Author: J. A. Micheline

Strange Fruit

The Silent Lessons of Strange Fruit #2: A Review That Isn’t

Strange Fruit #2 J.G. Jones and Mark Waid (Authors), J.G. Jones (Artist), Deron Bennett (Letterer) BOOM! Studios   October 4, 2015 Though Strange Fruit #1 was published in July, the BOOM! response to criticisms lodged about its racial insensitivity in the following weeks and months has been relative silence. I tried very hard not to blame them, as it’s a…

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Television Comes to TIFF: TV at Film Festivals and the Possibility of a TV Festival That’s Good

This year the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will include a block of television programming and I think that’s weird. Its TV programming, Primetime, includes screenings of Casual (USA) from Jason Reitman, CROMO (Argentina) from Lucía Puenzo and Nicolás Puenzo, Keith Richards: Under the Influence (USA) from Morgan Neville, The Returned (France) from Fabrice Gobert,…

FLOTUS is not impressed.

Marvel Announces Hip-Hop Variants for October, Still Does Not Care About Black People

Yesterday, Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso announced that, for the month of October, Marvel will release variant covers paying homage to hip hop. These covers were designed  to reflect the “ongoing dialogue” between Marvel and hip hop, and to “spotlight the seamless relationship between those two forces.” How nice, right? Seamless relationship! Ongoing dialogue! Hip hop! Marvel!…

Strange Fruit #1 by Mark Waid and JG Jones (BOOM! Studios 2015)

The White Privilege, White Audacity, and White Priorities of STRANGE FRUIT #1

Strange Fruit #1 J.G. Jones and Mark Waid (Authors), J.G. Jones (Artist), Deron Bennett (Letterer) BOOM! Studios  (July 2015) (This review contains some spoilers) Writing about Strange Fruit #1 has been a long time coming. It has been on my very-reluctant radar since it was announced on February 20th — Dwayne McDuffie’s birthday. For readers who are unaware, Dwayne McDuffie…