January 2022

It’s a Wonderful Lie-Inspired Scene Prologue

Hello, everybody. Antoni, here. Ever since I have been watching and rewatching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, I thought to myself, what if I were a child actor from the mid to late 1990s to the early 2000s who was also more than thirty to fifty pounds lighter than when I was a child? This thought sprung forth as I was watching Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s “It’s a Wonderful Lie” on repeat as well as the “5 A Day” commercial starring David Yost as Billy, Amy Jo Johnson as Kimberley, Walter Emanuel Jones as Zack, Thuy Trang as Trini, and Austin St. John as Jason. As for the whole child actor of the 90s to 2000s deal, I would have found myself playing the intellectual yet impish youngest child, Antony, of the Perez family with Mark Dacasos as my father Gregory, Candace Kita as my mother Josephine, David; Amy Jo; Walter; Thuy; and Austin as my cousins/legal guardians Howard, Kristen, Tyler, Rose, and Justin, Jason David Frank and Catherine Sutherland as Austin’s older brother Jordan and Amy Jo’s younger sister Caitlin, Adrienne Bailon as my eldest sister Amanda, Jonathan McDaniel aka Lil J’ as my cousin/surrogate elder brother Jay, and Tahj Mowry as my second elder brother Chase. Therefore, I would have been the Ashley Banks to Mark’s and Candace’s Uncle Phil, David’s; Amy Jo’s; Walter’s; Thuy’s; and Austin’s Aunt Viv, Jason’s and Catherine’s Aunt Vy, Adrienne’s Hilary, Jonathan’s Will, and Tahj’s Carlton, thus making Jonathan aka Lil’ J the main star of the show, having it be a multiracial and multiethnic late 90s/early 2000s version of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air still set in Los Angeles, and airing on NBC just like its predecessor from 1998 to 2002. Furthermore, Quincy Jones, Benny Medina, Andy and Susan Borowitz, and even Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro would have had a hand at making this show come to fruition.   Although Lil J’, character name Jay, would be the show’s main star as a relative who ends up living with a wealthy multiethnic family and becomes integrated in high society while pulling off his set of hijinks, my character, Antony, would begin the show as a dutiful, respectful, prodigious, and intellectual youngest son who is smart beyond his years and is so loving towards his parents, his cousins/legal guardians, and his surrogate elder brother while being peeved yet inwardly loving towards his eldest sister and his elder brother. Out of all his family members, Antony would have the closest relationship with his cousins/legal guardians Howard, Kristen, Tyler, Rose, and Justin, who are also college students training to become teachers, because, whenever Antony’s dad and mom have to deal with Amanda’s materialism, Jay’s shenanigans, and Chase’s high and mighty attitude, he would always flock to them for advice and a lot of unconditional love.   Antony might have begun the show as an inquisitive second-grader of 6 years old, but in the “It’s a Wonderful Lie”-inspired episode, which would have aired back in 2001, he would be a mouthier 9-year-old sixth grader with an attitude as well as ambitions of becoming an R&B star. Just because Antony ended up skipping grades because of his prodigious intellect did not mean he was emotionally mature as proven by this episode.   I hope you enjoyed this basic picture of how this is going to unfold. Stay tuned for the real thing, everybody.

