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voodoo_pork - 2009-05-19

This is probably the best animated comic adaptation I've ever seen. It's one of the few excellent non-music shows MTV has ever produced.

MrBuddy - 2009-05-21

Five stars for voodoo_pork being right
Five pocket protectors for wonderful, nerdy comments
Five stars for The Maxx (even if the video is cool instead of evil)
I miss the days when they had good animation like this on TV.

badideasinaction - 2009-05-19

The VHS cut of this to a standalone rocks - it always sucked that some unknown reason kept this from an official release on DVD.

Cheese - 2009-05-19

If I remember correctly the show had music rights issues that kept it from DVD ("I wanna marry a light house keeper" being the main culprit, they replaced it with an in-house made "I wanna marry a school bus driver" for the VHS), also there was a crossover with another image character that Mtv didn't have the rights for, so that episode never made it on the VHS. There are bootleg DVDs out there, but they are just low res versions from the web.

sosage - 2009-05-19

Is it the scene where he fights some hammerhead guy? I remember recording this when it first aired, then picking up the VHS release anyways because the show was the shit...and that scene was missing...always wondered why. :(

Maxx is always auto 5.

SteamPoweredKleenex - 2009-05-19

@Sosage: Yeah, there was. I have a vague recollection that he was a bit-player from "The Savage Dragon" (also published by Image). I'm not sure what drove the decision to put him in there other than "hey, let's have a fight and maybe promote some other properties," but it was pretty unneeded.

fluffy - 2009-05-19

I only ever saw the VHS version so I had no idea that the 'schoolbus driver' song was anything other than a tongue-in-cheek Clockwork Orange reference.

Much later I read the comics, which were also pretty good, but not as mindblowing as they would have been if I'd read them first at the same age that I saw the VHS. Also I actually preferred the VHS version's ending; MTV was right to end it halfway with an ambiguously-happy ending, since the comics seemed to take a huge turn for the worse at that point (not to mention how they got more random and scattershot).

DMKA - 2009-05-19

It's the same reason Daria, Beavis & Butthead, and Aeon Flux have never seen an official DVD release; despite their popularity and the demand for said releases, there's lots of music copyright issues that hinder it.

And yes, this show kicked ass. The best thing MTV ever aired.

Kojack13 - 2009-07-09

Middleschool: Bloom County
Highschool: Akira

La Loco - 2009-05-19

Sam Keith rocks. I remember reading anything he worked on in the 90's and copying his drawings of Maxx and Wolverine.

Toenails - 2009-05-20

Survey: What did art did you copy and show off to your friends in school?

Middle School: TMNT

High School: Witchblade and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac.

mashedtater - 2009-05-20

Survey: What did art did you copy and show off to your friends in school?

Middle School: Beavis and Butthead, Street Fighter, Dragon Ball Z

High School: Invader Zim, Sandman

Witty_Pop_Culture_Reference - 2009-05-20

High School: Kid Eternity- three part graphic novel. My personal all time favorite. I preached that shit to the masses.

Kojack13 - 2009-07-09

Yes I am retarded. Ignore comment above.

Middleschool: Bloom County
Highschool: Akira

memedumpster - 2009-05-19

I would put this against anything made today.

badideasinaction - 2009-05-20

Yeah, same. I've got the VHS version and it's something I'm willing to show to friends without any protestations of "yeah, but for the time..." or stuff. It really does hold up.

HoboTech - 2009-05-19

I loved this series, but after picking up the comics, I kind of wish that they had ended where the MTV series did.

Now if only MTV had done Transmetropolitan as well...

Toenails - 2009-05-20

I see you also bought the series that delved into the futuristic world of 2005.

Yeah, that story was ass. Keith should have just stuck with the original Maxx.

Quad9Damage - 2009-05-20

The comics got confusing when Savage Dragon showed up.

Caminante Nocturno - 2009-05-19

Once again, it wasn't anime, so I refused to watch it.

PornocracyNow - 2009-05-19

you closeminded poor dour man

i regard you with a mixture of pity and disgust!

voodoo_pork - 2009-05-19

Someone Photoshop blue hair onto Maxx!

Caminante Nocturno - 2009-05-19

How odd, that's exactly how I view people who don't like anime.

I'm talking to you, voodoo pork!

SteamPoweredKleenex - 2009-05-19

Anime has its moments, but as a whole (like most things), 90% of it is crap, but the fanbase won't admit it. I think this is a holdover from when the only anime to be had was via imports or duped tapes, and there's a fear that if any of its shortcomings are actually examined, it will somehow disappear from TV and Netflix overnight. Plus, as in the case of this little gem...

http://www.toplessrobot.com/2009/05/japan_slides_ever_further_ into_depravity.php

... a lot of it is insanity by way of sexual repression (or more so than usual). I could also add that most anime don't end decently because the creators got bored and left the project, or they weren't writing fast enough (the "Dragonball Z" effect) or never had an idea about where the plot was going beyond "hey, let's make this one guy part demon with a huge-ass sword and give him a chick with big tits that follows him around but they never get around to actually having something like an evolving relationship." Giant robots optional, toss in a few fights, sell it on J-List, profit.

Caminante Nocturno - 2009-05-19

You know, we don't really need that explanation every single time someone brings up anime.

No, we really don't.

Also, the person who wrote the article you linked to is a pussy.

Sputum - 2009-05-19

I dunno Caminante, you seemed to like that new bullshit Transformers cartoon that was for 9 year olds.

SteamPoweredKleenex - 2009-05-19

Actually, Nocturno, he's one of the people that actually enjoys anime (he disliked the adaptation of "Dragonball" into movie format, for example, and cited went on to wax nostalgic about the original).

