• The Tangled Relationship Between Religion and Comics (Part Two)

    The Tangled Relationship Between Religion and Comics (Part Two)

    In part one of this tangle, I talked about four ways I conceive of the relationship between comics and religion: comics as religion, comics in religion, religion in comics, and religion and comics in dialogue. In this month’s installation, I’ll give you second two categories (religion in comics and religion and comics in dialogue)—but be

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  • Fail Better: Trigger Warnings — Use Them, Believe in Them

    Fail Better: Trigger Warnings — Use Them, Believe in Them

    Trigger Warning: This post discusses sexual abuse, depression, and state violence. When I was younger and a much bigger asshole than I am now, I used to scratch my head at trigger warnings. I don’t now. It’s not a complicated issue — be kind, use trigger warnings; no downside. 

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  • GenCon Guide for Grownups Part II

    GenCon Guide for Grownups Part II

    Once you’ve gotten through your first day or two of GenCon, you may want to level up your experience. You’ve wandered the Exhibit Hall for hours, photographed the coolest cosplayers (after asking nicely and stepping out of the way, of course), and pretended to be elves with a bunch of strangers. Now you’re starving because

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  • Writing For Free: The Pro’s and Con’s of Comic Book Blogging

    Writing For Free: The Pro’s and Con’s of Comic Book Blogging

    Hi. You may have seen me around. I am the Kid’s Content editor for this very site. I love doing it. It’s an opportunity to write about topics that are important to me as well as providing me with an excuse to read more kid’s books and comics. Writing for WWAC gives me a target

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  • Ghost in the Shell: The Major’s Body (4)

    Ghost in the Shell: The Major’s Body (4)

    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 don’t

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  • I’m Loving: Teen Dog! Maybe? We’re conflicted.

    I’m Loving: Teen Dog! Maybe? We’re conflicted.

    What is a teen dog? What is this comic? What is this press release that has found its way into my inbox? Teen. Dog. “HE’S THE COOLEST CAT IN TOWN. EXCEPT HE’S A DOG. TEEN DOG!” is how the pitch for BOOM! Studios’ latest starts. A new BOOM! Box ongoing, Teen Dog is written and illustrated

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  • Top 10 Men’s Ponytails in ’90s Comics

    Top 10 Men’s Ponytails in ’90s Comics

    Someone who is not me because I don't have the attention span should do a Top 10 Men's Ponytails in '90s Comics infographic/listicle. — Jess Plummer (@Jess_Plummer) August 8, 2014 Challenge accepted! Many male comic book characters grew their hair long in the 1990s. Plenty of them let it flow wild and free, others wore

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  • Roundtable: Book Fans, Show Fans, Race, and Rape in Game of Thrones

    Roundtable: Book Fans, Show Fans, Race, and Rape in Game of Thrones

    In one of our sprawling internal email debates, it came out that WWAC staffers represent a good cross section of Game of Thrones viewers and that feelings were had by many. We decided to bring that conversation into the light for you all here — some of us are passionate book fans, some of us

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