Guest Post: John Bryne’s Man Of Steel: The Ultimate Superman

By James Quinn

 Despite what the movies would have you believe, Superman has a lot of great stories in the comics that have not been adapted into film such as Superman: For All Seasons, Superman: Man of Tomorrow, Superman: Red Son, and even All-Star Superman

However, as well-regarded as those stories are, many of the good Superman stories are stand-alone graphic novels and one-shots. Many of the best superhero characters have good runs: Frank Miller on Daredevil, Dennis O’Neil on the Question, Mike Grell on Green Arrow, Brian Azzorellow on Wonder Woman and many others. Most of the comic book discourse isn’t on the great Superman runs but merely the most famous story-arcs and changes to the lore. 

For this post, I would like to shine some light on what I would consider one of my favourite runs not only on the big blue boy scout, but for comics overall: John Bryne on Superman. 

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Content Contradictions, Best Selling Books And Questionable Advice With Copywriter Andrew Boulton

The life of a copywriter is often fraught with procrastination, lots of briefs, conflicting advice and the occasional spark of creative brilliance that keeps us all paid and functioning from day-to-day. Andrew Boulton is one such copywriter who’s seen his fair share in the industry and has plenty of war stories to tell.

The author of the insightful Copywriting Is, Boulton was kind enough to share his process on writing the best-selling book with The Comic Vault. He also discusses why he’d make a terrible writing mentor, why his book isn’t meant to be taken as the gospel of content marketing and how good writers will always be at the heart of a successful content marketing strategy. 

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Copywriting Is Review: An Irreverent Love-Letter To The Weird And Wonderful World Of Content Marketing

The realm of digital marketing is a place packed with wonderful contradictions. Creatives are constantly collaborating, bickering, vibing and sniping at each other in the relentless pursuit of developing award-worthy advertising campaigns. And among all that rabble and noise, copywriters are an important cog in the wheel to keep the marketing machine running smoothly.

But the life of a copywriter is also one of conflict, magic, bullshit, profundity and a stubbornness to get words onto a page no matter what. I’ve experienced any number of these factors during my own career as a copywriter and I’d wager it’s something that many other writers have experienced. 

So, discovering Andrew Boulton’s Copywriting Is: 30-or-so thoughts on thinking like a copywriter was a joy, as it’s a book that was written for copywriters and perfectly captures the beautiful absurdity of the profession.

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Exploring Visual Stories With Photography Fables

Since I was a kid, pop culture and fantasy have been a big part of my life and during difficult times I’ve tended to fall back on them for a sense of routine and purpose. To say 2020 has been difficult would be an understatement, but a silver lining has come from having more time to pursue things that I’d never attempted until now.

As a new skill, I’ve decided to take up photography and it’s inspired me to launch an online portfolio called Photography Fables. 

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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”

The Pop Culture Guide To Creating An Engaging Blogging Series

If I had to name one constant in human history that has continued to bring joy into the lives of people all over the world it would be popular culture. After all, it’s something that we invented and have built upon through film, TV, gaming, comics and many more valuable mediums. Popular culture is a goldmine for writers because there is never a lack of inspiration to draw from, and that extends to blogging as well.

Creating an engaging blogging series is tricky, but by taking cues from pop culture, writers can develop ideas that will keep their readers coming back for more content. For anyone who is planning to create a pop culture inspired blog series, here is a guide that will help you decide on the direction you want to take. Continue reading “The Pop Culture Guide To Creating An Engaging Blogging Series”

Check Out Budapest’s Comics Bar And Drink Like A Superhero

Travelling is a brilliant way to discover places you’ve never heard of, and Budapest has plenty of quirky sights to see. Hungary’s capital city is a melting pot of art, history, food, creativity and pop culture. If you’re planning a pop culture tour of Budapest, then you need to stop off at Comics Bar for a drinking experience that will have you feeling like a superhero by the end of the night. Continue reading “Check Out Budapest’s Comics Bar And Drink Like A Superhero”

Blogger Recognition Award For The Comic Vault

Since starting The Comic Vault in 2017, writing about comics and pop culture has given me a sense of purpose. I’m able to write about topics that I’m passionate about, so it’s always good to receive acknowledgement that my writing is connecting with people on a personal level. The Comic Vault has been tagged with The Blogger Recognition Award by In Asian Spaces and I’m grateful for the nomination! Continue reading “Blogger Recognition Award For The Comic Vault”

An Introduction To Yamato Magazine

Japan has earned a reputation for being one of the most unique countries in the world. Countless tourists flock to discover its wonders, while citizens carry out traditions that have been in place for thousands of years. My personal interest in Japan stems from pop culture, anime, samurai and food. The culture has inspired me enough that I’ve decided to start a Japan-centric publication called Yamato Magazine. Read on to discover the kind of content that will be featured! Continue reading “An Introduction To Yamato Magazine”

Arcade Bar NQ64 Brings An Amazing Retro Game Experience To Manchester

In the world of pop culture, gaming has evolved into one of the most enduring mediums. Humble arcade games, like Space Invaders and Pac-Man, have transformed into legendary series that are known across generations. Gaming has the power to bring people together and create memorable experiences. When there’s beer involved, so much the better. So, when I caught wind of a bar that catered to gamers and beer fans, I set off on a quest to find it. Manchester’s NQ64 did not disappoint. Continue reading “Arcade Bar NQ64 Brings An Amazing Retro Game Experience To Manchester”