• Kickstarter of the Week: Final Empire

    Kickstarter of the Week: Final Empire

    Arena Mode and Assault or Attrition were the top funded books in the Kickstarter: fiction category. Now the science fiction superhero series comes to its epic conclusion in Blake Northcott‘s Final Empire. “It’s intimidating to throw your heart and soul into an idea and then release it out of ‘the bubble,’”  says Northcott of her Kickstarter experience. “All

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  • Scariest Movie of My Life: Uzumaki

    Scariest Movie of My Life: Uzumaki

    I love me some horror movies. At parties or family gatherings, start talking to me about the latest rom-com and you will see my eyes glaze over. But mention the latest slasher flick, and I will immediately jump to attention. I will also be the first to admit that I don’t have the highest standards

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  • Spiritual Gender-Bending in Solanin

    Spiritual Gender-Bending in Solanin

    SPOILER WARNING: This essay contains spoilers pertaining to Inio Asano’s Solanin

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  • Laila & Luther: If You Go Down To The Woods Today, You’re Sure of a Big Surprise

    Laila & Luther: If You Go Down To The Woods Today, You’re Sure of a Big Surprise

    Here are some important things in the world of sex: arousal, desire, active consent, i.e. the decision to get fucky made by all, appreciation of each body involved, a jolly good time, and positive interaction following the deed.

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  • Review: Megahex by Simon Hanselmann

    Review: Megahex by Simon Hanselmann

    In a nondescript suburb lives Megg, a green-skinned witch, Mogg, her black cat familiar and lover, an enormous anthropomorphic Owl (named Owl) their unhinged cohort Werewolf Jones and other strange beings. Together, despite their otherworldly appearance, their activities revolve not around magic and the dark arts but around ingesting huge amounts of marijuana and making

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  • Finding Feminism in Horror: Part I

    Finding Feminism in Horror: Part I

    Finding feminist ideology in the horror film genre can feel like searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore film. It can seem a futile effort considering the most popular horror tropes are particularly unflattering toward the female characters: the final virginal survivor, “ugly duckling” killer, the commonality of sexual assault as plot device, etc. Then

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  • Butterfly #1: Who is Nightingale?

    Butterfly #1: Who is Nightingale?

    Butterfly #1 Arash Amel, Marguerite Bennett (W) Antonio Fuso (A) BOOM! Studios I am loving the new wave of female-led spy thrillers lately. First Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s Velvet, then Black Widow’s solo series, and now Butterfly by Arash Amel, Marguerite Bennett, and Antonio Fuso.

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  • Felicia Day is Disappointed In You, #GamerGate, And You Proved Her Right

    Felicia Day is Disappointed In You, #GamerGate, And You Proved Her Right

    Last night, Felicia Day — creator of The Guild and all around awesome person — posted a gentle I’m Not Mad, I’m Just Disappointed to members of #GamerGate. Her post is thoughtful, sympathetic, and focused not on the hideous bile spewing from every orifice of the #GamerGate monster, but on the disappointment she felt in herself

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  • Here There Be Monsters: November’s Comic Club Pick

    Here There Be Monsters: November’s Comic Club Pick

    Our October Comic Club pick was Volume One of Tim Seeley and Mike Norton’s Revival. It’s the story of a small town in Wisconsin. In many ways it’s like every other small town out there. Except for one little thing – the dead have started coming back to life. And when you first hear that you

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  • Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens, Oh My!

    Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens, Oh My!

    Certain things you wouldn’t ponder combining, not because you don’t think they’d go together, simply that the thought never crossed your mind. Yet, when two things do come together in your mind, you want to slap your forehead and go “of course!.” That’s how I felt after reading Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens; of course!

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  • 741.5: How To Sound Professional When Talking About Cerebro

    741.5: How To Sound Professional When Talking About Cerebro

    The problem with working in a field that relies heavily on bureaucratic procedure is that sometimes you propose something, and then so much time passes that you forget about it. Then, suddenly, you get three emails one day saying that the talk on the importance of comic book collections and geek-centric programming in libraries you

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  • Scariest Movie of My Life: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Scariest Movie of My Life: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The movie—or movie series—that has scared me for the longest and with the greatest intensity is the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series. The original (which is technically titled The Texas Chain Saw Massacre) came out before I was born and has loomed in the shadows my whole life. Growing up in Texas, it was impossible not

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  • The Power of Tank Girl: One Girl’s Personal Diary

    The Power of Tank Girl: One Girl’s Personal Diary

    Are you ready for some TANK GIIIIIRL? Many of you may have been born ready. Many of you may know her of old. But if you’re new? No probs. That just means you’re lucky, cos the tank’s full (of comics), and the night is long. Tank Girl is a girl—a woman, in my reading, but

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  • The Local: More Fun Comics & Games in Denton, Texas

    The Local: More Fun Comics & Games in Denton, Texas

    Two women drive past a comic book store. (No, this isn’t the beginning of a joke.) Woman 1: Oh, hey, a comic book store, let’s check it out! Woman 2: Oh, yeah, I hope they have the new Harley Quinn!

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  • New to Manga: Trying Monster by Naoki Urasawa

    New to Manga: Trying Monster by Naoki Urasawa

    When I decided to dip my toe into the manga pond, I heard one name over and over:  Naoki Urasawa. He was the best of the best, an Eisner-winner multiple years in a row for his sci-fi epic 20th Century Boys. Interested as I was, manga’s tendency toward long-running, epic stories scared me off for

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  • Multifarious: Art Untranslatable

    Multifarious: Art Untranslatable

    I am sucker for typography and illustration. These illustrations by artist Ellen Frances Sanders depicting untranslatable words combine my favorite things: typography, illustration, and the charming and often frustrating nuance of languages:   While you are at it, take a look at her other work. — Ginnis Aaaaah. So beautiful. Why, why can’t Jodorowsky just sit

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