6 Times You Should Never Use Comic Sans
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6 Times You Should Never Use Comic Sans

But ultimately, there is only one truly acceptable place you should see Comic Sans: burning.

Although formally unaddressed, the inappropriate usage of Comic Sans is a truly prevalent problem in a society with easy access to word processors.

If you're a college student, chances are you own a laptop. And if you own a laptop, then you should know never to create a document or presentation or poster using Comic Sans.

Despite the ridicule and criticism that this Sans Serif font deservingly receives for its unprofessional appearance, it is still popularly used in places where almost any other font would've been a better choice. And college campuses are unfortunately no exception.

From the classroom hallways to bulletin boards, Comic Sans has developed a strong presence in a variety of unbefitting places. Let's be real, it looks like the handwriting of a boy in middle school.

Unfortunately, we must accept that modern society will most likely never escape this unprofessional font; so it must be addressed that there are occasions more suitable for its usage than others.

For example, memes (whose trashy levels of humor is similar to the trash level of Comic Sans).

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Yet, on the other side of the spectrum, there are times where the mere thought of using Comic Sans for a certain occasion would bring on shudders and tears. And yet, someone had the audacity to carry through with it.

Here are six uses of said font that prove the Comic Sans epidemic, although subtle, is still alive and needs to be reined in.

1. On a gravestone.
I don't know if it would be more disrespectful to dance over his dead body.

2. In a book that is not made for children.
Children's books, ugly yes, but I can vaguely see why it would make sense. However, a legitimate publisher should not be approving a book with an adult target audience in a hideous font.

3. Engraved into metal.
It will remain there forever. Forever.

4. On a public transportation sign.
Yet another reason to question the principles of your state government.

5. In an email.
I'm not talking about just a single word or even a phrase. The entire message.

6. In an ad on a vehicle.
It's now both your company and your self-identity, for anyone who ventures out in public to see. And you thought it couldn't be any worse...

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7 Times It Is Acceptable To Pick Your Nose

We all do it, it is just a matter of where.

We all know the saying: there are two types of people. Well, there are only two types in this case also:

1. People who pick their nose, and...
2. Liars.

It is the most natural thing a human can do and you are bullshiting me if you try telling me that you don't. It is borderline the most rewarding thing that a human can do for free (masturbating obviously being number one). Well, for all you nose pickers out there and you deniers, I have compiled a list of the seven times it is perfectly acceptable to pick your nose.

1.In your bed.
The wake up and check if there are any bats in the cave routine has been a past time since the birth of man. I nose that you all do it (lol).

2.In the bathroom.
While this is a bit of an obvious one, I feel as though it is my duty to remind you of how good a place this is to dig for gold. Not only do you have the privacy to go digging and inspect your prize, but you have a sink at your disposable to was your hands.

3. In the car.
OK, I know that these are kind of obvious so far, but you can't deny that flicking a booger out the window is a wonderful feeling.

4.In the bar.
It's dark, you can flick it at someone you don't like. Chances are, the hot member of the other sex isn't looking at you, and if they are, they probably are impressed with your confidence.

5.During a test.
No one is looking and it is a great way to get yourself on a roll. One good booger and the next answer will come to you in an instant. Plus, there are some good flick opportunities if you are into that kind of stuff.

6.If you are in a class with no attractive people of the opposite sex.
I have preached this ever since fifth grade and have positively impacted the life of my peers ever since. If you don't care who judges you, then go to town.

7. If you are on live TV walking by a blonde woman who looks like she needs some boogers whipped on her.
Ok, maybe this one is a little specific, but it gets the point across. You can pick your nose anytime anywhere and it is still OK. And if you do it in the right situation you can have a whole country of people talking about you.

Well, there you have it. The seven times it is acceptable to pick your nose. Hope you learned something new!

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Why Gotham Is The Best Comic Book Show

Fight me about it.

I recently wrote about Netflix's Marvel TV shows (and how they've proven to be severely underwhelming). To prove I'm not an entirely cynical bitch, and to highlight one of my favorite binge-watching habits, I want to talk about how unique the production of Gotham is.

For those of you who aren't familiar, Gotham is Batman's origin story - but more importantly, the origin story of all his adversaries.

