From the CEO’s desk: Stand Tall.

One of my cuzzos posted this on his facebook today. It’s the scans from Amazing Spiderman #36. If you haven’t read it already, I highly suggest you do. To sum it all up, Spidey and co. deal with the 9/11 attacks, and all the aftermath.

This comic is probably one of the most powerful chapters in the entire Marvel universe. One page stands out in particular, and I’m going to post it here.

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I’m not going to go too in depth as to what I was feeling when it all happened, but I will say this.  America has come a long way from then.  We’ve still got a ways to go, but I know that we can do it.  We’ve gotta stand tall.

That’s my, no, our promise to you, our readers.  We’ll continue to stand tall.

Macross Delta First Impressions

“Macross Cure: School Valkyrie Project is my favorite animu fam.”
J. Gasaway

I had a chance to watch a preview episode for the upcoming Macross series, Macross Delta.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  For me, a Macross series needs the following:

Does it have it?  In a word, yes.  Though some people may crave a more action-based premise, I’m totally digging this concept.  For people that are more of the original SDF Macross, Zero, and Frontier flavor, this series probably won’t tickle your fancy.  People like me that enjoyed the fuck out of Macross 7 (FIRE!!) will be sure to get a kick out this one.

And I don’t know about you, but I’m trying to figure out who Mirage is descended from.  If it’s Mylene,  then I’ll shit my pants from joy.  BOMBA!!!

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Speak up.

I’ll never understand this…If you have a problem with someone, why not go handle it like a man? I’m not saying go out and fight that person but, go address the issue you have, and handle it. Talk about things before it turns into something worse. Instead most people would rather keep it to themselves, having those thoughts brew and fester inside, making themselves more and more angry. Others will take the slander approach and add lies and bs to the mix and talk about the issue with everyone and their moms. Everyone BUT, the person they have a problem with of course. I couldn’t tell you which one is worse because they both suck!

Let me put this in a way some of you might better understand…
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Most people who have this issue probably think they’re so awesome…kind of like a Charizard. In realty, they’re more like a Garbador…you’re literally trash.
For all you kids/teens/ and heaven forbid, grown ass men who are having this problem. SPEAK UP! GROW SOME NUTTS! AND HANDLE IT!
life would be so much better for you in the end.

Fighting through doubt

It’s been a rough few weeks, and I’ve been dealing with a few issues of my own.  A whole buncha stuff cropped up and it left me feeling like a shell of myself.  Not knowing if what I was doing was right, constantly questioning myself, etc….

I’m still trying to work through it all.  Hopefully I can work through this funk.  Fortunately, I’ve got my crew still behind me, after all this time.  I guess I’m doin’ something right.

Sorry for the lack of content.  I promise I’ll make it up to you guys.  Somehow, someway.

This week, it’s back to the fightin’ office for me.  Hard training awaits.   Some of my homies have been holding it down on the geek front.

My homegirl Jennice has been streaming Xenogears every Monday-Wednesday starting at 8 PM PST.  Here’s her site:

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And we’re playing Destiny again, since House of Wolves came out.  Shit’s pretty hype.

 

 

So….how does this work again?

Romeo, that water was cold.

How’s everyone doing?  Between comic con, working with new writers, a promotion at my work, a knee injury, and my new addiction to Manna BBQ, we’ve been busy.  Let me apologize for the lack of updates on SSB, believe me, we’ve all wanted to sit down and write, but we’ve been planning some new things, on top of all the stuff I mentioned earlier.

A new artist

We’ve been working with Jimmy Pham, an artist that doesn’t have his head jammed up his own ass.   He’s got a style that’s quite malleable, and doesn’t make people change their script to fit his art, especially after it’s been drawn.  He’s not socially awkward, not a tool, and he’s pretty swoll.  Seriously.  Swolltaku no michi, for sure.

Videos

Brian, Justin, and myself have been kicking around the idea of videos.  Why the hell not?  I’m always down for something new.  One of our new videos is at the top of the page.

Collaborations

We’ll probably be working with a lot more people to bring more lulz and creativity to your computer screen.  Because reasons.

More of the same, pokey geekery that you know and love

While we are gonna be dropping some new shit, we’re not forgetting what makes SSB…SSB.  A love for all things truly geek.  Anime reviews, Game reviews, MMA stuff, me explaining my love for Ar Tonelico to the Dirty Gentlemen, Justin combing his sweet-ass pompadour, Ericka repurposing the internet for her own purposes, Brian getting us into shenanigans, Jared putting people back together, Abe talkin’ about soccer, Jonathan talkin’ about wrassling….IT’S GONNA BE FUCKIN’ TIGHT.

