Avengers: Age of Ultron…Age of Disappointment. What Happened Here?

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I waited a few weeks for the crowds to die down before heading to the movie theatre with the Mister to watch Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. The opening sequence dove right into the action. I was certain that it was going to be a fun ride.

But then…but then…the fun started disappearing and in its place was annoyance.

I’m a fan of the Black Widow character. I read the current comics and love how she just gets shit done. So, the need to explore a relationship between Black Widow and Bruce Banner in the movie had me completely perplexed. Like, where did that come from? At what point in the other two films was that even developed? And she feels for him so strongly that she would run away with him?

Black Widow does not run away.

The Mister was also troubled by the “romance.” He didn’t understand why a character as strong as Black Widow would go for someone as weak as Bruce Banner.

Also, I didn’t appreciate how Hawkeye’s wife and children were just slapped into the movie. There wasn’t a point to the wife. Her role was to basically just wait and look longingly into his eyes.

Come on. It’s 2015. Let’s stop being so lazy with story-telling and character development.

I can watch the first Avengers movie and even the second one on repeat. But this third one? No.

I should’ve just gone to watch Jurassic World instead.

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Jem and the Holograms, Issue 3

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Hot off their video win, Jem and the Holograms perform at the Starlight Foundation’s annual fundraiser—but the Misfits, anxious the Holograms’ overnight success, plan to bring them down.

Truth be told, I didn’t think that I’d end up enjoying these Jem and the Hologram comics as much as I have. I thought they’d be cheesy and more geared towards kids, but I was wrong. There’s great character development and some mature issues being dealt with. Plus, the story keeps getting better and better — staying true to its roots but updated and tweaked to make it new and fresh.

What I also appreciate is the artwork. It’s fun and the girls are illustrated in different shapes, colors, and sizes. It’s rare to see in the media, much less in comic books. Kudos to the creative team for drawing real women.

If you’re like me and wanted to scream out of sheer horror after watching the hot mess of a teaser for the live-action Jem movie, then read the comics instead. Hasbro and the folk working on the movie should’ve just based the whole story off the comics. Why didn’t they?

Anyhow, I’m looking forward to issue 4 — and NOT watching the movie.

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Sense8 is Awesome Sauce. Sun Is My All-Time Fave.

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I just finished binge-watching Sense8, the latest original Netflix series created, written and executive-produced by Andy and Lana Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski. And, wow…just wow…

A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order.

It reminds me of X-Men, but with ordinary people with an extraordinary power. The characters are from all walks of life spanning different continents, but they’re all connected by this power. Life would be perfectly fine except there’s someone out to snuff them all out so they’ve got to work together to stay alive and to find out why they’re being hunted.

The breakout character for me is Sun played by Bae Doona. Sun is a Seoul businesswoman and burgeoning star in the underground kickboxing world. She has a good for nothing father and brother and to vent it all out she fights in the ring. She is so badass.

After each episode, I’m not left feeling emotionally cheated with lame cliff-hangers or upset that the whole episode was just filler material to keep me hanging on. I just want to keep going along for the ride.

So, now that I’m done with season one, I need for season two to come out, like, now.

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Who Is the New Thor? What?! Issue 8 (2014)

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THOR (2014) #8

When I got to the last page I was, like, what?!?!?!

I picked up the latest issue a few days ago at one of my fave comic shops — New England Comics in Quincy, MA. There’s been a lot of press/spoilers floating around and I avoided all news related to it.

Please note that this series is the first time reading anything Thor. Up until this point, I thought he was a weird character, but then I watched the films and he started making sense. So, in terms of all the back story and such I have no point of reference. But, I will start researching around because I need to make sense of this and how it works.

The reveal was a surprise but not a surprise. I just need to know how it all works.

To be continued.

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My Top 5 Additional Cameo Picks for Taylor Swift’s new video “Bad Blood”

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uhhhhh…the only other video I played on repeat was Taylor Swift’s Blank Space. I will be adding Bad Blood to it.

I absolutely love the story, all the cameos, and the ladies kicking ass. I just wish that Taylor had an Asian friend or two. Here are my Top 5 picks:

 

1. Jamie Chung

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Jamie Chung played Miho in…SIN CITY — which looks to be one of the inspirations for the music video. She also played Mu Lan on Once Upon a Time. She’s proven that she can do some killing. Also, I first saw her on MTV’s The Real World: San Diego and am tickled that she’s created a career for herself — she was my fave cast on that show because she didn’t cause any drama. 

 

2. Ming-Na

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Two words for Ming-Na other than her first name. Agent May. Enough said.

 

3. Maggie Q

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I only ever watched an episode of the Nikita TV series, but Maggie Q looked pretty bad ass in that. Plus, she’s been well trained in the Hong Kong action movie industry.

