Art Attack #2: The Saturday Twins

The lead characters from a project we have in the works called Meet the Saturdays. These are the Saturday Twins, Sea Duck Quackers (left) and Sunny Funny (right). Sea Duck is a beach bum who’s gaga over ducks, while Sunny is an incurable optimist who works hard only at being silly.

You may be seeing more of these kiddos as production increases. If we start putting up artwork and cartoons on a consistent or semi-regular basis, we may create a second blog for those. Stay tooned.

Look At This Thing That I Drawed!

Hey, folks!

This is our first attempt at uploading original art to our blog (so please be gentle, it’s our fist time.) It’s the logo for a kayfabe cable/satellite channel that Jason and I dreamt up called XD! (which stands for X-Treme Digital, by no coincidence it’s also a keyboard representation of a face laughing), which targets a dual audience: kids and teens during the day and adults at night, with a more or less shared theme of cartoons and comedy. Specifically, XD! runs live-action and animated kids’ shows during the day and at night it switches to an adult comedy format, showing classic and contemporary comedy programs along with adult animation.

This is an experiment; we’ve been wanting to post cartoons online for some time now, and it looks like we can begin doing that. Awesome sauce!

It Has Begun!

For those who follow us (or wish to follow us) on Tumblr: you may have noticed that if you click on the Twinsanitycomedy URL, it takes you to nowhere. That’s because we’ve officially entered the first stage of our big rebrand, specifically to our site/brand/channel’s new name, which will be Twin Images. As such, the name of our Tumblr blog has changed; you can now find us at twin-images.tumblr.com. (Don’t forget the dash; I thought it looked weird as one word.) In time, this site’s name will be changed as well (UPDATE: as of this writing, we’ve just purchased the domain name twinimages.blog for the WordPress site); we changed it at Tumblr first because a) we’re a little more active on Tumblr right now and b) the site upgrade is going to require more work, as we’re planning to put different types of content on here, so the format on our WordPress site will definitely be changing more than just the name. The future blog posts (what few there are) will be more reminiscent of the micro-blog posts we do on Tumblr; the ‘big’ entries (your That’s Warner Bros., Retroville, The Couch et al) will take the form of videos or vlogs. When the new name is implemented here, for the first year you’ll be able to click on the current URL and it will redirect you to the new one; after that initial year, the old URL will expire and the new one will become the only URL.

When this site’s name changes to Twin Images, we won’t be going back to change the previous mentions of the old Twinsanity name in the previous blog posts, since as previously stated, we’ll be making different types of content here, so the Twinsanity blog posts belong to an earlier tradition. All of the Twinsanity blog posts will be archived so you can still visit them even after the format changes.

I’ll keep this post pinned for a while just in case anybody who follows us on Tumblr or wants to visit our Tumblr page might be confused (I thought that maybe I should’ve waited until the weekend was over to make the change, but here we are; we can’t put toothpaste back in the tube). Again, on Tumblr we are now located at twin-images.tumblr.com (don’t forget the dash). Here on WordPress you will be redirected to twinimages.blog (no dash).

The New Year Name Game

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Hope you’ve all had a good holiday and we wish you all a happy and prosperous new year. We couldn’t wait to kick the tail end of 2021 to the curb and start anew. That said, on to the meat of this post:

No, we’re not ready to fully resume production just yet; we’re still recovering from the holidays and we both are taking a bit of a mental health break, but new stuff is on the way, expect to see new posts and things to start cropping up within the upcoming months.

Jason covered some of this already, but just to keep you folks updated on what’s to come here, some of the site’s recurring segments have either been retired, retooled or renamed slightly. Some examples:

The segment formerly known as TV Special Showdown will now be known as TV Special Tonight!. Jason felt that the previous name sounded too confrontational and no longer fit the format as the segment has over time stopped taking the stance of “We’re gonna tear this crappy TV special a new one!” and has gravitated more towards “Hey, check out this kooky TV special we remember; let’s have fun joking about its’ absurdities!”. (Fun fact: the new name was partially inspired by the song “TV Party Tonight” by Black Flag.)

I’ve recently put the Retro Bin segment on ice, while its’ flip side segment, the Cartoon Couch, will continue under the new moniker The Couch.

“Wow. You must’ve been up all night thinkin’ of that name, huh?”

It’ll be basically be the same segment as before, just with a new name and without its’ negative counterpart. Now you may be asking:

“If the segment is basically the same as before, why not just keep calling it The Cartoon Couch?”

Good question. It’s because I originally created The Cartoon Couch to be the opposite of The Retro Bin (both are lookbacks at animated shows from the past, but while The Retro Bin took a very snarky, critical approach to the shows, the shows spotlighted on The Cartoon Couch we had a particular fondness for, or at least felt that they had potential or were deserving of more praise than they received; as we continued to work on both segments, we found ourselves enjoying doing the positive ones more and we’ve grown really tired of the ‘Angry Review” format), and even though we’re basically retiring The Retro Bin, the 2 segments are inexorably tied to one another — like opposite sides of the same coin –and it just wouldn’t feel right keeping one title without the other.

It would be like having Quisp without Quake; you don’t do that.

So if The Cartoon Couch is going to exist on its’ own from now on, it needs to establish its’ own identity, hence the name change.

The segments known as Ad Nausea and Toon Adjacent will hereinafter be absorbed and combined into a single segment known as Retroville.

