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Marvel’s STEAM Variants this Fall

Marvel’s best and brightest heroes are stepping to the head of the class for a series of special variant covers! Marvel has announced 5 special STEAM Variants coming to some of your favorite Marvel titles this November!

Check out the full list of STEAM Variants by some of Marvel’s great cover artists:

  • S (science) – Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #13 by Joyce Chin
  • T (technology) – Spider-Man #10 by Pasqual Ferry
  • E (engineering)— Invincible Iron Man #1 by Mike McKone
  • A (art) — Champions #2 by Pascal Campion
  • M (math) – Gwenpool #8 by Will Sliney

Through Marvel’s STEAM Variants, this campaign plans to ignite the spark of creativity and innovation that fuels and empowers the very heroes that have helped inspire generations around the world. Though Marvel hasn’t explained how that’s happening or how these actually benefit this focus on education…

Unboxing: Marvel Collector Corps August 2016 Spider-Man

We open up to show off Funko and Marvel‘s Latest Marvel Collector Corps box. The bimonthly premium box service features a theme of “Spider-Man,” celebrating Marvel’s awesome kick-ass webslinger!

We go over the contents including a variant comic, some figures, and hat! Valued at over a $50 the box is perfect for fans of Marvel Comics.

You can sign up for the next one here!

Mary Jane Watson Isn’t Just Any Redhead

Zendaya_by_Gage_SkidmoreCertain racist fans are angry that Marvel and Sony have reportedly cast a black actress as Mary Jane Watson in the new Spider-Man movie because “Mary Jane has to be a red head”.

Aside from the fact that some black people have red hair.

Aside from the fact that red hair dye exists and lord knows an aspiring actress is probably going to care a lot about fashion

Aside from all of that, if you’ve actually read Spider-Man over the years you’ll know that Mary Jane isn’t just a redhead.

Here are some of her defining traits:

She’s outgoing, ambitious, creative, artistic. Not particularly intellectual but she’s certainly no dummy. She’s not shallow.

She’s an actress both on and off the stage often putting up a confident and carefree facade even at times when she’s full of fear and doubt.

She wishes she was as carefree as she pretends to be.

Recent canon established that she grew up poor — that’s how she ended up living with her grandma and not her parents.

All along, Marvel comics had intended Peter to end up with Gwen Stacy, the “good girl” as his one true love. Mary Jane had just been added as a plot twist to bring Peter’s romantic plot-lines some tension. Mary Jane was written as a more independent woman and they realized that this made MJ a more interesting and dynamic character in their stories. Stan Lee said “we finally decided to let Peter end up with her, but it was … as though the characters had taken over!”

Mary Jane PanelBack in the Silver Age Marvel’s characterization of the Gwen Stacy/ Mary Jane Watson / Peter Parker love triangle often veered towards a sexist Madonna/Whore complex. Gwen Stacy was the shy, studious “good girl” and MJ was the outgoing party girl.

Fans really responded to Mary Jane. More so then Peter’s intended true love, Gwen Stacy. Yes, MJ’s a hot redhead but they also liked her because she had a fun personality and seemed like someone you’d want to grab a drink with.

So why are certain fanboys today reducing her to the color of her hair?

Some writers haven’t actually conveyed her personality in their work. Sometimes they just write her as Peter’s dream girl with no inner life. Many artists have reduced her to her looks. Or her thong. And her trademark red hair IS legitimately iconic.

But countless writers have written her with a pretty damn consistent personality, not just in decades worth of comics but in many cartoon shows and movies.

Our sexist culture and the generally fetishistic nature of a lot of super hero art explain why certain readers don’t notice MJ’s personality even when she is well written.

So if you think that the only thing that matters about MJ is her hair you are reading the wrong comics. Or maybe you are objectifying the real women you interact with too.

Maybe do something about that?

Addendums: I haven’t read a new Spider-Man comic in years. But if Slott et all have completely erased her personality since I last picked up an issue, that would sort of prove my point. But I suspect she’s still the same old MJ fans have loved for decades.

Also, Rob Wilson tweeted me that the Spectacular Spider-Man animated series played the study-party dichotomy without making it “Madonna/whore Complex” and did an admirable job calling out Peter on his BS. That sounds like great progress.

Pint Size Heroes – Spider-Man in October

Funko introduced their newest line of collectible vinyl figures to the Funko family – Pint Size Heroes! Everyone is going to be hooked on opening up Pint Size Heroes to find their favorite character.

Everyone is going to be hooked on opening up Pint Size Heroes to find their favorite character.
Created with Funko’s signature flair for designing charming stylized vinyl, they’ve taken the favorite parts of Pop! and Dorbz and made them into an even smaller package – and all at a new low price!

Never fear, Marvel fans, Funko has some for you!

