Comic Review: Rocko’s Modern Life #2 – Out January 10

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Rocko’s journey to finally snag himself a job may have lead him to making a big fat mistake that could cost him his soul for all eternity. There’s gotta be another comic book store in O-Town because Rocko just doesn’t cut it with any other job. Or maybe he should give the erotic phone line another try? Just a suggestion. Rocko’s Modern Life has always been considered a cult classic in my eyes, and it’s really exciting to know that they creators are interested in keeping the show alive. While we’re waiting for the TV movie reboot Static Cling to drop this year, we can indulge in even more Rocko with the BOOM! Studios comic series that was released in December 2017. Rocko is destined to find another job in order to make ends meet, but is selling over your soul worth getting a job where there’s a football table in the break room? We just might find out how far Rocko is willing to go in Rocko’s Modern Life #2.

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One thing I love about the Rocko’s Modern Life series overall is the never ending struggle that Rocko has with either trying to find a job, pay his bills on time, or just keep his household and life in order altogether. It’s like this show was sort of made for kids, besides the sly mature jokes on the side, but they were trying to tell us something important all along. Kind of like a warning, or however you will take it. We saw Rocko dealing with the very heavy baggage that life had in store for him. Throughout the show, it was said that Rocko was somewhere in his 20s. BINGO. Though the show was comedic and entertaining through its run, there’s a message to be picked up. Adult life is nowhere near a piece of cake for most people.

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I admire the team behind this comic’s attempt to recreate Rocko’s journey to get his life in order in this comic series. I also admire that they did not fail to display how his attempts always end up in quite some adventures. They’ve managed to take some common themes from the show and revive them into a new and fresh synopsis. 2018 is pretty much the year that Rocko’s Modern life is rebooted and revived into an even more modern world.

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Rocko’s Modern Life #2 was published by KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios targeted for readers of all ages. It was written by Ryan Ferrier and David DeGrand. David DeGrand also did the artwork and illustration along with Ian McGinty. The cover artwork was done by Jorge Monlongo while Miguel Mercado illustrated the subscription cover. The comic book is set to be released on January 10, 2018 at the price of $3.99.

 

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A Sneak Peek at the Newest Rocko’s Modern Life Comic Series

Along with a TV movie coming in 2018, we also get to see Nickelodeon’s classic Wallaby in a new comic book series this coming Wednesday, December 6. ‘Rocko’s Modern Life #1’ is published by BOOM! Studios, who has teamed up with Nickelodeon for the Rugrats comic series as well. The storyline surrounds Rocko facing unemployment, a terrible living situation, and increasingly slim job prospects. Sooner or later he is forced to find out just how far he is willing to go to get a job. There will also be a bonus backup story where Ed Bighead finds himself in the dentist chair of Dr. Hutchison! The comic is written by Ryan Ferrier, of the Regular Show and KC Green. Green is also an artist for the comic series alongside Ian McGinty, who has worked on Adventure Time, Invader Zim, and Bee and Puppycat comics.

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10 Nostalgic Nickelodeon Christmas Specials

Growing up can be a drag when you realize that some things will just never be the same. No more waking up to brand new toys under the tree and spending the entire day happy, cheerful, and responsibility-free. But… something that will always remain no matter how old you get is the cartoons! Nickelodeon had some of the best animated Christmas specials ever to air on television. If you aren’t in the spirit yet, you just need a little reminder of the episodes that made Christmas time excitable.

1. Fairly OddParents “Christmas Every Day” (2001)

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As Christmas approaches, which is Timmy’s favorite holiday, he makes the ultimate wish in hopes it will remain Christmas every day. It seemed like the perfect wish for a 10-year-old kid until it wasn’t.

2. SpongeBob Squarepants “Christmas Who?” (2000)

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SpongeBob, Patrick, and the rest of the Bikini Bottom residents learn the true meaning of Christmas. Well, sorta. It has a catchy musical number that we all know the words to so there’s that!

