Give Kick-Ass 2 a chance!

FACT: The number of movies based on comic books grows larger by the day. Films that deserve your attention are often overlooked during their box office run.

Give Kick-Ass 2 a chance!

Enter Kick-Ass 2. The first film, Kick-Ass, is based off the Icon title with the premise of ordinary teenager Dave Lizewski becoming a real-life super hero. Kick-Ass 2 takes that premise and murders the living shit out of it. The majority of the story focuses on the parallel between Dave’s journey to continue being a superhero and Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl’s assimilation as a normal teenager. The two tales provide an interesting commentary about the duality between our internal and external struggles.

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Conventional wisdom dictates every super hero has a “real world” identity and the super hero identity. It fascinates me when the audience can’t tell which identity is the mask and which one truly embodies the character (i.e. Batman). The Kick-Ass franchise proposes that every action in the super hero world, just or unjust, has “real world” consequences. Lately, “superhero films” have exposed this premise. We can easily forget that “living in the moment” has long term implications. Dave/Kick-Ass pays a higher price for continuing to don the mask.

Recently, Kick-Ass 2 was engrossed in controversy when Jim Carrey distanced himself because of the gratuitous violence. But come on! The franchise is called “Kick-Ass.” What else would you expect but “sickening violence: just the way you like it!” There are plenty of, “OMG! Really?” moments to enjoy in this one. If you love larger-than-life action, this is definitely one for you!

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THE VERDICT: Definitely worth the rent. It serves as an interesting societal commentary, not to mention the violence and humor are top-notch! It will make you laugh and think (if you let it). Give it a chance before you write it off as “just another comic book movie.”
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Kick-Ass 2 is distributed by Universal Pictures. BD/DVD release was Dec. 17, 2013. The Kick-Ass 2 comic was published by Icon Comics, a subsidiary of Marvel Comics.

“Nice Guys”

This may not seem like a big deal to all of you in the blogosphere but, I personally can’t stand when I see “Nice Guy” status updates or tweets. I’m sure you’ve seen them…you haven’t!? allow me to show you some examples.

“In the movies, the good guy gets the girl. In real life, it’s usually the prick”

“I’m a great catch, why can’t I find a girlfriend?” 

“All the girls I talk to keep asking “where have all the good guys gone?”. I’m in the FRIEND ZONE, where you left me.”

So guys pull this b!tcha$$ sh!t for a couple of reasons. Hopes that a particular crush ‘likes or responds’ to the status update, alerting any and all females that he’s single and is a “genuine” good guy, Thinks the girls who respond “want the D”. Guys most likely have some kind of ulterior motive OR they truly believe in the stuff they’re saying. Which in my book, is the worst.

4OVPAcomic from Alligator Sunglasses (link here)

The problem with the nice guy mentality is that they think every guy who isn’t them is a “jerk”. They seem to blame there inability to get into a relationship on everybody BUT themselves, What “nice guys” fail to realize is that maybe they’re not getting any love because they’re insecure, passive aggressive, whiny, clingy, submissive, and boring. Nice guys constantly blame their failures on women having bad taste in men, and fail to even think for a moment that maybe they’re issue is that they have HORRIBLE taste in women and are bad at gauging whether or not a women is interested. Now I’m not telling you to go out in the world and act like a dickhead to women. Just grow a pair, stop being thirsty, and have the confidence to be yourself. and if your saying “it’s not that easy” well NO DUH! what in life is? 

now listen to this Player Hater Anthem from the ultimate “nice guy” Drake…

WonderCon 2013

March 30, 2013, 3:30 AM, I awake to start a long day in Anaheim for WonderCon. My camera was ready to go, along with my DSi and PSP in case I needed them. By 4:45, my brother and I were out the door and heading up the freeway towards Anaheim.

We arrived at 6:15 and parked. Had to go all the way around the convention center to find the line for professional registration. Obtained my pass at around 8:30 and soon after walked to a nearby 7-11 to pick up some Mountain Dew and Dr. Pepper. Walked back to the fountain area outside of the convention center and watched as more people started to appear and checking out the food trucks parked nearby.

Outside the Anaheim Convention Center...

Outside the Anaheim Convention Center…

By 9:30, I had my camera out and ready to go…and that’s when I started taking pictures…

Soon after I started taking pictures, the exhibit hall opens and I decided to head in…

As with any convention celebrating the popular arts, there’s plenty to be purchased…

Plushies...

Plushies…

Cosplay items...

Cosplay items…

Toys...

Toys…

Let's not forget about comic books...

Let’s not forget about comic books…

There was definitely a lot to see and do…

For me, the one thing that stuck out the most was none other than the playable DuckTales Remastered demo at the CAPCOM booth…

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DuckTales Remastered

I had a chance to play the demo and it plays just like the original NES game. The original voice actors are in the game as well, though I have to admit Uncle Scrooge and the Beagle Boys don’t sound the way they used to… I was able to record a little bit a footage of the game play, which you can see below…

The best part of the day was running into a small crowd at a booth, only to see that Grant Imahara from MythBusters was there chatting with a guy at the booth!

Grant from MythBusters at WonderCon...

Grant from MythBusters at WonderCon…

And now, without further delay, I present the cosplayers that were found throughout the day (not including those already shown above)…

Before I knew it, 6:30 PM was fast approaching and it was time to head home, especially since I was only able to make it to this convention for just one day…

One last look...

One last look…

Food trucks...

Food trucks…

Random tree shot...

Random tree shot…

Overall, it was a nice change of pace from what Comic-Con has become. Much easier to get into, halls not overcrowded, no other events taking place simultaneously. However, WonderCon did sell out two out of the three days, so it is getting up there with Comic-Con. Parking wasn’t too much of an issue, but I did hate the fact that I had to walk all the way around the convention center just to get to the registration area. Other than that, there weren’t any other major issues.

