Tag: comics

Be A Super Hero At Home With New DC Kids Camp

Are you staying in? It’s true Superhero behavior to put the health and well being of those around you first, and DC knows that. With their brand new Kids Camp program, families can have super-powered fun, even while stuck indoors.

Today DC launched DC Kids Camp, a fun new program to help parents engage kids at home. Parents can follow DC Kids social channels—Twitter and  Instagram—to download kid-friendly, superhero-themed activities and previews of past and upcoming DC middle grade graphic novels to enjoy at home. The DC Kids social channels will also feature entertaining videos from all-star authors and artists for parents and kids to watch together.

 

Image result for dc comics kids

image via comics alliance

With the DC Kids Camp resources, kids can learn to draw their favorite DC Super Heroes, hone their own comic skills, and follow along with fun videos like draw-alongs with Agnes Garbowska (DC Super Hero Girls), origami tutorials with Gene Luen Yang (Superman Smashes the Klan), make-your-own Green Lantern ring demonstrations with Minh Lê (Green Lantern: Legacy), along with many more activities to keep everybody entertained.

 

Activity sheets, coloring pages, blank comic book pages, middle grade graphic novel previews, and additional downloadable content will be shared daily to parents across DC Kids social channels. Parents can also receive DC Kids Camp content directly in their inboxes on Mondays and Fridays by signing up for the DC Family newsletter.

Not only this, but Monday through Friday at 10:00am PT, families can tune in to the @dccomicskids Twitter and @dckids Instagram channels for fun, interactive videos with DC artists and authors. The first installment, “Make a Green Lantern Ring with Minh Lê,” debuts today, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. PT.

The first week’s author/artist video schedule includes:

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – “Make a Green Lantern Ring with Minh Lê”
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020 – “Superman Origami with Gene Luen Yang”
  • Friday, March 27, 2020 – “Make Your Own Superhero with Dustin Hansen”

Additional books and DC author/artists to be featured via DC Kids Camp include:

 

This initiative is sure to excite kids and parents alike, with family fun for everyone stuck at home. Why not use this downtime, with kids off from school, to hone some skills and get drawing?!

featured image via dc kids camp

Enjoying Bookstr? Get more by joining our email list!

Bookstr is community supported. If you enjoy Bookstr’s articles, quizzes, graphics and videos, please join our Patreon to support our writers and creators or donate to our Paypal and help Bookstr to keep supporting the book loving community.
Become a Patron!

 

Five Mario Bros. Books for Super MAR10 Day!

It’s Super MAR10 Day!  Today celebrates the more than 30 year-old Super Mario franchise.  This year, Nintendo is encouraging people of all ages to enjoy a host of heartfelt and joyous activities to honor one of the most iconic video game characters of all time.  For example, Australian and New Zealander Facebook users will be able to use a free Mario-themed frame for their profile from today until March 12.  There are also some stores that are offering game sales for the franchise.  Cool!

To celebrate Super MAR10 Day even more, here are five books about the character for kids or die-hard fans!

 

image via amazon

1. super Mario: how nintendo conquered america

This book is about Nintendo’s rise and how the icon of Mario made it possible.  The author of this book, Jeff Ryan, shares the story of how lawsuits, Hollywood, die-hard fans, and face-offs with Sony and Microsoft are all part of the drama that led to Nintendo’s success.  The book highlights Mario’s creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, who was considered expendable at one time, Minoru Arakawa, the son-in-law of Nintendo’s president rise to success at Nintendo, and even Nintendo’s approach to reinventing itself as offering the gaming system for the non-gamer.

 

image via amazon

2. super Mario encyclopedia

This book is packed with content from all seventeen Super Mario games – spanning all the way from the original Super Mario Bros in 1985 to the upcoming Super Mario Maker 2.  In it, you can track the evolution of characters, like Goomba, from their appearances/art style to their personalities, witness the birth of new ones, like Yoshi, and relive your favorite (or maybe your most hated!) levels from games past.  The book contains an interview with producer Takashi Tezuka, tips to find all items in the games, and even explanations of glitches!  If you’re a kid or die-hard fan, you’ll love this book for it’s resources.

