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Jul 22 2014

Cosplay of the Day: Old School Mystique

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The Mystique we know and love nowadays is Jennifer Lawrence wearing nothing but blue bodypaint and scale flakes, but it wasn’t always that way. Once upon a time, Mystique actually wore clothes, as evidenced by this bit of flashback cosplay from Hidory.

This is how I remember her in the X-Men animated series days, complete with belt of skulls and weird head jewel. Hidory does a great job here, and her photographer makes her look about seven feet tall, which amplifies the intimidation effect. Check out more shots from the series below: Continue Reading »

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Jul 22 2014

The League of Extraordinary Americans

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Imagine if a librarian from the Victorian era created the Justice League.

Might not sound incredibly thrilling but in 1999 comics legend Alan Moore made the concept not just work but rock in his miniseries The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Featuring a slew of characters from every corner of Victorian literature, the LOEG was a rollicking, partially demented adventure that made you wish you were a bit more well-read.

Being a proper Englishman, though, Moore of course used (mostly) characters from his home and native land. Being a young American reader I thrilled at the brief Tralfamadorian cameo and the Who Dat Ninja poster in the background, but, for the most part, the USA was MIA throughout the League’s various goings-on.

Today, though, I’m gonna get patriotic and ‘MERICA the crap outta the limey League and present the League of Extraordinary AMERICANS, using ONLY American created characters and concepts. Am I being a rampant, red-white-and-blue-tinted glasses-wearing Nationalist? You bet. But hey, at least I’m not shoe-horning in…ugh…Tom Sawyer to appeal to Americans.

Ready? For the stars and bars! Continue Reading »

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Jul 18 2014

Some Rather Fantastic Coffee Cup Art

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While this may not be quite as impressive as literally making art out of coffee itself, which some barristas are internet-famous for, I do rather like Jimmy T’s series of coffee cup art, which actually allows him to use more colors than white and brown.

It’s most superhero-based, so we see everyone from the Avengers to X-Men to Batman in these cups. Other characters stop by for a quick appearance like Mega Man and Darth Vader, and you can check the rest below: Continue Reading »

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Jul 16 2014

So Thor is a Woman Now

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Considering comic books were popularized when it seemed like nearly the only people interested in them were white males, and as such we got a lot of white male heroes that still exist to this day.

Marvel is attempting to rectify that by changing a few of their heroes. They made Spider-man a black teen, Ms. Marvel a Muslim girl and now Thor? She’s a lady. But not Lady-Thor. Actual Thor, so says writer Jason Aaron.

“This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”

It’s an interesting idea, to simply up and change the gender of a major hero like this, making it canon and not some “alternate bizarro universe” switcharoo. What do you make of this? Cool way to promote gender equality among superheroes? Or should new female superheroes be developed instead?

 

 

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Jul 15 2014

Debate of the Day: Dawn of Justice

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Christ, I still can’t get over how awful that Batman vs. Superman subtitle is.

Well, at this point we know that the movie is going to be a very, very obvious set-up for a future JLA movie, though how many sub-movies we’ll see before then is anyone’s guess, a-la-The Avengers. Marvel did…four official canon universe movies before Avengers, right? Two Iron Mans, CapAm and Thor? If Man of Steel is technically the first, then BvS is second, it would be a bit quick to go straight to JLA in my eyes.

We already know that Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) will show up in some form in the new film, and so will Aquaman (Khal Drogo), but will they get their own movies before DC/Warner Bros. goes full JLA?

And also, this awesome art is from Tyler Champion.

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Jul 14 2014

Disney Characters as Gotham Characters

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Time for yet another Disney mash-up, this time from artist Rick Cellis, who has expertly combined a number of Disney characters with staples of Gotham, but good and evil. Elsa/Freeze is an obvious pairing, but I like Ariel/Oracle quite a bit.

I’m not sure who Catwoman is in the Disney realm if I’m being honest, as it is a bit tricky to figure out identities when 95% of you is covered in catsuit. But my favorite of all is probably the last one. Check it out below: Continue Reading »

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Jul 09 2014

A Gorgeous Embroidered Calvin and Hobbes Scene

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While I can’t admit to being an expert in embroidery, I know a great bit of it when I see it. It’s from a stay-at-home reddit mom who has her own Etsy shop, though I don’t think you can take this piece home itself.

Waterson as always at his best when drawing dinosaurs (something he did quite frequently, given Calvin’s imagination), and it’s cool to see that replicated here. Can we have another?

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Jul 07 2014

The Amazing Comic Book Art of Jebedaï

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With so many variants of every comic book character out there, it can be hard to develop your own style. But artist Jebedaï has done just that with an amazing series of Marvel and DC prints that you can check out above and below.

You’ll recognize the heroes, but it’s his art style that’s really attention-grabbing. There are illustrations of Storm, Spidey, Venom, the X-Men, Silver Surfer and more below to see. If this guy doesn’t already have a job in the industry, he certainly need one quickly. Continue Reading »

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Jun 24 2014

Batman Saves the Watchmen

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Watchmen exists as sort of a counter to all traditional comic book heroes and storylines, but what if it wasn’t? What if instead of Nite Owl and Silk Spectre and the others mucking everything up, Batman swooped in and saved the day like he always does? It could look a bit like Axel Medellin‘s comic above.

While I don’t quite understand his newfound time travel abilities, I love the idea of Dr. Manhattan as Superman on “Turquoise Kryptonite.” In the comics and show, I got rather tired of the rainbow spectrum of Kryptonite doing all these different and crazy things to Clark.

The punchline ain’t bad either. Though as we all know, Batman saves everyone, even the Joker. It’s the DC way.

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Jun 23 2014

Five Amazing Graphic Novels (From Last Few Years)

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I genuinely believe escapism an essential element to life. Your life will have deaths and sickness and bills and strife, but you can always escape into someone else’s hellish life and feel a little better about your own. Graphic novels do this for me. They take me from wherever I am, and bring me somewhere else. You can look at it like a graphic novel, but I look at it like a spaceship. I climb into it and leave my worries behind for a little bit. That is how it has always worked for me, and how it will always work for me. Though I have talked up graphic novels on various occasions, today I wanted to bring some up from the last few years, specifically. Give these books a shot. It might just amaze you how far they transport you from your own life and the worries you face every day. They sure help with mine, and lately, I have had my share.

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Jun 20 2014

Alright Man, You Win

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Some cosplay is so ridiculously awesome, nobody else even has a chance. This is one of those times. I’m not sure who the man on the stilts is, but this is far and away the best Galactus cosplay in the known universe, and the fact that he’s fighting an adorable Princess Fiona certainly helps things as well.

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