ARROW & THE FLASH & KATANA: Superhero Relationships Would Be Super-Complicated

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Dominic Mah is a writer, director, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and rock musical enthusiast. He recently co-wrote a feature film about superheroes and sidekicks. He is working on a startup comic book. He is often found in karaoke bars being @dommah and@thorhulkcritic.

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OK nerds, in the last two episodes of ARROW and THE FLASH, we’re introduced to Wildcat, Plastique, Girder, Gorilla Grodd, Reverse Flash, General Eiling, Cupid, Captain Boomerang, and Katana! But also and more importantly, dating is tough. There are Love Triangle Scenarios happening between the superheroes, their super-friends, their super-exes and super-platonic-BFFs, even their super-villains. It’s very complicated. Girl, let me fill you in on all this gossip:

ARROW & THE FLASH: Nerd Crushbait & the Felicity Smoak Problem

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Dominic Mah is a writer, filmmaker, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and ex-professional gambler. Soon he will be premiering a reality show about Bay Area karaoke singers at melancholyball.com. He critiques popculture both as @dommah (normal dude) and @thorhulkcritic (Hulked-out Marvel rage-monster/god). He also will be responsible for #AvengersVsXmenTexting on the InstaTwitterSocialMediaSphere.

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Fair warning: This article could make me sound like a creeper. As an Asian American dude, I’m used to being in that box, so whatever. Hello, familiar box. How are your flaps? Moving forward:

I’m trying really hard not to crush out on Felicity Smoak, the ARROW character played by Emily Bett Rickards. But I am failing. I resist the urge to “awwww” at everything she does because the character is so obviously intended as nerd crushbait, from her glasses to her superlative hacking skills to her witty ADHD non sequiturs. For you non-Arrowheads, Felicity is the computer expert on Oliver’s crimefighting team, and crossed over to last week’s episode of FLASH, wherein she almost had a Flash Fling. (FLASH skipped an episode this week, so this is a partial recap of both FLASH E4 and ARROW E4-5.)

Annie Undocumented: How To Tell A Big Story With Almost No Money

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Brian Yang is a professional airline passenger who occasionally attends film festivals, guest stars on HAWAII FIVE-0, and produces sports documentaries like LINSANITY. Daniel Hsia only leaves the house to write for TV and direct movies like SHANGHAI CALLING. They collaborated on ANNIE UNDOCUMENTED, winner of the Best Web Series prize at the 2014 New York Television Festival. You can watch the show at annieundocumented.com or embedded below. The two talk about why they decided to do a project revolving around a young Asian American who discovers she is an “illegal immigrant”.

Brian (l) and Daniel.

Brian (l) and Daniel.

BRIAN YANG: I was at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival when Daniel pitched me a web series about a teenage girl who suddenly discovers that she’s an undocumented immigrant. The story was inspired by real-life experiences of writer Elaine Low, who was undocumented growing up. Coincidentally, I had just heard Jose Antonio Vargas (Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and undocumented American) give a speech in Washington, D.C. about his own experiences and the need for immigration reform. I felt like this was an important topic to make a film about, but the story sounded big in scope and I wasn’t sure how Daniel was planning to tell it on a shoestring budget.

DANIEL HSIA: Elaine is a friend I’ve known for several years, last year I learned that she was undocumented growing up. This blew my mind because she is very smart and ambitious and professional, nothing like the image of the “illegal immigrant” portrayed in the media. It made me think about undocumented immigrants in a new light, and I wanted to tell a story that could give others that same revelation, that the undocumented are just like the rest of us, normal people who want better lives for their children.

HELLO KITTY CON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Liz Ho is a fortune cookie: a crispy-Asian-American-treat that will give you useless advice & lotto numbers. She loves Star Trek, Hello Kitty (OBVIOUSLY), reading, working on her YouTube Channel and taking daily pictures of her ewok of a dogs.

I had the delightful privilege of getting a VIP sneak peak at the first Hello Kitty Convention in the world. I have been to Comic Con, Star Trek Conventions, and Anime Cons, and I would have to say that the Hello Kitty Con 2014 is the cutest and friendliest convention I have ever been to. The whole experience was magical right from the start to the end.

