Gender Through Comics a free online course coming Spring of 2013

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Credits: Marvel Comics

Credits: Marvel Comics

Gender Through Comics a free online course coming Spring of 2013

Over at the Bleeding Cool website, information regarding a massive online course on gender through comic books is making news. This online education course, which will be led by Christina Blanch of Ball University , will be free and starts April 2, 2013 to May 10, 2013 (pre-registration is required) . The course will examine how comic books can be used to explore questions of gender identity, stereotypes, and roles. Industry professionals such as Gail Simone, Brian K. Vaughan, Scott Snyder, Mark Waid, Brian Bendis, and Matt Fraction are scheduled to speak and access to live weekly interviews with Terry Moore, Steve Wacker and Sana Amanat (and more) that you can interact with will be part of the course as well. Not only that, participants will have access to previously recorded interviews with other industry greats as an additional perk. Those interested in the art form and the impact it has on our cultural consciousness should seriously consider checking this out, after all it is free and it provides a great opportunity to hear from some of the industries greats on the subject. The original Bleeding Cool article (posted by Rich Johnston) can be found here and course registration can be found here. See you online!

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‘The Last of Us’ video game delayed until June

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Credits: Naughty Dog

Credits: Naughty Dog

‘The Last of Us’ video game delayed until June

Upcoming horror/survival video game “The Last of Us” has been delayed. IGN reports that Sony has informed them the game’s original release date of May 7th, 2013 has been pushed back until June 14th, 2013.

Game developer Naughty Dog released this statement about the delay:

“As a team we pride ourselves on setting a very high quality bar for every aspect of our games – gameplay, story, art, design, technology and more. We want to make sure The Last of Us raises that bar even further – for ourselves, and most importantly, our fans.

“As we entered the final phase of development for The Last of Us, we came to realize just how massive Joel and Ellie’s journey is. But instead of cutting corners or compromising our vision, we came to the tough decision that the game deserved a few extra weeks to ensure every detail of The Last of Us was up to Naughty Dog’s internal high standards.”

“The Last of Us” takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where a fungal infection has turned most people into hive-minded, cannibalistic monsters (but not technically zombies, according to Naughty Dog). In the game, you play Joel, with Ellie as your invaluable partner in surviving the wasteland of what once was civilization.

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Vibe is anything but ‘the unlikely hero’

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Credits: DC Comics

Credits: DC Comics

Vibe is anything but ‘the unlikely hero’

When Vibe was introduced in the previous version of the DC Universe, he was seen as little more than a stereotype. Paco Ramone, of Puerto Rican descent, was a break dancing teenager leading a local street gang, Los Lobos. Thanks to the New 52 relaunch, however, Vibe has been re-imagined as a full dimensional character with a revised power set and specific mission within the DC Universe. “Justice League of America‘s Vibe” #1 is co-written by Geoff Johns (‘Justice League of America”) and Andrew Kreisberg with art by Pete Woods and Sean Parsons. The issue is in stores today.

Francisco Ramon was one of the first victims of Darkseid’s invasion of Earth five years ago. Caught in the event horizon of a boom tube opening, Cisco’s vibrational frequency is slightly off from the rest of Earth’s inhabitants, granting him unique abilities, as well as some inconvenient side effects. Recruited by A.R.G.U.S. to be the super-hero, Vibe, Ramon is being trained to fulfill an important role in Homeland Security. A role his powers make him specifically suited for.

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Usagi Yojimbo gets a new game and collection

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Credits: Dark Horse Comics

Credits: Dark Horse Comics

Usagi Yojimbo gets a new game and collection

Usagi Yojimbo, the ronin rabbit who has slashed his way into comics lore, has not appeared in a game in over 25 years… until now.

HappyGiant, in association with Dark Horse Comics, has released their side-scrolling 2D slasher game for the iPhone and iPad. The game which takes its style from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle arcade games is now available in the apple store.

The game is not available for Android devices just yet but will see be able to play very soon.

