Starshine5050: Hello everyone! Welcome back to another round of objection! As always I’m Starshine.
Judge: And this is your friendly neighbordhood Judge.
Starshine5050: Today we’ll be talking about the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s most famous work, Ender’s Game. Judge, why don’t you talk about what you thought of the film?
Judge: Sure thing. My general impression of the film is pretty straightforward: while I found it entertaining and visually pleasing, I never felt engaged or connected. I just couldn’t get myself to care about what was going on.
You walk into any store in a predominantly Christian country, Christmas music will be playing. No one has ever been able to explain why we have the barrage of Christmas music other than people love it and it makes money. As a not very-merry holiday person, it grates on my nerves endlessly. Sadly, this trend is international, since both the Korean and Japanese music industries have holiday hits of their own.
Bring on the red and white — Christmas only comes two months of the year.
Hello everyone! Silverwolf here with another great edition of Give It a Shot! I’m here this week to talk about a webcomic known as Imogen Quest. Now, anyone who follows my articles knows I’m a big comic book fan, but I’ve come pretty late to the webcomic game; sure, I’ve read a few friends have suggested here and there, but few have really captured my interest for an extended period of time. Imogen Quest, however, is vastly different.
So awhile back I opined that fan works are a boon to the creative process. For instance, fan art is a great means to practice the art of character design by drawing on the successes of other artists/working within current trends. In fact, some big name animators dabbled in fan art before their careers took off–or continue to dabble in fan art today as a way to unwind and to exercise those artistic muscles.
You know it’s terrible and all — but did you know this all started as a “Twilight” AU fic? Pretty ew, but again, who knows where fanfic can take you
But fan art is just one of the many ways that fans can contribute to the monster collaborative that is fandom. Just as popular as fan art is its written counterpart, fanfiction, allows the imagination to run wild in any and every direction possible. And with the success of works of fanfiction–notably that train-wreck known as Fifty Shades of Gray or the parody works such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies–in the mainstream media, should fanfics be considered the next step towards a coveted publishing contract?
Silverwolf: Hello everyone! Silverwolf here with fellow comic fan ArcGunner to discuss the upcoming wave of Marvel relaunches and new series known as All-New Marvel NOW! Let’s first talk about what we’re excited for. Arc, are there any series in particular you’re looking forward to from Marvel in 2014?
ArcGunner:Honestly, I am very much looking forward to Ghost Rider, New Warriors, and The Punisher, but that’s as far as the NEW titles go. The main reason I’m looking forward to New Warriors is because I am a VERY big fan of the current Scarlet Spider series. It’s an AMAZING title and I’m very sad to see it go. Kaine is a worthwhile character and I hope to see more of him, preferably kicking the crap out of Octopeter.
Good evenin’ everyone, it’s time for a tasty bite of some Food for Thought! Tonight, we’re going to have a chat about something that’s a little slice-of-life, a little cute, and very much a celebration of the epic of the everyday: the uncanny hero! You know the type, that kind of person that probably shouldn’t evoke feelings of the epic, but is blithely tossed into high adventure and (maybe) romance–it’s something that is perhaps played up for comedic effect but can be kind of inspired, actually.
And, as of late, two new, exciting cartoons/webtoons are driven by the uncanny hero and their quest(s) to find their way with super cute musical interludes — yep, I’m talking about Steven Universe and Bee and Puppycat.
So why do we love watching the everyman, the uncanny hero, this source of lame mediocrity that entire shows/movies/books/what-have-you are built around? Because if every porkchop were perfect, we wouldn’t have hotdogs.
It’s been nearly two weeks since Pokemon X/Y came out. And while we’ve reminisced about it, and even gave our first impressions on it — I think we’ve had enough time to sit on this game, picking away at it to start up a concise round-table discussion. Arguably, I think Pokemon X/Y is one of the 3Ds’ big hits, rivaling hot games like Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem Awakening as booming fan-favorites. So now that we’re beyond first impressions, how does the new Pokemon game stand up to the highly critical (haha jk), cultured minds of MoarPowah staff? Read on to find out!
Some YouTube stars make it big by making witty commentary. Other by making cute make-up tutorials. EatYourKimchi is unique in that their entire channel is dedicated to life in Korea. When this Canadian husband and wife duo Simon and Martina moved to Seoul to teach English, they had no idea the videos they were making for family and friends would become so popular. Soon after their success began, they stopped teaching and became YouTube travel celebrities full time.
Beyond the “Isn’t Asian so weird?” commentary that lots of YouTubers, and even regular Internet citizens, are known for, Simon and Martina explain many different aspects of life in Korea including bullying, tattoos, manners, beauty supplies and even how to use your washing machine. They do respectfully and with a great depth of insight which doesn’t come off as either glorifying or demonizing the culture. They have great charisma on camera, making jokes and generally just fooling around. They have many different programs like Music Mondays, Food Adventure Program For Awesome People (F.A.P.F.A.P.) and Wonderful Treasure Find Korea (W.T.F. Korea).
They’re not alone on their travel vlogging adventure — Soo Zee and intern Leigh are helping to make videos, keep their websites up-to-date. And who can forget their adorable pets, Spudgy the Pekinese dog and Dr. Meemersworth the Scottish Fold cat. You can find all their videos, blog posts and adorable doodles all right here.
It’s been a week since Pokemon X/Y hit stores worldwide–to what appears to be generally favorable reviews. Our very own Inverseman and resident Pokemon master posted his first impressions, and although it’s only a short snippet of a game that can literally take days to complete, there was something about his review that struck me: Pokemon’s nostalgia factor.
It’s also been about 20 years since Pokemon became a household name–20 rather magical years of worldbuilding, spin-offs, movies, merchandise and more. 20 long years and we–arguably the 19 to 20-something year old crowd–still return to this particular universe. So, has Gamefreak hit the jackpot with a stellar profitable idea? Or is it just some innate 90s kid nostalgia that influences us to stand on line from 11 PM to midnight for a mere “child’s” game? Read on for some poetic rambling and a bit of musing on perhaps what makes us–again, that 19 to 20-something year old demographic–return to the world of Pokemon every few years or so.
Since I’ve moved to the Midwest, I was unable to attend New York Comic Con this year as I have regularly since 2008. Even so, I still wanted to keep up-to-date with the latest news from the convention. Several of my fellow MoarPowah writers have already voiced their reports on the Con, so I decided to compile a list of the top 3 announcements from NYCC 2013 I’m excited for, and the top 3 that made me groan. Continue reading »