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Fashion Spotlight: Ridley Buster, As You Wish…, and Donut Portal

Ript Apparel has three new designs today. Ridley Buster, As You Wish…, and Donut Portal from CoinboxTees, nikholmes, and daletheskater will be for sale on March 5, 2015 only!

Ridley Buster by CoinboxTees

Ridley Buster

As You Wish… by nikholmes

As You Wish

Donut Portal by daletheskater

Donut Portal

 

 

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Fashion Spotlight: Archery Club, Iron’s Gym, and Megavengers OR Ultraman

Ript Apparel has three new designs for fans of Marvel Comics. Archery Club, Iron’s Gym, and Megavengers OR Ultraman from AtomicRocket, AlcocoDesign, and LavaLamp Creative will be for sale on February 19, 2015 only!

Archery Club by AtomicRocket

Archery Club

Iron’s Gym by AlcocoDesign

Iron's Gym

Megavengers OR Ultraman by LavaLamp Creative

Megavengers OR Ultraman

 

 

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Push Comics Forward – The Female Super-Scientist

j4p4n_Scientist_Woman_(comic_book_style)Recently the head honchos at BOOM! Studios put out the idea that comics needs to change and to not be stagnant as a medium.  Long since dominated by superhero stories, the medium has indeed made a number of changed in the past couple of decades and the change is noticeable in some regards.  Equally though, comics are somewhat of a niche when it comes to their perception in popular culture.  Although there is an increasing amount of female readers, the medium is slower to make the changes to draw in fans of all backgrounds, and especially at the big two publishers instead still focuses on mostly a collection of characters who are both white and male.  While the interest in push comics forward doesn’t necessarily lie solely with the big two publishers, change has to happen there as elsewhere in order for the medium to evolve.

Science in comics was a bit of an x-factor until the onset of the silver age.  Until that point, science was usually grossly misapplied in order to move along a plot.  Gross inaccuracies were made and aspects of scientific knowledge would be presented, leaving what was actually used of the science to be misappropriated and simplistic.  As the silver age started, the focus on science is what rescued comics from being a medium for children, and instead allowed the medium to mature.  The changes first came at DC, though with the generally more god-like powers of the characters, the science was not as pertinent.  Hawkman and Green Lantern became intergalactic police, the Atom used White Dwarf matter to give himself powers, and the Flash became a scientist that gained powers by a scientific accident.  While the science was there, it was not until Marvel arrived that it redefined science in comics.  Although still unreal, the science was still presented in a way that it could be real, at least in our imagination.  Instead of characters that were either given or born with their powers, the new wave of heroes earned it the hard way, by building it themselves.  Not every Marvel hero was a scientist, but there were a few – Peter Parker, Bruce Banner, Tony Stark, Hank Pym, and Reed Richards.  While this did push the envelope forward for comics as a medium, what was left behind were the women.  The female leads to these heroes were still sometimes heroes, but they fell back into the template of having powers given to them.  Sue Storm was a college dropout, and Janet van Dyne was just an girlfriend.  They even did better than Betty Ross, Pepper Potts and Mary Jane Watson, who were often relegated to secondary status as damsels in distress (though Sue Storm also performed this role despite being a power superhero.)

lego women scientistsWhile there are perhaps more men than women in science still as a profession, there is no real clear reason why.  Women at younger ages are as adept as their male counterparts, and the interest for science is equally there.  Some consider it to be a genderized problem, that the “old boys club” of science discourages women from entering its field in some cases, and that women are taught gender roles by society to be less focused on science as opposed to other ventures.  While there is debate on these assertions, it is true that women have no more or less natural inclination to science than men do.  So why can’t there be a female version of a super scientist?  There are of course some very intelligent women in comics.  The female version of the Hulk is an accomplished lawyer, and others have shown an ability to pursue more academic fields than what is traditionally typified by their genders, but there is still a gap in terms of the heroes, and who can do what.  Female characters can still be powerful, but it is unlikely that their minds are capable of giving them those powers.  In fact a large portion of female characters derive their powers from either magic or the supernatural.

What has been an interesting and worthwhile development in the cinematic versions of comics, is that the women characters are presented in a way which is a lot more progressive.  Jane Foster is an astrophysicist and in the previous round of Fantastic Four movies, Sue Storm was shown to a be a scientific genius in her own right.  This is because as the characters move to a more popular medium, they are forced into a more acceptable presentation of the role that women play, more so than just damsels in distress, but also as able thinkers on their own.  So why is there no female superscientific genius yet in comics?  This comes back to the inherent idea behind #pushcomicsforward, that there can and should be such female characters, because the medium simply has not caught up yet to the reality of the world.  There is even maybe not a need for as many as Marvel has, but a character that is at least adept at science, and who knows the periodic table from the kitchen table.  There is no reason not to, as such a character wouldn’t even have to carry a series, but they could still be there, guiding the scientific discussion to a place that is more realistic.

Fashion Spotlight: All-American Gym, Dexter Suits Up, and Hulk’s Gym

Ript Apparel has three designs today for Marvel fans. All-American Gym, Dexter Suits Up, and Hulk’s Gym from AlyssaNBren, jaybhoi, and AtomicRocket will be for sale on January 28, 2015 only!

