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“Tools of the Trade: Video Game Edition” Art Print by Mike Davis of Burlesque Design

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2018 Hatha Yoga Calendar by David V. D’Andrea

Samaritan Press has a 2018 Hatha Yoga Calendar by David V. D’Andrea up in their shop. The print is a 14″ x 24″ screenprint and costs $30. Visit SamaritanPress.org.

David V. D'Andrea

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“Burrowing Owl” Art Print by John Vogl

John Vogl (The Bungaloo) has a new art print up in his shop. “Burrowing Owl” has a Sunrise and Midnight edition and both are 16″ x 20″ screenprints, have editions of 60, and cost $30 each. Visit TheBungaloo.com.

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John Vogl

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“Quiet Americans” Art Print by Ian Dingman

Tiny Showcase has a new art print by Ian Dingman up in their shop. “Quiet Americans” is a 5″ x 7″ giclee, has an edition of 100, and costs $20. Visit TinyShowcase.com.

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 Disney Shuts Down Marvel Heroes

Today, Marvel (under Disney) said that it is ending its relationship with Gazillion Entertainment, who publishes Marvel Heroes. In an e-mail, a Marvel representative wrote:

“We regret to inform our Marvel Heroes fans that we have ended our relationship with Gazillion Entertainment, and that the Marvel Heroes games will be shut down. We would like to sincerely thank the players who joined the Marvel Heroes community, and will provide any further updates as they become available.”

Released in 2013 for PC, Marvel Heroes is a sort of “Marvel Diablo” MMO. It’s a free-to-play game that sells playable characters like Spider-Man, Squirrel Girl or Storm, and costumes for them. Earlier this year, the game ported to PS4 and Xbox One.

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Marvel Heroes players knew the game’s developer might be in dire straits when, over the last month, the studio stopped talking about progress on the game. Developer Gazillion missed four of its weekly community updates, plus the game’s Halloween event and upcoming Thor Ragnarok movie tie-in content, something the community expected. Fans also noticed that two community managers seemed to disappear from the forum. On October 27th, the game was slated to release the Gladiator Thor pack.

One current and two former Gazillion employees confirmed to Kotaku that, within a year of the game’s launch, there were at least three rounds of layoffs. A current employee and a former employee told Kotaku that, this week, several individuals who work on the game were asked not to come into the office.

One current employee, who wished to remain anonymous, said that over the past two to three months, he had been developing features for the game, but was “not very confident” that they would eventually get implemented. Of Marvel Heroes fans, he said, “While they’re sitting there reasonably flaming us, our hands are tied.”

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Marvel Heroes’ former creative director, Jeff Donais, told Kotaku that “[The lay-offs] would definitely not be the fault of the internal men and women who actually worked on the game itself or served the customers. . . It was a real thing that people didn’t see their families as much as they should, or sacrificed their health to work an 80-hour week when an important patch deadline was looming. . . The patch release schedule, especially when PC was the main focus, was aggressively insane.”

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Pixar’s first VR project makes Coco’s land of the dead a cheerful playground

Disney Pixar’s new film Coco, based on Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations, isn’t just an original work from a studio increasingly known for sequels. It’s also Pixar’s first attempt at building for virtual reality. Coco VR is a short companion piece to Coco, created by Pixar, Oculus, and VR design company Magnopus. Where Coco is a film about family and mortality, Coco VR is more of a playful experience, letting VR users meet up and explore the land of the dead together.

Coco VR is available for free today on the Oculus Rift, and a stripped-down version — featuring less content and none of the Rift’s precise hand tracking — is coming to Gear VR when the film premieres next week. Pixar teased the experience at Oculus Connect in October,…

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This Is Us Creator Defends Heartbreaking Kate Twist: “We’re Trying to Capture Real Life”

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Anyone else still reeling after last night’s emotional episode of This Is Us? (Warning, spoilers ahead for the Nov. 14 episode).
Not only did we witness Kevin…

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Congress’s spending proves the GOP believes life begins at conception and ends at birth

What does it mean to be a Republican “values voter?” Well, for sure, it means hating abortion and coming up with grotesque, rapey, lethal, cruel, absurd, unconstitutional (very, very unconstitutional), racist, regulations; tricking women into unwanted pregnancies; turning a blind eye to terrorism, and targeting vulnerable teens, while charging women with murder and defunding programs that prevent unwanted pregnancies (and thus reduce abortions), while spinning fairytales about the big profits realized by the doctors who risk their lives to help women choose when to become mothers.