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Jungle Art Throwback

Happy New Year, everybody. Antoni here. It is time to get this jungle heated up with a horde of muscular jungle warrior kings and a couple of well-built jungle queens. Whether I have enjoyed drawing my three favourite Filipino musclemen Fernando from Doodle of Doom plus Init-Init and Bernardo Carpio from the PSICOM comics, my four favourite jungle king brothers in animation George of the Jungle, Basuli, Tarzan, and Maugli who have found themselves in romantic relationships with one Greek demigod Hercules and two Powhatan warriors Namontack and Kocoum, my seven most beloved jungle brothers in comics and animation Conan of Cimmeria, Ka-Zar of the Savage Lands, Zula of the Wasai, Tarzan of the Dell Comics, Kavandavanda, Malb’yat, and Aroc, and, most of all, the Splendid Seven consisting of Sesshoumaru, Inuyasha, Ayame, Shuran, Hakkaku, Ginta, and Shunran with Inuyasha x Ayame and Ginta x Shunran being my two most beloved Inuyasha OTPs of all time, I always enjoyed drawing them. I even hope that they continue to receive a lot more love because it is a lot of fun seeing these jungle warriors do their thing. George of the Jungle, Basuli, Tarzan, and Maugli are the closest of brothers, given how they were raised very well by the dear old dad Chief Keewazi, and consider themselves the most huggable of jungle muscle brothers. They are also fortunate to be surrounded by best friends like Fernando, Init-Init, and Bernardo Carpio, for they consider them to be brothers from other mothers. Sure, they enjoy their bodybuilding pose-downs, wrestling matches, and admiring each others’ muscles, but they get serious by building a formidable muscle wall and flexing their tremendous biceps to show to their enemies that they mean business. Their feral sides would then show when they attack their enemies with their bare hands, furious fists, and magnificent muscles. After every battle, they keep themselves warm by huddling to each other in the nude as they fall asleep. In order to keep themselves fit, Fernando, Init-Init, Bernardo, George, Basuli, Tarzan, and Maugli would partake in weightlifting, bodybuilding pose-downs, wrestling, boxing, kickboxing, swimming, diving, and even hunting and gathering with their bare hands, claws, and fangs. This is especially true since Basuli and Tarzan tend to be the most feral of the brothers. George’s, Basuli’s, Tarzan’s, and Maugli’s love lives are just as dynamic and beautiful. Basuli and Tarzan have been both happily married to Namontack and Kocoum ever since they were teenagers and have families of their own complete with children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. To this day, Namontack x Basuli and Kocoum x Tarzan are still the jungle’s most beautiful couples ever. George of the Jungle and Maugli are just as fortunate to be in love with Namontack and Kocoum because of how protective and huggable they are to the point where both Basuli and Tarzan do not mind if George makes love with Namontack and Maugli makes love with Kocoum. This is because both Basuli and Tarzan also have a handsome lover in Hercules. Although, Hercules has been the best of friends with George, Basuli, Tarzan, and Maugli since they were children, Hercules has always fancied Basuli and Tarzan a lot more because they are just as strong, brave, and physically formidable as he is, and he always considered the bond he has with both Basuli and Tarzan to be special. In fact, Hercules has inherited his father Zeus’s signature charm in that he has become the apple of Namontack’s, Kocoum’s, George’s, Basuli’s, Tarzan’s, and Maugli’s eyes. Zeus, Powhatan, and Keewazi even remark how greatly their sons have been getting together with each other. Combining Namontack’s and Basuli’s as well as Kocoum’s and Tarzan’s happy marriage, George and Maugli finding themselves in equally loving relationships with Namontack and Basuli, and Basuli and Tarzan loving Hercules to bits, there is no stopping these jungle warriors from letting their family grow and grow under the mantle of love, joy, and prosperity. Whether it is touching each others’ muscles or making sweet love to each other, with the patterns being Namontack x Basuli, Kocoum x Tarzan, Namontack x George, Kocoum x Maugli, Basuli x Hercules x Tarzan, Namontack x Hercules x Kocoum or George x Hercules x Maugli, there will always be room for that sexy, virile, handsome love. Even their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren love the fact that their fathers and uncles have been remaining in wonderfully harmonious and loving relationships. Strong brotherly love is just as phenomenal when Conan, Ka-Zar, Zula, Tarzan, Kavandavanda, Malb’yat, and Aroc step to the podium. Conan’s fierceness, Ka-Zar’s endurance, Zula’s loyalty, Tarzan’s formidability, Kavandavanda’s charm, Malb’yat’s toughness, and Aroc’s lovability have brought them together as brothers even to the point where they have become united as a virile family. They have even made names for themselves by making their own jungle gym focusing on weightlifting, muscle-building, bodybuilding, wrestling, boxing, kickboxing, swimming, and diving. With that strong brotherly love comes that sense of competition that unites seven of them as the strongest, handsomest, and most virile of brothers. They always love having wrestling, bodybuilding, and weightlifting matches with each other because they keep each other alive. They even pass it on to their progeny, specifically onto Dan-El, Natongo, Korak, Bomba, Jason, Dick, and Dom, for they have become just as super strong as their fathers and uncles. They would even invite John Carter, Kaanga, Ki-Gor, Zembla, Jo-Jo, Akim, and Tor for wrestling and bodybuilding matches. Therefore, Conan, Ka-Zar, Zula, Tarzan, Kavandavanda, Malb’yat, and Aroc continue to be the super strong and super handsome jungle brothers that they are. Sesshoumaru, Shuran, Hakkaku, Inuyasha, Ayame, Ginta, and Shunran are in their element when it comes to being jungle warlords. Sesshoumaru, Inuyasha, and Ayame may be the lord high priest, king, and queen of the jungle, but their surrogate siblings are just as vital, considering that Shuran is the bodyguard of the jungle, Hakkaku is the messenger of the jungle, Ginta is the captain of the guard of the jungle, and Shunran…

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A Tribute to James Avery

Whether he portrayed dangerous opponents, formidable fathers or sagacious mentors, James Avery was always the man reliable for the job. Enjoy my tribute to the late, great James Avery, especially when it comes to his portrayals of The Shredder, Chief Keewazi, and Uncle Phil, everybody.

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