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1:05 PM on 12.01.2013

Teenage Pokemon: Breaking Boundaries

[Teenage Pokemon is about that awkward phase between cute and cool, 1st and 3rd, young and old.] It's common to hear that a new videogame "pushes boundaries". To break the rules, pave new ground, to break down the existing b...

Jonathan Holmes


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Teenage Pokemon: Deoxys, Dating, Disaster, and Ditto photo
Teenage Pokemon: Deoxys, Dating, Disaster, and Ditto
by Jonathan Holmes

Though this season of Teenage Pokemon featured two separate Graybles per episode, they were all unified by an underlying theme. Ash Vs. E3 was about teenagers can't rely on the parental figures in their life to understand them or care about them. Brock Vs. Lets Plays was about how for a teen (or anyone else), social interactions can work to make you feel more alone. Pikachu Vs. Bronies was about the good that comes from accepting aspects of yourself that your culture and peers may stigmatize you for.

This episode is about using that acceptance of repressed emotions and natural inclinations to achieve your goals, or at the very least, to feel a little less powerless. It comes easier for Pikachu than it does for Wartortle, but they both get there in their own ways. I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks to Jim Sterling (Ditto), Max Scoville (Pikachu), Anthony Carboni (Ash), Eric Stuart (Brock) and everyone else that helped make this season possible. I think we've come a long way since the pilot episode, and that's all due to the talent and hard work of the people who put it together. That said, none of it would have been possible if people didn't continue to award us with their time and attention. Regardless if you loved, liked, disliked, or loved to hate the show, I thank all of you for watching. We're still undecided on if there will be a Season 3, but if there is, it will be because of you. 

At the very least, I want Season 3 to happen just to show you how hard Ditto can twerk. It's pretty amazing.

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Teenage Pokemon: Bronies, Therapy, and Evolution photo
Teenage Pokemon: Bronies, Therapy, and Evolution
by Jonathan Holmes

[Check out the My Little Ponyta art by Sarah Thomas!]

Last week's Teenage Pokemon left some fans of Lets Plays feeling pretty insulted. It's no surprise that much of that insult came from Marshtomp, the profanity prone, thorny, gruff, tough guy of the group. It seems that Marshtomp has been making people feel insulted since the very first episode of Teenage Pokemon. He's generally the most "love 'em or hate 'em" character in the Teenage Pokeverse (which is saying a lot given how much love and hate this show tends to inspire).

Some see Marshtomp as a crass racial stereotype of Water-type Pokemon. Others see him as a damning indictment of the teenage male's tendency to try hard to sound "tough and hardened" to the point of ridiculousness. Still others just think its sounds funny when a Pokemon gets passionate/belligerent about things of such relative lack of importance as the Wii U, Grand Theft Pokeball V, and the previously mentioned Lets Play situation. How you react to the character probably has a lot to do with what you bring to the table.

Regardless of how you feel about Marshtomp, chances are you didn't see this episode coming. I for one couldn't be happy for him. He seems to be pretty pleased with his new-found identity. Pikachu (as played by the lovely Max Scoville) also does his share of psychological discovery here. It's a real time of ego restructuring and self acceptance you guys. I hope you enjoy it. 

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Teenage Pokemon: Brock, Mental Health, and Let's Plays photo
Teenage Pokemon: Brock, Mental Health, and Let's Plays
by Jonathan Holmes

This episode features Eric Stuart reprising his role of Brock from the original English dub of the Pokémon anime, a cameo from Sean Vealsco of Yacht Club Games (Shovel Knight), and a Pokémon-ified version of one of my favorite games from Anna Anthropy (download it here). I can die happy knowing that I brought all these wonderful segments of the videogame world together under one roof. 

Oh yeah, and stuff happens. Plenty of stuff. The mental health system, Pewdiepie, Game Grumps, and maybe-racism are just a few of the topics on display. Thanks again to Max Scoville and Anthony Carboni for lending their acting talents to Spiky-Eared Pikachu and his trainer, and tune in next week for Pikachu's first therapy session and the Pokémon equivalent of the Brony phenomenon. It's going to be something!

