• Trigger Warning: Fantasy vs Reality

    Trigger Warning: Fantasy vs Reality3

    I hate the dark. As in full-on shaking, bones trembling, sweat-breaking-out-along-the-nape-of-my-neck fear. It’s a strange thing to admit to people because being afraid of the dark is something children fear. Being afraid of the dark is something people associate with weakness and immaturity. So no one thinks twice when they turn the lights out on

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  • Sailor Twain and the Misty Medium

    Sailor Twain and the Misty Medium0

    “Art is a fight to the finish between black charcoal and white paper.”—Gunter Grass Most artists know that if they are drawing with charcoal, they might as well throw themselves down an old Victorian era chimney. While it’s a forgiving medium in the sense that even non-artists can achieve a level of mediocrity with charcoal,

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  • The Best at Being You: Mental Health, Self-Image, and X-Force

    The Best at Being You: Mental Health, Self-Image, and X-Force1

    In my grand tradition of waiting much too long to read good comics, I didn’t read the new X-Force by Si Spurrier and Rock-He Kim until late last month. It’s ridiculously enjoyable, with a cast that features a non-fetishized Psylocke, strong representation of LGBTQ people, and deeply flawed characters. The members of X-Force are hot-tempered,

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  • Comics Academe: How Do You Teach Comics?

    Comics Academe: How Do You Teach Comics?4

    This post is the first of two Comics Academe pieces from guest writer Katherine Tanski — I’d introduce her fully, but she does a good job of that for herself. My name is Kate, and I’m a recovering academic. Like all good recovering academics, I feel the need to share my experiences and impart (what I

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  • From Scouts to Superheroes: My Manga Journey

    From Scouts to Superheroes: My Manga Journey1

    Our middle school years are ones we either look back on fondly, cringe away from, or hold with some combination of both. For me, the blurry memories of prepubescence are a mix of both, but they also marked my initiation into the world of manga.

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  • Ghost in the Shell: The Major’s Body (7) (NSFW)

    Ghost in the Shell: The Major’s Body (7) (NSFW)6

    The Major, or Motoko Kusanagi, is the protagonist of each incarnation of the Ghost in the Shell manga-anime-merchadise franchise. If you care to google, “Motoko Kusanagi is“ autocompletes to “a man” and “is hot,” then “in bed with a boy” and “in bed.” For a science-fiction philosophy character named for her military position, we (the audience — although I

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