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February 2016

Batman vs. Superman Preview

The warmer seasons of North America are finally approaching and this is where life begins to get interesting. One of the most anticipated fights of all time between Marvel characters is finally taking place on the big screen. Batman and Superman take center stage. However, DC has not put itself in the right position to win with this film. While the hype is on a totally different level, the standard to follow after Deadpool was released is mind boggling. Matt Damon has pretty small shoes to fill after following casting of Christian Bale in the Dark Knight series of Batman. Henry Cavill was a surprise casting for the role of superman as he has come from completely off radar. Based on trailers, he has brought out the mean side of Superman and getting rid of the “cheesy” it’s “easy all the time” Superman. **Fun Fact: Superman first debuted in Action Comics in 1939. However, he didn’t actually fly until 1941.

This story gets really interesting because Batman and Superman are more acquainted with each other than many of us understand as semi casual fans. In the comics, Bruce “Batman” Wayne, was the owner of the Daily Planet, in which Superman and Lois worked. Batman was not the founder of the Daily Planet but acquired it in a business deal after the ownership was relinquished by the notorious Lex Luthor. The twist gets even deeper because superman has much more than just one weakness. With Batman being the highly intellect and successful person that he is, he was well aware of many of the other weaknesses of Superman. However, in this film, Batman doesn’t find out until after the Bat Suit came out.

What are some other things that can cripple what we thought was superman?

Red Sun Radiation can actually harm Superman. While superman gets a good portion of his power from the sun, his weakness also lies there. The red sun radiation can actually reverse the effects of the yellow sun radiation making superman practically powerless.

High pitched frequencies are often overlooked as being a weakness for superman. He has one of the keenest senses of hearing of all of the DC characters making his hears extremely sensitive to high pitched frequencies. How is this interesting, Batman can easily detect this is if the fight so happened to be anywhere near a subway station where Superman could visibly be harmed by the noise of train wheels screeching to a stop.

Believe it or not, Superman could actually just get beat if an opponent had enough torque in his punches to physically wound him. Very few villains were able to throw punches strong enough to do so but this is not an impossible task. Atlas, Wonder Woman, and Shazam have all hit Superman in the face and severely damaged him during a fight.

There are more weaknesses that are very prevalent that can give Batman the upper hand in this battle although Batman is a mere human with no super powers. There are things like nuclear warheads, extreme heat and one special one that Batman has said is the most dangerous, morality. Batman claims that Superman does not possess that “killer instinct” that he has to rid an opponent. It’s more of that Superman cannot take advantage of the moment and gives people opportunities by attempting to reason and often lets down his guard. This match up should be something special as we have been awaiting this for decades to hit the big screen. We choose Batman as the victor in this first film. The battle begins 3.24.16. Who are you choosing to win this first fight?


Deadpool: Movie Review

There are many people that have not had a chance to see the Deadpool movie. How sad considering it was your ONLY job for February. Valentine’s Day was cancelled this year in a lot of relationships because of the hype behind this movie. We all know and understand how Deadpool was created and there are even some speculations on how he earned his name. We all understand that he was supposed to be an evil villain at first but certain situations resulted in him doing good deeds. If you have not seen the Deadpool movie, shame on you. You are missing out on one of the best Marvel films since the first X-Men. While there are many honorable mentions in between for best Marvel film, there are none that were done, from start to finish, almost flawlessly. The action was spot on, it was not like a watered-down overly deceptive action sequence that you would see in a Michael Bay film. The use of slow motion was almost as good as that from the first movie 300. The intensity was outrageous but offset by the outrageously funny Deadpool humor. While many of the jokes are direct and dry, they still make you laugh pretty hard without even trying. Now there is a warning that this IS NOT A KID’S MOVIE. A warning to all parents that this is not your average superhero movie and most of these jokes are very adult and honestly should be rated higher than PG-13. In blank stare news, this is in top contention for movie of the year with ease, as the complete production is spectacular. If you haven’t seen the movie, go see it.

Anime Anyone?

