One of the announced guests for SiouxperCONLINE is cartoonist extraordinaire Judd Winick. Kids attending SiouxperCONLINE should be excited because he is the creator of the HILO graphic novel series. Of course, he also has a long history of doing cartoons and superhero comics. He also happened to have been the head writer for the excellent animated series The Awesomes.
I love any content that can get kids interested in comic books. With the HILO series, Winick has hit a grand slam in accomplishing this goal. HILO is an action-packed graphic novel series aimed at a younger audience. I haven’t read any of the series yet, but I added issue number one to my list on Amazon to buy the book for my son (and realistically me too). Reading the panels available on Amazon makes it look like a fun book to read. I think it would also be an excellent gift for nephews and nieces. Kudos to Winick for finding a way to get kids interested in comics!
Not everything Winick has done is for children. Winick was head writer for the Hulu original animated series The Awesomes. The show is, well, awesome! The show seems to be a mix of superhero comics, Saturday morning cartoons, and adult humor. Plus, the show had something called character development. Cartoons made for adults seem to focus on one-time gags. This show was not afraid to spend time building up to a joke. Kudos to Winick for working on such a great show. Sadly the show only lasted a few seasons.
Under the Hood
Winick has a long career of working on various comics, especially for DC. Most notable for me is when he resurrected the second Robin, Jason Todd, during the Under the Hood storyline. Todd became Red Hood (not the Joker version), and Winick even wrote a prequel series to explain how Todd’s resurrection. To take it a step further, Winick wrote the animated movie Batman: Under the Red Hood. I have seen that movie and think it is an excellent story. Actually, that is an understatement; it is probably one of my favorite animated DC movies. If DC would take lessons from that movie for its live-action films, it would likely compete better with the MCU.
Winick has both a presentation and Q&A
Before his Q&A session, Winick will be doing a presentation. It should be interesting to see what he has to say. Personally, I would like to hear more about HILO and what he has been doing to get younger audiences interested in the world of comics.
Song of the Day: The Real World
Back in the mid-90’s Winick was a cast member for The Real World. I never watched the show, but this little tidbit about Winick reminded me of a song by Matchbox Twenty. I believe this song, named Real World, also came out in the mid-’90s.
Bonus Song: The Awesomes
For the bonus song, we have The Hold Steady performing the theme song they created for The Awesomes.