 

4. Constance Wu

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I watched Parallels on Netflix the other day and it was freakin’ awesome and because I’m obsessed with parallel universes. I hope to gawd that they continue filming because you can’t just leave me hanging like that. Constance Wu gave some badassery Orphan Black style (please note that I still need to watch Orphan Black, but what I do know of the show are the clones-but-not-clones).

 

5. Grace Park

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Grace Park played Boomer on Battlestar Galactica. I was obsessively watching it for the first several episodes until it got too drama-filled for me with who’s a cylon/who’s not.

They all would’ve made great additions to the video.

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Stripped: The Comics Documentary

So, I have been at a crossroads with my comic — where is it going? what am I doing? And then, I take a break. Fire up Netflix on the Mister’s PS3 and what do I see in the ‘Recently Added’ queue? Stripped.

Oh man, can I say how inspired I am? To learn about the history, the process, and to hear from some of my cartoon heroes! I now have a more clear idea of what I want to do.

I do have the compilation book I’m putting together, but I’m also going to start fleshing out ah-Lin’s character and her world some more. This is quite momentous given that tomorrow is my birthday and a lot of stuff has been going on behind the scenes that have been a bit challenging.

But, in the very wise words of the great P. Diddy, “Can’t nobody hold me down, oh no I got to keep on movin’.”

STRIPPED is the ultimate love-letter to comic strips. It brings together the world’s best cartoonists to talk about the art form they love, and what happens to it as newspapers die.

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Ronda Rousey, Why You Single?

“I’m young, successful and I’m single. Why is that a bad thing?” she said. “I don’t hear any of the guys being asked these questions. Because if they’re young and successful and single everyone’s like ‘Baller! That guy is awesome, he’s living the dream.’ [The media] is never bugging them about that so why do I get bugged about it?” READ MORE

You go, Rhonda!

I want to read her autobiography, “My Fight / Your Fight“.

[via Huffington Post]
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‘Dr. Ken’ Official Trailer

Oh man — I am totally looking forward to this.

Dr. Ken is a brilliant physician with no bedside manner. He is always trying to be a good doctor, as well as a good husband and dad to his two kids. Luckily, his therapist wife Allison is just the right partner to keep things sane. Coming soon to ABC FRIDAYS 8:30|7:30c THIS FALL.

Thank you ABC for supporting diversity! Don’t understand why it’s so hard for everyone to do this.

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Chris Rock: ‘I’m doing OK, but some days I’m sad outta my mind’

Chris Rock: ‘I’m doing OK, but some days I’m sad outta my mind’
“Chris Rock is one of the world’s funniest, most gifted standups but he’s never made a decent movie – until now. He talks about his new film Top Five, divorce, Kanye – and America’s race problem”

This piece was some inspirational reading. The creative process can be difficult especially when you’re searching for your true voice. Sometimes the amazingness that you see others doing clouds your path and instead of being confident in it, you start to maybe start chasing other paths that you think are better — when really, they’re just different…no better, no worse.

This quote sums it up perfectly:

“You get to a point where you say, OK, I’m not going to be Iron Man. So maybe I should be hanging with [Richard] Linklater and [Alexander]Payne. Maybe this is my crew instead of Sandler and Apatow and Stiller. They’re all still my boys, but maybe, artistically, my crew is over here,” he says. READ MORE

Now let’s get down to work and just do it!

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Comic Book Homework

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A lot has been happening and not been happening with my ah-Lin! comic 🙂

The other day, I decided to break Empty Bamboo Girl off and make it into an overarching umbrella for the different comic strip projects I have coming up. I’ve also taken a look at the state of ah-Lin! and it needs to be better because I know that I can do better. And so, I’m hitting the books and learning from some of my all-time favorites:

 

I was also lucky enough to pick up a copy of Will Eisner’s Comics and Sequential Art during my comic book adventure the other week. I got it for $5 from Rubber Chicken Comics. What?! Crazy.

Anyhow, be on the lookout for more — and better — comics from yours truly. And thank you for the continued support on the EBG Facebook page!

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The Digital Age of Comics

With superheroes dominating the box office, It’s easy to forget comics weren’t always as well regarded or accessible. The Verge talks to comic theoriest Scott McCloud, Comixology founders John Roberts and David Steinberger, and Symbolia creative director Joyce Rice to find out more about the future of this expanding, diversifying medium.

[via Digg]
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A Woman’s Place Is Running the Kitchen [via Digg]

Barbara Lynch, left, and Kristen Kish in the kitchen of Menton in Boston. Credit Gillian Laub for The New York Times
Barbara Lynch, left, and Kristen Kish in the kitchen of Menton in Boston. Credit Gillian Laub for The New York Times

Lynch has taken a personal stance by providing mentorship to rising women. But what is needed, Lynch says, is a broader cultural shift. “It’s important for women to get on television,” she said at an industry panel this month. “Because that is the largest audience we have.” It is a means to a necessary end, and she’s all for it — just so long as she doesn’t have to do it herself. READ MORE

Grit, determination and fire.

