You have until September 23rd to submit an application for the STEM Challenge from Marvel to celebrate Thor: Ragnarok
This is an opportunity for science minded girls to show off STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) powers and win a trip to the world premier of Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, a 3 day mentorship with Disney Imagineering and appear on Good Morning America! So get it girls! All you have to do is have a great idea to help others and shoot a demo video (follow the rules see below) with your STEM idea! I hope they show ALL the entries to see the face of science, technology, engineering and math!
GIRLS, SHOW US YOUR SUPERPOWERS!
Have you discovered the superpower of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)? Can you imagine sharing your superpower of STEM on national television?
Girls ages 15-18, in grades 10-12, are encouraged to channel their superpower of STEM for a chance to win a trip to the world premiere of MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK, an immersive three-day mentorship in New York City with Disney Imagineering, the opportunity to appear on Good Morning America, and more!
MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK SUPERPOWER OF STEM CHALLENGE invites girls nationwide – just like you – ages 15 to 18 in grades 10 through 12, currently living in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, to use the superpower of STEM for good by creating and sharing an original Do-It-Yourself project that could help your family, your community, or the world be safer, healthier, or happier. The project you make can be as simple or complex as you want. It can be something practical or something that would bring people joy – a robot, an app, a toy – anything that harnesses the superpower of STEM! You may create a new project or may submit an original project that had previously been developed for a class, for a science competition, or just for fun. Let your imagination and STEM skills run wild!
JUST FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS:
Think of a Do-It-Yourself, demonstratable project that could be used for the good of others.
Make your project.
Create a 7-minute (or shorter) video in which you demonstrate your project and tell us how you used your superpowers of STEM to design and complete it.
FIVE (5) FINALISTS WILL BE SELECTED, AND EACH WILL:
Receive an expenses-paid trip to Hollywood, California for the finalist and a parent or legal guardian.
Have an opportunity to present her completed project in front of a panel of experts in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and/or math.
Walk the red carpet at the premiere of MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK.
One Grand Prize Winner will be selected from the five finalists to attend an immersive three-day mentorship in New York City with Disney Imagineering to build her STEM story, creating a professional level video teaching other young people how to recreate her Challenge winning project.
The Grand Prize Winner will also have the opportunity to demonstrate her Superpower of STEM project live to the Nation with a brief appearance on Good Morning America.
The video created during the Grand Prize Winner’s mentorship will be made available to students, teachers and families worldwide on the American Association for the Advancement of Science education resource website, ScienceNetLinks.com.
Finalists will be notified by September 28, 2017. Each finalist and her parent or legal guardian will travel to Los Angeles, California on or about Sunday, October 9, 2017.
MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK SUPERPOWER OF STEM CHALLENGE is proudly presented by DISNEY, MARVEL STUDIOS, SYNCHRONY BANK, DOLBY, BROADCOM MASTERS, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, and SOCIETY FOR SCIENCE AND THE PUBLIC.
READ THE OFFICIAL RULES. Make sure you qualify for the challenge: you are between the ages of 15 and 18, in grades 10 through 12, and a legal resident of and physically living within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.
USE YOUR STEM SUPERPOWERS TO DESIGN AND COMPLETE A DO-IT-YOURSELF PROJECT. Your project can have a practical use – it can be a robot, an app, a design plan, etc. Or it can be something that is just plain fun and that could bring joy to others! You may create a new project or may submit an original project that had previously been developed for a class, for a science competition, or just for fun. Let your imagination and STEM skills run wild!
You must be able to instruct other students in how to complete your project.
Your project must be replicable by other students with your instruction.
COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORM. Come back to the website MarvelStudiosSTEMChallenge.com and click on the APPLY page to complete the online application form. Applications will be accepted on or about 4:00am PDT on August 23, 2017 until 6:00pm PDT, September 23, 2017. You are strongly encouraged to apply early to ensure full consideration.
RECEIVE CONFIRMATION. Once your application has been processed and accepted, you will receive a confirmation email (processing takes approximately 48 hours).
