The focus of this convention was shifted more towards the development of new artists within the metal scene,  emphasizing the growth and nurturing of the style. The convention's attendance more than doubled this year to accommodate more than people,  around a quarter of which were musicians. A double cassette named 'The Shape of Things to Come' featuring unsigned artists was given out this year along with the double disc compilation 'CD From Hell'.
In a special issue of Metal Hammer , interviews were run with all the unsigned bands featured on the compilation. This was the first year the event was open to the public and there were over 4, registrants. The theme of this year's event was based loosely around metal's emerging social consciousness and responsibility As Bob Chiappardi notes in his message from the directors :.
Responsibility on the part of the industry to nurture new talent, the responsibility of the metal community to cultivate our increasing credibility within the industry, and the responsibility of us all to react to charges that our music is potentially or intrinsically dangerous with something other than mere hostility.
Tying in with this theme, a big topic of conversation at the forum was censorship and the keynote speaker for the event was Judas Priest frontman, Rob Halford. At the time, Judas Priest had just been involved in a civil action whereby it was alleged they were responsible for the suicide of one youth from Nevada and the attempted suicide of his best friend via subliminal messages placed on one of the songs from their album, ' Stained Class '.
Although the case had eventually been thrown out of court, it was not the first of its kind and the metal world was having to defend itself against an ever-increasing number of censors. Ozzy Osbourne , who had also been to court following the death of a teenager who listened to his music, joined his wife Sharon Osbourne and former California Governor Jerry Brown on one of the forum's panels to discuss the issue of censorship, which was a popular topic; a theme which spilled into several other panels over the weekend.
As well as a cassette featuring unsigned bands, a 3CD sampler was given out at this Foundations Forum. This year the forum featured an industry only day as well as the first Foundations awards ceremony. Over half a million dollars was raised in aid of the TJ Martell Foundation , through ticket sales for the awards ceremony and at the casino night held as part of the convention.
A sponsor, Barq's Root Beer, also came on board for the first time at the convention. Noting that their target market was those aged between 12 and 24, and recognizing the growing popularity of the metal genre amongst this age group, they partnered with Foundation's Forum in order to reach their audience directly. NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service.
Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. Blade next appeared in a page inventory story in issue 1 Feb. The next ongoing series, Blade vol.
Blade vol. The final two pages of the last issue were drawn by co-creator Colan. Goyer and penciller-inker Alberto Ponticelli. In , it was announced that Tim Seeley and Logan Faerber would be launching a new Blade series, starting in October , as part of Marvel's post- Secret Wars relaunch. However, this book has since been delayed for an unspecified time. Eric Brooks was born in a whorehouse in the Soho neighborhood of London , England in  to Tara Brooks, a prostitute.
When Tara experienced severe labor complications, a doctor was called; in actuality, the doctor was the vampire Deacon Frost , who killed Tara by drinking all of her blood. However, this inadvertently passed along certain vampire enzymes to her baby son as he was born.
Eric thus became part-vampire, preventing him from being turned by a vampire's bite. Blade has also speculated that it gave him a hatred of vampires, though this may simply be hyperbole on his part.
Tara's fellow prostitutes drove off Frost once they realized what he'd done. Eric was raised in the brothel, and at age 9, returning home from school one day, he saw an old man being attacked by three vampires. Eric helped the man, Jamal Afari, distract his attackers so that he could kill them with a silver sword.
Afari, posing as a jazz musician, soon became a father figure to Eric, teaching him music and training him in the ways of fighting vampires.
Eric was soon able to defeat many of the weak, younger vampires that he and Afari found in abundance. Blade also received additional training from the legendary Stick. Blade's easy victories made him cocky. He joined a gang of young hunters, the Bloodshadows,  headed by Cyrus Cutter, later killed by Blade in a knife fight caused by Blade's disapproval of Cutter's actions as leader.
Glory Anah, Cutter's girlfriend, became Blade's first lover. Having gone to London, where for months the group hunted vampires, demons, and warlocks under Blade's leadership, the group encountered a much older and more powerful vampire than any Blade had met before, named Lamia.
