A Stormtrooper and Ghostbuster Are Attacked

So very not cool.

Westbrook man arrested in assaults at Portland comics event 

Police used an electric stun gun on a Westbrook man they say randomly assaulted two people Saturday at the Free Comic Book Day event in downtown Portland and also threatened police.

Police Lt. Gary Hutcheson said Adam Barnes, 31, was arrested on State Street after a man dressed as a Ghostbuster and another dressed as a Stormtrooper were assaulted outside Coast City Comics at Congress and Park streets, where people dressed in costumes had gathered about 2:30 p.m. Hutcheson said the Stormtrooper character – Owen Wood of Portland in real life –  was thrown to the ground and the Ghostbuster character was punched.

Hutcheson said Barnes, who is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 300 pounds, was intoxicated.

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Comic Sketch, Process Work

Working out the comic for Monday as well as for Friday.

My favorite doodle tools? 3B pencil, Staples pencil sharpener, and tracing paper — I like the smooth and soft texture of it…plus, I can flesh out my initial stick figure sketches with it.

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WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES Documentary

WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines from Vaquera Films on Vimeo.

This fun and warmly witty film traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES will have its television broadcast premiere on PBS’s Independent Lens series on Monday, April 15, 2013, at 10:00pm. Check your local listings to confirm the time and date.

Awesome! Definitely gonna watch this 🙂

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Diner Sketch and Upcoming Comics

And so before I leave for my trip to Japan and Thailand in 6 days — *gulp* — I definitely want to squeeze in a couple comics.

The one coming up on Friday is set at a diner with a little racism thrown in to spice things up.

Oh, you silly people always asking me where I’m from ‘cuz saying that I’m from Boston, born and bred, is never sufficient. Oh, and how I don’t speak with an accent…which then makes me wonder so what if I did speak with an accent?

Oiy.

It’s 2013. People need to get out more.

*le sigh*

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From Up On Poppy Hill (Trailer)

Set in Yokohama in 1963, this lovingly hand-drawn film centers on Umi and Shun and the budding romance that develops as they join forces to save their high school’s ramshackle clubhouse from demolition. 

(Director by Goro Miyazaki; scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa; and produced by Studio Ghibli.)

Noodling around Central Square over the weekend, Mr. Lee and I spotted a movie poster for “From Up On Poppy Hill.” A quick search and it was playing at the Kendall Square Cinema close by. We decided to go for it.

I’m glad that the version that was playing at the theatre was the un-dubbed version. That was a relief.

It was a quiet kind of flick. Although, everyone in the audience cringed and got squeamish over the Luke and Leia moment — we did too. Maybe that’s why it didn’t get a wider release or more promotion?

I liked it, but Mr. Lee wasn’t as happy with it because he was expecting some magic — a Studio Ghibli trademark. Ahhh…so much to live up to when connected with the Studio Ghibli name.

Anyhow, great for adults…not so much for the kids. But, I’m glad for that 🙂

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The Cut Interview with Nora Lum, aka Awkwafina


The Asian stereotype is real. The whole guilt trip, like we came on a dinghy from Hong Kong to give you a better life, we work at a friggin’ sock store, and we want you to become a doctor so you can take care of us for the rest of your life.Read More

You may not like Awkwafina‘s music or whatever else, but I’m excited to see someone like her break a mold and be fearless about defining her own future on her own terms.

She rocks.

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Batgirl Beyond Coming Soon!

Holy moly —

Batgirl Beyond will be making her official first appearance in her own arc this July. The identity of this future Batgirl is unknown at this point, but according to DC, she’s going to have a healthy working relationship with Commissioner Barbara Gordon. Read More

Could Cassandra Cain perhaps make an appearance as Black Bat? Yes? Please? 🙂
Scott Peterson who was originally involved with the creation of Cassandra Cain and artist Annie Wu will be working on this project. I can’t wait for it because she looks pretty badass in the released cover image — not the typical big boob/big booty super heroine…FINALLY!  Seriously. THANK YOU Annie for making a badass superhero lady look different. like one of the commenters posted, “Also she seems to be wearing a sports bra. Thank you for this.”

