Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Are Taking A Stand Against Bullying

MarvelBullyingMarvel Entertainment announced last week that  it’s mightiest heroes will be taking a stand against bullying this October.

Over the course of the month, Marvel will be releasing special Variant Covers of select comic books to show support for National Bullying Prevention  Month. The special editions will be available exclusively at Comic Book Stores and will include popular characters such as The Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America.

“The center of Marvel’s storytelling history is the eternal struggle between good and evil, with many of its greatest super heroes having to contend with – and rise above – bullying, in all its forms,” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief of Marvel Comics. “We hope that all our fans take a moment this month to educate themselves on the need to stop bullying among our youth.”

The following comic books, on-sale in October, will feature special  variant covers:

  • ROCKET RACCOON #4
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #20
  • AVENGERS#36
  • INHUMAN#7
  • HULK #7
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA #25
  • LEGENDARY STAR-LORD #4

With the growing popularity of Superhero films, particularly in the Marvel Universe, it is exciting to see them standing up to take part in such an important cause. I will certainly be keeping my eyes peeled in October when I visit my friends at the comic book store!

Will you be picking up your own special copies when the time comes?

Josh Gunderson is an award-winning Bullying Prevention and Social Media Specialist. Josh has appeared on MTV, Comedy and National Geographic. For more information about Josh and his educational programs please visit www.HaveYouMetJosh.com

You can purchase Josh’s book “Cyberbullying: Perpetrators, Bystanders & Victims” on Amazon! Available in paperback or for Kindle.

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Demi Lovato: The Right Kind of Role Model

I’m not going to try to hide it, I’m a big fan of Demi Lovato. I’m listening to “Heart Attack” as I write this. I think her music is a lot of fun without being too bubble-gum pop and too risqué. I’m an even bigger fan of her as a person.

Demi Lovato

There are very few celebrities out there that I can honestly say serve as a good role model for kids today. I can count the number of truly inspiring young entertainers on one hand. That’s a big sad.

Demi Lovato is one of those people.

Before June of 2012, I knew next to nothing about her. I knew she was a Disney Channel kid and that at one point, she entered treatment.

That’s about it.

She jumped on my radar when I attended a taping of the X-Factor in Providence, RI. I wanted to hate her simply because so many young girls were SCREAMING at the top of their lungs at the very mention of her name. That’s enough to dive anyone nuts.

As the taping got underway, I couldn’t help but love her. She was smart, funny, and genuine. I was hooked.

I began paying more attention to her (following on Twitter, keeping an eye on the news feeds and I’ll even admit that I caved and watched some of the X-Factor as the new season began). That’s when I saw what a wonderfully amazing person she is.

Her anti-bullying efforts are to be commended and that fact that she is so open about her own struggles is both refreshing and inspiring. Recently, during a performance at the B96 Pepsi Summer Bash, she took a breather from performing to talk about her treatment at a facility close to the concert venue.

This is the type of person I would want my kids looking up to. She the type of person I would love to meet and have a conversation with (I’m sorry to say you won’t find me at a concert unless I was comfortable sat somewhere off-stage away from the screaming…backstage passes perhaps?).

I know this a bit of an “off-topic” entry for this blog, but considering her message to her fans through the above video and the difference she is working to make in the world, I think she fits right in!

What celebrities to do think kids should be looking up to?

Josh Gunderson is an award-winning speaker specializing in Internet Safety and Cyberbullying. For more information on Josh and his educational programs please visit www.HaveYouMetJosh.com