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Attack on Titan Game to be Released by Koei - Demo Previewed at E3

Sarah Allen
By Sarah Allen Fri 17 Jun 2016 9:46 AM EST
Category: Pop Culture | 1452 Views

(DM) – Friday June 17, 2016 Koei Tecmo, the Japanese gaming company most famous for Dynasty Warriors has announced a game based around the wildly popular Attack on Titan franchise.

There are three modes of play – Tutorial, Battle, and Titan. In Tutorial and Battle mode, players are able to fly through the air on “Vertical Maneuvering Equipment”, which to those unfamiliar with the series can think of as moving around like Spiderman with several swords strapped to his sides.Attack on Titan Gameplay Titans can only be killed by grappling on to a body part, swinging through the air, and cutting out a sizeable chunk at the nape of the neck in one fluid motion. So far there have been no complaints about a drop in graphics or gameplay quality with this fast paced movement from those who demoed at E3....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 | 2415 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...


Harley Quinn Spin Off in the Works

Sarah Allen
By Sarah Allen Mon 16 May 2016 8:22 AM EST
Category: Pop Culture | 1988 Views
(DM) – Monday May 16, 2016. In the arms race between the MCU and DCCU, it looks like DC has not just one, but possibly two female-centric superhero movies. Following the hype surrounding the soon to be released Suicide Squad movie, Margot Robbie (who plays Harley Quinn) pitched the idea of a movie featuring not only her character, but other female heroes and villains.

Harley Quinn Movie Robbie will be heavily involved as a producer – something she has experience with through her own company LuckyChap Entertainment.

Discussions with WB execs have included adding Batgirl and...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 | 4545 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 | 5356 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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