Good read, I wrote about Black Panther, you can read it here;

“The Wakanda Effect” by Babajide Babalola https://link.medium.com/vdyG7nIJYT

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Le Grand Voyage! (7)

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The Haircut

I had occasion to be in Manhattan the other day, and my daughter had invited me to come see her new office near Columbus Circle. I thought nothing of planning to walk up to 57th street from Penn Station on 32nd street, especially because it gave me a chance to stop in at one of my favorite New York City spots, Midtown Comics, on the corner of 40th Street and 7th Avenue. This store, located a flight up from the street with another floor yet a flight above that, is the Macy’s of comic book stores and visiting there transports me back in time.

I do not remember exactly when I fell in love with comic books but it was at a very young age. I remember finding what was then called an 80 page Giant edition of Batman in a Christmas stocking before my sister was born, and she was born when I was six years old. I also do not remember what first attracted me to them but it could have been just simple timing.

My childhood and early adolescence coincided with a period of time now referred to as the Silver Age of Comics that is broadly defined as 1956–1970. Comic books had suffered a decline in the preceding years, and the industry had undergone some changes including introducing an authoritarian seal of approval from the Comics Code Authority to assure parents that a type of moral compass was used in the storytelling. Bolstered further by the first ever television series featuring a superhero, the Adventures of Superman, comic books began a resurgence. By the time that I was about five, they had exploded back on the scene. Marvel Comics was just entering the market with their different breed of superhero storytelling, but I my allegiance was to the traditional DC Comics product line.

As a young boy growing up in Queens, I got a haircut religiously every two weeks. At first, my mother took me, and as I got a little older, I went by myself. I did not have to cross any street to get to the barber shop that we frequented, as it was around two corners from our apartment building. Rounding the second corner, the last block of the approach was along Queens’ most famous thoroughfare, Queens Boulevard. Halfway down the block was the Rego Park Subway Station. One flight down towards the subway was a landing with four stores, and then another flight down led to the trains themselves. Yes, my barber shop, one of those stores, was virtually in the subway station.

So what does this have to do with comic books? When my mother brought me for a haircut, if I was well behaved, when we were done, I would be rewarded as we would go buy a comic book. In later years, I was able to self manage the haircut, self assess that I was well behaved, and then go shop by myself.

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Box O’ Birds

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The Japanese Marvel and DC.

Everybody knows Superman,Batman and Spiderman, their influences goes wayback 1930’s And their medium was not just on the comics or graphic novels, as the influx of media based on this characters abound this generation.but i’m writing this article not about them as i’ve said before everybody knows.

Let’s talk about the Comics on my side of globe here in Japan,probably you’ve heard the word Manga as per wiki says “ are comics or graphic novels created in Japan or by creators in the Japanese language, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century” .

Since 1950’s manga has steadily a big influences on japan publishing industry. By 1995 the manga market in Japan alone was making 6–7 billion US dollars and ever since manga has gained worldwide audience,in 2008 manga was valued at 175 million dollars in US and Canada alone,while in France 38% of the french comics market belong to manga,that was ten times that of US market .

AstroBoy by Ozamu Tesuka was serialized from 1952 to 1968 is one of the popular manga post world war 2.

Manga stories is always printed in black and white contrast to American comics which is printed on color pages.A Manga artist or Mangaka usually work with a few assistant and an Editor. Manga series are published into a magazines with other manga’s and after a few runs the publisher will make a volume copy of manga which is called Tankobon.

DragonBall series by Akira Toriyama was started 1984 and considered the most popular Manga series.

Manga has a variety of stories ranging from :Action,Adventure,Comedy, Love Story they even have those mature ones they called Hentai. Some manga artist have a big influence on other artist such as one perfect example is Eichiro Oda,the creator of One piece was greatly influenced by the works of Akira Toriyama the creator of the widely popular DragonBall series.

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Poison Ivy: The Brilliant Scientist Scantily Clad In Foliage

So here’s the thing… This week I read Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death (Issue #1). I don’t have an extensive knowledge of Poison Ivy, but from what I’ve seen of her character design, I have to say I was interested to see what she was truly like as a character, beyond being scantily clad in foliage.