All-American Gym by AlyssaNBren

All-American Gym

Dexter Suits Up by jaybhoi

Dexter Suits Up

Hulk’s Gym by AtomicRocket

Hulk's Gym

 

 

 

 

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Fashion Spotlight: Oops, Ironfett, and Dead Polo

Ript Apparel has three designs today that mix Marvel characters and Star Wars. Oops, Ironfett, and Dead Polo from CoinboxTees and AtomicRocket will be for sale on January 11, 2015 only!

Oops by CoinboxTees

Oops

Ironfett by AtomicRocket

Ironfett

Dead Polo by AtomicRocket

Dead Polo

 

 

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Fashion Spotlight: Life Is a Joke, Walkin’ With Stan and Rob, and IRON-TRON

Ript Apparel has three designs for Marvel and DC comic fans. Life Is a Joke, Walkin’ With Stan, and Rob and IRON-TRON from saqman, cs3ink, and DJKopet will be for sale on December 29, 2014 only!

Life Is a Joke by saqman

Life Is a Joke

Walkin’ With Stan and Rob by cs3ink

Walkin' With Stan and Rob

IRON-TRON by DJKopet

IRON-TRON

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Fashion Spotlight: Autoblocks, The Walking Bricks, Rock’em Sock’em Heroes

Ript Apparel has three designs today that mix Lego with Transformers, The Walking Dead and one that’s all Rock’em Sock’em Robots. Autoblocks, The Walking Bricks, and Rock’em Sock’em Heroes from MEKAZOO, Moysche, and CreativeOutpouring will be for sale on November 26, 2014 only!

Autoblocks by MEKAZOO

Autoblocks

The Walking Bricks by Moysche

The Walking Bricks

Rock’em Sock’em Heroes by CreativeOutpouring

Rock'em Sock'em Heroes

Unboxing Nerd Block’s November 2014 Mystery Box

We open up and show off this month’s Nerd Block blind box. Some toys, a t-shirt, and more! It’s a packed box to the point the box actually bulged!

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Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What’s everyone got planned? We’ll be playing some games and reading comics here!

Around the Tubes

ICv2 – Cryptozoic’s Response to WotC - This should be interesting.

Kotaku – Making Batman Poorer Might Actually Be a Pretty Good Idea – Its been done with other characters. Has it been done with Batman?

Kotaku – Metallic Iron Man Figures Are the Best Iron Man Figures – This is impressive.

Gizmodo – Animated GIF clearly shows the massive scale of sci-fi ships – Also impressive.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Arkham Manor #1

Batman News – Harley Quinn #11

ICv2 – Honey Blood Vol. 1

Comic Vine – Secret Avengers #9

There Are No Strings on Me

no strings 02Somewhat unexpectedly yesterday, Marvel Studios released earlier-than-expected the first live action trailer for what might be the most anticipated comic movie in history – Avengers: The Age of Ultron.  Not to be listed as being light on action, the trailer relied heavily on the battle between Tony Stark in Hulkbuster armour against the Hulk.  Perhaps more interestingly though is that the trailer introduced three new characters, new Avengers Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, as well as the movie’s antagonist Ultron.  While there is bound to be analysis and over-analysis of the trailer by those that can’t wait until next May, there is very little in terms of plot which can be discerned from the trailer.  It would seem as though after the teaser scene at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, that it is Ultron that rescues the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, and the battle between the Hulk and Iron Man which might set up the rumored next Hulk film focused on World War Hulk are both present, but no plot is there, and anything else beyond some speculation would only border on gossip.  What is interesting though is the theme of the trailer, and whether that will be an underlying theme of the movie.

Ultron and the twins

Ultron and the twins

Even dedicated fans of Disney would have been unlikely to recognize the melancholic version of “There Are No Strings on Me” playing in the background of the trailer, and if not for the final words of the villain at the end of the trailer, might have even gone unnoticed.   Robots searching for their humanity is one of the most common themes in regards to stories involving the artificial beings, and forms the basis for many of the most famous characters and stories in science fiction, whether it be Data in Star Trek or the replicants in Blade Runner.  Often times, and especially with well-established characters, there are references made to the artificial men of literature.  For instance, in one episode of Star Trek TNG, Data is compared to the Tin Man, who himself sought his own heart.

In a bit of a twist, Ultron though he is a robot with artificial intelligence has never been very concerned with his humanity, declaring his own sentience to supersede that of humans, despite having been patterned on the  persona of Hank Pym, though presumably someone else in this movie seeing as Pym has not yet shown up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.   The artificial man in reference in the trailer is Pinocchio, who as far as artificial men go is in a category of his own.  As the story goes, the wooden boy was first sculpted from a piece of magical talking wood, and strove for true humanity, but with a background based on magic, the impulse is still the same, to be truly human or as the song says “there are no strings on me”.  As a choice for the underlying music of the trailer it is therefore a little bit confusing.  Ultron is not the best example of a robot trying to understand humanity, and it is even seen as one of his fatal flaws, as the hero The Vision was able to overcome Ultron in an early appearance because The Vision had a conscience whereas Ultron did not.  Perhaps then, another reading of the music is necessary, not holding true to the story or the genre at all, but rather taken at face value.  Ultron and machines will not be ruled by man and this is all the setup that the new Avengers movie needs.

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