Author: Paige Sammartino

Over The Edge: Gender, Disability, and the Future of Archie

Since 2015, Archie Comics has quietly become the industry name to watch. Whether it’s reimagining classic characters in horror settings, confirming a titular character as asexual and aromantic, or sweeping the Teen Choice Awards with a Twin Peaks-esque murder mystery series, Archie is taking risks and making moves that a lot of big publishers wouldn’t gamble. In two years, “New Archie” isn’t just a marketing label; the publisher really has done something new. Well, mostly. Coordinating with the edgy vibes of Riverdale’s success, the three-part “Over the Edge” arc (Issues #20-22, compiled in the Volume 4 book) promised that...

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Iconic Scenes: “Now’s the Fucking Time”

Kill Bill volume one was release in 2003. The film, both volumes, is a love letter to samurai and western films and the relationship the two genres share. Tarantino also calls it a love letter to the colour blonde–to the Bride, Uma Thurman’s hair and the figure she casts in that Bruce Lee inspired yellow and black tracksuit. There is perhaps only one character who comes close to matching the Bride’s loving treatment by Tarantino, and that’s Lucy Liu’s O-Ren Ishii. Like the Bride, O-Ren is framed as a mythic figure–her backstory is the shared during the film’s only...

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Love Them or Hate Them?: A Love Triangles Roundtable

Whether you enjoy them or despise them, love triangles are a literary staple. It would be difficult to find a reader who hasn’t come across this trope from time to time. But despite their frequency, there can be some pretty big differences between them—how they’re constructed, the role they play in the story, and what they add (or don’t add) to the character development. And because love triangles can provoke such different reactions, we at WWAC decided to get together to talk our experiences and approaches to this often divisive trope. Love triangles: Do you tend to love them or hate...

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Music Videos that Shaped Me: Beyonce’s “If I Were a Boy”

“If I Were a Boy,” a post-breakup ballad, was Beyoncé’s follow-up single to 2008’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” the definitive girl power anthem of the late 00s (and, let’s face it, still one of the best). It bolstered the contrast between Beyoncé as herself and as Sasha Fierce, and displayed her range as an artist. Fans and critics alike heralded it as a powerful performance, and it followed in the footsteps of “Single Ladies” as a feminist song. While both are reactions to a failed relationship, one is an upbeat battle cry from a woman who rises above a jealous partner, while the...

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Tweek X Craig: A Message to Parents of LGBTQ Kids

This past season, South Park caused a stir, reaching out to their viewers in search of fanart—specifically fanart of the popular pairing of Tweek Tweak and Craig Tucker—to be featured in an upcoming episode. The result was “Tweek X Craig,” and in true South Park fashion, it combined an over-the-top scenario with thoughtful social commentary, parodying slash fandom and supporting the LGBTQ community all at once. The episode’s humor and heart speak to viewers bemused at the concept of yaoi and devoted “Creek” shippers alike, but it isn’t the child characters learning something by the show’s conclusion. Instead, it’s a father who learns a lesson about being...

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