 

image via amazon

3. Super Mario odyssey kindgom adventures box set

There are six books in this set, and they can all be found on separately if you wish, but think of this as a premium set.  The series of books basically follows Mario as he journeys through the world of Super Mario Odyssey.  In it, you can see the sights of the worlds in the game, meet the inhabitants, and get your hands on the best souvenirs.  The box set also comes with a 12″ X 18″ poster as well as three foam sheets you can use to build a display case.  Pretty cool!

 

image via amazon

4. super Mario adventures

This book is actually a comic!  It is inspired by the bestselling video game franchise and contains a collection of comics that used to run in Nintendo Power magazine in 1992-1993!  As always, Princess Toadstool (otherwise known as Princess Peach) is kidnapped by the scheming Bowser, but the famous plumber brothers, Mario and Luigi, create a plan with their new friend Yoshi to rescue her.  This comic was out of print since the early 90s, but it’s back in its full-color, graphic glory!

 

image via Mario wiki

5. super Mario brothers: trapped in the perilous pit

This is an old comic from 1990, but it could be really worthwhile to the die-hard fan (even though it’s aimed at children) who wants to delve deeper into the beginnings of the Super Mario franchise.  Mario and Luigi are seen doing their plumber duties when they are sucked into a Warp Zone and taken into the Mushroom Kingdom, where they are forced to work for Princess Toadstool until they can find a way back home!  The brothers are replacing the palace pipes, when King Koopa (another name for Bowser) attempting to kidnap the princess, but Mario and Luigi use their signature powerup, the Super Mushroom, to ward him and his goons off, thus protecting the princess and setting the narrative in motion.

featured image via nintendo

Enjoying Bookstr? Get more by joining our email list!

Bookstr is community supported. If you enjoy Bookstr’s articles, quizzes, graphics and videos, please join our Patreon to support our writers and creators or donate to our Paypal and help Bookstr to keep supporting the book loving community.
Become a Patron!

DC Releases First Look at “The Oracle Code”

DC’s New Young Adult Graphic Novel by New York Times Bestselling Author Marieke Nijkamp and Artist Manuel Preitano Hits Stores Everywhere Books Are Sold March 10, 2020. 

Yesterday, March 1st, marked International Wheelchair Day, and right on time, DC have released the trailer for their YA graphic novel, The Oracle Code.

 

The graphic novel, written by bestselling author Marieke Nihkamp and illustrated by Manuel Preitano, is a coming-of-age tale that doubles as an exciting thriller, following teenage Barbara Gordon adapting to her life in a wheelchair after an accident leaves her paralyzed from the waist down. All of this sets her on the path to becoming Oracle.

Barbara Gordon enters the Arkham Center for Independence, where Gotham’s teens undergo physical and mental rehabilitation. Now using a wheelchair, Barbara must adapt to a new normal, but she cannot shake the feeling that something is dangerously amiss. Within these walls, strange sounds escape at night; patients go missing; and Barbara begins to put together pieces of what she believes to be a larger puzzle.

The Oracle Code is my love letter to Barbara Gordon, to Oracle,” said Nijkamp. “It’s a book for everyone who’s ever felt like the puzzle pieces don’t quite fit, whether they’re in a creepy Arkham institute or simply figuring themselves out. And it’s for every disabled reader who knows they can be a hero too.”

 

The novel’s illustrator, Manuel Preitano, is an Italian artist and graphic designer, best known for Destiny, NY, a series he co-created with Pat Shand. Preitano says “Illustrating The Oracle Code was a great challenge and an opportunity to grow as an artist.” Nijkamp added, “Manuel’s art brought the story to life in a way that was beyond my wildest dreams. He got the characters from the very first sketch and his eye for detail made their whole world shine!”

The Oracle Code is available for preorder now and will be available everywhere March 10, 2020.

Featured image via DC

Enjoying Bookstr? Get more by joining our email list!

