Anonymous said: I'm sorry if this has been asked before, but I'm curious; what was the first comic that drew you in?

Remember those little mini X-Men comics that you got at Pizza Hut in the early 90s, I think as part of their promoting reading program? I loved those, collected all of them. That was the first comic I ever had.

But my parents didn’t read comics, and none of my friends did, so it wasn’t until college that I actually got to be around comics. X-Men was too convoluted, and on 400something, which was daunting, so…

Alan Moore’s Promethea. I devoured the first 10 issues, and then it became my first sub. I still love it. I’m hoping to make Sophie’s Promethea this year, glowing caduceus and all. I’m prepared for people to not recognize me, or call me Wonder Woman.

GPOY

GPOY

davidyardin:

http://marvel.com/news/comics/2014/8/4/23027/exclusive_first_look_at_magneto_in_axis

Sure am glad I’m reading Magneto. Lookit this team up! Yus. You best not be teasing me with cover art and then not delivering, Marvel!

davidyardin:

http://marvel.com/news/comics/2014/8/4/23027/exclusive_first_look_at_magneto_in_axis

Sure am glad I’m reading Magneto. Lookit this team up! Yus. You best not be teasing me with cover art and then not delivering, Marvel!

midtowncomics:

Saw Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend? Want to start reading the books? Learn where to start with our helpful Guardians of the Galaxy guide of comics! 

midtowncomics:

Saw Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend? Want to start reading the books? Learn where to start with our helpful Guardians of the Galaxy guide of comics! 

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rahzzah:

Thor by Rahzzah
come on..we all knew it was Belle Chere under that helmet..

You guys. You guys. 

My mind is blown. I am legitimately speechless. rahzzah is an exceptional artist, and you ought to be following his work.

rahzzah:

Thor by Rahzzah

come on..we all knew it was Belle Chere under that helmet..

You guys. You guys. My mind is blown. I am legitimately speechless. rahzzah is an exceptional artist, and you ought to be following his work.
comicsalliance:

AVENGERS NOW: A BLACK CAPTAIN AMERICA, A FEMALE THOR, A SUPERIOR IRON MAN, AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR MARVEL AND DIVERSITY
By Andrew Wheeler
On Tuesday morning Whoopi Goldberg and the hosts of The View announced that Marvel will relaunch Thor this October with a female ‘worthy’ brandishing the hammer. Marvel followed that announcement with another high profile switcheroo on Wednesday night as Entertainment Weekly revealed a new-ish and possibly superior Iron Man, and comedian Stephen Colbert joined Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada to announce on The Colbert Report that a new guy is also going to take up Captain America’s shield.
That in itself isn’t much of a surprise — original Cap Steve Rogers has passed on his mantle a few times before before yanking it back. After spending some time in Dimension Z and whatnot, he’s now too old to Avenge from the front lines. The big reveal is that the new Captain America will be Sam Wilson, the African-American superhero currently known as Falcon.
It’s not hard to guess at Marvel’s intentions here. By announcing a female Thor and a black Captain America as a swift one-two punch, the publisher accomplishes two things. First, it shakes up its universe in a way that’s sure to garner attention — as indeed it has. Second, it makes a mission statement.
To the first point; the whole world knows Marvel’s Avengers characters now. That could be a millstone around the publisher’s neck if Marvel put the need to reflect the movies ahead of a need to tell its own stories. Marvel has certainly tried to configure Avengers comics around the on-screen characters, but to no particular success with respect to sales (certainly nothing to indicate that the Avengers are the most popular movie characters in America).
Replacing at least two of its Avengers big three — Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man — suggests Marvel’s commitment to telling its own stories, albeit in a grandstanding, headline-grabbing way. A woman taking the name and role of a male Norse god? A black man representing all of America? These are moves that upset the right people, and that guarantees attention.
Which leads in to the second point. These changes suggest an agenda. I’d call it progressive agenda, but it’s not. Putting women and people of color in key positions isn’t progressive, it’s just evidence that superhero comics are slowly catching up to the present day. It just happens that there’s a strong regressive agenda in our culture that’s resistant to that kind of change.
Marvel’s only motive here may be to stir up controversy and hope it translates to sales, but I think there’s enough evidence in the publisher’s support for books like Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel, and Mighty Avengers, that the publisher is sincere in its efforts to reach out to audiences that traditionally haven’t been well-served by superhero comics. There’s always more work to be done, but Marvel’s output feels more inclusive with every passing quarter.
READ MUCH MORE

