What happens when you look up Adam West in the phone book…

22 04 2013


Originally posted on Twitter by @martinansin.


Writing Contest: Be a Super Hero. Read!

5 04 2013

Here’s a great opportunity for students, especially those who love super heroes, courtesy of DC Comics and Capstone Publishing! The deadline for entries is coming up soon (April 15th), so there’s not a lot to spare. It’s open to grades 3 to 6, and prizes include a trip for four to tour both DC Comics offices and Warner Brothers Animation Studios. I may have to pretend that I’m a fifth grader so I can win this myself! Details for how to enter are below, and at the official site!

– dEV

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Super heroes like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman have super powers, like the ability to fly. They also have many human powers that make them heroic, like courage and imagination. Who is a super hero in your life? What makes that person special and what “super powers” does he or she have?

How It Works

If you’re in grades 3–6 , write about the real super hero in your life. Your submission should describe your hero and describe why that person is a hero in your eyes. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, and heroism. The top five entries will be posted online, where kids from across the country will vote to determine the grand prize winner!

Official Contest Prize

A trip for four to:

    • An exclusive tour of DC Entertainment Offices
    • A VIP tour for four of Warner Bros. Animation Studios (including travel, lodging and transportation)
    • A collection of DC Comics and Capstone merchandise


  • A collection of DC Comics and Capstone merchandise
  • The hero featured in the winning entry will win $2,500 to be donated to a charity of his or her choice
  • The top five finalists will win a set of Capstone’s Man of Steel chapter books!

(Full Details)


DC Comics ‘Hero for the Household’ Sweepstakes!

23 03 2013

This looks like it’s worth an entry. DC comics has launched a new site/blog called DC Comics Fan Family, geared toward promoting all-ages and family-oriented stuff. They just announced a sweepstakes, with a prize package filled with over five dozen items for fans of all ages. It looks pretty cool. Details are below!

– dEV

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Prizes for the whole family — that’s what you could win if you enter the HERO for the HOUSEHOLD sweepstakes, new from DC Comics Fan Family.


We’re giving away a super-sized selection of more than five dozen products, games, DVDs, graphic novels, clothes, jewelry items, and — of course — comic books and Capstone books for the whole household to enjoy. With something for mom, dad, boys and girls big and small — and even the family dog — this is the ultimate prize package to make YOU the HERO for your whole HOUSEHOLD.

Here’s a preview of some of the prizes:

For your chance to win over five dozen items well over $1,200.00 worth of DC Entertainment fun, all you have to do is enter.

The HERO for the HOUSEHOLD Sweepstakes runs March 21 through May 9, 2013, and anyone 13 or older living in the United States can enter.

What are you waiting for? Enter now!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open only to permanent, legal residents of the 50 US or DC who are 13 or older. Void where prohibited. Begins 3/21/13 at 12:00:01 a.m. PT and ends 5/9/13 at 11:59:59 p.m. PT. For official rules, entry options/restrictions, odds disclosures and prize details, click here. Sponsor: DC ENTERTAINMENT.

NBC News: ‘Batman’ drops off suspect at police station, vanishes into night

4 03 2013

‘Batman’ drops off suspect at police station, vanishes into night

By Michael Holden, Reuters

NBC News LogoLONDON – A mystery man dressed as Batman demonstrated the same crime-fighting skills as the caped crusader when he handed over a suspect wanted for burglary in Britain.

Surveillance footage showed a portly figure wearing an ill-fitting costume including gloves, cape and mask, bringing a 27-year-old man to a police station in Bradford in northern England.

Photo Credit: West Yorkshire Police Department

Photo Credit: West Yorkshire Police Department

The suspect was arrested and charged with handling stolen goods and fraud-related offences, according to the force. But the costumed crime-fighter disappeared into the night without leaving his name.

“The person who brought the wanted man into the station was dressed in a full Batman outfit,” a spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said. “His identity, however, remains unknown.”

The suspect was handed over early on February 25. Police released photos of the footage Monday.


(Original Story with Video)


Batman Physics

22 01 2013

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Merry Christmas from EDUtainmentBLOG!

25 12 2012

I thought this was sacrilegious until I saw Batman on the roof. I also appreciate the inclusion of Bill and Ted rocking out for the Newborn King.

Anyway, may you and yours have a happy holiday and a Merry Christmas!