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The Con has two main areas: the Hello Kitty Sweet Happy Plaza (outside) and the Hello Kitty Con 2014. Side Note: Your ticket also gets you free admission into the JANM exhibit HELLO! EXPLORING THE SUPER CUTE WORLD OF HELLO KITTY. I adored the exhibit and it is definitely a must see for any Hello Kitty fan.

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Before we get into the con, I must warn you that I will be overusing the word “cute” and all its iterations. I apologize in advance, but seriously, this stuff is just so FLIPPING CUTE. If you’d like, go ahead and make it a drinking game. Anytime you see the word “cute” here, go ahead and take a drink.

To See And Be Seen: Twenty-Six Asian Films Of 2014

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Adam Chau is a blogger from the Midwest. In his spare time he likes to help publish books, post random musings, and consume as much media as he can.

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A quick dab of films from this year that I’ve seen, or still need to see, that I now share in an old school non twitteresque type of way.

Buyer beware and no, I won’t do that because it’s my list.

Get your own list.

1. Aberdeen
Directed By: Pang Ho-cheung


Sometimes I just get attracted to a family drama with a darker edge and this seems to fit the bill. With Louis Koo, Eric Tsang, Miriam Yeung and Gigi Leung. Gives me kind of a Lost In Beijing feel when I watch the trailer even though I don’t think it’s going to be that dark.

FLASH FACT, Episode 4: You Would Be Naked All The Time

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Dominic Mah is a writer, filmmaker, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and ex-professional gambler. Soon he will be premiering a reality show about Bay Area karaoke singers at melancholyball.com. He critiques popculture both as @dommah (normal dude) and @thorhulkcritic (Hulked-out Marvel rage-monster/god). He also will be responsible for #AvengersVsXmenTexting on the InstaTwitterSocialMediaSphere.

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FLASH FACT: The air friction created by running at supersonic speeds on Earth would burn off all your clothes instantly. Unless you’re the Flash.

In this week’s THE FLASH, Felicity Smoak from ARROW shows up, and Barry tries to woo her with super-speed DHV (Demonstrations of Higher Value). He zooms up to the top of a skyscraper and snaps a photo of her on street level, then zips back down to street level to show her the pic. (Not creepy at all.) Felicity notices that Barry’s shoes are smoldering, and he quickly stamps out the flame. #MeetCute

SAF Seeking… Maturation

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Annika is a 28 year old Cambodian Vietnamese Chinese French American who recently returned to school to finish a bachelor’s degree in computer science and linguistics. Her hobbies and interests include swimming, cooking, baking, writing, reading, math, symbolic logic, learning foreign languages, and drinking espresso – and of course, boys.

No. No time for a social life. :)

No. No time for a social life. :)

OK, I suck at following through.

Life’s been busy. I started school again at the beginning of September and picked up a night shift at one of my jobs. On average, I get about four hours of sleep — maybe five, if I am fortunate enough to get a 7 AM shift at Starbucks. Saturdays, I have school on almost the other side of town and Sundays, I am working, working, working. I don’t get a single day off.

BUT! I say I suck at following through not because I haven’t been blogging, but because I’m still seeing Lukas, albeit on a very, very irregular basis.

So much for one night, eh?

ARROW & FLASH, Episodes 3: Also, It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month

guest_offendersDominic Mah is a writer, filmmaker, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and ex-professional gambler. Soon he will be premiering a reality show about Bay Area karaoke singers at melancholyball.com. He critiques popculture both as @dommah (normal dude) and@thorhulkcritic (Hulked-out Marvel rage-monster/god). He also will be responsible for #AvengersVsXmenTexting on the InstaTwitterSocialMediaSphere.

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Let’s dispel a stereotype about comic books. The myth is that comic books are not about real stuff, because the characters themselves are myths, with funny names like Ultron and Green Arrow. Comic books are our most consistently mythic art form, and hence thought of as “for kids,” whatever that means. But the Marvel and DC Universes have always engaged the political and social issues that are in our universe, and ideally will continue to do so, now that they are so much more in our “real world” of movies and primetime TV.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, in the real world, which bears mentioning because of a storyline in this week’s episode of ARROW.

