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Haven Editorial: Captain America – The Representation of a Nation

Now, first and foremost I know I am probably going to get a lot of heat for this from a community of comic readers out there, but it’s my website so I will say what I want and you’ll are going to have to live with it.

Captain America one of the idealist poster boys for Marvel both in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and also in the comics. However in recent events he has taken somewhat of a dark turn after the cosmic cube rewrote his personal history turning him into an agent of Hydra and he’s slowly begun killing off all the heroes he fought alongside all these years.

But when you think of it, Marvel has always taken a very steadfast stand on politics. They have been using their comics to illustrate a point to the readers; at least from my perspective they have been.

Sam Wilson is currently the new Captain America fighting for truth and justice the same way the Captain America of old once did. However he is a liberal of sorts and that offends a lot of people, but the classic Captain America; Steven Rodgers represents the old America or in this case the current America.

Look around you; you see riots, brawling, racism, fascism, and hatred causing the country to literally tear itself apart at the seams. As a person who’s lived outside of the United States I can assure you that American’s are not taken to very pleasantly weather in be in Europe, the Middle East, England or other countries out there. We are looked down upon because of how we treat each other and when you think of it.

Captain America the person we all knew, loved, and trusted being the enemy is profoundly accurate because this is what America is. We let people live our lives without any choice of our own like the President being Donald Trump right now, who is trying to pass a bill that states that anyone with a variety of illnesses can no longer receive medical care such as me.

Yet, we have a person like Bernie Sanders who is standing up for us, against all odds and fighting for our true rights that we think we’ve had. Bernie Sanders is essentially the New Captain America with his political views not being in line with the main stream media.

We are at the cross-roads as a country, both in comics and in the way the nation is run and by who its run. We see the enemy and how its drawing closer, but a lot of people have trouble accepting this as a truth because of who it is. But Marvel gave it a face, a name, and a cause Captain America the original Captain America is a Hydra agent who thinks that controlling people is the best solution and we have to sacrifice our lives, and our freedoms for this cause.

No man can be controlled, just as no one can stop time from moving forward.

The only way this situation could become even more clear to people is if Donald Trump took Captain America’s shield and did a hand to hand fight with Bernie Sanders. It’s sad though, that the times continue to move on, and the people we thought we could trust turn out to be our greatest enemy.

Comics are a means of expression just like all other forms of art, but at the same time each art form is meant to help invoke a emotion, whether it be pity, remorse, anger, or despair. If anything the story that is unfolding right now before our eyes is real, just as the struggle to choose to keep on living a dream or face the reality of the situation outside our door.

America is considered the enemy, to a lot of people, and is viewed with such atrocity that a lot of people want to leave.Those who choose to stay, have to come to terms with the realization that, this is the path they choose, they choose to fight for healthcare, they choose to fight for their lives that the government could deem forfeit at a given moment.

But for those who want to leave, but can’t you will have my eternal sympathy.

-Daniel Clatworthy

 

Haven Editorial: Raptus 2016 and cosplay

Haven Editorial: Raptus 2016

A halo marine, still alive and kicking somehow

The charming little comic expo in small a city Known as Bergen. It’s a place with a heavy focus on comic books and quite famous artists. Such as the ever present and enigmatic Mike Collins. He is quite known for various super hero comics and drawing Dr. Who. Naturally he is not the only guest. Though a lot of the them are from European countries. Due to the popularity of Belgofranco comics. Such as Spirou and the Italian made Donald Duck comics. In the grand scale of the world, it is a tiny convention, however it still attracts some lovely and colorful people. People flock to this place in order to meet their heroes and get things signed. After all who woulden’t like to have his prop knife signed by the walking dead creator? All in all it is a long running and very awesome.

This year as many that came before, a cosplay competition was held. Where anyone in a costume has a chance to win fame and fortune. In most cases it is a gift card for the local geek store known as Outland. Unlike previous years, I took a last minute job as the cosplay competition judge, along with another fellow and one of My little pony comic artist. A lovely lady in some very alternative clothing. Regardless I threw myself into action at the last minute, with poor planning and rough plotting. By now You’ve probably realized that this did not go as well as planned. Several mistakes was made, but they where not made again. Fortunately for me there where a competition on Sunday as well. I did indefinitely better and was a lot more prepared. I know some of those with fancy bought costumes felt unfairly judged when it came to the outfit. However I usually put stage presence very high. Very few can pull it off. Which is why either Deadpool, Harlequin or the Joker ones usually win.

Therefor I decided to make a list over things I should take into consideration:

First of all there is the performance and stage presence. A competition is a show. Keeping it entertaining is key. To become the character and own it. however going onto stage, then bolt after two seconds is boring and bad. If nothing else strike a pose and hold it for at least 4 seconds. Because that is how you get good pictures!

Naturally the next point is stage presence. Some costumes can be quite elaborate and some just leaves no lasting impact. However there are still several points to judge by. Such as the seam quality and craftsmanship. Even commercially made products can be crap. In the end I value the effort and thought process that went into a cosplay project.

Plans and planning

This is starting to sound a little too much like American idol, so maybe awarding should be a bit more creative and interesting. Tough Raptus is not the best proving ground around. As cosplay usually plays second fiddle, is rushed and have terrible backdrops.

http://www.photo.yngvehegreberg.com/Archive/Cosplay/Raptus-2016/
Fight the horde!

Keep in mind, the second day at the outfit competition,everything went much,much smoother. Which is key, live, learn and improve.

