might be the wrong board to ask about The Maxx...

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...but i really need to know

Every source says there's 13 episodes...on Kazaa (it's a taboo, but i've got no choice... don't have $45 for a video) i seem to be able to find 6 "Ep X / Ep X+1" episodes and one for Ep. 11. I'm pretty sure someone else out there has these sets, so i was wondering if the 7 files together are the full set, or if there's something missing out there. Thanks

-- yakov grinberg (yakov@griphus.net), January 17, 2003


This is the place to ask, lot's of us here loved that show. Sam Kieth is really an artist isn't he? Very trippy. It's for sale on Ebay often, listed under anime but check the box that searches names and titles. This is the link to one right now but it is up often, just check.

a href = "http://cgi.compuserve.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ViewItem&item=3306433854&category=1468">theMaxx

-- Barb e. (Suesuesbeo9@cs.com), January 17, 2003.

Well the link didn't work but it's there, better hurry auction ends tonight.

-- Barb e. (Suesuesbeo9@cs.com), January 17, 2003.

There are 13, just that Kazaa sucks. One of my friends is getting all of them... I own the tape (two copies, actually) but some of the TV stuff didn't get onto the "movie version." Understandable, I suppose, given the length of the series.

But I want it. BAD.


-- skye (skyknyt@aol.com), January 17, 2003.

hmm...can anyone give me a short (sentence-long, if anything) synopsis of each episode?

if not, can someone just tell me whether the episode I THINK is #11 (with the alternate beggining of Gone talking about Julie) really is ep. 11?

This is the weirdest kazaa-based fuck up i've ever seen. Just the odd episodes distributed. Weird.

-- yakov grinberg (yakov@griphus.net), January 17, 2003.

ok...SOMEONE is definately off.

The VHS is 2 hrs long...6 separate files at 20 minutes long each are ALSO two hours long (combined). Is the VHS missing something? Did they fuck with the number scheme and only make odd-numbered episodes?

Thanks again.

-- yakov grinberg (yakov@griphus.net), January 17, 2003.

They cut stuff from the VHS version. Each episode was split into two halves. I can't remember if there were 13 shows, split into 26 episodes, or 13 shows, split into 7 episodes...


-- skye (skyknyt@aol.com), January 17, 2003.

Actually, the Kazaa scheme ~was~ correct. Every half-hour episode is actually two, although in episode one there's no divider (in 3,4,5 and 6 there are, though).

-- yakov grinberg (yakov@griphus.net), January 17, 2003.

There were 7 episodes of the Maxx, each divided into 2 "Episodes", so the first episode contains "Episodes" 1 & 2, the second episode contains "Episodes" 3 & 4, etc. Except for the sixth episode, which contained a brief summation of the story so far right before "Episode" 11. I'm pretty sure it all made it onto the tape, but it's been a while since I watched it. However, if you're really interested in The Maxx, I would recommend getting the actual comic books. There were 35 issues in all, and the television show only used material from about the first dozen or so issues. After issue 20, the story focus shifts away from Julie and Maxx to Sara, and the setting is 10 years later... still, it is excellent work, and if you would like to see more of Sam Kieth's stuff then check out the "Friends of the Maxx" 3 issue mini series, there is a one-shot issue "Legs," the "Zero Girl" 5 issue mini series, "Four Women" 5 issue mini series, "Wolverine and The Hulk" 4 issue mini series, and currently "Zero Girl: Full Circle" which is a 5 issue mini series, 3 of which have already hit the stands. They're all very tuned to Sam's style and are wonderful pieces of art. I hear there is talk of turning the "Four Women" story into a film. And by the way... I do like Aeon Flux too!! ;)

-- Andy (afillmore@berklee.net), January 19, 2003.

Andy, you've been a HUGE help (er...no offense to the rest of you, obviously, you've bee HUGE helpers as well)

The sixth episode you speak of is, in reality the "Episode 11" i'm talking about.

I'm currently looking to get copies of the Maxx books. In jr. high i collected Gen13 (until Campbell dropped out, which is when i started collecting the Danger Girl books), and i'm pretty sure the same store has Maxx back issues (as they've got back issues of damn-near- everything, dating back to god-knows-when). I remember that there was a Gen13-Maxx crossover, and now that you've got me thinking about Gen13, i remember there was a Maxx-Pitt crossover (as Pitt appeared in the original Gen13 miniseries)...and i'm pretty sure that Gen13- Maxx was drawn by Kieth (as i remember the Gen13 kids looking ... er ... not in their regular realistic style, and also a large dome- shaped object in the background that i now realize was Mr. Gone)

So, anyway, thanks a lot.

-- yakov grinberg (yakov@griphus.net), January 19, 2003.

Hey, was a pretty good board to ask about that!

-- Sam (janecherrington@paradise.net.nz), January 19, 2003.

That whole series, the Maxx just makes me sad. I find the ending hopeless and empty. :(

-- Mark (nadar@BigPoppaPump.zzn.com), January 24, 2003.

that's what i thought for a while too, but after watching it again, i've come to realize it's a happy ending. Maxx is free of Julie's outback, Julie is on the road to recovery, and Sara is coming to terms with her existance...it's more than melancholy and heartbreaking, but it's for the best.

-- yakov grinberg (yakov@griphus.net), January 24, 2003.

