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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Untold #2 Review: WW2 Era Fantasy Makes For Some Impressive World Building

World War II was one of the most brutal conflicts in history, with a lot of people still remembering the kind of trauma that it caused. Donnie Souza’s Untold series shows the nature of war through a fantasy lens, placing humans alongside elves, orcs and other magical creatures. Untold #2 picks up from the previous issue, as veteran soldier Buchanan Daniels tries to uncover who blew up his tavern. The second issue highlights themes of racism, camaraderie and bravery. Continue reading “Untold #2 Review: WW2 Era Fantasy Makes For Some Impressive World Building”

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”

How Mantis Offers A Different Take On The Chosen One Trope As The Celestial Madonna

The Guardians of The Galaxy film franchise has been responsible for introducing a lot of obscure comic characters to a mainstream audience. The likes of Drax, Rocket Racoon and Groot have all benefited from the spotlight. Mantis is another superhero that’s had some great exposure, though the film version differs greatly to the comic portrayal. In the comics, Mantis is linked to The Avengers and her backstory makes her one of the most intriguing female superheroes in the Marvel Universe. Continue reading “How Mantis Offers A Different Take On The Chosen One Trope As The Celestial Madonna”

GeekSmash Director Joe Delbridge On Combining Digital Marketing And Comics

In the modern world, digital marketing has become one of most popular methods of branding and business building. There are so many different avenues within the industry and having worked as a copywriter, I’m always on the lookout for new techniques. GeekSmash is an example of a digital marketing agency that’s doing something different because they’re catering to people who work in the pop culture industry.

It was fun to talk to GeekSmash CEO, Joe Delbridge about the message behind the agency and how it helps professional geeks. Joe talks about starting off as a blogger, growing his passion from comics and what the current status of influencer marketing is like in his opinion.  Continue reading “GeekSmash Director Joe Delbridge On Combining Digital Marketing And Comics”

Red Hood And The Outlaws Artist Dexter Soy Talks Comics, Collaboration And Rooftop Fights

Ever since DC: Rebirth, one of best titles has been Red Hood and The Outlaws because of the story quality, characters and art. Jason Todd, Artemis and Bizarro have all received amazing development, courtesy of writer Scott Lobdell and artist Dexter Soy. The Philippines born artist has created some incredible panels. After an epic two year run, Dexter recently finished up on the series with Red Hood and The Outlaws #25.

But before he signed off, I couldn’t resist interviewing him about his time on the series and how he got into the comic industry. Continue reading “Red Hood And The Outlaws Artist Dexter Soy Talks Comics, Collaboration And Rooftop Fights”

Nova: Resurrection Review: A Celebration Of The Lives Of Richard Rider And Sam Alexander

Living up to a legacy is difficult, especially when you’re trying to stand on your own two feet. For a long time, Richard Rider had to uphold the legacy of the Nova Corps after they’d been wiped out. After Rider died, Sam Alexander needed to carry the torch, not an easy feat for a teenager. The two Novas share a lot of similarities and they finally come face to face in Jeff Loveness’ Nova: Resurrection. A resurrected Rider tries to adjust to being alive, while Sam grapples with the perils of puberty. The graphic novel makes for an entertaining read, combining themes of family and adulthood. Continue reading “Nova: Resurrection Review: A Celebration Of The Lives Of Richard Rider And Sam Alexander”