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The Face Behind the Name

What’s up guys! Happy Tuesday!

After many failed attempts/reboots and cuddling with my dog to not freak out while I waited, I was finally able to get my computer up and running again! Hopefully, this will be the last time my computer revolts against me. This has already been a hectic week with the premiere of the podcast! The first three episodes are already out there on iTunes and Podbean so go check them out! We’re going over a variety of topics concerning Stranger Things in episodes 1 & 2 as well as violence and gaming in episode 3. We’ve been so excited to bring to you guys and we hope you enjoy!

Going right into today’s topic, I’ll be talking about the possible controversy surrounding CB Cebulski, who has just been appointed Marvel’s Editor in Chief. Just a few days later, BleedingCool’s Rich Johnston broke the story that CB had used the name “Akira Yoshida” as a pen name. A cursory Google search will pull up some comics with that author as well as news articles and a joke Wikipedia page. Cebulski started working as a manga editor in 1997 for Central Park Media, an American multimedia company that dealt with East Asian media. He left in 2001 and started doing freelance editing for many titles already under Marvel. Marvel hired him in 2002, first as a writer for Marvel’s Mangaverse and then became an associate editor. In 2006, he left the company for several months to pursue freelance writing and editing, working closely on some Image titles. By the end of 2006, he was back working for Marvel as an editor/talent liason. With this new position, he was able to travel the world and meet creators, who were in their prime or had raw talent, to bring into the Marvel-verse. He brought on creators like David LaFuente, Steve McNiven, Adi Granov and Matteo Scalera, to name a few. He was promoted in 2010 to Senior VP of Creator and Content Development. He oversaw a team to recruit, manage and coordinate the creators and editors. In 2016, he was sent to Shanghai and made Marvel’s VP of International Business Development and Brand Management, which helped develop the Marvel brand in Asia for over a year.

You may be wondering when Akira Yoshida first appeared in all of this. From the start of 2004 to the end of 2005, Yoshida started to appeared in comics, with his first publications being with Dark Horse. A different editor at Marvel liked the work and wanted Yoshida to work for Marvel.  He made the jump to Marvel not long after he appeared, writing miniseries comics like Elektra: The Hand and Kitty Pride: Shadow and Flame. He even had a backstory about his life in Japan and America, which basically made a fictional character. Just as quickly as he appeared, he vanished out of nowhere. Apparently, he was set to write something else for Marvel, which fell through with his disappearance. Rumors have always surrounded Yoshida, the man who never appeared at conventions and no one ever talked to on the phone. All interviews were done via email, which was very strange for an up and coming writer. Several people, like Rich Johnston and Brian Cronin, have inquired on whether or not the name was a psuedonym and some wondered if he was even real. Those rumors had been dispeled by Marvel’s senior employees, like Mike Marts, who has stated that he had a meal with Yoshida and talked Godzilla. The man behind the mask remained a mystery for 10 years, even Cebulski was asked if he was Yoshida, which he promptly denied. He chose to wait ten years to admit to something he’d been asked about before, which I find to be interesting because he had a chance before he became EiC to share this and to get it out in the open. Why he said no, I don’t think we will ever know, but it’s food for thought.

The reason I say this is a possible controversy pertains to the fact that the outrage/lack of reaction seems to be evenly matched. The most morally controversial topics is the issue of yellowface and whether or not it could be applied in this case. I’ve been scouring  the internet, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and have seen a bevy of responses to that. Some Asian creators have posted about their outrage, stating that it’s taking away from ACTUAL Asian creators and writers and artists, which very fair and probably true, to what extent I don’t know. HuffPost interviewed two Asian writers, Joshua Luna and Trung Le Nguyen, who pointed out some key points about Marvel and their Asian representation, like the white washing of “The Ancient One”. While Cebulski stated that he has already been punished and that he “learned his lesson”, there are many who don’t believe that he has and think that he should step down. There’s also a lot of people, including Larry Hama, who have stated that Cebulski has done a lot of Asian creators at Marvel and they are unbothered by it. While I don’t know what goes on behind the scenes at Marvel, what I can share as a person of color is that I’ve known people who have done phone interviews and then gone to the in house interview and had the interviewer do a double take and look a little take aback because of their race. More food for thought.

