A Pop Culture Guide To Nantes

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”

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Investigating Vietnamese Identity With Karma And Her Status As An Important Superhero

Over the past few decades, Vietnam has become one of the most revitalised countries in the world. The Vietnam War left its mark and the political landscape changed forever. A comic character that represents the struggles of the Vietnamese is Karma. She was among the boat people who fled the country after the rise of Communism. As a culturally important superhero, Karma is a representation of Vietnamese resilience. A founding member of the New Mutants, Karma is one of the most believable X-Men characters. Continue reading “Investigating Vietnamese Identity With Karma And Her Status As An Important Superhero”

Pop Culture Pub Crawl: Thor

Saving the world is thirsty work, especially when you’re doing it on a regular basis. There are plenty of superheroes who like drinking and the Pop Culture Pub Crawl combines comics and alcohol together. This edition features Thor, a character whose strength is matched by his ability to consume a lot of booze. The God of Thunder’s drinking sessions are legendary, so here’s what I think he’d have when he’s out on the town.

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What Makes Sunfire A Symbol For Post-WW2 Japan?

Japan features some of the most distinctive superheroes in the world, particularly in the Marvel Universe. The most famous is Sunfire, a mutant who stirs the same national pride as Captain America does in the USA. Shiro Yoshida has been a part of the X-Men, Avengers and Big Hero 6, highlighting his prominence. The character’s backstory has turned him into a symbol for post-WW2 Japan and I’m looking into Sunfire’s history to see what makes him so important.
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The History Of Big Hero 6 And Their Quest To Protect Japan

Superhero teams can be found all over the world, especially in the Marvel Universe. America is known for The Avengers, England has Excalibur and Canada has Alpha Flight. With its technological prowess and booming economy, you’d think Japan would have a superhero team, and you’d be right. Japan’s Big Hero 6 protects the nation from outside and inside threats. The team was featured prominently in a 2014 film of the same name, though Big Hero 6 got its start in Marvel.

The original comic team was made up of Silver Samurai, Sunfire, Hiro Takachiho, Honey Lemon, Baymax and Go-Go Tomago. I’m looking into the history of the group to see how it was formed and what brought each member onto the team. Continue reading “The History Of Big Hero 6 And Their Quest To Protect Japan”

Promoting Gothic Culture Through Supernatural Superheroes On Manchester’s HAUNT Blog

When it comes to writing about comics, promoting different characters is one of the most enjoyable parts. A great way to bring awareness is to write on websites that aren’t specifically geared towards comics. It’s why I’ve been writing an ongoing segment called Supernatural Superheroes for Visit Manchester’s HAUNT blog. The series is about combining gothic themes and pop culture together to promote lesser known superheroes. Continue reading “Promoting Gothic Culture Through Supernatural Superheroes On Manchester’s HAUNT Blog”

4 Incredible Italian Superheroes That You Need To Read About

Italy is known for a range of things, including fine culture and amazing food. Italy also boasts badass superheroes, especially the Italian-American variety. As a person with Italian heritage, I’m proud of having it as part of my family history. It inspired me to look into four characters with Italian roots. All of them are intriguing and worth knowing about. Continue reading “4 Incredible Italian Superheroes That You Need To Read About”