Author: Véronique Emma Houxbois

A Good Roundtable on The Good War

“The Good War” is a comic collaboration between cartoonist Mike Dawson and MSNBC anchor and author Chris Hayes, examining how WWII nostalgia played a part in post-9/11 pop culture and political messaging. Published on The Nib, “The Good War” adapts Chris Hayes’ piece “The Good War on Terror,” published by In These Times in 2006 (The Nib notes that numbers have been updated). Let’s talk about structure. The Nib has been publishing comics created for mobile/screen reading. “The Good War” seems especially optimized for this, despite its length. Rosie Knight: This was a comic that I really enjoyed reading,...

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Tom of Finland Is An Intimate Portrait of An Iconic Artist

Tom of Finland Dome Karukoski (director), Aleksi Bardy (screenplay), Lasse Frank (cinematographer), Harri Ylönen (editor) Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Taisto Oksanen, Seumas Sargent, Jakob Oftebro, Niklas Hogner (cast) February 24, 2017 (Finland), October 13, 2017 (Worldwide) The story of Tom of Finland, both in director Dome Karukoski’s biopic and in the public imagination, is a curious paradox of hypervisibility and complete obscurity. Touko Laaksonen’s body of work is the most ubiquitous and influential conception of queer masculinity, but the man himself is barely discussed or understood. His work permeates every facet of LBGTQIA culture and is a...

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The Good Fight’s Marvelous Debut

There’s no orthodoxy quite so rigid or as routinely mocked in television as the spin-off. There’s only really one of two ways they get developed: choose a supporting character from the donor show and transplant them clear across the country to a completely new environment with a brand new supporting cast and probably even a completely different tone from the original. The other is to just franchise: take the same basic premise, place it somewhere else with a completely unrelated cast, and pick a fresh song from The Who’s catalogue for the opening credits. The former has been the...

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Valerian Can’t Achieve Escape Velocity from White Supremacy

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Luc Besson (director), Julien Rey (editor), Thierry Arbogast (cinematographer) Luc Besson (screenplay) from Valerian and Laureline Pierre Christin Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu, Rutger Hauer (cast) Released July 21, 2017 (US), July 26, 2017 (France) Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens with a hopeful, tongue in cheek montage of the history of space exploration that segues into the far flung future it inhabits set to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” It’s a well worn kind of irony that more or less...

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Triangulating Looks: Introducing Fashion

Because we live life on hard mode, we naturally decided to use column #2 to dig into the most difficult to define point on our triangle: fashion. In simplest terms, we’re defining fashion as building designs from the ground up rather than duplicating or reworking real world outfits. That doesn’t mean runway versus rack, though! Crafting original looks for the comics page from scratch can encompass everything from superhero tights and fantasy armor to custom activewear — and all points in between.   Véronique Emma Houxbois: We need to open this installment with a recognition of Tini Howard (The...

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