• What Devin Faraci Gets Wrong About Audience, Ownership and Power

    What Devin Faraci Gets Wrong About Audience, Ownership and Power12

    Earlier this week, Devin Faraci of Birth Movies Death, wrote that fandom was broken. Out of control and on the attack, wild elements of the audience had broken free from their assigned role of mild adoration and GIFpreciation to wage war against creators. Hashtag campaigns, calls to action, death threats — described in one long

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  • Petticoats, Bloomers, Stockings, Oh My!: On Lolita Fashion & Subculture

    Petticoats, Bloomers, Stockings, Oh My!: On Lolita Fashion & Subculture1

    In Café Princess, at the Yonge and Finch intersection, there are four Lolitas sitting together, remembering stories, and enjoying delicious-looking slices of coffee chocolate flavoured cake. Meagan Wilcox, 20, relaxes on a red couch; she’s a lifestyle Lolita and has been wearing Lolita for six years. She started dressing in Lolita when she was in

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  • Interview with Meredith Gran of Octopus Pie

    Interview with Meredith Gran of Octopus Pie0

    One of the reasons I love webcomics is that they give readers the opportunity to see an artist grow and change. Webcomics are, with a few exceptions, published quickly after they are created, giving the reader a chance to engage with a work while the artist is still living through the experiences that influenced the art. Of

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  • Living Dead Boy: Jason Todd vs. The Culture That Killed (And Resurrected) Him

    Living Dead Boy: Jason Todd vs. The Culture That Killed (And Resurrected) Him10

    Here’s the thing: Robin was never intended to be a legacy character. There were no real reasons to assume or suspect that Dick Grayson, the original Robin, was going to give up the mantle. Sure, as Dick progressed in age, thanks to some very specific cultural anxieties, there were reasons to assume that he might

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  • Dungeons & Damsels: Adventures of a First Time DM

    Dungeons & Damsels: Adventures of a First Time DM3

    I tend to get a little overzealous when I have an idea. Deciding to build a tiered vegetable garden, I went out and bought dozens of seed packets without having actually built anything yet. I wanted to start a gaming channel on YouTube, so I bought a recording program without considering the effort it takes

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  • Where Are All the Women of Color In Geek Media?

    Where Are All the Women of Color In Geek Media?4

    Let’s real talk: it’s tough being a woman of color. You sit at the intersection of both race and gender, and it’s an ongoing process of negotiating those identities and accepting that both parts can work to disadvantage you in different ways. When it comes to representation in film and TV, it often means having

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