The Tangled Relationship Between Comics and Religion (Part One)

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My cocktail party introduction of myself is basically, “I’m a religion scholar working on a dissertation that uses a comics to interpret religious text.” Maybe it’s not the smoothest handshake, but it’s a place to start. When I tell people this, I occasionally get quizzical looks from strangers who wonder … Continue reading

Death Comes for Archie: Life With Archie #36

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Life With Archie #36 Paul Kupperberg (W), Pat Kennedy, Tim Kennedy, Jim Amash (A) Archie Comics Life With Archie # 36 opens slow, with the eponymous everyteen hero, Archie Andrews, looking back on his life and adventures in Riverdale. Life With Archie is not the Double Digests you might remember, … Continue reading

Classic Nerd Movie Club: Mini Review of Barbarella

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In the not too distant future, humanity has turned into a species of space travelling, sexually repressed squares. People no longer engage in fluid exchange for sexual pleasure, but have instead replaced physical intimacy with drugs and hand holding. One adventuring astronaut on a mission to save humanity rediscovers the … Continue reading

Forbes’ Top Highest-Paid Actors (and Actresses) List Is Very White And Manly

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Forbes released its Highest Paid Actors List yesterday and Robert Downey Jr topped the list with $75 million. Not surprising given his very profitable role as Iron Man in 4 Marvel films, two of which joined the very exclusive billion dollar club. According to Variety: Forbes says it compiles its salary figures based … Continue reading

Ghost in the Shell: The Major’s Body (1)

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The Major, or Motoko Kusanagi, is the protagonist of each incarnation of the Ghost in the Shell manga-anime-merchadise franchise. If you care to google, Motoko Kusanagi is autocompletes to “a man” and “is hot,” then “in bed with a boy” and “in bed.” For a science-fiction philosophy character named for her military … Continue reading

Incredible Indie Tuesdays: Movie/TV Options for All!

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Valiant’s Archer and Armstrong Bound for the Big Screen  Seems like Hollywood producers have been catching up on their indie comics lately!  Archer and Armstrong, newly revived in 2012 by Fred van Lente and Clayton Henry, has been picked up by the Sean Daniel Company, a.k.a. the production company that did … Continue reading

Celebrating the Women of Dynamite


There’s a new miniseries coming from Dynamite Entertainment, and like the recent Legends of Red Sonja miniseries, this one will also be pioneered by Gail Simone. Under the working title “Women of Dynamite” this new crossover will bring together three of Dynamite’s notorious leading ladies; Red Sonja, Vampirella and Dejah Thoris. … Continue reading