Meet Dr. Dylan Oliver (also the name of Jeff Nodelman’s real life son) and his team of scientists and adventurers. Like Buckaroo Banzai, they seem to be doing science because it’s fun, not necessarily because it’s profitable. Unlike BB however, they’re not fabulously wealthy where they can just do whatever they want with no thought of the consequences, there’s a lot of worrying about the money. Luckily, Dr. Oliver always has a plan, some cockamamie scheme for finding lost treasure in some far-off locale that will give them enough cash for their short-term scientific schemes.
Now all that sounds like a compelling read, and it really should be. Somewhere, however, the ball is dropped by both writer Jeffrey Nodelman and artist Wagner Fukuhara. The characters in Project D.O.A. are really interesting, or at least that's what we're told. We can't really gather that information ourselves because there's no real backstory on any of them. Dylan's a genius because, well, everyone around him basically says it's so. Oh he shows it over time, but it would have been nice to know how he came about it. It would also be interesting to know more about Fitz, his Samoan buddy, and how the two of them paired up. There's also a librarian-chic girlfriend-to-be who screams at him a lot and a hapless sidekick who's good for driving the vehicle, but little else. I'm sure that over the course of the series we may find out more about this quartet, but the problem with manga is you rarely get that second chance to make a first impression, and there's really nothing compelling about any of these characters to make me want to know more about them. Give me a background, a flashback, some expositionArray;anything. Show me, don't tell me.
New York-based animation production company and facility Noodlesoup Prods. will launch an original content division, Noodlesoup Entertainment, to produce animated features and television programs. Jeffrey Nodelman, animation director and founder, will serve as chief creative officer. Nathan Graf, previously chief operating officer of Noodlesoup, will become CEO. Noodlesoup Prods. was founded in 2001 and is located in Time Square.