The biggest excitement of the spring season has to be convention season. Anime is slowly taking over North America year after year and people are becoming more involved with the culture. Although Anime has been around for many decades, the popularity has grown substantially in so many ways throughout the continent. Below we have listed all the certified convention dates for the month of march. All data has come from and pricing may fluctuate after this post is made public.

March 4-6, 2016

 $15+ H.O. Weeks Activities Center
Aiken, SC
March 4-6, 2016

  $25+ Atlanta Marriott Century Center/Emory Area
Atlanta, GA
March 4-6, 2016

 N/A Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY
Omni Expo
March 4-6, 2016

 $35+ DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
Orlando, FL
Fubuki Con
March 5, 2016

 $15+ Daemen College, Wick Student Center
Amherst, NY
Kinda!Con Artist Expo
March 5, 2016

 $5+ American Legion Post #238
Woodland Park, NJ
March 5-6, 2016

 $25+ Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
Orlando, FL
Jacksonville Anime Day
March 6, 2016

 $5+ Embassy Suites Jacksonville – Baymeadows
Jacksonville, FL
Anime Milwaukee
March 11-13, 2016

 $40+ Hyatt Regency Milwaukee / Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, WI
March 11-13, 2016

 $35+ Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
Birmingham, AL
March 11-13, 2016

 N/A Christopher Newport University, Freeman Center
Newport News, VA
March 11-13, 2016

 $55+ Overland Park Convention Center
Overland Park, KS
March 11-13, 2016

 $35+ Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square
Columbus, OH
Triad Anime Convention
March 11-13, 2016

 N/A Winston-Salem Marriott
Winston-Salem, NC
Queen City Kamikaze
March 12, 2016

 $10+ Manchester Memorial High School
Manchester, NH
All-Con Dallas
March 17-20, 2016

 Free on Thursday
Westin Dallas Park Central
Dallas, TX
March 18-19, 2016

 $12+ Niagara County Community College
Sanborn, NY
Con Nichiwa
March 18-20, 2016

 $45+ (3 Day Pass) Tucson Convention Center
Tucson, AZ
March 18-20, 2016

 $30+ Old National Bank Events Plaza
Evansville, IN
Hanadoki Con
March 18-20, 2016

 $40+ Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
San Diego, CA
Kawa Kon
March 18-20, 2016

 $50+ Hilton St. Louis Airport
St. Louis, MO
March 18-20, 2016

 N/A Hilton Memphis
Memphis, TN
Ring of Fire / Fursonacon
March 18-20, 2016

 $30+ Hampton Roads Convention Center
Hampton, VA
Shuto Con
March 18-20, 2016

 $25+ Lansing Convention Center / Radisson Hotel Lansing
Lansing, MI
March 18-20, 2016

 $10+ Tarleton State University
Stephenville, TX
Tri City Anime Con
March 18-20, 2016

 N/A Holiday Inn Johnson City
Johnson City, TN
ALT*Con: Florida
March 19-20, 2016

 $15+ North Florida Fairgrounds
Tallahassee, FL
Fannatiku Fest
March 25-26, 2016

 $20+ Dixie Convention Center
Saint George, UT
Anime Boston
March 25-27, 2016

 $25+ Hynes Convention Center
Boston, MA
Anime Conji Cancelled
March 25-27, 2016

 Cancelled Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
San Diego, CA
Animeland Wasabi
March 25-27, 2016

 $10+ Ramada Plaza Northglenn/Denver North
Denver, CO
March 25-27, 2016

 $40+ Baton Rouge Marriott
Baton Rouge, LA
Middle Tennessee Anime Convention
March 25-27, 2016

 $30+ Sheraton Music City Hotel / Embassy Suites Nashville Airport
Nashville, TN
March 25-27, 2016

 $60+ Washington State Convention & Trade Center
Seattle, WA
March 26, 2016

 $5+ Bowling Green State University, Bowen-Thompson Student Union
Bowling Green, OH
Hero Hype
March 26, 2016

 N/A Miami Airport Convention Center
Miami, FL

Has Trolling Gone Too Far in Politics?

