If you were watching the Super Bowl last night, or you were just on the internet, watching it throw a steady stream of new trailers and commercials at you throughout the night, you might want to take a closer look at a certain promo featuring Coca-Cola and a pair of Marvel’s biggest and littlest heroes. [Read more…]
And keep your sanity, too.
Quiet books have saved many a parent from going insane when their kids act up, and for geek parents, what better quiet book to have than something that will introduce the little ones to their parents’ world?
Now it’s time to look to the world of Marvel superheroes with The Avengers Quiet Book. [Read more…]
Released barely a month ago, Avengers: Age of Ultron had Avengers fans all up in excitement, and it is safe to say that the movie made people quite happy.
For this week’s Fandom Friday, we bring some DIY happiness to Avengers fans. While we say “Avengers DIY crafts” it doesn’t mean that “un-crafty” people can’t give them a try. Some of these Avengers DIY crafts are just so cool that you will want to make an effort, even if you haven’t used your hands for other things than typing on your laptop or tapping on your mobile device.
DIY Avengers Shoes
Converse occasionally releases a line of superhero shoes, although I think it’s only for DC characters. If you want Avengers shoes, then you can make them yourself – for much, much cheaper.
You can find the tutorial here, but I feel that I have to warn you that this isn’t exactly the easiest of the Avengers DIY crafts. But hey, you’ll be proud of the results for sure.
Captain America Tie Dye T-shirt
Some think that Captain America is boring, but I beg to disagree. He might have his “too righteous” moments, but I think that’s an important aspect of being a superhero. In any case, for fans of Cap, this tie dye t-shirt is what you can work on this weekend. The tutorial makes it look easy enough.
DIY Avengers T-shirt
If Captain America is not enough for you, then maybe this t-shirt will – and it’s even easier to make than the tie dye one!
Learn how to make this Avengers silhouette t-shirt here.
DIY Avengers Bag
Never go out without a bag for you never know when you might need it. Okay, I invented that, and some of you may disagree. But whether you’re a guy or a girl, if you like bags, then this DIY Avengers bag is a great way to show off your fandom. I think this bag would be a nifty shopping bag.
You’ll have to find fabric that has the Avengers print, but it is probably worth it. You’ll also need to learn how to sew and cut patterns – if you don’t know how to.
Learn how to make this bag here.
DIY Avengers Pillowcases
A bed is not complete without pillows. Lots of them.
To top it off, why not have Avengers pillowcases? You’ll not only have soft pillows that will help you drift into beddy-bye land, but you’ll also have sweet dreams (or action-packed dreams) with these pillowcases.
Instructions for these pillowcases are here.
DIY Avengers Lamp
Lighting is everything, and the perfect lamp is what you need. With this Avengers lamp, you don’t only set the mood with the lighting, but you also make a statement with the design. A dashing statement.
Learn how to make this awesome lamp here.
DIY Avengers Bookmarks
This is how you start your kids young. Make Avengers bookmarks which will serve two purposes.
One, you teach them about superheroes early on.
Two, you encourage the love of reading.
That’s a win-win situation, isn’t it?
Oh, and who says these bookmarks are just for kids?
This project is super easy, and you can follow the instructions here.
The Avengers Working Desk
This is technically NOT a DIY project – unless you’re really good at making things. This Avengers Working Desk was created by professionals of Tom Spina designs. If you can pull it off, go for it. If not, prepare to spend quite a bunch of money to have one made just for you.
That’s it, folks. I think you have enough Avengers DIY crafts to keep you busy for a while. If you have other ideas, why not share them with the rest of us?
Here’s more Avengers eye-candy for you: 7 Avengers Infographics
Who’s seen Age of Ultron? I have to admit I haven’t yet, but judging by critics, things are not looking good for the (previously) anticipated movie. Sure, “haters gonna hate”, but some people have taken things to a whole new, ridiculous level by trolling and issuing death threats to Joss Whedon. Talk about stupid.
In any case, the love for the Avengers will not die just because the latest movie didn’t live up to expectations. And if there is one member of the team that has a very large fan base, it’s Iron Man. Yes, RDJ and all that…
If you’re a hardcore Marvel comic fan, then you might know that Iron Man has all sorts of armor designed to fight allies and foes alike. You might even know all these Iron Man buster armors.
If that is not the case, then you’ll find the infographic below quite informative. It shows the different Iron Man buster armors, their features, and what – or whom – they’re designed to fight against.