Right off the bat, it’s established she’s a scientist, and despite others thinking women shouldn’t be in science, she proves to be invaluable to her team and brilliant in her field, which is very encouraging to any young women reading the comic who want to enter any STEM field. The first few pages are loaded with scientific information delivered in a very accessible and engaging way. Having scientific facts and theories in the story give it a level of seamless realism that is informational while also setting the tone for the comic itself.

Then, in walks Harley, and despite my limited knowledge of the comic book world, it took one glance at her posture and face to know exactly who she was. Even not all decked out as Harley Quinn. When Harley goes and picks a fight with a man who is disrespecting a woman at a bar, Ivy joins in (reluctantly) and we get to see her powers in action for the first time. Besides how cool it is that she starts sprouting vines from a lime in her drink, I think the way that the two women interact speaks a lot to the struggle of being not human. Ivy writes off Harley’s emotional outbursts as her being human, and her emotionless reaction to her friend (business partner?) being upset with her and obviously feeling neglected in their friendship, is very telling of what I predicted to be a major character flaw and internal struggle for Ivy. I was right.

Shortly after she arrives home and promptly strips completely naked with conveniently placed plants that hide any true obscenity, she tries to convince herself that she really is better off alone. However, the number of times she repeats that sentiment to herself shows a similar circular argument that many people fall into when they’re trying to convince themselves of something. I found this really valuable to creating a rounded character, because people do struggle with loneliness and how pride often prevents them from admitting that they don’t really want to be alone. It becomes a survival tactic. Despite her endless reiterations of being better off alone, there are clear signs she once wasn’t and she even admits that she wishes someone was like her.

Her guarded personality that sometimes lets moments of vulnerability slip through the cracks is a fascinating concept to me because it feels authentic. Some people do struggle to let people in and be vulnerable, it’s scary and I think a lot of people can relate to that issue. There is also the fact that Ivy is incredibly intelligent, which is a great thing, but sometimes wildly intelligent people can be prone to feeling alone. It can be hard for them to connect with people on a personal level and that can be very isolating. As much as Ivy drives home that she isn’t human, and she implies that she isn’t as fragile or as in need of connection as humans are, she exhibits signs of being tragically human in little ways. Deep down, I think she knows she isn’t really as above it all as she claims to be. And that scares her.

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How Google can help keep your resolutions going through 2019

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Get Fit With Google

Shane Treeves

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Get active. Get some extra sleep. Find inner peace. They’re excellent New Year’s resolutions, and they’re also achievable with help from Google. More than 325,000 people with fitness goals for 2019 joined the #GetFitWithGoogle challenge during January to earn as many Heart Points as they could with Google Fit.

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This Week in Comics: ‘Heroes in Crisis,’ a Look at What Crime Fighting Does to the Mind

Tom King has done some incredible work over the past two years. An ex-CIA operative turned comic writer, he has a unique look at the way minds work when dealing with intense stress and pain. I fell in love with his Mister Miracle limited series, as it came out right as I myself was dealing with anxiety and depression. In his latest series, I pause to call it an event because it feels like something deeper than that, we take a look at the heroes of the DC Comic universe and how they deal with the cost of their jobs. This past week, issue five of the 9-part story came out. This was a fantastic entry in what is shaping up to be a truly emotional series.

The set up for this story is a secret facility called, “Sanctuary,” is a place in the Midwest for heroes to come and essential talk openly about their struggles. Like many comics, that’s not all that happens, what we realize is that someone has killed many of the DC heroes. Murdered bodies are found outside of the Sanctuary facility, both well-known heroes like Wally West (Flash) and Roy Harper (Speedy/Red Arrow) are found dead. The two suspects, Harley Quinn and Booster Gold, but both are on the run and don’t remember what happened. It’s a story very reminiscent of Identity Crisis, dealing with heroes struggling with the weight of their job at the traumatic stress they have had to face.

The book has the ongoing plot, cut in with nine-panel grids of heroes in a testimonial booth. They talk about their battles with all they have seen and the things that have been done to them. Clay Mann on art captures the emotion and the facial expressions, especially in these testimonial scenes. The story is only half way done, and I don’t want to include any spoilers as to the plot, but this book is very heart wrenching and allows for readers to look back at some classic storylines. As the reader, we don’t always take in the account of what happens to characters that have died and come back multiple times, but in this issue, we hear from a not very well-known hero, Commander Steel, as he reflects on the trauma that his dying and being brought back multiple times has done to his psyche.

