I'm not dead, I just got a real job!
... If anyone was paying attention. No? Great. So now that that's out of the way, something more CMI. Ahem.
If anyone needed more proof that manga borrowed as heavily from American comics as the opposite, watch this mashed-up trailer. If you didn't know the backstory of Astro Boy: basically, its this: Scientist's kid dies, he makes a robo-duplicate, that robot boy becomes a superhero. It is NOT Pinocchio. Imagi (the makers of the movie the images in the trailer are from) didn't understand that, and it cost them their entire studio because no one watched this movie and critics panned it as being, well, Pinocchio, but lamer and no cricket. It's NOT Pinocchio, it's Siegel's Superman/Asimov's Robot-verse/Fritz Lang's Metropolis/Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. This trailer is better than my description; as well as being better than the actual Astro Boy movie.
I may do Astro Boy in the next CMI! Post suggestions! Or don't. I don't check.