Recently, I had the opportunity to take part in my first professional cosplay photoshoot. Something I love about blogging is that it gives you so a chance to collaborate with so many different people. Through it, I was able to find a local photographer called Priya, who was happy to to be involved. Here’s what happened when the Red Hood went out into Manchester.
For anyone who lives in Manchester, or plans to visit, there is a great pop culture scene to be involved with. You have the Forbidden Planet and Travelling Man stores within walking distance of each other. Further up the road in the Northern Quarter, there’s Fanboy 3, which caters to fans of board games and RPGs. But if you’re looking for a place to geek out and have a drink, the best place to go is the Fab Café.
A hero is often shaped by their surroundings, whether it’s Batman fighting crime in Gotham City, or Superman flying over Metropolis. Many fictional places are iconic, so it’s no surprise that they’ve been based on real life locations. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know where these places could exist in the real world? Vibrant Doors have come up with The Homes of Heroes map that charts the real life locations of places like Gotham City. Here are some of the places that the map covers.
When I started The Comic Vault last year, I did it with the mentality of wanting to write about something that made me happy. The more people responded to it, the more I started to set a goal for myself. Before the end of 2017 I told myself I wanted to reach 10,000 page views and 500 followers. Today, I can say I’ve smashed those targets, reaching over 10,000 and hitting 500 followers. To thank everyone, I wanted to give insight into another topic I’m passionate about.
In recent years, mental health issues have become a big talking point in the media and society. Despite the increased exposure, there’s still a stigma attached to it. Many people feel uncomfortable to discuss their illnesses, whether it’s anxiety or depression for fear of being ostracised. Psychosis is another issue that’s rarely talked about because of the negative associations. So, when a video game comes along that tackles psychosis and mental health in a mature, thoughtful way, the creators should be applauded. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a game that isn’t afraid to bring these real problems to the surface.
What makes a great superhero? Is it the costume, is it a tragic backstory? Sometimes, it’s because of an awesome catchphrase. Catchphrases have been around since the earliest days of comics. While it can be fun to make a joke out of a catchphrase, many of them have resonance. Marvel has plenty of characters with iconic catchphrases, and here are five of the most famous.
Are you lost and trying to find home?
No matter the cost
You’ll brave the unknown
Comics can touch people in various ways, such as making someone connect with a certain character. Others are inspired to make music, and that’s the case with musician Chris Cape. Cape contacted The Comic Vault about his latest song, ‘Valerian’, which is partly based on the Valerian and Laureline comic series and film. His goal is to reach the creators of the series and movie and make them aware of the song. I was happy to give it a listen and enjoyed what I heard.