A KING EXITS STAGE LEFT

11/07/2014
by John Lee

From portraying legends on screen, to becoming one in real life.

By: Marcus Sebego

Black superheroes are few and far between as it is, but Black superheroes that capture the hearts and minds of viewers all across the world and leave a lasting impression are even more rare. Black superheroes have been a part of comic books for years from as far back as 1969 when “Falcon” was first introduced in Captain America #1 or even as recently as “Miles Morales” who was first seen in Ultimate Fallout #4 in 2011, and everything in between. But when it comes to Black Marvel comic book characters that have a rich history making the crossover into the cinematic world, it has been a little more difficult, with the most recent example of this being Wesley Snipes’ portrayal of Eric Brooks in “Blade: Trinity” which released in 2004. Similarly to any other process, there will always be a first, and in the case of Black superheroes that honor would go to Black Panther, the character of T’challa was first seen in “Fantastic Four” #52 in the year 1966, and would subsequently go on to appear in his own series “Black Panther”, “Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda” and many more.

The very first Black superhero film was a movie by the name “Abar, the first Black Superman” an Action/Blaxploitation film released in 1977. But the character of Abar did not have the rich documented  history that most Marvel comic book superheroes have. But even with this comic book success, the same problem persisted, Black superheroes were not being prominently featured in their own live action films. And aside from “Blade”, “Hancock” and “Spawn”, Black superhero films have predominantly taken a more satirical/comedic approach which never really establishes the hero as a leader,an inspiration or even someone with exceptional ability, but rather as the films main source of comedic relief. As can be seen in Robert Townsend’s “The Meteor Man” which released in 1993 and also shares this largely comedic tone with Damon Wayans’ “Blank Man” which released soon after that the following year in 1994.

Then came the announcement that changed the way Black superheroes would be seen from this point forth, Fellow MCU actors Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans stood on stage and announced that Mr Chadwick Boseman would be playing Black Panther, and it almost felt like there was a quiet optimism that came over the comic book community, a sense of hope.

T'challa, first seen in comic books in 1966, would now become a tangible reality for so many people. A real life depiction of a flawed Black man constantly striving to make the life of people and his loved ones better. A prince who was forced to become King because his father was taken away from him too soon. And while dealing with feelings of grief, sadness, anger and a thirst for revenge, he is faced with the skeletons that his father left hanging that he must now address. And in spite of this, he is the leader of an African Kingdom, a thriving nation by the name of Wakanda. Wakanda depicts an untouched African country with an abundance of resources that are used to enrich the lives of those who live in it. And the King of such a country would need to rule with grace, patience and strength. While simultaneously being quick to think and slow to act. 

Before his generation defining role as Black Panther, Mr Bosemam took on the daunting challenge of portraying historical black figures who were as great as they were flawed. The progenitor of funk James Brown, the very first African American to play in Major League Baseball, Jackie Robinson, and an American lawyer and a Civil Rights activist, Thurgood Marshall. He had the opportunity to play the heroes he looked up to, which subsequently led to him playing a character that would see him become a hero to so many people. It is one thing to portray a hero on screen it is another thing altogether to be a hero in real life.   

As people we have all suffered in some way shape or form, but the most honorable form of suffering is not only to suffer, but to do so while being a husband, brother and son. He did his job for 4 years in unimaginable pain while visiting children’s hospitals to help those who he knew were suffering just like he was. But at no point did he make it about him and how much pain he was in. It seemed as though he lived in the moment and continued to give others even though life continued to take from him.

If you are having feelings of pain, sadness and even grief in this moment over the passing of someone you never knew personally. Know that it is perfectly normal because the effect someone can have on your life is not measured in proximity but rather in the moments they have provided that have allowed you to, reflect, laugh, cry, yolulate and whistle with joy. Moments that have allowed you to swallow your pride and apologize, look in the mirror and acknowledge your beauty and look deep within yourself to become the best version of yourself. And just as Mr. Boseman said himself,  “I think when done right, it gives people hope.” 

