going dormant (which it hasn't). The Examiner just believes the name "Botcon" is too descriptive to be a proper trademark for a robot convention.

The Examiner is not completely off base, but there are other considerations, given that Comic-Con, for example, has survived as a trademark, for reasons that may be just as applicable to Botcon.

The decision is currently under appeal, which was just filed a couple months ago.

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 05:44 AM

Interesting is the current status of the Botcon trademark. Seems like an Examiner at the USPTO is not too fond of it:

http://ttabvue.uspto...e/v?qs=87958992

Basically, the current Examiner does not care that it has existed as a trademark for years, and now wants to undo it.

Also interesting, I don't see any record of the name being re-assigned from FunPub to Hasbro.


The USPTO argues that the name is "merely descriptive", meaning just "roBOT CONvention". The most viable counterargument, that it is and has always been also based on "AutoBOT DeceptiCON, is one that Fun Pub dare not make because they don't own those trademarks.

So was Hasbro just waiting for this process to end?

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 08:37 AM

Just hope it doesn't mean a return of Fun Pub's excesses, and allows us to continue getting focused, high-quality, affordable, accessible exclusives like the Refraktor team, and media that doesn't feel like the inmates running the asylum.

 
Inmates like our own Greg, Trent, Dave, and Jesse? ;)
Not replying to Sprockets post, per se, but quoted since he was naming names:

Personally, I dont think its fair to put the blame for FunPub's failings on the guys actually providing the content. Whether you liked what they came up with or not, they were the ones providing the value for the money. Personally, I liked a lot of the fiction when I was a member, but I know it was not to everyone's taste.

In my opinion, FunPub's issue was Brian's inability to fix known problems until they became a Big Deal, at which point they had to put out fires, instead of putting resources into actually making the club and the Con better from the get-go.

Anyway, I will be interested to see what comes of these new developments.

Edited by haywire, 01 February 2020 - 08:45 AM.


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Posted 01 February 2020 - 08:48 AM

the guys writing the robot profiles weren't the same ones making Ching Chong jokes and posing the exclusive toys in real-world massacre sites

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 09:18 AM

the guys writing the robot profiles weren't the same ones making Ching Chong jokes and posing the exclusive toys in real-world massacre sites


I'm sorry, what?

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 09:23 AM

real-world massacre sites


What, like, Cambodian forced labor camps?



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