What do cryptocurrency and comics have in common? Both have the same loyal customers – nerds and geeks.
Rick Falkvinge, a Swedish information technology entrepreneur, declared the potential of cryptocurrency as a revolutionary game-changer. Its capacity to transfer huge amounts of wealth, the likes of which was last seen in 1850 when those who struck oil became wealthy overnight, is now in the hands of unlikely individuals few realized would be capable of even striking it rich. Gone are the oil barons who made it big by digging for liquid gold. Today’s wealthy are described by Falkvinge as “those who used to be poor, nerdy, geeky”. He touted the nerds and geeks as today’s “new millionaires”. Falkvinge added, “..when the geeks and nerds are sitting on that money and deciding what research gets made – it’s not going to be a better diesel engine. It’s going to be a better solar panel.”
In Falkvinge’s view, it is these nerds and geeks – the same ones who drool over “kids stuff” such as comic books – who will eventually rule the crypto world. A cross-over between the world of comics and cryptocurrency therefore seems natural, and it already has.
Cryptocurrency has found itself in the realm of comic book pages and movies- based-on-comics. The transition has been seamless as if comics and cryptocurrency are made for each other. See for yourself how these two disparate entities found themselves together, and maybe, will be together happily ever after.
Deadpool digs bitcoin
Deadpool is a character from Marvel Comics who is mentally unstable while also possessing superhuman ability. A Deadpool movie was made in 2016 which starred Ryan Reynolds. The film was a box office hit that earned more than US$700 million from a budget of only $58 million. The movie was similarly a hit among cryptocurrency enthusiasts specially when Reynolds character’s favorite go-to-place was a bar which accepted bitcoin as payment. The bar was owned by Deadpool’s best friend. As a nod to nerds who are aware of what bitcoin is, a bitcoin sticker is seen proudly pasted on the bar.
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD know cryptocurrency
In volume 3 of 2015’s Captain Marvel comic book, bitcoin makes a rare cameo in the scene where agents of SHIELD caught a little kid who was selling the weapons of the comic’s supervillains. When a SHIELD agent asks the boy where the pasta is, the boy responded, “I do not. It is in bitcoin.” Apparently, Marvel took it upon itself to show themes and topical issues its audience could relate with. It also knows that cryptocurrency is a hot topic its readers sufficiently know about.
A comic that explains crypto
Who said you can’t explain cryptpcurrency via comics? An author who goes by the handle @helloluis created a site called cryptopop.net. In it he used “nerdy cartoons”, comic book characters, colorful visuals, and entertaining narrative to explain what cryptocurrency is all about. Do you have no idea what a monero is? Then go click the “Who is Monero Cat” comic entry dated November 16, 2017 on the cryptopop site. Are you interested to invest in ICOs? Read “Halloween Special No. 6: Pennywise” comic entry dated October 30, 2017. The site’s creator is a self-confessed cryptocurrency fan. The author used various characters from Marvel’s Justice League to convey relevant info on crypto. Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Batman and other modified comic or cartoon images were also used to convey what cryptocurrency investors, enthusiasts, and fans need to know. Even upcoming ICOs are posted on the site for readers’ benefit.
Buy comics using cryptocurrency
Yes you can purchase comic books using bitcoin. In the US, a few comic book shops have begun accepting bitcoin. If you are in Pittsburgh, go to Toonseum and feel free to purchase a comic using your crypto. Meltdown Comics and Collectibles in Los Angeles is another store that allows buyers to use crypto to purchase comic books. This shop has been allowing users to use bitcoin since 2013 using a bitcoin giftcard from gogocoin. Customers can load the giftcard with amounts that range from $25 to $500. Other shops that accept payments in bitcoin include Nattosoup in Nashville, as well as Death Ray Comics in Logan.