 

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On Lady Humps

Well, these are much tamer than comic book covers which tend to always show ladies in a much more naked state boob-wise..

Avengers” director Joss Whedon is known for treating female characters on par with his male ones, but even the posters for that movie took pains to show off Scarlett Johansson‘s derriere. 

But Whedon’s movie isn’t the only one. A Reddit user noticed a trend in promotional materials for action and comic book movies: Female characters are often shown in uncomfortable positions seemingly designed only to highlight spandex-covered bottoms. (via Huffington Post article Action Movie Butt Shots: Why Must Fighting Females Assume The Same Pose?)

And actually, I was much more offended with Dr. Manhattan‘s peen making its appearance throughout the entire Watchmen flick. But I suppose that nuclear energy would disintegrate all type of underpants and such.
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Continuing Hunt for Cassandra Cain

Over the weekend, Mr. Lee and I returned to Bedrock Comics over in Framingham.
Success was met — I found issue #5 hidden amongst the Batman back issues. I always look either there or in Catwoman sections to make sure that I’m not missing anything. For some reason, she always gets shuffled around.  Oh well. I suppose this adds more fun to the hunt.
I also found a 3-issue compilation, but I already have those in my collection. And thank goodness I have a running list of the issues I have so that I don’t double up.
I’m hoping that more back issues will find their way over to Bedrock — there are so many! AND, so many that change over for each visit  🙂
It’s soon become one of my fave shops to visit. Everything is organized well for the most part, people are super nice, and you can find back issues for $.25! Batgirl Issue #5 ran me $.50. FYI Mr. Lee made a huge haul of Wolverine comics.
I was surprised the shop owner remembered who we were.
“Haven’t seen you in a long time,” he said.
It’s just a trek sometimes to get out to Framingham. But then we might be hanging out in the area more often as we also found out about an actual arcade in existence called Game Underground. More on that later.
Anyhow, I’m really bummed that I won’t be around for Boston Comic Con, which runs from April 20-21. That would’ve been a really good show to continue my hunt and perhaps even end it.
But there is Rhode Island Comic Con in November. So I’ll probably be checking that out to make up for it.

 

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Think About The Ink [VIDEO]

Mr. Lee found this awesome comic reviewer on Youtube — and the reviewer is a woman, Grace Randolph! hurrah, hurrah 🙂

Grace Randolph is also the host and creator of one of YouTube’s top movie news and review shows, Beyond The Trailer, as well as a comic book writer! Her latest comic is Supurbia published by Boom Studios and she has also written for Marvel, DC Comics, Jim Henson and Blizzard Entertainment. Grace is also the former host of Marvel’s YouTube show The Watcher.

In this particular Think About the Ink video, she even makes a quick mention of Lady Shiva (aka, Cassandra Cain’s momma) as a strong Asian female to feature (rather than Katana, who I know nothing about).

With the amount of reviews that she does, she must be reading a ton of comics! #jealous

Anyhow, get the latest comic book news, reviews, and analysis! This is a definite channel subscribe for me!

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“Sriracha, a Love Affair”

Sriracha, Sriracha on everything!

This Foodbeast video is total foodp()rn:

The cock sauce has been the focus of cookbooks, clothes, has been jocked by Subway, and web-famous cartoonist The Oatmeal even satirically prototyped a Sriracha Beer Helmets. Let’s also not forget the potential health benefits of Sriracha documented earlier in 2012, which may include things like: making people happier, skinnier and generally more amazing. READ MORE

Who knew that the bottled chili sauce found in all pho houses would take on a life of its own? And initially I totally thought it was a Vietnamese invention until my Thai ex-pat friend schooled me on its origins.

Doesn’t really matter since it’s international now — even the office fridge has a communal bottle 😛

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Happy Year of the Snake

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, and fabulous New Year!

I will be following some of the traditions like going vegetarian for the day, not cutting my hair, and not swearing — which might be hard.

