The X-Men have featured in some of the most recognisable stories in the history of comics, and Jean Grey is among the most iconic. Having been dead for years, Jean was resurrected in the pages of X-Men: Red, a series that sees her grappling with a changed world for mutants. Still believing in Professor X’s dream, she puts together a team of her own X-Men to try and make the world a better place for mutants and humans. I recently met the artist of the series, Mahmud Asrar in Manchester at a comic signing in Travelling Man and I couldn’t resist getting his thoughts on what it’s like to draw such an important character. He was really open and The Comic Vault is pleased to present an interview with Mahmud about his drawing process, what it meant to handle Jean and why the X-Men are so relatable in the modern day. Continue reading “X-Men: Red Artist Mahmud Asrar Talks About What It Means To Bring Jean Grey Back To Life”
To put together an effective digital marketing strategy, content is one of the most important factors for ensuring success, and that’s where copywriters come in. But coming up with ideas on a daily basis is hard, and if you’re like me, it feels like banging your head against a wall when you’re trying to come up with something to write, yet nothing remotely interesting is coming to you. When that starts happening, I find it’s helpful to put together a content report.
A content report contains the latest news and information on a specific sector. The report could be based around research for a client, or it could simply be a bank of ideas to be used in future. A content report is a useful tool for copywriters, businesses and agencies, but where do you look for the right information and how is it beneficial?
Cosplaying is a popular hobby for people all over the world because it provides a creative outlet. The Comic Vault is interested in promoting cosplaying organisations across the globe, which is why I’m bringing in a new feature called ‘Cosplay Expeditions.’ The segment will cover cosplay organisations, websites, charities and events in various countries and promote their message. The first organisation I’m featuring is ArkadyMac, who I came across when looking into cosplaying charities. Based in the Philippines, ArkadyMac started off as an anime series review blog that expanded into a community hub for pop culture and cosplay events.
On the emotional spectrum, anger is a common reaction felt by everyone at some point in their life. It could be triggered by something small or large. In certain situations, anger is justified, while other times it can simply be the result of an overreaction. Anger management can be difficult for some and when I think of how emotions are dealt with in comics, the best representation is found in the Lanterns Corps. Rage is represented by the Red Lanterns Corps, with the group being made up of individuals who are prone to losing control.
An exception in the Red Lanterns is Rankorr, due to him being able to control his rage and channel it more constructively. As a character, Rankorr is intriguing because he can be used as a metaphor for anger management. The Comic Vault is looking into the character’s history to understand what makes him different to other Red Lanterns.
With the release of Black Panther, it’s offered a window into the world of ethnic superheroes and demonstrated that they deserve to be recognised as important characters. It’s inspired me to look into other heroes of colour, such as DC’s Vixen, who represents and African perspective that spans generations. She was intended to be DC’s first African female superhero to appear in her own ongoing series, though it was cancelled during the DC Implosion of 1978. Despite this, Vixen went on to become an integral member of the Justice League. The character also received her own TV series within the Arrow verse, which displayed her relevance to a modern audience. With the ability to harness the powers of the animal kingdom, Vixen is an intriguing superhero that’s worth looking into.
When it comes to comics, certain identities like Superman are set in stone, as there is only one character associated with the name. Other identities are fluid, with different people taking on a superhero role. Two identities that have always fascinated me are Hawk and Dove, as they represent a divide between peace and war. Over the years, the identities have been used by a few characters, with the common theme being clashing ideologies that balance each other out. The Comic Vault is looking into the history of the identities to see if they still have any relevance in the modern day.
Ever since I started The Comic Vault, I’ve been consistently blown away by the amount of people who’ve come back to read my articles and given me a reason to indulge my inner geek. Each time I’ve reached a new milestone it’s been something that’s kept me motivate and I’m happy to say I’ve hit another goal of 900 followers. For people who’ve been reading the website for a while you’ll have noticed I like to connect comics and mental health together. As it feels like I’m running out of ways to say thank you, I figured I’d take the opportunity to shine a light on bloggers who promote mental health.