Thursday, November 04, 2010
Heroclix Mod Mod
Wizkids is pumping out the DC 'clix this year: The Brave & the Bold set at year's start, two
starter/collector minisets (Blackest Night and Brightest Day seven-piece sets) , and the forthcoming DC 75th Anniversary Set.
Some of the 75th Anniversary pieces have been revealed already, such as long-awaited Golden Agers like the original Mr. Terrific and Crimson Avenger, essential foes like Ragdoll and Ocean Master, boss/minions like Sgt. Rock/Easy Company, more full-spectrum lanterns, and wacky factors like Sargon the Sorceror and Detective Chimp.
But what would a DC Anniversary set be without.... gorillas?
Okay, I'm not expecting "JLApe" pieces (glorious though those would be). But I will be surprised and disappointed if we don't get something like gorilla generics for Grodd (as part of the latest craze for more functional generics that use some sort of 'minion' power that weighs heavily in favor of using them with their appropriate 'boss' figures). C'mon; you KNOW you want to be able to field a team of nothing but gorillas.
So I'm preparing. My (plastic) crack customizing team in the sub-sub-basement of the Pentagon (you know-- where they kept the Telephone Avatar?) has prepared this little gem representing one of the great One-Off Gorilla Characters of all time....
For those few of you who don't already know, the Mod Gorilla Boss was a criminal mastermind who drank a "gorilla serum" (I bet you didn't know there WAS such a thing! Darn you, FDA!) and probably spent most of his ill-gotten gorilla-crime-gains at Gambi's tailor shop buying silverback-sized pinstriped zoot suits and french-cuff shirts. And he fought Animal Man. And by "fought" I mean, "tossed him around like a ragdoll until the gorilla serum wore off".
Naturally, a character this inspired belongs in my Heroclix collection. And so, behold:
I considered giving him a Special Trait that lets him use Animal Man as a permanent Light Object if he manages to kayo him. But I think I'll just keep that as a House Rule.
Monday, November 01, 2010
Benday dots = Planck units
The holographic principle, derived from weirdness theorized to occur at
the boundaries of black holes, says reality could be a 3-D projection of a
2-D plane of information. It’s much the same way a hologram printed on a credit
card creates the illusion of a 3-D object but, as Hogan explained, we can’t
perceive the 2-D surface.
In other words...
perhaps we are all just like comic book characters who perceive their own world as three-dimensional, even though it's just generated by a two-dimension reality of the comic book page.