Thank you, Mr. Chadwick Boseman, for giving an entire group of people hope, the contribution that you have made to the lives of those who have had the pleasure of watching you and even those who have yet to know of your greatness, you have made an everlasting impact that will carry on for generations. Rest in Power, King T’challa.

Armageddon cards today!

09/22/2020
by Robert Miles

Hello fellow Duelists. Welcome to another Heroes of Games and Comics Yugioh blog, topic of today will be about one of the more recent sets which has sparked quite an interest in the community; Battle of Legends: Armageddon.

First off, the card everyone is looking into from this set; The number 39: Utopia, but this is not just any Utopia. We finally get a taste of cards written in Astral language from the Zexal series. This card is worth a fortune and a really interesting idea. It is really exciting to see Konami coming up with new rarities to excite the players. First the collectors rares coming out of Toon Chaos, and now this in Astral writing. And with the upcoming surprise in Legendary Duelist: Rage of Ra.

On top of other interesting cards, we have Afterglow, which could be quite effective in some burn deck strategies. We can only hope nobody finds an FTK(first turn kill) with them. 

We also have numerous archetypes coming out of Battle of Legends: Armageddon and speaking of numerous, the Numerons are an archetype that a lot of players are hyped for, being a small engine that simply uses mostly the extra deck for it and being able to summon monsters for free to kill your opponent quickly, by boosting themselves on each attack, and on top of it, allowing the summoning of Number S0:Utopic Zexal, it will be as easy as 1 2 3 4 5.

Then for you dinosaur fans, which are actually rock support, BLAR introduces Fossils, which are really exciting fusion monsters that banish cards from either graveyard to summon themselves. Also, some interesting cards to help Adamancipators from Secret Slayers, and also 1 new card, Fossil Warrior Skull Knight, that may even be good against the new best deck that's come out in the following set, which we will talk about in our next blog.

We also have a couple of rogue contenders that have really beautiful artwork, such as the Glacial Beasts, which is an interesting water archetype that I think could have some really good synergy if they get some more support. If you are a fan of the Vrains series, you can also get your hands on Roboppi's Appliancer archetype for all of you general home appliance fans. 

Also coming in this set are the coveted legendary dragons. One of them being the prize card, Chaos Emporer, the dragon of Armageddon, which is really good dragon support, and Trishula being a really good target for Superpolymerization.

Speaking of Dragons, this set includes the 10000 secret rare known as Ten Thousand Dragon. A beautiful card that has tons of value and it is really, really shiny.

All these cards, along with some reprints from some of your favorite archetypes; Invoked, Artifacts, Elemental Heroes, and some really cool staples as well to build up and add to any strategy that you so desire.

So come down to our stores and see what you can find in this exciting new set, and who knows, Armageddon might be your beginning instead of the end.

Yu-Gi_Oh: Rise Of The Duelist Unboxing

09/20/2020
by John Lee

Abdel from HGC is here to do our first ever unboxing of Yu-Gi-Oh Rise of the duelist.

Check what cards we pull and don't forget to check out the mynespot.com website if you would like to purchase any of our cards

September 19, 1939, Donning The Bat-Cowl!

09/09/2020
by Michael Garzola

There are three important dates each year any enthusiast should know and commemorate concerning the Dark Knight, firstly Bruce’s birthday, secondly the first appearance of Bruce ‘Master Wayne’ Wayne, and thirdly the debut of The Batman - February 19th, May 19th, & September 19, 1939 respectively. For Detective Comics #27, writer and artist duo Bill Finger & Bob Kane pulled altogether that was great and preferable, from this collective unconscious Bruce Wayne manifested raw and full of potential, and then when issue 31 released and the world learnt the tip of the glacier of who Batman would develop into. 

Don’t believe Us, well, Scott Synder’s Batman and the myriad of Bat Knightmares were totally inconceivable to ever exist in the future, yet, more implausibly the Darkest Knight canonically now exists. There is overpowered and then there is absurdly formidable, The BatManhattan Who Laughs.  


