The X-Men feature some of the most diverse comic characters in the world, and there are plenty of young mutants that deserve recognition. Alani Ryan, codename Loa, is one of them. Born in Maui, Loa is one of the few Hawaiian superheroes in pop culture. Loa has the power to dissolve solid objects. Combined with her heritage and connection to characters like Namor, Loa is a superhero you need to know about. Continue reading “Loa And The Representation Of Hawaiian Superheroes”
Stereotyping is one of the most controversial topics in pop culture, and there has been plenty of discussion about it in the comic industry. Asian characters are routinely scrutinised, but a superhero that goes against type is Colleen Wing. Mainstream audiences have been introduced to her through Iron Fist, where she’s played by Jessica Henwick. The comic version has been around for several decades, representing the resilience of the Asian American community. Continue reading “The Story Of Colleen Wing And How She Shattered Asian Stereotypes”
The comic book industry has seen a significant boom over the past few decades and has paved the way for a lot of aspiring artists to turn their hands in the art of creating a comic book. Becoming a comic book artist is not a very easy career path to take on. You have to go through a lot of challenges before you can even be recognized as a legit comic book artist. It takes more than good drawing skills to survive this cutthroat industry. If you’re thinking how comic book bigwigs such as Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Greg Capullo, Jack Kirby and others became famous, then read on. Continue reading “Guest Blog: How To Become A Comic Book Artist”
The Pop Culture Playlist tells the story of a character through ten tracks. Music has the ability to touch people on the deepest level, and few superheroes have faced the kind of odds that Psylocke has. Betsy Braddock grew up in a wealthy family, but all the money in the world couldn’t protect her. Starting off as a damsel in distress, Psylocke evolved into one of the X-Men’s most skilled members. Her playlist features songs that mix angst and hope together. Continue reading “The Pop Culture Playlist: Psylocke”
The taste of food is a powerful source of emotion, providing happiness for anyone who eats a good meal. Comic Kitchen celebrates the joy of food through creating a three-course meal for a comic character. Taste plays an important role in the life of Daredevil, whose senses are all enhanced to superhuman levels. Being the defender of Hell’s Kitchen means Matt Murdock comes into regular contact with amazing dishes. After all, New York has some of the greatest food in the world.
In order to come up for a menu for The Man Without Fear, I’ve teamed up with the Manchester restaurant Eat New York. The Daredevil menu puts a strong emphasis on taste through hearty portions and American style goodness. Continue reading “Comic Kitchen: Daredevil”
Luke Cage is the kind of down to earth hero that a lot of people can relate to. His indestructible skin gives him an edge when protecting the community of Harlem. But what happens when an unbreakable man becomes vulnerable? Anthony Del Col invites comic fans to find out in his Luke Cage: Everyman miniseries. Luke has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a concussive disease that’s common in contact sport athletes.
It was great to check in with Anthony and interview him about the series, his thoughts on CTE and what he thinks of mental health in comics. Continue reading “Luke Cage: Everyman Writer Anthony Del Col Talks About CTE And Mental Health In Comics”
The role of a superhero is often defined by the people around them. Every traditional hero has a sidekick, love interest and archenemy, with each character enhancing the hero’s journey. Jeff Lemire’s Sentry series asks the question of what happens when the sidekicks and archenemies of the world are tossed aside and forced to live a mundane life. Sentry #3 pulls apart the traditional superhero narrative, turning it into a story of superpowered addiction. Continue reading “Sentry #3 Review: Setting Up For An Addiction-Fuelled Showdown”
The wrestling world is filled with performers who’ve dedicated themselves to being the best, especially on the independent circuit. The indie scene has produced many big names, including Daniel Bryan, Pete Dunne, and Johnny Gargano. But what does it take to be a main event superstar? Who has what it takes to be the next top guy? Who can carry the WWE for the next decade and beyond? Look no further than Adam Cole (BAY BAY). Continue reading “Why Adam Cole (BAY BAY) Is The Future Of The WWE”
Birds are some of nature’s most beautiful animals. They’ve fascinated people for centuries, with one of the most prolific bird watchers being John James Audubon. Considered to be a passionate ornithologist, Audubon was responsible for creating a definitive nature text called Birds of America. Fabien Grolleau and Jeremie Royer decided to capture Audubon’s life in graphic novel form with Audubon: On The Wings Of The World. The duo present a romanticised tale of Audubon that deals with freedom, family and the absolute dedication to an ideal. Continue reading “Audubon: On The Wings Of The World Review: An Insightful Look Into The Life Of Birds”
Everyone has their own way of coping with death, whether through carrying out their own personal rituals or spending time with loved ones. The passing of my grandad has made me think about the burial ceremonies from different cultures, with comics offering an insight into the various practices. After all, death is never constant in comics. But we still mourn characters if we’ve read about them for years. Japanese funerals are some of the most elaborate, so it seemed appropriate that Wolverine’s death would be honoured through a culture that shaped his life.
During the Death of Wolverine arc, Logan’s son, Daken, carried out a traditional Shinto funeral for his father. Shinto funerals have twenty steps and I’m looking into each one as a way of seeing how grief is processed. Continue reading “Analysing The Nature Of Shinto Funerals With Daken And Wolverine”