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Batman: The Telltale Series Season 1 On Nintendo Switch Makes Sacrifices For Portability

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Batman: The Telltale Series Season One is, in theory, a game well-suited to the Nintendo Switch. Its episodic structure allows players to experience its narrative-driven adventure in short bursts, with each episode lasting around three hours, and thanks to the portability of the Switch, players can now dip in and out at their convenience. You can read our review of individual episodes for specifics here, but as a whole Season One of the series starts off really strong. While the following episodes don’t quite carry the momentum, it puts some interesting spins on familiar characters, making it worth playing for Batman fans. However, doing so on the Nintendo Switch comes with concessions.

Season One of Batman arrives on Switch with some drops in visual fidelity. While the game by no means looks bad, its rough edges are noticeable. Compared to its counterparts on other platforms, textures are less detailed, colours aren’t as vibrant, and the poster edge effect that gave the game its comic book feel is diminished. Lighting also seems to have been scaled back, making for a less atmospheric experience. In handheld mode, the game is letterboxed, which means there are distracting black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. While these bars disappear when playing in docked mode, seeing the game on a big screen shines a spotlight on its other blemishes.

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There are also some quirks in the way you interact with the game. The Switch version is playable in handheld and docked mode with controllers and, overall, this feels like the best way to play. However, during quick-time action sequences there were occasions when it felt like button presses were either not being registered or the game wasn’t properly signalling that they had been. For some interactions, the on-screen indicator turns yellow to show that it has been properly executed, but this didn’t feel consistent. Fortunately, there aren’t any major punishments for missing a command, as scenes continue to play out regardless of missed inputs.

In handheld mode, it’s also possible to play entirely using the touch screen. The UI changes so that dialogue options are jumbo sized and can be tapped, while pressing and holding points on the screen will move Batman or Bruce Wayne around. This control scheme works well in the exploration and investigation portions of the game, but removes depth from the action sequences, as quick-time commands change from specific button presses to simply tapping parts of the screen. Actions that require the player to tap two parts of the screen simultaneously also register very inconsistently, which can be frustrating.

Overall, the Switch version of Batman: The Telltale Series Season One is a serviceable, but not ideal, way to play. Those that have the option to get the PS4, Xbox One, or PC versions may find that doing so is both more cost-effective than purchasing the Switch version, and makes for a better experience.

GameSpot played through Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 1 on Nintendo Switch. This is our impression of how the game performs technically; for a more detailed analysis of the episodes read our reviews here. GameSpot was provided with a code by Telltale Games.

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15 Awesome Superheroes Who Don’t Have Super Powers

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As the Marvel/Netflix show The Punisher proves this week, you don’t need superpowers to be a superhero. While the likes of Superman, Spider-Man, and Wonder Woman are famous for their amazing superhuman abilities, there are plenty of heroes who have nothing but incredible training, high-tech gadgetry, and access to alien artifacts and body enhancing serums to help them.

OK, that’s quite a lot, but at least they didn’t have to be bitten by a radioactive spider to get their abilities. Let’s look at some of the best non-superpowered superheroes.

Black Widow

Natasha Romanova is a highly-trained Russian agent who defected to the West and was recruited by Nick Fury and SHIELD to use her abilities for the side of good. She’s a superspy and master of disguise with unbelievable fighting skills. Powers not needed.

Blue Beetle

There have been three Blue Beetles over the course of many decades, but none have had their own superpowers. While the second version (Ted Kord) was simply equipped with a superpowered suit, the first and third Beetles (Dan Garret and Jaime Reyes) drew their powers from a piece of mysterious technology known as the Scarab. And although Dan just had to touch it, poor Jamie had it fused his spine.

Green Arrow

Like Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark, Oliver Queen is a super-rich playboy who eventually found that fighting crime is a better use of his resources than drinking and womanising. His prowess as a hunter and martial artist and his skills with a bow are the rival of many more superpowered peers. He also has some super cool arrows, including gas and explosive tipped bolts.

