• Go Ahead, Skip the Origin Stories

    Go Ahead, Skip the Origin Stories1

    [et_pb_section admin_label=”section”] [et_pb_row admin_label=”row”] [et_pb_column type=”4_4″] [et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] Action Comics #1 gets Superman’s origin story and “a scientific explanation of Clark Kent’s amazing strength” out of the way on the very first page, and the rest of the issue is devoted to his activities as a grown-up “champion of the the oppressed.” Though obviously his

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  • One-eyed Butterfly: The Lone Queer Man of Basara

    One-eyed Butterfly: The Lone Queer Man of Basara0

    Disclaimer: This contains spoilers, so read at your own risk! Also, although Basara in general isn’t especially triggering, Ageha’s backstory, “Loquat” in volume 25, has instances of rape and child abuse. Ah, Basara, my love, my most favored manga. You are lovely and perfect. And yet, I wish you had better queer representation. What Basara

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  • Superman and Me

    Superman and Me1

    I grew up on Superman comics, Superman movies and Superman tv shows. Eventually this spun out of Superman and into the DC Universe as a whole. Superman led me to Supergirl— and that’s a fandom that has defined my life. I was asked to talk about the two most defining moments of my fandom, the

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  • The Perfect Squirrel Girl Shirt And Other Stories

    The Perfect Squirrel Girl Shirt And Other Stories1

    It’s gift-guide season, and all through the house, we’ve got presents wrapping while we scream “what else??” The listicles listing the things we could buy make us ponder and wonder and start to ask why— Is it worth it to buy things all branded and fine? Are Pop Vinyls worth much when they lose Christmas

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  • The Subtle Horror of Japanese Comics

    The Subtle Horror of Japanese Comics1

    I’m a horror fan, and I didn’t realize it. Although I’m a wide reader genre-wise, horror and suspense were one of those genres I never really got into. Gore was gross, but not shocking. Jump scares just pissed me off. Silent Hill and its ilk were fun to watch, less fun to play when the

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  • I Don’t Want Sexy Leia Comics

    I Don’t Want Sexy Leia Comics4

    Sexy Princess Leia is bad. Sexy General Leia might be even worse. (If you’ve come across sexy General Leia art, don’t tell me.) Late last year, Carrie Fisher died. She was sixty-one. This week her last on-screen performance, as General Leia Organa, leader of the Resistance, hits theatres. The Last Jedi is—not by design, though

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