You don’t get stories like this all the time.

There are action moments, but that’s not the focus of the story. The focus is on the individual characters that need a place like Sanctuary, but even their sanctuary has been compromised and filled with more pain and death. You should be reading this book, there are copies and second printings out there, but this is a book that will definitely be marked as a seminal run in DC comics.

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My challenge for February, and some unfinished business

Project_Deku/ day 32

A reason why my endeavor is called Project_Deku/

Alright, so it has been a REALLY LONG TIME.

I did not write anything after the 25th of Jan, so effectively the challenge lasted 25 days. I was able to go from being a below average typer to better than 80% percent of the world’s typists, so that’s pretty cool, but still the goal remains unfinished. I haven’t yet achieved speeds >100wpm.

Just because the challenge is over doesn’t mean my speed will not grow though. I need to put in as much as just 5 minutes per day to be able to reach the target comfortably, or at least that is what I believe. Let’s see how that goes!

That’s that, and here comes the challenge for February! I’m particularly super excited for this one.

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A tale of two Maxes

So these two bright boys thrust together now move in their own directions.

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Flowers in Russia

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I’m a comics artist, beekeeper, gardener, and science communicator, interested in the human-nature relationship. www.suusagnes.com

Spiralbound

Comics for life, brought to life by Edith Zimmerman.

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The Journey of Us: Celebrating Black History’s movers and changemakers

In 1806, a 9-year-old girl named Isabella was taken from her parents, placed on a slave auction block, and sold along with a flock of sheep for $100. At a time of almost no choices for black women like her, Isabella later chose the name we know her by today: Sojourner Truth. “Sojourn” means to journey; to live somewhere temporarily. As slaves, African-Americans always “lived temporarily,” never knowing when all family ties would be severed on the next auction block.

A traveling advocate, separated from her children, Sojourner spoke truth to power about the horror of slavery and the absence of black women’s rights at a time when voices like hers were brutally silenced.  Sojourner’s journey seems almost impossible: how does someone so powerless—a black slave girl born over 200 years ago into a white supremacist society, sold three times by age 13—become so influential? I don’t know, I can’t fathom it.  But I do know that a founding element of being African-American has always been the journey, and the loss of home—or homeland.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History has made Black Migrations its theme during 2019,  emphasizing the movement of people of African descent to new destinations. It makes me think of an illiterate 14-year-old black boy called Alan, born in 1893, who wanted to go to university—an absurd proposition. His father, the illiterate son of slaves, protested that Alan’s future was as a share-cropper like every other black person they knew—and that to think anything else risked death.  But Alan “sojourned.” He walked 500 miles from Florida to Fisk, a university for freed slaves in Tennessee. He walked into another life. I know this story, because Alan was my grandfather, and his journey paved the way for mine. It’s a longer story for another time, but when I had the privilege to become the second black woman elected to the British Parliament, I wanted to tell my grandfather this: although I can’t fathom how you transformed utter hopelessness into opportunity, I will always be unimaginably grateful for every step you took. So many lives, including mine, were built on your journey.

Sojourner Truth taught us that “a journey” can be much more than changing places.  It can be about changing reality, changing fate. However you describe it, fundamentally it’s about making a previously unimagined change—and that’s what I’d like us to do at Google during Black History Month. If we want to build “products for all” and make them “universally useful and accessible,” then we need a workforce reflective of all, and a workplace free of prejudice and bias.

I left Parliament to come to Google because I passionately believe that technology—coupled with the best aspects of Google’s culture—provide the best shot we’ve got at true representation, equity and inclusion. Have we done it yet? Clearly not. Could we do it? Absolutely.  Right now, we’re focused on finding and retaining more diverse talent, and on building a more inclusive culture and more inclusive products. Outside Google, we’re investing in educational systems that will bring better representation and diversity to our workforce.

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Review — Anarquia Vol. 1 — Três lados para cada história

Uma das paradas mais bacanas da CCXP é o Artist’s Alley, lá tu tem a oportunidade de encontrar os artistas que você já conhece pela…

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Bird Table

Next to the exit were the pet and bird foods. She’d always filled the bird tables despite the seed never being eaten. The wind would always take it eventually.

