Author: Jazmine Joyner

IFOA: Around the World with Hideo Furukawa

I recently had the honor of reviewing Slow Boat by Hideo Furukawa. It is a fun, remastering of a short story written by Haruki Murakami titled A Slow Boat to China. In Furukawa’s book, as well as the original short story, the main protagonist meets three people who help him understand his place in life. This book, like many odes, is a great rendition of a classic. I had the opportunity to catch up with Hideo Furukawa for the International Festival of Authors where he will join authors from three continents and nine countries in readings from “Around the...

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Welcome To The Venomverse – Ableism in Disguise

Marvel Comics Nnedi Okorafor (w) Tana Ford (a) Ian Herring (c) September 2017 Nnedi Okorafor is one of my favorite science fiction authors. She’s brought to life a dystopian Sudan filled to the brim with magic and chaos in her novel Who Fears Death (which was recently optioned by HBO to become a new show) and brought awareness and diversity to the difficult subject of PTSD in her Binti Trilogy. So, it’s actually really hard for me to say this, but Nnedi Okorafor’s story Blessing in Disguise in Marvel’s Venomverse: War Stories #1 is ableist. I’ve seen the praise...

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Behind-the-Scenes with the Mr. Mercedes Cast

Early reviews warn that the first few minutes of David E. Kelley’s Mr. Mercedes are “horrifying” and “disturbing.” This is unsurprising, given that the 10-part series is adapted from Stephen King’s bestselling 2014 detective thriller. The trailer was revealed at last month’s San Diego Comic-Con, and I had a chance to chat with some of the major players. Kelly Lynch, who plays Deborah Hartsfield What drew you to Mr. Mercedes? What about this show or this source material did you latch on to? First of all, I am a huge Stephen King geek. I have read everything. I have...

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The Surprising (Yet Imperfect) Accessibility of San Diego Comic Con

Going into San Diego Comic Con, I was filled with a mix of apprehension and dread. Last year’s con had been a nightmare in regards to accessibility. And this year, with the many tasks and more responsibilities I had coming into this con, I was sure the week would be a cluster fuck of epic proportions. Surprisingly, SDCC 2017 proved me wrong. Though in no way perfect, this year was a vast improvement on last year’s SDCC and this year’s WonderCon, which are both part of the same organization. The first noticeable improvement was the staff. A make or...

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Remixing the Classics: Hideo Furukawa’s Novella Slow Boat

Slow Boat Hideo Furukawa Pushkin Press June 6, 2017 A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The novella Slow Boat by Hideo Furukawa is, in his words, a remix. He states, “To take your love for the original and situate it in the present,” and he does exactly that with Slow Boat.  A nod to Haruki Murakami’s extraordinary short story, A Slow Boat to China, Furukawa takes the original story of a man having three encounters with Chinese people  and puts it into a more contemporary setting. Slow Boat centers on a man’s attempt to leave...

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