Retrofest is something I’ve made up (Sure someone has used this as a term before, but for our purposes this is something for fun and not an actual product/event!)
I posted a video this week, but thought I’d give a bit more detail here (Also quick reminder you have until 20th December for UK postage for Christmas gifts, international before that, more info on gift ideas here)
Basically, Reynard City has a retro element to it- as a kid I was inspired by 90s cartoons such as Ninja Turtles, Samurai Pizza Cats and so forth. We have mentioned this before, but I thought this could be a fun mini-festival you could do, say if you are sick, have a day off or generally want something to do while you’re waiting for your pizza to arrive.
So here is our special Retrofest to help get you in the mood for reading Reynard City and have a bit of fun (Also this is a rough guide- feel free to put your own faves in, do this at any time. What would be fab is if you get a digital or print copy of Reynard City Chronicles #1, one of our comic videos (thanks John Paul Guerra) or a webcomic from the archive, alongside whatever retro video games, music, TV or movies you like (also your age/perception will vary when it comes to “retro”)
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— Rob Turner (@ReynardCity) December 3, 2019
To recreate that Saturday morning feel, you need something to match. Now, you could go with a sugary breakfast cereal, or something leftover from last night.
When I was a kid, we had shows like Going Live and Live And Kicking. In both of those, Trev and Simon would do skeches between cartoons, celebrity interviews, games etc. So my Retrofest here includes one of their sketches (which incidentally is a great introduction to another personal thing I love, improvisation!) I also recommend their online show Strangeness In Space (reminds me of my fave audio books as a kid!)
So in the video I mention cartoons, so to keep it simple here are clips to represent them (Feel free to track down the episodes themeselves, support the creators where you can!)
The second Sonic cartoon (Often called “Sonic Satam”) is a personal fave and very influential on me. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly recommend it!
Sonic Boom is not to all tastes, but its knowing humour and zaniness appeals to me, plus I think the writing and voice cast are top notch!
Confession time- I prefer the 2011 reboot over the original. However, this theme tune had to be included in a Retrofest blog by law.
While we’re on the subject of reboots, this is a show I feel was a bit ahead of its time in terms of the anime style and knowing self-reference in the dub. I reckon a reboot could have some fun with this!
Had to include this intro- Batman The Animated Series is one of the most influential comic cartoons ever and an episode or two should be included with your Retrofest!
X-Men has a number of influences for me. The films, the arcade game (“WELCOME TO DIE!”) and Essential X-Men comics were all big, so any of these could add to your Retrofest. But I wanted to give a special shoutout to Lenore Zann, who as well as voicing Rogue (my fave character, especially in her Norwich City colours!) is also a passionate MP who speaks out on social issues, as well as the head writer and showrunner of X-Men the animated series Eric and Julia Lewald, who were very generous in their time offering feedback on Reynard City. I loved the cartoon before that, but to be that giving to me and the team means so much, thank you!
So a treat for me as a kid was going to Lowestoft and going to the arcade. Now, I tend to go to One Life Left and play the games there. For some more retroness here’s some people playing Streets of Rage 2.
Shoutout to real life Vibes McAllister Emma Roache with her 90s radio show (link here)!
If you want to get yourself hyped up for the day listen to Vibes’ Playlist
or if you need something a bit more relaxed/emotional go for Sal’s!
Need something to do? We’re on the lookout for holiday themed entries for our next Fanart Friday (watch the video below) – watch the videos below for inspiration!
So let’s say we’ve been out for a bit, now we’re home. I suggest making some chilli dogs, getting a cold drink, microwaving some popcorn and watching a film. OK so Fantastic Mr Fox is 10 years old, stretching the definition of “retro” but it also covers Roald Dahl (childhood fave) and Wes Anderson (retro aesthetic).
Oh and of course talking about retro and things I love, the 16 bit energy of Scott Pilgrim v The World is a good one to cap things off!
Ready for Reynard City
Hopefully this Retrofest trip down memory lane has got you ready for Reynard City. Remember, every time you buy a copy, back our Patreon, Ko-Fi or Paypal, you are helping to make this project happen and create something for you to enjoy now and with any luck pass on to others in future.
Big thanks to everyone who makes this happen, special thanks playlist below!
Also while we’re talking shoutouts and support, please be brilliant and back Norwich Nights, a new magazine celebrating the culture of the Fine City, and run by the excellent Melissa Compton (link here)