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6:30 AM on 06.27.2013

Limited edition Bidoofshock Infinite posters on sale now!

[Update: We can sell to Canada and Europe now! There are still a few left! Be a classier, smarter, magical murderer with Bidoofshock Infinite today!] The best thing about Teenage Pokemon is the art. Sadly, a lot of the s...

Jonathan Holmes



Teenage Pokemon Season 2: Ash Vs. E3 photo
Teenage Pokemon Season 2: Ash Vs. E3
by Jonathan Holmes

[Update: Here is some of the amazing art for this episode by Sarah Thomas.]

We're trying something new for Season 2 of Teenage Pokemon. Each episode will start off with a story about a spiky-eared Pikachu, as played by none other than The Dtoid Show's Max Scoville. Anthony Carboni plays his trainer and Eric Stuart (the original voice actor for Brock in the US anime) plays Brock. We also got one or two videogame developers to do cameos in upcoming episodes, so watch for that. 

The second half of the show focuses on some of the Pokemon we introduced in Teenage Pokemon season 1 and the fun of watching E3 press conferences. We had to do the writing and voice acting for this episode back in April in order to get the animation done by June, so we weren't able to parody any particular aspect of E3 2013. Imagine my surprise when I saw Microsoft's showing at E3 this year. It was like they read my mind. There are definitely some things here that relate more with how Apple, Sony, EA, Capcom and Nintendo do business, but quite accidentally, this episode ended up being primarily about Microsoft. 

Reality imitating parody is something that's usually reserved for the Youtube comments on this show, and not multi-billion dollar corporations. Hopefully Microsoft will keep backpedaling away from that direction. I'd hate for the episode I have planned about Someone's PC sucking people's souls turning them into energy drinks to also become a reality. 

Thanks for watching!

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Teenage Pokemon returns this month with some new friends photo
Teenage Pokemon returns this month with some new friends
by Jonathan Holmes

[Update: Slight delay! The new season is now set to start on June 23rd, with an episode about depression and E3. That's this Sunday! Max Scoville as Spiky-eared Pikachu! Anthony Carboni as his trainer! Eric Stuart as Brock! Real talk with real Brock -- what could be better than that?]

Teenage Pokemon is set to return on June 21st with four new episodes. We're trying hard to make everything twice as good this time around. There are twice the storylines, twice the animators, and twice the voice actors.

One of those actors is not like the others. Can you tell which one?

As great as it is to hear a familiar voice, there is a lot going on in this promo beyond Poke-celebrity involvement. There is no way you'll notice everything on the first, or even second viewing. If you want to be a smart guy and cool guy, try to name all the Pokemon in the teaser. I'll be surprised if you catch 'em all.

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10:00 PM on 03.19.2013

Here are the results for the Teenage Pokemon t-shirt poll

Last week, Holmes asked you to vote for your favorite t-shirt design based on his wonderful Teenage Pokemon show. After over a bajillion votes cast, the winner is clear! *drumroll* Bidoofshock Infinite Box Art (39%) Ditto's ...

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5:50 PM on 03.17.2013

Vote for your Teenage Pokemon T-shirt!

[Update: Voting ends on this soon, so get your votes in! Tell your friends!] Teenage Pokemon is doing OK. The five current episodes are at 1.6+ million combined views, with the most-watched episode Console Wars sitting at 515...

Jonathan Holmes

3:30 PM on 03.13.2013

The Art of Teenage Pokemon: Season 1

Making Teenage Pokemon Season 1 took many hours of work. For me, those hours were mostly spent on putting together the story, the voices (except for cameo characters like Misty and Ditto), digging up music, trying to get the ...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 AM on 03.10.2013

Teenage Pokemon: The PAX Special (season finale)

[Teenage Pokemon is a cartoon show about Pokemon in their middle stage of evolution -- we're all wasted. New episodes every week.] The rise of PAX from a relatively small gathering of fans of an online comic strip to th...

