• Appropriate for Kids? A Genre Roundtable

    Appropriate for Kids? A Genre Roundtable0

    Movies are too violent today! TV is full of too much sex! Even kids shows, once innocent and sweet, are full of violent imagery and bad language! Society is crumbling into the sea! Or is it? It’s hard to make decisions about what is and isn’t appropriate for kids. Protective instincts rear up, and even

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  • BABIES! They’re Cute. But Which Are the Cutest? Here’s a List

    BABIES! They’re Cute. But Which Are the Cutest? Here’s a List0

    Hey now, it’s spring! That means things are hatching. Chicks, rabbits, tulips, etc. And babies! Babies are born all year round (and so are comics published), but lets celebrate the sweet fresh shoots of character while cherries begin to blossom and the air begins to warm. It’s BABIES! The cutest in comics. What age is a

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  • Women Who Shaped Me: An Interview with my Mom and Comic Artist Cynthia Martin

    Women Who Shaped Me: An Interview with my Mom and Comic Artist Cynthia Martin0

    • March 14, 2016

    When I was 14, my mother began training me to drink coffee. She would warm up a mug that was mostly milk and put a little coffee in it. Over time we adjusted the ratios until I ditched the milk entirely, and I still drink my coffee black—just like her. I love telling this story to explain

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  • The Working Class Substitute to the American Girl Dolls

    The Working Class Substitute to the American Girl Dolls0

    What I love and simultaneously resent most about sites and online magazines, like Bustle, Buzzfeed, The Hairpin, and The Toast, is how they fuel my childhood nostalgia. It’s like kids born in the 1980s are retroactively trying to create online fan cultures over fandoms and cultural artifacts long past their expiration date (which is really

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  • Blood of the Covenant: 3 of Gaming’s Best Found Families

    Blood of the Covenant: 3 of Gaming’s Best Found Families0

    • February 8, 2016

    The found or chosen family is among my favorite tropes. I’m a firm believer in family being what you make it, and I find a special resonance with stories about people who cobble together their own familial units regardless of blood relation. Sometimes our blood families aren’t as caring or supportive as we need them

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  • Mom’N’Pop Culture: Gamification vs. Standardized Testing in Elementary Education

    Mom’N’Pop Culture: Gamification vs. Standardized Testing in Elementary Education0

    There have been some noticeable changes in my daughter’s behavior now that her third grade teachers are powering into the second half of the school year and preparing students for the state assessment exams. She’s stressed. My little person of independence asks to spend more time cuddling in the evenings before bed. She has the

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