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Paintball, Video Games & Comic Books Join Forces!

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Wed 22 Mar 2017 8:12 AM EST
Category: Pop Culture | 475 Views

(DM) – Wednesday March 22, 2017 Paintball, video games, comic books what?  What do these have in common? A lot more than you may know. In short, these pastimes have converged with cosplay. In a word, LARP’ing. LARP is an acronym, Live Action Role Playing. It came about from fantasy dice games coming to life where players actually dressed in costume. More than just dressing their part, players acted out what the game roll of their dice required using prop swords and prop knives in mock battle for example. 

How does LARP’ing connect to paintball, video games and comic books?  Consider the saying, “All dressed up and nowhere to go.”
Assassin's Creed
You have this great outfit with some practical uses, but not put to use. That’s a bummer. You can see where this is going now can’t you? Paintball, comic books and video games have joined forces not to simply look the part, but play practical roles. Not all costumed characters lend well to this but many do. Seen below are masks that don't work well for paintball but would work with paintball's cousin, airsoft. However with the right eye coverage (high impact lexan) these two could be paintball ready.
Cosplay from New York Comic-ConPaintballers, video gamers, and comic book readers often overlap in interest. Paintball is the one activity where you get to exert yourself physically. For year’s video gamers have been in awe of some of the on screen outfits worn by their virtual counterparts yearning to act out in real life what they enjoyed on the small screen. Comic book heroes bring that same desire to the table.

Enter cosplay which is short for costume play. In most respects cosplay precedes LARP’ing. If you’ve dressed up for Halloween or a costume party, you’ve cosplay’d. It’s reached epic proportions inConnor Kenway Paintball Hood




Rogue One - Film Review - NOT an SJW's Wet Dream but Perfect 10 (True Spoiler Free)

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Thu 15 Dec 2016 10:17 PM EST
Category: Film Reviews | 806 Views
Five Dangers out of Five Film Review Rating

(DM) – Thursday December 15, 2016 This is a true spoiler free review!

Rogue One doesn't follow the standard Star Wars formula and for this the film goers are rewarded with a perfect 10 of a film. So many Star Wars questions get answered! Does it fill in the gap between Episode three and four? No. Does it lead into Episode four of Star Wars, A New Hope? Absolutely. Rogue One even answers the question how the film gets its name. In many ways Rogue One is the byproduct of 40 years of questions people begun to ask after the very first Star Wars, A New Hope (a.k.a. Episode four) hit theaters in 1977.

Black Storm Troopers of Rogue One
Has it been 40 years since the first Star Wars? That question is important because beyond Darth Vader being under a mask, a number of other players did in fact require some movie magic which almost works perfectly. Despite technology falling short of replicating a human in cinema it has come far enough to assist in bringing back some of your favorite and obscure Star Wars characters. While the social justice warriors of the world will claim victory with a truly diverse cast of characters, the truth is ...Read more...

New York Comic-Con Interview with Deadpool Creator Fabian Nicieza

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Fri 7 Oct 2016 4:07 PM EST
Category: Artist Interviews | 935 Views

NEW YORK (DM) October 7, 2016 – In meeting Fabian Nicieza it’s not hard to realize he is at peace. About everything. Perhaps some of it has to do with no longer being tied down to Marvel or DC. He’s somewhat retired from it all at the moment. Let’s face it, never say never. But for now he’s enjoying life on his terms. In fact, you could say he always has lived life on his terms.

Comics by Fabian NiciezaFabian’s a man that looks at everything from the outside. His objective point-of-view is met by acceptance and patience. You would think that someone who makes the move from marketing, (an administrative arm of Marvel) to writing would struggle to find his way. That could not be farther from truth. Fabian planned it that way all along. He always wanted to work in comics but his sensibility and outside perspective of how real life works had him realize at a young age he couldn’t simply break in at age 14, let alone age 19. No, for Fabian his destiny in having a part in Deadpool wasn’t by luck or good fortune – he always wanted be a comic book writer.