Jonathan Holmes







Teenage Pokemon: Don't Try This at Home photo
Teenage Pokemon: Don't Try This at Home
by Jonathan Holmes

[Teenage Pokemon is a cartoon show about Pokemon in their middle stage of evolution -- they take your weak resistance and throw it in your face. New episodes every week.]

While last week's Teenage Pokemon was a cautionary tale about high speed internet connections and fully firing amygdalas, this week's "Too Hot for Machinima" episode takes a different look at how mixing humanity's most powerful tools with its underlying primitive instincts can lead to some massive problems. 

We live in a world today where videogame-style power-ups are a reality. Having trouble concentrating on a test? Get your doctor to prescribe some ADHD meds. Want to be the very best at sport? Buy some hormones and/or red blood cell invigorating stimulants (but just don't win too often, lest you get investigated later). Don't like the shape of your butt, face, or buttface? Get them powered-up with a spread-shot of collagen or blast of laser surgery. Need to increase your damage output and hit points in order to conquer the last boss of the dungeon? Just take one of these, and call a doctor if erection last for more than 3 hours. It's gotten to the point where it's hard to tell which people are made from their original code and which are mostly Game Genies and ROM hacks. Where will this pursuit of perfection through physiological cheat codes lead us?

It was questions like these, as well as the arbitrary standards of Pokemon racism and homophobia, the moral implications of Ditto's life as a Day Care bound prostitute, and the wonder of poly-sexual purple putty people in general that inspired this week's episode of Teenage Pokemon.

Thanks again to our own Jim Sterling for voicing Ditto. You were perfect.

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12:15 PM on 02.24.2013

Teenage Pokemon: Online lust rage golden magic boy

[Teenage Pokemon is a cartoon show about Pokemon in their middle stage of evolution -- looks like their luck has changed it's time to rearrange. New episodes every week.] This episode of Teenage Pokemon is based on a tr...

Jonathan Holmes



Teenage Pokemon: Console Class Battle Royale photo
Teenage Pokemon: Console Class Battle Royale
by Jonathan Holmes

[Teenage Pokemon is a cartoon show about Pokemon in their middle stage of evolution -- not a girl, not yet a women. New episodes every week.]

When I was growing up, social classism wasn't really an issue in "gamer culture". Sure, if all you could afford was a Genesis, then you might be quick to say that games on the SNES or IBM computers weren't as good. However, if you had any friends with a SNES or an IBM computer, you can bet your butt you'd be over their houses multiple times a week to play all the exotic games found on those foreign consoles. Outside of a little irrational need to defend our commitment to the one console we owned, we didn't let classism get in the way sticking together, and more importantly, in the way of playing great games.

These days, it's a different story. Self identified "Hardcore Gamers" look down on "Casual Gamers", "Art Gamers" look down on "Mainstream Gamers", "PC Gamers" look down on "Console Gamers", "Videogame Cool Guys" look down on "Videogame Hipsters",  and so forth. Not only is this ridiculous, but it leads to people playing fewer games. People who supposedly love videogames are now prone to defining themselves by what games they don't play in order to differentiate themselves from whatever gaming social class they've deemed to be "below them". We live in a world where people go to brag about what videogames they don't like on websites for videogame enthusiasts? That's pretty darn strange!

That's the stuff that inspired this episode of Teenage Pokemon. It's a phenomena that's worth discussing in great detail, but first, let's watch Tara Long as Misty get mildly upset for a few seconds. That should be a hoot. 

After you're done, let me know what you think of this episode. We tried to take all your constructive criticism from the pilot into account to make something better. I hope you like it.

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11:30 AM on 12.15.2012

Teenage Pokemon: The first episode

[Teenage Pokemon is a cartoon show about Pokemon in their second stage of evolution. Expect some parody/tribute to videogame culture, industry, players, and events.] I just realized that the first episode of The Simpsons was...

Jonathan Holmes