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Comics Review: Voltron From The Ashes

While patiently waiting for June 10, 2016, the debut of VoltronLegendaryDefender on  Netflix,  we would like to turn your attention to a Voltron comic miniseries by Dynamite Comics.

Voltron From The Ashes is a six-issue miniseries and the story takes place two hundred years after the original Voltron.  To raise the mighty giant robot back to life, they needed a new set of five pilots.

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Cheetoy from the USA, Raiyenne from the Philippines, and C.B.Mako from Australia, fangirls across the globe, gathered together like Voltron and reviewed this comic series.

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1) What attracted you to the Voltron FTA comics?

Cheetoy (USA) –  I’ve been a comicbook fan since I was a kid. I used to steal my father’s comicbook collection, so he felt I should have my own. When I started getting my own, I was hooked.

Raiyenne (Philippines) –  After reading the Robotech/Voltron crossover, I was curious what the team will be facing in Voltron: From the Ashes, six-part issue.

C.B.Mako (Australia) – I wasn’t sure at first if I wanted to buy, let alone read comics that didn’t deal with Voltron’s original team.  But after listening to the Let’s Voltron podcast  where Marc Morrell interviewed both writer Cullen Bunn and artist Blacky Shepherd, I was curious and decided to give it a go.

2) What did you like about the comics series?

Cheetoy (USA) –  I love Voltron… Big mecha robot, space soap opera story (the only drama I could stand).. what’s not to love? Good or bad… I love having Voltron stuff.

Raiyenne (Philippines) – I liked that we got to see the original team once more.

C.B.Mako (Australia) – One word:  Voltron.   Because it is Voltron, I’d collect the comics in a heartbeat.   The colour palette of the series appeared that Arus is a hot, barren planet.

3) Any favorite issue / part among the six comics?

Cheetoy (USA) – The Robeast designs were monstrous as they should be. Some even resembled Robeasts from DoTU (Voltron’s Defender of The Universe 80s cartoons)

Raiyenne (Philippines) – My favorite issue was Issue 5 because of the cover artwork. And I liked seeing the original team as well.

C.B.Mako (Australia) – I found the artwork of Voltron vs multiple robeast battles fascinating.  Also, I loved the cover art of Issue 5.  Because Keith and Allura, front and centre.  IMHO, the series has the best cover art to date.  Drawn by Alex Milne and coloured by Josh Perez, I love the consistency of this cover collection. The artwork is so gorgeous, I’m tempted to frame each one and hang them on display.

4) How was your experience buying the comics? Did you buy the digital / printed or both? Why?

Cheetoy (USA) – I had no problems buying comics as I have a favorite comic book shop nearby (was one of the first things I looked for when I moved house). As for digital? I’m a solid printed gal. Like books, I love the feel of the pages.

Raiyenne (Philippines) –  I bought the comics online because comic books shops are too far from where I live. It’s very hard getting printed copies these days especially since the mall bookshops have been very selective what available titles the would stock in store. I liked reading online because I get to use the ‘guided view’ of the site, which lets me focus on what panel first and not let my attention roam everywhere on page.

C.B.Mako (Australia) – I bought both digital and printed copies.  I would wait for the release date, and the moment New York time zone reaches ten o’clock in the morning (midnight in Melbourne) I would purchase and download the digital edition on comixology straightaway.  As for printed copies of the comics, I cargobiked 12.6 km / 7.8 miles to All Star Comics to grab the latest copy of the comics series.

5) Where there any areas on the comics they could’ve improved or changed?

Cheetoy (USA) – I wanted to love this comic.. I really did. But I can’t figure where it failed exactly. I wrote a detailed answer on Live Journal 

Raiyenne (Philippines) – I was excited for issue 5 due to the cover artwork, (which I liked a lot). It led me to think, “Finally, the issue that will explain the rest of the original team’s story” and then I was disoriented once again because there wasn’t anything that resembled the cover art.  Throughout the issues, it may have been helpful if the flashbacks (the original team) were colored differently then I think the switching from their time to the present through the panels wouldn’t be too confusing. The passage of time would be visible too.

C.B.Mako (Australia) – I wanted to know what happened to Allura.  Arus was her planet, and as planetary ruler, she was the owner of Voltron.  Two of the new male pilots looked alike. Would it have helped to distinguish each one if hair colour or skin changed like blue or green? Or, not look human?