3. Rocko’s Modern Life “Rocko’s Modern Christmas” (1994)

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Rocko tried to get into the Christmas spirit, but when there’s no snow outside and his party invitees are no-shows, it becomes rather difficult.

4. Hey Arnold “Arnold’s Christmas” (1996)

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Arnold is destined to find the Christmas miracle that Mr. Hyunh is longing for, his long-lost daughter.

5. Rugrats “The Santa Experience” (1992)

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The adults take the babies up to the mountain cabin for a Christmas celebration. Angelica’s devious ways may have earned her a big lump of coal and a spot on Santa’s naughty list.

6. Danny Phantom “The Fright Before Christmas” (2005)

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When it comes to Christmas, Danny isn’t having any of it. When his friends call him out on it, he attempts to destroy anything Christmas-related in Ghost World to relieve his stress, which he soon learns was a mistake.

7. As Told by Ginger “An Even Steven Holiday Special” (2001)

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When Ginger learns that she is part Jewish, she decides to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. Unfortunately, this becomes a problem to best friend Dodie, who insists that she is abandoning Christmas.

8. Jimmy Neutron “Holly Jolly Jimmy” (2003)

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After Jimmy tells his friends that he doesn’t believe him Santa, it leads the crew to the North Pole to get answers.

9. Invader Zim “The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever” (2002)

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Being amazed at how much power Santa has over humans during Christmas time, Zim creates a Santa suit and pretends to be him to gain control.

10. Doug “Doug’s Christmas Story” (1993)

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Porkchop is accused of attacking Beebe, which puts his life on the line and Doug’s Christmas spirit is in shambles.

 

 

 

Cartoon Halloween Playlist: 20+ Animated Halloween Specials You Should Watch This Year

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Happy Halloween! Finally, it’s the spookiest & most candy-filled time of the year. A time where we can dress up as someone or something else & be a kid again. Whether you’re going out this year or staying home, it’s a must that you engage in some new or nostalgic animated Halloween specials. In fact, add it to your everlasting list of traditions. If you’re having trouble putting together some Halloween specials don’t worry another second, because Cartoon Buzz has got you covered this year with a special playlist, listing over 20 cartoon Halloween specials!

DISCLAIMER(S): This list is not ranked from “best” to “worst” or visa versa. Some of the animated series listed are intended for mature audiences only. Cartoon Buzz does not support piracy so there will not be any illegal download links to any of these episodes. Please respect this disclaimer and have a happy Halloween!

1. SpongeBob Squarepants: Scaredy Pants (Season 1, Episode 13a)

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2. Hey Arnold: Arnold’s Halloween (Season 2, Episode 11)

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3. Powerpuff Girls: Boogie Frights (Season 1, Episode 5)

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4. Rocko’s Modern Life: Sugar Frosted Frights (Season 3, Episode 3A)

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5. Recess: A Recess Halloween (Part 3 of movie)

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6. Fairly OddParents: Scary Godparents (Season 2, Episode 12)

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7. As Told By Ginger: I Spy a Witch (Season 1, Episode 13)

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8. What’s New, Scooby-Doo?: A Scooby-Doo Halloween (Season 2, Episode 6)

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9. Doug: Doug’s Halloween Adventure (Season 4, Episode 4)

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10. Kim Possible: October 31st (Season 1, Episode 14)

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11. Wild Thornberrys: Blood Sisters (Season 1, Episode 13)

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12. Family Guy: Halloween on Spooner Street (Season 9, Episode 5)

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13. SpongeBob Squarepants: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom (Season 10, Episode 16)

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14. The Loud House: Tricked (Season 2, Episode 24)

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15. We Bare Bears: Charlie’s Halloween Thing (Season 3, Episode 29)

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16. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror series

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17. South Park: Hell on Earth 2006 (Season 10, Episode 11)

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18. Bunsen Is a Beast: Beast Halloween Ever (Season 1, Episode 16)

