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    Draven Katayama

    Writer at Sidequest and Women Write About Comics; past executive editor of Kollaboration and writer at Newsarama and Comicosity. Say hi on Twitter: @loudlysilent.

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  • A Less Stressful Writing Challenge: Flash Fiction Wednesday, April 6

    A Less Stressful Writing Challenge: Flash Fiction Wednesday, April 62

    • March 31, 2016

    Many of us have tried to make a habit of writing fiction, with various degrees of success. Writing challenges can feel overwhelming, especially more time-intensive challenges like NaNoWriMo. On April 6 and recurring the first Wednesday of every month, you’re invited to participate in Flash Fiction Wednesday, a writing challenge aimed to require as little

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  • Elektra’s Silence and Victimization in Dark Reign

    Elektra’s Silence and Victimization in Dark Reign0

    This month, Netflix’s Daredevil series adds a much-anticipated character: Elektra. Elektra debuted in Marvel comics in the 1980s. The recap page of the 2009 miniseries Dark Reign: Elektra describes her thusly: “Elektra Natchios was the most dangerous woman in the world: an assassin, master martial artist, and weapons expert.” I had never read any comics starring Elektra,

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  • Women, POC, and LGBTQ Creators in February’s Marvel Comics

    Women, POC, and LGBTQ Creators in February’s Marvel Comics1

    Marvel Comics has had successes and failures at representation in its characters in recent months. But what about the creators of these comics? Do the writers, pencillers, inkers, colorists, letterers, and cover artists Marvel hires to weave its narratives reflect reality, or do they perpetuate the same disappointing history?

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  • Sisterhood in Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

    Sisterhood in Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before1

    I recently realized that many protagonists in books and shows I loved growing up didn’t have siblings. Hermione is an only child, as is Rory Gilmore, Hazel Grace Lancaster, and Glee‘s Rachel, Quinn, Santana, and Brittany (or their siblings did not appear in the story). Katniss’ relationship to her sister Prim was pivotal to The

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