"Putting women and people of color in key positions isn’t progressive, it’s just evidence that superhero comics are slowly catching up to the present day."
This article brings up some great points. It makes me outright happy that a company I love and value is taking these motions, listening to their fans, and balancing the representation. I just hope they stick with it.
Make Mine Marvel

comicsalliance:

AVENGERS NOW: A BLACK CAPTAIN AMERICA, A FEMALE THOR, A SUPERIOR IRON MAN, AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR MARVEL AND DIVERSITY

By Andrew Wheeler

On Tuesday morning Whoopi Goldberg and the hosts of The View announced that Marvel will relaunch Thor this October with a female ‘worthy’ brandishing the hammer. Marvel followed that announcement with another high profile switcheroo on Wednesday night as Entertainment Weekly revealed a new-ish and possibly superior Iron Man, and comedian Stephen Colbert joined Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada to announce on The Colbert Report that a new guy is also going to take up Captain America’s shield.

That in itself isn’t much of a surprise — original Cap Steve Rogers has passed on his mantle a few times before before yanking it back. After spending some time in Dimension Z and whatnot, he’s now too old to Avenge from the front lines. The big reveal is that the new Captain America will be Sam Wilson, the African-American superhero currently known as Falcon.

It’s not hard to guess at Marvel’s intentions here. By announcing a female Thor and a black Captain America as a swift one-two punch, the publisher accomplishes two things. First, it shakes up its universe in a way that’s sure to garner attention — as indeed it has. Second, it makes a mission statement.

To the first point; the whole world knows Marvel’s Avengers characters now. That could be a millstone around the publisher’s neck if Marvel put the need to reflect the movies ahead of a need to tell its own stories. Marvel has certainly tried to configure Avengers comics around the on-screen characters, but to no particular success with respect to sales (certainly nothing to indicate that the Avengers are the most popular movie characters in America).

Replacing at least two of its Avengers big three — Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man — suggests Marvel’s commitment to telling its own stories, albeit in a grandstanding, headline-grabbing way. A woman taking the name and role of a male Norse god? A black man representing all of America? These are moves that upset the right people, and that guarantees attention.

Which leads in to the second point. These changes suggest an agenda. I’d call it progressive agenda, but it’s not. Putting women and people of color in key positions isn’t progressive, it’s just evidence that superhero comics are slowly catching up to the present day. It just happens that there’s a strong regressive agenda in our culture that’s resistant to that kind of change.

Marvel’s only motive here may be to stir up controversy and hope it translates to sales, but I think there’s enough evidence in the publisher’s support for books like Ms. MarvelCaptain Marvel, and Mighty Avengers, that the publisher is sincere in its efforts to reach out to audiences that traditionally haven’t been well-served by superhero comics. There’s always more work to be done, but Marvel’s output feels more inclusive with every passing quarter.

READ MUCH MORE

"Putting women and people of color in key positions isn’t progressive, it’s just evidence that superhero comics are slowly catching up to the present day."

This article brings up some great points. It makes me outright happy that a company I love and value is taking these motions, listening to their fans, and balancing the representation. I just hope they stick with it.

Make Mine Marvel

anaaesthetic:

In a continued effort to bring new readers to the world of comic books, Marvel teamed up with ABC’s The View to promote the next story arc in Thor, God of Thunder. Looks like a new hand will be wielding the mighty Mjolnir, and it’s not the typical male archetype we’ve come to expect from our Asgardian hammer tosser. The new Thor will be a woman. 

“This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before,” said series writer, Jason Aaron. 

