In recent years, Japanese culture has found its way into the mainstream western comic industry through Marvel and DC. Marvel has done an excellent job of presenting the nuances of the Japanese way of life in characters such as Silver Samurai and Sunfire. And much of this influence is attributed to the work of Chris Claremont and Frank Miller in the 1980s, with their revamp of Wolverine into a failed samurai looking to reclaim his honour.
Wolverine’s connection to Japan is essential to understanding who he is, and his appreciation for the country has manifested through the women he’s loved. One of Logan’s greatest loves was Itsu, a character who shaped a significant portion of his life.
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Budapest is filled with pubs, clubs and drinking spots for people of all types, including pop culture fans. If you’re planning a trip to the city and want to find a bar where you can drink affordable beer, play video games and have a laugh with friends, then your first stop should be Ready Player 1 bar. A drinking haven for geeks and gamers, Ready Player 1 is the kind of venue that can give you an appreciation for how pop culture brings people together. Continue reading “Why Every Gaming Fan Needs To Visit Budapest’s Ready Player 1 Bar”
Food is a great way of helping people get in touch with their culture. Someone born to parents from different countries might have only been able to taste a certain kind of cooking. For example, Nadia Van Dyne, the daughter of Hank Pym and a Hungarian woman called Maria Trovaya, may have grown up with limited exposure to her Hungarian roots.
Nadia’s childhood was spent in the Red Room and she only managed to escape after gaining Pym Particles. Determined to learn more about her parents, Nadia became the second Wasp. After escaping from the Red Room, she would have likely wanted to try as many different dishes as possible. For this edition of Comic Kitchen, I’ve put together a Hungarian inspired menu that would help Nadia feel closer to her heritage. Continue reading “Comic Kitchen: Nadia Van Dyne”
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”
Folklore is filled with all kinds of wonderous creatures, and one of the most-well known myths revolve around mermaids. From the malicious sirens of Greek mythology, to the gentle water spirits of Caribbean lore, stories of fish-tailed women can be traced throughout every culture. The story of the mermaid found its way into popular culture, thanks to Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid and the Disney movie of the same name.
So, it should come as no surprise that mermaids have become a popular trope within the comics industry as well. DC’s Little Mermaid is a superhero that many comic fans might not be familiar with, but unlike the Disney version, the character wasn’t born a princess. Instead, Ulla Paske found herself trying to reconcile her surface upbringing with her underwater heritage. Continue reading “More Than A Little Mermaid: Ulla Paske And Her Identity As Denmark’s Superhero”
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”
Pop culture means different things to different people. It covers music, TV, movies, gaming and more. The beauty of pop culture is that it connects people together and Manchester has all kinds of attractions for geeks, gamers, metal heads, comic fans and everything in between. Manchester caters to all walks of life, which is why I’ve put together a pop culture guide for anyone who’s looking to embrace an alternative kind of trip. Continue reading “A Pop Culture Guide To Manchester”
Travelling is one of the best ways to expand your knowledge of the world. But it’s not the only way to embrace a new culture. Exploring local communities and experiences are eye-opening in their own right. I’m fascinated by Japan and there are plenty of Japanese related activities in my home city of Manchester. There’s restaurants, bars, societies and exhibits dedicated to celebrating the Land of the Rising Sun. It’s why I’ve put together a guide for anyone who wants to explore Manchester through the lens of Japanese culture. Continue reading “The Definitive Guide To Japanese 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”
Comic Kitchen is a series that tells the story of a superhero through the food they eat. Scottish food is some of the heartiest in the world and it’s a reflection of the people of Scotland. As a Scottish superhero, Wolfsbane is the ideal character for putting together a Highlands menu. Usually, I’d do a three-course meal. But as Wolfsbane has a large appetite, I’ve created a menu of what she’d eat throughout the day. Continue reading “Comic Kitchen: Wolfsbane”