Author: Insha Fitzpatrick

Black Narratives; Or, Why Insecure and Altanta Are So Awesome

When I grew up, black narratives that resonated with me came in the form of classics like Sister, Sister and Moesha. As I got older, I couldn’t find examples of black narratives that were relatable to my experience. I wasn’t asking for the exact same experience, but something that I could relate to. I was what you called a “black outsider.” In my definition, just purely my own (all other opinions may vary), I was the type of person who didn’t necessarily fit in with the “norm” of what being “black” was. I didn’t listen to the same music....

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To All the Cons We Loved This Year

I went to a lot of cons this year. So many cons. I attended SDCC for the first time, flew to New York for the second year of FlameCon, did some shopping at TCAF, some press and panels at FanExpo, and covered several of Toronto’s hundred-odd film festivals. I’m not a fan of cons, generally, especially big media cons that feed the entertainment press mass-produced “scoops” and the fans mass-produced cheap swag. Little cons, though, aren’t perfect either. Too small and a single pass through the con floor, a fifteen minute stroll, and you’ve all but done the con. Too...

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3 Takes On Josie & the Pussycats #2

Josie & the Pussycats #2 Marguerite Bennett & Cameron Deordio (script), Audrey Mok (art), Kelly Fitzpatrick (colors), Jack Morelli (letters) Archie Comics November 2016 Here we are at Issue #2 of Archie Comics’ latest reboot, Josie and the Pussycats! Although not all of us loved issue #1, we were all pretty interested to see what direction the book would take. Three of us sat down to talk about this second issue: what we liked, what we didn’t, and what we hope to see from the Josie team as they take on one of the greatest girl bands of all.  How was the...

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How to Build Your Own Geek Terrarium

Building a terrarium is easy, peaceful, and can give you a piece of mindfulness that you’ll never expect to have. I wanted to build my first terrarium after reading Amy Parish’s zine Terrarium – Give Yourself Room to Grow. It was the perfect jumping off point for me to dive into terrariums, mindfulness, and self-care for feeling anxious. (I actually have it by my desk as a resource whenever I feel overwhelmed.) After this, I was on my way to building my first terrarium, and I’m so happy Amy started me on this journey. It’s taken a couple of...

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Tarot 101: How to Get Started with Tarot Cards

Tarot cards can be very intimidating to some and easy to others. Everyone has their own personal experience with tarot from beginning to advanced. I’ll disclaim this right now: I’m in my beginning to intermediate stages of tarot reading. I’ve learned that many of us who practice New Age have their form of witchcraft, and tarot happens to be mine. They’re the “spooky” thing that makes me squee and happy with each passing moment. I try my best to keep up with my readings and learn more and more every time I can get my hands on them. It’s...

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