The other issues it brings it up is an ethics issue, one with CB and possibly with Marvel. At the time of his first tenure with Marvel, there was a policy saing that Marvel staffers weren’t allowed to write or draw comic books and if they were able to get approved to write, that they weren’t to get paid over their salary. Originally, it was commonplace for staffers to write for Marvel as well but it was seen as bad practice and discontinued. By  creating this name, he was able to circumvent the current policy to work as a writer which is really tricky. Again, I don’t work at Marvel or have any insight on the inside, but if he was being paid as Akira, which I’m presumig he was, and paid as CB, he would be bringing home two checks which breaks that policy in half like a Kit Kat. It also put him over others because he could control which pitches Akira wrote and which comics he pitched to write, which meant he could have gotten bigger projects than others because he wanted them. The last issue is whether or not Marvel knew about it. According to BleedingCool in the above linked article, the senior offcials who met with Yoshida apparently met with a Japanese manga translator, at least that’s the story. There’s also a possibility that Marvel knew all about what he was doing, which would explain the random gap in his Marvel career. This is all speculation, again, and some things which popped into my mind when going over this shituation.


Do you think Marvel knew? Do you think that he was racist or did something stupid? Leave your opinion in the comments below! Remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, all located in the sidebar and to listen to the first three episodes of the podcast!

That’s all I have for this week, oddballs!



Let’s Talk: SOMA

Happy Wednesday!

Hopefully, you didn’t miss me too much on Monday, things have been extremely hectic on my end getting ready for the upcoming holidays as well as with work but don’t worry! Check out the website tomorrow for a special Thanksgiving post!I hope everyone is having a great week! I’m excited for the next couple of days because of time spent with family and loved ones as well as finally having a couple of days off!

This is the working title for something I’d like to do from time to time called ‘Let’s Talk’ where I talk about things in gaming, comics and pop culture that have an interesting twist to them that makes me want to read/watch/play that media more. It’s a work in progress so please, bear with me. This week, I’m looking forward to talking to you guys about a game I heard about a couple of months ago that was released for PC, Mac, Linux, and PlayStation, with a release date for Xbox One on December 1st, named SOMA. 


This game was made by Frictional Games, an independent game publisher/developer from Sweden, that prides itself on developing their own technology to fuel their games. They’ve only developed five titles but the names should be familiar to you such as the Penumbra series, the Amnesia collection and, of course, SOMA. While I’ve never played any of the Penumbra series, I enjoyed all of the Amnesia collection and continue to go back to it, especially since it was released for PS4 Plus members for free back in October! Having always been a fan of independent developers, when I heard about this game, I was so pumped to take a look at it. Released back in September of 2015, SOMA is a science fiction horror game which deals with a lot of different topics all centering around what it means to be human. Like other games from this developer, you are in the first person perspective as you explore this facility. They use a lot of psychological horror elements as opposed to common scare elements which are found in most games for this genre.

This game takes place in an underwater research center called PATHOS-II, that is in apparent disarray at the beginning of the game, and follows the character Simon Jarrett, who has brain damage due to an event that happens prior to the game. Following him throughout this deep sea lab, he finds one other by the name of Catherine, who understands what has happened in this lab and acts as his guide for the duration of the game. As you adventure through the map with/out Catherine, you find yourself immersed in these amazing scenes, from blood-drenched grates to the plants and sea life when in the ocean. Unlike some of the other games they have published and developed, this one has very few objects that can be interacted with in-game, but the environment is still a puzzle in it of itself. A good chunk of what happens in the game is figuring out where you need to be, where you are and how to get there without letting the robotic human-esque ‘monsters’ that are around every corner. Something really cool that this game does is in the modes they have, which are regular play with attacks and all the usual that would come with a horror game and a safe mode play. Safe mode doesn’t get rid of the monsters but turns them into more curious creatures that investigate you as opposed to attacking. One of the game’s developers, Thomas Grip, has said in previous interviews that while the game’s monsters help build the atmosphere they are trying to create, the stories they bring to the table aren’t that important to the larger themes of the game concerning identity and what it means to be human. With things like that in mind, it makes my interest in this game go from a 9 to a 50000. I’m super excited to purchase this game and play it on one of my consoles. It’s currently on PlayStation 4 for $29.99 and  Steam for $10.49

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and everyone stays odd!

Have a great one!



Happy Monday Misfits!

I hope everyone is having a not too dreary Monday. I know my day started off with a lot of rain!

This past weekend, Thor: Ragnarok just premiered! I know I’m really looking forward to seeing it in theaters tonight. Something that stood out to me was that the Thor fanbase has grown immensely, bringing him to the level of Superman, Batman, and other famous heroes.

While I’m not trying to bring Thor down, I find myself wondering why he’s such a popular hero and if his movie persona is truly that of a hero.

