• Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover: The Action Lab Conundrum

    Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover: The Action Lab Conundrum3

    Middle school cookie dealers, hockey stick wielding magical girl vigilantes, princesses who don’t need saving, a space demon slaying comic retailer, and a time travelling chef who cooks prehistoric creatures. Action Lab is making comics you should be reading… so why aren’t you? The “Action Lab Conundrum,” as I call it, is one I’ve become

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  • Manga Profile: Try Murder Incarnation

    Manga Profile: Try Murder Incarnation0

    Hey, kid. Kid. Hey. Hey, you like a little story with a twist in the tale? You like a last-minute swerve? You like all that sweet tension ramped up in one final reveal that not only makes everything worse, but the whole story … better? Hey, kid, hey. Who would you kill to get that, huh? Who’d

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  • Mental Health and Superheroes: The Problem with Labeling Sacrifice as Suicide

    Mental Health and Superheroes: The Problem with Labeling Sacrifice as Suicide0

    Content warning: This article discusses mental health, suicide, and depression. We, the fans, love our fandoms, so much that it’s possible for us to lose sight of the societal and personal impacts of our critical analyses. The past year has been a Thunderdome of fans who like or dislike the approach to characters they love. We’ve

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  • A Less Stressful Writing Challenge: Flash Fiction Wednesday, May 4

    A Less Stressful Writing Challenge: Flash Fiction Wednesday, May 40

    • May 2, 2016

    Writing fiction is hard work, but it’s helpful to build a habit. Marjorie Liu recently shared how during a crossroads time in her life, she woke up at 6 AM each day, wrote 3000 words, and at the end of a month she’d written her first novel. Flash Fiction Wednesday is a monthly writing challenge

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  • Interview with Matt Ruff, Author of Lovecraft Country

    Interview with Matt Ruff, Author of Lovecraft Country0

    • April 28, 2016

    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

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  • Build Your Own Mountain: A Conversation with a DIY Comics Writer-Publisher

    Build Your Own Mountain: A Conversation with a DIY Comics Writer-Publisher0

    Review copies are nice, but review copies that you’d be excited to buy are better.  Zachary Clemente sent me two comics that he self-published, with Arielle Soutar on lettering, and Kelsi Ricks (Remnants) and Ricardo Lopez Ortiz (Immolation) putting image to page. I wanted to know more about the connections between these two books, and, lucky

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