Friday, January 22, 2016

An Occidental Asian Geek (preamble)

While it is true that much of my perception of the America was gleaned through the popular culture that reached our little South East Asian archipelago's shores, I also realized that much of it was also shaped through my particular areas of interest:

  • Science Fiction Movies, TV Shows, Books
  • Fantasy Movies, TV Shows, Books
  • Pulp Movies, TV Shows, Books
  • Comic Books
  • Cartoons
  • and, of course, RPGs

Therefore, once in a while, I'll be posting about my musings on these influences on my life and what I learned / mis-learned from them -- and how they reflected on my gaming life as well.

Upcoming posts in this series are:

An Occidental Asian Geek: Holmes, Poirot, and Marple
An Occidental Asian Geek: Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and the Three Investigators
An Occidental Asian Geek: The Fabulous Five and The Secret Seven
An Occidental Asian Geek: Peanuts
An Occidental Asian Geek: Trust Your Feelings, Luke
An Occidental Asian Geek: He's dead, Jim.
An Occidental Asian Geek: Doctor Who?
An Occidental Asian Geek: Agent 007 and Agent 00
An Occidental Asian Geek: Melancholy American Music
An Occidental Asian Geek: Two British Invasions

Saturday, January 2, 2016

2015: Year of the Hamill

Mark Hamill -- who hasn't been idle since the original Star Wars trilogy, by the way -- seems to have had a banner year. He appeared in the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service not as himself (to be truer to the comic book source material), but as a new character called James Arnold.

He also reprised his role of the Trickster on The Flash TV show, and -- as shown on the internet (and in the movie, of course) -- he has once again stepped into the shoes of Luke Skywalker in the latest episode in the new Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Though he may be in there only to pass the torch, it's good to see him in the franchise again.

Hamill, of course, is a genuine fan of many things geeky so it pleases me to see him active in two of my favorite fandom arenas (DC Comics and Star Wars).

Time to fire up my old Batman: The Animated Series vids to get a good helping of his other spectacular role, as the voice of the Joker.