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

22 04 2013

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Originally posted on Twitter by @martinansin.

 





My glass is always half full. Of kryptonite.

6 04 2013

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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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DC_SUPERHEROES_EBLASTWho Is A Hero In Your Life?

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

Plus:

  • 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)

http://www.capstonesuperhero.com/contest.html?utm_source=Eblast&utm_medium=Announcement&utm_campaign=BeaSuperHero.READ





Newsarama: Legendary Artist CARMINE INFANTINO Dead at 87

4 04 2013

Report: Legendary Artist CARMINE INFANTINO Dead at 87

By Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer
posted: 04 April 2013 06:25 pm ET

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Legendary comic book artist and editor Carmine Infantino has passed away at age 87, according to colleagues George Pérez and Arlen Schumer.

In a Facebook message, Pérez wrote Thursday afternoon, “So sad to learn of the passing of another comic book legend. Carmine Infantino was one of the great influential artists in the history of the medium and I will always look upon his Adam Strange, Flash and Space Museum stories as wondrous examples of fantasy made even m

DC Showcase issue 4, the first appearance of the Silver Age Flash.

DC Showcase issue 4, the first appearance of the Silver Age Flash. Art by Carmine Infantino

ore magical at the hands of a master. RIP, Carmine.”

Infantino’s comic book career started when he was a teenager, as an inker for USA Comics. Likely best known for his work on The Flash, Infantino illustrated the character’s adventures in various intervals fro

m 1947 to 1985. The debut of Barry Allen in 1956’s Showcase #4, written by Bob Kanigher and illustrated by Infantino and Joe Kubert, is generally considered the official start of the Silver Age of comics. The Flash #123, “Flash of Two Worlds,” was illustrated by Infantino and introduced Earth-Two, an enduring DC concept still in use.

At DC, Infantino served in a number of managerial positions, including art director starting in 1966, editorial director in 1967 and, from 1971 to 1976, publisher. During Infantino’s leadership period, DC hired in

fluential creators including Jack Kirby, Neal Adams and Denny O’Neil; and published first-ever Marvel/DC crossover Superman vs. Spider-Man. Infantino was also involved in the development of Superman: The Movie.

His co-creations at DC Comics include Barry Allen, Barbara Gordon, Wally West, Deadman, Elongated Man, The Human Target (Christopher Chance); and Flash villains Captain Cold, Gorilla Grodd, Mirror Master, Weather Wizard, Reverse Flash, Captain Boomerang and many more. Infantino illustrated a number of Marvel series in the 1970s, such as Spider-Woman, Ms. Marvel, Nova, Star Wars, and a portion of the iconic “Demon in a Bottle” Iron Man storyline.

(Full Story)

http://www.newsarama.com/comics/carmine-infantino-passed-away-87.html





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.

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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)

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/04/17179754-batman-drops-off-suspect-at-police-station-vanishes-into-night?lite





Wired: New Online Course Explores Gender Through Comic Books

25 01 2013

I’ve already signed up! This looks interesting, and it’s a free online course! Well, except for whatever textbooks you have to buy, but in this case I think that won’t be much of an issue for me!

– dEV

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xmen 1By Kelly KnoxJanuary 24, 2013 | 9:00 am

An online course to study comic books? Sign me up! No, seriously, I already signed up. This spring the Canvas Network is offering a massive open online course called Gender Through Comic Books, taught by Ball State University’s Christina Blanch. Aimed at students college-age and up, the course will explore gender roles in comics from DC Comics, Marvel, and more. The goal of the course is to take a detailed look at “how comic books can be used to explore questions of gender identity, stereotypes, and roles,” with comics luminaries like Mark Waid, Scott Snyder, Gail Simone, and more providing their own input and insights.

I had the chance to ask the course instructor Christina Blanch about what students can expect in the course, and she revealed that the course will not only cover how men and women are portrayed in comics, but also discuss current comic book culture like the “fake geek girl” debate.

GeekMom: What inspired you to use comic books as a medium to explore gender roles?