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Review: Echoes - Mike Richardson

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Sun 2 Oct 2016 10:01 PM EST
Category: Book Reviews | 609 Views

(DM) – October 3, 2016  Echoes is a quick read at 97 pages. On a tablet your swipes will come quickly. While time travel is nothing new in storytelling, keeping time-travel relatable is overlooked by most. Dark Horse comics' president and publisher Mike Richardson writes a tight time-travel story without insulting the reader, proving a good short story doesn't need its plot burdened with fantastic explanations. 
Echoes - Dark Horse Comics - SummaryWhile any writer may envy Richardson's position at Dark Horse to simply publish his musings at will, none will deny his smooth story-telling flows like a bird in the jet stream. You hardly notice the pages going by without any effort.

Echoes is not a mind-bending original. Yet it is a simple enough story that you wish you had written it yourself.  It is however easy to...Read more...

DangerMan will be at Comic-Con 2016

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Sun 2 Oct 2016 7:52 PM EST
Category: Articles | 645 Views
Lars Hindsley Comic-Con(DL) – October 2, 2016   DangerMan (Lars Hindsley) will be attending Comic-Con 2016 as Press for the fourth consectutive year.  This year expect more interviews, cosplay galleries daily and 'Man on the street' interviews.

If you are a publicist or represent any talent attending New York Comic-Con 2016 please contact Lars Hindsley at his g-mail address to schedule interviews in the press area or at your booth. 

Suicide Squad - Film Review: DC's First Gangland Ensemble

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Wed 10 Aug 2016 1:05 AM EST
Category: Film Reviews | 1349 Views
Two out of Three Dangers

Suicide Squad Poster(DM) – Sunday August 8, 2016 For such a highly anticipated movie, any negative review you find out there should be considered bias as most reviewers secretly harbor disdain for comic book movies. They want them to fail. In fact, modern age Suicide Squad writer has voiced the same opinion, "I know some of the critics, both in print and online, do not like the movie. That’s okay; everyone has a right to their own opinion even when it’s wrong. My problem is that, at least with some of the media reviews, is that the critic is also tired of superhero and “tentpole” films and, overtly or covertly, would like to see their end. Look, I get it – they have to see all the films out there and they must be tired of all the blockbusters."

Suicide Squad  hits the right notes within the DC universe and within the age group it is geared toward. The film is good. It isn't great and it is well worth seeing, you won't walk away from it let down.

Suicide Squad Ensemble


What is interesting is this film isn't helmed by the usual comic book fanboy. David Ayers is not a traditional director, yet he managed to understand an honor a good bit of the authenticity of characters pulled from the DC print universe. His Suicide Squad is more of a New 52 group and not so much the modern age John Ostrander team. However if you look for it in the film, Ostrander gets a major easter egg. ...Read more...


Warcraft - Film Review: Warcraft doesn't WoW

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Sun 12 Jun 2016 1:30 PM EST
Category: Film Reviews | 1001 Views

Two out of Three Dangers
Warcraft Poster
(DM) – Sunday June 12, 2016 Warcraft as a story is an insiders view or outsiders view. Those are the two ways people see this film. Game experience seems to be the difference between loving the film and not thinking much of it at all.

Generally, I don’t resort to first person references in articles, this one time it is needed. I’ve never once played Warcraft or any follow-up game. I have no reference of the game other than the cover art images. No more.  I’ve watched over my son’s shoulder in passing, but aside from rationalizing this game is based on numbers I have no understanding of it.

This review is based on the story alone. Decide for yourself if any more is needed to make it worth your while.

Warcraft’s opening made no sense due to some bad editing in that it offered so little to the overall story (Pictured below).Warcraft Opening Scene That fight scene showed a one-on-one fight between races and cut away before the action began.

With narration stating the fight between races has gone on for ages, it quickly guided us away with a narration from the perspective of a desolate world that will use dark power to enable a large group of Orcs to pass through a portal to Azeroth.

Azeroth is a medieval land lush with peace and abundance of life. We are meant to understand that this story is where that conflict started.

Azeroth Countryside in ruins

That’s it. That’s your story.

Within a few minutes you realize the affair feels almost totally rendered. Never mind that is a combined live action and CGI, it feels CGI and that leaves the film wanting. It’s 2016, CGI is come further than any time past of course, but it still looks rendered. Grass doesn’t really look like grass. Dirt doesn’t give you a true impression of dry ground....Read more...