I agree with Yakov. Whenever I'm feeling down, I watch the Maxx, and ponder the issues it raises. The end of the Maxx, of being free of other's expectations, of accepting your lot in life and moving on, is an important message to send. I watched it originally during my own struggles with suicide in high school. I felt, in many ways, how Sara did. Except that instead of a hypoglycemic poster showing me the way, my spirit animal, so to speak, was the Maxx.

-- skye (skyknyt@aol.com), January 24, 2003.

i think the maxx sends so many messages out about escaping your problems. the first time i heared about the maxx was the comic but i didnt read it. i watched the movie first (big mistake) but enjoyed all 2 hours of it. it's cool to see other people getting into the maxx like i am becuase alot of my friends think its too wierd.

-- aaron (www.lumperez@hotmail.com), February 07, 2003.

i've noticed that the people that think the Maxx is "too weird" are the same ones that swear by books like JTHM.

I've read JTHM, and i can honestly say i can't see past any delf- deprecating pseudogoth bullshit. can anyone here tell me if those books have any goddamn "meaning" to them? (I hate that word...)

-- yakov grinberg (yakov@griphus.net), February 09, 2003.

Johnny the Homicidal Maniac? For me, the art work alone is enough to make it readable.

Seems to be one mans well articulated conveyance of his inner child/monster (Jhonen Vasquez said Johnny is based largely on himself). For those able to relate, JTHM can be insightful, cathartic and very funny. I guess its elitist nature makes it succeptible to being loved or hated. Certaintly, while I really enjoy JTHM, it isnt the kind of comic I'd try to push people to appreciate, it simply isnt for eveyone.

-- Sam (janecherrington@paradise.net.nz), February 09, 2003.

Sorry, But Jhonen V. Specifically said that Johnny had nothing to do with him self. It was clearly written like 3 times in the book. He said the same in an online interview.

He said that Johnny was just a character he wrote about. He neither related nor empathized with him, or words to that effect. I'm sorry if some ‘Goth wannbes’ looking for people to share their pain made him to out to be a "person on the edge" has spread their assumsions as truth, but in his books, printed officially, he says nothing of the sort. In fact he says quite the opposite. And I’ll choose to believe that version of the truth.

By The way, I just finished watching all 13 episodes of the max, I feel so empty knowing it's over. :( There's a comic book you say? I might look into that.

[Spoilers... sort of] But honestly, how can the story continue with Julies spirit guide in a different city and Maxx now with his own 'Healthy' out back? But still, there's always Mr. Gone and all those izs. [End Spoilers]

Oh well... I'm sure if it's out there, it'll still manage to entertain. But the cartoon I thought was excellent. People often knock animations as cheap, but they're the same thing with fewer limits.

-- Jamman (rpghole@hotmail.com), March 09, 2003.

Some sort of antithesis then?

-- Sam (janecherrington@paradise.net.nz), March 10, 2003.

honestly, as far as i can figure, the Maxx cartoon series was as close to an animated version of the comic book as any series i've seen. other than a few plot points (tiny Maxx should've been running around with Pitt) it's nearly perfect to the comic...then again, i haven't read them all...

-- yakov grinberg (yakov@griphus.net), March 10, 2003.

as per the ending, scroll up a bit as i think that i (or someone else) mentions this. the ending is, while melancholy, a happy ending. Julie no longer needs a spirit guide to function, she has been guided, and hence Dave (no longer Maxx) is free to go into his OWN outback

-- yakov grinberg (yakov@griphus.net), March 10, 2003.

I suppose it is an antithesis of sort.

Anyway, I checked my local comic store for Max comics, but they said they CAN'T order them in anymore. I'm all upset... :(

Now I have to turn to EBay and hope someone is selling them there. It's a real shame; I'm really into it now. BTW, now that Maxx no longer wears his costume in the Out back, does he no wear it in the real world?

Oh, and how hard is it to get the Maxx in EBay? Well I suppose I'll find out when I check.

-- Jamman (rpghole@hotmail.com), March 10, 2003.

yep, i'm getting them off ebay by bidding on lots, getting a bunch of duplicates, but i just plan to sell those back...

After issue 20/last episode of the cartoon, the story switches around entirely

[spoiler] it's 10 years later, and mostly concentrating on the relationship between Sara, Artie, and the embodiment of Sara's fears and her own Maxx. Dave only makes one re-appearance after the final issue, and he's in street clothes [/spoiler]

-- yakov grinberg (yakov@griphus.net), March 10, 2003.

I thought the Cartoon only went up to 13, or do you mean... Bah Never mind. I've order quite a bundle of them my self now, 18 all together, but they include the first 13, :(

How ever I was hoping to get the whole series for Aesthetics. I don't harbour any ideas of it becoming valuable :D

Comics really sell at Dirt cheap on the internet. It's more expensive for the delivery than the comics them selves; which is a shame. Some people sell comics for really NOTHING. 1c (that's an American penny right?) for one comic, wish the price for a new comic was the same. But saying that, I never did see the quality of it; for all that I know it's simply a duplicate.

-- Jamman (rpghole@hotmail.com), March 10, 2003.

I have the max available for bittorrent download over here.. Also every issue of the comic..


Just search for maxx

-- Bungalow (jbaso@mn.rr.com), April 17, 2003.

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