Author: Kat Overland

Beastly BFFs: Okja’s Uneven Parable of Friendship

Okja Director/Screenwriter: Bong Joon-Ho Cast: Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal, Steven Yuen, Lily Collins Netflix June 28, 2017 Bong Joon-Ho brings his bold style to Okja, creating a fun romp that’s a mashup of a children’s fable and an anti-corporate farming manifesto, mixed in with a slight edge of surrealism. The tale is simple: a corporation creates a race of super pigs and, as a marketing ploy, send out 26 of them to be raised by farmers across the globe. Okja, the titular superpig, has grown up in the mountains of South Korea, being raised by Mija...

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Two Takes On Iceman #1-3

Iceman #1-3 Sina Grace (writer), Alessandro Vitti (penciler), Rachelle Rosenberg (colorist), VC’s Joe Sabino (letterer), Kevin Wada (covers) Marvel Comics June-July 2017 Kat Overland: Let’s start this off easy. Are you a Bobby Drake fan?  Megan Purdy: Yes and no! I fell in love with Bobby when he was in a coma circa Uncanny X-Men #311. Emma Frost hijacked his body, and he had like a decade of angst over her using his powers better than he did. I’ve never hated him, but before then I’d always considered him the most boring X-Man by design. That story was the...

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Kickstarter: Interview with Artist Katie Wadley (dorkbait)

You might know artist Katie Wadley from her three successful Kickstarter campaigns, two of which were compilations of her Bucky Barnes centric Inktober series. Or you’ve seen her work in Raw, the Hannibal fanwork anthology, and more recently the Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes fanwork anthology, Not Without You. She has a new Kickstarter for a Marvel Cinematic Universe artbook, miegakure, which wraps early this week, so I asked her a few questions about her Kickstarters and work. This is your fourth artbook Kickstarter. What inspired you to do a printbook on the first place? Honestly it hadn’t occurred to me...

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Two Takes On My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness

My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness Nagata Kabi Seven Seas June 6, 2017 My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Kabi Nagata is a manga that chronicles her own struggles with mental illness, her burgeoning sexuality, employment, fulfillment, and everything that could string all those topics together. Originally published as a webcomic on Pixiv, Nagata’s autobiographical stories were published by East Press in 2016, and it was translated and published for English-speaking audiences in June 2017. Megan Purdy and Kat Overland got together to chat about this relatable, adorable, and awkward comic. What were your overall impressions of the book? KO: This...

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Finding Answers in Sophie Yanow’s What is a Glacier?

What is a Glacier? Sophie Yanow Retrofit June 2017 In What is a Glacier? Sophie Yanow masterfully weaves together a trip to Iceland, a bad breakup, immigration woes, climate change, and anxiety about death into a 32 page meditation. “How do I get better at endings,” she asks herself midway through the book, and it’s this question more than glaciers that ties each thread together, a story that’s more than the sum of its parts. It’s also a frank look at anxiety, and how it can eat its way into even the best of circumstances. How do I get...

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