Here is a gallery of picture taken during Raptus 2016, by Yngve Hegreberg

http://www.photo.yngvehegreberg.com/Archive/Cosplay/Raptus-2016/

Njål Sand

Survival Guide to a Post Pokemon Go World

 

Pokemon Go has been out for about a week now and the world has already seen some massive changes to it. This game has single handedly reconstructed the face of the earth and life as we once knew. There are now hordes of dirty people roaming the streets. New and strange types of crime has arisen, and dead bodies now litter our rivers. Our grandchildren will ask us what life was like before “it” came out. I pray to god we even have grandchildren to ask us these questions. The world is now a frightful hellscape, and it’s my job to help you navigate it. This guide is for both trainers and NPCs (those not playing the Pokemon Go).

Dead bodies

If you are a trainer, you most definitely will discover at least a few dead bodies. That’s just life now. Our world is filled to the brim with corpses. For the most part they happen to be nice and out of the way. Tucked into our beautiful rivers and neatly filed away in our nations landfills. Now that you are out hunting Pokemon you’ll stumble upon these homes of the dead, and have to come face to face with what lies right out of sight for normal people. The best way to deal with a corpse is to leave it where you found it. Despite what you think there probably isn’t a Ghastly hanging out inside that dead body. You can call the cops if you want, but I’m sure they will tell you the same thing. Your best bet is patience. Over time, the dead bodies will stop freaking you out and they’ll just be a usual part of the experience. Who know’s you might even grow to like them.

Home/business Invasion

this section is mainly for those not playing, but I feel like the information here could benefit everyone. There are going to be Pokemon trainers in your home or business. There is no getting around this. They’ll creep in and start catching Pokemon, bothering everyone around them. You can put up your “Pokemon are for paying customers only” signs, or try to keep them out of your police station, but other than sheer violent force, there is nothing that will keep them away without proper protections. So let’s talk about barricades. If you can afford reinforced steel, I’d say go for it. Better safe than sorry. It’s like the Purge out there. Heavy wood is also a good bet. Don’t use plywood though, kids can tear that shit down in seconds. Remember to line the tops and sides (any vulnerable area really) with Razor wire. Now if you are still wanting to let people in to your establishment you’re gonna need a door in your barricade. The rules above still apply and it wouldn’t hurt to set up a Signal Jammer to cut off trainers from their precious phones.

Pokemon Gyms

One of the more ruthless mechanics of Pokemon Go is that it divides players up into three teams. These teams are then pitted against one another for the control of Pokemon Gyms. The team who controls the most world wide is clearly the best. Pokemon Gyms tend to be in highly populated areas like parks or shopping centers. God help you if your place of business is a Pokemon gym, and please refer to the above section for some instruction. If you are a trainer trying to take a gym please be careful. Make sure you bring some of your team members with you and always be on the look out for rival gangs, I mean teams. Fighting over a Gym is bound to occur. Since there isn’t player vs. player fight in the game, these fights will definitely be real. It’s advised to bring a knife with you to these events. Here a knife will serve two purposes. It’ll put the other team’s players out of commission faster, and will also server as a form of protection, since the other team will most certainly be carrying knives as well. Good luck, and go get those Gyms.

Overcrowding

The biggest phenomena caused by Pokemon Go is the staggering amounts of people now leaving their homes. While normally people wanting to play would be safely hid away in their own house now are venturing out into the world to catch their Pokemon. This means places that were normally pleasant to attend are now viciously overcrowded. Parks are now essentially shanty towns set up by Pokemon Trainers. Now these can be a safe place to live. You’ll be around members of your team and other trainers are usually willing to share a bed or a tasty bite to eat with a fellow teammate. However, there tend to be Gyms in these locations. Getting too close to Gym without being prepared could result in a stabbing. There are also constant border wars between the established territories of the teams. Remember where your borders are.

 

The Pokemon Trainers Arsenal

Here is a list of useful equipment that every Pokemon trainer should be carrying.

  • A Backpack
    • this is useful for carrying all your other stuff. It might even have a sandwich you forgot about in it.
  • Your Phone
    • This is the primary means of being a Pokemon Trainer. You catch Pokemon and Control Gyms through the use of your phone. Remember to keep this close to you AT ALL TIMES.
  • Pokeballs
    • to be fair this is part of the phone but they are an important resource to keep track of.
    • Now as a Pokeballs are expensive you you’ll need a hefty amount of money to pay for these. Luckily there is an easy solution. As a dedicated Pokemon Trainer you’ll be spending all of your time outside. The life of a Pokemon Trainer is the life of transience. Therefore a home is more of a burden than a necessity. So sell your house and all your things, the money you get from that should be enough to pay for all the Pokeballs you’ll every need.
  • A knife
    • Your life is about to become a lot more dangerous. Living the life of a Pokemon Trainer means you’ll need a way to defend yourself or in some circumstances intimidate others. A knife is a great way to accomplish or prevent muggings.
  • Food
    • Trying rationing your food to make it last longer.
    • Share with other Trainers for a more varied diet.
  • Time
    • The most important resource is time. You’ll need to be spending as much time as you can catching Pokemon, getting items from Pokestops, and Capturing Gyms. A Job will most likely get in the way of this. If you are a true Pokemon Trainer work will just slow you down. Plus without a house to worry about you won’t need much money. Soon you’ll be living just like Ash Ketchum.

The world is a different place now and the best thing you can do is arm yourselves with Knowledge. You either play the game now, or you don’t. Either way you need to take precautions. Follow the steps provided and you should be on your way to better survival.

Whatever happens out there, Good Luck.

-Jordan Kamm