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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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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Never Give Up: Jim Lee co-publisher of DC Comics

We all started from somewhere but we rarely get to see the very beginnings.

Jim Lee, artist, writer,  editor, and co-publisher of DC Comics gives us a peek into how it started — and just how persistent he was.

Now I feel like an absolute lazy bum with only two rejection letters under my belt. Only two because I stopped hounding publishers…not that two even constitutes any hounding whatsoever — more like a ‘hello and ‘bye.’

Anyhow, check out the rest of the letters Jim Lee dug up on his Instagram as well as his first finished piece for Marvel.

Quite inspiring.

[via AngryAsianMan]
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Gene Luen Yang brings The Green Turtle back in “The Shadow Hero”

I finally ordered my copy of Boxers and Saints the other day and now I’m learning that come July 2014 there will be new work by Gene Luen Yang!

He and artist Sonny Lieu are teaming up to resurrect the first Asian American super hero — The Green Turtle.

In the U.S. comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comic book characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity… The Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero.

The Green Turtle comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but the acclaimed author of American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang, has finally revived this character in a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for this forgotten character. Hank just wants to enjoy his quiet life running the family grocery store with his father, but his mother has other ideas for him… she wants him to become a superhero, and to clean up their Chinatown neighborhood!

With artwork by Sonny Liew, this dazzling, funny comics adventure for teens is a new spin on the long, rich tradition of American comics lore.

I’m looking forward to some great story-telling and art 🙂

[via Boing Boing]

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