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.

even gayer dinosaurs

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?

Elmo Fire