My Name is Rob and I’m black. I’m a nerd. I’m a blerd. Now that I’ve declared my tribe let me explain. I’ve always had an interested in pop culture paraphernalia over sports. I’ve been more easily attached to watching cartoons and reading comics over throwing a football or dunking a basketball. And, for the longest time, I’ve been hit with this idea that “black kids don’t do that” – the crux of the Unofficially Black Podcast.
As I’ve gotten older I’ve suppressed my joy in geeky, nerd things to be cool. Being the cool guy mattered more to me that just enjoying what I liked. So those earlier declarations we’re a source of pride or even acknowledgment – it was a thing about me. Not until becoming an adult and recovering from corporate conditioning acting in a persona did I realise that I should just be myself and I’d have deeper, more fulfilling relationships. We all crave acceptance and be a part of something. To find our tribe. Continue reading “Guest Post: Revenge Of The Blerds”
There has been plenty of discussion recently about mental health and how it impacts people. Everyone is always looking for ways to improve their mental health, whether they want to cheer up, help their kids grow, or just to entertain themselves. Comic books may be a good solution to all of those problems. Why? Find out! Continue reading “Guest Post: The Mental Health Benefits of Reading Comics”
Over the past decade, superhero games have soared in popularity. The Batman Arkham series revolutionised combat for a new generation, while the most recent Spider-Man game offered a fresh take on the web-slinger and his supporting cast. But it could be argued there still hasn’t been a definitive Marvel game that focuses on the whole Marvel Universe. Rhys from Unknown Games has given his thoughts on how an Avengers game could work on future consoles. Continue reading “Guest Blog: Why There Should Be An Avengers Game”
The psychology of comic characters is a subject that I find fascinating. What makes superheroes want to save people? Why are supervillains hell bent on taking over the world? The motivations of superhumans are reflected by wider society. A character that represents the duality of a person is Venom. Laura Ferron explores the nature of Venom in relation to the Id, SuperEgo and Ego.
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Understanding the psychology of a superhero is a good way of making them feel relatable. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Robert Downey Jr has done an incredible job of making the audience feel for Iron Man. Over a decade, fans have seen Tony Stark’s emotional journey play out. Laura Ferron offers some great insight into Iron Man’s psychology and his motivations for saving the world.
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The comic book industry has seen a significant boom over the past few decades and has paved the way for a lot of aspiring artists to turn their hands in the art of creating a comic book. Becoming a comic book artist is not a very easy career path to take on. You have to go through a lot of challenges before you can even be recognized as a legit comic book artist. It takes more than good drawing skills to survive this cutthroat industry. If you’re thinking how comic book bigwigs such as Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Greg Capullo, Jack Kirby and others became famous, then read on. Continue reading “Guest Blog: How To Become A Comic Book Artist”
Anger management is the common name taken by a broad variety of techniques that help deal with anger. Violence, aggressiveness and rage are common traits or symptoms of today’s society. Anger is a basic emotion that triggers upon danger, either in real, physical hazards or with inner, psychological threats. And no one represents the pain of anger better than the Hulk, arguably the most most powerful Avenger.
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