I stumbled upon a little documentary while I roamed around Youtube and while it’s far from perfect I think it gives a balanced overview of otakus. It’s so well made in fact I think it’s the one documentary to show any questioning parents so they have a good understanding of our little subculture.
The piece True Otaku: The Documentary is an amateur documentary that explains the otaku fandom by going straight to the source, questioning regular fans and industry professionals in Otakon and Anime USA about many different topics related to the subject.
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It explains the anime boom that occurred in the US and how it led to the surge in anime fans that created such large conventions, lolita fashion, fan groups, and cosplay. Granted, they focused too much on cosplay and not enough on anime and manga, nor popular otaku video games such as visual novels and the unbelievably popular shooter Touhou nor fighting games like Persona 4, and not even on collectors of anime merchandise, but it’s a good introductory film to any questioning individual and I believe if everyone saw it they’d have more respect for the otaku community.
X-Factor is one of my new must-read series out of the All-New Marvel NOW! reboots. I love how this ragtag team is shaping up, along with the introduction of some other shady mutants who are new to me. I’m impressed by how genuine Polaris, Quicksilver, and Gambit are. They know who they are and they aren’t ashamed to be themselves. Just like in the last issue where Gambit has to pickpocket people so he doesn’t get rusty. This is a welcome change from all the million concurrent Wolverine series where he’s always struggling with his current role as a teacher and his past as a killer. With X-Factor, they don’t stray far from who they are.
In the last issue, Gambit, Polaris, and Quicksilver had just invaded an A.I.M. laboratory to save mutants that were being experimented on. In this issue, we continue the fight against Dr. Hoffman. Gambit and Quicksilver fight their way through the lab, while Polaris saves the injured Fatale from torture. We find out that Fatale, along with Reaper and Abyss, had been transported to another dimension after Quicksilver had turned them into walking time bombs. This new dimension froze time and prevented the three of them from detonating.
Dr. Hoffman transported them out to his lab in order to siphon off their explosive energy. Fatale can’t imagine why he would want to do that, but on their way out she and Polaris run into the newly formed Dr. Hoffman. He’s used the power to turn himself into a giant full of energy. He questions the mutants on why they didn’t think of the transformations for themselves. Gambit and Quicksilver team up to take him down with just a simple playing card. In the end, Dr. Hoffman isn’t really good at maintaining all that energy, especially while unconscious. Even though Quicksilver saved their lives, Abyss, Reaver, and Fatale are sill not ready to forgive him for what happened in the past.
I enjoyed this issue just as much as the last one, so I give it an A. We got to see more action in this issue and everyone’s individual fighting style. I got a taste of how they will work together in future issues. I’m still waiting to see why Serval Industries hired them in the first place and why they think Mutants’ lives are worth protecting. I’m completely excited about the next issue, since the cover has Gambit covered in kittens.
Jessica DeGouw (Dracula) will be reprising her role as The Huntress in an upcoming episode of CW’s hit DC Comics show Arrow.
The episode, titled Birds of Preyis set to air on Wednesday, March 26th, and Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim told TVGuide ”We consider Jessica a member of the Arrow family and we’re looking forward to having her back for an episode everyone will be talking about after.”
Fans of DC Comics know that the Bird of Prey are a group of Heroines who’ve had multiple incarnations over the years; though their most famous version featured The Huntress, Oracle, and Black Canary (who is currently on Arrow).
This certainly sounds like it’ll be an incredible episode, especially considering that The Huntress’ story on the show left off with her failing to kill her crime boss father,Ollie’s then girlfriend Detective McKenna was inujred in the process.
There’s a must read comic on the scene this month! If you can, you should drop everything and run to your nearest comic book store to pick up this new series from Rick Remender with story, Wes Craig with art, Lee Loughridge with coloring, Rus Wooton with lettering and design, and Sebastian Girner as editor. Image Comics served as the publisher.
Deadly Class is about a group of teenagers in a high school, but not your typical high school. In this high school, they learn how to kill and become assassins. It’s Kings Dominion School of the Deadly Arts. Deadly Class follows Marcus Lopez Arguello, a homeless teenager, trying to make his way on the streets of San Francisco after his parents were killed.
I give Deadly Class an A+ as it impresses in story, art, and intrigue. I recommend this for anyone that may be interested in assassins and an alternative twist on the world with a darker nature. Deadly Class, however, is rated M for Mature so I do not recommend this for children.
Issue #3 of Alex + Ada came out this week – January 15, 2014 to be exact. Alex + Ada is written by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn with the art and cover done by Jonathan Luna. The series is published by Image Comics. As seen in my previous review of this series, I have been skeptical, but this issue has me somewhat excited for what’s to come.
In this issue, Alex grapples with feeling like something is missing from Ada (his android), as if she is too “robotic.” I can’t say I blame him as Ada, at the moment, comes off as too aiming to please anything he asks. It’s a bit eerie. Alex begins searching for ways to deal with this problem and upon the end of the issue starts looking for answers in a group called the “Degrees of Freedom.”
