Guest Post: What Are Some Good Ideas For Comic Characters?

Every comic book needs a character to make it interesting. A spirited and entertaining character propagates your story very well. However, before creating a character you must decide an idea for your comic book.

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Guest Post: Torso: A Forgotten Noir Masterpiece

Picture this, the year is 1935 and the city of Cleveland, Ohio has just begun to recover from the blow dealt to its economy by the Great Depression. Citizens rejoice, incredibly happy to have finally pushed past the period of uncertainty and fear that nearly cost many of them their lives, and for others did just that.

This period of joy would not last long however, as between the years of 1935 and 1938, a fear would strike the heart of Cleveland, a fear like no other. A fear that resulted in mass hysteria and paranoia, a fear that would leave a stain on the city of Cleveland for the rest of time. The fear of the Torso Killer. Continue reading “Guest Post: Torso: A Forgotten Noir Masterpiece”

Pop Culture Pub Crawl: Wolverine (Part 2!)

The Pop Culture Pub Crawl highlights the drinking habits of different superheroes and Wolverine has a reputation for being one of the booziest members of the X-Men. The Comic Vault has already covered his enthusiasm for alcohol, and it’s time for round two of drinking. In this edition, let’s take a look at the type of hooch Wolverine would drink when out on the town in Japan.

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Guest Post: Martin Manhunter And Immigration

One comic character I have grown to have a lot of respect for is the Martian Manhunter. While usually compared to Superman for their powers I think where the comparisons truly lie is in the topic of immigration. Superman was raised on Earth from infancy, never truly growing up as an alien. J’onn J’onzz meanwhile was born and raised on Mars with a job and was raising a family. In the Silver Age, Mars wasn’t yet a desolate wasteland and J’onn coming to Earth is more akin to going abroad.

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Guest Post: Creativity As A Superpower, Creativity As A Curse

A friend once told me, “your greatest strength is your greatest weakness… and conversely, your greatest weakness can also be your greatest strength.” This is a phrase that has stuck with me for decades, ringing true in both personal and professional settings. I myself was labeled a creative person at an early age.

In middle school I had a strong visual aesthetic, producing compelling photographs with just a tiny 110 camera and no training. I later began writing plays, doing documentary photography at a professional level, and eventually writing comics. But it was a long journey to fully embrace my creative side.

Due to societal pressure, I sought a ‘traditional’ office job. During my school years, creativity was not seen as a gift. It was something that was useful to children but not fully embraced by society, and certainly not something that could be marketed and turned into a million or even billion dollar business. Continue reading “Guest Post: Creativity As A Superpower, Creativity As A Curse”

Monitor Review: Sci-Fi Noir At Its Finest

Technology can be a double-edged sword. The more it connects us, the further apart we can feel when there’s nothing but bad news in the world or we find ourselves dissatisfied compared to someone else. But we still have our privacy despite all the data breaches that have happened in the last decade and that’s something to be grateful for.

But what if our privacy was taken away? What if life was simply about collecting and monitoring data? That is the world of Monitor, a dark sci-fi noir graphic novel written by Damian Wampler. Creepy, poignant and gritty, Monitor plays with themes of connectivity and true freedom. Continue reading “Monitor Review: Sci-Fi Noir At Its Finest”

Why You Should Trust Collectibles Investment Group to Appraise Your Comic Book Collection

If you’re looking to sell your comic book collection, you might not know where to start. You may have no idea how much to expect your collection to sell for, and doing the research yourself takes seemingly endless time and energy. Since there are so many intricacies, you’re actually likely to end up with the wrong information.

It makes much more sense to turn to a reputable appraiser that can look through your collection and give you a fair and accurate value. That’s why the team at Collectibles Investment Group has dedicated themselves to helping collectors of all kinds determine a fair price for their valuable items. Continue reading “Why You Should Trust Collectibles Investment Group to Appraise Your Comic Book Collection”

Comic Cover Corner: Fallen Son #1

Comic Cover Corner puts the spotlight on a unique comic cover and the story that it tells. Captain America has been involved in some of the most emotional stories that Marvel has produced. So, when the First Avenger was tragically killed during The Fallen Son arc, it should come as no surprise that the covers were striking.

Fallen Son #1, drawn by Leinil Yu, features Wolverine looking ready to hunt down the people responsible for Cap’s death. Continue reading “Comic Cover Corner: Fallen Son #1”

Guest Post: When Heroes Fail: Our Lives In Comparison To The Avengers’ Struggle

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the greatest comic-based film series and many have been inspired by watching these awesome stories of superheroes – their successes and failures. Every viewer takes something away and is influenced by the heroic examples of these titans and can be encouraged to manifest similar character and valour.

Words and actions of each Avenger sometimes have a profound wisdom to teach everyone who is willing to learn from them. Wisdom that still can be applied in our daily interactions.

So, what are the lessons that audience can learn from these mighty heroes? Lots of them! But let’s discuss the most important things that you can learn and exercise from the MCU: Continue reading “Guest Post: When Heroes Fail: Our Lives In Comparison To The Avengers’ Struggle”

Why Vandal Savage Is One Of The Greatest Villains In Pop Culture

The DC Universe features some of the most prolific and recognised supervillains in pop culture. From the insanity of The Joker, to the cold intellect of Deathstroke, DC have a knack for creating compelling villains with a dark magnetism. Another supervillain that has tested the might of DC’s greatest heroes is Vandal Savage.

An immortal who has plagued humanity since its earliest days, Vandal Savage is a man with a singular purpose of crushing anyone who gets in his way. Continue reading “Why Vandal Savage Is One Of The Greatest Villains In Pop Culture”