• Momocon: A Convention for Fans of All Kinds

    Momocon: A Convention for Fans of All Kinds0

    It had only been a month since the cancellation and resulting fallout of Universal Fan Con, and it was still on my mind. Not so much the actual event, but all the fans and vendors that had been let down. As a fan, it hurts when I see other fans being bailed on and having

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  • Artists Have Cool Brains: Short Reviews from Chicago Zine Fest 2018

    Artists Have Cool Brains: Short Reviews from Chicago Zine Fest 20180

    When I arrived at this year’s Chicago Zine Fest (CZF), the first thing I did was make a zine. It’s been a difficult year thus far, and I have to confess, I haven’t been thinking about zines much. I meant to get back to them, to seek out new zinesters review more work, and make

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  • Wondercon 2018: A Fan’s Thoughts

    Wondercon 2018: A Fan’s Thoughts0

    Con season is in full swing, and Wondercon, sister convention to the epic monstrosity known as San Diego Comic-Con happened this past weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center in southern California. The weather was perfect for a con: sunny, but with just enough breeze to keep a jacket close by. Cosplayer groups and camera folx

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  • Helsinki Zine Fest: Queer and Hopeful

    Helsinki Zine Fest: Queer and Hopeful1

    My trip to Helsinki Zine Fest lasted only a single day, and yet it might have been one of my most important steps towards a career as a comics creator. In late July of last year, I had just found out I couldn’t afford my trip to New York to attend Flame Con. I was understandably upset at the prospect of almost being able to be within walking

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  • SacAnime 2017: Powered by Passion

    SacAnime 2017: Powered by Passion0

    I had no idea what to expect heading into SacAnime. Even the host city, Sacramento, is known pretty much only for being the capital of California (the reason for which, I found out from a native Californian friend, was because the original location in San Jose flooded) rather than any sort of unique culture (i.e.,

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  • Academic Conference Asks: What Makes Women Monstrous?

    Academic Conference Asks: What Makes Women Monstrous?1

    Women are often called monsters. Even before the internet made trolling a favorite misogynist past time, women’s bodies, functions, and perceptions have been fair game for name calling. I joined a wonderful group of scholars to discuss what after all is so “monstrous” about women at the Monstrous Women Conference this last May in at

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