I’ve also noticed Dynamite Comics released the Trade Paperback (TPB) rather quickly. Surprised that both sixth issue and the TPB cover were both the same.  The TPB was unremarkable. Apart from the usually compiled cover art, there were no bonus pages.

6) What would you like to see in future Voltron comics?

Cheetoy (USA) – I wish I could have a graphic novel (or two) that dealt with the “hanging chads” of the many Voltron story arcs left in both comic and TV series. I don’t want it to be rushed either. That was how some of these story lines might have costed readers/viewers (IMO). Even the 30th anniversary book’s Epilogue comics didn’t feel like it offered a neat closer. I would like something that really said…”This arc is done.”

Raiyenne (Philippines) –  I would like to read / see a story of the original team battling mirror versions of themselves and Hagar’s behind it all. I don’t know if that was done in episodes, I hope.not yet. I think it would be cool to see how that will turn out.

C.B.Mako (Australia) – I would like a well-thought-out, well-written comics by  women writers.  All of Voltron’s comics were written by men. They’ve already changed the look of VLD Allura to that of a woman of colour, how about having women writers in future comics?

Also, if Robotech was able to give Rick Hunter and Lisa Hayes their wedding and even an offspring, why not Keith and Allura?  Surely, it’s not much to ask from Voltron’s devoted fans? We’d like to see a stand-alone comic novel or mini-series that could see #KeithandAllura fanshippers sated. After waiting for more than thirty years, surely we could give Voltron’s favourite canon couple their happy-ever-after ?

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VOLTRON TFA pic

Voltron From The Ashes
Comics and Trade Paperback 
via Voltron estore
Writer  : Cullen Bunn
Artist  : Blacky Shepherd
Colorist: Adriano Augusto
Cover art by : Alex Milne
Cover colors by : Josh Perez
Publisher : Dynamite Comics 
Publication run : September 2015 - February 2016
Trade Paperback : March 2016

 

 

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Wear Your Fandom

I have been following HerUniverse, GoldBubbleClothing, and FanAlley  on social media and I felt very envious of how much of their merchandise catered to geekgirls and fangirls.

Because of the ridiculously low number of Voltron merch for fangirls, since my last blog post I have been busy finding ways to use my creativity in order to express and show off my Voltron geekgirl / fangirl mode.

First, I had all my Voltron tees altered with shorter sleeves & tapered sides.  This was one of the tees I have had altered:
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Next, I bought a vintage bedsheet on etsy and had a seamstress turn it into a summer dress.
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Finally, since I’m from Melbourne, Australia, I approached two Aussie custom crafters / upcyclers.

First was GlamComix, who used comic book covers and pages, repurposing them into useful fangirl items. Since we love #KeithandAllura, @Deensey hunted down old Voltron books and used pages from both Voltron DDP and Dynamite comics.
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Headband, Bangle, Notebook and Flask by GlamComix

Then, there’s @dspdavey from Two Cheeky Monkeys Jewellery. As a upcycler, crafter and jeweller, she has literature jewellery (lockets, pendants etc) on her etsy and madeit stores.
Using our commissioned artworks by Elmer Damaso, artist of the Voltron Robotech crossover comics, we now have these new gorgeous creations below:
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necklace watch with 80s Voltron Keith and Allura

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necklace locket with Voltron Force Keith and Allura

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magnets

Also, she featured the custom Voltron items on her blog.

And recently, for the first time ever, there is now a Voltron ladies t-shirt over at the official Voltron estore. They also have a new Blazing Sword pendant by Han Cholo, which IHMO would go well with the ladies tee.

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Voltron ladies t-shirt

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Voltron Blazing Sword by Han Cholo

But because our blog is mainly about the beloved canon couple, like Voltron, we’ve combined both pendant and locket to form one gorgeous fanship necklace.

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Perhaps one day, when DreamWorks Animation comes up with either a new Voltron series or the much-awaited Voltron movie,  Voltron will eventually have that ‘mega-fandom’ status with devoted fans and followers to rival fandoms like Harry Potter and Star Wars, and there would be more merchandise for Voltron fangirls.

For now, we want to show the world that there are devoted fangirls and shippers, who love our favourite giant robot, who would not only write FanFiction, or draw fanart, or cosplay Voltron and its characters, we want to wear our fandom for the world to see.

