“Absence makes the heart grow fonder”
Never has that quote been more applicable than in relation to this thread. You've missed reading it, I've missed making it, but it's finally back. You know the deal, here’s another week of blogs, fan-fics, artist show-offs, battles, RPG, and reviews, from all around the Vine. It was a very busy week, except for Battles (direct your complaints to Vance Astro and god_spawn ;) ) so let’s see what happened on the Vine this past week shall we...
Razz Note: As I have told many people, my schedule is too busy at the moment for a lot of community stuff like the spotlight. Thus Xanni helped put this together (and by helped I mean did the whole thing.) If you are interested in directly contributing in the future let me know.
Dear Diary (Blogs)
Without a doubt the most impressive blog of the week belonged to Strider92, who examines and really breaks down women in comics and addresses various popular talking points.
herrweis questions whether DC fans need to move on, stop living in the past, and give the New 52 more of a chance. From the look of things, he might be alone. Sampsman takes us back in time to February 1988 and points out what a great year it was for comic covers. Dud317 looks at the recent death rumors surrounding Batman 17, and gives his reasons why the Clown Prince of crime can't die... Yet. And BatWatch breaks down what's wrong with Birds Of Prey, hard to disagree with much of anything he says. This title deserves so much more.
With the current events going on, Nightwing4 wonders which comic characters would be pro or against stricter gun laws, unsurprisingly Punisher is mentioned. Can you tell which side he might be on?
There's been a lot of news about the Marvel movie universe recently, in great detail ArtisticNeedham lays out his what his vision and plan would be. Complete with various movies and main roster choices for them all. There's a lot of good ideas given by him.
Buckshot's finding the newest version of Thor's character worth following, and analyzes how even though he's the god of Thunder, one of Odin's sons is really down to Asgard and a good guy.
Draw Me Like One of Your French Girls (Artist Show-Off)
Being voted best community artist of 2012 didn't go to the head of RamsIllustrations. Here he's showing off his own interpretation of a Wolverine headshot, he calls it just practice so we'll all be in for a real treat once it is finalized.
JesterretseJ put up some really high quality pieces this week, quite a bit of variety too.
Newcomer SarahPerryman details how she (with help from her husband!) improved her coloring style, clearly the practice has paid off.
Going a different route, Manbehindthewires goes into great detail and a step by step process of putting together the Iron Man Mark VII toy Model. Hurry up and finish!
Everyone is a Critic (Reviews)
etragedy has begun to review all twelve issues of The Kents, and while I only linked to the first issue be sure to check the other seven he has gotten to so far!
The newest issue of Wonder Woman has turned Dark Noldor into a fan, check out his review to see his thoughts on it.
johnkmccubbin91 is keeping an open mind but still isn't feeling the Superior Spider-Man. This opinion appears to be shared by many other Viners.
drreneninja couldn't have been more impressed by the latest New 52 issue of Green Arrow.
Issue 4 of Avengers was a letdown according to broo1232, but they have nothing but confidence in the series as a whole.
My Better is Better than Your Better (Fan-Fic)
Sometimes we all need a little help when it comes to writing dialogue, if so check out xxxddd's discussion and pick up some tips or maybe add a few of your own.
CaptainLantern76 delivers the long awaited chapter 2 in his Jurassic Park: Terror on Site C story. I don't know about any of you but the setting of this fan-fic is very interesting and full of potential. His character dialogue is spot on.
Decoy Elite takes a break from trolling Mercy_ to post a rather interesting fan-fic.
Take Cover, RPG Incoming! (RPG)
President Obama not only faces opposition throughout his own country, but even here on the Vine as Premonition is trying to impeach him. Let your voice (and those of all your alts) be heard and vote!
If you need help finding the right name for a character or have some interesting names others could use, .Ajax. has covered with his thread. Mean while Storm_Phobia's curious what tattoos your characters have, and where they might be located. _Son_of_War_ is really bringing it with Gods and Kings, watch your back RPGers as Future Conquerors reppin' Russia and Clara Mass has stated that everyone might be a target of her plans, and for all of those locations without a thread there's Surkit's Locale: Anonymous to assist your character till they find their destination.
Finally for the 26th time in 5 years (let that sink in for a moment), two of the greats go at it again when Sha meets Feral Nova. There's some top notch dialogue going on so be sure to check it out and see how it's done.
For Glory And Honor! (Battles)
One of Marvel's prep masters runs a gauntlet created by jashro44.
CadenceV2's controversial battle featuring what he sees as "second Tier" geniuses is full of interesting debates.
Elsewhere Around the Vine
Let's be real for a second. We could all stand to improve our eating habits, and RazzaTazz's Eating-Well thread was a sight for sore eyes. Exchanging food recipes or just helping each other eat better is a welcome change from religious debates and respect threads (aka spam threads).
PhoenixoftheTides posted a cool article with tips on how to improve your debating skills on the internet. It's an interesting read that could benefit everyone and improve debates around the site. TheAcidSkull take a short break from editing Hulk's wiki page to review Samsara, RedheadedAtrocitus proves that not all gingers are evil (just joking) by showing off his meeting with Wolverine co-creator Len Wein, and lastly sora_thekey is back with another roundtable user discussion focusing on Disney's acqusition of Lucasfilm and even includes a corny JediXMan joke!