The Bat-Family is an ever increasing grouping of friends-are-family and actual relatives, however none more amusing than Bat-Cow. Here is the most to day list of Bat-Family members: 

  1. Bruce Wayne/Batman
  2. Alfred Pennyworth
  3. Dick Grayson/Robin I/Nightwing/Batman III
  4. Kathy Kane/Batwoman/Katrina "Luka" Netz/Agent 0
  5. Barbara Gordon/Batgirl I /Oracle
  6. Jason Todd/Robin II/Red Hood
  7. Tim Drake/Robin III/Red Robin
  8. Terry McGinnis/Batman Beyond
  9. Jean-Paul Valley/Azrael/Batman II
  10. Stephanie Brown/Spoiler/Robin IV/Batgirl IV
  11. Cassandra Cain/Batgirl III/Blackbat/Orphan
  12. Helena Bertinelli/Huntress/Batgirl II
  13. Helena Wayne/Huntress/Nightwing
  14. Kate Kane/Batwoman II
  15. Damian Wayne/Robin V
  16. David Zavimbe / Batwing
  17. Luke Fox/Batwing II
  18. Julia Pennyworth
  19. Harper Row/Bluebird
  20. Duke Thomas/Signal
  21. Claire Clover / Gotham Girl
  22. Henry "Hank" Clover Jr. / Gotham - deceased
  23. Basil Karlo / Clayface 
  24. Bat-Cow
  25. Bat-Mite
  26. Titus (Damian's dog)
  27. Ace (Bruce's dog)
  28. Selina Kyle / Catwoman
  29. James Gordon
  30. Calvin Rose / Talon
  31. Elizabeth "Bette" Kane / Hawkfire
  32. Carrie Kelly/Robin

Beyond the above Batman has had a myriad of adventures, solo, part a team, mentoring a new generation, and returning from retirement. These stories stay with us whether they are canon, elseworlds, or pastiches. Batman continues to be versatile and inspiring to enthusiasts seasoned and novice alike. So this coming Nineteenth of this month don't be waiting for September to end but revel in this additional Batman Milestone of Eighty One Years of being a PHENOMENAL HERO!

Recommended Reading (That We Stock):

  1. Batman A Celebration Of 75 Year (R680)
  2. Batman Earth One Gn (R390)
  3. Batman Year Two 30th Anniversary Dlx Ed Hc (R450)
  4. Batman A Death In The Family Tp New Ed (R420)
  5. Batman And Robin Bad Blood Essential Edition (R400)
  6. Very Dc Halloween Tp (R290)
  7. Dark Nights Metal Deluxe Ed Hc (R510)
  8. Batman Damned Hc (Mr) (R510)
  9. Brave And The Bold Batman And Wonder Woman Hc (R420, available for backorder)
  10. Absolute Batman The Court Of Owls Hc (R1700)



August 29th, Judgement Day!

08/25/2020
by Michael Garzola

“My name is John Connor. They tried to murder me before I was born. When I was 13 they tried again. Machines from the future. Terminators. All my life my mother told me the storm was coming. Judgment Day, the beginning of a war between man and machines. Three billion lives would vanish in an instant, and I would lead what was left of the human race to ultimate victory.” - John Connor, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

The year was 1984, of late October, a new James Cameron movie was expected to rock America forevermore. During 2029 Skynet would endeavour to retaliate against the threat that is John Connor and his fellow Resistance Fighters with a specially selected time travelling infiltrating assassin cyborg unit called the Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 Series 800 Terminator. During the same year as the release of the movie in the land of Los Angeles the T-800 suddenly manifested. Wasting no time the T-800 was determined to kill Sarah Connor, the future mother of John Connor, the leader of the future human Resistance, but Sarah Connor would not be terminated so easily, especially since Kyle Reese, raised by John Connor, also travelled from the future to save Sarah Connor from Skynet’s machinations. Kyle Reese would perish but not before being the catalyst which sires John through Sarah. 
 