One tradition I refuse to follow? This business of not bathing. Sorry, but personal hygiene trumps superstition.

On another note, they say that the Year of the Snake is not that great. But I was born in the year of the snake and I say that it’s going to be amazing. So there.

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Paperman – Full Animated Short Film by Disney

This just made 2013 worth it.

Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with the Oscar®-nominated short, “Paperman.” Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him. Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Paperman” pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction. 

Dear Disney, please make a full-length animation like this vs yet another princess-with-a-sidekick-musical-who-meets-her-prince production. Thank you.

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The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Comic Book Men

Currently watching AMC’s Comic Book Men thanks to Netflix:

AMC’s unscripted tribute to the collector returns for a new season this fall. Watch Kevin Smith and his crew of fan boys turned pop culture experts live, work and breath comic books. Mike, Walt, Ming and Bryan geek-out over rare artifacts and memorabilia and discover treasures of the comic collecting world. Realize your inner superhero and satisfy your fan boy fantasies by joining their outrageous podcasts where they tackle the burning questions all fans grapple with; what is the ultimate superpower and how best to relive the nostalgia of your childhood.

Love it and am a fan of Ming who is always seemingly getting dumped on. But, it’s a nice inside peek into the world of the comic book shop — how it’s mostly people unloading their comic and toy collection…well, of the episodes I’ve watched anyway.
And now I wonder if there’s a Comic Book Women version out there…? Hmmm….

 

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Gene Luen Yang Announces New Boxers and Saints Graphic Novels

One of my favorite graphic novelists ever, Gene Yuen Lang, has just announced exclusively with Wired.com his latest project Boxers and Saints. You can check out a 10-page excerpt of it over at Wired — suhweet!

Now, Yang announces his latest graphic novel project, Boxers & Saints, exclusively at Wired.com. Due out this September from First Second Books, the slipcased edition will contain two volumes that explore the stories of two peasants during the Boxer Rebellion in China who struggle with issues of identity during a time in Chinese history when many were asked to choose between their country and their faith. While Boxers tells the story of a peasant who joins the Rebellion, Saints follows the spiritual journey of a Chinese woman who converts to Catholicism.

I just appreciate what an amazing story-teller/artist he is. And reading more about how he started, inspires me to get my ass off the couch…or something to that effect 🙂

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COMICAZI Comic Book Spotlight via Dig Boston

INTERVIEW: BOB BUTMAN OF COMICAZI by DIG BOSTON

This local comic book shop, Comicazi, is definitely on my list to check-out/return to. Dig Boston just posted a great Q&A interview with the owner of the shop Bob Butman:

What are your favorite comics?It just changes so often, so, y’know. I can go from really, really be loving something that’s out this week to digging out some comics from the sixties.

What do you like this week, for instance?The Massive, Brian Wood. I don’t know where it’s gonna go, but it’s a nice introduction to a world that’s kind of refreshing. It’s a little different post-apocalyptic and different take, definitely, cause you’ve got Y: The Last Man, you’ve got The Walking Dead, these are all kind of post-apocalyptic futures, and this one’s far, far from both of those. So far, so good, I’m really enjoying that.

What are the best and worst parts of your job here?That’s tough. The best, there’s tons of good. We have a huge community here. My parents came to visit this past week, and they were staying with us, and I’m driving down the street, and I’m waving to Officer Tom, who comes in and gets his Warhammer. I can’t go far without bumping into somebody that I know through the store, and what a big outstretched community that has become…


Read the full interview here.

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Comic Book Shop Hopping Weekend

Bedrock Comics and The Million Year Picnic = Batgirl success!

My weekend was pretty much spent comic book shop hopping — searching for back issues of Batgirl / Cassandra Cain. Here was the itinerary:

Bedrock Comics, 371 Worcester Road,  Framingham, MA
Mr. Lee and I first checked out Bedrock Comics out in Framingham. We’d driven by it before many times, but never stopped to visit. Why hadn’t we before?!

The owner (I think he was anyway), Jim was super nice and helpful — he found the only two back issues hidden amongst the Catwoman section!