So buckle up, because we’re gonna bring the noise.  And here’s a preview of what you can expect over the coming weeks.

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aka DAN Adoption Documentary pt. 8

We return to bring you the final chapter of this amazing documentary. Dan Matthews performs for the first time in Korea with his brother and sister in attendance and says goodbye to his family at Incheon Airport. Watch here:

The vignette highlighting the impact of being a Korean adoptee speaks volumes about how this unique experience will affect future generations. Likely, they will experience present, local culture but some cultural values may be lost. It’s similar to my own experience as the child of immigrants. We’ll just have to wait and see what the impact will be.

Saying goodbye is never easy. I couldn’t help getting emotional seeing him with his biological mother. Her emotions literally jump from the screen every time I watch it. Be glad to know since then, Dan returns to spend time with his family in Korea. My hope for him is that this experience continues to shape him and his world view.

I hope you enjoyed us bringing you this series. I feel that we all relate to Dan’s journey. Knowing and accepting who you are is the first step to accomplishing big things. How did you guys enjoy it? Want to see more stuff like it? Tweet me at @999HP!

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SSB articles for Part 1 & 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 & 7 | Part 8

Special thanks to Dan Matthews. Learn more about Dan on his website (here)
Series produced by Mayrok Media in association with Arirang TV
Videos linked from the ISAtv YouTube channel
Cover photo is snapshot from YouTube video.

aka DAN Adoption Documentary pt. 6 & 7

The Dan Matthews’ saga continues with a couple of crucial chapters of self-discovery. In episode 6, we follow Dan to Geoje Island, the place he was born. He tours the island with his family and has a glimpse of what his life could have been.  Here’s the episode:

In episode 7, Dan gets the DNA test results back to confirm the relationship with his family. Dan prepares for the biggest concert of his life as the International Korean Adoption Association Summit winds down. Dan also receives touching words of encouragement from important people in his life. Watch the episode:

I had a similar experience in the towns my mother and father were born. Traveling through the Philippines and learning about how my parents grew up was eye-opening. They had to travel far to go to school and lived very modestly. Just as Dan might have, I greatly appreciate how well I live in America. Have any of you had a similar experience? What was it like? Tweet me at @999HP!

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SSB articles for Part 1 & 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 & 7 | Part 8

Special thanks to Dan Matthews. Learn more about Dan on his website (here)
Series produced by Mayrok Media in association with Arirang TV
Videos linked from the ISAtv YouTube channel
Cover photo is snapshot from YouTube video.

aka DAN Adoption Documentary pt. 5

Dan Matthew’s takes a trip around Seoul with Megan Lee and Simon/Martina of EatYourKimchi. They hang out, catch up and give him advice on what’s happened to him thus far with his biological family.Here’s the episode:

Seoul is an amazing city! Friends of mine who’ve come back say it’s a pretty cool place. I don’t really track Korean stuff as closely as I do Japanese stuff though. It’s definitely on my travel list! The gift giving though… great idea! I wish people gave me gifts every visit! Definitely a custom I could get used to! Living in America helps you to appreciate when you’re able to visit your home country. Looking forward to the next akaDAN episode on the ISAtv channel!

Have any of you guys been to Seoul? What’s it like? What’s fun? Tweet me at @999HP!

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SSB articles for Part 1 & 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 & 7 | Part 8

Special thanks to Dan Matthews. Learn more about Dan on his website (here)
Series produced by Mayrok Media in association with Arirang TV
Videos linked from the ISAtv YouTube channel
Cover photo is snapshot from YouTube video.

aka DAN Adoption Documentary pt. 4

Part 4 is the one that tugs at my heartstrings the most. We get an inside look into Dan Matthew’s adoption experience as a baby and meet his foster mother Mrs. Lee for the first time since leaving Korea. Seeing the babies at the adoption center makes me grateful for parents who take the time to lovingly raise their kids. Without giving too much away, you can see Dan’s life was changed forever. Here’s the episode:

I completely relate to how Dan feels meeting his foster mother. I had a similar moment coming home to the Philippines and seeing relatives I don’t remember as a small child. It is difficult to reciprocate the love someone has for you with little to no memories of it. I am definitely grateful for that love and care and showed it to them throughout my stay.

Show love to the people around you because they do the same. Remember you are where you are because of them. You owe it to them to be great and lift others up. More with Dan when part 5 hits the ISAtv channel! Tweet me with your thoughts about this video at @999HP!

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SSB articles for Part 1 & 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 & 7 | Part 8

Special thanks to Dan Matthews. Learn more about Dan on his website (here)
Series produced by Mayrok Media in association with Arirang TV
Videos linked from the ISAtv YouTube channel
Cover photo is snapshot from YouTube video.