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

    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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  • The Missing Dialogue in “Star Wars and the Power of Costume”

    The Missing Dialogue in “Star Wars and the Power of Costume”

    Disclaimer: an entry pass for Star Wars and the Power of Costume was supplied by the museum. If you’re reading this, you’re probably familiar with Star Wars, at least a little bit. The massive sci-fi franchise infiltrated popular culture decades ago. Just when you think you’ve seen the last of it outside of re-runs and

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  • Eat Your Geek: An Interview with Sam Anderson of Cakes Cove

    Eat Your Geek: An Interview with Sam Anderson of Cakes Cove

    Cakes Cove has been exhibiting at various events and convention for a while, but I first had the pleasure of meeting the bakery’s proprietor, Sam Anderson, this summer in the Fan Expo Canada green room. I was immediately struck by the obvious: her incredible talent for crafting sweet treats with a geeky flare, but more than that,

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  • Dia de Muertos Is Not Your Mexican Halloween

    Dia de Muertos Is Not Your Mexican Halloween

    No puedes repaqueta una cutura. Translation: “you can’t repackage a culture.” In America, the cultures of people of color tend to be bastardized by white mainstream outlets in various forms. In recent years, the specific culture of Latinx Americans has been twisted, distorted, and conflated in regards to the popular Sugar Skull trend that has

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  • From Halloween’s Origins to Crafting Geek-Inspired Halloween Goods

    From Halloween’s Origins to Crafting Geek-Inspired Halloween Goods

    As self-identified and unabashed geeks, costumes aren’t something limited to Halloween for most of us, but it sure does make it extra fun! For this month, lifestyle celebrated this readily available excuse for playing dress-up with a series of how-to’s, as well as general thoughts on costuming.

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  • Shinbun Saturday: Manga Faces Bans and Criticism

    Shinbun Saturday: Manga Faces Bans and Criticism

    Increasing pressure on Japan to ban manga featuring sexualizd portrayals of minors Earlier this week, a UN special envoy called for Japan to ban manga featuring sexualized images of children. The request comes after a new law criminalizing possession of child pornography came into effect this past summer. Under the law, manga containing pedophiliac content

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  • Death in Video Games According to a Five Year Old

    Death in Video Games According to a Five Year Old

    My youngest brother is a gamer in the loosest sense of the term. He really enjoys watching others play games, almost as much as he enjoys telling others how to play games. He especially likes completely dictating every gaming action to another person and then celebrating the outcome as his own success. He’s six (five

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  • From Princess to Ash: Navigating My Childhood Halloween Costumes

    From Princess to Ash: Navigating My Childhood Halloween Costumes

    Halloween tends to send us into a web of nostalgia. We reminisce over our favorite childhood Halloween candies (some of them long discontinued), our favorite scary movies, carving pumpkins, and of course costumes. Skimming through our memories, some of those costumes make us laugh, some make us cringe, and others forces us to wonder what

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