Blade barely defeated Lamia, who slaughtered the other Bloodshadows and bit Glory, turning her into a vampire. Although Glory subsequently refused to kill Blade, she warned him never to look for her or she would kill him.
The tragedy of the experience changed Blade considerably, as he became much more focused and determined in his hunting. Afari himself later fell prey to Dracula , the first occurrence in an ongoing feud between the vampire lord and Blade. Together, they staked Dracula again. Dracula survived, and killed all of the hunters except Blade and Musenda, who eventually retired from vampire hunting. Orji had created a lasting impression on Blade with his use of wooden daggers to combat vampires, leading to Blade adopting that weapon as his preferred arms.
Consumed by grief for his fallen comrades, Blade resumed his quest alone. Blade eventually located Dracula in Paris, where he first encountered the vampire hunter Quincy Harker , son of Jonathan Harker , whom he knew by reputation, and Harker's fellow vampire hunters: Rachel van Helsing , great-granddaughter of Abraham Van Helsing ; Taj Nital; and Frank Drake , last mortal descendant of Dracula.
Later, after an unsuccessful battle with Dracula,  Blade realized he was immune to the vampire's curse that had felled many other hunters. Blade later battled Dracula in London,  as well as Morbius the Living Vampire ,  and the Legion of the Damned, who unsuccessfully framed him for murder. Blade's hunt for his mother's killer led him to Boston , Massachusetts , where he allied with Dracula against Doctor Sun. He eventually encountered Hannibal King , a private detective whom Deacon Frost had turned into a vampire.
Together, they shut down Frost for good, destroying the vampire, and forging a lasting friendship. Blade, Rachel van Helsing, and Harold H. Harold later confronted Dracula. In later years, Blade, along with King and Drake, became a frequent ally of the sorcerer Doctor Strange , and the three assisted Strange in battles with Dracula and the Darkholders and assisted in the casting of the Montesi Formula which, for a time, destroyed all vampires on Earth.
Alongside Doctor Strange, the three detectives battled the Darkholders again. The agency discontinued after Drake left and Blade was committed to a psychiatric hospital following a battle with a temporarily resurrected Dracula.
The three Nightstalkers battled Meatmarket. Upon the eventual weakening of the Montesi Formula and the return of vampires, Blade encountered and staked a former ally, the now-vampiric Taj Nital, and survived a battle with the first Lord of Vampires, Varnae , in which Drake and King appeared to have been killed.
A solo vampire-hunter once again, Blade briefly joined forces with the mystic Bible John Carik , and encountered a vampire impersonating Deacon Frost and a once-again resurrected Dracula. Later, in New Orleans , Louisiana , Blade discovered that Hannibal King had survived, and the two joined forces to defeat a genuinely resurrected Frost. It was at this time that Blade assumed the unofficial title of "the Daywalker" among his prey.
The United Nations -sanctioned espionage agency S. Blade and the vampire-hunting twins Mosha and Mikado shut down the project. Blade later joined Noah van Helsing, actually Noah Tremayne, Rachel van Helsing's adopted cousin, and several vampire hunters worldwide to stop Dracula from becoming a genuinely god-like vampire lord.
Blade then returned to New Orleans. For millennia, edged weapons such as swords, knives and daggers were the arms of choice for warriors around the globe.
These razor-sharp blades inspired fear and fascination and helped change the course of military campaigns. In some cases, individual weapons were even given names and became just as legendary as the people who wielded them.
One of the most influential of the early swords that arose during the Bronze Age , the khopesh was an ancient Egyptian weapon that featured a hooked blade sharpened on its outside edge.
Sickle-shaped swords were typically cast from bronze and were believed to have made their way to Egypt via the Middle East. During the New Kingdom period, they became a common military weapon and were prized for their gruesome slashing ability in close-quarters combat. The khopesh also came to have ceremonial value and was often depicted in art or included in the tombs of prominent Egyptians.
The boy pharaoh Tutankhamun , for example, was entombed with two sickle swords of different sizes. The khopesh was eventually abandoned in favor of more traditional swords around the 12th century B.
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