Video games and comics play co-op

The mesh of comics and video games has been on the rise recently. Between the resounding success of the Arkham series — with the third installment coming later this year — and a slew of others entering the ring, it’s easy to see how the two worlds would mix.

Game programmer and student Anthony Ramirez, and Creative Director and Co-Owner of Miscreant Studios, Hank Garcia, were able to talk over phone. San Luis Obispo GameStop manager Emily Hern was able to speak in person.

Together, they paint a quick picture of how the two worlds mesh together. While each were optimistic about the relationship — each citing Injustice: Gods Among Us as a prime example — they warn that the intricacies of different hero’s backgrounds can be difficult to translate.

The extra sound comes from samplings collected from Injustice.

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Scribd’s “Netflix for Comics” and why you should be using it

Buying comics digitally is a relatively recent phenomenon that’s made it possible to have access to a library anywhere, anytime.

It’s a pocket-longbox, so to speak.

On February 10 a website and app combo that was already acting as a “Netflix” for books, Scribd, announced the addition of 10,000 comic books. It creates a whole new world for accessing comic books that’s a little more versatile than other aggregate sites like Comixology, for $8.99 per month.

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Black Cat got your tongue: Rumble, Helvetica, The Three Snake Leaves with Adventure Time

This week’s pairing incorporates Classic Black Cat Espresso by Intelligentista Coffee, which you should be able to find at your local Target. Black Cat has a strong, somewhat astringent aftertaste to mix in with this week’s theme of characters carrying on after life. The general taste should be syrupy and sweet, with slight flavors of chocolate and citrus.

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Dwayne McDuffie Award nominations for diversity in comics announced

Five nominees have officially been named for the first Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics, to be announced at next week’s Long Beach Comic Expo, which runs from February 28 through March 1.

Comics have been nominated on their ability to showcase a diverse range of characters that are portrayed in a dynamic way, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Robert Kirkman’s ‘Outcast’ to make TV debut

Section of a panel from Outcast vol. 1

Section of a panel from Outcast vol. 1

Robert Kirkman, creator of “The Walking Dead,” will soon see one of his other comic projects as a live-action series via Cinemax.

“Outcast” was originally written by Kirkman and illustrated by Paul Azaceta starting back in June 2014. It’s an fantastic supernatural thriller centered around demonic possession.

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Super statistics on heroes

Some of the ins and outs of superhero comics are a little hard to find on their own. Not that the information is lacking — in fact, it’s everywhere — but finding it all in one place is a little tiresome. Let’s fix that. The following infographic is a compilation of some of the statistics on superheroes and their encompassing media.
It’s just hitting the surface, so if there’s anything you’d like to see in future infographics, be sure to let me know in the comments below.
Click on the link or on the infographic to enjoy an interactive version of Know Your Hero.

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What’s my kryptonite?

I’d like to thank everyone so far that’s kept up with Comics: Caffeinated. I really appreciate all of your support and interest. It’s made writing for the blog a lot more fun than I could have ever hoped.

The following is an evaluation on how I can improve, including statistics on what I’ve accomplished so far and tips from my in-class peers.

Since the first post on Jan. 16, I’ve managed 1,046 views from 327 individual viewers. Starting day one, I posted a link to the blog on my personal social media sites and actively encouraged people to view and share it. Since then, I’ve kept up with posting entries to different social media, which has helped a lot.

My greatest help in viewership has been from social media shared by comic book shop owner Reid Cain, who shared entries that featured his shop to the store’s Facebook. Both times Cain shared an entry, my view count jumped up by several hundred. Views also bounced up during personal posts that review individual books.

I have 15 followers and 32 likes on the blog so far, and I’ve gained about 15 followers on twitter that relate to comics since the Comics: Caffeinated’s creation.

  • Reilly Roberts, creator of Festival Freaks, wrote that I should work on, “making your blog more user-friendly to first time visitors. You could do that by making the lead intro to your posts a stronger summary of what the rest of the story is about. While it is a little confusing at first, your blog idea is super creative and makes sense once I got the hang of it, but try making that more clear to readers from the get-go.”
  • Kendall Hober, creator of Abroad on a Budget, wrote that I might want to, “to clarify a bit more about the pairings of coffee and comics because it can be confusing from an outside perspective to see the significance.”
  • Francesca Ricapito, creator of SLO’s Secondhand Scene, wrote: “Your about page is light and informative and has links to some of your other writing work which is nice to see. You might want to make ‘Read More’ tags on your articles so that you can’t see the whole thing from your home page.”

From all of this, I can surmise that I need to work on making my blog more accessible to new readers and make my content more transparent.

If you want to give me some feedback as well, I’d love to know what you have to say so that I can improve future posts.

Stone Cold Brew: Ms. Marvel with Batman and Robin

This week’s pairing incorporates cold brew coffee. Trader Joe’s Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate should be available in store or online.

Cold brewing coffee involves letting grounds soak in cold water for a minimum of 12 hours. Because the grounds aren’t being heated they extract a little differently, and tend to be less bitter in flavor. You can do it with any coffee you have at home if you have a way to strain it and are willing to wait. The Trader Joe’s brand is great if you want your fix immediately though.

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