In recent news, politics have taken over news stations to host presidential candidates for the 2016 Presidency. Right now Democrats, Independents and Republicans are fighting to win the primary general election for their respective party. There are not too many people who are completely unaware of what is going on in this campaign season, especially with all of the news with feuds and arguments. There were many heated exchanges between Sanders, Clinton, Rubio, Cruz, Christie and others. One of the most notable feuds that have taken a much larger scale of attention is that between Jeb Bush and Donald Trump. Jeb Bush receives much criticism for his brother George Bush II, father George Bush Sr. and how badly the economy suffered under the Bush Administrations. Since June 15, 2015 Jeb has been campaigning to help separate himself from the issues that linger around his family’s name and Presidency. Banners fill the streets of campaigning cities to go to and check out what he can do to mold our great country into something positive.
However, this time has taken a turn for the worst. Somehow Donald Trump was informed of and how the domain was expiring. Donald Trump has then, bought the domain and redirected the website to his own personal website to Donald Trump’s trolling has lodged an extreme brick into the presidency and the Republican Party does not like it. While many are disliking his antics, his polling numbers are leading the Republican Primary by substantial numbers. Help us understand this. Has trolling gone too far? Does Jeb Bush deserve to get his campaign website bought from him?

Valentine’s Day Tips

Please remember that Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday and many restaurants are not always going to be open as they would on a Saturday. (Just something to consider.) Below we are going to list some tips to help your Valentine’s Day go smoothly and some fun things to do that aren’t so traditional.

  1. Dinner – If you are going to do dinner, make sure you set your reservations starting now. Restaurants are already booking up with people planning things. This is an opportunity for you to show your significant other that you can plan and make things go as planned. Some things you want to consider when picking dinner, know what your significant other likes and loves to eat. Do not pick a restaurant because it’s nice and do not just choose a brand new restaurant because if you both do not like it, you just wasted a reservation. Know your significant other, know what their “go-to” food is. Remember, meals don’t have to come from a 5-Star restaurant to have a 5-Star Taste.
  2. Attire – Many people on Valentine’s Day wear dresses, suits or nicer clothes from their wardrobe. When picking your wardrobe, know what the weather is going to be so the weather won’t ruin your day or night. Fellas, if it’s going to rain, bring a trench coat and umbrella. Ladies, wear a “safe” hairstyle that moisture won’t tarnish your whole look if it were going to rain. Wear layers in colder states, it’s easier to cool down than to warm up.
  3. Daytime Affairs – Why not start the morning with a nice breakfast? The best way to start your day is on a full stomach. You will have energy for the duration of the day and hopefully for the night. Think of some interactive things you can do during the day to where you and your significant others can just have fun. Fun makes all relationships nice and smooth on this day. Think about activities like bowling, the circus, laser tag, go-kart tracks, museums, picnics in the park, tour around the city, go horseback riding, go to the arcade, visit the hidden gems of the city, go to the zoo or go to the aquarium. There are plenty things to do, it’s just a matter of doing them.
  4. Nighttime Affairs – There are so many things to do at night that could make the night perfect. You could have a dinner on the beach, you could ride a Ferris wheel that looks over the city, you could go to a botanical garden full of lights, and you could even stay in the house and cook a special dinner with rose pedals and soothing music. There are plenty of ways to be romantic, you just have to do the little things.
  5. The Little Things – There are some small ventures you could enjoy like going to pick flowers together, share an ice cream cone, go ice skating, roller skating or even learn some salsa dances or other ethnic dances. Compliment your other, open the door for them, smile, laugh and just be yourself, goofy and all. Instead of buying flowers, pick them. If stead of buying a card with the right things to say, write them down and make your own card. Money can’t buy happiness and it won’t impress most people.
  6. Put the Phone Down – Don’t let your phone be used for anything other than “Ussies” or “Selfies”. There is nothing more important than your significant other on this day. You don’t have to check Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media outlets because at that time, everybody else is showing you how much attention they are giving their significant other and you are now missing out.
  7. Enjoy Yourself – Many people mess up this day because they become systematic and are over prepared. Many people end up hurting their fun factor by thinking everything has to be like a movie. Just have fun and accept that stuff happens. If you relax and enjoy the person you are spending the day with, you will find this day to be memorable.

    Be safe, have fun, shop

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