Whichever group you belong to, this infographic is a must-view for Avengers fan.
Infographic Created by HalloweenCostumes.com
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Sorry, Hello Kitty fans, but WTF?
Some of the Avengers may look prettier than most women, but emulating a Kitty that’s is supposedly not even a cat? Seriously.
Hello Kitty Avengers? I can’t wrap my head around it. I think it’s exploded because of this travesty.
So was I overreacting, or am I justified? You tell me!
The Avengers in 8-bit. That general topic is not new. We’ve seen The Avengers in 8-bit before, but what if there was an 8-bit Avengers video game???
I know many of you would play that in a heartbeat, but unfortunately, no one has gotten around to developing that kind of awesomeness yet; at least not that I know of.
Since that idea is probably stuck in your head, how about an 8-bit Avengers video game video instead? It may not be the real thing, but it still is a fun watch.
Brought to you by CineFix, who says:
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE! CineFix presents THE AVENGERS, retold via old-school 8-bit (and a little 16 bit ;) game tech. No quarters or controllers required!
What could possibly make a better video game than a classic team-up like The Avengers? We’re proud to bring you the video game you WISH you’d had as a kid: THE AVENGERS
8-bit Cinema “gamifies” your favorite Hollywood Blockbusters into 80’s arcade and NES inspired action!
And we wish it were a real, playable game…
Console yourself with more 8-bit instead:
There was a time not too long ago where if you wanted to get a comic book you had to go to the comic book store and wade through box after box of issues until you found the one you were looking for. While there’s a feeling of reality and nostalgia to think that this is how people have looked for the comics they’ve wanted for longer than you’ve been alive, the system of buying comics has grown stale. Comic book shops attract a very unique niche of people that truly love the experience.
The experience of walking through a good shop is hard to beat, and the feeling of finding that exact book you’ve been looking for is the stuff of legend, but in today’s digital age this isn’t the answer for many people. The digital revolution has disrupted just about every aspect of our lives, and comics are the next big market to be affected.
In other words, getting digital comics can be a far more direct method of obtainment that gives the reader all the power. There’s more to digital comics than going to the source however. While there’s arguments for and against digital comics and which is better, there really isn’t any argument for the need for digital comics. Check out the five reasons below to see why comics had to go digital
1. No More Long Boxes
For some people, a cellar full of long boxes is a thing of beauty. Seeing all those issues neatly stacked and organized in your own methodical system is definitely something to brag about, but while you might love it, it’s not for everybody.
Speaking for married guys and people that don’t have a lot of room to store them, keeping a large physical collection of comic books is next to impossible for many people. This has no bearing on their love of the medium, but as the generation of comic book fans grows up and get apartments and houses, keeping a physical collection isn’t easy and is sometimes impossible.
Comics had to move to digital to help these people consume the books they love. Instead of needing tons of floor space now all you need is an iPad. That dramatic shift in storage space needed is a boon for the space-challenged crowd.
2. Never Out of Print Again
If you’re a fan of comics I’m sure there’s been at least one time that you’ve tried to find that one book to complete a series and it’s out of print, making it nearly impossible to find without shelling out a small fortune to get it.
There’re also those Holy Grail books that are so rare and expensive that even if you have a copy you’ve probably never read it. With digital comics however, this isn’t a problem. For example, you can read “All Winners” #2 with Captain America and the Human Torch from 1941 in the Marvel Unlimited app for iPad and iPhone, but it’s a pretty safe bet that you wouldn’t find that in your local shop.
This means that classic books can still be read and enjoyed. Remember, it’s those classic stories that made the characters you love today, so show them some love and see where they actually came from.
3. More Approachable to a Wider Audience
We mentioned above that there are few things that are as great as an awesome comic book shop. The look, the smell, and the people make for just the right place to get your comic fix, but what if you’re new to comics and feel out of place in a comic book shop?
If the niche of people and experiences that’s in every comic shop isn’t appealing to some people, they can be left out in the cold. People that have come into comics later in life might be put off by looking through a comic shop, but searching an iPad app is easy and you don’t have to find a shop that has the books you like.
4. People Demand Libraries to be Mobile
The thought of having a library of anything today that isn’t digital and searchable seems crazy. We want our contacts in an electronic address book, our books on a Kindle, and now our comics on our tablets.
