The Awakening

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There’s been an awakening. Have you felt it?

I have. In Hong Kong. It’s the awakening of awesomeness. For some reason, the Special Administrative Region of China is getting massive love from Disney/Lucasfilm in advance of the movie’s opening. In fact, it will open in Hong Kong a day before it does in the United States. Maybe it’s to beat the pirate DVD sales. But I think I have a better explanation… [click to continue…]

My (Un)Official Podcast

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It seems like everyone has a podcast these days. While I wrestle with the idea of starting one of my own, and what that would exactly provide for you, I have decided to kind of start one. So tide you over to the real thing, I give you: THE ERSATZCAST©: THE UNOFFICIAL PAUL OGATA PODCAST!

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“BE MINDFUL,” read the large letters on the side of the highway on my way to Launceston, Tasmania. Of course, it’s a Catch-22. They beg you to keep your eyes on the road, while demanding that you take your eyes off the road to see them.

Part advice, part art, part disgusted farmer who is tired of repairing his fence, I imagine.

The words of wisdom, like a Ceti Alpha eel, burrowed into my mind, causing me to “be mindful” of the other art in Australia I came across. Here’s what I found: [click to continue…]

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So much time is spent among fanboys and comic book geeks over which superhero is the greatest ever. Even on a macro scale, you will find them split on whether Marvel or DC is better. So to finally put this matter to rest, I have conducted an unbiased, scientific, comprehensive look at over 200 superheroes from both publishers (as well as from some indies) and examined them over multiple criteria to arrive at some solid answers.

And now, I give you: The Top Ten Superheroes in the History of Ever!



This may seem like rather low placement for arguably the most iconic superhero on such a list, but hear me out. Other heroes use fancy weapons: Wolverine’s adamantium claws; Superman’s heat vision; The Punisher’s myriad firearms. Batman, however, eschews the use of guns. Remember that rifle he had in Dark Knight Rises? EMP generator. Basically just a gun-shaped light switch. He hates guns. Mostly. Instead, Batman chooses to use hand-to-hand combat along with his ingenuity. Hits and wits, if you prefer your explanations to rhyme. Or punches and hunches, perhaps? Anyway, maybe if he had guns and knives he’d be higher up the list. [click to continue…]