Category: Comics and Graphic Novels

‘The Princess Diaries’ Author Writing Black Canary Story

Black Canary is one of the DC Universe’s most iconic heroines. The character first appeared in 1947, slowly growing through the ages to become a self-assured, independent character. Her power is a ‘canary cry’, a supersonic scream, powerful enough to shatter windows. The current and most iconic Black Canary is Dinah Lance, who has appeared in such works like Arrow and Justice League.  Black Canary has been consistently seen as a superhero icon and a feminist role model to the comic book fanbase’s female culture. This latest book puts a new spin on the character for a new generation, written by a famous author.

 

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According to BustleThe Princess Diaries author Meg Cabot is writing a new Black Canary comic book, with art by Over the Garden Wall artist Cara McGee. The story will focus on a younger Dinah Lance, who is a brash, fun loving thirteen-year-old girl whose powers slowly begin to develop, manifesting in things she doesn’t mean to do, like shattering glass or knocking people over with her supersonic voice. Meg Cabot hopes the comic will resonate with younger readers, hence making Dinah a middle-schooler and making her face the same problems they do. The character’s typical costume, fishnets and a leotard, was also changed for this reason. Hence, her costume is this comic looks like something a kid could design themselves and make them know they could be a hero too, just like Dinah.

The novel is titled Black Canary: Ignite, and will be part of the DC Universe’s new imprint, DC Zoom, which will also have other titles focusing on younger iterations of their classic hero gallery: such as Mera: Tidebreaker, Wonder Woman: Tempest, and Batman: Gotham High. These stories, like Black Canary: Ignite, will be under a YA imprint and hopefully inspired younger readers with their tales.

 

Black Canary knocks down a bunch of her peers with her sonic scream (by accident)
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The book is due November 5th! Check it out or better yet, buy it for your kids. Go, Dinah, go!

 

 

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‘Captain Marvel’ Takes in $455 Million in First Week!

Captain Marvel’s weekend box office was a slam dunk success and powered higher than industry expectations imagined. According CNN Captain Marvel made $153 million, flying much higher than the estimated $130 million analysts speculated it would bring in. The film has brought in $455 million worldwide, which according to Forbes makes it the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s seventh best opening behind Avengers: Infinity War, The Avengers, Black Panther, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Iron Man 3. 

 

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The film also surpassed Wonder Woman’s $103.5 million in 2017, making it the biggest female-led superhero film of all time. The film also gave a much needed jolt in the arm to the box office for 2019, as the movie industry’s box office was down 26% but thanks to Captain Marvel, the totals were up a huge 50%. The film currently sits with a gratifying ‘A’ Cinemascore from audiences and 79% on Rotten Tomatoes.

It remains to be seen how much Captain Marvel will continue to grow but considering how much it has already made in just three days, it’s safe to assume the superhero film will continue to ascend to even greater heights. The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Lashana Lynch, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, and Goose, the cat. Go check out this film out!

 

 

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Brie Larson Works Concessions at ‘Captain Marvel’ Screening

If you’re like me, and the only place better than a library, or bookstore is a movie theater, then you would completely lose control of social etiquette and squeal like an owl in heat if one of your favorite characters decided to serve you popcorn. Well, that’s exactly what happened to the citizens of Jersey Saturday night when Brie Larson surprised her fans at the AMC Clifton Commons 16 in Clifton. A committee of squealing owls was lucky enough to have their opening weekend Captain Marvel experience enhanced by the woman in red, yellow and blue herself. Not only did Ms. Larson make an appearance, but she full on embraced the role of moviegoer and then employee?

Insider spoke with Susana Moimenta, a woman who took her little cousins to the event:

“It was completely surreal to see her at the concession stand. We weren’t expecting it at all,” Moimenta told Insider over Instagram. “We heard another moviegoer say Brie Larson is here and thought they were joking.” “I am so so grateful that we got to meet her. My little cousins are HUGE Marvel fans and to have them actually meet one of their heroes in incredible. Brie Larson did a tremendous job,” Moimenta added of getting a chance to see Larson. “[I’m] so overjoyed that my family gets to grow up with role models and representation of strong women on screen.”

The endearing thing about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the community of celebrities, creatives and fans it has accumulated. I went to a screening Saturday myself and thoroughly enjoyed the movie- one because Marvel has perfected a winning formula, two, a character has finally gone super saiyan in mainstream cinema and three, because of simple things that outlined the night. More than the plot or overall message of the film, I’ll remember the young girl three rows back and her loud  “oooohhhhhhh shoot” reaction to a line in the movie spoken by the character Maria- “I’m going to put my foot…” It was the only reaction in a theater full of people to that line, and everyone heard it. What followed was an outburst of laughter all around me, not at the movie but at the young girl’s amusement with a certain character’s gumption. When the credits began to roll, I, with a handful of other people, took a well-deserved bathroom break before returning to a still full theater. The mid-credit and end credit scenes have had that big an impact on the movie-going experience.