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@cubbieberry with her Tagabike


Finding KA Beyond Fanfiction & Fanart

(updated version December 3, 2015)

After sifting through a wealth of Voltron fan fiction on Fanfiction.Net to build what is now the Keith and Allura Community List,  I found myself still craving more than just stories featuring our favourite canon pairing of #KeithandAllura.  Being a very visual person, I also love VF KA Fanart.  Hubby Chris occasionally indulges me with delish VF KA fanart,  but when I need my KA fix, my quiet, happy escape to get through the tough days of real life, I also turn to Cheetoy.

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VF KA fanart “Hold Me Please” by Cheetoy

I was so inspired from all the stories that I began writing fanfiction myself.  And thanks to Cheetoy, she inspired me to take up art classes, so that one day, I too could draw VF KA fanart.

However, like other KA fans, I was still hungry, insatiable even.   But where else could I find KA?  Suddenly curious,  I began my first step of finding KA by researching via the Internet.  What would I look for?  Would I look for similar physical attributes, character traits or both?  But first, where do I look for KA?

KA in Anime / Manga

Since Voltron began as an anime in Japan as Beast King GoLion circa 1981,  the first stop was anime and manga land.  Do present-day animation companies still use the classic template that Toei Animation had used for GoLion’s Akira Kogane and Fala Hime more than thirty years ago?  Fortunately at this day and age, there are now (android) apps that could play/stream full episodes of animation for mobile phone devices.  There are also apps where one can read the latest manga issues in English.   It has been thirty years since Voltron and there has been a lot of anime and manga produced since then.  So, I decided to focus on what was readily available on mobile apps.

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I was blown away with the stuff I found.  The Het pairing of (dark, brooding, loner Commander/Protector/Knight/Noble) with (bright,leading female Princess/Ruler/Fair maiden/Royalty)  was everywhere.  Some anime/manga literally were reincarnations of KA, with Knight-Princess pairing.  There were anime/manga types that had no pairings, but the lead male character looked like Keith Kogane.  I found so many manga/anime KA-lookalikes, (and most some titles were in Japanese too) I decided put the images randomly together to show you a mere glimpse of what I found.

KA in Fiction

But I wanted to read romance and outer space, just like in the Voltron universe. The hopeless romantic and KAshipper in me was still hungry and was hankering for more KA-esque characters to read.  Then, one day on Twitter, I saw a retweet about this Aussie author with a new book that had the story elements I craved: Sci-Fi / Romance, or simply SFR.  I was gobsmacked to find such a genre I never knew actually existed.  I’m such a late bloomer; I spent most of my twenties on autopilot: as a corporate drone, buried in graduate school studies reading academic journals, and in my thirties I was devouring parenting, motherhood and breastfeeding books.  Anywhooo…

I was having an author crush on Anna Hackett.  Here was a fellow Aussie, a mum of two young kiddies, and a published author writing the kind of stories I was looking for.  And yes, Anna grew up watching Voltron too! *sparkly teary eyes*  Her book Winter Fusion (now with Audible narration with “Galactic Holiday” ) had KA-like characters: ex-space marine Savan and planetary negiotator Brinn.  Another of Anna Hackett’s book In the Devil’s Nebula had VF KA-esque space pilot Commander Zayn and blonde-haired Ria as her kickass couple.

Anna Hackett book cover Winter Fusion Anna Hackett book cover In The Devil's Nebula

I was smitten from the get go.  From there, the floodgates opened and found myself immersed, reading e-book after e-book of SFR.   I also found myself following both Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly and SFR Brigade on Twitter.

KA Fanfic Writers Turned Authors

At the end of the day, I went back to our fandom and continued to look for more KA-pairing stories.   But something was still missing.  I wondered about fandoms. The big fandoms / mega-fandoms have their own fanfic writers-turned authors. After reading Anne Jamison‘s FIC: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over The World,  I found myself reading all of Christina Lauren‘s books, and the (in) famous Fifty Shades by E.L. James.  By this time, I wondered if the Voltron fandom has its own fanfic-writers-now-published-authors?  And the answer is yes! One of them is Shannon Muir: one of Voltron’s first fanfic writers and is an author of several books. Surely there are others too, unbeknowst to this newbie fangirl? Amongst KA fanfic writers, even?  Was there a fanfic-writer-turned-author from KAEX yahoogroup?

