• CAKE 2014: Photo Parade & Creator Quotes

    CAKE 2014: Photo Parade & Creator Quotes

    CAKE was immensely fun to attend (see our overview here), but it was also a success for many of the exhibitors. We reached out to several creators to hear what they had to say about the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. Get the scoop straight from the con floor, followed by photos of the crowds, comics,

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  • Reel Geek Girl:  Godzilla (2014)

    Reel Geek Girl: Godzilla (2014)

    Godzilla (2014) Directed by Gareth Edwards Legendary Pictures PG-13, 120 Minutes   If you are old enough to remember the old Godzilla movies from the 50s and 60s, this movie is a lot of fun. If you’re young enough to think the old ones were cheesy and the 1998 what-were-they-thinking movie with Matthew Broderick was a

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  • Incredible Indie Tuesday:  Archie, Muppets & Dark Fantasy

    Incredible Indie Tuesday: Archie, Muppets & Dark Fantasy

      Archie Announces Creative Team for Horror-Themed Sabrina the Teenage Witch Series Following the success of Afterlife with Archie, publisher Archie Comics has announced that series writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will be writing the upcoming horror-themed Sabrina series.  Think less Sabrina the Teenage Witch, more dark terrors of the unknown.  With Robert Hack as the artist, issue #1 will be out

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  • Stories from Comics Academe: The Culture of Production in Marvel’s Media Franchises

    Stories from Comics Academe: The Culture of Production in Marvel’s Media Franchises

    On May 1, 2014, I attended Derek Johnson’s lecture, “My Hero?: The Practices and Politics of Sharing Worlds in Marvel’s Media Franchises” presented by the University of California at Irvine Humanities Collective. Johnson is a professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who researches identity and hierarchy in the production of

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  • CAKE 2014: An Overview of Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

    CAKE 2014: An Overview of Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

    Imagine you’re in an artist alley at a large convention. Now take all of the self-published creators making comics that don’t look like anything else being sold on the con floor. This is the fringe. This is CAKE.

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  • Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

    Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

    We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Random House (Delacorte Press) I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends — the Liars — whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution.

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  • Harassment and Cons: Problems First, Solutions Second

    Harassment and Cons: Problems First, Solutions Second

    Whenever you mix lots of people from various backgrounds, interests, and geographic locations in a not-my-real-life experience, there’s bound to be friction. Most women, and some men, have sexual harassment stories from attending parties, or bars, or even professional development conferences. Harassment isn’t limited to comic cons.

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  • Review: Ms. Marvel #4

    Review: Ms. Marvel #4

    Review: Ms. Marvel #4 Continuing the review of the premiere arc of Marvel’s newest superheroine, Kamala Khan. “Past Curfew” I did a reread of all three issues before working on reviewing issue #4 so I could go write with my head fully in Kamala’s world. SPOILER WARNING! This series is as much recap as review,

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