CREATE YOUR CHALLENGE ENTRY VIDEO. Once your application is accepted, and once your project is complete, it’s time to create a video in which you demonstrate your project, and tell us how you used your superpower of STEM to create and complete your project. If you are not sure how best to share your project whith others, check out your favorite instructional videos on the Internet for inspiration.
You may use a smartphone, computer, tablet, or camera to make your video. Please make sure we can see and hear both you and whatever you are describing/demonstrating clearly. Make sure you have adequate lighting, and the background is free of any copyrighted image, object, or obvious brand. Do not use any identifiable music in your video.
WHAT THE VIDEO MUST INCLUDE:
Your first name (and only your first name).
A demonstration of your project in an instructional format to show others how to recreate your project.
An explanation of how you used STEM to develop and create your project.
An explanation of how your project could help your family, community, or the world to be safer, healthier, or happier.
If the video does not feature you, your working project and answers to all of the questions listed above, it will be disqualified.
ALL VIDEOS MUST COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING:
You should be the only person who appears in the video.
Please only include your first name in the video. Videos that include last names, physical addresses, high school names, or any other identifying information will be immediately disqualified from further consideration.
The video and the “script” (wording and presentation) must be original.
If the video is taken by a third party, you must have secured all rights and clearances to the video from the third party.
The video cannot contain any music or any identifiable background images (posters, logo shirts, objects with brand names, identifiable brand products, etc.).
Materials, products, and other objects used in the video should have their brand names obscured.
The video cannot contain materials displaying copyrighted images, names, likenesses, photographs, or anything else that identifies any person, living or dead, without permission.
The video cannot defame, misrepresent, or contain disparaging remarks about people or companies.
The video cannot be obscene or offensive, endorse any form of hate or hate group, or be derogatory to any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional, or age group.
The video cannot communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill with which Disney wishes to associate.
The video cannot depict illegal activity and cannot itself be in violation of any law.
The video may not include images of a known celebrity, famous or well-known person, or any image that violates the right of privacy or publicity of any person.
The video cannot be more than seven (7) minutes in length.
UPLOAD YOUR VIDEO.
Do one last check of the quality of your video. Review the list above and make sure you have followed all of the instructions. Verify the video is no more than seven (7) minutes in length.
Please label your video in the following manner: LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_Challenge (e.g., DOE_JANE_CHALLENGE)
Click the unique video upload link found in your application acceptance email and follow the directions to upload your video to the site.
Well if you have $500 and want to attend the private dinner for 25 with Walter Simonson hosted by IDW Publishing during San Diego Comic Con 2017 you
are in luck! This year IDW Publishing is having a private dinner in the Gaslamp District in a secret fancy location from 7 – 10PM. It’s an opportunity that fans of the artist to enjoy conversation and special swag from the comic book legend. Some of you may not recognize the name or the face (see below) but all comic book fans ‘know’ him by his artistic contribution to the beloved art form.
“Looking forward to having dinner with old friends,” said Simonson, “and making new ones at San Diego. Should be a fun night for all!”
Have Dinner With Walter Simonson at Comic-Con
IDW Presents an Evening with a Comic Book Legend!
Each guest will receive the following:
A COPY OF WALTER SIMONSON’S THOR THE RETURN OF BETA RAY BILL ARTIST’S EDITION VARIANT EDITION (limited to 125 copies)
A SKETCH OF YOUR CHOICE BY SIMONSON (SEE ACCOMPANYING EXAMPLE)
A COPY OF THE RAGNAROK BOOK TWO RETAILER INCENTIVE HARDCOVER, COMPLETE WITH BOUND IN SKETCH BY SIMONSON (limited to 100 copies)
THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE BOTH BOOKS INSCRIBED TO YOU BY WALTER
BOTH BOOKS EMBOSSED WITH A UNIQUE SEAL CREATED FOR THIS EVENT ONLY
A WONDERFUL DINNER WITH WALTER SIMONSON
MEMORIES THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME
Featuring fine dining in an intimate atmosphere, this very special evening is available on a first come first served basis. Space is extremely limited. Tickets are $500 per person and can be purchasedhere.
