Many of us have seen the movie and read the Kick-Ass comic book, and we’ve heard the stories about real DIY superheroes and vigilantism, particularly in the Pacific Northwest where Phoenix Jones has taken to the streets to fight crime with varying degrees of success and controversy. Some people rave and hold these masked men (and women) up as true heroes, while others, like Det. Mark Jamieson of the Seattle PD, just want them to stop before someone gets hurt, telling ABC News: “They don’t have the training. They don’t have the authority.”

Suddenly though, and by way of the internet, we have learned of a new player in this battle for the Emerald City. Rex Velvet, a monocle wearing, mustachioed mad man with a bowler hat, a sword cane, a Space Needle dagger, and a propensity for grandiose statements and red cocktails, has made himself and his intentions known. The Emerald City has a genuine super villain too, and while he seems like he was pulled strait out of a comic book to stand against Phoenix Jones and the Rain City Superhero Movement, I can attest that he is very real, and very committed. The question is, is Rex Velvet trying to do something legitimate or is he just an attention seeking clown seeking to piggyback atop the micro-fame of a group of people who are actually, and foolishly I might add, going out in the street in an effort to help people?

I spoke to Mr. Velvet this afternoon while doing my best Vicki Vale impression and we discussed his secret evil plan to stop Phoenix Jones, his love of puppies, his henchmen headcount, and the importance of letting the police do their jobs.

Here now is our exclusive interview with Rex Velvet. (more…)

There are LOTS of superpowers out there.

There are so many that it is very easy to get confused. And then you run into people with similar looking or acting powers, clones, evil twins, alternate universes, etc… it just gets messy!

The folks at Pop Chart Lab created a picture that pretty much gives the rundown down of (almost) every superpower. The char, entitled The Illustrious Omnibus Of Superpowers, and is a “taxonomic tree of over 100 wondrous powers and abilities, with over 200 superheroes and supervillains as examples thereof.”

It separates powers into six separate levels: Mastery, Weapons-based, Animal Powers, Powers of the Body, Powers of the Mind, Force Control and Object Manipulation. And each level is sub-divided into different areas. It is an incredibly well-done and thought out guide. Off the top of my head, I cannot think of any character that does not fall into one of the categories.

The chart is so well done and detailed, that it will take you a long time to get through it. That said, if you are a fan of superheroes, you owe it to yourself to check this one out!



Superhero Optical Illusions


For every good, there is evil. For every life, there is death. And for every superhero, there is a villain.

Amazing artist Simon C. Page has taken the idea that heroes and villains are connected, and turned it into art using his own variation of the “two faces and a candlestick optical” illusion. The posters, which there are only three of so far, can be ordered through his website and would definitely look right at home on any fanboy’s wall.

Check out the posters below of Vader Vs. Luke, Spiderman Vs. The Green Goblin, and my personal favorite, Batman Vs. The Penguin.

The trick is, can you see both good and evil in the posters? Or just one?