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World Cup Stars and their Comic Counterparts (Part 1)

**NOTE: As an American, I will be referring to The Beautiful Game as soccer, not football. If that’s a problem, I don’t give a shit. You’ll still enjoy the article.**

Huzzah! The World Cup is here! It comes around every four years like Leap Day, but the World Cup is infinitely more awesome. Earth’s workforce maniacally plots do to as little work as possible. Earthlings lock their eyes to their TVs, computer monitors, smartphones, cardboard boxes with children re-enacting a soccer game and cheer their country on. They marvel at the silky touch (and even silkier hair) of Pirlo, the blazing speed and control of Ronaldo. Belgium’s Marouane Fellaini’s fro. They are dazzled by how Messi seemingly keeps the ball on a string as he marauds through helpless defenses. They are heroes.

In celebration of the biggest sports tournament in the world, For The Blog is going to attempt to fuse sport and geekdom a touch by pointing out the comic counterparts of some of the players showcasing their super-powers in Brazil. Continue reading

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TMNT Reboot News: Shredder and Leo Revealed!

49285d2e5afef4296854893fd3f8bc39-incredible-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-street-artYes, the movie unites as one to unabashedly bash has revealed pics of Shredder and the lead turtle, Leonardo (thanks Comic Book Movie). Before I even clicked the link to see what the pics looked like I found myself sighing and repeating to myseld, “It looks horrible! It’s hideous! It’s…pretty damn badass….?” Yep, Shredder looks like a wicked minion of Hell, poised to skewer and devour ninja turtle heads and wash them down with human souls. Leo has a more tribal look to him, but a lot more badass than the more cuddly versions of the early ’90s. You also get a glimpse of the other shelled crusaders, but not as good as the shot of Leo.

My faith has been restored a liiiiiiiiiiitle bit, but I’m going to need to see some moving pictures before I’m completely sold. Hell, I’ll still watch it if it makes my eyes bleed.

Some of the pics:

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Cowabunga, dude. Thanks, Comic Book Movie

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In case you missed the link earlier, here it is :

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/notyetamovie/news/?a=93587

@jklolitscr, out.

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ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!!!!! …Short Film

Hey friends, @jklolitscr here. Snow is coming down here in NJ, and whenever a snowflake falls, people freak the fuck out. Dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria. You know the drill.

Speaking of the end of days, this cool short that I came across is pretty awesome. Created by a small production company called Tilted Pictures, “The First Wave” offers a somewhat fresh take on the whole zombie apocalypse sensation sweeping the nation/world(doesn’t rhyme though). I’m done rambling, check it out and tell me what you think. Or don’t. We’ll see who saves you when zombies invade.

Shoutout to the “John Dies at the End” Facebook Page

Check us out on Bookface, as well 😀

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by | January 21, 2014 · 12:12 pm

The Jack Kirby Museum

Written by Joe Naz (@Naz_islike) & Donna Rock (@df_rock) Follow us on Facebook at For The Bl0g

Self portrait of Jack Kirby from Marvelmania International circa 1969. Color done by Tom Ziuko. (Scan taken from Kirby: King of Comics written by Mark Evanier with intro by Neil Gaiman

Self portrait of Jack Kirby from Marvelmania International circa 1969. Color done by Tom Ziuko. (Scan taken from Kirby: King of Comics written by Mark Evanier with intro by Neil Gaiman

Jack “The King” Kirby is probably one of the most important people in comics that you may have never really known of (unless you’re really into comics… or you had an awesome Professor who made damn sure you knew about him in Comics & Zines class). There is very good reason that you should know this man’s name. Mr. Kirby helped shape my childhood (Donna: our childhood) and many of you reading this may have also had assistance from him, whether you realize it or not! You see, Jack Kirby helped create some of our most favorite super-heroes and idols, such as Captain America, Fantastic Four, The Hulk, The X-Men, O.M.A.C, The Avengers, Darkseid, bringing Thor and Loki to life in Journey Into Mystery,  Orion, Ant-Man, and the list goes on and on. Unfortunately, Jack Kirby was mistreated, used, and abused by many of the companies that he had worked for during this lifetime. It wouldn’t be until late in his life that he started to get the much needed, much deserved, recognition that he should have had throughout his career.

Last week, November 4th through the 10th, there was an amazing dedication to Mr. Kirby – A one week only “pop-up” museum was set up on Delancey Street, on the lower east side of Manhattan, close to where Mr. Kirby had spent his youth. While this exhibit was small, it was meant to show what could be possible with more funding in order to set up a permanent (or more realistically, a few months) residence. This was an effort to test the waters, drum up some more awareness and interest, and show how an exhibit of this kind could work. Donna and I took a trip there last Tuesday on a nice autumn day. Luckily, we’re a stone’s throw from the city and when we heard about the pop-up happening this week (thanks to Mr. Brian Michael Bendis on Tumblr) we quickly arranged our schedules to get there as soon as possible… Basically we got way too excited, fan-boy/girl’ed in loud voices, and dropped everything in our schedules to make it happen. It was a perfect nerdy date, part history and part art to satisfy both of our respective interests. So we jumped at the opportunity, eager to show our support.

Soon after we arrived at the compact glass storefront we were able to witness a high school class who came on a field trip specifically to see this exhibit. It was fantastic to see their eyes light up as they saw some of their favorite heroes up close and personal. For many this was a chance to see the origins and creative background for these characters and learn about the man behind their favorite superheros. Many took photos and were asking questions about who some of the more unknown characters were. Hopefully curiosity bites them and they went home to look up more of Mr. Kirby’s work.

While we were there we were also able talk to the outstanding Randolph Hoppe, Treasurer of the Jack Kirby Museum. He’s friendly, enthusiastic, and incredibly knowledgeable about Jack Kirby; even chatting with us about some of his works we were not aware of. If you ever meet him in person, give him a handshake and thank him for being one of the people to help spread the word about the King. The organization he is is a part of, The Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center, is an amazing one: with their efforts they not only help to bring together events, exhibits, and conferences, but they work to help scan and amass a digital collection of Jack Kirby’s works in order to archive them (which is becoming more and more important due to the increasing age of some of his pieces). This then allows collectors, researchers, and enthusiasts alike an opportunity to browse a digital archive of high-quality scans. This organization approaches Jack Kirby’s work as any other culturally significant and precious piece of art, much like any drawing or painting in the Metropolitan Museum… as being worthy of preserving and saving so future generations can study and enjoy them. Comic books, and by association the art within them, are sometimes cast aside by mainstream culture and the art world – people just don’t seem to take it seriously (or as seriously). But seeing organizations who make it their mission to preserve and advocate the importance and significance of comic books in our culture always fill me with a great sense of nerd-artist pride. (This overflow of artsy-nerdy feelings has been brought to you by Donna Rock. Thank you.)

We got a chance to scour the entire place and were able to shoot a good number of photos for many of the people who were not able to make it out there that week. So have no fear, because For The Bl0g humbly presents the works of the incredible, the fantastic, the marvelous, the legendary… Jack “The King” Kirby! Continue reading

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