[via NY Times by way of Digg]
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Ms. Marvel Issue No. 2 (2014)

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The latest comic that I’m super into is Ms. Marvel.

Published: March 19, 2014
Rating: Rated T+
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Cover Artist: Jamie Mckelvie

As seen in the New York Times, CNN and other media outlets the world-over, the all-new Ms. Marvel has made her thunderous debut! Kamala Khan’s very ordinary life has suddenly become extraordinary. Is she ready to wield these strange and immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Critically acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and fan-beloved artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways, Uncanny X-Force) bring you the groundbreaking Marvel series that has set the world abuzz. Don’t miss history in the making. SEE MORE

As an immigrant kid I can totally relate to what Kamala is going through — overprotective parents and the desire to just be like everyone else.

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Superman/Wonder Woman, Issue #6 (DC Comics, 2014) Review

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Initially, I was pretty excited for this comic. The idea of two strong, iconic characters joining together seemed like a great idea, but the execution of it is falling super flat.

Ok, so Wonder Woman does a Han Solo on Superman in this issue, but…that’s it. Well, there was also a lot of blood. But, there’s just not enough chemistry between Superman and Wonder Woman nor in the storyline itself. Truth be told, I don’t even quite understand why they’re together.

After reading Black Widow, I can’t bring myself to continue with this series. I have now been exposed to amazingness and everything from here on out has to be on par with that.

I really wanted to like it. Oh well…

When the Phantom Zone is breached by Zod, Superman and Wonder Woman are forced to do the unthinkable to stop the tyrant from global destruction. But can they do what must be done – and will the world forgive them?

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Black Widow, Issue #4 (MarvelNow, 2014) Review

Black Widow, Issue 4 (MarveloNow, 2014)

Oh lady, issue #4 did not disappoint. It has all the pieces that I enjoy — spying, action, adventure, and a strong kickass female lead. I couldn’t stop turning the pages on this one. I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a comic book title like this in a long while.

I may just stop reading the other two books that I’ve been reading from before.

From the cold streets of old Russia, the Hand of God reaches out to crush Black Widow–and it is merciless. Outmatched by the brute force of a powerful new villain, Natasha finds a deadly plot unfolding that spans the entire globe.

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Black Widow 2014 (MarvelNow) Review

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I hadn’t even planned on starting a new comic book title. I have so many new books that I have yet to read and then others that I feel committed to continuing. But then, I saw the beautiful cover art for Black Widow and HAD to pick it up.

I read the first couple of pages and was hooked. So I grabbed the other available issues, #2 and #3.

Let me just say that I have a huge girl crush on Natasha now — moreso than from The Avengers movie. The story, character development, and art are perfection.

Published: January 08, 2014
Rating: Rated T+
Writer: Nathan Henry Edmondson
Cover Artist: Phil Noto
You’ve seen Black Widow as an Avenger and even an Agent of Shield. But on her own time she searches for atonement for her past as a KGB assassin—in ways of which those teams just wouldn’t approve. From the darkest corners of the Marvel Universe, Nathan Edmonson (Who is Jake Ellis?) and Phil Noto (Thunderbolts, X-23) bring you a new ongoing series as gorgeous and mysterious as Nastasha Romanov herself!

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What I also most appreciate is that unlike the typical comic book covers of featuring ginormous boobs and bootie, it’s Natasha being cool and doing amazingly cool things featured. THANK YOU!

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K-Pop Will Unite Us All: Meet Latin America’s Fans

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I seriously had no idea that K-Pop was that prevalent and widespread. But seeing the video footage of a packed stadium for a Super Junior concert filled with Latin Americans singing along to Korean lyrics was quite amazing.

If you want to get a sense of what Mexican teenagers are up to these days, here’s an unexpected place to start: A Korean bakery in downtown Mexico City.

Every Sunday, dozens of teens — mostly female — convene here to eat Korean snacks and geek out about their favorite boy bands. They’re known as los k-popers – a growing subculture of Mexican kids who are crazy for Korean pop music.

“K-Pop really changed my life,” says Samantha Alejandra, 18. “I’m addicted to it.”

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What is so addicting/appealing about the magic that is K-Pop?
For me, it’s the manufactured pop beats, dance moves, cute faces, and the fact that I have no idea what they’re singing about.
[via NPR]
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Everyone Wants to Date an Asian Woman, Interview with Kristina Wong


ahaha! Kristina Wong cracks me up! And I do agree — let’s file this under:

  • best interview ever
  • that’s how you do an interview

New data shows that of all races, everyone prefers dating Asian Women the most. Funny lady Kristina Wong breaks down how hot an Asian woman is in this AMAZING interview with “Alicia Menendez Tonight” and Josh Fischer of Facebook’s “Are you Interested?” app. On the Fusion Network.

[via Hyphen]
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