Travelling is one of the best ways to expand your knowledge of the world. But it’s not the only way to embrace a new culture. Exploring local communities and experiences are eye-opening in their own right. I’m fascinated by Japan and there are plenty of Japanese related activities in my home city of Manchester. There’s restaurants, bars, societies and exhibits dedicated to celebrating the Land of the Rising Sun. It’s why I’ve put together a guide for anyone who wants to explore Manchester through the lens of Japanese culture. Continue reading “The Definitive Guide To Japanese Manchester”
In the world of pop culture, gaming has evolved into one of the most enduring mediums. Humble arcade games, like Space Invaders and Pac-Man, have transformed into legendary series that are known across generations. Gaming has the power to bring people together and create memorable experiences. When there’s beer involved, so much the better. So, when I caught wind of a bar that catered to gamers and beer fans, I set off on a quest to find it. Manchester’s NQ64 did not disappoint. Continue reading “Arcade Bar NQ64 Brings An Amazing Retro Game Experience To Manchester”
We’re living in a golden age of indie comics at the moment. The industry has become a place that encourages new voices and allows a greater sense of creativity. Indie creators are able to share their work with the world through blogging sites, crowdfunding projects and apps. Comic printers Artithmeric are determined to make it even easier for indie creators to publish their comics and get the recognition they deserve. Continue reading “Comic Printers Artithmeric Offer Indie Creators A Chance To Reach A Wider Audience”
I think books are one of the most precious resources on the planet. As soon as you open a novel, you’re transported to a brand new world. A good author makes their characters stand out. A great author makes their stories resonate for years to come. That is how I feel about The Greatcoats quartet, a collection that has turned into my favourite book series of all time. So, what could be better than reading them, you ask? Getting to talk to the guy that created the books!
Sebastien De Castell was awesome enough to take time out of his busy schedule to talk to me about The Greatcoats and his writing process. In the interview, Sebastien reveals how he created the characters of Falcio, Kest and Brasti and who he’d pick for Falcio to duel in another fantasy novel. Oh, and something about a new Greatcoats series coming out in the future. Continue reading “Fantasy Author Sebastien De Castell Reveals New Details About The Greatcoats”
I’ve always found the psychology of superheroes to be fascinating. What motivates them to save the world? Did they gain their powers for a reason or was it simply an act of chance? Are superpowers merely a delusion? Those questions form the heart of M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, which portrays superheroes as mentally ill people with delusions of grandeur. I’m taking a closer look at the subject matter of Glass to see how mental health and superpowers are linked together. Continue reading “Glass Explores The Notion That Superpowers Are The Result Of Mental Health Disorders”
Everyone has faced some kind of struggle in their life. Whether it’s to do with family, a job, or a relationship, a situation can grow beyond your control and you may be left feeling upset. How you deal with those situations going forward is what matters the most. Comics are a wonderful source of positive inspiration. They feature relatable characters who battle with world changing events. Superheroes and supervillains get knocked down and get back up. They find a way to overcome adversity.
I’ve featured six of my favourite quotes from characters who have faced hardship and managed to come out stronger. They are the kind of quotes that resonate and remind us why we need to stay true to ourselves. Continue reading “6 Inspirational Comic Quotes That Can Help You Achieve Your Goals”
Depression is one of the most common mental health illnesses that people grapple with. It can strike at any time and makes no distinction between young or old. Learning to deal with thoughts of self-doubt can be difficult, which is why comics are a great source of inspiration for mental health representation. The Scarlet Witch is a superhero that’s struggled with depression in a realistic way. But rather than let it consume her, she’s adopted coping strategies that have helped to change her life. I think Scarlet Witch is a brilliant role model for anyone who suffers from depression and I’m going to look into the reasons why. Continue reading “The Road To Mental Health Recovery: How Scarlet Witch Copes With Depression”