And the answer is another big yes! One of the KAEX Yahoo Group’s earliest members, David A. Tatum aka Desaix on FFN, has had a few published books under his belt and his latest one, The Kitsune Strategem, had KA-lookalike characters.  I was instantly drawn to the book cover. It was like looking at KA from a different universe.  I was mesmerised from page one and couldn’t put the book down.  It was like reading Go-Lion/Voltron but in a fantasy version, with a solid, expansive, and detailed world-building universe behind his main characters Keiras and Mathis.

David A Tatum book cover Kitsune Strategem

But I do need to mention that Kitsune Strategem is not SFR genre, but rather heroic fantasy genre.  But still, I loved the way he wrote Keiras and Mathis, the friendship that appeared to grow chapter after chapter, how they look after and protect each other, it was like falling in love with KA all over again.  David A Tatum’s Mathis and Keiras reminded me of KA’s GoLion and Voltron DotU universes, where fans could logically infer something was going on between Kogane-Fala / Keith-Allura (however, unlike the Voltron Force Nicktoons version, KA was affianced by the end of the series).   By the time I finished reading The Kitsune Strategem, I wanted Book 2 straightaway.  Just like KA, I wanted to find out (and speculate?) if there would be more than friendship between Keiras and Mathis.  (Suddenly itching to write a fanfic *tee hee*)

So, who else among the KA fanfic writers have published books? I’ve asked our current and amazing fanfic writers –Drowningblonde, KathDMD, Mertz, and RedLion2–  if they’re close to publishing soon?  They got their stories under wraps.  They got me all excited, eager to cheer and promote our fandom’s next batch of upcoming authors.

KA in Voltron’s new 30th Anniversary book

At the end of my research / reading journey, I eventually went full circle.  I found KA again, inside Voltron’s 30th Anniversary book “From Days of Long Ago.”  It’s a beautiful coffee-table book and a must-have for Voltron fans from every generation.

Voltron 30th Anniv Book From Days of Long Ago

Now the only thing left is, unfortunately still stuff of science-fiction:  Is there a way to program an e-Reader to change characters’ names and attributes to match my favourite couple? *grins*

Long Live Keith and Allura!

KA from Voltron Anniversary Book

P.S.

This blogpost became live on 13th November 2014:  Cheetoy, I dedicate this blogpost to you: Happy Birthday fangirl!


Happy 30th Anniversary #Voltron!

blogpost updated on September 11, 2014 (Australian EST)

From Days of Long Ago…   

(30 years ago, to be precise, September 10, 1984)

From Uncharted Regions Of The Universe…  

(That started from WEP‘s office in St. Louis, Missouri USA)

Comes a Legend…

The Legend of VOLTRON !

And here we are, thirty years later,  September 10, 2014, we continue to cheer, swoon, tweet,  blog, write fanfiction and fangirl Voltron.

To celebrate #Voltron30, #KeithandAllura fans have dedicated their works months before the anniversary.  A big shoutout to Mertz (our most prolific KA fanfiction writer) and Paulina Ann (our fastest KA fanfiction writer) who dedicated their fanfics “Happily Ever After: Sodalis Vitae”  and “Part of Your World” respectively.  And a special mention to  Arus, for her special blogpost.

On behalf of fans who couldn’t make it to the 30th Anniversary’s Google hangout / event,  who are not on any social media platform, who continue to express their love for Voltron in their own way, we would like to say a big THANK YOU to World Events Productions (WEP) for Voltron!

Sending you virtual cake slice for this special day

 

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Unboxing

Cake 2 watermark

Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Fondant

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(egg-free, dairy-free) chocolate cake

 

And finally, for the entire month of September, KA fans from KAEX Yahoogroup have raised a KAEX Challenge with the theme “Anniversary”.  Here are the replies from the challenge

 

Fanart

voltronmylari – Kiss

Fanfiction

cubbieBlueMako – A Casual Conversation Among Friends

Paulina Ann – Remembrance

Nerdmom1701 – Waiting for Now *new*

Cpt Kallan Beyda – To Love and Be Loved *new*

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#Voltron30 : Memorabilia : 1985 #Voltron Prize Pack

To celebrate #Voltron30 : Voltron’s 30th Anniversary,  fans around the globe joined hands to share the love for our favourite giant robot.

