Retooled, revamped, recharged, let’s do this.

Oh man, here we are again.  SSB.  The three letters that signify a certain level of geekiness achieved only by years upon years of #thatgeeklife.  Welcome to the new “Strawberry Scented Burnout” website! Lovingly hosted on bluehost.com, SSB is now a wordpress.org site, with all the bells and whistles that come with it.  Truth be told, I’m still getting the hang of this new site, but rest assured, things are gonna be kicking.

As you wander through our site, you’ll notice that we’ve significantly cleaned things up.  Our main categories are now listed at the top, with all of our posts organized for your viewing pleasure.  You can thank our webmaster Ericka for that :).

As for the comic, well, let’s just say that our former artist has been “future endeavored”.  Those of you that are in the know already know what’s up, so we’ll leave it at that.  We’ve already signed a new artist and we’ve got a few new projects on the way as well, so stick around!  Seriously.

What have I been doing in the meantime? A few things.  For one, I’m entering our boxing gym’s next Fight Night.  I’m gonna go in for a Kickboxing exhibition match…so I’m training for that now.  I’m also watching anime, so expect a few reviews here and there.  I’ve also picked up a PS4…with Call of Duty: Ghosts.  Which I’ve beaten already.

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Sooooooo, SSB’s all about that geek life. Thanks, Mylene.

That about wraps it up from me.  I expect the others will be here soon to drop their two cents, so I’ll say this.  Happy thanksgiving, and keep fighting.

-Twitchy
El CEO de Strawberry Scented Burnout, INC.

Quick shoutout to my boy Patrick @ Nolbu, Lester, Mylene, Abe @ Rhythmemotion.net, Salam, Coach Caine, Coach Artem, Coach Jessica, Coach Josh, Coach Brian, Coach Glenn, Coach Shannon and everyone else @ The Boxing Club, all my training partners, the crew @ EcoATM, the wingnuts at SDAFF/Pac-ARTS, Mark, Anthoz, Ivan @ Almost Good Films, Neil, Fernando, Keith @ Jabronie Pictures, Min Sok Chon, …I hope I’m not forgetting anyone.

Last but definitely not least, my SSB fam.  They’re all listed in the staff credits page 🙂

BACK AGAIN.

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Back from the depths like a laced out, custom built Cousteau submarine. Let’s just pick up and kick back where we left off like a Three Ninjas reunion and proceed to spread all the glorious funk for which we were once known…There comes a time for growth, there comes a time for change, and there comes a time to completely smack the world over the head with something no one saw coming. You guys have been the loyal faithful and the dedicated followers. It’s high time that we return the love and provide you guys with an outlet like none other. Begin to consider yourself well read, Be excited my brethren!

We hope you all have been well. Despite neglecting my duties on this here particular forum like the football god’s neglect the San Diego Chargers, Ryan Mathews to play a complete season, I Haven’t been sitting on my hands or partaking in absolute nonsense. It’s been a long and involved road, and for some strange reason, I thought that after joining SSB, I would somehow magically become less busy. Of course the complete opposite of that has occurred. The whole drive to hop on the horse here and get to business has been seriously lacking, but I will say that we are NOT going to give up on blogging. The new experience we will be a new inspiration to really take this whole form to a new plateau which inherently will result in us actually wanting to do posts multiple times a day

Asian Archetypes in Comics: Revealed and Reimagined

For any film makers, writers, actors, or musicians out there, the Japanese American Natural Museum in Los Angeles is calling for original monologues or short performance pieces “that rethink, subvert, deconstruct, or satirize the eight Asian pop-culture archetypes depicted in the Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986 exhibition. Winning entries to be showcased on October 10, 2013.

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The eight Asian pop-culture archetypes in this exhibition are: the Alien, the Brain, the Brute, the Guru, the Kamikaze, the Lotus Blossom, the Temptress, and the Manipulator. Entries must be a type of work or genre that can be performed live in under five minutes. Those whose entries are chosen will have the opportunity to perform their works on stage, and must be responsible for casting, staging, and directing their own works. According to the rules: “Entries must be received by no later than 5PM PT on September 15, 2013 to be considered. Winners will be notified by 5PM PT on September 18.” Click here for more information.

Not only does this showcase seem pretty cool, but the exhibition is definitely something I would love to check out. There will be life-size cutouts of the eight archetypes that I would enjoy taking pictures with. I am also curious about an intriguing installation called “Shades of Yellow” which “matches the shades used for Asian skin tones in the comics with their garish yellow Pantone™.”

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Editorial : Supreme Court rules DOMA unconstitutional, and gay dinosaur porn.

The following editorial is solely the opinion of the CEO of SSB, and does not reflect the opinions of SSB.  Got a problem?  Too bad.

On the 26th of June, the Supreme Court of the US decided in a 5-4 ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional.  This proved to be a landmark victory for LBGT rights

DOMA, signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996, prevented same-sex couples whose marriages were recognized by their home state from receiving the hundreds of benefits available to other married couples under federal law. The Huffington Post

Now, I’m a practicing Catholic, and even I support LBGT rights. I’ve never thought that the two should be exclusive to one another.   Shit, I think Jesus had one commandment that we should all try to live by, and that was “Love one another, as I have loved you.” (Translation, “DON’T BE A CUNT.”)  Fair enough, JC.   I don’t think that any of us have the right to define just what love is.  Except Haddaway.

If two people of the same sex want to get married and enjoy the same rights as heterosexual couples, who are we to stop ’em?  Who does it hurt?  Really?  Just because gay people are gettin’ married and stuff doesn’t mean that you’re automatically start craving cock (if you’re a male), or wanting to eat carpet (if you’re female).  Then again, with the way that some people are acting now, you’d think that somethin’ crawled up their respective assholes.  Let LBGT couples be.

Not long after the ruling was made, various Christian groups started letting their opinions be heard.  I found this picture on facebook.

Gay dinosaurs.

Gay dinosaurs.

There’s a sayin’ out there, and sadly, it’s been my M.O. when dealing with crazy Christians.

“Dear Lord, protect me from your followers.  Amen.”

Now, that picture just wasn’t gay enough, in my opinion.  So I commissioned my cousin Charlie to photoshop me something awesome.  And here it is.

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Better.  Much more fabulous.

So, in the end, I think that couples of any sexual orientation should be able to enjoy the same rights as heterosexual couples.  Love is all you need, no matter what sexual preference you have.

This entry is dedicated to all my LBGT friends and readers.  Guys, that rainbow is ever closer.  Keep reaching for it. Be fabulous.  Always.

Edit: June 26, 2015.  The Supreme Court ruled today in favor of Same Sex Marriage.  Already people are tweeting about moving to Canada, where’s it’s already legal.  I wonder if those people that said they’d set themselves on fire if Same Sex Marriage was legal…already did?

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