Sarah Connor survived and so the future favouring humanity’s plausible victory was still intact. Sarah would become the warrior mother legends would be written of her, she would raise John as best she could, the T-800 would return as a reprogrammed ally, and John would mature milestone by milestone, too, becoming the saviour humanity needed.
 

Now the aforementioned was the basics of the mythos of the Terminator franchise of media. Rise of the Machines, Salvation, and Genisys are deemed not canon according to the recent movie Dark Fate which likens itself to be a third of a trilogy consisting of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day as its prequels. From a certain point of view one can consider Rise of the Machines, Salvation, and Genisys as how fans consider the Star Wars Prequels newer than the Original Trilogy but tonally distinct, so though from Rise of the Machine one could consider them hypothetical futures. 
 

Fun fact, although it was brought online on Aug. 4th, 1997, Skynet did not become self-aware until Aug 29th.
 

There are several Terminator graphic novels out there in the world, some retelling the original stories and others which are spinoffs and further reading content such as TERMINATOR ENEMY OF MY ENEMY + TERMINATOR BURNING EARTH + TERMINATOR TP 2029 TO 1984. Fortunate for you, dear read and plausible customer, we have these titles in stock as well as the Dark Fate Funko Pops. 
 

That’s it for now, thanks for reading this blog and who knows, there may be a discount promotion this weekend on Terminator merch.
 

Regards,

The Collective Consciousness of Heroes of Games & Comics 



An Imitatable Fellow

08/10/2020
by John Lee

Today is Alan Turing's birthday, yes, Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen V. Strange + Khan(!!!!!)) portrayed him in the 2014 biopic movie THE IMITATION GAME. 

Thusly, without Alan Turing's perseverant academic efforts and inventive accomplishments the world would not be the same, perhaps, hell, the Allies may have lost to the Axis and Nazis if not for this brilliant British man who, as the movie correctly as possible shows how he was treated cruelly for his plausible autism, factual homosexuality, and avant garde ingenuity.

Today, and this Pride Month, we honour this meritorious mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist who was also a renowned member of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire & Fellowship of the Royal Society.  

Written by Michael P. Garzola

#CryptanalysisOfTheEnigma #TuringsProof #TuringMachine #TuringTest #UnorganisedMachine #TuringPattern #TuringReduction #TheChemicalBasisOfMorphogenesis


August Comic Book Character Debuts!

08/05/2020
by Michael Garzola

Salutations! It is I, Dio! No, actually it is Michael, veteran employee of HGC here yet again to edutain (educate and entertain). 

August is a special month for many reasons, some for family significance, and now important for other reasons, graphic literary character debuts. My favourite characters I discovered were debut this month years ago are thusly: Hellboy, Etrigan, the WildC.A.T.s, Gambit, Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider, Red Tornado, and Loki!

In this article you shall learn as I have, commemorative dates of mainstream and cult following characteristics. 
So from this year and until the heat death and implosion of the universe here's what you can celebrate this month via purchasing from us, if stock remains, their debuts either in comic book issue or graphic novel collection editions. I.E. For every character's debut which research has proved fruitless beyond listing the month, August in this case, I shall list them at the first of that month. You're Welcome. 

AUGUST 1
Spider-Man (Peter Parker) 1962 (1st August) Marvel Stan Lee, Steve Ditko Amazing Fantasy #15
Thor (Thor Odinson) 1962 (August) Marvel Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Journey into Mystery #83
Black Canary 1947 (August) DC Robert Kanigher, Carmine Infantino Flash Comics #86
Phantom Stranger 1952 (August) DC John Broome, Carmine Infantino, Sy Barry Phantom Stranger #1
Super Girl (tryout version) 1958 (August) DC Otto Binder, Al Plastino Superman #123
Deathlok 1974 (August) Marvel Rich Buckler, Doug Moench Astonishing Tales #25
WildC.A.T.s 1992 (August ) Image Comics Jim Lee
Jesse Quick (daughter of Johnny Quick and Liberty Belle) 1992 (August) DC Len Strazewski, Mike Parobeck Justice Society of America (vol. 2) #1
Moon Knight 1975 (August) Marvel Doug Moench, Don Perlin Werewolf by Night #32
Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze) 1972 (August) Marvel Roy Thomas, Gary Friedrich, Mike Ploog Marvel Spotlight #5

AUGUST 2
1962: Loki made his magnificent, mischievous first appearance in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #85.

