Author: Diana Page

The Beast Tackles the Monster of Climate Change and Big Oil

The Beast Hugh Goldring (Writer), Nicole Marie Burton (Artist), Dr. Patrick McCurdy (Production Assistance) Ad Astra Comix 2017 Oil culture runs deep within Western society and along with that culture runs certain “millennial” anxieties about climate change, the job market, and the institution of capitalism as a viable economic system. The Beast, a graphic novel created by Nicole Marie Burton, Hugh Goldring, and Dr. Patrick McCurdy from the University of Ottawa’s Communications department, attempts to reconcile these anxieties as well as create intellectual discourse on what it means to be an environmental activist in a capitalist society. The Beast...

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Dead of Winter #3 Brings the Zombie A-Paw-Calypse

Dead of Winter #3 Kyle Starks (writer), Gabriel “Gabo” Bautista (illustrator), Crank! (letterer) Oni Press October 2017 When thinking about zombie narratives, images of the CW’s iZombie or Fox’s the Walking Dead come to mind simply because both shows reuse tried and true pieces of zombie narrative. The Zombie Gait, the contagion of the zombie bite, or even how to kill a zombie (you destroy the brain). Because of these tropes, we expect zombies to behave and exist in very niche ways, like their staggered walk, their stilted speech filled with grunts and groans, and their rotting flesh. Since...

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