The Red Hood Appears In Manchester (AKA My First Cosplay Photoshoot)

Recently, I had the opportunity to take part in my first professional cosplay photoshoot. Something I love about blogging is that it gives you so a chance to collaborate with so many different people. Through it, I was able to find a local photographer called Priya, who was happy to to be involved. Here’s what happened when the Red Hood went out into Manchester.

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Red Hood And The Outlaws #13 Review: The Ballad Of Bizarro

Scott Lobdell and Dexter Soy continue to create an emotionally rich story for Jason Todd and in his companions in Red Hood And The Outlaws #13. In the last issue, Bizarro sacrificed himself to stop a rampaging Solomon Grundy, dying in Red Hood and Artemis’ arms. Before the Outlaws could fully take in their friend’s sacrifice, Lex Luthor appeared on the scene. What are Luthor’s intentions and does he plan to use Bizarro for his own agenda?

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The Positive Effects Cosplay Has On Mental Health

One of the biggest issues in the world today is mental health. Many people are still afraid to discuss their battles with depression, anxiety and other disorders. Among men in particular, there’s a stigma attached to it, as we don’t want to be perceived as being ‘weak.’ As someone who’s suffered from depression and anxiety, I can admit I used to find it very difficult to talk about what I’ve experienced. But that’s changed.

An outlet that’s helped me is comics and cosplay. Dressing up has allowed me to be part of a supportive community who are up for a laugh and it’s made me think of the positive mental health benefits of cosplaying. Continue reading “The Positive Effects Cosplay Has On Mental Health”

Red Hoods Galore And Free Comics At Manchester Comic Con 2017

Pop culture fans were out in force for this year’s Manchester Comic Con, with plenty of fun moments. This was the first comic con I cosplayed in front of a large crowd and it was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. From joining on a Red Hood hunt, to going to a cosplay afterparty, here were some of the highlights from Manchester Comic Con. Continue reading “Red Hoods Galore And Free Comics At Manchester Comic Con 2017”

A History Of The Robins And Their Importance To Batman

In the history of comics, Batman is one of the most enduring characters. Grim, dedicated and incorruptible, The Dark Knight wages a tireless war on crime. But even someone as formidable as Batman can’t do everything alone, and that’s where Robin comes in. Robin balances Batman out, providing a light to his darkness. Yet Robin is bigger than a single person. It’s an identity, a symbol of hope for younger heroes.

Over the years, Bruce has taken in several children and raised them to fight crime. In mainstream continuity, there have been five Robins, each different to the one who came before them. They all represent something to Batman, and here I examine who they are and what makes them important.

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How Red Hood And The Outlaws Makes You Care About Bizarro

When a writer makes you feel for a character then it’s a magical sensation. When a writer makes you connect with a character you never thought you’d feel anything for, then it’s even rarer. This has been the case with Scott Lobdell’s take on Bizarro in his latest run on Red Hood and The Outlaws. Bizarro, the imperfect clone of Superman, was a character I never took seriously. His origin and creation seemed derivative, but Lobdell’s story has changed my mind. Here’s how he’s managed it.

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Beneath The Pages: Judd Winick

Beneath The Pages looks at writers and artists in the comic industry who have made it what it is today. Judd Winick is a writer that’s stood out to me for a number of years. He’s handled many of DC’s main characters such as Green Lantern and Green Arrow, giving them mature storylines to feature in. Winick is also known for his autobiography that chronicles his friendship with AIDS educator, Pedro Zamora.

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