Being able to keep your entire comic book collection with you wherever you go is a huge plus to comics, and a necessary move as we go more and more digital. Besides, it makes it easier for that 40-year old businessman to read his comics while on his lunch break and not look ridiculous to his coworkers.
5. Young Audiences Demand Digital
Finally, as new generations come into loving comics, they bring with them a need for digital. Most of us still love paper comics because we’re used to the feel, sound, and even the smell of the books. Kids that are just starting to read comics today don’t have that same nostalgia.
Think of it this way, the thought of looking a phone number up in a phone book today seems insane, but your grandparents probably wouldn’t have it any other way. It probably feels better for them to physically touch and see the number before calling it.
The same goes for the generation moving into comics right now. They want to see things on their computers and iPads, which means if comics didn’t move to the new medium they run the risk of going the way of newspapers; a slow and painful death. Growth is needed or else another industry will step over the antiquated one. We don’t want comics to ever be antiquated so digital is here to save the day.
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Going all the way back to when Stan Lee ran the promotional arm of Marvel, fans knew that if there’s one thing they did well, it was engaging the fans. They know how to get fans excited about their characters, their stories, and their creators. That’s why every year at San Diego Comic-Con, the Marvel booth is always more of a stage, right in the middle of the exhibition hall. And at any given time, you might run into your favorite comic writers and artists hanging out or you might find the stars of the latest Marvel blockbuster film signing autographs for the fans. One of the more recent additions to the “Marvel Stage” are the cosplay showcases throughout the week. If you dress up as an Avenger, you can join other Avengers cosplayers from all over the world on that stage to show off what you got. Same goes for X-Men or the endless variations of Spider-Man, or even the Defenders. Yes, even the Defenders!
This year, Marvel has taken things one step further at San Diego Comic-Con 2014. They’ve put together a weekly web series that showcases what goes into creating some of the most elaborate and faithful costumes found in the Marvel Universe. Even if you don’t cosplay, it just might inspire you to try it next year just to join in the fun.
Here’s the official press release:
Marvel Joins Cosplayers for San Diego Comic-Con and Debuts Marvel Method: Cosplay
New York, NY—July 8th, 2014 — Marvel Method: Cosplay is the first Marvel Original Video Series to go inside the process of building a Marvel costume, culminating in its big reveal at San Diego Comic-Con 2014. Debuting July 8th on Marvel.com and on Marvel’s YouTube Channel, every Tuesday and Thursday, fans will get an inside look at the process of character selection, wearable design and fabric construction all leading up to the final reveal on opening day of San Diego Comic-Con at the Marvel booth.
Join Lorraine Cink, Host and Writer of Marvel’s The Watcher, and Judy Stephens, Associate Producer/ Cosplay Expert, as they seek out help and advice from professional costumer, Carly Bradt; Wig Expert, Katie Hondrogen; and professional Cosplayer, Yaya Han.
But who will these Marvel mavens of cosplay choose as their inspiration?
“After considering so many powerful women of the Marvel Universe, we continued to be drawn back to the Scarlet Witch”, says Cink. “Her recent death in Uncanny Avengers, her upcoming appearance in Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and her stunning redesign by John Cassaday for the Marvel NOW! initiative all played part in our ultimate decision to build her costume. However, the true linchpin for me was that Wanda Maximoff is one of the most complex, dynamic and powerful players in the Marvel Universe – who could resist the opportunity to be her for a day?”
For more on Marvel’s presence and announcements this year at San Diego Comic-Con, please visit Marvel.com. Join the conversation on Twitter with #MarvelSDCC and don’t forget to follow us at @Marvel.
We couldn’t let go of this cool list of Adventure Time and the Avengers mashups compiled by Nerd Approved. We noticed a trend though. Is there something about Thor that makes artists instantly think “This is so Jake”? Whatever it is, we’re liking what we’re seeing.
Jake-slash-Thor by Mathieu Parent
Jake and Thor by Nelson Flores
LSP and Spiderman by Cynthia “Thea” Sousa
Genderswapped Adventure Time/Avengers by Paul Hostetler
If ever there would be a time where aspiring to be a groupie would actually become culturally acceptable, my guess is it’s when it would involve superhero rock stars. They already have the talent and skill to do extraordinary things. It’s pretty logical that these extra ‘extras’ would make damn fine musicians. Super artist Andrés Moncayo designed a rocking set where both members of the Justice League and the Avengers are rock stars. Check out the photos below:
Interested in getting prints? Check out his Society6 page.