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ESPN The Body Issue: Superhero Edition

I have been a fan of ESPN The Body Issue since I first noticed it a few years ago. I admire the athletic human form, and perhaps some of my professional study of anatomy is also likely to blame. This year, ESPN and Marvel have brought something a little different to the issue by including a superhero insert.

Marvel_ESPN_The_Body_Issue_Super_Heroes_Edition_covThis special feature will include Davedevil, Captain Marvel, Medusa, Luke Cage, She-Hulk, Iron Fist, Iron Man, the Hulk, and Ant-Man. You can see a preview in a digital sketch book at ESPN now.

Here are some insights from the creators:

“For a comic book artist drawing the human anatomy is an everyday job,” says Marvel Comics artist Sara Pichelli. “But here it was matter of celebrating the maximum expression of human muscles and shapes. Creating believable, powerful, and at the same time harmonic bodies is always a challenge, that’s why I wanted to be part of this.”

“While The Body Issue itself celebrates the unique characteristics of each athlete’s physique, we thought it made perfect sense to extend this theme to these Marvel characters,” says ESPN The Magazine Deputy Editor Otto Strong.

“When comic book artists imagine the physical ideal, they have to start somewhere,” says Editor In Chief Axel Alonso. “And let’s face it, professional athletes, whose bodies are fine-tuned instruments, are the closest thing to real-life Super Heroes. Marvel’s Body Issue insert is a celebration of the most iconic Super Heroes in the world and the athletes that inspired them.”

The ESPN: Body Issue hits newstands today, July 10th.

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New York Comic Con 2014

I was able to attend three days of New York Comic Con this year. Here are some articles I wrote over at the BSCKids site about my time there:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (A NYCC Preview!)

 

7 Amazing Cosplaying Kids at NYCC

 

7 Great Comics for Pre-Teen Girls from NYCC

 

I plan to write more about the event later this week which will appear here. Who else went to Comic Con this year? What were your favorite parts of the Con?

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Haitian machete fencing.

No mask, no padding, sharpened machete.

How is the old master still alive?

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2012 in Review

Thank you to everyone who visited, read, and commented this year! I’ve been a bit lax in my posts for the past few months. But – don’t worry, regular posts will resume soon in the new year.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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