Jason Chu on the Marvels of Hip-Hop and Comics

In a special edition of Hard NOC Life, guest host Nelson Wong (@aarisings) has a one-on-one with Los Angeles-based rapper Jason Chu (@jasonchumusic) about his latest single Marvels and the Kickstarter-funded music video to accompany the song.

Also, if you’re a comic book or action figure collector and have some great superhero collectibles — or a great cosplay outfit — in the LA Area and want to potentially be featured in the Marvels video, please email jasonchumusic@gmail.com

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Return of the Dragon Tides Starring Bruce and Brandon Lee

In this week’s episode, guest host Nelson sits down with Artistic Justice Games’ Alex Lim to talk about the company’s latest project, Dragon Tides, and officially licensed tabletop game featuring the likenesses of Bruce and Brandon Lee. The project is only a few thousand dollars away from its goal on Kickstarter.

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Who is Arthur Chu?

Originally posted at The Huffington Post

When I first “went viral,” I was as skeptical about “why this Arthur Chu guy is even a thing” as much as anyone else, believe me. The weirdest thing about this year was seeing an explosion of media discussion of some random guy and not being able to blog about how weird and misplaced it was because for the first time I was that guy.

And the weirdest thing about that is seeing other people doing the obnoxious thing I used to do, blogging about complete strangers confidently making assessments about what they’re “about” based on the tiny slice of their life that made them YouTube famous.

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Kickstart The Green Turtle and Other Amazing Heroes Action Figures

There is a Kickstarter ending in three days that will produce retro-style super hero action figures. Among them is The Green Turtle, the first Asian American comic book superhero. The character was recently rebooted in the graphic novel, The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew earlier this year.

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Creating a Perfect Storm

At a time when many comics fans are clamoring for more gender and race representation in superhero comics, one character has been the benchmark for strong women heroes of color for decades. And the X-Men’s Storm is currently receiving a bit of a creative renaissance with Marvel recently launching her first ever solo series.

On the latest episode of Hard N.O.C. Life, guest host Shawn Taylor (@reallovepunk) discusses the importance of the character with an all-star panel: Storm writer Greg Pak (@gregpak), actress Maya Glick (@MayaSokora) — creator of the Kickstarted Storm fan film Rain, and Storm superfan Jamie Broadnax of @BlackGirlNerds.

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Keiko Agena’s Super(fluous) Webseries is Anything But

Keiko Agena is best known for her roles as Lane Kim on the WB’s Gilmore Girls and as White House Press Secretary Britta Kagen on Scandal. When she’s not on television, you can find Keiko performing in LA with the improv group Renegade Justice Patrol.

Currently, she’s working on a project that needs your help to hit its Kickstarter goal: Super(fluous) is a comedic webseries that tells the story of what happens when superhero roommates stop being polite and start getting real. Or something like that.

With only a few days left in the campaign, I sat down with Keiko to talk about how she got involved with the project and how she’s actually not really a nerd.

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Kickstart This: The AEON by Arthawk Entertainment

Arthawk Entertainment is piloting a bold new idea to present compelling stories featuring characters of color — created by writers and artists of color — on computer screens and devices for a whole new generation of readers and viewers. Using an innovative form of storytelling that combines comics, animation, gaming, and video to tell different facets of the same story — dubbed “transmedia” — the minds behind the Arthawk Entertainment Online Network (AEON for short) need your help to make this a reality.

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Please Give this Man Money: Adam WarRock’s Donation Drive

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Adam WarRock at the NOC. I mean, just look at the tag cloud at the right of this page. “Adam WarRock” is almost as big as “Batman.” Maybe that should be the title of his next album: Bigger Than Batman.

Anyway, today is the anniversary of the day he decided to quit his day job and be a rapper full-time. He’s marked this occasion every year by doing an annual Donation Drive to fund all of the awesome (and mostly free) music that he puts out on the internet all the time. So if you enjoy free Adam WarRock music, you should make a pledge. And like PBS, you’ll even get some swag just for doing so! (No tote bags, though. Just more music).

In conjunction with the kick-off to another donation drive, Eugene (that’s his not-so-secret identity) and I chatted about all the music he’s released and touring he’s done this past year and what you can expect from him in the next one and beyond. Plus, we talk about House of Cards and X-Men. But just a little.