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19. Bob’s Burgers: The Wolf of Wharf Street (Season 8, Episode 3)

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20. Danny Phantom: Fright Knight (Season 1, Episode 13)

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21. The Weekenders: Nevermore (Season 4, Episode 1)

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22. CatDog: CatDogula (Season 3, Episode 5)

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23. Invader Zim: Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom (Season 1, Episode 14)

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24. The Cleveland Show: It’s the Great Pancake, Cleveland Brown (Season 2, Episode 4)

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BOOM! Studios and Nickelodeon Are Launching a Rocko’s Modern Life Comic Series

 

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Artist: Jorge Monlongo (Main cover)

 

If you’re excited for the big TV movie reboot of our favorite Wallaby, then you’re really in for a reboot ride. BOOM! Studios and Nickelodeon just announced that they’re teaming up for a Rocko’s Modern Life comic book series. This is Nickelodeon’s second partnership with BOOM! since they announced their upcoming Rugrats comic. You can get your hands on this futuristic-themed comic series sometime in December 2017.

Here’s the official press release:

September 15, 2017 (Los Angeles, Calif.) BOOM! Studios and Nickelodeon are excited to announce ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE, a new ongoing comic book series based on the popular animated show about everyone’s favorite wallaby! Writer Ryan Ferrier (Regular Show, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and artist Ian McGinty (Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors) team to launch the first comic book in the series in December 2017. Each issue will also feature bonus short stories by different illustrators, including Tony Millionaire (Sock Monkey), KC Green (Invader Zim), and David DeGrand (SpongeBob Comics).

Rocko, Spunky, Heffer, Filburt, the Bigheads, and the entire cast of O-Town are back, but all is not well. The town is facing a job shortage and Rocko is hit hard. With unemployment and potential homelessness on the horizon, Rocko’s problems are just beginning. But with help from his best friends Heffer and Filbert and his faithful dog Spunky, Rocko is (mostly) ready to take on the world (maybe).

ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE was one of the standout series for me growing up, as it really struck a chord with me in how similar it was to my own sensibilities and sense of humor, even at that younger age,” says series writer Ferrier. “Working on this series, especially knowing how incredible Ian is going to make it, has made me an even bigger fan.”

Series artist Ian McGinty adds, “Fans are gonna be pretty blasted away by how well the new comic blends ’90s nostalgia with modern sentiment, and a Mystery Science Theater 3000-esque vibe that I find really, really cool.”

ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE marks the second series in the partnership between BOOM! Studios and Nickelodeon through BOOM Studios’ award-winning, all-ages imprint, KaBOOM!. The first series of this partnership debuts October 18 with Rugrats #1, from writer Box Brown (André the Giant: Life and Legend) and artist Lisa DuBois (Adventure Time).

“Working with Nickelodeon on Rugrats and now ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE has been amazing,” says Editor Whitney Leopard. “We’ve been a fan of their shows for years and to be able to work with them on bringing these characters to life in comics is a dream come true.”

ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE #1 features a main cover by Jorge Monlongo (Adventure Time Comics), a “look-and-find” cover by Bachan (Bill & Ted Save the Universe), and a variant cover by Nick Pitarra (The Manhattan Projects). BOOM! Studios will also be offering a blank Sketch Cover for this launch.

Print copies of ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE #1 will be available for sale in December at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or through the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play,  and the BOOM! Studios app.

ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ critically acclaimed KaBOOM! imprint, publisher of world-class licensed series such as Steven Universe, Over the Garden Wall, Peanuts, and Garfield, along with original series like Brave Chef Brianna by Sam Sykes and Selina Espiritu, and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.
 

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Rocko’s Modern Life #1 “look-and-find” variant cover by Bachan

 

Rocko’s Modern Life TV Special “Static Cling” Is Set to Air in 2018

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Despite previous reports in 2016 of the TV special airing in late 2017, it was recently announced that Rocko & the O-town characters will be back on your TV screens in 2018.