AUGUST 4
1964: The Purple Man AKA Zebediah Killgrave, one of the most sinister and disturbing villains in Marvel history, made his first appearance in DAREDEVIL #4.

AUGUST 5
1969: THOR #169 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby features the first origin of Galactus,
August 5: Superboy discovers Kryptonite

AUGUST 6
1985: Rachel Summers became Phoenix in UNCANNY X-MEN #199 by Chris Claremont and John Romita Jr.

August 8th FANTASTIC FOUR #1 by Stan and Jack rocketed into existence like a ship carrying four adventurers bombarded by cosmic rays! This issue, featuring the first appearance of the Fantastic Four and the Mole Man, sparked the birth of the Marvel Age of comics and truly changed the landscape of pop culture.

Also this day, in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko introduces the Lizard AKA Curt Connors and his family.
Molecule Man, one of the most powerful (and bullied) characters in the Marvel Universe, debuts in FANTASTIC FOUR #20 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Captain America returns to the Marvel Universe in a Human Torch story within STRANGE TALES #114 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby! But it’s not really Captain America, it’s in fact one of Human Torch’s enemies, the Acrobat, who was impersonating Captain America. At this point, the real Cap was still in suspended animation, and wouldn’t be found by the Avengers until AVENGERS #4, which was released in January 1964.

1968: Behold… the Vision! One of longest-tenured and most important members of the Avengers, the synthezoid Vision made his first appearance in AVENGERS #57 by Roy Thomas and John Buscema. Created by Ultron and sent to kill the Avengers, Viz turns on his maker and helps defeat the malevolent droid.   

(Early August) Robin (Tim Drake, Tim Drake was named after Tim Burton's then upcoming Batman movie of 1989) DC Comics Marv Wolfman Batman #436
August 10: Boston Brand murdered, becomes Deadman
August 13: Steve Trevor’s plane crashes on Friday the 13th
August 14: Supergirl adopts Streaky, the Super-Cat
August 14th Blue Beetle, 1939, Fox Publications Charles Nicholas Mystery Men Comics #1
August 15th: Gambit, 1990, Marvel Chris Claremont, Jim Lee X-Men #266
August 19–22, 1993 Hellboy Dark Horse Mike Mignola San Diego Comic Con Comics #2
August 23: Freddy Freeman becomes Captain Marvel, Jr.
August 25: Dick Grayson’s first appearance as Robin [Pre-Crisis version]
August 27: Lab accident destroys Luthor’s great discovery, makes him lose his hair. He blames Superboy, starts feud
August 28: Ralph Dibny marries Sue Dearborn, publicly reveals he is Elongated Man
August 30: Superman builds his Fortress of Solitude
August 31: J’onn J’onzz, Martian Manhunter, quits JLA and leaves Earth to join his exiled people

Now, here, reader, is confusing stuff, Etrigan the Demon (created by Jack Kirby) somehow is listed under August 1972 even though 'The Demon #1' is an issue of the series The Demon (Volume 1) with a cover date of September, 1972, however further reading show it was published on June 22, 1972, so I'm gonna say it was made fully known at San Diego Comic Con in Aug sometime between 18–21, 1972.

There may be promotions concerning these debuts coming soon, but for now, thanks for reading and until next time. May You Happily & Healthily Live Long And Prosper (Through Your Affinities)!

