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Best of 2014: 'Over the Garden Wall' is incredible, and you probably missed it

Last week, I wrote a bit about some of the best animation of the year. It’s by no means a comprehensive list, but it’s pretty solid. But not long after I wrote that list, a few friends of mine (and some commenters!) wrote me to say that I had overlooked something huge: Over the Garden Wall. Created by Patrick McHale, Over The Garden Wall was a miniseries that ran for five consecutive nights in November on Cartoon Network. It got very little promotion, and passed most people by. But it was short—just 10 eleven-minute episodes long—and the people who brought it to my attention tend to have very good taste, so I decided to watch the whole miniseries in one sitting.

It’s one of the best things I’ve seen this year.


The secret ingredient of 'The Powerpuff Girls': unconditional, sisterly love

Of the four elements that made up the Powerpuff Girls, the superpower-granting Chemical X tends to get top billing. But it’s often forgotten that their show was built on more simple materials.

The Powerpuff Girls, created by Craig McCracken, was the Cartoon Network’s breakout animated hit of the late 90’s and early 2000s. It ran for six seasons and inspired everything from Halloween costumes to lunchboxes. The show’s lasting appeal even led to a 15th-anniversary special this January (with Ringo Starr!) and now, as Variety reports, the promise of a 2016 reboot.

The headlines will inevitably roll out: Girl power is back! Strong female cartoons return! Cartoon Network’s press release, as reported by Variety, even reaches to refer to the brand as “the original ambassador of girl power.” That’s all well and good, but what I will always remember about Powerpuff—and what I hope the reboot revisits—is the wonderfully wacky, totally unbalanced relationship between the sisters at its core.


Meet Sonic the Hedgehog's new pal, Sticks the Jungle Badger -- EXCLUSIVE

Yep, that’s right: Sonic the Hedgehog, the smirky icon who served as Sega’s mascot and chief asset in the console wars of the 1990s, is back. And this time, he’s bringing a new friend along with him.

Specifically: The image above shows Sticks, a new character who will play a major role in every facet of Sega’s upcoming “Sonic Boom” universe — a multiplatform franchise extension that will include Wii U and Nintendo 3DS vide games, a Cartoon Network series, and, of course, merch. The “jungle badger” — yeah, that’s a thing now — is “a force of nature in every way,” according to Sega — one who’s slowly acclimating to the company of other animals after a long stint alone in the wilderness. READ FULL STORY

Comic-Con: 'Ben 10' creators reflect on 25 years of San Diego's 'pop-culture tsunami'


Comic-Con was really created for artists like the quartet at Man of Action Studios. Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau, and Steven T. Seagle are accomplished storytellers who’ve conquered the world of comic books and television animation. They’ve written and drawn Superman, X-Men, and Spider-Man, while developing their own original characters and projects — like Ben 10, the popular animated-TV franchise on Cartoon Network. They have their own imprint at Image Comics, but they’re also cozy with Marvel, with whom they are collaborating on the Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble Disney XD animated shows.

Not surprisingly, this year’s Con will not be their first. Members of the gang have been making their annual pilgrimage to San Diego for the past 25 years. And even though they are now Comic-Con stars, prime attractions shopping their wares, they’re still fans at heart. Casey, Seagle, and Rouleau took some time to write about what Comic-Con means to them.

PopWatch Planner: 'The Client List' premieres, 'Spring Breakers' goes wild, and more

You probably don’t remember, but New York was covered in snow the last time I put together the PopWatch Planner. (Sorry, y’all.) To the rest of the country: enjoy what I assume is wonderfully warm weather.

If you still need a little heat, just watch Jennifer Love Hewitt in the season premiere of The Client List. That, and other suggestions, after the jump.


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