“It’s been far too long since the last Usagi game, and I am so excited to be working with HappyGiant to bring Usagi and his friends back to these new platforms,” said Stan Sakai creator of Yojimbo, “The game turned out great!”

In conjunction with the games release, Dark Horse Comics is announcing the first new Usagi Yojimbo collection after a year hiatus working on 47 Ronin. The first new book will be Usagi Yojimbo: A Town Called Hell, which will see release on July 17.

So will you be downloading this game? Check out the video and the slideshow for more information.

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Guy Pearce featured on new ‘Iron Man 3’ poster

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Credits: Marvel.com

Credits: Marvel.com

Guy Pearce featured on new ‘Iron Man 3’ poster

A week following Iron Patriot’s queue dominating a movie poster for the soon to be third Iron Man installment, an undefinable role in the form of Aldrich Killian brings to the fore the next theatrical promotional.

Guy Pearce, who has limelight notice through movies such as “L.A. Confidential”, “The Hurt Locker “ and “ “, plays the live action version of Killian.

Accordances from Marvel.com unveils that Killian will place into the film being a foremost geneticist, one who has no definitive relations towards Stark stated just yet. The teaser poster displays Pearce’s Killian without aligning to the comic book version, where he’s a minor character to the major experiment known as Extremis. The endeavor was to create a super soldier serum. As guesswork might claim, the works on a test subject goes awry and Dr. Killian ends up a suicidal persona within the comics storyline.

“Iron Man 3” debuts on May 3.

(Marvel.com)

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Two new posters revealed for ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Victory Tour

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Credits: Lionsgate

Credits: Lionsgate

Two new posters revealed for ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Victory Tour

Lionsgate has unveiled two new promotional posters for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but they aren’t your traditional movie posters.

The new images promote the “Victory Tour” featuring Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) that takes place during Catching Fire.

Shared via Lionsgate’s “CapitolPN” website, the posters came along with this message:

PANEM ALERT: President Coriolanus Snow is pleased to announce this year’s Victory Tour, featuring Katniss Everdeen & Peeta Mellark – Victors of the 74th Hunger Games! The Capitol PN demands that all districts prepare accordingly. Inquire with your local district officials for further instructions.

The posters feature Katniss and Peeta in white outfits, with Katniss holding a bouquet of white roses — a reminder both of President Snow and the looming marriage that’s expected of the two heroes. A giant metal structure looms behind the pair, reminiscent of both buildings in the Capitol and the Cornucopia itself from the Hunger Games.

Last year, Lionsgate successfully ran a viral campaign for The Hunger Games through CapitolPN that treated fans as fellow citizens of Panem, the fictionalized futuristic United States in which The Hunger Games series takes place. These new posters are among the first to be featured on CapitolPN for the sequel, Catching Fire — in theaters November 22nd.

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A new league forms in ‘Justice League of America’ #1

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Credits: David Finch / DC Entertainment

Credits: David Finch / DC Entertainment

A new league forms in ‘Justice League of America’ #1

The Justice League has always (well, usually) been comprised of the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes, unfortunately, for the United States government, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman do not answer to them. So, in an effort to control their own Justice League team, Congress has tasked Amanda Waller with assembling a Justice League of America. The roster is set in “Justice League of America” #1 written by Geoff Johns (“Justice League”) and art by David Finch.

The new team is comprised of Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, Green Lantern Simon Baz, Catwoman, Katana, Stargirl, Vibe and Steve Trevor as field leader. While the issue is mostly comprised of introducing the roster, Johns works in plenty of character and plot development throughout, doing its job to get the reader excited for the series to come. Frankly, Johns excels at this. He once again refreshes the Hawkman character and in only a few pages. If only DC Comics would relaunch that book with the direction Johns establishes here. Not to mention, there are hints to the “Trinity War” event throughout and references to previous Justice League adventures. David Finch is a rising superstar for a reason. He creates a lush world full of detail. It is somewhat dulled by his heavy inks, though.

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