​Moon Landing Fifty First Anniversary

07/20/2020
by Michael Garzola

Whether you believe Apollo 11's success actually happened or that it was a hoax or that since Apollo 17's final departure from the moon of December 19th, 1972 had unofficially (secretly) begun developing and manning a moon base forty seven years ago, it has been fifty one years since the official first moon landing and fifty nine years since the Russians sent Yuri A. Gagarin into space, April 12th 1961, via the Vostok spacecraft. 

So humour us, imagine at least that humanity actually managed to do all those events and these happened in a coherently inclusive sense, for example, the moon landing happened, also a pretapped convincing video and radio transmissions were made just in case Apollo 11 didn't succeed directed by Stanley Kubrick, and that secretly the moon base personnel managed to convert the moon into an actual satellite and perhaps humanity has diplomatically encountered and interviewed aliens on the moon and have been working together very much like the Men In Black animated series. Even if that isn't true or real, perhaps it should have happened and humanity is actually something to be proud about.


Anyway, President John F. Kennedy had a dream, that dream became a speech in 1961, a couple years before his assassination. (Ideally I would have preferred that he faked his death to be first President in space, essentially like the fictional President Thomas Whitmore of the Independence Day movies, thus needing to train to become an astronaut and command the moon base like Nick Fury, aaaaaaaaah, how entertaining that would have been instead, however mundanity can be so boring, disappointing, and tragic.) President Kennedy's speech inspired his countrymen and motivated the rivals of the United STATES of America to rechannel their passions for war into the sport of the space race, which in essence is to conquer the moon, space, and industrial business. A healthy alternative to war. One could say the Cold War could distract all on earth from discovering the development and manning of a S.H.I.E.L.D. moon base overhead. 

As you may have noticed from the above mentioned I am very bored of Humanity Divided, a Humanity United would be more fun, satisfactory, and perhaps less stressful than what we currently have. Like can this Plague end already. 
As for reading material of which Heroes of Games & Comics may have to enforce your optimism and heroic nature here are my recommendations of relevant graphic literature examples:

1. Amazing Spider-Man #1 1963, featuring the astronaut John Jonah Jameson the Third

2. Man-Wolf in, Marvel Premiere #45, astronaut JJJ3 discovers the Godstone.

3. Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four #1, #13, #98, The Space Race is depicted in the first two issues and the Fantastic Four actually help Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin accomplish their moon landing. 

4. (Not that the moon is important in Darkseid War, but Doctor Manhattan does make his sort of first appearance in the DC Multiverse on Earth Zero's Moon which he destroys Owl Man and Metron and accidentally feeds the Moebius Chair his power which eventually deifies Wally West observed in Flash Forward)

5. Jane Foster becomes The Mighty Thor on the moon.
Luthor/Spaceboy of the Umbrella Academy defended the Earth from the moon against Martian Apes. Luthor lives on the moon in the Netflix show too.

6. Whilst Batman's Watchtower isn't usually on the Earth, it does orbit the Earth like a giant satellite.

7. Saitama briefly visits the moon in One Punch Man. 
Uatu the Watcher watches Earth from the moon, when he's not dead. #OriginalSin 

8. Guardians of the Galaxy (the original team, with Starhawk, the team distant future) shows Earth has conquered and colonised the entirety solar system

9. In the world Gundam, a large space station colonies orbiting the Earth and have cities on the moon. That's just the beginning for what other place other than Earth has inhabitation. 

10. Gunnm/Battle Angel Alita have colonies on Venus, Mars, and Jupiter and a former Mercury one, the space race there was quite ambitious and like Altered Carbon cultures diversified quite exotically.

11. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has a colonised solar system too, coincidentally HGC does stock Call of Duty comic books.

12. The Halo Universe may have more fascinating than the Call of Duty comics

13. Star Trek amusingly has so many developed settlements on Earth's moon that you can literally notice some of them clear enough whilst still on Earth. 