FLASH FACTS, Episode 3: Drugs, Messy Rooms, and Firestorm

guest_offendersDominic Mah is a writer, filmmaker, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and ex-professional gambler. Soon he will be premiering a reality show about Bay Area karaoke singers at melancholyball.com. He critiques popculture both as @dommah (normal dude) and@thorhulkcritic (Hulked-out Marvel rage-monster/god). He also will be responsible for #AvengersVsXmenTexting on the InstaTwitterSocialMediaSphere.

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In this week’s episode of THE FLASH, a few moments of funny physics beg for a (super-speedy) Flash Fact discussion.

- There’s a gag where Barry zooms around his lab, looking for a misplaced piece of paperwork, CAUSING A FEW PIECES OF PAPER TO FLUTTER AROUND, causing his lab to become messy. This is cute, but it is Infinitely Ridiculous to bring up the issue of air displacement with the Flash. If a human-sized thing moved supersonically through your room, it would not have the effect of  a “light breeze.” It would be a frigging tornado, wrecking everything not nailed down, and some things would likely explode.

Green Arrow & The Flash (Episodes 2) : No, the Asian Superhero hasn’t appeared yet

guest_offendersDominic Mah is a writer, filmmaker, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and ex-professional gambler. Soon he will be premiering a reality show about Bay Area karaoke singers at melancholyball.com. He critiques popculture both as @dommah (normal dude) and@thorhulkcritic (Hulked-out Marvel rage-monster/god). He also will be responsible for #AvengersVsXmenTexting on the InstaTwitterSocialMediaSphere.

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I bet some of you nerds thought ^that^ was the title for a BRAVE & BOLD movie, right? In yer dreams! Oh wait, Warner Bros. just announced that they will produce 10 DC movies from next year through 2020!

Suicide Squad? Seriously? Rad.

THORHULKCRITIC: BTW ISN’T IT AWESOME HOW WE NOW GET SUPERHERO FILM NEWS FROM PUNY FORBES AND MOTLEYFOOL? AND BY AWESOME HULK MEAN ARRRRRRRGGGHH.

FLASH FACT, Episode 2: It Would Take 850 Tacos Just To Be The Flash

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Dominic Mah is a writer, filmmaker, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and ex-professional gambler. Soon he will be premiering a reality show about Bay Area karaoke singers at melancholyball.com. He critiques popculture both as @dommah (normal dude) and@thorhulkcritic (Hulked-out Marvel rage-monster/god). He also will be responsible for #AvengersVsXmenTexting on the InstaTwitterSocialMediaSphere.

In JLA #2, Flash talks to us about Flash Facts (I believe the great Grant Morrison coined this term). Flash Facts are little factoids relevant to having the power of super-speed, which Flash calls upon whenever he’s tearing the laws of physics a new worm-hole.

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Annnnnddddd…Exhale! A Recap of the 2014 Consortium of Asian American Theatre Artists Conference/Festival

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Roger Tang wears hats. Lots of hats. So many hats he needs to check them to see what he needs to do at any given moment. Last he checked, he wrote two scenes for Revealed, a site specific piece for SIS Productions. Next time he checks, he might be producing the Northwest premiere of Carla Ching’s Fast Company for Pork Filled Productions. And if he checks again, he might realize he needs to update the Asian American Theatre Revue with even more news and events in Asian American theatre across the country. Hats. Sigh.

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EVENTThe book is closed on the 2014 Consortium of Asian American Theatre Artists Conference/Festival (that’s CAATA and ConFest for short), the fourth of its kind. Like other Asian American theatre artists, I leave feeling both drained and energized. Drained, because it was constantly go-go-go: watching panels, catching new pieces, networking with fellow professionals, etc. etc. etc. Energized because making art can be lonely, especially for Asian American artists; knowing that you’re not alone, that you have peers that support you is simply exhilarating.

I’ve been to previous conferences (plus the convening in Seattle in 1999), wearing many hats. I write, first with the Pork Filled Players, then with SIS Productions in Seattle. I’m also a producer/administrator, having served as a fundraiser for the late Northwest Asian American Theatre and as founder/Executive Director of Pork Filled Players/Productions. And finally, I am the editor of the Asian American Theatre Revue, the online calendar and news journal about Asian American theatre events that virtually binds, connects and informs Asian American theatre artists around the world (I’m literally the reason the conference knew some groups even existed).