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Treasures and Trinkets from Taiwan

9 May

For lack of a more clever title, this post is exactly as it is–the useless-but-cool merchandise I picked up while in Taiwan the past week.  I had originally planned to go to both Japan and Taiwan during my vacation but with the earthquakes in Japan I had to change my itinerary to Taiwan only.

The week I was in Taiwan, I was fortunate to catch the Taipei Game Expo. It was not as it seemed. I thought I’d get to sample new video games for various consoles but it was actually an arcade game expo… which was still cool, but since 60% of the machines there were slot machines of various types I was a little disappointed with the idea I was so sold on. I took a few photos and videos only to realize, on the back of my industry badge that I wasn’t supposed to take pictures. OH WELL. ENJOY BELOW MWAHAHAHA (It’s not like anyone reads this blog anyway).

Besides the game expo (let me also mention it was right next door to the Vegetarian Food Expo, which was an excellent move because I got hungry after playing games and such, and Taiwanese people are very generous with their food. Needless to say I ate and drank to my liking), I also visited a ton of malls and shopping centers, picking up some random objects.

Clearly I took this photo very quickly.... BB (Super-Deformed) Gundams and Keroro Gunso Plamo Collection model kits

BB Gundam (super-deformed)

Just to show you how small this thing is

Left: BB Gundam, Right: Keroro Gunso Plamo Collection

Keroro Gunso Plamo Collection - Tamahorn

PACMAN X MOLESKINE 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION NOTEBOOK. FOOKYEAHHHH

Yeup

Artbooks - Gelatin, We Are, Cannabis Works

Nanoblocks, super tiny lego blocks

Nanoblocks

Outside of Toyland, load up your Pokemon and go at it with your friends. Like I'd be caught doing this... um.. yeah....

YEEEAHHHH

Vocaloid Miku Hatsune Project Diva Arcade Game

Vocaloid Miku Hatsune Project Diva Arcade Game

Vocaloid Miku Hatsune Project Diva Arcade Game

Yes, this entire corner dedicated to Miku.

Piano simulation (of sorts) game

Can I have one of these

Massive multi-player ultimate button-mashing game under the sea

Another dance simulation game... of sorts

Unfortunately a lot of these games I couldn't play for free...

Booth babes and guests

Time Travel Theories

19 Apr

So, there are three main types of time travel. Or, at the very least, that’s the way I tend to classify time travel events in my head whenever I think about it. Which I kinda do a lot, because I’m that much of a nerd. Whatever.

With slight adjustments for the details of a particular time travel event, I really believe that these three categories can be applied to explain and classify every instance of time travel in comics/movies/books/TV shows/etc.

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1. Time is Unchanging: All time travel that happens was always meant to happen. There’s just one timeline; all events are fixed and built into it and can’t be changed. In fact, trying to change or avoid things often means that you, the time-traveller, are the one who makes them happen.

Ex: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure| Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban| Kate and Leopold| Premonition| Supreme| Timeline.

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2. Time as a River: Time travel can change certain things, but the things that were meant to happen will happen eventually. You might be able to change small details or delay things, but eventually the timeline will correct itself. It’s like throwing rocks into a river: pebbles make ripples, where you can see the tiny effects, but it won’t change the major flow.

Ex:  Doctor Who| Journeyman| Terminator| The Time Machine

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3. Time Changes into Alternate Timelines: The act of time travel always causes a change of some sort, and an alternate timeline branches off from that moment. This is where the most significant changes can happen and so it’s the most commonly seen. This one’s the most complicated just because different ‘verses deal with the role of the traveller and the state of their timeline in so many different ways.

Some ‘Role of the Traveller’ options:

  • merge with your other self and have memories of both timelines (I’ve only ever seen this in Harry Potter fanfiction, but it exists)
  • replace your other self (Batman/Superman Absolute Power)
  • cause yourself to never be born (why Marty fades in Back to the Future)
  • you and the other you(s) can exist simultaneously (old and young Spock in the ’09 Star Trek movie);

Some ‘State of the Timeline’ options:

  • jump between the past and the future making and seeing changes instantly
  • changes in the past create a new timeline, completely erasing yours giving you nowhere to jump back to
  • jump to the future and return to the past to create a new timeline based on what you learned

Ex:  13 Going on 30| Back to the Future| Batman/Superman: Absolute Power| Charmed| Cinderella 3: A Stitch in Time| Eureka| Heroes| Star Trek

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Can you think of more examples of time travel?

