June 3, 2011: The “You Have Many Question, Mr. Sparkle” Edition

EPISODE SEVENTEEN: SPECIAL ALL-BURNING QUESTION EDITION!

PART ONE: MICHAEL VICK IS COMIN’ TO TOWN

Photo: Wikipedia

Selena Gomez Cuts Controversial Pink Horses From Music Video (E!)

Michael Vick Appearance Sparks Activist Ire (Suburban Trends)

PART TWO: THE DC REBOOT: CRISIS ON INFINITE SUPERMEN

DC Unleashes New Universe of Superhero Titles (USA TODAY)

DC Ready For Risky Yet Relevant Change (USA TODAY)

DC Relaunches All Titles (Comic Book Resources)

Jerry Siegel’s 1975 Press Release (The Comics Journal, PDF)

Superman Co-Creator’s Family Given Rights (Variety, 2009)

Can Superman Be Split In Two? (Variety, 2011)

PART THREE: THE SUMMER OF TOO MANY SEQUELS

Newsweek photo illustration

Sequel Madness, by Roger Ebert (Newsweek)

PART FOUR: ORANGEHEAD VS. CARTOON VIOLENCE

New Study Finds Violence Doesn’t Add To Children’s Enjoyment of TV (Ind. U.)

“Picture-Perfect Thief”- “Violent” Version

“Picture-Perfect Thief”- “Non-Violent” Version

Do Children Enjoy Violent Cartoons? (E. Magill)

Memorial Weekend Links (The Animation Guild)

May 22, 2011: The “I Wonder If She Kept Them Under Her Umbrella” Edition

EPISODE SIXTEEN!

PART ONE: O’Ronald McLaden And How Green Leads To Red!

Ethnic Marketing Is Wrong (Northern Star)
South LA Bans New Fast Food Places In Inner-City Areas (The New York Times)
McDonalds’ Is The Best Company For Minorities (QSR Web)
McDonalds’ Ethnic Marketing Strategy (Nation’s Restauraunt News)
Pros of “Ethnic Marketing” and McDonalds’ Latino Menu (Bloomberg Businessweek)

PART TWO: The Burning Question! (Why Support Animal Rights?)

PART THREE: This Was Actually On Inside Edition! (Women Who Lives With Cheetahs/Engagement Chicken)

(Thanks to SuperFlash101 for this awesome logo!)

Woman Who Lives With Cheetas

Engagement Chicken

PART FOUR: Book Review Time! (The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer)

BLOOPER: BROWN-EYED TOLLBOOTH!

IN COMMENTS:

Is “ethnic marketing” ethical? Is it effective?

Should we support animal rights? Why or why not?

Do you think engagement chicken could work? Why or why not?

Would you ever live with cheetahs?

Have you read The Phantom Tollbooth? If so, what did you think of it?

May 20, 2011: The “Like The Time I Met Osama At McDonald’s” Edition

EPISODE FIFTEEN

PART ONE: A READING: AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN: A (VERY) BRIEF HISTORY, BY BOB HARRIS

Text and map excerpted from Who Hates Whom: Well-Armed Fanatics, Intractable Conflicts, and Various Things Blowing Up: A Woefully Incomplete Guide by Bob Harris. ©2007 by Bob Harris. No ownership intended or implied. Published by Three Rivers Press, New York.

PART TWO: THE BURNING QUESTION: THE PEOPLE VS. RONALD MCDONALD

PART THREE: YABBA-DABBA-DO-OR-DIE

This segment originally appeared in textual form on Mostly From Sugar Packets.

IN COMMENTS:

Any thoughts on the ongoing conflicts in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region?

Do you believe Ronald McDonald should be blamed for childhood obesity? Why or why not?

Are you a Flintstones fan? What are your thoughts on the announced MacFarlane revival?

May 8, 2011: The “Even Osama Watched Futurama” Edition

EPISODE FOURTEEN!

PART ONE: COMPLIMENTARY PLAGERISM!

PART TWO: THE BURNING QUESTION! (DO WE NEED SCAPEGOATS?)

PART THREE: TOP FIVE QUESTIONS IN THE WAKE OF OSAMA’S DEATH!

PART FOUR: LAST COMIC STANDING! (SECRET SIX #33, AMERICAN VAMPIRE #14, FF #2, SCALPED #48, SWEET TOOTH #21, AND ACTION COMICS #900!)

IN COMMENTS:

What makes a good poem? What are some of your favorite poets or poems?

Are you a fan of Futurama?

Do we need political scapegoats? Why or why not? What impact do they have on society?

What comics did you dig this week? Did you attend a Free Comic Book Day event?

May 6, 2011: The “Truth, Justice, and the Social Networking Way” Edition

EPISODE THIRTEEN

PART ONE: BIN LADEN’S DEATH: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR SOCIAL NETWORKING, AMERICA, AND THE WORLD? (AND SUPERMAN?)

New York Times cover ©2011 New York Times, White House photo by Pete Sousa, Time cover by Tim O’Brien ©2011 Time, Inc. White House photo U.S. government work, copyrighted material no ownership intended or implied

IN COMMENTS:

How do you feel about the “you’re with us or against us” mentality which is often used in conflicts such as World War II and the War on Terror? Other than Superman, can you think of any other icons (characters or otherwise) who can or were altered or created to play on this mentality?

Do you think social media has supplanted the traditional news media (or will it eventually)? Besides the Arab revolutions and bin Laden’s death, have there been any other monumental (non-entertainment) events that have been fueled or reported through social media?

Is the speed of social networking harmful or helpful to news reporting? Is it possible that rumors and false information would outnumber the facts in some situations?

Is the death of Osama bin Laden truly “the end of an era?” Do you have any thoughts/comments/questions/fears that have come up in the days since? What, if anything, does the death of Osama bin Laden mean to the world, to America, to terrorism, and to you personally?

May 1, 2011: The “I’m No Superman” Edition

EPISODE TWELVE

PART ONE: IS SUPERMAN AMERICAN?

IN COMMENTS:

Do you like this new format, or not? If so, how should we incorporate it into Sugared Tomatoes? Should it replace our current format, be added to it, or be posted on a seperate day?

How do you feel about Superman renouncing his American citizenship? Is it a cynical demeaning of  our values or an optimistic embracing of worldliness?

April 29, 2011: The “Will and Kate Plus Eight (Minus Three and Will and Kate)” Edition

EPISODE ELEVEN

PART ONE: A READING: LET THEM EAT BUNNIES (PART TWO)

As originally published in SPY, April 1992. ©1992 SPY Corp. No ownership intended or implied.

Photo by Oscar Abolafia.

PART TWO: BOOK REVIEW TIME/LAST COMIC STANDING: JEFF SMITH’S BONE

PART THREE: FILM THOUGHTS: HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN

©2011 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

In comments:

Almost 20 years after the Bunny Burgers prank, has the public conception of advertising and public relations become better or worse (or the same)? Would you eat a Bunny Burger or any rabbit-based food? Would you like to hear more from the SPY magazine archive?

Have you read Bone? If not, did this review make you interested in doing so?

Are you a fan of Peanuts? What is your “security blanket?”

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