Rocko’s Modern Life made it’s way to Nickelodeon’s Nicktoons lineup in 1993 and became one of the network’s most memorable shows. The series had a way with tossing in some adult humor that completely flew over our heads when we were kids. After being cancelled in 1996, it’s notable voice actors like Tom Kenny & Carlos Alazraqui went on to create more projects that eventually become worldwide multi-billion dollar franchises, like SpongeBob Squarepants. Well the original cast of Rocko has teamed up again to give our beloved Wallaby and his pals some fresh new screen time in “Static Cling”. Here’s a description of the TV special from Nickelodeon’s official press release:

Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling brings the characters back to Earth after being lost in outer space since 1996. Rocko has trouble accepting this 21st century modern life, while Heffer and Filburt embrace every aspect of new technology, social media and the endless diversity of food trucks. Rocko whole-heartedly believes that his nostalgia for the past can save him from the tortures of the modern world.

Looks like Rocko is not going to be a fan of smartphones or tweets. I feel like those who are nostalgic about 90s shows can sort of relate to Rocko. Rocko is nostalgic about the past and so are people who want Nickelodeon and other networks to reboot most of their classic shows. Just like technology, animation is constantly changing to adapt to this modern world as well. We’re so ready for this reboot special & will be watching next year!

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Recording for the Rocko’s Modern Life TV Special Has Begun

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Photo: Joe Murray

The Rocko’s Modern Life cast is back in action as they record for the upcoming one-hour TV special that was announced and confirmed by Nickelodeon in August of this year. Joe Murray revealed to Vice’s Motherboard that in the special Rocko will be returning to O-Town after being in space for 20 years, and the focus will be on “people’s reliance on modern technology”. Stars such as Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Mr. Lawrence & Charlie Adler who are the voices of Rocko & Spunky, Heffer, Filburt and Ed & Bev Bighead have been spotted in the studio, having laughs, probably taking a walk down memory lane and making sure we have the best and most memorable O-Town reunion ever. During a short Twitter Q&A with fans, when asked what it was like to voice the bigheads again, Charlie Adler stated that it’s “wonderful to let them out again!”. He also responded to a fan’s question about whether we’ll be hearing Rocko’s memorable innuendos again. Adler let fans know that we “won’t be disappointed” – which is so relieving to hear. Carlos and Charlie shared some photos (and selfies) of them + the cast on Twitter and they are definitely happy to be back in the studio together again. See the tweets below:

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It’s no secret Carlos! Nickelodeon & Joe Murray have already confirmed that it’s happening friend.

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(That was a typo that Charlie later corrected: it’s Tom Kenny!)

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ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE REVIVAL?

It seems that lately classic Nicktoons lovers are getting the long end of the stick once again, on account of Nickelodeon deciding to revive some of their long-gone shows from the nineties/early 2000’s. “They’re not just cartoons, they’re Nicktoons!” is not just a fancy slogan, it’s real on so many levels but mainly because the best era of Nickelodeon is when they actually called their animated shows “Nicktoons”.

Anyways, yes you’ve read the title right. Nickelodeon’s classic series Rocko’s Modern Life is definitely coming back to us, but will it only be for a TV movie? We can only find out when the time comes. If you’re wondering what the HELL I am talking about just check out this tweet from the producer of the Adult Swim series The Boondocks, Carl Jones:

I. NEARLY. FAINTED. If you know me personally you know that RML is on my top favorite Nicktoons of all time list. Finally a goddamn revival that I can rave about! Yes, I’m still hurt that the As Told By Ginger revival wasn’t real but whatever. Though my excitement is too much to bare, I am nervous about this. Now we all see how CN revived the Powerpuff Girls, will Rocko’s Modern Life get the same unfair treatment? Will there be new animation? Will all of the characters be present on the show again? Will their voice actors be the same? Will it even be on Nickelodeon? Ugh, it’s not easy being a Nicktoons lover.

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