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’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”
It’s safe to say we’re living in a golden age of pop culture. Comics have never been more popular and they’ve become a part of every day society. Independent writers and artists are getting the chance to showcase their talents through producing their own comics. In the modern era, announcements move faster than The Flash, so you might be struggling keep up with everything that’s going on in the world of pop culture. But fear not, dear reader, as there are websites that allow you to get your comic fix.
There are plenty of comic websites dedicated to reviews, news and features. Writers work tirelessly to provide their take on what’s going on in the industry. I’ve put together a list of seven comic websites that every geek needs to browse at least once in their life. Continue reading “7 Comic Websites That Every Fan Needs To Check Out”
Japan is known for having some of the most unique art in the world. Building on centuries of feudal culture, Japanese art has its own style. A famous example of Japanese art is jizai okimono, which translates to ‘move freely decorative object.’ Jizai okimono involves the crafting of articulated sculptures. Beginning in 17th century Japan, the art form is highly specialised and fascinating. But what are the origins of jizai okimono and how has it evolved in modern times? Continue reading “Delving Into The World Of Jizai Okimono And Japanese Art”