What if Marvel Rebranded the NFL?

I don’t often talk about sports on here, but like most people in the US, I enjoy a good football game. Not as much as the NBA, but I sure am glad that the NFL season has begun.

But I’m not here to talk about my Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. At least not without a comic book tie-in.

Graphic Designer Justin Kozisek recently rebranded each of the 32 NFL teams with a Marvel Comics mascot.

One of my favorites reintroduces the aforementioned Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots as the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Meet your New England Star Lords!

New England Patriots Star LordsInstead of being one of two pirate-related teams, Oakland gets a new face on its *AHEM* S.H.I.E.L.D. But don’t worry, he still has the eyepatch! Sure to still never win more than half their games, the Agents of Oakland!
Agents of Oakland RaidersI hate to disparage the fine city of Cleveland. No really. I’ve been there. It’s nice. But the Browns may have the worst mascot in all of sports. And I don’t care if they have a guy on a dog suit. They are a color. That’s worse than District 5. Somehow Kozisek managed to make their mascot more interesting, but still completely vague. It’s the Cleveland … Things!
Cleveland Browns ThingsThe whole set can be viewed on Kozisek’s website. He did a great job introducing some Marvel flair without losing the iconic nature of the current logos and uniforms.

Go Pats!

The Uncanny XX-Men

A while ago, my friends and I went to trivia at Pint, a bar in Jersey City, NJ. Their trivia night is hosted by Geeks Who Drink, which means each week one category or other is right up my alley. It may be naming which superhero movie a clip comes from or a set of questions where each answer is also the name of a comic book publisher. One week, the visual round was The Uncanny XX-Men, drawn by Jeremy Owen.

The Uncanny XX-MenYes, I got them all.

The discussion about treatment of women, both real and fictional, in geek circles has never been louder. It’s nice to see the imbalance being recognized, even out at the bar.

And let’s be honest, Crossplay Storm is awesome.

Comics in Public – This American Life FOLLOW UP!

Back in August, I wrote about the “Superpowers” episode of This American Life. This week, the show did one better.

In Marvel’s Nation X #1, James Asmus and Mike Allred had story about Nightcrawler and Wolverine going on a road trip. What did they listen to in the car? This American Life. The commemorate this, TAL has created a poster of the panel.
X-Men This American Life posterGo to http://store.thisamericanlife.org/ for more info or to buy the poster.

Comics in Public – This American Life

The media loves to say that comics have become mainstream, but it still surprises me when they show up in my everyday life.

17 hours is a long time to be awake everyday. To fill my time driving or at work, I listen to a lot of podcasts. A lot of these are comic-based, Comic Geek Speak, Word Balloon, 4th Letter’s 4cast, and IGN’s Comics Smash being some of my favorites. But, one of the internet’s best and most popular podcasts is This American Life.

For those of you who don’t know, each episode of This American Life features a variety of stories that share a certain theme. The themes range greatly, everything from the cruelty of children (episode 27) to true urban legends (406).

This week’s episode, entitled “Superpowers,” features stories about people and great abilities: those they would want, those they have, those others believe they have.

The episode has four parts, plus a prologue with Chris Ware:

Prologue – Chris Ware talks to host Ira Glass about how he thought about superheroes a lot as a kid. As he got older, they lost their shine to him. If you’ve read Jimmy Corrigan (another book that could be a They’re Gonna Kill Me for This), you’ve got an idea.

Act One: Invisible Man Vs. Hawkman – John Hodgman (PC from the Mac vs. PC commercials) asks people whether they would want flight or invisibility.

This is a common question and invisibility does sound awesome, but I’ll admit that I would only use it from scummy things like cheating in casinos or seeing people naked. The moralist in me says choose flight.

Act Two: Wonder Woman – A story about Zora, a self-made superhero. Imagine if you made a list of skills that a hero should have and spent your time learning them one by one. Zora did. Now what?

Zora’s a bounty hunter. Like Boba Fett. She sounds badass.

Act Three – The Green Team of Boy Millionaires, Beppo The Amazing Supermonkey from Planet Krypton, And The Man from Sram – What determines if a new superhero succeeds or fails with audiences?

This is the only story that actually focuses on comics and fictional heroes. Some heroes mentioned include Captain Marvel (not the one you’re thinking of … no, not that one either), 3-D Man, and Ant-Man, who, they admit always gets the short end of the stick. Prez, the first teenage president even gets a mention! I only know him from Sandman, but it was nice to have some familiarity.

Act Four: The Wonder Twins – A story focusing on Luther and Johnny Htoo, twelve-year-old twins, and those who believe they possess superpowers.

These two essential run a separatist army. They’re like Ms. Cleo, but with a religious bent. And she’s telling you she’s bulletproof. And she’s 12 years old. And there are two of her. Scary how some people can be so desperate to believe.

A good episode. If you’ve never heard TAL, this is a pretty good example. Highly recommended.

This American Life is free weekly and is available from their site or you can subscribe through iTunes.

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