Marvel's Inside Joke: The Origins of Gwenpool

Sarah Allen
By Sarah Allen Wed 25 May 2016 8:18 AM EST
Category: Pop Culture | 2082 Views
(DM) – Wednesday May 25, 2016 Following the Gwen Stacy craze that transpired with the popularity of Spider-Gwen, and the Amazing Spider-man 2, Marvel decided they didn’t have enough of our money and gave us more Gwen Stacy and, hey, how’s this for an idea? Deadpool is popular, what if they were combined like some sort of cash cow from hell? Except, joke’s on us! She’s not Gwen Stacy and she’s not related to Deadpool!

Gwen Poole aka Gwenpool


So who is this pink and white lunatic running around Marvel’s universe? Where did she come from?

Gwenpool’s inception was originally an amalgamation of Gwen Stacy and Deadpool. She appeared in Howard the Duck,Howard the Duck Variant Gwenpool volume 4, the “Gwen Stacy” variant of Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars issue 2, and in her own one-off special. Despite her similar look to Peter Parker’s once dead girlfriend, now alternate universe superhero, Gwenpool is actually a girl named, you guessed it, Gwen Poole. Gwen is from our world, the one where Marvel characters only exist in comics. And she is a huge fan of them all. Gwen gets to experience what any comic fan would give a left tit or testicle for (we’re all-inclusive here) and is sucked into the fantasy world of Marvel....Read more...


How To Plan Your First New York Comic-Con

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Wed 16 Mar 2016 7:00 AM EST
Category: Lifestyle | 4102 Views

(DM) – This is a guide to attending New York Comic-Con (NYCC). NYCC Mobile ApplicationThis primer is assembled from years of actual attendance and experience. Let’s jump right in.

Have you bought your tickets? Download the Comic-Con app. It’s a huge help in planning what you want to see and do at the event. Seriously. Get it. You can use it year-after-year. What can it do? Think of it as a planner, it knows when all the events take place AND can remind you of events at Comic-Con as they approach so you don't miss them. It does much more, just consider it a must have.

COSTS - A COMPREHENSIVE RUNDOWN

  • COMIC-CON: Passes will run $50 per day ($10 kids) to $115 for the full four.
  • TRAIN:  Average $90 each way depending on distance.
  • CAB: Run a $2.50 base fare and .40 cents every 1/5 mile. During peak hours add another $1 surcharge and .50 cents every 1/5 mile. However Taxi's actually charge by the mile when moving and by the minute when idling. It can get complicated. Think $15 a trip on average if you are lucky.
  • UBER: Uber's charge by mile and minute regardless of if they are idle so don't figure on an Uber saving you money. Research shows Uber's in NYC cost more.
  • BUSES: Are prone to many time sinks, so unless you need one east to west only, and know the route, they don't fit most comic-con visitors needs. Still the rate is friendly, just $2.75 per fare (ride). Children ride free. Single ride tickets are available. The Metrocard (think pre-paid card) is used for bus rides. To use it, just dip it into the fare box and remove it. Don't drop it in! Dip and remove! It will deduct money from your card and display what remains.
  • SUBWAY: The subway doesn't run anywhere near the Javits, but in general it's a single fare rate (trip) of $2.50. You can buy Metrocards within the subways outside the gates and the minimum you can put on a card is $5. When you swipe your Metrocard at the turnstile, the balance is displayed. 
  • HOTEL: Hotels average $330 per night.
  • AIRBNB: AirBnB's are anywhere from $120 to $400.
  • FOOD: Food inside Comic-Con is usually $10 for a food and drink item on average.
  • STORAGE: There is super limited storage on site for bags. 
  • Metrocard Vending MachineMETROCARD: Used for both Bus and Subway. Cost to own one, $1. Available at ATM style vending machines in subways outside the gates. A minimum purchase is $5. You can add more as needed. Once on the subway you can transfer from train-to-train for free. Once you exit the station (leave through the stalls), you must pay again to enter. Metrocards also allow you a free transfer between bus and subway within a two hour period. Do NOT confuse a metrocard with a New York Pass. If you don't know how much is left on a Metrocard, remember using it display's what is left but you can check the balance at any Metrocard vending machine. 

