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Silicon Valley Comic Con 2018 San Jose Events + Food + Party Guide

If you don’t know, I happen to live in San Jose where we have a new comic convention (only in it’s third year) taking place downtown this weekend (Friday, April 6 -Sunday, April 8). Silicon Valley Comic Con is an upstart convention, unaffiliated with any of the other big names like SDCC or NYCC, that […]

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Why Isle of Dogs is Problematic for Asian-Americans in Movies

A few days ago I posted an article about the new Wes Anderson movie “Isle of Dogs” to my Facebook account. It was an article about how some reviewers noticed that the movie was marginalizing Japanese culture. I expected the usual, a few friends like it, a few friends post some comments that agree with […]

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Nerdist Improv School: Journey to Rebranding as Ruby LA & Experiences

If you’ve been to any SDCC or are into nerdy podcasts, you’ve probably heard of Nerdist. Every year at San Diego Comic Con, there’s usually some large sponsored party, offsite event, or other fun thing with the Nerdist brand in tow. Showrunner and founder of the Nerdist Chris Hardwick is well known in pop culture […]

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How Final Round’s Hype Train Derailed the Meta

Final Round Was Just the Beginning This last Saint Patrick’s Day weekend a major tournament called “Final Round” was held in Atlanta, Georgia. Final Round’s 21st event hosted a whole slew of games from Dead or Alive 5 to Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite. The games in focus, however, were Street Fighter V and Dragonball Fighter […]

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A Black Panther Review: The Diaspora, Black History, and Power

First, let’s get this out of the way: Marvel’s new Black Panther movie is an excellent movie that captivates you in its splendor. The characters are compelling, the plot is thrilling, the cinematography/set design/costumes are great, the themes are treated intelligently, fight choreography is handled well, the villian is memorable, and it just exudes cool. If […]

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Why You Should Get Dragonball FighterZ If You Suck at Fighting Games

Fight Club It’s exhilarating being in the ring. There is a certain kind of adrenaline rush you get when it all comes down to one-on-one competition. Everything counts: the first hit, the counters, getting in their head. When you fail you only have yourself to blame. No team members who can become your scape goat. But […]

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Berserk 2016 Uncensored: Jan 2018 US Blu Ray Release, Better Animation

I’m a sucker for Kentarou Miura’s Berserk and its epic bloody battles in a dark fantasy setting. Back in 2016, a new Berserk anime series debuted, marking the series’ return to animated form. One of the main criticisms leveled at the modern release was the heavy use of CG in the animation, a point I’ve […]

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The Mr. Robot Ecoin Promo – Hail Corporate & Free Stuff From Ecoin Perks!

Back in October, during the most recent New York Comic Con, I walked past what looked to be a corporate bank signup table–the kind you’d see in any general audience outdoor festival or farmers market slinging checking accounts and credit cards. You know, like Wells Fargo or Chase was in town for NYCC. The booth […]