Everyone loves comic book trivia, but with 75 years of superhero comics behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite characters in our continuing video series. You think you know comics? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!
This week we are taking a look at everyone’s favorite genius billionaire playboy substance abuser, Iron Man! In this video, we will cover such pressing questions as whether or not he has lost his mind, whether he can see or if he is blind, and whether he can walk at all, and several other equally interesting facts.
Weightloss and dieting are considered one the hardest things to stick to. For anyone wanting to lose weight, or bulk up, it’s hard to follow a taxing new exercise routine and watch what you eat. Those who are beginning to take their first steps towards fitness will find that there are a slew of services, apps, and communities that they can turn to for help, support, and advice. For other habits that get less attention, there isn’t much out there in terms of a helpful app. Meet HabitBull, an app dedicating to helping you track your habits and stick to them. The app has been available on Android for well over a year and we reviewed it back in May 2014. HabitBull has a whole new look is now available for iOS. The developers are generously offering a free upgrade to premium to our readers. Details at the end.
An MS Excel spreadsheet can have a thousand rows and a thousand columns. The horizontal and vertical scroll bars, the cell address bar, not to mention the zoom control, make it easy to navigate a large sheet. The problem is, the more rows and columns you have in a sheet, the harder it is going to be for you to print it. It’s almost impossible to manage printing a large Excel spreadsheet. The print preview doesn’t offer too many tools to make it easy and it’s often hard to tell which cells will appear on one page, and which will be carried over to the next. Couple this with a large number of rows and columns and you’ve got a mess on your hand. If you have a large Excel spreadsheet that you’d like to print only a small portion of, but without too much hassle, here’s how you can tell the program to print only pre-defined cells.
MS Excel has a tool called a ‘Print Area’. It’s available on MS Excel 2007 and above, and it lets you define which cells to print. To set it up, select the cells you want to print. Go to the Page Layout tab and look for the ‘Print Area’ drop-down in the ‘Page’ set of tools. From the drop-down, simply click the ‘Set Print Area’ option. The print area will be set to the cells you selected. A grey outline will appear around them.
When you look at the sheer range and number of original stories being told in comics form today, it’s hard to imagine a better time to be a comics reader. Online and in print, from all around the world, artists and writers are telling stories with their own voices and styles, and there’s so much to choose from that it’s sometimes difficult to know what to read next. With Should I Be Reading… ?, ComicsAlliance hopes to offer you a guide to some of the best original ongoing comics being published today.
Ever since it first hit bookshelves in 2008, Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series has been a pop culture phenomenon. As the Twilight series started to fade away, The Hunger Games was the next book-based franchise starring a female protagonist to successfully make the jump from literary success to massive Hollywood hit.
Collins had a variety of literary, classic and contemporary inspirations when it came to penning the series. The ancient myth of Minos, the son of Zeus and first king of Cretes, forcing Athens to sacrifice seven male youths and seven maidens to the Minotaur’s labyrinth was a primary inspiration for The Hunger Games‘ title event. The rising popularity of trashy, reality TV shows was also a catalyst for the creation of the series.
Before George Miller re-established his supremacy as action filmmaking’s most insatiably inventive madman with this spring’s Fury Road, he had planned a comeback of a different sort. In the late 2000s, Miller was slated to helm an unprecedentedly ambitious undertaking for DC, an adaptation of the Justice League comics that’d bring together all of the company’s most popular heroes for one grand adventure. He had secured a promising cast — Armie Hammer as Superman, Common as the Green Lantern, Adam Brody as the Flash — for the tentatively titled Justice League Mortal, but relocations in production and the 2008 actors’ strike effectively derailed production on this lost gem.
An upcoming documentary, also to be titled Justice League Mortal, will chronicle the doomed development of the project. The filmmakers responsible for that doc have already unearthed some rare production images that Australian photographer Mark Rogers had taken and shelved when the film was set aside. The photographs show Megan Gale in costume as Wonder Woman, appropriately poised in her role as the warrior princess. The costume that Miller and design house Weta Workshop agreed on emphasizes the comic-book origins of the project, sticking with the bright-blue star-emblazoned skirt that cemented Wonder Woman as a symbol of Truth, Freedom, and the American Way.