• “This is Halloween!”: A History of Halloween, Part 2

    “This is Halloween!”: A History of Halloween, Part 20

    The Mad Historian returns in Part 2 of “This is Halloween!” a two-part series that looks into the history of Halloween traditions, symbols, and more. Part 2 is a quick and dirty look at a few specifically American Halloween tradition for those history-loving folks who are intrigued by Halloween’s convoluted past. For an overview of how

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  • “This is Halloween!”: A History, Part 1

    “This is Halloween!”: A History, Part 10

    In this special article, Ginnis sought out a historian to reveal some of the secrets behind the history of this great season. Fortunately, she discovered a “Mad Historian” who takes a perverse pleasure in tackling the maddeningly mundane questions that plague so many of us like “How did Halloween come to be?” In Part 1 of this two

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  • “Feminist, Unruly, Cheerfully Monstrous”: Highlight on Dodie Bellamy

    “Feminist, Unruly, Cheerfully Monstrous”: Highlight on Dodie Bellamy2

    • August 20, 2015

    Mostly, Dodie Bellamy doesn’t care what you think of her writing. Or, that’s not quite right—she thinks that you should respect her writing for reasons that you’re maybe unused to respecting writing for. She wants you to question what is respectable in literature.

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  • Dispatches From Academia: Where’s The Nerd Party?

    Dispatches From Academia: Where’s The Nerd Party?0

    If, like me, you hate failing at anything, academia is a tough place to be. When I got accepted for a PhD in comics research, I genuinely envisioned a three-year nerd party where I could enthuse about overanalyzing comics to my heart’s content. The research process would be challenging but rewarding. My amazing skills would

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  • Beauty in the Breakdown, Part 2: The Wicked + The Divine

    Beauty in the Breakdown, Part 2: The Wicked + The Divine2

    Once again, we return. A few months ago, I did a breakdown of Jamie McKelvie, Kieron Gillen, and Matt Wilson’s comic The Wicked + The Divine, or WicDiv, as a compression of high and low culture.  I played coy with you guys in Part 1, but I’m going straight to the postmodernism this time. Don’t

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  • You Are What You Watch: Which Five Anime Shaped Your Life?

    You Are What You Watch: Which Five Anime Shaped Your Life?20

    Whenever I’m asked about my favorite books, movies, anime, or video games, I hesitate to answer. For me, comparing my love of Haruki Murakami to J. R. R. Tolkien, for example, is like comparing apples to oranges or choosing between chocolate and vanilla. Murakami and Tolkien, apples and oranges, and chocolate and vanilla are all

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