Don’t delay in reserving your spot for this one-of-a-kind event!
Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con Partners With Guitar Center For Charity Auction Event To Be Held Sunday October 30 at 3:00PM
The World’s Largest Retailer of Musical Instruments and Pro Audio Gear Teams with L.A.’s Very Own Pop Culture Extravaganza to Auction a Gibson Flying V – Signed by Stan Lee – With Proceeds Benefitting Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory
I LOVE how Stan Lee is giving back to the community this Sunday with a extra special auction benefiting the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory! He recognizes the importance of giving kids the opportunity to be creative since with him we wouldn’t have comics/graphic novels as the art form we have today! This year Stan Lee’s ComiKaze Expo aka Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con has partnered with the Guitar Center and Gibson Guitars for a one of a kind collector item that will appeal to the fanboy/fangirl AND music lover in all of us with the one of a kind Gibson Flying V. I’m hoping to get a peek of this work of art before Sunday. If I do I’ll post it on twitter but no matter what grab your tickets and meet me at the LA Convention Center this Halloween Weekend and get your Boo on with kids of all ages and those of us who ‘kids at heart’!
All music-loving attendees of Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con will be heading to the Main Stage of the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, October 30 at 3:00 PM where one lucky convention-goer will become the owner of a Gibson Flying V signed by Stan Lee – all courtesy of the Los Angeles Comic Con and Guitar Center.
The one of a kind electric guitar will be auctioned off by the Los Angeles Comic Con with all proceeds generated from the auction benefitting the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory, a downtown Los Angeles center that teaches the comic arts free of charge to local youths.
Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory (BHAC) is dedicated to helping young people explore careers in Film, Television, Broadcasting, Digital and the Creative Arts industries. BHAC provides professional training and workshops that prepare students in becoming solid candidates for these industries. Through innovative programming such as Cartoons and Cereal, and Comics & Culture – Limited Edition, BHAC partners with multi-media professionals to bring technology and pop culture to our most under-resourced communities. BHAC works to create career pathways for ages 6-22, to develop the next generation of leaders in these fields and create an economic equity for our most underserved.
“We are extremely thrilled to be joined by Guitar Center whose awesome contribution of a Gibson Flying V will serve to benefit an outstanding cause. There are lots of musicians on the L.A. Comic Con team and they all regard Guitar Center as a home away from home for all of their musical and sound needs. It will be a joy for all of us to work alongside Guitar Center to help benefit the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory,” said Regina Carpinelli, President and Founder of Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con. “We are also really happy to have the chance to help expose future comic artists and comic lovers to the comics industry. These young Los Angelenos are the future of this business.”
“Guitar Center is pleased to partner with Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con Expo to help benefit such a worthy cause,” said Brian Berman, Vice President of Marketing at Guitar Center. “We’re looking forward to a phenomenal turnout for the auction and we appreciate the opportunity to support the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory and their mission to remove barriers and create pathways for artists to continue their craft.”
Set for October 28-30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con is L.A.’s ultimate comic and pop-culture convention, a 3-day mega-celebration featuring the biggest stars and creative talent in pop culture.
About Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con:
Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con is Los Angeles’ biggest and best large-scale, multi-media pop culture convention. Held annually at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con assembles the most exciting and innovative in comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, horror and all things pop-culture. Partnering with comic legend Stan Lee himself and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con is the only pop-culture convention owned and operated by true pop-culture icons. With a mission to provide celebrity, creator and talent access that is unequalled in comic conventions, Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con’s unique panels, autograph sessions and photo-ops give fans once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to truly interact with their favorite creators and major players in the entertainment industry. Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con is a partnership of Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment, Cassandra Peterson, and Comikaze Entertainment, Inc. Visit http://www.stanleeslacomiccon.com/.
