Author: Lex Fields

Do Not Read In Public: Let’s Talk About Sex (In Comics)

Content Warning: Discussion and depiction of sexuality. So I’m just a girl in a comic book store. I’m aimlessly walking around, letting my gaze go from cover to cover, waiting for something to catch my eye. I glance over a shitload of caped crusaders, lots of skintight catsuits, a couple of combat action sequences. Nothing really catches my eye until I see a happy-faced brunette in a halter top, boy shorts, and thigh-highs, pumping her fist next to a pouty blonde dressed as some kind of sexy nurse. The blonde is wearing latex—or paint?—and holding a giant syringe. While most...

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Top 10 Indie Horror Movies on Netflix

So I was a really morbid kid. From reading about serial killers to binge-watching midnight slasher movies, I’ve never shied away from the gruesome. Lately, my bloodlust for all things gore has morphed into a respect for the understated. While I can appreciate a good splatter here and there, I am admittedly a bigger fan of quiet, unnerving psychological horror. I like the kind of scary movie that has a strong lead and lets you get to know the characters, making the terror feel all the more real. Or the kind that can give you goosebumps with music and...

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Where I Began: Kids’ Comics That Left Impressions

B & V & Lex Makes Three I read my first comic book when I was six or seven years old. It was a Betty & Veronica Double Digest, and I first noticed it sitting on a newsstand at the grocery store. I asked my Grandma if I could read it, thinking she would say no. (B&V may have been wearing skimpy bikinis or something.) Turns out my Grandma was one hip lady, and she bought it for me. It became an instant guilty pleasure. I was intrigued by how two beautiful women could become catty and jealous over...

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Awesome Webcomics of April: Staff Picks

Hotblood Toril Tuesdays & Thursdays at 12:00 AM Eastern Standard Time. NSFW The Wild West with centaurs. Need I say more? Ok, I will. James Rook, a Civil War veteran with limited options, and Asa Langley, a steel icon, get into wild shenanigans in the year of 1871. There’s violence, sex, profanity, revised American history, and centaurs. The centaurs are totally normal though. Like, they’re just people with horse bodies, but some people treat them like garbage. The webcomic’s creator, Toril, has answered a ton of questions about the existence of centaurs, which you can read here. — Al...

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What’s Loud, Proud, and Somehow Invisible? Diversity At The Creative Level

A couple of years ago, I read an interesting article about a young woman moved to tears by a panel discussion on “Women Who Kick Ass” at the San Diego Comic-Con. While waiting in line for hours to see the panel, our narrator had the misfortune of standing behind a few white dudes who continuously made derogatory remarks about women, black people, and the developmentally disabled. By the time she entered the hall to hear the discussion, she felt marginalized, uncomfortable, and downright fucking angry. The line-up for the “Women Who Kick Ass” panel rightfully featured noted ass-kicker Michelle Rodriguez,...

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