Is there anything that doesn’t fit into these categories? Anything that should be reclassified?

Why I have hope for the Green Lantern movie

12 Apr

Answer = the new extended trailer.

Where the original trailer came off as cheesy, predictable, and hinted at the possibility of a badly animated super(skinny)suit, this trailer looks… epic.

It’s funny (his attempt at an oath actually made me laugh) and yet properly dramatic (the actual oath sounded almost inspirational).

It has snippets of exciting action scenes (explosions and fights and spaceships) and looks beautiful (aliens and settings that actually look cool).

Watching this trailer actually makes me want to go see this movie!

(I mean, I would have watched it anyway because it is a superhero and there’s no way I could say no to anything involving superheros, but now I’m way more likely to go see it in theatres)

There Are Other Wonderful Women in Comics Other Than Wonder Woman…

31 Jan

Yes, she is Wonder Woman and we won’t debate how wonderful she is. Hell, her name is fucking Wonder Woman. But does she really need ANOTHER non-nerdy collaboration?

MAC is releasing a Wonder Woman-inspired line of makeup February 10 (which will run through April)–but I’d like to ask, what about the OTHER females in comic book culture?

MAC's Wonder Woman collection; L-R: Mascara, Nail Lacquer, Lipstick. Images via refinery29.com

MAC's Wonder Woman collection; L-R: Mascara, Nail Lacquer, Lipstick.

Case-in-point #1: Poison Ivy (from Batman and Robin)
I can see an eye-shadow quad on Uma Thurman’s face. Perhaps it can be called, “The Greenhouse Effect”.

There would obviously be a coordinating shade of lipstick. Image via myspace.com

Case-in-point #2: Emma Frost
Look at those lips! You could just name the lipstick of the same shade “Emma Frost” and that would be appropriate.

The "Emma Frost". Image via comicbookresources.com

Example #3: Harley Quinn
Oh. Wait. I already have a palette like this from Nars, but it’s called “Pandora”. I feel “Harley Quinn” is more suitable.

Image via netbrawl.com

I rename thee, "The Harley Quinn". Image via imtheitgirl.com

Example #4: Catwoman
Not sure if she’s one of the top villainesses in my book, but Catwoman is definitely up there in the top 3. Just one of the renditions of Catwoman’s look, I’m pretty sure there’s a palette and lipstick appropriate for this version… I’d call it… “Nine Lives”.

Image via mrossana.com

Hah! It is found... "Nine Lives" as it should be named. Image via cosmetics4uonline.co.uk.

Apparently, purple lips are making a comeback. Collage via fashionjour.com

So I realize that none of the women I have chosen are as righteous as Wonder Woman, but I’m sure you’ll agree with me that they are all wonderful in that they do kick a good amount of ass, and are unforgettable characters. Besides, they seem to have a bit more fun with their makeup and styling.

The Cape: Campy Champion-y

25 Jan

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the trailer (which I don’t think shows how good the show actually is, but will still give you an idea of what you’re in for):

 

Reasons I like this show so far:

It’s fun! The entire show, from the basic premise of superhero with magical cape powers to execution of the plotline, edges on the ridiculous. But it’s just on the edge. As of the three episodes I’ve seen, it walks the fine line of enjoyable goofiness and has yet to fall into the trap of being an absurd farce. I think it’s the perfect level of campy, as long as you approach it with that in mind.

It’s a comic book, no really. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s something about this show that makes it feel like watching a live-action comic book. It’s great! I think it’s the fact that everything’s just slightly overacted: enough so it’s thematic, but not so much that it’s annoying or too cheesy. And the background music is always perfect: slightly cartoony but subtle enough not to be noticed all the time.

It’s straightforward: Don’t know if it was my familiarity with the actor, or the fact that he’s the only British guy in the show, but I knew the identity of the ‘masked villain Chess’ (which is a cool name without being too ridiculous) within the first five minutes of the pilot. You were obviously meant to.