We would like to thank the Voltron fans from Canada, Josette and her friend Stephen, for sharing this memorabilia to this blogger from Australia:

Voltron Prize Pack 1985

Voltron Prize Pack from 1985

 

Stephen won this fantastic Voltron prize pack back in 1985  when he was 12 years old.   He submitted an artwork of Voltron to their local TV station’s drawing contest in New Brunswick, Canada.  He was among forty winners who were sent a prize pack and their names were broadcasted on television.

Thank you Josette and Stephen for sharing this amazing Voltron pack to showcase to the world during Voltron’s 30th Anniversary!

We can’t help ourselves (giggleswoon) but, we would like highlight the gorgeous #KeithandAllura bits from the Voltron prize pack:

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Voltron Force membership card (back)

 

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One side of the 14-sided game piece


Because #Fanfiction

With Voltron’s 30th Anniversary, fanfiction writers are rekindling their love for their beloved giant robot, and this is the best time to be a Voltron fan!

One way to revisit the 80’s cartoon favourite is by writing fanfiction.

Yes, ONE WORD: #Fanfiction and it comes with a hashtag too.

Because fanfiction is taking over the world.   Don’t believe me?

This is proof.  “FIC : Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World”  by Anne Jamison.

 

FIC BOOK COVER

Anyone who is in a fandom should read this.  Especially newbies (like myself).  Yes, I still consider myself a newbie compared to the #KeithandAllura fangirls and shippers who have been members of the KAEX Yahoogroup that has been in existence since 1998, long before there was FanFiction.net  or Archive of our Own.

As a late-bloomer in fangirling,  (I became a fangirl two years ago) I couldn’t understand why there was so much wank or flame (And what’s with these fannish terminologies? Was there a whole set of jargon for those who actively joined a fandom and write fanfiction?)  I was shocked and astounded by the level of vitriol among fans during my first year as an active fangirl:  Fangirls of the same fandom angry at other fangirls of different ships / pairings;  seasoned fans pulling rank over new arrivals.  Considering Voltron is not a mega-fandom compared to Stars Wars, Harry Potter or Star Trek to name a few (and Voltron wasn’t even mentioned in the book either), I wanted to find out if this behaviour is similar across all fandoms.   Though Anne Jamison took a literary path and not the behavioural nor sociological aspects of fan studies, several anecdotes and contributors gave glimpses into how a story such as fanfiction could transform within a community.

Yes, Enlightenment came in a form of a book.   I had both the e-book version as well as the printed version.  Lots of underlines, highlights and sidenotes later,  I found my calm and often referred to FIC for guidance.  I’ll even be so bold to say,  as an active fangirl, writing fanfiction, FIC is my bible (and adding ‘IMHO’ to stop your furtive whispers by calling it one).

So, in the face of wank or flame,  my standard reply nowadays, “Your Kink Is OK, It’s Just Not My Kink”  and I would (virtually) throw them a FIC book,  “Go read Anne Jamison’s book.”   Then, taking a couple of steps back, exhale and shake off their negative energy and walk away (far away) from their nerdrage and fanfury.

 

 


AcidFree Gallery Loves VOLTRON

With exactly one month to go until Voltron’s 30th Anniversary (And we use the hashtag #Voltron30), we will be posting and sharing more jaw-dropping Voltron news and updates.

We begin the countdown with AcidFree Gallery.

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Smitten with ALL LEVELS OF AWESOME.

AcidFree Gallery’s  latest Voltron Illustration art by James White is totally amazing, I have never gone gaga over a art print before. Never.  Until this.

Brilliant colours,  impressive artwork and most especially the first ever #KeithandAllura – friendly art print I have seen to date IMHO.

And listening to Let’s Voltron Podcast #24 : Interview with AcidFree Gallery’s Chris Wofford left me giddy with excitement,  I just had to blog about this awesome artwork.

Chris Wofford even added a comp / contest “SHOW US YOUR VOLTRON”  (deets in the podcast show notes),  My mind is totally blown.

So, if you’ve never had a Voltron art print in your life,  now is the time to get this awesome piece of Voltron Illustration Art by James White.

Now is the best time to be a Voltron fan.

What are you waiting for? Let’s Voltron!!


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