I’m back with a new addition of The Pop Culture Playlist, and on suggestion from Alex over at alexraphael I’m going to be featuring Gambit. The Ragin’ Cajun is one of my favourite characters, having played the role of thief and hero with the X-Men. I’ve come up with a playlist to represent a man with a devil-may-care attitude and who is also a hustler with a heart of gold.
“Criminals, by nature are a cowardly and superstitious lot. To instill fear into their hearts I became a bat. A monster in the night. And in doing so, have I become the very thing that all monsters become…alone?”
For my first graphic novel review I’m concentrating on Batman: Hush, written by Jeff Loeb and drawn by Jim Lee. It’s one of the most complex stories I’ve read in a long time, with Batman assaulted on all fronts by his greatest enemies. It begins with him rescuing a boy who has been kidnapped by Killer Croc. Catwoman makes off with the money and Batman chases her across the Gotham rooftops. The line to his grappling gun is cut and he falls into Crime Alley, fracturing his skull and leaving him to the mercy of thugs.
We’ve all heard the expression bigger is better, but micro-influencers are showing why greatness comes from small things. What are micro-influencers, you ask? They’re everyday people with a passion who want to share it with others. To get more technical, micro-influencers are social media gurus with followers of anywhere between 10,000 to 100,000 on Instagram. They are at the forefront of influencer marketing, with their recommendations making a difference to the right people. Brands use them to target a niche audience rather than casting a wide net with macro-influencers like celebrities.
Manchester is known for having the world’s most famous football team, but it’s not what I think of when I think of my home. For any comic fan who’s thinking of visiting the city then you’ll want to check out Forbidden Planet in The Northern Quarter. It has two floors of pop culture goodness that will keep you occupied for hours.
Of all my favourite groups in the Marvel Universe, The X-Men are at the top of the list. With so many different incarnations it can be easy to forget about the original line up consisting of Cyclops, Beast, Jean Grey, Iceman and Angel. They debuted in 1968 and each was defined by a specific power. But the one who seems to receive the least amount of consideration is Angel, AKA Warren Worthington III. With the power of flight his abilities might seem less flashy compared to others, but he’s one of the most interesting characters in comics and I’ll explain why.
I’ve written a guest post about idealism in fantasy books over at Mightythorjrs. I haven’t seen the spirit of idealism captured more perfectly than in Sebastien De Castell’s Greatcoat series. Read the books. Seriously.
I have been running my author guest blog series for awhile now with much success! Today is the first in what I hope is many guest blog post by fellow bloggers. I am proud to present another guest blog spot. Jamie Ryder who runs a pop culture website called https://thecomicvault.wordpress.com/ and an animal protection website called https://wingsandwildhearts.wordpress.com/ I am very excited and
Hope you enjoy the guest blog and make sure you check out Jamie’s sites. And if your interested in doing a guest blog of your own, please get in touch.
Idealism And The Greatcoats
by Jamie Ryder
Fantasy literature has the power to transport readers to a new world and offers a chance to escape. Like all genres there are…
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Just over two weeks ago I started this blog and the reception has been unlike anything I imagined. I’ve hit 100 followers and been nominated for two blogging awards. To thank everyone for the support I’ve decided to share something deeply personal about myself as a way of really understanding me. I’ve suffered from anxiety and low self-esteem for the past ten years or so. It’s made it hard for me to meet new people, believe in myself and to form a lasting relationship with someone.