And to top it all off, I survived the whole day on nothing more than a two liter bottle of Dr. Pepper. The reason for this is simple. Having lost my job just two weeks prior, money became an issue. There was only enough money for gas to make it to Anaheim and back and parking. My brother and I ended up spending only $5 for soda the entire time at WonderCon. It was a rather tough thing to do, but it was better than spending the day at home staring at my laptop…

If WonderCon ends up in Anaheim again, I may attend, hopefully under much better circumstances…

Next up, Anime Conji…

X-Men…Swagged Up

Growing up I was a complete fanboy and thought the coolest thing around was the X-Men (Uncanny). I couldn’t get enough of them. If I wasn’t at home reading my brothers comics, I was watching the FOX series on TV. If I wasn’t watching, I was playing the game at the Arcadeor on the SNES. Now we’re here in the present and not much has changed. I still read the comics graphic novels. (Ultimate). I watch the Anime version on Spike. And now I’m playing the games on my XBOX. Yup. The X-Men are the coolest thing since folded love letters and strawberry kiwi Capri Suns. But did you ever wonder what the Team of mutants would wear when they weren’t in there suits? This collection of X-Men illustrations by Andy MacDonald Shows us and features the team rocking contemporary clothing designs. Beating the Brotherhood and then Styling on em’ 
 

Geek Pride Day

One of the most psychotic geeks out there. He’s got a light saber and wrasslin’ moves. ALL HAIL TRAVIS TOUCHDOWN.

Today’s May 25, and it’s National Geek Pride day.  Don’t forget to bring a towel.

I got to thinking about the meaning of “Geek Pride Day”.  You’re proud to be a geek.  But are you, really?  There’s a geek purity test on the internets somewhere, go do a couple and see how you fare.

I’ve been a geek for my whole life.  For as long as I can remember.  Growing up, I preferred videogames and comic books compared to physical sports.  I enjoyed more intellectual pursuits compared to playing tag.   That was all due to my physical limitations as a kid.  Being scrawny, short, and physically weak kinda forces you to enjoy other forms of entertainment.  Through that, I developed a sense of avant-garde expression.  (Translation: I became a smart-aleck whose only means of defense was outsmarting people, regardless of the consequences.)

Once I got into high school and became more comfortable in my skin, I didn’t give up any of my geeky pursuits.  I still read manga, watched anime, cartoons, played videogames, chatted on the internet(which was in its nascent stages of mainstream existence), and had good geeky fun.  Hell, I still keep in touch with a few of my friends from the internet whom I met at this stage in my life.  (Captain Justy, this one’s for you.)

College is when I really came into my own.  I joined the Southwestern College Anime and Games Club, then later reformed it from the inside as the Pacific Media Club(which later fell apart within one year of my departure).  I met a LOT of amazing geeks there and I’m really grateful for the times and experiences we all shared.  (I met Justin around this time as well, Vince and Richie too, and maaaaaaaaaaaaaaybe Gail).  I also met a girl that I thought was a geek like me, and dated her for 5 years.  How did that end?  Well, read “Strawberry Scented Burnout” when it drops this June.

Even now, I’m studying for my IT degrees.  Sure, I’m not as weak as I once was, but I can get stronger :P.

Finally, I’m leading the greatest crack team of people on a grand mission to create the coolest comic EVER.  How is that not geek chic?

So to make a long story short, I’ve been a geek my whole life, and I don’t see a reason as to why I should quit anytime soon.  It’s become an intrinsic part of who I am.

I AM GEEK, NOW HEAR ME CODE!

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-Francis

Eye of the Camera

 
So from day one I have been a complete unabashed fan of the form of literary expression known as the comic. I’m not one of those Simpsons comic book guy look alikes that lines up at the shop door every Wednesday to pick up the newest title, and I haven’t followed faithfully through any series in quite a long time. When it comes to love however, there is none greater. Ever since I was little it was the art that kept me coming back again and again. Everything from Howard the Duck to the The Walking Dead. Anyway, I got into a little discussion with some friends concerning this years comic con and some stuff I was reading and came to realize how I havent discussed the world of tights and absurdly sized biceps on the SSB blog yet. not anime. not manga. but COMICS. and don’t try to argue semantics with me, you know damn well there’s a difference!
 
Time to make reparations. So for the first time in a long time I’m following an entire regularly published, recent series from the good folks over at Marvel. While looking for some Street Fighter blind boxes at my local comics n stuff, the owner engaged me in some conversation about some books he was looking to re-order. I asked him if he had Marvels in stock, and of course he said no. However, the no didn’t end there. As it turns out, Marvels (Which is quite possibly my favorite comic of all time, yes all-time. Even House of M stands threatened.), was continued back in 08 with a a six part series from original writer Kurt Busiek and art from Jay Anacleto. (where the hell was I?) Now I’ll admit when I heard that the god-father himself Alex Ross didn’t do the art for the new series I was skeptical but thank the lord on high-these issues do no disappoint.
 
For those who don’t want to hear all of this endless tom-foolery about the technical details I’ll put it to you this way. Anacleto does an amazing job channeling the original direction Ross set out with for the first Marvels series. It will strike you right off the bat how distinct and life like this style of illustration is. Couple that with the writing that made Marvels so amazing in the first place and you have a recipe for success. This book makes “super-hereos” as real as possible.
 

I realize for those of you who could care less about comics and come here to see music reviews or fashion posts that this was more or less a confusing pile of non-essential garbage. But at the end of the day it is all so necessary. Maybe I should go do something manly and street to regain my cred. And quick. I’m going to listen some Wu Tang while I watch sports center and do push ups now.

-justin