Other than not being able to find Batgirl issues — for some reason there was no Batgirl section. Maybe someone bought them all out? If so, do I have an adversary in my quest? — everything else was crazy well organized. Issues were grouped together with a note if any were missing. AND, back issues were only $0.50!

This will definitely be a stop anytime I’m in Framingham for sure.

New England Comics, 14A Eliot St, Cambridge MA
Ok. So usually, when Mr. Lee and I hit up comic book shops there are sometimes signs saying ‘no beverages.’ We walk in anyway with our cups of coffee and usually don’t get hassled. But this time, immediately upon entering the shop, Mr. Lee was told to leave his coffee at the register.

There was no ‘hello’ or anything to acknowledge us first. It was ‘please leave your coffee at the register.’

I’ve actually never been to this particular location — usually Mr. Lee and I visit the Quincy or Coolidge Corner spots. Needless to say, we were a bit put off. We didn’t really noodle around. I did find a few issues, but we decided to leave instead and go to one of our fave shops which was just around the corner…

The Million Year Picnic, 99 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA
It’s our tried and true stomping grounds and it proved to be most successful.

First off, the staff was super nice AND I found dozens of back issues — score! It was a substantial pile to carry and when I got to the register, I asked if I could possibly get a price break. It was a great suggestion by Mr. Lee because I received 10% off!

Currently, I have a lot of reading to do, but I’m also compiling a list of what I now have so that I can cross check in the future to avoid doubling up on issues.

This weekend was quite the haul and there are many more shops to visit (i.e., JP Comics & Games is a must on my list considering it’s in my neighborhood).

 

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Cursed Pirate Girl by Jeremy Bastian Is Frackin’ Awesome

Cursed Pirate Girl cover by Jeremy Bastian

My latest read and most amazing discovery? Cursed Pirate Girl by Jeremy Bastian.

This epic graphic novel has been around for the past several years — how could I not have known about it before?!?! It wasn’t until the other weekend when I was noodling around the comic book shop that I learned about Cursed Pirate Girl. It was one of the featured books on display.

I picked it up because it looked amazing. A badass girl with an eye patch on the cover? Fierce. And then, I opened the book…

Holy shit.

The illustrations are frackin’ phenomenal.

It’s so very rare to see good black and white artwork in graphic novels. Usually, the balance is so far off where there’s too much black or too much white that it hurts the eyes. But here, I couldn’t get enough of Bastian’s work. His inking and line work technique are exceptional — creating tones of gray even in the night scenes where black is the primary color.

My eyes were overwhelmed in a good way. I wanted to see every single detail — I still do (I’m going to re-read the book but re-read the artwork this time).

crazy,  magical illustrations & textured, frayed paper

Flipping through the pages, you feel as though you’re being transported to another world — think The NeverEnding Story / Alice in Wonderland as drawn by Sir John Tenniel / Peter Pan. The story itself is so well told. A parrot in a fish? Yeah, I believe that. Why wouldn’t I? Of course! Brilliant.

And what I appreciated most? That the Cursed Pirate Girl is so fearless. She can kick your ass if she wanted to. She found out she was missing her eye (I won’t reveal how) and what does she do? She just finds something to cover it. No biggie.

If I had a daughter, this would be tops for bedtime story/required reading.

I am so blown away.

Thank you, Jeremy Bastian for the inspiration and magic!

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Batgirl, Issue No. 44: My Search Continues…

Batgirl, Issue No. 44

I’m on a mission to find back issues of Batgirl / Cassandra Cain at my local comic book shops. Granted, Mr. Lee found an eBay listing for a lot of what I’m looking for, but I’d rather have an adventure and search through old boxes — that is part of the fun.

Fortunately, success was had yesterday at New England Comics in Quincy. I wish there’d been more but I’ll take what I can get 🙂

This was an interesting issue. Up until now, I’ve only known of Cassandra Cain as on her own. But, here, I got to see her under Batman’s wing.