 

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I don’t think anyone thought that Iron Man in 2008 would be the beginning of an entire cinematic universe that would have such an effect on so many people. Multiple movies helping further the battle against issues like representation and totalitarianism while maintaining the simplistic appeal of valour and heartfelt dedication to one’s moral compass. Brie Larson is clearly embracing the love and excitement that surround these type of films while gracefully settling into her new position of superhero. If Saturday was any indication, one of the most important things Brie Larson and the Marvel Cinematic Universe has taught us is to do two things in life—-be nice, humble and have fun.

 

 

Captain Marvel had a record-breaking weekend, making $455 million at the global box office. The sixth highest grossing movie of all time (internationally).

 

 

P.S. That opening Stan Lee montage and subsequent cameo were charming and well done.

 

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R.I.P. Master Lee. You showed the world that there’s a hero in all of us. 

 

 

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10 Quotes From the Most Epic Women in Anime!

This week, we celebrate International Women’s Day, and there are many individuals to admire throughout fiction. A nerd such as myself might be biased, but do I believe that some of the most epic can be found in manga/anime culture. Here are a few of our favorites along with their various insights and famous lines:

 

1. Asami Sato (The Legend of Korra)

“I do like the idea of putting you on a train and sending you far, far away.”

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2. Sakura Haruno (Naruto)

“Now it’s my turn to take the lead, and all of you can watch me from the background!”

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3. Misty (Pokemon)

“Love is all about who lands the first punch!”

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4. Nami (One Piece)

“I’m the smartest member in the Straw Hat group.”

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5. Winry Rockbell (Fullmetal Alchemist)

“There are some things in life that will only be understood through words.”

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6. Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan)

“If I can’t, then I’ll just die. But if I win, I live. Unless I fight I cannot win.”

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7. Kefla (Dragon Ball Super: Xenoverse 2)

“You actually thought you could beat me?! Pfft. Come back when you’ve got some skill!”

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8. Namine (Kingdom Hearts)

“No matter how far away the light gets, your heart’s voice will always reach it.”

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9. Homura Akemi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

“Remember this and take it to heart: Kindness sometimes leads to even greater tragedy.”

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10. Usagi Tsukino (Sailor moon)

“No matter how much you change, please don’t forget there are people who care for you.”

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Bonus: Jade (Jackie Chan Adventures)

“Jackie! I have to go with you! I’m an essential part of the J-Team—The cunning one!”

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The 20 Most Inspiring Women in Comic Books

Today is International Women’s Day, and I think its fairly appropriate to give some props to some of the most inspiring women from comic books. These are women who—with or without superpowers—inspire young girls (and those of us who are still young at heart). Real heroes are those who are willing to sacrifice everything for the betterment of others, those who are strong, and brave, and have heart and hope through the darkest of times. These are just a few of the endless inspiring women who encompass these ideals of heroism… and a few of their most iconic, empowering quotes!

 

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1. Captain Marvel

“This isn’t a question of what I’m not. This is a question of who I could be.”

 

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2. Wonder Woman

“I will fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.”

 

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3. Agent Peggy Carter

“Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye, and say: ‘No, you move’.”

 

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4. Super Girl

“No hero can save everyone, not even Superman. But a real hero never stops trying.”

 

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5. Black Widow

“Don’t think I’m helpless just because I’m soft and cuddly!”

 

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6. Mera

“I don’t bow to any king.”

 

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7. Storm

“You counter despair with hope. You strive forever for the best you are capable to be! Therein lies the victory!”

 

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8. Batwoman

“Sitting at that desk, staring out that window, watching the city that we grew up in rot at its core. You find a way to not break.”

 

 

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9. Jessica Jones

“I can control myself, which means I’m more powerful than you ever were.”

 

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10. Bat Girl

“I’m strong enough and smart enough for anything you throw at me.”

 

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11. Gwen Stacy

“There will be dark days ahead of us too and there will be days when you feel alone and that’s when hope is needed most. Keep it alive.”

 

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12. Harley Quinn

“You think I’m just a doll. A doll that’s pink and light. A doll you can arrange any way you like. You’re wrong. Very wrong.”

 

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13. Shuri

“Just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.”

 

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14. Vixen

“I have all the powers of Africa now. From the fox to the Elephant… I am the life of Africa, and I believe in life.”

 

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15. Jean Grey

“We come into this world alone and we leave the same way. The time we spent in between is all that makes life worth living.”

 

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16. Black Canary

“To fight the unthinkable, you have to be willing to do the unthinkable.”

 

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17. Mystique

“But they wanted more. They wanted it all. And I gave it to them.”

 

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18. Bumblebee

“I call the shots! Got it?!”

 

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19. Gamora

“I have spent most of my life surrounded by my enemies. I will be grateful to die among my friends.”

 

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20. Starfire

“On Tamaran we appreciate the past. We respect it. But we don’t live there. We live here. Now. In the moment.”

 

Honorable Mentions include Okoye, Zatanna, Scarlet Witch, Poison Ivy, Sharon Carter, and Valkyrie. In truth, there are too many heroes to count!

 

 

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