Book hunting adventures on Court Street

For all the book lovers in Athens, Court Street hosts two small but wonderful stores filled with comics, magazines, paperbacks and more! If you are a bibliophile looking for an afternoon browse, check out the University Bookstore and Little Professor, conveniently located right next to each other.

Holy news flash, Batman!

Good morning fellow Bat-fans! In case you missed it, here’s the latest and greatest in the Bat-news. From video games, comics, movies, and more, we’ve always got you covered!

Fun Bat-fact of the day: In the Flashpoint alternate universe, Bruce is the one gunned down in the alleyway. His father Thomas becomes Batman and his mother, Martha, becomes the Joker.

1.) Top 10 silliest Batman moments

In honor of the wacky, brilliant spectacle that is The Lego Batman Movie, check out Will Arnett, the voice of B-man himself, share Batman’s most outrageous comic book moments.

2.) Hot Toys announces Suicide Squad Batman 1/6 figure

Hot Toys is expanding its Batman line yet again, this time with a figure based on the Caped Crusader’s on-screen cameo in Suicide Squad. For North American collectors you can pre-order your own figure at Sideshow Collectibles or other licensed distributors.

3.) Teasers for Injustice: Year Three

Tom Taylor, bestselling author of the on-going Injustice comic series based off the hit video game, responds to fan and teases recent Batman and Constantine team-up.

4.) Dozens of easter eggs featured in The Lego Batman Movie

Photo by Speilbrick Films via Flickr

The Lego Batman Movie is chalk full of odes, easter eggs, and references to The Dark Knight’s extensive and colorful history as a character. Check out Matt Singer’s observations over at ScreenCrush and make your own by watching the movie, currently airing in theaters nationwide.

5.) The many, brutal deaths of Robin

Photo by Elenveth via Wikipedia Commons

As every Bat-fan knows, there’ve been a lot of people who have donned the mantle of “Robin” over the years. But did you know that almost every single one of them have been murdered in one comic universe or another? Check out Gamespot to see a highlight of some of the sidekick’s most infamous demises. SPOILER WARNING for some content will reveal some major comic plot points.

 

Holy news flash, Batman! is a weekly newsletter that brings fresh, fun, and relevant anecdotes about The Dark Knight straight to the fans’ inboxes. From video games, movies, comics, and more, we keep readers up-to-date about all available Batman media, memorabilia, and more. 

 

 

 

 

5 awesome cosplays of underrated comic heroes

With ComicCon attendance numbers steadily increasing each year, it has become evident that nerd culture is more popular than ever. Between the plethora of superhero blockbuster hits and the rising power of Marvel and DC in the entertainment industry, it’s clear that fans can’t get enough.

As per tradition, many super-fans attend conventions wearing cosplays of their favorite comic heroes. Here is a list of 5 dedicated fans cosplaying characters that deserve a little more recognition.

1.) Batwoman 

Photo by Pikawil via Flickr

This awesome cosplay of Kate Kane a.k.a. Batwoman in her “Bombshells” variant costume is spectacularly crafted. As an LGBT icon and all around badass, Batwoman deserves just as much respect as her male counterpart.

2.) Hawkeye 

Photo by Kevin Dooley via Flickr

Though often criticized as the most useless member of the Avengers, Clint Barton a.k.a. Hawkeye can certainly hold his own. This cosplayer is rocking Hawkeye’s classic masked, purple costume that has become an iconic part of Marvel lore.

3.) Hawkgirl

Photo by Chris Favero via Flickr

This impressive cosplay of Shiera Sanders a.k.a. Hawkgirl is truly something to behold. With an incredible pair wings for flying and a powerful mace ready for bashing villains, Hawkgirl is hero capable of protecting anyone.

4.) Blue Beetle and Booster Gold

Photo by Pat Loika via Flickr

Ted Kord a.k.a. Blue Beetle and Michael Jon Carter a.k.a. Booster Gold are a couple of unique and impressive best friends. Though male in the comic books, these two cosplayers reimagined the dynamic duo as a couple of powerful, butt-kicking ladies.

5.) Mera

Photo by William Tung via Flickr

Mera is a not only the devoted wife of Aquaman, but a powerful and respected warrior who certainly earned her position as queen of the ocean. Together with her husband, she’s ready to take on anyone who dares threaten their home.

The fan cave: A nerd oasis

A hand-signed, framed anime poster hangs on the wall front and center, greeting all guests that pass through the front door. Dozens of CDs, DVDs and video games are stacked and pouring out of the cubbyholes next to the TV, loose discs haphazardly mixed together in piles. The Xbox 360 vies to find space among the action figures, while a collection of stuffed Pokémon manage to find a perch atop the Limited Edition Batman PlayStation 4. “Game of Thrones” house sigil banners sway slightly as you pass by into the kitchen where a finished “Tangled” puzzle litters the countertop along with all the dirty dishes. The fridge is covered with fan-art of anime and comic book characters with magnets of Hogwarts houses securing them in place. Everywhere you turn there is a reference to one fictional character or another, breathing life into every corner.

This is just a small glimpse into the chaotic, geeky wonder that is my apartment. Situated just off Court Street, my humble domicile is easily my favorite place in all of Athens. It is certifiably a nerd’s paradise with fandom memorabilia decorating most every available surface. One peek through the front door and you can tell that its occupants often have fever dreams about going to Comic Con.

I’m lucky to share my apartment with my girlfriend and two close friends. All of our passions and interests bleed together to create a fun, hodgepodge environment we all call home. I personally introduced a few of them to the wonder of anime and video games—one of my greatest personal achievements to date. It’s often that we give recommendations to one another, sharing the details of our latest entertainment obsessions. Watching anime on Crunchyroll and playing “Mortal Kombat X” are just a few of the many roommate-bonding activities that always brighten up my day.

A photo of myself at my desk in my bedroom.

My bedroom is an extension of the spirit and style of the rest of the apartment. The desk hutch shelves are lined with comics, manga, and Japanese horror novels. They are cramped in tight to make room for my anime figures, many of which I had to leave at home for the sheer number in my collection. Having always feared asylum white walls, posters give the space some color—the bright pops of color from the “Suicide Squad” complementing the muted tones of my Daenerys Targaryen, her dragon perched proudly on her shoulder.

Flopping down onto my bed and snuggling with my pink, stuffed squid named Squid-O, is the most rewarding experience after a long day at school. At home I can breath a sigh of relief, the soothing white noise of my floor fan often egging me into a much-needed nap.

Drinking endless cups of tea and swapping daily stories with my roommates brings me immense joy. Unlike the dorms where privacy was little and rules loomed over me, my apartment is full of freedom and creativity. Paying my rent, cooking meals, and even sweeping the carpet make me feel like a proper, responsible adult.

Well, as much of an adult that someone in love with toys can be.