Author: Ginnis Tonik

Keeping Jem Outrageous: A Listicle

Kelly Thompson, Sophie Campbell, and M. Victoria Robado’s refreshing, yet still totally outrageous, comic reboot of the 1980s Jem & the Holograms television series ended with issue #26 on June 14 of this year. The Jem comic has been a huge hit with the 80’s babies, such as myself, that generated a spinoff, Jem: The Misfits, as well as color-packed annuals. Fortunately, it’s not really the end of Jem and team in comic book form, just this particular version. Jem Infinite, a crossover miniseries with The Misfits comic, launched not long after. (I also have yet to read this...

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The Serial Killer Intrigue of Dark Angel [Review]

Dark Angel Gwyneth Hughes (writer), Brian Percival (director) Joanna Froggatt, Alun Armstrong, Jonas Armstrong (cast) ITV Studios 2016 Serial killers intrigue me. Female serial killers in particular intrigue me because THE PATRIARCHY. Okay, let me break that down: patriarchal gender essentialism posits that women’s “naturally nurturing natures” prevent them from mass murder, or even murder at all in most cases, except maybe in the case of protecting one’s young. Hence, the befuddling why of serial killing, the pleasure of killing for the sake of it, seems particularly antithetical to women’s “naturally nurturing nature.” However, this very oppression could lead...

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Review: Six Days in Cincinnati

Six Days in Cincinnati Dan Mendez Moore (writer & illustrator), Matt Gouck (cover artist) Microcosm Publishing June 2017 Six Days in Cincinnati was reviewed using an advanced reader copy provided by Microcosm Publishing. Originally published as Mark Twain Was Right: The 2001 Cincinnati Riots in 2012, Six Days in Cincinnati reprints Dan Moore’s original book about the race riots after the 2001 police shooting of 19-year old black man, Timothy Thomas, in Cincinnati. Six days of protest followed the event and changed the history of the Cincinnati suburb Over-the-Rhine. In 2001, I was a sophomore in high school in small town...

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Review: What Parsifal Saw

What Parsifal Saw Ron Rege Jr. (Writer & Artist) Fantagraphics Books March 2017 Fantagraphics provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. In his previous collected work, Cartoon Utopia, Ron Rege Jr. suggested that readers read the book like a textbook. Not necessarily in sequential order. Looking for bits and pieces at a time, and certainly not all at once. I tried this recommendation while reading his second collection What Parsifal Saw, but if this is the case, it’s a poorly conceived textbook. This isn’t the fault of the artist or the book, it’s really...

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Reading and Rereading The Handmaid’s Tale

Many of us have been heavily anticipating Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian classic, The Handmaid’s Tale, starring Elisabeth Moss in what could be her next great television role since she played the ambitious Peggy Olsen on Mad Men. Several of us at WWAC (and our friends) took to rereading (or in some cases reading for the first time) The Handmaid’s Tale in preparation. Is this your first time reading The Handmaid’s Tale? If not, when did you first read it? Ginnis Tonik: No, I read it for the first time a little over a decade ago in college for a...

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