Author: Kat Overland

#CastingShadow: American Gods is Finally Making It to TV

On Tuesday, June 16th, Starz retweeted from a new Starz affiliated account— linking to a Deadline Hollywood article announcing that at long last, a live-action adaptation of American Gods had found its way out of development hell, still with Hannibal‘s Bryan Fuller at the helm. The American Gods Twitter followed it up with a tweet encouraging fans to use the hashtag #CastingShadow (get it?) to let them know who they thought should play the role of Shadow Moon, th’ charming, hulking, taciturn protagonist. Fans responded with over 1,000 tweets with that hashtag, and a little under 5,000 tweets about American Gods in...

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Accolades and Imprisonment for Cartoonists in Iran

Political cartoons can be subversive, pointing out weaknesses in government organizations and leadership. Iran is a country with an especially deep cultural history of political cartooning. It’s so integral there that the municipality of Tehran even sponsors the House of Cartoon, which hosts exhibits and education in cartooning, hoping for cross-cultural events which mix Iranian cartoonists’ work with that of foreign artists. It also recently held a competition for anti-ISIS cartoons: the Daesh (an acronym of the full Arabic name of ISIS, also considered slightly derogatory toward the group) International Cartoon and Caricature Contest. The winners were predominantly Iranian, a testament to the talent...

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Tank Girl Rides Again! – 21st Century Tankgirl Reviewed

21st Century Tank Girl #1 Alan Martin, Jamie Hewlett (creators) Brett Parson Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Johnathan Edwards, Philip Bond (pencillers) Titan Comics June 2015 WWAC reviewed 21st Century Tank Girl #1 with an advanced review copy from Titan Comics. Titan’s been regularly putting out Tank Girl comics for the past few years, but this one is a little different. It’s a return to short story form, for one, rather than the longer adventures of Bad Wind Rising or Carioca, and it’s got a whole gaggle of artists, including Jamie Hewlett, Tank Girl’s other dad. While Alan Martin’s kept up with Tank Girl, writing comics and even a...

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Supporting Geeky Indie Crafters: A WWAC Shopping Guide

We have some pretty talented crafters here at WWAC, but for those of us who are less crafty inclined or just want to support other crafters, we are sharing some of our favorite indie geek crafters. Birdi just recently bought a skirt from Etsy shop, PicknMix. Jo, who runs the shop, makes custom geeky skirts. Birdi ordered a Lord of the Rings skirt and throughout the entire process Jo kept her aware of the process and verified her waist measurements. When the skirt was delivered, Jo included a sweet note thanking Birdi for her purchase and let her know...

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Disability in the Dystopian Future of Mad Max: Fury Road

Approximately 15% of the world’s population has some kind of disability, but in pop culture people with disabilities are rarely seen: only 1% of characters have some kind of disability in American television shows. It’s not a trend that more genre films have managed to shake. The Hunger Games, for example, is a franchise that actively sanitized its characters with visible disabilities — Peeta’s prosthetic leg is gone from the adaptation, as is Katniss’ deafness and subsequent hearing aid. The villainous Snow, however, retains his chronic illness, his unwellness still a signifier of his sickening politic views and morals. That’s the...

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