Aaron will be joined on the book by Cyclops artist, Russell Dauterman.

Just who will take up the mantle of the God of Thunder? Marvel may wait til San Diego Comic Con next week to drop that bombshell on us. But on The View, a little clue was hinted about her origins, “The story behind her is she created herself. She was saved by Thor and she came down to Earth, followed him, and made herself look like Thor and so now she’s taking over.” 

Look for this epic new journey of Thor this October.  

YEEEEEEEES. I can’t wait! Thor has always been one of my favorite reads. I’m delighted that they make the distinction of her NOT being gender- bent, but her own person. And look at that design! *drools* Looks like I’ve got another Asgardian costume to make!

cosplayleague:

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Original Photo by dtjaaaam (FB)
Photo Edit by Slim Summers
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cosplayleague:

Hel by bellechere (FB)

Original Photo by dtjaaaam (FB)

Photo Edit by Slim Summers

You can find more from the Cosplay League at the following links

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This is me. Both Shulkie and Kristoff.

The Jess to my Carol; the Spider-Woman to my Captain Marvel! I had the best time at Denver Comic Con paling around with my friend mylifeasaweapon.  This person is a great example of the beauty of friendships made from chance meetings at conventions. It was Sunday evening last DragonCon, I didn’t want the con to be over, I was waiting for friends who I weren’t sure were going to show up, and I had too many troubling personal things on my mind. Up comes this sweet stranger who remarked I was looking a little sad, but who loved that I was dressed as Catwoman. It immediately lifted my spirits! We got into a nice, long conversation. Li’l Loki and I have been in contact ever since, and I leaped at the chance to do this collab. My favorite comic friendship! It fits us pretty perfectly. Thank you to WeNeals Photography and Retouching for the pic! I love having moments like these captured.  Captain Marvel mask made by 4th Wall Design. Everything else made by the respective costumers.

The Jess to my Carol; the Spider-Woman to my Captain Marvel! I had the best time at Denver Comic Con paling around with my friend mylifeasaweapon.

This person is a great example of the beauty of friendships made from chance meetings at conventions. It was Sunday evening last DragonCon, I didn’t want the con to be over, I was waiting for friends who I weren’t sure were going to show up, and I had too many troubling personal things on my mind. Up comes this sweet stranger who remarked I was looking a little sad, but who loved that I was dressed as Catwoman. It immediately lifted my spirits! We got into a nice, long conversation. Li’l Loki and I have been in contact ever since, and I leaped at the chance to do this collab. My favorite comic friendship! It fits us pretty perfectly.

Thank you to WeNeals Photography and Retouching for the pic! I love having moments like these captured.

Captain Marvel mask made by 4th Wall Design. Everything else made by the respective costumers.

neverwasastoryofmorewhoa:

Admirateur - [French] admirer; follower; enthusiast; supporter; fan

Reasons why I love Gambit.

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hattiehargrove:


All-New Marvel NOW! female solo titles

(inspired by this post)

hattiehargrove:

All-New Marvel NOW! female solo titles

(inspired by this post)

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So I was filling out some paperwork for a convention and I was asked ‘Please provide pictures of three different outfits and include a description of the materials and techniques used in constructing them.’ I didn’t know what costumes to talk about, at first. Now I felt like the three I wound up choosing are a pretty good array, sooooo here, have a bit of insight. :)

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Ivy Valentine (Soul Calibur 5 version) – Hours: ~120 Cost: $75 Sometimes some of the smallest costumes have the most construction to make sure everything stays in its appropriate place. Fabric: 3 types of spandex, microsuede, silk, lace. The combination of stretch fabrics with non-stretch fabrics is always a struggle, and atop of that there was piping in between the paneling. Most of the construction was done on my serger, sewing machine, and details were sewn by hand. The pattern for this outfit was entirely drafted by me. All of the fabric of this outfit started off white and I hand-dyed it all to achieve the perfect colors. Armor: Wonderflex covered in metallic spandex, and the shoulder piece was sculpted from expanding foam, wonderflex, and epoxy putty. Sword: Insulation foam covered with polyethelene sheeting, with coil conduit for the ‘whip’, with the pommel made of insulation foam, a wooden dowel, and decorated with pieces of polyethelene sheeting. Wig: Hand-cut and styled by me. Boots: These are boot covers, into which I slip a high heel of my choosing. Making bootcovers saves a lot of money – you can invest in one pair of great, comfy pumps, and slip them into all high-heeled costumes – and I would be happy to teach others how to make a money-saving bootcover pattern.

