We opened our @xmentas Twitter account late last May. Thanks to your kind words and daily diligence from Julia (who manages the account), we have grown steadily. So much has happened so quickly. When we started, the movie “X-MEN: Apocalypse” was just opening; now “Logan” is assaulting the world. The X-MEN:TAS book was half-done, and now it’s with the publisher, getting polished up for a hoped-for summer release. We have had a great first-Con experience, thanks to Mike Towry and his partners, at Comic Fest, with producer/director Larry Houston and three series writers on panels. We hope to appear at a Con or two each month for at least a year once the book is published. But today we simply want to celebrate our growing Twitter community by marking another “1000” milestone. The X-MEN:TAS art below is courtesy of stroyboard artist Keith Tucker, an old friend, whose work appears in around 20 of the X-MEN:TAS boards.
In two weeks, on Sunday, April 2, at 3:00, we will be at WonderCon, in Anaheim, California, as part of a panel that talks with fans about what goes on in our favorite mutants’ heads, along with those of other superheroes. Please come by to say hello and to flummox us with challenging questions. Our kind hosts are Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Shout Factory‘s Brian Ward, longtime co-hosts of The Arkham Sessions podcasts. While they have specialized in delving into the psyches of Batman: The Animated Series characters (writer David Wise will be there), they have expanded this panel to include experts on the animated X-Men (us), and Star War Rebels (writer Henry Gilroy). If you are curious about what makes your favorite superheroes tick, please join us.
We just saw “Logan,” and I left it with mixed emotions. My main feelings were those of gratitude and loss. When the first X-MEN movie came out 17 years ago, we were only a few years past having lived with these characters inside us for five long television seasons. Our series’ voices were the voices in my head, so I knew that the movie versions would take some getting used to. I believe that I can say with confidence that my favorite two feature casting decisions were Logan and Charles. When we had cast X-MEN:TAS in 1992, I had listed Patrick Stewart as a reference point for the voice of the professor. Relative newcomer Hugh Jackman was a stunning surprise as Wolverine. He kept our actor Cal Dodd’s spirit while having his own unique sound and physical presence. So of course saying farewell to these two was difficult today. It was an intimate, personal story, the kind we liked to tell on the animated series. The actress playing the girl was marvelous. And it is it important that our heroes’ journeys end, well, heroically, so in that sense we have given these two a proper send-off. Whatever you think of the movie, it was good to be able to say our proper good-byes.