14. 2001: A Space Odyssey shows us the enigmatically powerful Monolith discovered and exhumed from the moon itself. I haven't noticed a graphic novel of this, but it is possible. Ad Astra also takes place on the moon.

15. Otsutsuki clan from the Naruto Shippuden & Boruto series are moon dwelling ninja.

That's All Folks!

Written by Michael P. Garzola


Embracing Your Geekiness, The Blog Version

07/13/2020
by Michael Garzola

July's celebrations are many, but not all of them are nerdy except for Nikola Tesla's birthday on the tenth, the release date of the Audio Drama of Neil Gaiman's Sandman via Audible on the 15th, and of course July thirteenth 'World Embracing Your Geekiness Day'. So for seven days unleash your real self, embrace your geeky interests, and reward yourself with merch you have been desiring for months on end, you deserve it.

I believe the mainstream trend of 'nerdy is the new sexy' began in and since 2007, it started with a bang, pun intended. Obviously YouTube channels like the 'The Guild', featuring Felicia Day, were marketing nerd culture too. Coincidentally, The Guild began airing in 2007 just as The Big Bang Theory also had. Obviously nerd popularity in South African culture was a bit delayed too, at least according to and from my personal life experience. 


Anyway, Geek Pride Day began as an initiative to promote geek culture, since then it has been consistently celebrated annually on May 25. This initiative, believe-it-or-not, originated in Spain in 2006. Very underground. Totes. 

In addition to the current promotion we at HGC are conducting, here is further insight into what it is all about.

From this precedent eventually 'Embracing Your Geekiness Day', an offshoot, sprouted as another excuse to have more in-store celebrations. Obviously this year, in-store gatherings whilst appreciated, may not be safe unless everyone cosplays as Gothic Plague Doctors.   
So Behold!!!!  A Competition Of Which You Can Win From Home As Follows! To qualify to compete in this online store and in-store competition you must...

1. Follow us and share our Instagram, Facebook, and other social media posts about this competition. 
2. Become a regular enough to have a loyalty rewards membership or an online order account
3. Get the word out there peeps with photographic posing and text or video with captions! (Your enthusiasm about your shrine of merch and hobby tools must be clearly evident.)
4. Purchase any item priced more than R50 from either our online store or our physical stores for Embracing Your Geekiness Week. Keep and save your order numbers/sale IDs.
5. Include the hashtag #WinWithHGC, your order number, and make sure to tag us and your friends! 
The more items you buy and share along with your most enthusiasm, the better your chances of winning!

Initially Written by Michael P. Garzola, Ghostwritten by Other Staff


Nikola Tesla's Posthumous Birthday, Innovative Genius & Electrical Trailblazer

07/10/2020
by Michael Garzola

During the late 19th Century lightning heralded the birth of a great Serbian and prospective scientist and engineer, this person is Nikola Tesla. Most people know of him through a couple of reference, either being compared to Doctor Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory and David Bowie portraying him in the Christopher Nolan movie The Prestige, but there is so much more to such first impressions.   

Born To Serbian Parents, Born To Croatian Soil, Born To Succeed In His Career. Despite his lonely death at eighty-six years old Tesla lived a long life of struggle and success, but still like Alan Turing Nikola deserved better than what the world allowed him. Hypothetically, if Telsa was indulged and rewarded more during his life two significant events happen, first with more appreciation, happiness, and wealth during the twilight of his years Nikola may well lived at least twenty years more from his immaculately healthy lifestyle, and second, the twentieth first century may been much more futuristic as seen in science fiction depictions of this half of the new millennium. 


Now there is a biopic movie called 'The Current War' starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, and Matthew Macfadyen belatedly released last year wonderfully portraying these historical character through dramatic sincerity. The story takes places over a couple of decades showing us the vying interactions of Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, J.P. Morgan, and Nikola Tesla and the harsh price gained from career competition which effect family, finance, and fame. The characters complex and rich with vivacious details both trivial and significant. We, the audience, voyeur their lives much like Tom Holland's character, Samuel Insull, respected apprentice of Thomas Edison, Benedict Cumberbatch's character. 


