Author: Romona Williams

Zine Review of Julia Gfrörer’s Dark Age: Everything Will Fade

If the greatest painting of all time was never seen by anyone but the artist, does it matter that it was created? Even if that work was lucky enough to be seen by a large audience, who is to say whether or not an exact duplicate preceded it? Julia Gfrörer’s Dark Age centers on decay, the passage of time, and artistic expression through this lens. Natural beauty, art, and life are portrayed as vulnerable to obsolescence, though their preservation is important to those involved. The title, Dark Age, draws a quick association with the medieval period, an era widely depicted as...

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Gozer in Ghosbusters: Call Me Marshmallow Woman

Marshmallow Man is a woman. Granted, “Marshmallow Woman” doesn’t roll off the tongue with the same alliterative satisfaction as “Marshmallow Man.” It’s tough to pronounce two W’s in a row like that, not to mention adding an entire extra syllable. But, it’s the more accurate of the two. Accuracy versus a lulling literary device is a tough call! But considering her true name is Gozer the Gozerian, let’s consider the alliteration checkbox cleared. We can call her by her real name. When Gozer first appears in Ghostbusters, it is emphasized that Gozer is able to take any form it...

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Comic Cons, Comic Books, and a Library Magazine: Anne Drozd on the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival, Pulp, and a Mystery Comic

In the past few years, Anne Drozd and her husband Jerzy Drozd have produced a boatload of comic events: Comic books, podcasts, conventions, cartoonist instruction for kids/teens/adults, school workshops, library events, Nerd Nites, tiny expos, big expos; these two do it all. I was thrilled that Anne was able to take the time to answer my questions about some of their current projects. What can you tell me about why the Ann Arbor District Library decided to produce Pulp? AADL saw a gap in arts coverage in the community after the Ann Arbor News folded. We were already the...

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Interview with Matt Ruff, Author of Lovecraft Country

Let’s time warp back to 2007. It’s a rainy day in Ann Arbor, Michigan and I just ducked inside the downtown Borders. I work at a library and rarely buy books, but I leaf through the new arrivals all the same. None of them hold my attention for long, and I consider giving up and buying an overpriced umbrella for the walk home. But then a bright yellow cover catches my eye. It’s titled Bad Monkeys and it sinks it’s teeth into me by the end of the first page. I sit down in one of the uncomfortable wooden...

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April Sex Month Roundtable: Let’s Talk Sex Toys!

What month-long focus on sex would be complete without a roundtable on sex toys? Other WWACers and I dished about what works for us, what doesn’t, along with some helpful tips thrown into the mix. What was your first sex toy and how were you introduced to it? Romona Williams: When I was nineteen one of my friends moved into an apartment around the corner from a sex shop. We went in on a lark one day, thinking it was all kinds of funny to go into a sex store. We had pictured it being madly funny and were disappointed...

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