About Guitar Center:
Guitar Center is the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ, and lighting equipment. With more than 270 stores across the U.S. and one of the top direct sales websites in the industry, Guitar Center has helped people make music for more than 50 years. In addition, Guitar Center’s sister brands include Music & Arts, which operates more than 120 stores specializing in band & orchestral instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students, and Musician’s Friend, a leading direct marketer of musical instruments in the United States. With an unrivalled in-store experience, an industry-leading online presence and passionate commitment to making gear easy-to-buy, Guitar Center is all about enabling musicians and non-musicians alike to experience the almost indescribable joy that comes from playing an instrument. For more information about Guitar Center, please visit www.guitarcenter.com.
MEET ME AT THE 2015 STAN LEE’S COMIKAZE THIS FALL!
I’m excited to attend the 5th Annual Comikaze Expo Weekend from October 30 to November 1st this fall! This is the little comic con that is fun for casual geeks looking to explore the con lifestyle as well experienced cosplayers who want a casual vibe. I recommend this to everyone who’s a fan of the Father of Comic Book’s Stan Lee! Every year he has a great display of his personal collection of action figures, toys, art and items from his decades working on this art form. Literally Stan was their at the beginning before being a comic geek was cool! Even if you don’t know his name you know his work from Avengers to Hulk to Spiderman to .. well everyone!
If you’ve never attended the Expo now is your chance to pick up a pass for $55 to celebrate five years of our local LA Comic Con. If you want to check out the schedule: Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo of L.A.’s ultimate comic and pop culture convention or buy a Three-Day badge a (only available for a limited time) at the June 3 price of $55. Buy your 3-day Pass here I mean how often do you get the chance to see Stan Lee in person???? Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo is a meeting place for pop culture, comic book, horror, gaming and sci-fi fans who love to cosplay or check out cosplayers (don’t forget cosplay is NOT consent so please respect everyone).
Since the expo gets more and more poplar every years they are expanding from just the South Hall to accommodate more attendees at the L.A. Convention Center. This expansion makes the 2015 show better than ever with 300,000 square feet of events, games, celebrity appearances, panel discussions, contests and a marketplace with the hottest apparel and accessories.
Announced Guests: Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo is already gearing up to be an amazing show, with the initial announcement of luminaries Stan Lee and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark plus comic artists Mike Mignola(Hellboy), Marc Silvestri (Uncanny X-Men), Rich Buckler (Fantastic Four), Tim Bradstreet (The Punisher) and Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans).
Free Autograph Coupons: Get a coupon for a complimentary autograph from participating celebrities on-site at the show with any full price paid adult admission, October 30-November 1, 2015 (quantities are limited).
Annual Cosplay Contest: Enter to win $10,000 in prizes during L.A.’s hottest contest.
The Ultimate Kids Halloween Trick-or-Treat: On October 31, come to Comikaze Expo for the safest daytime trick-or-treat location in the city – featuring hundreds of candy-giving exhibitors.
A Spook-tacular Kid’s Halloween Costume Contest: Back by popular demand, this costume contest is for kids 12 and under with prizes for the best, cutest, and most original costumes.
Additional details for Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo including guests and events will be announced in the coming weeks. Visit www.comikazeexpo.comfor more information and to sign up for email updates.
Date(s):Friday, October 30, 1:00 p.m.-7:00p.m.; Saturday, October 31, 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m.; Sunday, November 1, 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Location: L.A. Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA.
Ages: All ages welcome, kids 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Price: Three-Day show passes $55.00 (limited time offer), kids 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by paid adult admission.
It looks like Marvel is in a giving mood celebrating the new Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron movie out this Friday, May 1, 2015! They are giving us comic book nerds a MONTH of Marvel Unlimited! All you have to do is join Marvel Unlimited and get the first month free! It’s a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet a few new ones. I was a marvel chick back in school so took my lunch money every week to live out my superhero fantasy with the Xmen, Teen Xmen, She-Hulk and a few DC Comics that will remain unnamed.