In this movie we observe more of Telsa's inventions, both in actual construction and design, more than in any film preceding it, most likely because this is essentially a well-funded Art Nouveau movie with many famously excellent thespians mainstream and indie. Nicholas Hoult's Tesla is authentic to the real person he portrays, he has the exotic handsomenss, Byronic mannerisms, and convincing expression of the source evidence which Nikola Tesla's legacy endures forever precious. Through 'Nicholas Tesla' we witness how difficult yet admirable it is to commit to your vocational career, often one's meticulous savvy will allow you to win against formidable antagonists willing to cheat against you. Like Captain America is known to say, "Compromise where you can. Where you can't, don't. Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye, and say 'No, you move'.", also one can endeavour to counteract their cheating with being both the antidote to it and the force which sabotages their cruel and malicious efforts. 

Many statues can be found in New York City, Serbia, Croatia, Canada, Long Island, but most impressive is in Palo Alto, California where a full-size, crowdfunded statue honoring Tesla with free Wi-Fi and a time capsule was unveiled on 7 December 2013. The time capsule is intended to be opened on the 100th anniversary of Tesla's death, 7 January 2043. So that is something to look forward to.

As for merch which we at Heroes of Games & Comics have usually in stock pertaining to Nikola Tesla we have had graphic novels about imagined adventures of H.P. Lovecraft and Nikola Tesla as protagonists in a few volumes of the series 'Herald'. Obviously Nikola Tesla is iconic enough to cameo and be a supporting character in other graphic literature. Nevertheless, let us celebrate this demi-god of invention this Tenth of July and aspire to succeed through nerdy affinities this month during Geek Pride Week, 13th to 19th July.

Written by Michael P. Garzola


Resilience Day, Independence Day For All Cultures

07/03/2020
by Michael Garzola

"We’re fighting for our right to live, to exist, and should we win today the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday but is the day when the world declared in one voice, “We will not go quietly into the night. We will not vanish without a fight. We’re going to live on. We’re going to survive. Today we celebrate our Independence Day!” - President Thomas J. Whitmore

The above is quoted from the 1996 movie Independence Day, a wonderfully dramatic and inspiring movie about the world's diverse populace uniting to defeat an enigmatic extraterrestrial eldritch race alongside Will Smith, Bill Pullman, and Jeff Goldbloom's characters Captain Steven "Steve" Hiller, USMC, President Thomas J. Whitmore, and David Levinson respectively. For its time the movie was a great success and many have continued to fondly remember and quote the movie like I just did. The sequel's, 'Independence Day: Resurgence', release date coincides with its graphic novel prelude (2016/17) to explain and elaborate what has happened since the original first movie. The graphic novel is published by TITAN COMICS written by Victor Gischler and art by Steve Scott and various arts and the story is described to be about an extraterrestrial craft concealed beneath the Atlantic Ocean which prompts a top-secret investigation by the US military, one which could prove the key to humanity's survival - or its ultimate destruction. Whilst we at Heroes of Games & Comics don't currently have this our supplier does have stock of it and I estimate the price of each would be R260.

Now, I did neither begin this post only because tomorrow is the historical commemoration of the Independence of the United States of America nor because yesterday was World UFO day but mostly because 2020 is a distressingly dire year concerning plague and persistent inhumane rights. Like the aforementioned quote encourages through the thematic lenses of current crises to essentially Improvise. Adapt. Overcome we should endeavour to combat the mutually assured destruction which persists day by day united. For if we don't pause and exert 'Plus Ultra' measures for the remaining months of year we may cross the point of no return. 

Anyway, my point, life like art (graphic literature) should be used as a series of case studies, thusly entertainment such as graphic novels can be both amusing and helpful to your survival and thriving as well as the benefiting of those around you and beyond. 

So be wise and support us through investing in our graphic literature case studies!

Written by Michael P. Garzola

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