The only seed that hadn’t blown away was David Elms heavy bird food. A five-kilo bag was only the size of a one-kilo bag of flour. Also, the poshest bird food Copper had seen. The seeds wore tiny tuxedoes. The birds still didn’t eat it.

Copper figured it was un-peckable.

Photo by Jacek Dylag on Unsplash. Thanks to Warren for the $10 Patronage.

Ko-Fi | Patreon | Etsy | Books | Skillshare | Threadless

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Le Grand Voyage! (6)

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NIX announces the third Development Round Table.

NIX Platform is holding a third development round table on Saturday, which will be focused on updates about NIX DEX Manager solution.

We invite you to listen to fascinating news on DEX Manager newly expanded approach.

Time: Saturday 2 February, 2019–12:30 pm CST.

Hosted by: Jackieboy.

Transmitted at: NIX Discord Server - https://discord.gg/agAsvQY under the text & voice #round-table channels.

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Love is a wasteland of dead languages

As a couple you develop so much shorthand that it’s a unique language in it’s own frequency.All art ©️andrew Ulanoff 2019

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Dwyane Wade, AKA “The Flash”

How Dwyane Wade became “The Flash”

The most concrete super-connection is Dwyane Wade’s nickname, “The Flash.”

By Keith Allison

If we can trust the internet, Shaq nicknamed D-Wade “The Flash” in the mid-2000s. Shaq frequently embraced the Superman moniker in his playing days. Acknowledging D-Wade’s strength and quickness, he picked another famous DC superhero for his then teammate.

Sports superstars taking on nicknames is nothing new: The King, Black Mamba, The Sheriff. And taking on superhero alter egos is nothing new either.

Dwight Howard also called himself Superman. Cam Newton’s touchdown celebration mimes ripping open his shirt like Clark Kent.

The overlap between superheroes and sports extends beyond nicknames, though, because both can serve as vehicles for our physical and moral aspirations.

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DC & Marvel Fans Unite, Instruct Bill Maher To ‘Get Lost’

“Bill’s flamethrower was cool, but honestly it could not touch Kevin Smith’s mech suit or his many laser beam guns”

Kevin Smith calms the crowd as Maher uses a flamethrower against comic book fans

This week has been one to remember since Bill Maher came out and slammed adults for enjoying comic books on his show last Friday, describing them as “stuck in an everlasting childhood”. His comments and following blog posts resulted in Maher going to blows downtown last Friday with Hollywood Megastar Kevin Smith. The Jay and Silent Bob star was happy to lead the revolt via his twenty-two story, eleven ton mech suit, which was secretly gifted to Smith by Elon Musk last year for his 47th birthday.

While Maher was able to get in a blow or two, it was the jeers of the rowdy crowd which inspired Smith to pull out the suit in the first place. “Honestly it was a clean fight. It was truly the DC and Marvel fans, chanting against Maher in unison that brought me to tears”. Fans were seen at the mech suit battle buying each other hot dogs to discuss Maher’s incompetent statements concerning adult comic book lovers. The carnage of the downtown boss battle lasted for nearly twenty minutes before Maher yielded to take a coffee break.

Fans celebrate as Maher is defeated by Smith

“Bill’s flamethrower was cool, but honestly it could not touch Kevin Smith’s mech suit or his many laser beam guns,” one witness reported. “That thing was bad-freaking-ass, man. I guess that’s what he gets for simultaneously insulting fandoms who’ve already been fighting with each other for years.” While his comments were clearly hurtful, “The result is undeniable,” says the mother of one comic book fan. “Sure, he said something completely moronic and uncalled for. But at least my sons are speaking again, “ she tells us.

“My son Jeremiah refused to leave his room until we produced something called a ‘Snyder Cut.’ I still don’t know what that is. Can anyone explain that? What is a Snyder cut?” Despite confusion among parents, the temporary joy in the air is palpable. Fans are expected to be back at each other’s necks once again by April 26 when Marvel Studio’s Avengers Endgame hits theaters. Circling rumors also suggest a majority DC fans will attend Endgame, partially in solidarity with Marvel fans against Bill Maher, and partially because they too thought Infinity War was “bad ass.” Take a look at Bill Maher’s salty take on his segment below.

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Letting go gets harder as each pup leaves the pack.Background Noise Comics

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Daily comic by Lisa Burdige and John Hazard about balancing life, love and kids in the gig economy.

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