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ONLINE SUPERHEROES: BATTLE FOR THE INTERNET

Saturday 12.31.2011 , Posted by
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From the creative mind of Caldwell Tanner, illustrator of College Humor, writer of his own captivating and hilarious illustration blog, and graphic artist/comedian extraordinaire, now comes “The Internet League of Justice” illustration series! Imagine if the most popular online websites and social media networks were superheroes! What powers would they have?

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Who would their nemeses be? Thanks to Tanner’s amazing wit and humor, we don’t have to guess anymore! He has created superpowers and archenemies for each imagined, internet superhero ie, Facebook, Google, Amazon, etc. Depicting Google as an “overpowered hero” with “near infinite abilities”, Caldwell draws us into his fascinating and humorous fantasy of a world immersed in a perilous battle for internet domination!. Can you envision Amazon as a super hero/villain(?) with amazing powers to “drain bank accounts” and provide “super saver shipping”, whose worst nemesis is Craigslist? Or perhaps, Google + as a “noble” superhero with “good intention”s, who yet may not have much value. See all of Caldwell Tanner’s internet superhero illustrations for more amusing descriptions of these online heroes. More information about Tanner and his “image-based laughtermagic” can be found on Google +, FaceBook, LinkedIn, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Twitter. Hmm… does it seem, perhaps, that Tanner and his graphic humor, could be said to be dominating the internet, as well?!

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Paul Caridad

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  1. Awesome to see I found this article on SU. ;-]

  2. That is pretty awesome. There are so many websites that deserve superhero status…and then those that should just be shut down.

  3. Clever. I think some of the Nemesis Choices are kind of wrong. :/

  4. No love for wiki?

  5. Not like they did anything special, like lets say, Move their entire webhosting services to a different provider based on their stance on sopa.

    Also Petabytes.

    Still, Awesome post.

  6. 4chan is Batman. A character so mysterious and popular with such a diverse group of people that when he shows up you have no idea what version of Batman you’ll get. He sticks up for justice but people see him as nothing but trouble.
    Facebook is Maxwell Lord, a useless government agent who pretended to be everyone’s friend but then used the information about who they were, what they did, and where they were to hunt them all down and kill them in order to take over the world.

  7. BDR, it’s clear that Caldwell Tanner either doesn’t know anything about politics or the editors at visual news don’t like people telling the truth about websites if it is going to hurt that site and harm Visual News’ sponsorship.

  8. Creative, informative, funny, and artistic. I adore this. Respect, Mr. Caridad.

  9. Glad there is no 9gag.

  10. Yeah, where is wiki. Show some love.

  11. Google Plus is awesome!! :)

  12. yea just went to reddit i think su is da true hero

  13. Funny for sure and I love the Amazon.com nemesis!

  14. Cool, but really missed the boat on Google+! G+ is more like the misunderstood hero, who has the superpowers of gathering the most eclectic global set of elite visionaries discussing the hidden gems of ideas. It might be best described s the only truly open source global think tank.

  15. Nice, I love the art. Found this cuz of SU.

  16. Man have you got things bassackwards. SU is the freaking SUPER Hero here. And it had no nemeses at all. Nothing can touch it. Nothing can come close.
    SU maintains your privacy like it was it’s very own… unlike a LOT of sites I could mention. SU has a social aspect that is as more diverse than any other AND it can be content/topic specific as well meaning it brings like unto like with easy and aplomb.
    SU allows you to access sites on the web as generically or as topically as you wish without the slightest iota of discord or displeasure. And add to it the fact that there’s no way in hell you could even come close to finding even half of these sites on your own without the specific web addresses, it, all by itself, is a freaking MIRACLE of programming and innovation.
    It’s quite apparent to me that either you’re not intelligent enough to “get” SU or you’ve never even started to USE SU to even begin to understand it’s potential or it’s scope. Either way you shouldn’t “talk” about what you don’t understand.

  17. Stumbled this. I enjoyed it. :)

  18. I totally agree with you about SU! I was scrolling down to hopefully find the sleeping giant that is SU and I didn’t :( While this was fun…but you are discounting a major force in social media. I love StumbleUpon as well and have for years. For what it is, what it will be, and what I hope it never becomes (like any of the other ones)!!! It’s a magical experience :)

  19. You got the last one wrong – SU is the superhero. How many SU minions do you need to understand this basic truth ;)

  20. Tie man to the rescue! = )

  21. StumbleUpon rules

  22. I like all of your work and i think there is a lot of to be said about the superheros.
    Great work can you make my super hero for chaterboxtalk.

  23. Nice but I came here from stumble upon what is reddit lol

  24. FACEBOOK’S NEMESIS IS TWITTER :O duh ^__^

  25. Sometimes it does feel like everyone is a comic book character, including social media sites.

    But facebook as batman… sad sad day for batman

  26. Paul. You strike me as one of those guys who watch a football game till it’s almost over then cheer for the one that’s ahead. In every case you presented, the “Super Hero” is the favorite of the two. You never pick the closest 2nd place but the one furthest away to be the “Nemesis”. In several cases the pairing is quite a reach.
    Amazon and Craigslist? C’mon already! Amazon was designed and built to be World WIde webshoppers version of the Mall of the Americas. Craigslist is the neighborhood garage sales handout listing fer cryin’ the hell out loud!
    You describe Google+ as dumb. What I’m really getting is that because FB has been around long enough to figure out how to rip it’s idjit members off for BILLIONS and BILLIONS (touch of Carl Sagan there!) of dollars and Google+ is still in it’s infancy and NOT trying to be the biggest sleaze since the advent of the IRS, that supposedly makes them “dumb”.
    Yeah, you’re right up there with our “national hero” (notice the quote mark sarcasm) and all around GREAT #U(#!#& AMERICAN, Mark Suckerturd. Of course this is all predicated on whether or not G+ was designed and built to turn out bucks according to the FB model or not.
    Huffington Post and ICHC, while being (barely) like in kind are quite different in type and that comparison is mainly in your head. Does anyone else heard the few items rattling around up there too?
    And last but not least. About all anyone uses Yahoo for anymore is email and maps. So they qualify as a “nemesis for Google like an anthill qualifies as competition for a condo…
    ‘Nuff said!!

  27. If I stumbled here does that mean that I Riddled Upon this? ^_^

  28. SU ftW !!

  29. Huff Post is Independent huh?

  30. THE funniest thing I have seen all year. Thanks for the laugh Paul. Nicely Done :) I think you got them all pretty good, but I really think you nailed the Google + one.

  31. Awesome article!!! I came across this on SU and really enjoyed it. But, I am just curious to see how you’ll turn Pinterest into a superhero :)

  32. This is a matter of my interest. I adore reading by your weblog, I wished to go away a small remark to assistance you and wish you a good continuation. Wishing you the greatest of luck for all your blogging efforts.

  33. Google Plus is not useless man..G+ have its own unique features like “hangout”.

  34. Google plus will become one of the most important social platform in next few years!

  35. Great post, especially the the first about Google, as I have been banned for life from Adwords for one simple mistake, which was a beginers error just after I started. They are a law unto themselves and can close a persons business down, just like that.
    Regards
    Paul

  36. Shouldn’t Amazon be female? I mean, being named “Amazon” and all. Just sayin’.

  37. I love how one of the nemesis was stumbleupon and that is how I found this!

  38. It’s really creative and informative. Social media is really very important a part of marketing and branding strategy. We can certain have good advantages with quality users.

  39. found this while stumblin’ lol

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