DAY PASS VISITOR OR MULTI-DAY PASS

Will you be doing cosplay (dressing up in costume), will you be attending one day or more than one? Each angle changes how you dress and what you can carry.

Have you been to New York Before? Sure it’s a big place but unless you intend to participate in activities away from the Con, you don’t need to worry about too much as long as you get a hotel or airBNB near the Con. 

LOCATION AND TRAVEL TO NEW YORK COMIC-CON

WHERE IS NEW YORK COMIC-CON?

The Javits Center plays home annually to the New York Comic-Con which is located just off the Hudson River, west of Mid-Town (Times Square) Manhattan.The Javits Convention Center

Why the Javits Center each year? It’s the only convention center which can house such an enormous event. And the Javits truly is sizeable. We’ll get to that.

WHERE TO STAY FOR NEW YORK COMIC-CON

A Hotel near the Javits makes the most sense if you want to save additional money on travel. The Javits convention center straddles Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen.

New York Comic-Con Planner...Read more...

The Politics of Comic Book Superheroes

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Tue 2 Feb 2016 3:11 PM EST
Category: Pop Culture | 5131 Views

(DM) – Tuesday February 2, 2016 It’s easy to say comic books are affected by the climate of today’s cultural demands. We’ve seen the impact on characters from super hero appropriation like switching up a character’s gender to changing sexuality and race. Characters have also changed levels of aggression and overall agenda – much of it due to outcry from the millennial generation. But this get’s bit ahead of the discussion. Comic Book PoliticsTo best understand the politics of comic book super heroes it’s helpful to get the right mental model of super heroes in comics.

Super heroes are created for a publisher under work for hire contracts. When it comes to the big two publishers DC and Marvel, the creator doesn’t own their character. Just search creators like Jack Kirby, (Fantastic Four, Hulk, Silver Surfer and more), Bill Finger (Batman), Joe Simon (Captain America), Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (Superman), Bill Mantlo (Guardians of the Galaxy), Alan Moore, (Watchmen), you’ll learn how publishers swindle creators out of both ownership and revenue sharing.
Screwed Comic Book Creators

With the publishing rebellion in the 1990’s more friendly independent publishers like Image mandated a creator kept ownership of their creation, yet once a character enters a publishers universe, every writer leads a tough stewardship as multiple influences force change.

The points-of-view of the publisher, the public and the writer clash. Later, as new writers enter the picture and take over stories, the end result is that writers become caretakers of something that feels like it is publicly owned. So while you think it would be nice to see Hulk smash or Wonderwoman be more or less aggressive, all these hidden elements are at play.

While this may all seem new, it is not. Comic books have been a reflection of society since their inception. From Superman as a solution to Nazi hate towards Jews to Captain America’s creation for pro-war propaganda and the sale of war bonds.
Captain America Propaganda in Comics

Pacifism in Comics

Pacifism and super heroes make little sense. The pacifist may take offense to this revelation but consider that all super heroes were created to take on aggressive evil with equal and greater aggressive strength. Is it any wonder that we have super heroes at all when they have powers that can kill any average human being? Yet they do not kill, not most. Wolverine Impales DeadlpoolThe exclusive non-kill club seems to be locked up by the big two publishers, DC and Marvel. One example is Wolverine with his razor sharp claws. When is the last time you saw him impale an adversary that died? If he stabs anything it’s in a battle with a robot an inanimate object or at best a self healing adversary such as Deadpool. Hulk can smash, yet that seems to be all he does. Hulk’s constraint and inability to kill is a reflection of our culture.

When it comes to modern values, Superheros carry many torches, but all fall strangely under the control of pacifism. Superheroes are restrained because our society demands it. A writer may want his hero to make a vital life making decision but the character will be condemned if their vigilante cause crosses the line of taking a life. It’s for this reason The Punisher has so few fans and writers have a hard time painting him as a sympathetic character. Of course he’s under Marvel which also impacts any story he’s a part of. Contrast Punisher with any other character and he doesn’t fit.
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