Marvel Comics seeks to inspire minds with STEAM Variant covers

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Marvel is Proud to Introduce STEAM Variants this Fall
November Variant Campaign to Promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math

New York, NY—Aug 22nd, 2016 — Marvel’s best and brightest heroes are stepping to the head of the class for a series of special variant covers! Marvel is pleased to announce 5 special STEAM Variants coming to some of your favorite Marvel titles this November!

“Our characters have been exciting fans for ages,” says David Gabriel, SVP Sales & Marketing, Marvel Comics. “With our new STEAM Variants, we plan to continue to motivate our fans to explore their passions in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math and present these disciplines through some of our favorite young heroes who are doing just that – following their dreams and preparing for the challenges that await them ahead.”

We are excited to reveal the following 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.

This November, join Marvel at your local comic shop as we continue to inspire champions of education, seekers of enlightenment, and the next generation of visionaries with Marvel’s STEAM Variants.

To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook.

“Opening the Mother Box: Exploring my relationship with comic books, religion and George Lucas”

marrowAbout a month ago, I was invited to speak at “The Marrow“, an event that takes place at The Whistler in Chicago each month. At this event, storytellers are asked to read an essay that gets to “the marrow” of who they are.

As it was the first time I’d ever done something like this, I was rather nervous and wrote a piece that was to be a deep, personal exploration of my self.

It was well-received, but after hearing some of the other storytellers that evening – one spoke about trying to find a rehab facility for his ex-wife on a holiday, another about her estranged relationship with her mother and how it all started the day her mom kicked her father out of the house – I knew that I had just skimmed the surface.

Next time, if there is a next time, I’ll go much deeper. But for now, I’ll share with you the essay that I announced that I’d never read in public again. :::laughs::: I’m so full of it:

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The challenge to writing an essay about oneself, especially one that is supposed to get to the heart of who you are, is that you tend to get all caught up in your own bullshit.

You know, you get sidetracked by trying to turn a clever phrase, or using florid language that makes you sound smarter than you think you are.

You find yourself unconsciously using a verbal sleight of hand, one that distracts your reader from the truth that you don’t want them to see you tucking away in your pocket.

So there won’t be any of that from here on out…

Or will there?

(Continues after the jump!)

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Stark Industries takes over Gillette to create Avengers-inspired razors?

So…last night I kept hearing about this “top secret event” that was going to take place this morning, something involving Stark Industries (as in Tony Stark) and the Gillette Razor. Of course it had to do with the upcoming release of “Age of Ultron”, so you know they were gonna do something big. Turns out that they had staged a “takeover” of the Gillette labs by Tony Stark, which resulted in the creation of a number of razors that were inspired by four of the Avengers, namely Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and Thor. (It’s beyond me why the Hulk would even need a razor. Does he even think about shaving?)

As far as marketing stunts go, this one will make you chuckle:

Of course, this got me thinking that we’d be getting some cool, superhero razors. Alas it was not to be. Way to get my hopes up guys!

Check out the photo gallery after the jump!

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Steve Rogers & Devil Dinosaur on PLANET HULK?

Yeah, that headline reads like a “what if?” story doesn’t it? But according to Marvel, it’s actually happening in continuity as part of the upcoming Secret Wars event!

Here are the details on the new “Planet Hulk” series from the “House of Ideas”:

PLANET HULK #1 Smashes Into the WARZONE! For a New Secret Wars Series!

Planet_Hulk_1_CoverNew York, NY—February 12th, 2015— Get ready to SMASH your way through Secret Wars, True Believers as Sam Humphries (Legendary Star-Lord) and Mark Laming (All-New Invaders) take you to the north pole of Battleworld and beyond for an epic rescue mission in PLANET HULK #1 – a brand new Secret Wars series debuting this May as part of the WARZONE!

Enter Greenland, the territory in Battleworld’s barren northern hemisphere. With its unchecked population of wild Hulks – rampant and untold destruction are everywhere. No one dare venture to Greenland’s forbidden lands without the knowledge they’ll never return.

Freed from the shackles of captivity, a battle-worn gladiator named Steve Rogers and his steadfast companion Devil Dinosaur are given what could be their last task. Together, they must journey deep behind enemy lines in search of a friend, held in the clutches of the Red King! An army of Hulks could not stand between these two and their warbound comrade – yet they will try!

Planet_Hulk_Mark_Laming_Concept_Sketch“I wasn’t sure what to expect from Sam when he first sent in his pitch for Captain America as an axe-wielding-yet-noble gladiator riding Devil Dinosaur into a land of wild Hulks”, says Senior Editor Mark Paniccia. “…but I can say now with all certainty… HULK FANS WILL LOVE THIS!!!”

“And artist Marc Laming is like a kid in a candy store”, continued Paniccia. “Before I got off the phone with him he started doing warm up sketches and character designs. What a great imagination this guy has and It’s a joy to see an artist this inspired. Wait till you see some of the Hulks he’s created. They’re completely insane.”

Axe and shield shall slash Hulk flesh and razor sharp teeth shall shatter Hulk bone in a desperate bid to recover what was lost. The journey into the darkest depths of Battleworld begins this May in PLANET HULK #1, smashing in to comic shops and digital devices this May!

Planet_Hulk_1_Singh_VariantPlus: PLANET HULK #1 will also feature a surprise bonus story from a top secret creative team. For more information, stay tuned to Marvel.com and be sure to join in on the conversation on social media using the hashtag #SecretWars.

PLANET HULK #1

Written by SAM HUMPHRIES
Art by MARK LAMING
Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO
Variant Cover by MUKESH SINGH

On Sale in May!

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Now if I can just get a KA-ZAR in space comic I’ll be happy! Maybe I should pitch that to Marvel? Hmmm…

Soldier for The Empire: Peeking Inside “The Imperial Handbook” with Dan Wallace

If you ask me, Dan Wallace is living the dream! As the author of such geek-tastic tomes like The Jedi Path and The Iron Man Manual,” he has gotten to play with some of the most iconic characters in pop culture.

Now, after giving readers a look at what it’s like to become a Jedi Knight (or follow the path to the Dark Side in Book of Sith) he delves into the life of an Imperial recruit in “Star Wars: Imperial Handbook.”

Corresponding via e-mail, Wallace and I discussed what it’s like working in the Star Wars Universe; how Stormtroopers really aren’t clones; and who would win in a face-off between Darth Vader and Iron Man:

Geek To Me: Let’s get some of the basic fanboy stuff out of the way, shall we? How long have you been a Star Wars fan?

NewessentialguidetodroidsDan Wallace: Since forever! I had the toys, memorized lines, the whole deal. I’ve soaked in Star Wars pretty much my whole life, so to have a chance to contribute a tiny piece to it in my own way is just the best.

Geek To Me: Of all the characters in the saga, which one really resonated with you the most?

Dan Wallace: Personality-wise, I’m most like C-3PO. Not particularly heroic, obsessed with minutiae and procedure. But from a favorite character standpoint I’ve always liked Lando Calrissian. He’s like Han Solo but with a lot more suaveness and gambling skills. Lando is 20% James Bond.

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New Jersey’s Comic Fusion to host “Superhero Weekend” for domestic violence survivors

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FLEMINGTON – The 2014 NJ SUPERHERO WEEKEND (formerly WONDER WOMAN DAY) to benefit SAFE in Hunterdon will be hosted by Comic Fusion on October 45 in Flemington’s Turntable Junction shopping village. Comic Fusion will auction comic book themed sketches to raise money and awareness for this domestic violence charity. We’ll have some prix fixe prints and raffles of prints, books and more. (Read more after the jump!)

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