Travelling is one of the best ways to broaden your horizons. It encourages people to see new perspectives and embrace different cultures. When I travel, I find myself interested in exploring the pop culture identity of a new place. Recently, I travelled to Nantes and saw a wide range of geeky goodness. Situated in the Loire Valley, Nantes is a sci-fi hub of the world. I’ve put together a pop culture guide for anyone who’s interested in visiting. Continue reading “A Pop Culture Guide To Nantes”
A movement that’s gained a lot of popularity in recent years is steampunk, and with its mixture of old and new technology, it’s not hard to see why people are interested in it. The interesting thing about steampunk is that there are so many variations, such as the dieselpunk and weird west genres. Several of these genres were on display at the TimeQuake Steampunk Convention in Manchester. Given my interest in steampunk I was looking forward to seeing what was there and I wasn’t disappointed.
In pop culture, there are all kinds of phenomenons and movements, with steampunk being one that’s really taken off over the last few years. Victorian aesthetics are mixed with modern technology to create quirky designs. Steampunk has inspired a multitude of subgenres, so any time I come across steampunk inspired creations, I’m interested in getting involved. This was the case with a steampunk Iron Man statue that I came across at Birmingham Comic Con. Designed by specialist artist, Mostly Curious Games, here is a review of the statue.
Pop culture is an exciting phenomenon that connects people all over the world through a love of fictional worlds and characters. Some of the best places to experience it are comic cons, which is why I was excited to attend two in March: Liverpool Comic Con and Birmingham Comic Con. Both events were carried out back to over two weekends. I was at Liverpool Con on the 10th Match and Birmingham Con on the 17th March. Both events were different, with each being enjoyable for different reasons. Here are my thoughts on both and why I think everyone who loves pop culture should attend a comic con.
When it comes to comic characters, Batman’s story is the most widely told. There have been many versions of The Dark Knight over the years, but people are still finding ways to make the character feel fresh. Batman: Gotham By Gaslight offers an alternative take on Bruce Wayne by telling his story in the Victorian era. The animated movie sees Batman take on Jack the Ripper in an epic Elseworlds tale that mixes history and comics together. Familiar faces are given new backgrounds and Gotham is reimagined as a sinister metropolis of industry and smoke.
There are certain places in the world that seem to have a life of their own and the same can be said in fiction. Places like Gotham City feel like they’re alive, as if they’re testing the people who live within them. A city can become a character in its own right, and that is the case in Paradiso #1, written by Ram V. A young man named Jack Kryznan has business in the high-tech metropolis of Paradiso, but he’s one of many people with an interest in the city and there’s a lot of mystery surrounding it.