Oh well, won’t find out much else until I can find another issue(s) in some random order. Wish me luck next time! Altho, my life would be a lot easier if DC Comics would just compile her earlier appearances into a trade paperback.

P.S.Apologies for being MIA the past week. I got hit with the flu — even rung in the new year all sick and gross on my couch. Only a week later do I feel semi like my old self…which means, comics are on the way!

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New Fave Band: The Floating Heads

electro // pop // rock // by jessica sun lee + leo white

It was cold. I was hunkered down for a night of figure sketching when I got the call:

“Let’s check out some bands over at the Radio!” Mr. Lee said.
“Uhhh…but I’m all settled and warm right now…” I whined.
“Come on — it’ll be fun!” Mr. Lee continued.
“Ughhh…ok, ok. Fine, fine. Let’s do this,” I relented.

It was freaking ass cold outside, but I’m so glad that I decided not to succumb to lame-ness by staying in. I did get several good sketches in so all was not lost on that front.

Three bands played that night and The Floating Heads were my fave by far.

The lead singer/guitarist Jessica Sun Lee was cute, funny, and I loved her voice. Definitely reminded me a bit of Sneaker Pimps and Ladyhawke.

Note: Not counting Jessica, Mr. Lee and I were the only other Asians in the house….as usual 😛

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End O’ December Reading List

Can you believe that I still haven’t gotten to these treasures yet? Oiy, what am I doing?!

Anyhow, there are only 5 or so days left in the year…1 or 2 if you believe the Mayan end-of-the-world prediction. So with what little time that’s left either way, I’m hoping that I can power through these:

What’s the rush? The fact that there are a couple Derek Kirk Kim books I want to get at 🙂

So, here’s to getting lost and inspired, especially with the nutshit craziness of the holidays — I mean, I <3 Christmas, but I also hate it at the same time. I mean, Christmas would be perfect if it were exactly like Thanksgiving, but still with the mistletoe, tree, Christmas movie specials, and music…oh, and snow.

*sigh*

If only I ruled the world.

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Lucky Peach Magazine, Issue 5: Chinatown

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It was a fun-filled weekend and I acquired a LOT of new material to work with. You hang out with a bunch of guys and you’re bound to get “inspired.” With that being said, the usual comic slated for today will be arriving tomorrow instead.
BUT, I do have an amazing find to share with you all — Lucky Peach magazine!
I tell you that it was fate that brought this magazine to me. Thanks to the Yume Wo Katare ramen line, Mr. Lee and I were given the chance to noodle around Porter Square Books, an indie bookshop I’d never visited before (what?!). I spotted the Chinatown cover and started leafing through the sucker. So, basically…

Lucky Peach is a quarterly journal of food and writing. Each issue focuses on a single theme, and explores that theme through essays, art, photography, and recipes.

This particular issue was all about Chinese food.
It’s got some seriously awesome articles and isn’t your typical food periodical — it’s fun and isn’t overly focused on recipes, entertaining, gadget reviews and/or how-to do something food-related. It’s more about the places, back-stories, and people behind the food. Those are the parts that interest me the most. Plus, I already know that I’m a shiyat cook — I generally just roast vegetables, make scrambled eggs, and re-heat things. That is my repertoire.
My favorite articles so far from the issue?
  • photo compilation of how chow mein looks around the world. Like, Mozambique serves chow mein? Really? Really. I love stuff like this. When Mr. Lee and I were in the Bahamas a few years back, we wanted to see what Bahamian Chinese fast food was like. FYI it sucked.
  • behind-the-scenes look into the Asian produce world — from the farmers to how it gets into the supermarkets and then sold.
  • a rant on walnut prawns — which, by the way, I <3 eating as filthy and as disgusting it may be prepared.
I can’t wait to read about other food in upcoming issues. At $12 a pop, it is a bit steep, but considering that I don’t subscribe to anything else, I’ll afford meself this small luxury.
Check it out if you can — it’s published by McSweeney’s, a publishing company based in San Francisco, CA.
PS. Does anyone else hate themselves after eating at Yume Wo Katare? I like my pork fat but jeezus kriste.
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