Author: Alenka Figa

The Woods Falls Flat On QTPOC Representation

The Woods Volumes 1-8 James Tynion IV (writer), Michael Dialynas (artist), Josan Gonzalez (colorist), Ed Dukeshire (letterer) Boom! Studios When I read the first couple volumes of The Woods last year, I felt that the series had promise. James Tynion IV offered up a plot and world that were fun—Bay Point High School is randomly transported to a dangerous, monster-infested moon—if not entirely original. Like the television show The 100, internal power struggles threaten the group’s ability to survive, one of the teenage leaders becomes a tough but solitary hunter (Karen pulls a Clarke in volume 4), and the...

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Gaysi Zine Vol 5 is an Exploration and Celebration of Queer Desire

The Gaysi Zine Vol 5: All That We Want Editors: Indu Jain and Priya Gangwani Contributors: Aarthi Parthasarathy, Abeer Hoque, Abhishek Chaudhary, Aindri Chakraborty, Akhila Krishnan, Akshay Mahajan, Alaric Moras, Anar-e Sistanem, Balbir Krishan, Benjamin Zachariah, Brian Horton, Dhrubo Jyoti, Jaya Sharma, Kaveri Gopalakrishnan, Kiran Rajagopalan, M.G. Ashley, Michael Giangrasso, Minal Hajratwala, Mira Malhotra, Parvati Sharma, Rosalyn D’Mello, Sig Monty, Soumitro Datta, Tanya Daniel Eden, The Kinky Collective, and Karishma Dorai Last year I reviewed volume 4 of The Gaysi Zine, a publication produced by the India-based Gaysi family who work to connect queer and trans Desis all over...

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Celebrate Bisexual Visibility Month with Bisexual Anime!

September 23rd is Bisexual Visibility Day, a day that exists because bisexuality is often considered to be invalid. Just in case you’ve been living in a world where bisexuals are so stealth, you’ve never met an out one–hey ho! We’re real, and sometimes we even see ourselves represented on screen. Also, because bisexuals are greedy (that’s a joke) many are celebrating the whole month of September. In fact, I’m pretty sure September itself is bisexual! Henceforth it shall be known as Bitember. As someone who once suffered from not seeing myself represented in media, I actively seek out characters...

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Surreal Classrooms: The Academic Hour

The Academic Hour Keren Katz Secret Acres The Academic Hour, according to the book jacket, is a series of vignettes about the romance between Pothel, an architecture professor now banned from teaching architecture, and his student Liana. I am not convinced of this. The first hint that this comic is not actually a romance appears quite early in the book, in the story titled “The Student.” In this story, a student writes a mystery about a professor who disappears and titles it “Pothel and Liana.” Assuming the student is Liana herself, this could simply be Liana’s way of working...

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Life, Death and Motherhood: The Legacy of Orphan Black

Three women meet the man who claims to be their creator. The first worships him, accepts him as a father, and becomes his right hand–at least for the moment. The second questions him, searches through his motivations, actions and assertions until she unearths the lies he has told, and the truth of who he is. The third deceives him and then flips out a switchblade and goes for an artery, attempting to take his life. The introduction of P. T. Westmoreland, the supposed father of Neolution, raised many questions at the end of season four. Why would a show...

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