The appeal of collecting memorabilia stems from passion, or something specific that resonates with the collector. I’ve always been someone who appreciates good craftsmanship. The amount of time that goes into sculpting a statue can be taken for granted. That’s why I’ll occasionally be reviewing products that I enjoy from a decorative stand point. I’m starting with the Geralt of Rivia statue I bought from Forbidden Planet in Manchester. This version was made by Dark House in collaboration with CD Projekt Red. The statue is around 20 cm and came in a window box.
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.
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.
The blogging community is massive, and it’s a great way to network with people who’re writing in different areas. I’ve decided to introduce an interview section to The Comic Vault that features other bloggers who have an interest in popular culture. Whether you’re interested in comics or gaming, we’re all united by a love of stories and creative avenues.
Kicking off the interviews is the talented Annick over at Only4feet9. Annick has an interest in gaming and I enjoyed chatting to her about her thoughts on the gaming industry.
One of the great things about Manchester is that is has a dedicated comic and pop culture community. Forbidden Planet and Travelling Man are two places you can go to satisfy your comic book needs. If you’re looking for something a little more niche, then you’ll want to check out the Northern Quarter’s newest pop culture store called Fanboy Three. The shop specialises in board games, card games and RPGs. Here is what you can expect when you walk inside.
In a world where brands are fighting to connect with customers, it can be hard to find new ways to advertise. Thinking outside the box is a good way to generate fresh ideas, whether it’s through a campaign or social media. New platforms are being developed regularly to bridge the gap between brands and consumers. One of the most popular platforms is Twitch, with more companies using it as a way to reach younger customers. But for those who haven’t heard of Twitch, what is it and how can it be used to advertise your brand?
Have you ever gone into Starbucks and ordered a coffee using your phone? Every time you made a purchase a golden star appeared or a progress bar showed how much you needed to level up to gain the next perk. If it sounds like you were playing a game it’s because you were. Starbucks is one of many brands who’ve tapped into the concept of gamification and used it to their advantage.