Hawkeye

If DC has Green Arrow, Marvel has Hawkeye. Like Oliver Queen, Clint Barton fires arrows with scary accuracy and incredible speed but, again, it’s all through training. He’s also one of the only other heroes able to throw Captain America’s shield just as well as Cap himself, and he wears purple better than any other superhero.

Batman

Batman is of course, the most famous powerless hero of them all. Of course, it helps when you are a billionaire under the cowl, with an unlimited budget to design and develop some of the coolest crime-fighting gadgets ever. However, the best Batman stories have always shown Bruce wayne’s vulnerabilities too, from the aging hero of The Dark Knight Returns to his bruising, spine-snapping encounters with Bane.

Iron Man

Iron Man is the closest that the Marvel universe gets to Bruce Wayne. Tony Stark is no shadowy vigilante–his identity isn’t even a secret. But his enormous wealth has allowed him to build a super-powered suit that does pretty much everything. Flying, super strength, high-tech weaponry–Stark’s got it all.

Silver Sable

Silver Sable is one of the more ambiguous characters in the Marvel universe, and a frequent ally/adversary to Spider-Man. A mercenary also known as, er, Silver Sablinova, she is a highly trained expert in most forms of martial arts. She also wears a Kevlar costume and is armed to the teeth with a variety of guns and bladed weapons. Don’t mess.

Captain America

Despite his incredible strength, agility, and endurance, Steve Rogers technically has no superpowers. The Super-Soldier serum that he was given has pushed his body to the outer limits of human potential, and while many of his athletic feats are clearly impossible in our world, within the Marvel universe they are still count as just about achievable by a human. Also, we all love Cap, so he’s in.

Katana

It’s one thing to be amazingly skilled with a sword–it’s another when that sword contains the soul of your dead husband. But that’s the fate of poor Tatsu Yamashiro, whose trusty blade, the Soultaker, was used to kill her husband Mateo and was soon possessed by his spirit. Despite this, Katana’s weaponry skills and general martial arts prowess ensured that she has been a key part of both the Birds of Prey and The Outsiders.

Nick Fury

SHIELD boss Nick Fury may not have any powers but with some of the world’s greatest heroes at his disposal, he doesn’t need any. He also has the coolest eyepatch in the history of comic books, and in the MCU gets to be played by Samuel L Jackson. Admittedly, Fury’s aging process has been slowed down by the use of the Infinity Formula, but who can blame him for wanting a few less grey hairs?

Batgirl

There have been four Batgirls to date, and while none possess superpowers, all are highly trained and every bit the match for DC’s other famous Bat-themed superhero. Barbara Gibson is her most famous alter ego, but Betty Kane, Cassandra Cain, and Stephanie Brown kicked serious Gotham criminal ass.

Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier

Like his good pal Steve Rogers, Bucky doesn’t have any powers. What he does have is years of physical training and intense Soviet brainwashing, plus a supercool bionic arm. As The Winter Soldier, Bucky fought on the side of the Russians, before being brought under the wing of Nick Fury and his old buddy Steve.

Mockingbird

Avenger and SHIELD agent Barbara “Bobbi” Barton is another recipient of the Super Soldier serum, which she was given after sustaining a deadly injury. But even before that she was a highly trained combatant, with bone-crunching abilities with batons and bo-staffs. Plus, she has a PhD in biology!

Robin/Nightwing

Bruce Wayne’s legendary partner Dick Grayson might not have any powers, but he learned from the best. After many years as Robin, Dick took to the streets of Gotham as Nightwing when he quit the Batcave to pursue a solo career.

The Punisher

Frank Castle takes the vengeful vigilantism of Batman to the next level. While Bruce Wayne aims just to hurt his enemies and leave them for cops, the Punisher has no interest in such niceties; if you’re deserving of his wrath, you deserve to die. And possibly get tortured first. Castle obviously has an incredible arsenal of weaponry, but he has also trained his body and mind to a degree that he can withstand pain and any psychic or telepathic attacks that his enemies might employ against him.

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DC’s Female Super Heroes Star In New Coloring Book ‘Color Me Powerful’ – And You Can Win A Free Copy

Coloring books and feminism are two things that are more popular than they’ve ever been. The world needs a product that deftly combines them — and on top of that, adds in super heroes as well. That’s exactly what Downtown Booksworks has done with their latest DC Super Heroes Girl Power book: Color Me Powerful by Sarah Parvis, also featuring classic DC artwork and design by Georgia Rucker.