Christina Blanch: I was taking a class on Women and Education for my doctorate. For the final project we had to write a paper and my professor, who is also my mentor and an amazing woman, encouraged me to step out of the lines and do something different. I had been researching Mort Weisinger and how he as editor changed the Superman Family books, focusing on Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane, and I thought using comic books could be a way to approach teaching gender without the trepidation some students feel. So, I wrote a paper on how a class could be developed using comic books to teach gender.

One of the students in the class taught for Women and Gender Studies and thought that it would be a good class and suggested it to the department chair. Next thing I knew, they asked me to teach the class. And it was such a great class – the students were all engaged and simply amazing.

strangers-in-paradiseGM: Can you give any hints about topics you’ll be exploring in the course?

CB: The first thing we will cover is what exactly gender is. People often times think it is synonymous with sex or is feminism in disguise. This class is about men and women and how we can learn about gender through its social construction, as politics, as a diffuse concept, and as a lived experience. Constructions of gender vary from culture to culture and change throughout time. In the class we will look at how gender is constructed and how the stereotypes of certain gender traits are perpetrated by the producers of cultural material. Masculinity and femininity have traits associated with them that are not equal with a person’s sex.

We will look at how women and men are represented in comic books and see how masculine or feminine they are.

With the recent “fake geek girl” debates, I also plan to talk about the comic book culture and who consumes the material.

And finally, we will look at the producers of the comics themselves through live interviews with some of the leading comic book writers and editors today. Using Google hangouts, we will interview writers such as Mark Waid, Scott Snyder, Gail Simone, Terry Moore, and Brian K. Vaughan. We will also get the editorial perspective from Marvel editors Steve Wacker and Sana Amanat. And through the miracle of technology, we will be able to randomly choose several students to be able to directly ask the interviewees questions. It should be an enlightening experience for the students.

GM: Will your course explore characters from both Marvel and DC Comics, as well as some of the smaller publishers?

CB: Yes! We are exploring a lot of different types of comic books. I wish we had more time, it’s only six weeks, so we could get more into autobiographical comic books, but time is so limited. We will read some Marvel and DC, like Captain Marvel and Batman, but will also be looking at books from smaller publishers that put out amazing books like Strangers in Paradise and Saga.

GM: Why did you choose to teach this course as a massive open online course (MOOC)?

CB: I really didn’t choose to do it as a MOOC. I was teaching the class last semester on campus and Ball State approached me and asked me if I would teach it as a MOOC. It’s been interesting working on ways to engage a large audience in the subject and still trying to keep the personal aspect. This will be my first time teaching a MOOC so it’s been a steep learning curve. I’m both excited and nervous, which I think is a good combination. I have a lot of great people at Ball State and the Canvas Network helping me with the technical aspects, so I think it will be amazing.

(Full Story with Video)

http://www.wired.com/geekmom/2013/01/gender-through-comics/





Batman Physics

22 01 2013

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Superman over California spotted by an unsuspecting witness

4 01 2013

This is pretty darn awesome.

– dEV

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Superman over California

January 3, 2013
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Superman over California was spotted by Kyle Gough while cycling in California. The “Man of Steel” (not really), turned out to be just an impressive life-size remote controlled toy. When noticing the Superman figure, Kyle was able to capture the unusual sight on his cellphone.

In the video, you can see the figure along with a mini-replica version of Wonder Woman’s invisible jet.

Kyle Gough’s interesting video has been gaining popularity and he posted the following statement under his YouTube video:

“I was cycling down PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) in S.Cal with my buddy and during our casual conversation, we had to stop because Superman flew overhead. We pulled up just in time to watch him land, and after a quick battery change, I grabbed the only thing I had on me, my cell phone, and recorded the second flight.”

Gough also told media sources:

“(It) is easily the coolest custom RC (remote control) plane I’ve ever seen. Damn near life-size and complete with a cape.”

(Original Story)

http://www.examiner.com/article/superman-over-california-spotted-by-an-unsuspecting-witness





Comics Alliance: Krampus on Infinite Earths

23 12 2012

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