Analysing The Nature Of Shinto Funerals With Daken And Wolverine

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”

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A Guide To Getting Your Independent Comic Reviewed By Bloggers

It’s an amazing time to be a comic creator. The industry has expanded to the point that there are so many different ways to get your stories and art in front of an audience. Whether it’s through a Kickstarter campaign or posting comic panels on sites like Deviant Art, indie creators have greater opportunities than ever before. An effective way of building up good faith in your comic is by having it reviewed by a blogger.

Having a comic reviewed means it’ll be seen by a blogger’s audience and raise your profile. As someone who’s been reviewing independent comics for a while, I wanted to put together a guide to help indie creators who are thinking of approaching comic bloggers and review websites. There are certain methods that’ll increase your chances of getting a comic reviewed. Continue reading “A Guide To Getting Your Independent Comic Reviewed By Bloggers”

5 Iconic Wrestling Poses That Have Defined A Generation

Fans of wrestling appreciate a lot about the business, from the quality of matches, to the characters they root for. The connection that wrestlers have with the fans comes down to the way they carry themselves, with poses being a big deal. Wrestling poses are responsible for some of the biggest pops in history and there have been plenty of iconic taunts that have electrified the crowd. I’m looking into five poses that have become timeless and enhance the feeling of a match. Continue reading “5 Iconic Wrestling Poses That Have Defined A Generation”

6 Mental Health Disorders That Superheroes Struggle With

When people read comics, they look to superheroes as role models, as representations of strength. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve thought about how awesome having superpowers could be. It’s easy to forget that superheroes struggle with their mental health like anyone else.

Even a hero as powerful as Superman has battled with imposter syndrome, being caught between two worlds, questioning his place on Earth. Mental health disorders make no distinction between a superpowered alien or an average person. Superheroes are prone to a host of mental health problems and The Comic Vault has come up with six of the most common. Continue reading “6 Mental Health Disorders That Superheroes Struggle With”

How The Power Of Cosplay Can Bring A Family Together

Comic cons are some of the best places to meet people who are passionate about pop culture. This appreciation extends to cosplaying. Dressing up as a different character offers a chance to be creative. I’ve spoken about how cosplay can be good for mental health, and something I became aware of when attending the 2018 Manchester Comic Con was how cosplay can bring people of all ages together. More importantly, cosplay has the power to bring families together and create a welcoming environment.

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Does Killing Criminals Make Red Hood A More Interesting Character?

Comic characters are always changing, whether through personal choice or the experiences that shape them. No one can stay the same forever, otherwise it leads to repetitive stories. Red Hood is a character that’s gone through a lot of changes, developing from a murderous anti-hero into a trusted member of Batman’s inner circle. Jason Todd’s progression was built up over years, as he needed to earn back his mentor’s trust and overcome his personal demons.

At his core, Red Hood has always been motivated by his own sense of justice. His willingness to kill criminals set him apart from other members of the Batman family. But as he developed, Jason chose to honour Batman’s wishes by no longer killing. But did taking that aspect away make Red Hood less intriguing?

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A Call To Foodies And Chefs To Collaborate On Comic Kitchen

If you’ve been reading The Comic Vault for a while, you’ll have noticed that I enjoy combining my passion for comics with food. This has given rise to a segment called Comic Kitchen which involves designing a three course menu around a specific comic character. The menu is tailored to the character’s personality, history and location. Comics are arguably the hottest thing in the world right now and Comic Kitchen was started out of a love for the medium.

Now, I’m interested in getting other people involved in the project as a way to promote unique dishes and cultural menus. I’m putting a call out to chefs, bakers, food bloggers and business owners.

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