If you were a past subscriber don’t worry they are welcoming retuning readers too! All you have to do is use the promo code: ULTRON at Marvel Unlimited Checkout and read Marvel comics featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow and many more! Marvel Unlimited is accessible on the web and through the Marvel Unlimited app for iPhone®, iPad® and Android™ devices.
If you didn’t grow up reading comics or it’s been so long you don’t know what comics to buy Marvel Unlimited subscribers have access to the DISCOVER section. It’s a great way to discover characters, see what writers/creators have written or follow favorite characters from movies, TV or animated series! It’s constantly being updated and to kick off the new Avengers movie they have a special treat. They have curated a history of Avengers series heroes AND villains! A great way to get more depth before or after the movie! A few of the characters that you may not have met before:
Marvel Unlimited updates the site with new content of comic books as soon as six months after being in your local comic book shop.
So Avengers Assemble and get ready for the baddest villain on the planet!
With classic and newer issues being added to Marvel Unlimited on a weekly basis as early as six months after they’re in stores, you’ll definitely want to join Marvel Unlimited to prepare for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron!
Well I saw Guardians of the Galaxy and I think it’s an OK movie. Nothing special or as good as past Marvel movies (Iron Man, Thor, Avengers) but it’s OK a bit bland and feels longer than its two hour running time. I lay that at the feet of James Gunn. I think that his plodding, boring script that didn’t allow anyone to really shine is the major issue I have with the latest Marvel tent pole movie. They had so many stars that all wanted to have their big moment that they weren’t able to flesh out the main characters enough to make me care or event maintain my attention. I found it so dull that my mind wandered a few times since the fight scenes were too dark and muddled (for some reason he didn’t come in close enough to see everything) to see the short blasts of action. I’m not sure why Chris Pratt got the nod to be the latest hero but in this film he’s just not cocky enough to play a rebel with a heart of gold. He’s just a bit ‘ehh’ you know he’s attractive but not TOO attractive, just a tiny bit of a bad boy and no real sex appeal so the running joke of his being an alien ladies’ man fell flat for me. I’m not saying he’s not attractive it’s just that when you’re carrying a big movie like this you have to be distinct and he just blends into the background. Even more frustrating is the villain … urghh Ronan what a dull bad guy. The opening sequence was the best scene he had and so I thought maybe he’d do OK. You know super over the top evil but instead yak yak yak!!! I mean literally talking everyone to death before putting them out of their misery. I don’t know about you but think the strong evil silent type should be used more often. WHY must you explain your nefarious plans in such detail? Just destroy everyone and be done with it .. you want to destroy a planet! Get to smashing boy! Nebula … ahhh nebula your daddy issues bored me and Karen Gillian was not scary in this part. It might have been improved if she could do angry smoldering fury but she can’t. Just looking constipated doesn’t make a good villain sidekick! Now if you want to see a villain done right in the movie look no further than Yondu Udunta! Now that’s a prime example of someone who can fill a screen! Michael Rooker stole every shot he was in since he knows how to play a bad guy!! Even his knife weapon thing was major badass and his constant reminder that ‘he didn’t eat him’ is the perfect blend of humor with a threatening scary undercurrent that I love in a anti hero. Despite the limited screen time and lines as the film progressed I ‘got him’. He’s evil but has a softspot .. got it! I was surprised that Vin Diesel’s Groot was really good. The overall look and the fact that he was able to put more emotion in the same three words just showed how weak the rest of the cast is in the movie. I’m sorry but despite all of their talents and overall look of the movie (video game looking) they weren’t able to rise above the plodding screen play and they just seemed to be chilling as they collect a huge paycheck! So if you’re in the mood to see a comic book superhero movie than here you go it’s the only game in town! But if you want to see something good … ehh wait to see this your tv at home with blueray/dvd/streaming and if you must see it in the theater don’t waste your time on 3D it didn’t add texture or enrich the movie at all!
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, Ophelia Lovibond, Michael Rooker, Gregg Henry
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team-the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.