• IDW Pubwatch July 2020

    IDW Pubwatch July 2020

    Welcome to the IDW Pubwatch. The world is still mostly on lockdown but here’s something to distract you—a few exciting comics that will occupy your mind, at least for a little while. I’ve also got the latest news coming out of IDW, along with comic book reviews, and a selection of my favourite covers from

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  • 2020 Hugo Awards Reviews: Novelettes – Part 1

    2020 Hugo Awards Reviews: Novelettes – Part 1

    Welcome back to this series of reviews covering the prose stories on the 2020 Hugo Awards ballot. The previous posts in the series looked over the Best Short Story category; now, let us move on to the category for stories of 7,500 to 17,500 words: Best Novelette…

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  • Remembering Charlee Jacob: Vestal

    Remembering Charlee Jacob: Vestal

    Charlee Jacob’s vampire novel Vestal was published in 2005, the same year that Stephenie Meyer gave vampires a newfound popularity with Twilight. Jacob had tackled vampires before, of course: her debut novel This Symbiotic Fascination was in part a vampire tale, and she also wrote enough vampire short stories to fill an entire anthology, The

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  • A Gorgeous Take on Fairytales: Trungles’ Star Spinner Tarot

    A Gorgeous Take on Fairytales: Trungles’ Star Spinner Tarot

    It’s always exciting for the tarot community when a new indie deck by a popular artist comes out, and particularly so when it’s a project I’ve been excited about for so long! I’ve been following the progress of Trungles’ Star Spinner Tarot since about 2015, when I first saw the gorgeous four Lovers cards. (Yes,

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  • Previously on Comics: Mostly Sort of Not All Bad News

    Previously on Comics: Mostly Sort of Not All Bad News

    I’d love to pretend that comics is a sunshiney place where everyone is welcome, but we’re not there yet, folks. There is still lots of work to do. But fear not! I’m not all bad news about crappy people for today’s news report. Read on to find out what’s been going on this past week.

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  • Hugo Awards Reviews: Short Stories – Part 3

    Hugo Awards Reviews: Short Stories – Part 3

    Concluding the exploration of the Hugo Awards Short Stories category (read part 1 and part 2) with the final reviews below, we have journeyed from a fantasy empire to an apocalyptic future, met cloud-people and the living dead, and heard tales of cannibal women and dancing dolls. Along the way, it is hard to miss

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  • [Patreon Exclusive] The Marvel Girl Next Door by Kayleigh Hearn

    [Patreon Exclusive] The Marvel Girl Next Door by Kayleigh Hearn

    Our monthly Patron-exclusive essay series continues. You can read all of these incredible analyses for as little as a dollar a month on our Patreon. There are remarkable green dresses that linger in our pop culture memory. Scarlett O’Hara draped in mountains of velvet. Jennifer Lopez wearing Versace, her neckline plunging perilously low. Kiera Knightly in

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  • Last Week’s Episode: July, July!

    June has ended, but what’s changed? It’s brutally hot outside (at least in my hemisphere) but I don’t feel great about safely retreating to movie theatres. Even Fox News has finally masks are finally good to wear during a pandemic. Activists are still in the streets protesting (and being brutalized) for racial justice and an

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