Author: Stephanie Tran

Frameline41’s “Transtastic” Selected Shorts Series is Fantastic

When I walked into the Roxie Theater in San Francisco and settled down to watch Frameline41’s “Transtastic” selected shorts series, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. There wasn’t any particular theme to the series, and the synopses of the films posted on the Frameline41 website revealed that they varied in theme, genre, and tone. The subject of the films, of course, centered around trans and gender nonconforming narratives, but I was curious if I would find themes that were present in multiple films. Knowing that the series was being co-presentd by local non-profit TransThrive, I hoped that, as...

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Lois Lane Thrills In Triple Threat

Lois Lane: Triple Threat  Gwenda Bond Switch Press May 2017 In many cultures three is a magic number but in my experience, however, the number three can be a bit of a curse for book and movie sequels. The first iteration of a story is good, maybe even groundbreaking, and sets expectations that the sequel needs to meet.  Sequels tend to be either bigger and better or disappointing, but the third part of a series? The third usually overdoes it and falls flat on its face. If it’s really bad, it’s also the death knell for a series. It was...

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Book Beat: Yoko Ono Finally Gets Her Due

Hello all! Hope you’re doing well. This past Sunday was Father’s Day here in the U.S. Both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day often make think about my own parents and how to be a good parent of my own someday. What kind of legacy do parents leave? How do their grown-up children view their parents? How can you be a good partner in raising your children? I don’t have any answers just yet, but the universe seems to been of similar mind – this past week’s writing and book news that jumped out to me is tied to familial...

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Politically Cartoonish: May In Review

Hello, and welcome to the May edition of Politically Cartoonish. As with the rest of WWAC, the Politically Cartoonish column is working to include analyses of non-U.S. and non-Western issues. Readers are encouraged to send political cartoon suggestions to the author via her Twitter handle @youandyourego. May opened up with International Workers Day on May 1st, prompting discussions of workers’ rights and issues, particularly undocumented immigrants in the United States and the fight for a livable minimum wage in many countries. Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz combined workers rights and comicbook geekery in his International Workers Day cartoon featuring a smiling Superman raising...

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A Little Bit of Hope from Billy Boyd and Middle Earth

During my time at Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC) I had the opportunity to interview actor Billy Boyd. Boyd, who is perhaps best known as Pippin in The Lord of the Rings movies, was kind enough to take the time to speak to me and discuss the work he did on Lord of the Rings, as well as parallels between Rings and current events. It was surreal to even see Billy Boyd in person and also a bit shocking to see a bit of white in his hair — has it really been 16 years since The Fellowship of the...

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