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Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers version) – Hours: ~12 (Flame props: 30) Cost: $50 (Flame props: $40) Fabric: Navy is hand-dyed 2-way stretch wet-look spandex, the gold is 4-way stretch shiny moleskin spandex (the same gold I used on my Ms. Marvel/Warbird costume, which tied two costumes of the same character together), and the red is 2-way stretch faux leather. Constructed on my serger, the only hassle was combining 2- and 4-way stretches, and fitting a 2-way stretch fabric to my bust, which was achieved by patterning panels that would fit my bust without compressing it. The gloves were made by me, with finger gussets and fully functioning buttons. The boots were painted to match using Nu-Life leather spraypaint, with aesthetic buttons hand-sewn on. The wig was a combination of two wigs, weaving wefts of long hair down the center of a short wig, then styling it into a faux-hawk. While the flame effect has been enhanced by the photographer, they are props I made using theater lighting gel – forming them into ‘flames’ using a heat gun, then adhering them to a Wonderflex base (the tutorial for which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/bellecherecostume/photos/a.10151351721546130.1073741827.224399206129/10151352837586130/?type=3&theater). The cowl is made out of silicon, made by 4th Wall Designs.

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Red Sonja - Hours: ~75 Cost: $60 The bikini top and loincloth/bottoms were made from a base of brown microsuede, atop of which I hand-stitched over 750 nickle-plated mild steel scales (purchased from theringlord.com). It weighs about 16 lbs. and is tied with reinforced leather strapping. I test ALL my costumes out before attending a convention, to ensure no ‘wardrobe malfunctions’ happen, by the by. Gloves were made out of the same brown microsuede, as well as the boots – the soles of which are water shoes, which is another cost effective way to sole a costume shoe. The shoulder, thigh, and arm bands are made from Wonderflex, covered in metallic spandex.

Captain Marvel #2 is out today! Yaay!
Captain Marvel cosplay by me, BelleChere.
Photo and space manip by Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art.
Cowl by 4th Wall Design.

Captain Marvel #2 is out today! Yaay!

Captain Marvel cosplay by me, BelleChere.

Photo and space manip by Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art.

Cowl by 4th Wall Design.

kellysue:

songspinner9:

Earlier in the school year, generous folks on Tumblr donated to help my students get a whole shelf of graphic novels to help raise their literacy levels, and the kids were literally leaping with excitement when the boxes of books arrived. Thanks to Kelly Sue DeConnick’s signal boost, it was funded fully and the kids even got to write thank you’s to a published author who got involved. Kids not even from my classes started coming to borrow books. Now I want to expand that library and to encourage more reading to get students to to push their own limits as readers, as well as answer their requests for more of the diversity of authors and characters they saw and loved in the graphic novels. This is a bunch of kids who wanted me to get copies of the new Ms. Marvel to read as it comes out! So, I just created a request for my classroom at DonorsChoose.org. The project is called Leaping Up: Challenges Through Chapter and Graphic Novels.

Give to my classroom by March 15 and your donation will be doubled thanks to DonorsChoose.org. Just enter the code INSPIRE on the payment page and you’ll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100).

If you chip in to help my students, you’ll get awesome photos, thank you letters if you wish to get them, and our heartfelt thanks. Even a little bit adds up to help!

Thank so much,
Laura

P.S. If you know anyone who may want to help my classroom, please pass this along!

Here’s the link: http://www.donorschoose.org/project/leaping-up-challenges-through-chapter-a/1169236/

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