Traditionally, Marvel heroes are made to be imperfect, as a step away from DC characters but Thor was the direct opposite of that. Out of all of the other heroes in the MCU, he is the only one who doesn’t really fit into the mold that the heroes like Spiderman did, that they were just like you. His lack of humanity literally put him a step above. Even with their attempts to humanize him, they weren’t able to bring down that much. He has family and love troubles but something that really put him to the side was the fact that all the other heroes in MC universe end up overcoming their problems, whereas his problem is his lack of humility, which a lot of humans still don’t understand the concept. He resembles the jock stereotype more than other heroes which he overcomes in later comics and movies. He also has a secret identity by the name of Donald Blake, a human medical student, which he doesn’t really use as much as the other characters in the Marvel universe, but utilizing his alter ego when necessary.

In his origin story in the comics, Thor is a headstrong and proud boy which his father sees and decides that he needs a lesson in humility. His memory is erased and he truly believes that he is human, before coming across the Mjolnir in Norway while still without his memory. Eventually, it is revealed that Blake has been Thor this entire time and he regains his memories. Throughout the comic book series, he grows as a character, falling in love with Jane Foster, becoming more human with each variation. Continuing with his affinity towards Earth, he starts to regard himself as a superhero when he starts to work with the Avengers. 

When it comes to movie persona, Thor has the same problem, acting like a boy gone wild and was subsequently banished from Asgard to learn how to become worthy. Just like in the comics, he’s extremely brash and believes that he is entitled to rule Asgard. Due to him starting a war against the Frost Giants, his father concludes that he is vain and needs to be taught a lesson. Stripped of his mighty hammer, which is where a good amount of his strength comes from, he ends up being tasered and the movie continues on. They follow the Jane Foster route and through her, he learns compassion and humility which is apparent at the end of the first movie. While in both the comics and the movies, Thor seems to grow in the way that his father wanted him to, even he knows when to admit defeat, which is a part of what led Jane Foster to become the New Thor. When you follow the just the comic persona, he is no longer worthy of the titles he has earned and does fight the change of hands, asking Jane for the Hammer back, even though he knew he couldn’t weld it. After a while, he accepts this new Thor, not knowing it’s Jane, and gives her the Thor name, changing his name to Odinson. While the movie persona hasn’t gotten to that point, I would be very interested to see how they handled it, considering Jane is still a big part of Thor’s life.

If you haven’t seen it by now, I’d suggest watching all of the movies, including Ragnarok one right after the other. That’s all I have this week! Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and on here! Be on the lookout for the premiere of our podcast coming later in November!

Have a good one misfits!


To Be A Misfit


I have always been a misfit.
Maybe it’s my thought process and my view on life.
Maybe it’s the fact that I’m a Slytherin. Who knows?

I’m not gonna lie to you guys, I’m not that good at introductions. It’s nice, however, to be apart of a group that is a bunch of like-minded individuals working towards something that can truly be great. Welcome to the Misfit’s Tavern.

I’m Mo and I will be starting off this week of introduction posts. You will get a view inside the minds of all of the hosts that have gathered create this! We are so excited to bring to you a different voice in the world of gaming, television, movies and more!

Originally from NYC, I have always loved video games and comics. My first comic book was an Archie comic that I got from the huge “newsstand” on the side entrance of Grand Central, right near the subways. It became a weekly tradition that I got these comics and I devoured them. The fights between Betty and Veronica, the love triangles, Jughead being Jughead, I was hooked into their world. I started getting into superheroes around the same time and I discovered Wonder Woman when I went to Midtown Comics for the first time. She’s still one of my favorite heroines.

I’ve been into Harry Potter for as long as well. I was too young to read the first book when it came out, but I was able to read when the second one did. That was basically the beginning of the end, to be completely honest. I started playing video games around the same age with my first game being Pokemon. My brother and I used to trade games all the time so I got to play most of the versions. My favorites were Gold and Silver back in the day. I love most films but ESPECIALLY horror films. Give me some Halloween or Night of the Living Dead. Scare the crap out of me.
Here is a list of some games/tv/movies/things that I like:

  • Anime
  • The Walking Dead
  • Dogs
  • Pacific Rim
  • Harry Potter
  • LotR
  • The Hobbit
  • Shows like Jessica Jones or Luke Cage
  • Music lover
  • French Fries
  • Caffeine and sarcasm

This week we will be premiering all of our social media accounts, which will be displaying in the sidebar to your right. I’m happy to be here and I can’t wait to show you what we have in store! I’ll end this post with my favorite piece of news for the week which is the premiere of Lazer Team 2 by Rooster Teeth on November 22nd on YoutubeRed! The first one was amazing and I know I’ll probably love the second one!

That’s all for now guys!