Unwrap the blind bag to find Peter Parker, Spider Gwen, Venom and more. Look for special exclusive characters at GameStop and Toys R Us, like glowing Green Goblin, Red & Black Spider-Man, and Lizard!

Start your Pint Size Heroes collection with Pint Size Heroes – Spider-Man this October!

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Unboxing: Nerd Block’s June 2016 Comic Block

June sees the release of Nerd Block’s 14th Comic Block. Created specifically for comic fans, the first one featured a t-shirt and numerous exclusive variants.

This is the fourth expanded block which features more comic related items… and some exclusive comics! An improvement!

Is bigger better? Find out as we explore what’s in the box!?

Check out everything you get in the latest box, and you can sign up now and purchase the next Comic Block.

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Around the Tubes

GHOSTS-Front-CoverThe weekend is almost here, and it’s a long weekend! How are folks spending it? We’ll be catching up on comics, movies, games (and enjoying fireworks). Sound off in the comments with what you’ll be doing.

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Around the Tubes

Gamespot – Insomniac’s Spider-Man PS4 Dev Team Is “Huge” – Should be an interesting game.

CBLDF – French Government Investigating New Death Threats Against Charlie Hebdo – Sigh.

CBLDF – Celebrate PRIDE All Year with These LGBTQ Comics Creators – Some great suggestions!

CBR – “Spider-Man: Homecoming” Adds Tiffany Espensen & Garcelle Beauvais – This movie sounds like it’s going to be packed.

Marvel – Marvel’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Comes to Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD – The details you need.

The Beat – Raina Telgemeier’s ‘Ghosts’ has a 500,000 copy first printing – Big publishers, take notice…

Fashion Spotlight: The Panther of Zamunda, Wakandan Knight Returns, Queens

Ript Apparel has three new designs! The Panther of Zamunda, Wakandan Knight Returns, and Queens, by inkone, Batang 9Tees, and BoggsNicolas, are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

The Panther of Zamunda

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Wakandan Knight Returns

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Queens

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Around the Tubes

BitchPlanet08_CoverThe weekend is almost here! Who’s doing geeky things this weekend? Sound off in the comments below.

While you wait for the weekend to begin, here’s some geeky news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Consequence of Sound – Dwayne Johnson to adapt graphic novel Son of Shaolin into feature length film – Are there comics not being adapted at this point?

Dread Central – Eli Roth and Jim Carrey Adapting Graphic Novel Aleister Arcane – See above.

CBR – Paramount, CBS Release ‘Star Trek’ Fan Film Guidelines – Very interesting.

ICv2 – 451 Media Launching ‘Red Dog’ – Cool.

Newsarama – Star Wars Actress Hired As CW’s New Vixen – Well ok then.

Newsarama – Report: Bokeem Woodbine Joins Spider-Man: Homecoming As Yet Another Villain – Well that cast is growing.

Newsarama – Sony Will Expand Spider-Man Universe With Marvel, Calls Animated Spider-Man A ‘Breakthrough Sensation’ – Alrighty.

The Beat – Barnes & Nobles loses $24 million in fiscal 2016, set to open restaurants – Well that’s not good.

The Outhousers – REPORT: All of San Diego to Have Free, Inadequate Wifi During Comic Con – Ha!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Action Man #1

The Outhousers – Autumnlands #13

The Outhousers – Bitch Planet #8

Comic Attack – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #4

ICv2 – Power Cubed TPB

Comic Attack – Power Man and Iron Fist #5

Nothing But Comics – Pretty Deadly #10

The Outhousers – She Wolf #1

The Beat – Snotgirl #1

Around the Tubes

201606201527It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What are you all excited for? We’ll have our picks in a few hours, but until then, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Deadline – Aron Coleite Tapped By Fox To Adapt Iconic Japanese Graphic Novel ‘Amulet’ – Is any comic not being adapted at this point? Might be a shorter list.

ICv2 – Origins Unique Attendance Down Slightly, Participation Up a Lot – Interesting numbers.

Newsarama – Report: Spider-Man: Homecoming Adds Comedian; Spider-Man Animated Feature Names Director – Interesting.

The Beat – Denver Comic Con draws about 114,900 people – Pretty impressive numbers.

The Beat – E3 2016: What’s old is new again in Batman: The Telltale Series – Can’t wait to play this.

The Outhousers – New Synopses For ‘Doctor Strange’ & ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Movies Released – For those that want to know.

Honestly Comics – Prismatic Pull: #QueerSelfLove, Poison Ivy, Orlando – Check out this regular weekly digest of LGBTQ comics and comics news.

Fashion Spotlight: The Spidey Sense, Meow, A Real American Decade

Ript Apparel has three new designs! The Spidey Sense, Meow, and A Real American Decade, by CJBoucherMedia, Betmac, and GordonHolmes, are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

The Spidey Sense

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Meow

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A Real American Decade

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