In the wake of the Season Three finale, the reasons to start (or finish, in my case) all the episodes become crystal clear. I'll prove it:

1. It's actually complex.
While many of the Netflix superhero narratives follow one or two primary storylines from which they never stray, Gotham weaves a web of stories throughout each episode. This prevents the viewing experience from growing stale or simplistic (*cough* Daredevil).

2. It doesn't pick sides.
A show about comic book villains has to be full of horrible characters, right? Right??? Wrong. Thankfully, the creative team behind the prequel series portrays the dark and light of every character, hero, villain, and everything in between.

The lines are a tad more clearly drawn in the Marvel shows. Luke Cage is our hero, and whoever he's fighting is the bad guy. Simple. Side note - Gotham also showcases the power of choice in making people who they become.

3. It's perfect for Pride Month.
Yayyyy for gay-friendly shows! Without spoiling too much, a major character in the show realizes he has feelings for a male friend and ally of his. He's not treated as a joke or perceived as taboo, but merely a nervous little love-bug navigating a crush like any other. I'm very grateful to the show for that.

4. The cast is stellar.
Even though I'd never heard of most of the actors in the series, all of them blew me away right from the first episode. Daredevil and Jessica Jones gave us our old faves (David Tennant, anyone?), and it doesn't necessarily pay off. Gotham makes the case for merit-based casting rather than star-studding the show for a ratings boost.

The notable exception to this rule is the fabulous Jada Pinkett-Smith, who manages to be regal and terrifying at the same time. Basically, #goals.

In short, it's time for your next streaming obsession, and I highly recommend Gotham. It's ethical, it's juicy, and it's worthwhile television. And it will certainly keep you guessing, no matter how much you think you know about Batman.

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5 Comic Book Series For The Adult Reader

You're never too old for them.

OK, what wasn't to love about comics as a kid?

Lots of pictures, dynamic movements and dialogue - it was great when we were learning to read. Whether it was in Nickelodeon Magazine, kids books or even just newspaper strips, everybody probably read them at one point or another.

Maybe you grew out of them and moved on to superhero comics, or other stuff, before dropping them. Sometimes it seems like comics are only for kids, but there's actually a huge market and variety of them.

While some of the most popular comic genres (superhero in particular) have been slow on implementing progressive portrayals of women and LGBTQ+, many comics have recently addressed social issues and the political climate.

If you still fondly reminisce on the comics you read as a kid, here are some great ones for older readers:

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

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If you like Star Wars, this is up your alley. Intergalactic war? Check. Cool alien species? Check. Wacky planets for the characters to explore? Check. No lightsabers, but an amazing plot that draws you in immediately.

New parents Alana and Marko are fleeing authorities from both of their species, who are at war with each other, while trying to raise their daughter, Hazel. I mean, this is just the tip of the iceberg of the series, but there are bounty hunters, a prince whose species look like they have TVs for heads and many other wild characters who cross paths in this space opera, Game of Thrones-esque comic.

If you like outer space and plots with twists and turns that'll keep you on your toes at all times, this is for you.

Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang

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Right as Halloween is ending in 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls in the Cleveland suburbs stumble across an otherworldly conspiracy and mysteries that span countless years into the future. Some sci-fi, some horror and with a healthy dose of gunfire and action mixed in, this series has a little bit of everything for everybody.

This series is also by Brian K. Vaughan, who is the author of Saga. I never liked being around or reading about 12-year-olds before, but these girls are badasses. It's still in the process of being published, with only 15 issues out and two volumes so far, but there's so much happening that there's plenty more on the horizon for these delivery girls.

Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

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Fantasy Fan? This one goes out to you.

In an alternate, matriarchal 1900's Asia, a teenage girl is caught in a war between magic beings and humans - a war rooted in race.

In addition to addressing the racial issues of the world, the series also develops the relationships between characters in a way that I can only describe as beautiful. The backstory is rich and complex, and there's so much to keep your attention and take you by surprise.

Fables by Bill Willingham

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After fantasy and fable are forced out of their storybook worlds and into the gritty, sex-filled and violent streets of Manhattan, they take up residence in a magically hidden neighborhood called Fabletown. With Snow White as mayor, they struggle to adapt to the modern world while simultaneously fighting against the power that took them from their homes, named "The Adversary."

I love all of the twists that this series puts on classic characters (in what world would Snow White dump Prince Charming? This one apparently. He was cheating, after all), and the complex morality that is explored.