Although I am still waiting for more from this series, this issue has gotten me more interested in what will happen with Alex and Ada. It’s stepping away from that “been there, done that” feeling and making the premise its own. I give this issue a C+ as it has improved from the first two issues, but it still leaves something to be desired.
Issue #4 of Alex + Ada will be out on February 12, 2014.
Warner Bros. announced that Batman vs. Superman will debut on May 6, 2016 instead of its intended July 17, 2015 date.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t surprise me as this movie went from being a mash up of two favorited heroes to somehow becoming a Justice League-esque movie. With Gal Gadot being cast as Wonder Woman and rumors of possible Flash cameos, there’s a lot of confusion around what exactly this movie is – Batman vs. Superman or just a rushed attempt at a Justice League movie without properly setting up our beloved heroes.
Although I am skeptical of this movie’s success at the moment, I am relieved that they are taking the time to make sure this movie is done right, whatever it may be.
What are your thoughts on this change? Would you prefer this movie to be just with Batman or Superman (and now Wonder Woman) or would you like appearances of other DC heroes? Let us know in the comments.
I’m going to be honest here. I’ve never read an X-Factor comic in my life. I thought I would try All-New X-Factor issue one since it’s one of the first week releases for the All-New Marvel NOW! reboot. I have to say, I really liked this issue. I was afraid I would have no idea what was going on, but if you have a basic understanding of the X-Men, then you’re good to go with reading this comic.
This issue focuses on Gambit, and in the beginning he gets what I call a “stern talking-to” from Wolverine, as Wolverine catches Gambit breaking into a house. Wolverine tells him if he wants to keep his teaching position at the Jean Grey school, then he needs to put his thieving life behind and focus on the students.
Gambit gets bummed out and visits a bar, where he meets his old friend Polaris. She brings him to the company she works for, Serval Industries, and introduces him to the CEO, Harrison Snow. He offers Gambit a position with the X-Force, Serval Industries private mutant task force. Snow brings in Quicksilver to coerce him into joining.
In the end, Snow sends the X-Force on their first mission – to save a mutant from being experimented on by Dr. Hoffman. There are still a few questions that remain, though. Why does Snow even care about mutantkind? What does he get out of saving mutants?
I’m really excited about this new series and I give issue one an A. With the release of All-New X-Force and Black Widow this past week, I would say that the All-New Marvel NOW! reboot had a very strong first week.
This article was originally posted on my blog, R2D2Cupcake, on January 14, 2014.
Revival is written by Tim Seeley with art from Mike Norton and published by Image Comics.
The characters at the head of the story are sisters Officer Dana Cypress and Martha “Em” Cypress. In a small town in rural Wisconsin, there has suddenly been this revival of the dead. No one knows why and strange things are happening to some that have come back to life. Revival captivates you from the very beginning and cinches the reader from a cliffhanger at the end of the first issue – Em is one of the revivers. Due to this strange phenomenon the government has quarantined the town to prevent it from spreading and the CDC has come in to try to get a grasp on what’s going on.
The art is absolutely stunning and unique in emphasizing the suspenseful story. Revival is not your typical zombie story as the dead that have risen vary between those that aren’t so responsive to those that “seem” very much like they were before “Revival Day,” or are they?
There is a lot unknown about these revivers, but so far I’m intrigued to find out more. Dana is scrambling to search for the cause, while keeping an eye on her sister.
I HIGHLY recommend this series to anyone that enjoys a good mysterous zombie-esque story. The characters are all interesting with a depth not yet revealed, but insinuated in its existance. Revivers are out and about, hidden and revealed. Demons are wandering around in search of something. Revival is an enthralling twist on the “zombie” premise and guaranteed to keep you wanting more.
On Wednesday, April 9, 2014 there’s going to be a grand wedding – Deadpool’s wedding! Issue #27 of the current run of Deadpool by writers Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn will be the one to watch out for! No one knows yet who the bride will be, but that won’t stop the speculation!
For this special occasion, Gerry Duggan will be coming to my home state of Maryland to celebrate. Third Eye Comics in Annapolis, Maryland will be hosting. There will be a wedding cake! From 11am to 1pm, Gerry Duggan will be signing copies of his works. For those guys and gals, guys and guys, gals and gals, that have been thinking of getting hitched, if one or both dress up as Deadpool, there will be an ordained minister attending to marry you. If you’re there early, you’ll even get a free wedding gift (if you’re one of the first 50)!
Third Eye Comics is my go to comic book store in the area with the friendliest of staff and an amazing collection. They have never disappointed me in the past, so I am nothing but excited for this crazy cool event.
UPDATE!!!!: Mike Hawthorne, the artist for the current Deadpool run, will also be in attendance.
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