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The Sun Brothers

A-Profiler Interview with The Sun Brothers

I interview The Sun Brothers, Brad and Wesley Sun, of the Chicago-based Sun Bros Studios. After running a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012 to fund their first graphic novel Chinatown, they followed-up in 2013 with Apocalypse Man, their interpretation of a zombie horror survival story. In 2014 they are setting the stage with a follow-up Kickstarter campaign for their new graphic novel Monkey Fist, which is inspired by the classic Monkey King story.

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EXCLUSIVE: Strength in NUMBERS Featuring VERBAL by Jamie Noguchi

The Strength in NUMBERS train keeps rolling as we unveil the latest “variant” album cover to Chops’ massive Asian American hip-hop movement.

For the latest Strength in NUMBERS alternate album cover, Jamie Noguchi (and his ever present System), is back yet again! This time illustrating a trailblazer in the international hip-hop community, from Tokyo, Japan: VERBAL of m-flo! After the jump, download a high-resolution jpeg of the latest Strength in NUMBERS “variant” album cover. Just right-click on the image and save. And since there’s only 24 hours left to go, you HAVE to DONATE NOW to help make this project a reality! We’re so close, but still so far away!

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EXCLUSIVE: Strength in NUMBERS Featuring PROMETHEUS BROWN by Jamie Noguchi

The Strength in NUMBERS train keeps rolling as we unveil the latest “variant” album cover to Chops’ massive Asian American hip-hop movement.

For the latest Strength in NUMBERS alternate album cover, we’ve once again applied the Jamie Noguchi System, this time to represent one-half of Blue Scholars and stalwart of the Seattle hip-hop scene: PROMETHEUS BROWN. After the jump, download a high-resolution jpeg of the latest Strength in NUMBERS “variant” album cover. Just right-click on the image and save. And remember to DONATE NOW to help make this project a reality!

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EXCLUSIVE: Strength in NUMBERS Featuring TASHA aka YOON MI-RAE by Jamie Noguchi

For the latest Strength in NUMBERS alternate album cover, artist Jamie Noguchi is back for a one-of-a-kind illustration of a truly global superstar who represents the Dirty South (both Texas and Korea): TASHA aka YOON MI-RAE. After the jump, download a high-resolution jpeg of the latest Strength in NUMBERS “variant” album cover. Just right-click on the image and save.

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EXCLUSIVE: Strength in NUMBERS Featuring ANN ONE by Jamie Noguchi

On Tuesday, we dropped the first three “variant” album covers for Chops’ latest project Strength in NUMBERS. And Wednesday saw the release of the video for “Keep On,” the lead single from the album and also the long anticipated, fifteen-years-in-the-making return of Chops, Peril-L, and Styles Infinite, a.k.a. the legendary Mountain Brothers.

In the video, you might have noticed a “sis” joining the Bros on the track. That would be the one and only Ann One singing the hook.

You may recall that Chops and I worked with a dozen and a half artists to create individual album covers for each of the emcees, singers, and DJs on the album. And starting with Jamie Noguchi‘s take on Ann One below, the rest of the digital album covers will be available here at The Nerds of Color exclusively.

After the jump, you will be able to download a high-resolution jpeg of the latest Strength in NUMBERS “variant” album cover. Just right-click on the image and save.

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Hip-Hop & Comics: The Artists of Chops’ Strength in NUMBERS

I first met Chops back in 1999 when the Mountain Brothers were at the peak of their powers. They came down to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA to perform at an event for the Asian Pacific American Student Union, a group I founded the year before. Needless to say, they blew the roof off of Webb Center and solidified APASU as a legit organization on campus. So after the show, and some late night IHOP pancakes, we bid the Bros — Chops, Peril, and Styles — adieu, and I was content with my signed Self: Volume One CD and brief brush with Asian American hip-hop royalty.

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“One of these things is not like the other…”

Fast forward a decade and a half later — and thanks to the wonder of social media — Chops and I reconnected. Weirdly, he remembered who I was. So we met up one chilly night in Philly earlier this year. That’s when he first told me about Strength in NUMBERS over some beer and cheesesteaks. He even previewed just the tiniest snippet of a track while we rode around in his big ass Buick. Instantly, I realized how historic this project was going to be. I mean, an MBs reunion alone would be game-changing. Now you’re gonna throw in 30 other artists (including the likes of Dumbfoundead, Prometheus Brown, Rekstizzy, Rocky Rivera and dozens of others)? What? That’s a who’s-who of APA hip-hop right there! Then, here’s the part that blew my mind. He wanted my help. Say wha?

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