What is truly good and evil? Seeing popular characters from childhood make adult decisions is always a cool area to explore, and this series really captures some of the struggles that we now face as young adults on the cusp of entering the real world.

Snotgirl by Bryan Lee O'Malley and Leslie Hung

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Written by the author of Scott Pilgrim, this is lowkey a new personal fave. Fashion blogger Lottie Person puts her best foot forward on her blog to hide the things that are falling apart in her offline life. Shitty friends, a breakup, sex, horrible allergies (hence the name) and... murder?

Maybe it's just that I love the premise of a fashion blogger turned potential murderer, but this is such a fun read. I might also be a sucker for the green hair. You never know what's going to happen next to our allergen-riddled heroine, and she's likeable and funny enough that you really, really want to find out what the hell is going on.


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4 Reasons Why More R-Rated Superhero Movies Should Be Made

We've been given a savory taste and now, we want more.

In the span over a year, two Marvel superheroes made their R-rated cinematic debut. Deadpool and Logan have both caused a stir within the comic-book-loving community and the movie business.

Both movies have been revered as some of the best superhero movies of all time, not just by the comic book fans but also by movie critics. Both movies have above an 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

This is saying a lot considering there have been a few super hero movie failures that we just don't talk about. (I'm looking at you Fant4stic. You too, Batman V. Superman.) Now, these failure-movies wouldn't be better with an R-rating but Logan and Deadpool have the lack of "Parental Guidance" in their movie to thank for their success. And after the public has witnessed these treasures, more need to be made. Here's why:

1. For some heroes, it's incredibly appropriate.
Deadpool is not Deadpool if he has a filter. A lot of fans were worried about the possibility of a Deadpool movie with a PG-rating because it doesn't fit the crass, explicit, loudmouth that is Wade Wilson or the situations he gets in. Wade has shot heads off of bodies, has been impaled by an elephant's tusk, and he makes sexual jokes about everything even the elephant tusk encounter.

However, for other heroes, an R-rating isn't what they need to make it great. Heroes like The Flash or Captain America don't have the brutality in their action or the explicit language that warrants an R-rating. So, Marvel...DC. Use the R-rating, but sparingly, only for the heroes who deserve it.

2. The action is bloodier and better.
Admit it. One of the most satisfying things in a bloody action movie is when the villain you despise gets their cranium separated from their body. On the same token, one of the most unsatisfying things in a PG action movie is the anticipation before an incoming decapitation, mutilation, or amputation only to be let down by a cut away.

So, give us the bloodiest action you can muster. And even though Spiderman can punch someone's jaw clean off (he's done it before), R-rated action isn't something that fits into Spiderman's morals. Again, use the R-rating sparingly.

3. Directors are given more freedom.
When making a movie that isn't R-rated, directors and writers of all genres must stay within the bounds of their movie's ratings. Nowadays, the rating system is out of wack with the amount of sexual innuendos and nudity in PG-13 movies compared to 1939 (when saying, "I don't give a damn" in a movie was nearly punishable by law).

With an R-rating, the directors and writers aren't given many rules with what they can and can't show in their movie. David Ayer, Suicide Squad director, told the LA Times that he had to act as his own on-set cop against his normal nature of blowing heads off to keep the PG-13 rating. Giving directors the freedom of an R-rating lets them show exactly what they want to show in a movie.

4. We want them!
We really do. A survey conducted by Fandango found that 71 percent of over 1,000 Logan viewers want to see more R-rated superhero films. Give the fans what the fans want!

For some fans of comic books, they have been waiting around 50 years for their favorite hero to be put up on the screen, so Hollywood, you better do it right. And if we want a movie to be R-rated for it to be right, then R-rated is what we deserve. Give us a bloody, R-rated Punisher. Give us an insane, R-rated Moon Knight. Give us a darker, R-rated Batman. Please, just give us more!

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Jimmy Kimmel Asks People if They Know More Avengers or Presidents

The results are shocking (not really).

Jimmy Kimmel's excellent reporters took the street once again last night, this time to find out if people can name more Marvel Avengers or U.S. Presidents. Truly a burning question.

I'm not sure what's more shocking, that someone thought the Power Rangers were Avengers, or that there are people that can list 30 presidents off the top of their head. Scratch that, the most shocking part was that a kid thought Donald Trump was a president.

What a surprise, the guy in the tiger-striped fedora doesn't vote. He also thinks Hawaii Five-0 is an Avenger.