I think he rightly is pointing out the ludicrous nature of putting on a "serious" anime for mainstream viewership involving, basically, breast-milk-powered ninjas. Any thought that this isn't an excuse to just show titties is laughable. Any thought that we're missing the "deep and spiritual message of Japanese culture" or what have you is grounds for the application of heavy meds and possible state monitoring.

Caminante Nocturno - 2009-05-19

It's a safe bet that this anime is going to air at 1AM or a similarly ungodly hour, so that pretty much throws the 'mainstream' idea out the window. That's a moot point, anyway, since 'mainstream' is rapidly becoming a culturally outdated term.

I still maintain that the guy you linked to is a pussy, though. I'll fight him if I have to.

badideasinaction - 2009-05-19

I know it's a persona, but c'mon, I help run a freaking anime con and I admit that most of it is crap. The pacific ocean used to work really well as a crap filter. A little less so now that the feeding frenzy has taken place so they licensed everything, crap or not, but now that the market is imploding again maybe it'll get back that way again and the generic shit will stay in the margins.

90% of everything is crap, including anime. The Maxx was most definitely not one of those crappy thing.

Caminante Nocturno - 2009-05-19

Even shows that are not licensed, whether they deserve it or not, will be picked up by a fansubbing group or two. The crap filter is gone and it's never coming back. Not just for anime, but for everything everywhere.

To edge back on topic, maybe The Maxx was good, I don't know. It had the misfortune of coming out during my "Militant Anime Fan" days. It wasn't anime, so I wouldn't watch it, and I might even hate it if my mood was foul enough.

As a matter of fact, I'm starting to get flashbacks to those days.

This isn't anime, I should be one-starring it!

pastorofmuppets - 2009-05-20

I wouldn't say that the filters aren't gone, but as production and distribution costs of just about every form of publishing have gone down, they have moved from being the responsibility of the publisher to being put on the reader, who will turn to technology (like a feed reader) or a social group (like social bookmarking).

This article is mostly about newspapers but it briefly talks about that. For anyone that cares:

CJR Interview with Clay Shirky, Part 1:
http://www.cjr.org/overload/interview_with_clay_shirky_par.php ?page=all

Part II:
http://www.cjr.org/overload/interview_with_clay_shirky_par_1.p hp?page=1

Oh yeah, the Maxx fucking ruled.

Nikon - 2009-05-20

Caminante, find the time to watch this show. It's really, really good.

Camonk - 2009-05-19

This show blew my mind out when it was on, because I was expecting a mindless superhero show. That uh. That is not what I got.

SteamPoweredKleenex - 2009-05-19

I loved this exchange with Mr. Gone:

Julie: You, however, have a problem with women.
Mr. Gone: [scoff] How perceptive... did you figure that one out when I kidnapped you, or tied you up with leather straps? OF COURSE I'VE GOT A PROBLEM WITH WOMEN! EVERYONE has a problem with women!

The "you killed my hostage" bit was also great.

The McK - 2009-05-19

"I am Mister Gone, a student of the mystic arts. Unfortunately not a very good student, or I wouldn't have to keep shooting fools like you."

Still a high water mark for villainy in my book.

MongoMcMichael - 2009-05-19

Julie (While tied up): "Let me guess: I'm supposed to be every cheerleader and prom queen that ever turned you down for a date. So, you tie me up, and as I lay hear whimpering and begging, you finally achieve some sort of tawdry sexual revenge?"

Mr. Gone: "Well, there goes that idea."

Teldin - 2009-05-19

The Maxx is easily one of the greatest things of all time. I think the whole series is still on here somewhere if it hasn't been removed by now.

The Mothership - 2009-05-19

This has been up for less than 12 hours, but already look at the comments. Truly a testament to the work. However, as a fan of the comic, the cartoon was not at all what I expected.

Also, surely, SURELY.... we can make some kind of 'Mr Gone' tag; TFL Bill, perhaps?

Merzbau - 2009-05-19

Adding to the chorus. This show was incredible.

erratic - 2009-05-19

One of closest friends was an animator on the Maxx. I was over at his house one day and saw is VHS tapes of it an he was all "oh, that old show..I almost forgot about it."

Aelric - 2009-05-19

One of your closest friend has a coupon for one free blowjob by me. Anyone involved with bringing this to me in an oddities marathon one night when I was 14 and sleep deprived, making me think the next day that I dreamed it deserves a little oral sex.

Tripitaka - 2009-05-20

Love it. Have illegal DVD bootleg, crappy quality, still love it.

mashedtater - 2009-05-20

i miss good things on basic cable

Evilhead - 2009-05-20

One of the few VHS tapes I still have around.

Leviathant - 2009-05-21

I had a crappy DVD that I grabbed a couple of years ago, but recently checked Demonoid to see if anything else had been put out there - and sure enough, someone did high quality 2xDVD release ripped from "SP VHS Hi-fi stereo tapes of the show"

To further quote from the description on Demonoid:

- Sourced from my own first generation SP hi-fi stereo VHS recordings, time-base corrected and transferred via Firewire to DV-AVI.
- All editing done in DV-AVI, final output converted to 8000kbps (VBR) 720x480 (NTSC) MPEG-2 for DVD (slightly higher bitrate for this volume, since there were slightly fewer episodes for this last part of the series).
- Interlaced lower-field first, matching original source material.
- I should mention, there are some very MINOR glitches at a few of the commercial breaks because I cut the ads out as I was taping for the last half (Stupid, yes, but how was I supposed to know ten plus years ago that I'd be re-editing this whole thing DIGITALLY one day??). Sorry about that, I cleaned them up as much as I could. That said, the glitches in question ARE quite minor (I'm far more of a perfectionist than most people I know...), and otherwise the quality is identical to the first volume.

It's goooooood.

Bozo - 2009-06-20

My all time favorite comic

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