Bookstr is community supported. If you enjoy Bookstr’s articles, quizzes, graphics and videos, please join our Patreon to support our writers and creators or donate to our Paypal and help Bookstr to keep supporting the book loving community.
Become a Patron!

 

5 Fantasy Webtoons That You Should Read

Webtoons is definitely a website and app that I highly recommend to individuals who want to read on the go, but they also don’t want to carry around a book or a magazine. I recommend it even more highly for people who love manga and comic books, because it is extremely convenient to have web comics that one can access via a smart phone.

While one can find basically any genre on Webtoons, I have a tendency to lean towards the fantasy webtoons. Naturally, I encourage readers to explore the website itself and see what sort of stories appeal to them, but for a few good starting points, check out the list below.

Here are five fantasy webtoons that you should definitely read.

1. “Lore olympus”

image via webtoons

Lore Olympus, by Rachel Smythe, is by far, one of my favorite Webtoons currently being serialized. Please be warned that this particular series does deal with some pretty heavy topics, and one of those topics would be sexual violence. While the Olympians live in a more modern setting, the human realm has not yet modernized, so they remain in a more Hellenic setting.

This series follows Persephone, goddess of spring and the daughter of Demeter, the goddess of the harvest. This is a very new take on the myth of how Persephone becomes the queen of the underworld, and so far, I am adoring the changes that are being made. Hades is now a suave business man who, unlike his two brothers, takes his work very seriously and cares about the souls in his care. Persephone is a young goddess who is rooming with Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, and Persephone is a new college student on scholarship. What makes this rendition of Persephone so fascinating is how it pulls upon the pre-Hellenic interpretation of Persephone, where she isn’t just a spring goddess–she also has a much darker, much more dangerous side to her personality. We get to see the Greek gods interacting with one another, and some of these interactions are infuriating and heartbreaking. Regardless, this series continues to provide an impressive amount of intrigue.

2. “Siren’s lament”

Image via webtoons

Siren’s Lament, by instantmiso, follows Lyra, a young woman who runs a flower shop on the seashore. Lyra is in love with her best friend’s elder brother, but she is also too frightened to confess these feelings to said love interest. One night, while she is walking alongside the ocean, she sees a man who she thinks is drowning. What she finds, instead, is Ian, a siren who is trying to break his curse and become a human once again. Shenanigans ensue, and the two of them accidentally end up splitting the curse between the two of them, so now they must work together to completely break the curse while fighting against the nature of the curse–which is that it can’t be broken, but it can be transferred to another person. While that is the easier way to break the curse, Lyra doesn’t want to force another individual to exist as a siren. The soundtrack for this series is absolutely gorgeous, and it adds a particular ambiance to the story that I love.

3. “Muted”

image via webtoons

Muted, by Miranda Mundt, follows the young witch Camille Severin. Orphaned at a young age, Camille has lived with her cousin and domineering aunt from a young age. The story begins just before Camille’s twenty-first birthday, where she is expected to conjure up and form a pact with a demon. However, this demon is supposed to be a being already affiliated with the Severin family. So when Camille ends up summoning a different being, she panics and pretends to botch the ritual. This series discusses the silencing of one’s identity and the damage attached to this act, and one can see that through how Camille actively ignores part of her family lineage and how she is scared (and understandably so) into hiding away her sexual orientation from her aunt and her cousin. When given the space to embrace her identities though, Camille is also able to begin the healing process that, while living under her aunt’s crushing expectations, she couldn’t start. She redoes the summoning ritual, and in doing so, begins to accept herself for who she is.

4. “cursed Princess club”

image via webtoons

The Cursed Princess Club, by LambCat, is one of the most adorable and heartfelt series that I have ever come across. This series champions self-love, even when one is not conventionally beautiful. Gwendolyn is a princess of the Pastel kingdom. She has a loving family comprised of a father and three siblings who adore her for who she is as a person. That is… until the princes from the Plaid kingdom arrive. The three princes of the Plaid kingdom are arranged to marry the three princesses of the Pastel kingdom, and while Gwendolyn’s sisters connect with their respective fiances, Gwendolyn’s fiance is horrified by her appearance. Gwendolyn’s self-perception is completely altered by overhearing his opinion of her. Shortly after hearing this, Gwendolyn encounters the Cursed Princess Club, a group of princesses who all possess various curses. One princess turns into a magpie, another’s nose grows if she lies, and another was turned into a human–when once she was a gorgeous lobster. These princesses become Gwendolyn’s support group, and they encourage her to love herself for who she is.