Honestly, I didn’t mind. After suffering through shows like The Event and Flash Forward, where the mystery and confusion of not knowing anything just blurs into tedium, I like having things laid out for me so openly. Plus, it adds to the feel that it’s an old-school comic, where bad guys were bad guys and good guys were good guys and you enjoyed watching them duke it out.
And, it’s not so predictable that it’s boring though, which is trap No Ordinary Family tends to fall into.

It’s got great names: Love that the Big Brother figure is Orwell. I’m sure everyone got the literary reference, but it makes the English major in me happy.

Also, Carnival of Crime! I mean, come on. It’s brilliant and alliterative and fun all in one title. And they robbed banks in circus costumes, with a dwarf and using an ice-cream truck and a raccoon. It’s hard not to love it.

It’s unexpectedly witty: Do we think the raccoon acted alone?”

 

A Course in Zombiology, For Reals.

18 Jan

Even though I grew up watching anime and reading manga, you’d be surprised by the amount of Asian kids in my hometown that didn’t really participate in either activity, so I always feel giddy with excitement when someone else knows what I’m rambling about. I guess that’s also one of the reasons this blog was started, to find other people with similar interests and share the geeky love…

Corniness and nostalgia aside, I finally finished watching High School of the Dead 2 weeks ago (yeah, I know, I’m late. My sister finished it the week it came out, shocking…) and the surprising part of that is not so much that I thoroughly enjoyed it, but because I watched it with a bunch of other girlfriends who don’t really watch anime.

High School of the Dead--Because busty schoolgirls and zombies are a winning formula. Image via http://shannaro.files.wordpress.com

Somewhere along episode 6 a few of us started debating how we’d survive a zombie apocalypse–weapons, getaway vehicle, provisions, places. We even named one of our girlfriends’ apartment’s “ZSDF HQ” (Zombie Self-Defense Force) on Foursquare. Call us losers or people with too much time on our hands but we got a little too excited and I ended up making this banner during a lull in my work day. (Yes we actually updated all our Facebook statuses that day as well) You can see that we really put a lot of thought into these weapons–though we probably wouldn’t actually be able to get a hold of an AR-15 with a chainsaw or even a crossbow during the panic…We could, however, legitimately take our girlfriend’s Prius as our default vehicle since we wouldn’t have to worry about refilling up our gas. (Bet you didn’t think of that one, eh?)

Of course we weren’t the only ones to obsess and contemplate the zombie apocalypse. This Thursday, January 20, at Meltdown Comics in LA, Nerds in Babeland will be presenting their first-ever Comic-Book-of-the-Month club, this time centering on the Walking Dead (which I actually just started reading last week). The event starts  at 7PM and all attendees receive an awesome 20% off all your purchases at Meltdown during the event. You can join other fans in discussing the television series, graphic novels or consider whether a shotgun would be more beneficial to your survival during the zombie shitshow or if it would stir up too much noise and would therefore lead to your demise.

And more details from the Nerds in Babeland site:

Jenna Busch (Moviefone Minute, Huffington Post, Cineboobs) will be leading a discussion on the hit AMC program show based on the series, followed by a discussion lead by Stephanie Wooten from Nerds in Babeland on the best-selling comic book series.  In between the discussions we will even provide a zombie make-up tutorial by Jackie Bagwell, an owner & organizer of Ashtoberfest (a week-long festival dedicated to all-things zombie).”

A zombie make-up tutorial? If I didn’t already look like one, I’d be there.

And if you can’t attend in person, you can log on to nerdsinbabeland.com/chat at 7PM PST and join in the discussion through your computer screen.

There is an entry fee of $6 but you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a copy of a Walking Dead graphic novel (but more importantly, geek out about zombies in a group setting)

Meltdown Comics is located at 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 90046. Tel: 323-851-7223. But I mean seriously, if you don’t already know where it is, you’ve been deprived.

Superheroes in Art

17 Jan

Art with a capital A, too.

With graphic novels gaining literary appreciation, why shouldn’t comic book art gain the same respect?
Honestly though, I’m not all that convinced about the general public’s ability to make that cognitive leap without some help, and I think I’ve found just the way to do that. Meshing comic book superheroes with more classic art might make it easier for people to appreciate comic art on its own.

Check out Superhero ModRen 1 and Superhero ModRen 2 . They’re Photoshop competitions where people have combined superheroes with fine art and some are pretty amazing.
(Admittedly, a lot do look just like bad Photoshop, but others are impressive.)

These are some of my favourites:

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