The 144-page book isn’t limited to just coloring, but all sorts of fun and engaging activities. The stars of the book are DC’s female super heroes, like Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Bumblebee, and Katana. One set of activities in Color Me Powerful allows readers to come up with their own superhero name, motto, costume, backstory, secret hideout, and doodles. Aimed at kids 6 and up, including your inner child, the book retails for $12.99.

Author Sarah Parvis said:

“I don’t think there can ever be enough fun, empowering titles for young women and girls. Color Me Powerful offers a little bit for everyone. Readers can answer questions about their talents and what makes them unique. They can design their own logo and cape, color in beloved characters, sketch super hero scenes, create their own super hero identity, and identify the characteristics that make super heroes—and themselves—strong. In the book, I encourage the readers to express themselves in any way they want to. They can draw their answers or write them out in words. Or take pictures and tape them into the book—whatever makes them feel most creative. They can write words
backward or in code or draw doodles and color on every page.”

Now, here’s the best part. Downtown Bookworks has offered to send one copy of Color Me Powerful to one of Bleeding Cool’s lucky readers. Against all better judgement, we’ve decided to choose the winner from amongst our commenters. All you have to do to enter is close your eyes, scroll down to the bottom of the article, and leave a comment. In a week, we’ll choose one commenter as the winner (we’ll need to send you a DM to get your shipping information and pass it on to Downtown Bookworks), and Downtown Bookworks will send you your copy of Color Me Powerful.

For those of you not lucky enough to win or unwilling to brave our comments section (we can’t say we blame you), you can pick up Color Me Powerful at your favorite bookstore now, or order it online. Get one for yourself, or as a perfect stocking stuffer for a feminism, coloring, or super hero fan of your choice.

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Justice League’s Secret Rotten Tomatoes Score Is Reportedly 48%

The reviews for Justice League are finally starting to hit the web, and they seem to be generally middling, which is actually an upward trend for a DCEU movie not called Wonder Woman. But for fans who, much to the chagrin of alleged sexual harasser Brett Ratner, rely on the Rotten Tomatoes score of a movie to determine whether or not to see it, they’re going to have to wait until Thursday at 12:01 a.m. to see the score, as Rotten Tomatoes (a company partially owned by Warner Bros.) has decided to delay the release of the score until then.

Or, at least, that was going to be the case. However, according to an article by Fast Company, though the score is hidden on the Rotten Tomatoes website, it must be available through the site’s APIs, because movie app Flixster was displaying (it’s been taken down since) the Rotten Tomatoes score, and… well, it could be worse, but it’s not great.

For most movies, a 48% rotten score would be a real bummer, but compared to the respective 26% and 27% of Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman, it’s actually a big step up. Of course, looking at the broader picture, it’s lower than Man of Steel, which has a 55% rotten score, which is not a good sign.

Compared to the near universally loved Wonder Woman, which currently holds a 92% fresh rating, that’s a huge drop. Then again, it shouldn’t be too surprising, considering the comparison between the Amazon costumes in Wonder Woman vs. Justice League, or the fact that world-renowned feminist Joss Whedon shockingly managed to let “a disconcerting number of Wonder Woman upskirt shots for the disrespectful horndogs in the audience” slip through to the finished product, according to one review.

You can read Bleeding Cool’s review of Justice League here. Or just read all the spoilers here and prejudge for yourself.

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DJI launches an Apple-exclusive Mavic Pro

DJI launched the limited edition Mavic Pro Alpine White today, an all-white version of the Mavic Pro with a color-coordinated remote control and propellers to match. The drone is available at Apple.com and Apple Stores in most countries.

It’s sold as a bundle, which includes a remote control, two extra intelligent flight batteries, two additional pairs of propellers, and an aircraft sleeve.

The Mavic Pro Alpine White has an advanced stabilized camera system and a bunch of onboard intelligent features. It comes with a three-axis gimbal 4K camera on its FlightAutonomy system. It has intelligent flight controls like ActiveTrack, TapFly, and Gesture Mode.

The Mavic Pro Alphine White can support a range up to 4.3 miles through the OcuSync…

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