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For kids, and many college students, of the early 1990s, the animated Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers was party of a weekday ritual. Airing in reruns as part of the syndicated Disney Afternoon programming block, the adventures of the chipmunk detectives and their friends provided a welcome relief from the pressures of school, as well as catchy theme song that refused to leave your head.
Now the Disney blog Oh My Disney transports us back to that happy time with a recreation of the Rescue Rangers opening — “Ch-ch-ch-chip ‘n’ Dale!” — only this time using actual chipmunks in the starring roles. The video is a follow-up to last year’s DuckTales tribute, which featured fuzzy little hat-wearing ducklings.
Both Peter Parker and Clark Kent have managed to build a career as a comic book superhero on the back of a journalism career, and as it turns out so have a number of comic book writers. Following in the footsteps of Paul Levitz, Mark Waid and Neil Gaiman, Ian Brill first came into comics in the early 2000s as a journalist writing for the likes of Publishers Weekly and Newsarama. He went on to become an editor at BOOM! Studios, and parlayed that into his first major comics-writing gig, Darkwing Duck. That series succeeded past most anyone’s expectations, and put Brill on a path to venture into comics writing full-time in 2011.
Earlier this summer, Brill launched the first major series of his own with the self-published Dracula World Order: The Beginning one-shot. Enlisting an all-star lineup of artists, Brill distributed the comic in grassroots fashion not unlike Sam Humphries’ Our Love Is Real. Brill is already hard at work on more stories in the Dracula World Order universe, and he’s also just been announced as the writer for the upcoming BOOM! series Freelancers, profiling a female duo of kung-fu bounty hunters. Comic Book Resources spoke at length with Brill about that series last month, so here we focus on his self-published work, his career trajectory and his thoughts on Kickstarter.