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The Key Difference Between the Heroes of Marvel & DC.

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   After hearing about Joss Whedon’s being brought onboard by Warner Bros. for finishing the JLA movie. Jessica Chobot, of Nerdist News, reported that Scott Snyder had called in Whedon to help with something on the production way before his needed exit.

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Whedon is awesome at directing interpersonal relationships. He can humanize what appears to be beyond human. On the whole this is what Marvel has excelled at. Marvel humanizes their characters. They make them imperfect. They have weaknesses and human failings.

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   The heroes of DC are akin to gods. From time to time, depending on creative team, they take time out to live a normal day, or moment. I’m thinking about Oneil and Adam’s “Hard Traveling Heroes” of the 70’s. Those stories were few and far between in the DC Universe. These heroes are less relatable to humanity. There are pros and cons to this method of storytelling. Remember that even the Greeks told tales of their gods where they all had failings, unlike other cultures who came after and created perfect beings. Perfection is boring in the long run but, in shorts spurts, it can be fun.

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   I am interested to see how Joss makes these characters more relatable, and even more likable. His ability to break tension with humor has to be a superpower, and he wields it well. Basically I would love to see heroes dealing with issues that we all experience, every day, along with trying to save the world. It’s a lot to ask from somebody, but they are heroes and that comes with the territory.

(note: I have yet to see Wonder Woman. It looks marvelous, and I cannot wait to see it)

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Honetroid by Ken Kelly

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Kame… Hame… HAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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   Just a quick sketch of Goku. It took me longer to apply the sloppy inks to the piece than it did for the pencils.

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Wisdom from Grant Morrison…

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There’s a 5th dimension, it exists between your ears.

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Street Fighter: Dhalsim

   This is a really cool, hyper stylised, Dhalsim is wonderful. I’ve always had an affinity for Monk type characters, and Dhalsim fits the bill.

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Geek Zen: Acceptance

Zen IDIC   Think about a thing that you hate the most. Find ONE thing, no matter how trivial, that you like about it. It could be the background music, a color pallet, panel layout, choreography, etc. Enjoy that one thing for what it is. You may be surprised at how many more pleasant things come to your attention.

   There was a time when I would complain about every little thing that a movie or TV show got wrong. I would discuss this for hours with others of like minded, unhappy, fanatics. Railing against Lucas, or something as equally inconsequential. Then one day I began to see things from a “certain point of view”, and I looked for little gems in what I had deemed to be a pile of Bantha Poodoo.

   Are there still things that I don’t like? Sure, but I endeavor to look beyond them. I may even skip a few panels, chapters, tracks, or minutes of a film. I choose to enjoy things for what they are. It’s nice to be able to enjoy most of the special editions, and the prequels, among other things now.

   Try it. It’s better to have a great time than it is to troll about it. Heck, the only thing I will be brutally critical about is my own work.

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Master Blasters: Science Fiction Guns & Weapons to Die For

Mostly harmless? I think not! Any aliens who receive our old TV and radio transmissions will be raising their tentacles in submission once they get a glimpse of sci-fi’s greatest hitmen and t…

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