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Woman Texts Random Man Instead of Daughter - He Trolls Her All Day

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Fri 28 Apr 2017 3:30 AM EST
Category: Pop Culture | 343 Views
(DM) – Friday April 29, 2017 Sure there are many Wrong Number Texts stories floating around the Internet, few rise the to occassion of being celebrated for their utter hilarity. This is one such story.

A 35 year old married man from Wisconson recieved a wrong number text from a mother thinking she was texting her teen daughter. No big deal to most people, but this woman refused to believe she wasn't texting her daughter. In response the man did what any fun loving modern Internet versed adult would do. He trolled the mother and since he was on his day off from work, he dedacated his afternoon to the effort.

It all started at 11:30 AM and lasted until just after 3:00 PM.  

Wrong Number Text ...Read more...

Paintball, Video Games & Comic Books Join Forces!

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Wed 22 Mar 2017 8:12 AM EST
Category: Pop Culture | 1196 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




Marvel's Inside Joke: The Origins of Gwenpool

Sarah Allen
By Sarah Allen Wed 25 May 2016 8:18 AM EST
Category: Pop Culture | 2308 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...


The Politics of Comic Book Superheroes

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Tue 2 Feb 2016 3:11 PM EST
Category: Pop Culture | 5280 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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Brian Michael Bendis Says Miles Morales Is Spider-Man

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Mon 22 Jun 2015 12:00 PM EST
Category: Pop Culture | 6292 Views

(DM) – Monday June 22, 2015 Remember when Peter Parker was Spider-Man? Wait, you mean you didn't know? Miles Morales is now Spider-Man. According to Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis.

Through Bendis, Marvel has decided. Or is it the social justice warriors of Reddit? You spoke, and Marvel listened, but only if you are in your early twenties and on Tumblr. No longer are comics an escapist read. They apparently form society.

The creator of the Miles Morales Spider-Man, Brian Micheal Bendis announced on his own Tumblr page Sunday June 22, 2015. "Sunday Bomb Drop!!"  referring to a New York Daily News Article with his own quote, “It’s meant a great deal to a great many people. Our message has to be it’s not Spider-Man with an asterisk, it’s the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else.”

This is a misleading statement. Miles will jump over from the Ultimate Universe to be part of the Peter Parker universe (Marvel 616), but to call him The Spider-Man is what Bendis alone insists. Then again, Marvel may get behind him soon on this. Miles Morales is a great Spider-Man. Yet he is an off-shoot of the original. If Batman dies and Robin takes over, okay. But while Bruce Wayne is a live, Robin is still Robin. Until the King is dead, a prince is a prince etc... Why insist Miles is "THE" Spider-Man?

So here I come off racists because I am willing to argue against his specific statement "It’s meant a great deal to a great many people."  What are the demographics of people that want Miles and how many are in the market segment for Peter Parker? Without any definitive proof, the realistic answer is a very loud few are being serviced.

Would it makes sense if Bendis is claiming 80 percent of the paying public want Miles Morales as Spider-Man when in fact that 80 percent actually wants and buys the Peter Parker Spider-Man? The answer is no.

The first issue will drop in a couple months and first issues always sell big. As do the next few before the real audience sticks it out.

Don't use that rational with social justice zealots though. It doesn't matter what makes sense when you are dealing with ideologues. Bendis believes what he wants to believe on an emotional level. And it's hard to argue when someone stands on a tearful story such as this as told by Bendis in the same NY Daily News article: He was shopping with his adopted daughter of color when she found a Spider-Man mask. She said, “Look daddy, I’m Spider-Man!”

Bendis had a natural heartfelt response. “I started crying in the middle of the aisle,” He says. “I realized my kids are going to grow up in a world that has a multi-racial Spider-Man, and an African American Captain America and a female Thor.”

Allow me to use sarcasm to drive home a point. By the social justice warrior logic, there are a lot of black churches singing praise to a white diety, and we need to do something about that too. Are white people demanding a Caucasian remake of Friday (1995)?

I guess Bendis forgot to mention to his daughter there are in fact a couple other super heroes his daughter could read at Marvel: She Hulk, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Electra, Spider-Woman, Rogue, Jean Grey, Emma Frost, Storm, Dominoe, Invisible Woman: Sue Richards, Wasp, Lady Deadpool, Marvel Girl: Rachel Summers, Ms. Marvel: Carol Danvers and Silver Sable.

Perhaps she can even read something from the competition at DC?  Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Supergirl, Raven, Hawkwoman, Zatanna and Black Canary.

When she grows up she even has Indy comics to turn to: Orphan Black, Shi, Ghost, Vampirella, Lady Death, Tank Girl, Barb Wire, Witchblade, Razor and Angela.

In fairness to Bendis less than half of these characters have their own titles. Yet the list is still extensive. And still there is a demand to take iconic characters and make them female or black or anything but a white male.  

What is challenging here is I have no bone to pick with Brian Bendis. I enjoy many of his stories and don't dispute his excellent writing skills. That includes creativity. The issue is over his argument and the big two publishers argument in re-appropriating established super heroes. Take Wonder Woman and make her man, and that is just is ridiculous as making Thor a woman and calling her Thor. I'll get to that later.

If you are a long time comic book fan – you know... over thirty. You're an old head. You're out of touch and you don't matter.

Why?

Marvel needs new blood! If you didn't have kids for a host of reasons, you didn't do your duty and indoctrinate your kids into comics and for that sin you've been condemned to reading old comics. ...Read more...





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