The Ultimate Marvel & DC Mash-up!

There have been a lot of arguments since the dawn of comic about which super heroes or villains would win in a fight against other super heroes or villains  in the Marvel and DC fandoms. Artist Eric Guzman has created the perfect mash-up of the two in a series he calls “Amalgams”. Take a look at his creations here and be sure to find more of his work HERE!

Manga Recommendation: Majo no Shinzou


Title: Majo no Shinzou (aka Witch’s Heart)
By: Matoba
Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural

About: An immortal witch; a talking lantern; a heart; a miserable girl. What do they have in common? A tale that is 400 years old. The tale of the Heartless Boundary Witch is well known throughout the land. Sometimes the tale warns against staying out late at night while other times it warns against going to certain places. No matter how time has warped the story one thing remains constant: it is the story of a young immortal witch stuck on the boundary of life and death in search of a heart. Then there is Mika. Mika searches desperately for her sister with the hope that she will reunite her with what was stolen from her long ago.

Those of you who have read my previous recommendations (like Kasane and Plus Alpha no Tachiichi) already know that I have a soft spot for magical girl series and dark themes. Although I can’t quiet call anyone in this series a true magical girl since they don’t transform. They do, however, use magic. And of course no story of a magic wielding girl would be complete without some form of magical companion! Insert Lumiel- a rather gorgeous looking talking lantern with an origin that is both a bit funny and sad. What makes Lumiel different from other magical companions is that he teamed up with our magical heorine AFTER she already had her powers. For once, a magical companion who doesn’t have to explain the heroine’s powers at every turn!

So why should you read this manga? If you enjoy series like Puella Mahou Magica Madoka then this series is going to be high on your read list. Moe girls, magic, and dark themes are extremely prevalent in Witch’s Heart. The characters and the art style are also super adorable. I knew I was going to get hooked on this series in the first chapter when I got to see Mika do her thing…which I’ve purposely left out of these preview pictures because it would ruin the impact if you saw it out of context.

Interested in reading this series yourself? Check it out HERE!

Super Hero Dragons!

What happens when you combine two fantasy elements of differing genres?
Well, if you are trying to mix dragons and super heroes artist Lyton Levengood has got your answer! Each creation is just the perfect amount of each so you know which dragon represents which super hero. I’ve never seen anything like this before and believe me… I LOVE it!

One full year of awesome-sauce!

It’s been an entire year since this blog first made an appearance on the internet! I must say it has been quite an experience. I wanted to take the time to not just give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who follows, supports, or just plain visits my blog. And don’t forget to check out my facebook page! Here is a small run down of the kind of content my readers seem to enjoy the most!

Goku Gets A GoPro
Star Wars Pin-Ups!
Justicar Syndra with ImaKritter Cosplay
8 Life is Strange Fan Arts That Capture the Beauty of the Game
Table Top Map Making Made Easy
Dragon Effect
Siren Senshi!
Genderbent FFVII: Cloud & Sephiroth
DEMAGLIO~!
Steven (Pokemon) Universe!

Webtoon Recommendation: Cheese in the Trap


Title: Cheese in the Trap
By: soonkki
Genre: Drama, Romance

About:
College life can be rough and sometimes students take breaks for one reason or another. Seol Hong has returned to college after one such break but no matter how much hard work she puts in she can’t seem to get a full scholarship thanks to Jung Yu, the top student who always seems to get it instead. Her partial scholarship helps but it just isn’t enough for her to keep going without taking another break. Suddenly Jung Yu’s assignment goes missing and the full scholarship is all hers! Jung Yu has been hanging around her lately and she can’t help but feel like her luck has gone sour since then. Is it all just a coincidence or is Jung actually behind it?

I picked up this webtoon out of sheer curiosity one day. I was looking around for a story that focused on young adults as opposed to teens for a change and I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I found a lot of the situations Seol ‘Dog Fur’ Hong found herself reflected situations that I’ve experienced at some point of my life or another as well as some sticky situations that left me wondering what I would have done had I come across the same thing. Blind dates, jealous classmates, stalkers, and spiteful co-workers… with troubles like these you’d think homework would be the last thing on her mind.

So why should you read this manga? If you enjoy Asian drama series this webtoon is definitely going to be of interest to you. Cheese in the Trap has been so successful as a webtoon that there is even a drama adaptation of it! The English translation is already well into Season 2 and poor Seol is, as usual, stuck in the thick of it all. The characters are well written too; Seol is smart and cautious but naïve and not it that ditzy way people often like to portray naivety; Jung is also smart, clever, and a bit mysterious; Inho is brash and a more than a little eager to pick a fight. The list goes on and on yet none of the characters feel generic. When life gives you lemons…right?

Interested in reading this series yourself? Check it out HERE!

 

Trinity Asian Makeover

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Super Heros are immune to a lot of things.
Makeovers are certainly not included in that list though! Brittney Williams came up with these great Asian inspired versions of the Justice Trinity and their friends.

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Brittney explains that her redesigned versions of the group is not meant to reflect the JLA: Shogun of Steel comic although the idea is similar, it’s meant to be more of a 19th century Japan world instead of a Feudal Japan era with more of a fantasy adventure feeling. If this were a real series I would certainly tune in!
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Batman: The Gaslight Portraits

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Some projects come to life from unexpected places. 

John Gibson, who also goes by MrJAG, originally created this series of amazing Batman portraits for his son as a way to get himself back into drawing after working in 3D for years. Now we all get to enjoy these portrait pieces from what he calls the Gaslight Sketchbook. Each piece amazingly took only 1-2 hours while the entire set took merely 24 hours.  photo john-gibson-mrjag-gaslight-sketchbook-1-2.jpg
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Please check out more of his work HERE!

Webtoon Recommendation: DICE

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Title: DICE
By: Hyunseok Yun
Genre: Action, Fantasy

About:
Dong Tae was always getting bullied by his classmates in school but the popular and handsome Tae Bin now sits next to him. One day Tae Bin invites Dong Tae to play a little game, one that can change everything about his life. Sounds too good to be true… but when you’re at rock bottom what have you got to lose?image002DICE2

Despite the title, you don’t need to be familiar with games that involve dice in order to enjoy the series. The art is fantastic, the story is interesting, and the updates are consistent. It takes your typical high school manga background and throws in a dash of Shonen action! This webtoon is currently being translated into many languages including French, Spanish, and Italian. For English readers the available translations are already on Season 2 so there is plenty to catch up on.

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So why should you read this webtoon? I stumbled across this gem one day, being nit-picky about anything new that crossed my path, I found myself pleasantly surprised. The story is simple yet intriguing enough to keep my attention. The art is crisp and beautifully colored. The protagonist has struggles that many can relate to which makes you want to cheer him on. The lead female is generally so sweet I think I developed cavities. Overall, I found the webtoon to be a refreshing treat among a clutter of mundane comics.

Read it here!