5. “rise from the ashes”

image via webtoons

Rise From The Ashes by Madeleine Rosca presents itself as a series where the living and the dead have lived alongside one another for millenia now. This world is watched over by the Red Crows, an organization of mediums who can control the spirit world. However, change is soon about to rock the balance of this world, and spirits and humanity may soon find that their coexistence is about to be brutally altered. It is up to one ghost, content to haunt her house, to answer the call and prevent this change from taking place.

Featured image via Pinterest

 

Enjoying Bookstr? Get more by joining our email list!

Bookstr is community supported. If you enjoy Bookstr’s articles, quizzes, graphics and videos, please join our Patreon to support our writers and creators or donate to our Paypal and help Bookstr to keep supporting the book loving community.
Become a Patron!

We Are Nothing Without Marvel

A world without Marvel is no world at all. With the direction of Stan Lee, MCU has brought the world together through its inclusion of diversity and the ability to insert racial issues. In hindsight, MCU is the reason why comics and science became cool.

Image Via Den of Geek

It’s hard to envision pop culture without the impact of Stan Lee. So much so, that in 2017 parents thought it best to name their newborns after their favorite MCU characters. Some of the most common names are Loki, Pepper, Natasha, Wade, and Parker, which ranks at the top with 1,487 females and 4,386 males. This is no surprise as our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has been attributed to the beginning of the success of Marvel.

 

Stan Lee and his team went further than inspiring kids with the creation of comics like the Fantastic Four and the iconic X-Men. The Fantastic Four and X-Men heroes, like Professor X, Logan, Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Storm, were the outsiders that allowed fans to compare themselves to characters that resembled their own differences. This didn’t stop here. Black Panther, with the most successful release, provided more representation for black audiences. We hailed Wakanda for months on end, taking on the pride of the Panther Tribe with costumes and more.

And let’s not forget, every hero has a villain.

Image Via Amino Apps

Among these villains are Ultron, the robot created by Dr. Pym in the original Ant-Man; Loki, son of Laufey the king of the Frost Giants; Red Skull, confidant to Adolf Hitler and leader of HYDRA; Ronan, the radical Kree warlord who formed an alliance with Thanos in order to eradicate Xandarians; Thanos, the most evil, bloodthirsty villain who attempted to conquer the universe with the Infinity Gauntlet and many more. These villains, although vicious, are the greatest villains of all time. MCU has made it so that we not only root for the superheroes, but we also give praises to the villains.

 

Even though Marvel films have a variety of characters within different periods of time, they all share an overarching storyline, making Marvel one of the best universes. As Screen Rant’s article puts it, “if audiences had to pick between listening to a lecture on the nuances of particle physics and watching the Hulk smash through Manhattan, they’d probably pick the latter.”

Image Via slashfilm.com

Speaking of audiences, if you ever go to a Marvel movie and you try to walk out at the end, best believe you will get the glaring eyes. There is always a glimpse into what will be coming next, leaving the audiences itching for more.

 

MCU aims to not only entertain the audience but also encourages audience members to reflect on the issues that plague modern society. Many of the issues represented within each comic include “delicate topics like sex, race, drug use, violence, and authority.”

Although Stan Lee won’t show up in the movies anymore, the MCU continues on its legacy by keeping the audiences glued to their seats willing and ready for whatever comes their way.

 

Bookstr is community supported. If you enjoy Bookstr’s articles, quizzes, graphics and videos, please join our Patreon to support our writers and creators or donate to our Paypal and help Bookstr to keep supporting the book loving community.
Become a Patron!https://c6.patreon.com/becomePatronButton.bundle.js

 

Feautured Image Via The Verge