Monday, August 14, 2017

WHEN A MAN BECOMES THE MECHA....

Or a futuristic backpacker...with one helluva backpack!

Out of all the Mecha in Robotech when I was a kid...I wanted a cyclone!


Actually....I still want one! LOL!

- John

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A STRANGER AT HOME...


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With the defeat of Mars Group and the death of the woman he loves...Scott Bernard faces an even greater mountain to climb.

Experiencing Earth for the first time...

And my challenge as a reader..... his incessant whining.

Excerpts;

Tirol, once the homeworld of the Robotech Masters, then an Invid colony when the Masters had uprooted the remnants of their dying race and journeyed to Earth in search of Protoculture, was a reconfigured planet, much of its surface given over to humankind's needs, its small seas and weather patterns tamed. Not like this Earth, Scott thought, with its solitary yellow sun and distant silver satellite. He yearned for Tirol. It had been his home as much as the SDF-3 had been; he missed the binary stars of Fantoma's system, the protective presence of the motherworld itself. How remote one felt from the heavens on this displaced world.

Scott recalled Admiral Hunter's rousing send-off speech, his talk of the "cool green hills of home"-his home, Earth. Scott laughed bitterly to himself, the planet's native splendor lost on him...

...lifting his head, he found that Earth had another surprise in store for him. The sky was dumping droplets of water on him-it was raining! Scott got up and walked to a clearing in the woods. He had heard about this phenomenon from old-timers but hadn't expected to encounter it. Scott could see that rain might not be a bad thing under certain conditions, but right now it was only adding to his discomfort. Besides, there was something else in the air that had come in with the rain: periods of a short-lived, rolling, explosive roar.

Clouds backlit by flashes of electrical charge were moving swiftly, obscuring the Moon and plunging the world into an impenetrable dark. Soon the angry bolts responsible for that stroboscopic light were overhead, launched like fiery spears toward the land itself, earsplitting claps of thunder in their wake.

Scott found himself overwhelmed by a novel form of terror, so unlike the fear he was accustomed to that he stood screaming into the face of it, his feet seemingly rooted to the ground. This had nothing to do with enemy laser fire or plasma annihilation discs; it had nothing to do with combat or close calls. This was a larger terror, a deeper one, springing from an archaic part of himself he had never met face to face.

Unnerved, he ran for the safety of the Veritech cockpit as lightning struck and ignited one of the trees, toppling it with a second bolt that split the forest giant along its length. He lowered the canopy and hunkered down in the VT seat, hugging himself for warmth and security. Eyes tightly shut, ears filled with crackling noise, he shouted to himself: What am I doing on this horrible planet?"

RN- Invid Invasion

A lot of questions which will never get answered come up...

Why the hell did he sign up for this?

Was REF command (Admiral Rick Hunter and co.) that arrogant in thinking the Regis and her horde would be a cakewalk?

It's these types of questions though, that get you really engaged in the story.

Oh...and this will not be the only time in the New Generation where Bernard is insufferable...to Earth's inhabitants....fellow soldiers....his friends....EVEN Emil!

"Dr. Lang considered him an army brat and tried on more than one occasion to instill him with some sense of objectivity, but Scott was a lost cause." RN - Symphony of Light

I have said this before...I don't like this character....and this is going back to The Animated Series. And the dislike grew ten fold with the Novels.

All I can say is ...

That's !@#$%^& incredible writing on "Jack's" part!

IMAGES:
Eternity Comics
Comico Comics
Robotech: TAS, Invid Invasion

- John
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

"THE SARGE"

ANGELO "ANGIE" DANTE
Sergeant Angelo Dante, engrossed in a conversation of his own, snorted, "Aw, all she is is a snotty, know-it-all teenager!"

RN- Southern Cross

I LIKE ANGIE! He is one of the refreshing characters in all the Novels. He can be a wise ass but more than a trusted brother in arms. He's willing to give his misgivings a reconsideration (this happens). 

He's tough and can kick ass, but he's a big old softy. (i.e "Letters home and Mom's fruitcake" Epigraphs)

He's duty bound, but will break the rules if it means being loyal to his fellow troops and doing the right thing. He does it for his buddies AND CO...and they do it for him.

He's real. Angelo is one of those characters that reminds you of someone you know or knew and always in a positive light. I am glad the guys gave him a good chunk of time in the Robotech Novels.

And he's front and center in EOTC!

But I am getting ahead of myself.

And let me point out a the distinction with Angelo from the animated series (TAS) from this excerpt;

"Why, Angelo, you say the sweetest things," a lively female voice said mockingly. Everyone looked around, startled, to see Dana posed glamorously in the doorway. The brevet pips were gone from her torso harness; she had been promoted from temporary XO-a kind of on-the-job training-to the CO slot, now that Sean was going to be spending some time playing rock-hockey over at the stockade. 

Bowie stood up from the piano with a smile on his face. "Congratulations, Lieutenant Sterling," he said with genuine delight, much as he disliked the military.

Nobody bothered to call attention; the 15th was a casual kind of place under Sean. But there were a few appreciative whistles and murmurs for Dana's pose, and Evans, the supply sergeant, raised a coffee mug to her from his place on a stool at the (currently dry) bar. "A toast! To the cutest second lieutenant in the ATACs!" he said, pronouncing it AY-tacks.

Other voices seconded the sentiment. Dana strolled over toward Angelo Dante with a seductive, swivel-hipped gait. "What's the matter, Angie? Don't think I'm tough enough?" She gave him a languorous smile and kept it there as she gave him a swift kick in the shin.

Angelo was utterly shocked, but he barely let out a grunt; he was a tall, muscular man, well known for his strength and ability to withstand punishment. Dana let the guffaws and catcalls go on for a few seconds as the 15th razzed Angelo for being taken off guard. Angelo rubbed his shin and snarled at her retreating back, but inside he was suddenly reevaluating his opinion of "Miss Cadet," as he had been calling her."

RN - Southern Cross

How it looks in TAS;
UH...NO!
He rubs his shin in both versions but on the show, Angie comes off as buffoonish. And it doesn't work for me.

THANK YOU JACK!

IMAGES: Robotech, TAS, False Start

- John
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

MUSIC THAT MAKES THE SCENE!


Below, I did a a little experimentation with different music (royalty free) for the same Robotech Novels excerpt. Give them a listen and you decide what works. Leave a comment or drop me a line.

While Ulpio Mincci's Theme is incomparable and will always signify the Robotech spirit, I do think the Novels deserve their own soundtrack. 

And I have a a lot of music I can work with...

But we're just starting the journey!

Give them a listen and you decide what works. Leave a comment or drop me a line. I plan to do more excerpt videos as we continue!




(Made with:  Sony Vegas Movie Studio, Windows Movie Maker)

IMAGE: Comico Comics

John