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Will the Circle be Unbroken – Bioshock Infinite

Posted on March 31, 2013

Will the Circle be Unbroken - Bioshock Infinite

Few stories have ever been able to so vividly capture the Beast of America.

"Will the circle be unbroken

By and by, Lord, by and by.

There's a better home a-waiting

In the sky, Lord, in the sky…"

«— ∞ —»

By and by…


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Ouroboros – Battle Angel Alita

Posted on January 14, 2013

Regarding my work, many people have asked about the significance of the eye markings/ war paint I give my subjects.

Alita is the answer:


Battle Angel Alita

( 銃夢, literally  "gun" mu "dream", creatively read as ガンム ganmu )

This tale remains my favorite manga and, in my opinion, one of the greatest stories of all time. It's themes dance between fairy tale and existentialism, cyberpunk and bildungsroman. For all of the motorball races, brutal cyborg battles and gallons of spilled blood, there are these quiet soulful moments that read after read bring a quivering smile and tears to my eyes.

The heroin is Alita/Gally/#99/Yoko - amnesiac elite warrior cyborg pulled from the scrapyard after falling from Mars. She is destined to fight, as each victory unlocks more of her forgotten past. As a broken judo player and sensei who chooses to continue fighting to discover myself, I have only grown to enjoy Alita's story ever more.

Battle Angel Alita - Timeline

"Now I know that nothing in this life is without meaning, and Death hides the Angels it makes in blue sky…"



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Duel at Ganryu Island

Posted on December 31, 2012

Duel at Ganryu Island, ©MMXII

David: warrior and poet king

Musashi: warrior, poet and sage

A child saddled with great names has little choice but to aspire to greatness…

"Happy is the man who has not followed the council of the wicked,

or taken the path of sinners, or joined the company of the insolent.

- David HaMelekh -

Psalm 1.1, Tanakh Translation

“People in this world look at things mistakenly,

and think that what they do not understand must be the void.

This is not the true void. It is bewilderment...”

- Miyamoto Musashi -

五輪書, Go Rin No Sho - Book of the Void



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Serenity – Nouveau Kaylee and her Firefly

Posted on November 24, 2012

Serenity, ©MMXII

I aim to misbehave…


Watch how I soar…

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Palliativity 160: Confessions of a Mask

Posted on August 13, 2012

Bane — the Liberator of Gotham.

A mysterious, methodical mastermind of terror.

In Christopher Nolan's third and final installment in the Dark Knight Trilogy, Bane smashes his way to the top of the criminal food-chain.

Ra's al Ghul believed in Order

The Scarecrow's tool was Fear

The Joker thrived on Chaos

Two-face's obsession was Fairness

Bane's weapon is Pain

Bain's backstory is fairly fleshed-out compared to his predecessors. He was beaten and broken in prison after sacrificing himself in order to save Ra's al Ghul's daughter, Talia. The irreparable trauma and damage to his body causes Bain constant, crippling pain. When I heard this in the theater, I got chills. Bane's demon mask feeds him a continuous supply of painkillers. Without the Mask, he is nothing.

Rise, ©MMXII

Like Bane, I don't look weak or disabled. I wish there was an armband for chronic pain; some signal to show that it takes all my effort to just keep going. Without my drugs, the relentless demon inside lashes out. I wish I had a mask full of magic. Instead I have my go-bag full of needles, serum, ointments and pills. My calendar is full of doctor appointments, prescription refills and pick-ups. I have to be vigilant and methodical about everything I do. Without structure, I would completely collapse.

Everyday, I wake-up and am immediately
reminded that I am still in Saigon.

On the bad days, pain is the filter thru which I see the world.


I fight to remain true to myself and see things as they are.

More than any other comic-book villain or hero,
Bane is the one I can empathize with the most.


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Rise – The Dark Knight Nouveau

Posted on August 6, 2012

Rise, ©MMXII

A Fire Will Rise…

"There's a storm coming, Mister Wayne…"


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