Denver Comic Con
June 30 - July 2, 2017
Last week, The Comics Alternative reviewed The Specialists on their podcast, along with Jordan Kotzebue’s Hominids. It’s a really thoughtful (and positive) review, and well worth a listen!
This week’s Double Take is another of our Kickstarter sketches. This time, it’s our favorite ex-Nazi beastman, Hartmann. Vote for us in TWC to check it out!
Time he’s done sparring, the Captain’s gonna be stone cold sober. I can see these two becoming good friends after this…………
If nothing else, the fact that Hartmann can stand up to him in a fight might help him work through some of his issues. It would only be the first step but that one is often the hardest.
Both are products of experiments to create a superior soldier and both have been left scarred by the experience, developing among other problems a sense of self-loathing (Hartmann for his past of course, Luke’s seeming to be more of a general combination of PTSD factors and possibly survivor’s guilt). I expect Luke may refuse to admit it but he probably realizes how similar they are in some regards and that may play a role in exacerbating his aggression towards Hartmann.
Nice getting some love in the podcast! And as for the fight I’d wondered just how long our mutated friend would fight without resorting to using those claws.
I think, Luke is going to find out the meaning of “Stiftung Warentest”
For some reason I cant find any free apps to translate Stiftung Warentest. Google translate just repeats it and my German is pretty limited. Been a long time since I hung out with German speakers.
Well, why don’t you learn German? It is an easy language to learn for Americans. lol
Call me lazy if you will but Im not so curious as to learn an entire language just to assuage my curiosity over one phrase.
soo… time to see if he is as invulnerable to those claws as he is to bullets.
Could also see him realize that not even his claws could do it, and just go “Nutz to this. you couldn’t help me after all…” and just walk out into the rain, all deflated, longing for the bottle…
And now I’m reminded of Blanka and Guile from Street Fighter 2.
I’ve heard the old conundrum of the irresistible force versus the immovable object, but this is the first time I’ve seen two irresistible forces go at it. O.o
If anyone asks later on they have the classic out of ‘Training.’
Thinking either Agnes with telekinesis or Max with the Golem are the only ones who could break this up.
Or Mark, since he did it once already.
I place my bet on Agnes, she could do that even without telekinesis. People of that time were different, in some ways tougher, in some ways more gentleman.
Shawn, excuse me.
Are you maybe thinking of another version of the beauty and the beast?
With that you would have certainly an interesting plot twist.
( The American propaganda would go up the walls.)
Well, all’s fair in love and war, but it seems like Agnes and Mark may be getting close.
Yes, that would be also nice. Well, Let’s see how many plot twists we are going to get.
On the other side I see here some ethical points since Mark was acting a teacher for Agnes. And in Asia, where Mark learned his some skills maybe, that would be not so OK since teachers and trainers are supposed to be father figures. Here a little flashback about Mark might be a good idea.
Meanwhile, the MPs to the side:
“We should be stopping this, shouldn’t we?”
“Do you really want to get in the middle of that?”
“Excellent point. Got any popcorn?”
“We have to stop them!”
“Naw, they have too much fun.”
I guess Luke IS enjoying that. Maybe he needs fights to feel alive, and with a guy like Hartmann he has the right guy to spar with – tough, strong, and sturdy.
Hartmann also needs to adapt a new mindset, and he has to improve his English.
The comic books he has already. The other books he’d have to ask for, and his command of English isn’t good enough yet to do that.
Besides, comic books have pictures, lots of pictures. 🙂
Let me guess, you did your education with cartoons too?
Heh, I learned to read by reading comic books. By the time I entered first grade, I was reading at a third-grade level. 🙂
Many educators will tell you that comics are very helpful in teaching kids to read. In fact, part of the mission of Denver Comic Con is to raise funds for an organization called Pop Culture Classroom, though it was originally called Comic Book Classroom. They used comics to promote literacy.
Now, I’m not sure if comics are equally helpful when teaching someone a second language, but they’re probably a lot more accessible for a beginner than the classic novels you mention.
Yes, comics are very helpful for teaching. And I use cartoons and comics quite often in my lessons for example Little Nemo, Sinfest, or Seraph Inn.
And yes, I am one those educators who recommends cartoons, but I am also one those teachers who sometimes “pisses off” their students just to get them talking.
“But my name is not Jerry. it is Hartma–oh.”
Naw, that wouldn’t work. But mostly in American movies Germans are referred to as Krauts.
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