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    Alenka Figa

    Alenka Figa is a queer librarian and intense cat mom. She spends her days reading zines and indie comics, and twittering about D&D podcasts at @alenkafiga.

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  • Quaranzines Will Keep Us Connected: An Interview with Jenna Freedman

    Quaranzines Will Keep Us Connected: An Interview with Jenna Freedman0

    When I first started working on this project in those wild, precious, before-the-Pandemic times, I visited several zine libraries in person and online, and talked to the librarians, barefoot and degree-d alike, who run them. During this process, I quickly began hearing familiar names come up in conversation. Zine communities can often be niche and

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  • New Colors for Bug Boys and Witchlight Enrich their Stories

    New Colors for Bug Boys and Witchlight Enrich their Stories0

    I’m a big fan of Czap Books, especially two of their earlier publications – Laura Knetzger’s sweet, slice-of-life series Bug Boys, and Jessi Zabarsky’s emotional, warm fantasy Witchlight. I’ve written about both comics before, but since those initial pieces both books were picked up by Random House Graphic and released to a wider audience. I

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  • Jane Mai’s Soft is a Brilliant Retelling of Carmilla

    Jane Mai’s Soft is a Brilliant Retelling of Carmilla0

    CONTENT WARNING: This article contains discussion of abusive relationships. When a friend recommended I watch a low budget webseries about a lesbian vampire who falls in love with her plucky college roommate, I didn’t realize it was based on Carmilla, a vampire novella by Sheridan Le Fanu older than Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I was fascinated

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  • Charmed, Sexual Assault, & the Medusa Myth

    Charmed, Sexual Assault, & the Medusa Myth2

    CONTENT WARNING: This article contains discussion of sexual assault. SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for season one of the new Charmed television series. I recently wrote an article encouraging people to return to the TV series Charmed as a silly, stress-free social distancing activity. Charmed is wildly campy and difficult to take seriously –

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