– dEV


Hilarious Bane Outtakes from ‘Dark Knight Rises’

12 12 2012

Seriously, they get funnier as they go…

Digesting the New 52: One Year Later

9 08 2012

‘Earth 2’ by James Robinson and Nicola Scott is one of the better DC books out now, partially because it’s not saddled with DCnU continuity issues.

Sorry for the delay in updating, but it’s turned out to be quite the hectic summer for us. I plan on rectifying that in fairly short order. One of my goals for this blog over the next year is to focus on more original content and commentary, while at the same time continuing to link to interesting, timely, and topical articles that I think you’ll enjoy.

As you’ll probably recall, my wife and I were able to attend the San Diego Comic Con last month. I’ll be blogging more about our experience at a later time, but one of the side effects of attending a big show like this is typically a shift in my buying habits. I think it’s a combination of meeting artists and writers, getting some insight into upcoming shorelines, and being introduced to stuff I’ve never read before. I end up dropping things that I’ve been buying out of habit, cutting books that are going in a direction I don’t care for, and picking up titles that have me excited about reading comics again.

As for the New 52 books, I’m making a few changes to my pull list. Resurrection Man and Justice League International are ending soon. Blue Beetle continues to be a bit stagnant and depressing, and Justice League is all flash with no substance. So those four books are off my pull list following the zero issues. Action Comics is getting a stay of execution for now.

I have no good excuse for not keeping up with ‘Wonder Woman.’ I’m trying to fix that.

Meanwhile, as I previously discussed, Wonder Woman was a book that I enjoyed and couldn’t really explain why I stopped buying it. I had the pleasure of meeting Cliff Chiang at Comic Con, and have fallen in love with his artwork, especially his covers. I bought a gorgeous classic Avengers print from him, and if I would’ve had the cash, would have bought several more. In chatting with him, I again started asking myself why Wonder Woman wasn’t on my pull list, especially considering it’s mythological noir is right up my wife’s alley. As soon as I got back home, it went on the list and I am in the process of catching up on the issues I missed.

Nicola Scott is also fast becoming one of my favorite artists. While waiting in line to meet her and writer James Robinson, I struck up a conversation with some other folks that were in the queue (side note: one of my favorite things about Comic Con is meeting people in line and talking about comics). Why aren’t you reading Earth 2, people asked. It’s James Robinson and Nicola Scott! And if you’re disenchanted with the DCnU, it’s a completely different take on everything! I picked up the first issue, and was immediately hooked. In case you missed it, Earth 2 takes place on an alternate Earth where things have turned out quite differently. It brings back elements of the Golden Age DC Universe, but starting from scratch with a completely new spin. I’ve caught up to issue three, and plan on sticking around for a while to see where it goes.

Following the upcoming zero issues, that leaves my pull list to include: Demon Knights, Batwoman, Wonder Woman, Action Comics, and Earth 2. It’s worth noting that I’ll be purchasing three fewer DC books a month than I was before the New 52 relaunch. On top of that, Demon Knights takes place in the distant past, Earth 2 in a parallel universe, and Action Comics in the early days of Superman’s career. What’s going on in the mainstream DCnU… well, it’s just not all that appealing to me. And here are some reasons:

A crossover and a major creative team change simultaneously? Great jumping-off point. Sorry, ‘Legion Lost.’

Crossovers Kill Me.

Legion Lost was finding its groove, and suddenly decided to cross over with both Teen Titans and Ravagers. Nightwing‘s first story arc was interesting, but it became quickly apparent that you needed to be buying Batman if you wanted the whole story. I was liking Resurrection Man just fine, until they did a crossover with Suicide Squad, which I don’t buy. Justice League International did a pseudo-crossover with Firestorm and brought in characters from Batwing and OMAC at the expense of characters I enjoyed reading about.

The easiest way to lose my interest in a title and create a great jumping-off point for me is to throw in an unnecessary crossover with a book I don’t normally buy. While I’m sure the publishers look at it as a way to give a sales bump to both titles by cross-pollinating the readership, it has the opposite effect on me. And especially so early following the relaunch, when the primary objective should be reintroducing the characters and setting, establishing the new status quo, and telling an attention-grabbing story with good art, dumping a crossover in the middle of things completely interrupts to flow of things. I usually end up pulling the plug.

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