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It turns out Teen Titans Go! #18 was another installment in DC's love affair with chibi characters.

(This didn't scan perfectly, so there are some stretchy-lines.)

The cover, of course, is a lying liar that lies, because Larry doesn't exactly 'join' anything this issue...

One thing you should know about Go! is that just outside the panels, tiny/chibi/super-deformed Titans and villains are always cracking really corny jokes ("What's your favorite game to play, Terra?" "Rock, paper, scissors!"). This time, the first page joke goes to Terra and Larry:

Inside the panels, the Titans respond to a call only to find chibi versions of themselves beating up the bad guy already. They even have their own theme song.

So the regular Titans summon the other chibi Robin, Nosyarg Kcid "Larry" from Dimension 4 and 9/8ths to try and fix this mess he obviously started somehow. It turns out the chibis were characters in a comic book Larry was reading (hm...). His efforts to put them back in the book just turn the regular Titans into two-dimensional cutouts:

(Is that... a chibi comics writer off-panel?)

The alert is for an army of chibi villains that are now running amok. Which the paper-thin Titans have some trouble handling.

(There's more of them!)

And now, a page I know a lot of people should be able to appreciate better than I can:

Larry finally fixes the Teen Titans and successfully sends the chibi villains and Tween Titans back to their comic book dimension. Only not quite:

Fourth wall: Broken.

This issue says June 2005 on the cover, so when was it that DC had a crossover with the Chibi Justice League that Superman dreamt up after he got high on Kryptonite? I'm guessing that one came first. Or not.

ETA: Ah, so it dates all the way back to Spyboy/Young Justice. I dug through the tags and found the Superman/Batman: Li'l Leaguers bit actually came after Titans', too. Mightygodking was right: absorbing good ideas from the cartoons is just a proud DC tradition.

Date: 2009-05-22 10:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seriousfic.insanejournal.com
Okay, I can believe Kory is "Super D's", but Robin?

Date: 2009-05-22 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bariman1987.insanejournal.com
"Super Deformed," aka chibi.

Date: 2009-05-22 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seriousfic.insanejournal.com
You can't make up words to fit a rhyme!
That's just lazy and stupid and jyme!

Date: 2009-05-22 10:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queen_marshed.insanejournal.com
"J. Todd needs next plot. -Tom"

This makes me happy. :D

Date: 2009-05-22 11:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] runespoor7.insanejournal.com
I wasn't alone! Yay!

Date: 2009-05-22 11:41 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-05-22 11:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icon_uk.insanejournal.com
Prior to this there were chibi characters appearing in the Spyboy Young Justice crossover (Spyboy was a PAD wwritten tale of a kid with a submerged superspy personality which could be awoken by the right sequence of light flashes, the rest of the time he existed as a chibi floating alongisde Alex offering sarcastic commentary on the plot)

Date: 2009-05-22 11:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icon_uk.insanejournal.com
Also I love 2D Beast Boy shapeshifting into origami animals! :)

Date: 2009-05-22 11:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxhack.insanejournal.com
I read that crossover.

Am I the only one that thought it was really, really bad?

Date: 2009-05-22 11:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icon_uk.insanejournal.com
IIRC It was an uncomfortable mix of genres.

Date: 2009-05-22 12:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jarodrussell.insanejournal.com
I remember buying it, or parts of it, but I don't think I ever managed to read it. I don't think it was so much badly written as I had a hard time seeing YJ not drawn by Todd Nauck.

Date: 2009-05-22 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bariman1987.insanejournal.com
On the other hand, goth!Cassie.

Date: 2009-05-22 12:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jarodrussell.insanejournal.com
This is why I can't read Tiny Titans. Tiny Titans' self-insisted humor is no match for the sheer Awesome that is TTG, or the Teen Titans cartoon. To me, comparing TTG and Tiny Titans is like comparing Calvin & Hobbes to this (http://img472.imageshack.us/my.php?image=calvinaddremix5rk.jpg). One encapsulates everything I love about comics, the other encapsulates everything people I hate love about comics.

I miss TTG fiercely.

Date: 2009-05-22 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nymphgalatea.insanejournal.com
Me too. Oh, I miss that cartoon so badly. Especially the insanely catchy theme song, and Ron Pearlman as the voice of Slade.

Date: 2009-05-22 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kamino_neko.insanejournal.com
I love that 2D Beast Boy turns into an origami crane.

Date: 2009-05-22 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dorksidefiker.insanejournal.com
Your icon... it's so cute! *loves*

Date: 2009-05-22 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kamino_neko.insanejournal.com
Hee...thanks...the page it's taken from is here (http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/210321.html#cutid1).

It was a little bit of a pain in the tuchas to remove the remnants of the first panel...but I think it came out well.

Date: 2009-05-22 02:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liarashadowsong.insanejournal.com
*gasp* Chibis!!! ^_____^ Also, 2D Beast Boy origami'd himself! *giggle*

Date: 2009-05-23 03:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
Okay, I recognize the original Robin and Beast Boy costumes there, and the Goth Raven looks familiar (I'm not sure where it's from, but it looks familiar), and I get that Starfire's hair going all poofy is a reference to her original look, but I DON'T get the cat in her hair, and I don't get the track-suit-and-medals Cyborg, either. Any thoughts? Anyone?
Oh, and I think that cover is supposed to be a reference to another, somewhat famous cover image - I recognize the poses and the composition - but for the life of me, I can't remember just what it is. Does anyone else know?

Date: 2009-05-23 07:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icon_uk.insanejournal.com
It's possible there was a cat sitting on her shoulders when the zappy magic hit her (though if one stretches the notion, it could be a reference to comic Tamaraneans being evolved from felines rather than simians)

And Vic being the Olympian is referring back to his origin in the comics, where Vic Stone was a highly promising athlete with Olympic potential, before the accident that destroyed half his body and meant he had to become a Cyborg.

Date: 2009-10-07 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] witch_klarion.insanejournal.com
Wow. Nice new look raven xD

They're so cute. ^^

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