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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?

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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.

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:

2011: A Year of Geek Movies

8 Jan

There are a ridiculous amount of geeky movies coming out this year.

With superheroes, fairy tales, robots, gods, aliens, vampires, gnomes, zombies, genetically engineered apes, smurfs, pirates, spies, witches, wizards, pandas…the movie selection this year is a smörgåsbord of geek topics.

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Season of the Witch: Jan 7th

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The Green Hornet: Jan 14th

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Gnomeo and Juliet: Feb 11

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I am Number Four: Feb 18th

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All Star Superman: Feb 22nd

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The Adjustment Bureau: March 4th

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Mars Needs Moms: March 11th

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Battle: Los Angeles: March 11th

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Beastly: March 18th

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Paul: March 18th

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Dylan Dog: Dead of Night: March (tentatively)

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Sucker Punch: March 25

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Super: April 1st

Starring Rainn Wilson as The Crimson Bolt, a powerless superhero who wields a wrench, it looks like it’s going to be Kick Ass level of good.

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Source Code: April 1st

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Your Highness: April 8th

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Thor: May 6th

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Priest: May 13th

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: May 20th

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Kung Fu Panda 2: May 27th

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X-Men First Class: June 3rd

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Green Lantern: Emerald Knights: June 7th

Straight to DVD animated movie about Kyle Rayner and a time-travelling Hal Jordan as they team up with the JLA and Green Arrow to fight Sinestro and Parallax.

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Super 8: June 10th

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Rise of the Apes: June 24th

Planet of the Apes prequel which shows how the apes came to rule to world, starring James Franco.

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Green Lantern: June 17th

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Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon: July 1st

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: July 15th

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Captain America: The First Avenger: July 22nd

If you don’t know what this is going to be about, shame on you.

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Cowboys and Aliens: July 29th

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The Smurfs: August 3rd

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Conan the Barbarian: August 19th

Conan”s adventures on his quest to avenge the death of his father and the slaughter of his village.

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Fright Night: August 19th

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Johnny English Reborn: September 16th

Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) tries to stop a band of assassins from killing the Chinese Premier

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Now: September 30th

A society where aging stops at 25 and the rich are immortal while the rest struggle to survive. Starring Justin Timberlake, who’s falsely accused of murder, on the run with his hostage Amanda Seyfried.

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Real Steel: October 7th

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The Thing: October 14th

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Puss in Boots: November 4th

Origins of the swashbuckling cat from the Shrek movies.

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Immortals: November 11th

3D movie where Theseus (Henry Cavill) must fight to save his people and the Greek gods from the mad King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke).

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Arthur Christmas: November 23rd

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Sherlock Holmes 2: December 16th

After how awesome the first one was, we all knew the sequel was inevitable.

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The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn: December 28th

3D motion-capture film based on the comics: Tintin’s first encounter with Captain Haddock and their adventures trying to find his ancestor’s hidden treasure.

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Tekken: Sometime in 2011

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These are trailers for the ones I’m actually likely to go see. For even more, see this io9 post.

Are People Like Gerard Way Supposed to Exist?

3 Jan

Happy new years, everyone. 2011. Do you make resolutions? I really don’t. I don’t know what’ll happen for me this year–there are things I want to do and places I want to go, but they’re basically just things I didn’t get around to finishing last year, so… I wouldn’t say they could be resolutions. Anyway, here’s to continued success with our blog, thank you ALL for your support our first 4 months. Now I feel we can put on the big kid pants.

The past two weeks have been very strange for me. People from my past (=awkward high school days) popping up, some cooler than others, some still awkward. So I say “strange” but when I mean “strange”, I mean I enjoy it. I like strange. Strange is preferable to routine. Those of you that know me, understand I have no sense of routine at all–especially in my sleeping pattern. But again, here I go off on another tangent completely unrelated to the subject of this post, Gerard Way.

Yes, I used to listen to My Chemical Romance. Their “The Black Parade” album was on repeat in my car for quite a while… then they kind of disappeared. Now onto the “people from my past” mention, I was hanging out with an old (super, super old–have known for 10 years+) friend of mine that I hadn’t seen in a few years, when suddenly we started talking about music (probably my fault) and then randomly, MCR. And then somehow the topic changed to “You know that Gerard Way wrote a comic book right?” Where have I been the past 4 years? Busy being uncool, I guess.

My Chemical Romance Fabulous Killjoys

My Chemical Romance as the Fabulous Killjoys. Image via altsounds.com

Of course I went home and googled that shit. Turns out the comic book is legit (because all comic books “authored” by celebrities already lose that credibility by having their names slapped on the cover somewhere in size 24 font) –it won the Eisner Award in 2008 for Best Finite/Limited Series. I don’t know about you, but the Eisner Award is a pretty big fucking deal. (Way also studied fine art and initially wanted to be a comic book artist/writer)

Of course the NEXT thing I did was run to the nearest comic book store–in my case, Meltdown Comics, and scoop up whatever I could find on The Umbrella Academy (Dark Horse). I only got my hands on issues 1, 2 & 6 but reading through 1 & 2 over my new year’s weekend, I found the story of a dysfunctional “family” with super-“powers” damn fascinating. James Jean‘s fluid and spooky cover art was a plus, and a contrast with the sharp, crisp art style of Brazilian artist Gabriel Bá.

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Cover art for Umbrella Academy Issue 2. Image via bscreview.com

Although I wish there was a bit more humor and violence (too much Mark Millar reading lately), Way’s The Umbrella Academy has very fascinating characters that I want to learn more about, set in a world that may or may not be our own…. I mean… the Eiffel Tower being a spaceship? I would never have guessed. A second series was released in 2008, titled “The Umbrella Academy: Dallas”, with a third series slated for release sometime after MCR’s “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” titled “TUA: Hotel Oblivion”.

But if you’re still following MCR (like I haven’t really been doing), you’ll see that their recent album introduces a new SET of characters Gerard came up with; he even directed the video for “Na Na Na“. The video includes scenes mimicking a comic layout.

I have to say that after reading TUA and being familiar with MCR’s music, Gerard Way is my fucking hero. He’s doing what he’s always wanted to do and succeeding.

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