• A Texas Broad Reads Preacher in 2016

    A Texas Broad Reads Preacher in 20165

    This past March and April, I read Preacher for the first time, which feels like comics sacrilege in 2016. Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s seminal late 90s creation about a man from East Texas who is burdened with glorious purpose—or, more accurately, the spawn of an angel and a demon—is held up alongside The Watchmen

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  • A Gender-bent Bella: Damsel No More in Meyer’s Life and Death?

    A Gender-bent Bella: Damsel No More in Meyer’s Life and Death?0

    October 6th was already a big day for middle grade and young adult lit, from the illustrated re-release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to Magnus Chase, Simon and Baz, and the rest (of us who just live here). Then Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Stephenie Meyer decided to Beyoncé the market

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  • Top Eleven YA Horror Novels for Scaredy Cats

    Top Eleven YA Horror Novels for Scaredy Cats0

    • October 15, 2015

    Much to the dismay of my high school best friend, I’ve never been one for horror anything. She dragged me along to bad slasher movies at the discount theater or rented Stephen King movies for sleepovers. I was always terrified even if the movie was cheesy and terrible. House of Wax starring Paris Hilton, anyone?

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  • Books That Shaped Me: L.J. Smith’s Night World

    Books That Shaped Me: L.J. Smith’s Night World0

    There are the YA classics many of us read, such as Newberry Award recognized books like The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle, Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell, Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry, and many more. I vaguely remember these books, but I certainly don’t

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  • In Defense of the Bad Boy

    In Defense of the Bad Boy5

    Ah, the Bad Boy. He gets a lot of traction in our fictional media. He is alluring on account of his badness, and of course, incredibly good looking. In many cases, he is thrown into a love triangle with a female protagonist where she must decide between The Bad Boy and The Good Guy. We know

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  • A Review of Vampirella & Jennifer Blood #4, or How Not To Write a Feminist Comic Book

    A Review of Vampirella & Jennifer Blood #4, or How Not To Write a Feminist Comic Book5

    Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella & Jennifer Blood #4 Nancy Collins (Writer), David Acosta (Artist), Valentina Pinto (Colorist), Erica Schultz (Letterer) Dynamite August 19, 2015 Birdi and Kate take issue with Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella & Jennifer Blood #4, which is really no surprise, considering they’ve had problems with the entire run. As a final review, they’ve organized their critique in

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