Welcome to your memories!

Retroville will take fun deep dives into all kinds of retro kitsch: defunct retailers, restaurants, ad campaigns, product mascots, toys, theme park attractions, you name it. We’ve been looking forward to doing this one for a while; I can’t wait to start busting out with Retroville segments. We’re pop-culture sponges who watched a ton of TV, so this should be fun.

The above were all more or less covered by Jason previously; the following is something we’ve been kicking back and forth for a little while, and I didn’t want to reveal this unless it looked like it could actually happen, and since it might, here it is:

We might, repeat, MIGHT, be parting ways with the name Twinsanity.

At least we won’t have to juggle a plethora of alternate choices; if we do change this site’s name, it will be to one of two alternates: Twin Images or The Razzle Dazzle Show.

The former is the name we’ve been calling our comedy ‘troupe’ for years now; we actually saw the name on a record album (remember those?) that we saw one day years ago at W. Bell & Co. (remember that?). The latter is a homage to the Saturday Morning show starring the comedy/musical group the Hudson Brothers, which ran from September 7, 1974 to August 30, 1975.

For no particular reason, here’s the intro (for those who aren’t ancient enough to have seen it):

So yeah, you can probably see what attracted us to that name. It seems to combine fun, flash and pure corn, just like our site.

No need to freak out; if, and again that’s IF, we do decide to change the site’s name, you won’t have to memorize a new URL…at least not right away. Thankfully, WordPress give users the option to either replace the URL entirely or it can redirect viewers to the new one directly from the previous one. If we decide to go with a new name, we’ll enact the latter option and then when everyone’s used to and has had time to store the new URL, we’ll switch it to the new one, and of course if the name of the WordPress site changes, our companion Tumblr page will also take on the new name. Unified branding and all that.

We’re literally going back and forth on this, so we’ll put the question out to you guys. (I’d do it as a poll, but if there’s a way to polls on here, I don’t know what it is.) Would you guys be cool with a name change, or would you rather we stick to Twinsanity? Let us know in the comments (and I shouldn’t have to tell you that spam, hate, insulting or trollish comments will not be tolerated or posted).

Well, that’s all for now. More updates as they happen. Thanks for sticking with us through this strange, strange trip, we look forward to posting here more regularly soon, we’re still planning that big leap to video production, so we’ll keep you informed on that as things go along, again Happy New Year, here’s hoping 2022 is a good one, and keep on boogeying down.

We’re Not Dead!

We know.

We know.

We haven’t posted anything new here in over a month. We’re not happy about it either.

We’ve just been sidelined by the usual real world jackassery, then in addition to that we’re now coming into the holiday season, which is a notoriously bad time to try to do anything creative. We do have some new stuff planned, but we more than likely won’t be posting any of it until after January. If something quick and spontaneous comes up we can probably post that, but the more detailed stuff requires time and attention, which we just don’t have right now in the midst of all of this holiday havoc.

Just to give you guys a little taste of what’s to come, here’s a quick preview of some of what we have in the works:

We’re planning to do 2 “Why We Like…” posts: one for Dreamworks’ Trolls

And one for WB’s Jellystone! (I’ve been wanting to do an updated, more detailed post about this show after that Peeks, now that we’ve actually seen it.)

Both of which likely won’t be ready until after January.

Speaking of Jellystone!, we’re also planning to do a What The Funny for J!; of course a miniseries requires even more time and research, so that probably won’t be ready to post until spring. The earliest I would expect to see this one is late February or early March. (If I want to be super-duper optimistic, maybe late January at the very earliest, but more likely the latter.) The good news is that both of us will be working on this one together, so we should get it done in half the time of past miniseries, and the gaps between the individual entries shouldn’t be as long this time. (And no, we haven’t forgotten about the Regular Show What The Funny or the Animal Jam Pop Dream; we do plan on resuming those miniseries, but we have to be into them in order for them to be good, and neither of us are feeling those right now; the spark for those just isn’t there at the moment.) Also, the miniseries from this point forward will no longer be numbered; when Pop Dream and What The Funny were originally conceived, they were each just going to be one-and-done; when we started doing more and they became semi-recurring segments, we no longer felt it was necessary to number them; we didn’t be doing Pop Dream #35 or What The Funny #46, so from now on the miniseries won’t be numbered. We originally planned to stop numbering them after #10 because we didn’t think either segment would get up to 10, but in the case of each, entry #10 coincided with miniseries we were doing at the time and each still had more entries to go, so we kept the numbering at least until those were complete.

We’re also planning to make more detailed dives into the Cartoonito show Bugs Bunny Builders

And the new WB produced brawler, Multiversus

But of course we can’t do that until after either of them debut, which won’t be until 2022.

We’re also planning to do an opinion piece on Mickey Mouse; we’re going to make the case that Disney should start treating him as a character again and not just a corporate mascot…

Again, we expect this one won’t be ready to post until after the holidays. Once more we’re thinking January at the earliest.

So yeah, there is more stuff coming to this site, as soon as we don’t have these pesky holiday preparations and commitments to distract us. In the meantime, we still make the occasional Tumblr post from time to time, and we’ve recently returned (after a self-imposed 5-year sabbatical) to the Anime Superhero Forums; not posting as frequently as before (this is by choice) but we’re there again.

So we know.

And we’re working on it.

Thank you for your patience.