Matthew Kirshenblatt

Matthew Kirshenblatt is a graduate from York University, Toronto, Ontario, and is a writer and blogger living in the city of Thornhill. He is a comics and mythology fanatic; having written his Master's thesis, "The Spirit of Herodotus in Gaiman and Moore: Narrative Spaces and their Relationships in Mythic World-Building," he also contributes science-fiction, horror, and revisionist short stories to Gil Williamson's online Mythaxis Magazine. Nowadays, he can be found writing for G33kPr0n, and creating and maintaining his Mythic Bios: a Writer's Blog, in which he describes his creative process and makes weird stories, strange articles, reviews, overall geek opinion pieces and other writing experiments.

MAGAZINE CONTENT BY MATTHEW KIRSHENBLATT (35 TOTAL)

ODY-C QafNot All-Men: On the Subject of “He” in Matt Fraction and Christian Ward’s ODY-C

When I last wrote on Matt Fraction and Christian Ward’s ODY-C in my article She Made Them in Their Image, I was attempting to focus on the Sebex – the third sex created in a… [more]

Providence Robert Black's POVTraversing the Plateau of Leng: To Read is to Be Read in Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ Providence

“So much of this is made of books, this Commonplace book….” – Robert Black, Commonplace Book, June 5th, 1919, Providence #1, p. 32 This article is strange for a few reasons. First off, it’s about… [more]

Steven Universe GarnetSteven Universe: What is The Answer?

It’s funny how something called “The Answer” are two artistic and emotional pathways that ultimately lead to the same place. Then again, perhaps it is more accurate to say that it is quite fitting. In… [more]

Love is Love BatwomanMad Love Meet Love is Love

A little while, I had the excuse to revisit the 1988 comics anthology AARGH! Artists Against Rampant Government Homophobia in light of more recent political events. In my article AARGH! RESIST! A Retrospective and a… [more]

Providence Geekery shrunkDown A Dark Path of Bibliomancy – The Necronomicon in Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ Providence, Part 2

In Part I of “Down A Dark Path of Bibliomancy: The Necronomicon in Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ Providence” we looked at how Alan Moore incorporated and reinterpreted H.P. Lovecraft’s “History of the Necronomicon” and… [more]

Providence Book Creator Torn ApartDown A Dark Path of Bibliomancy: The Necronomicon in Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ Providence, Part 1

“My own rule is that no weird story can truly produce terror unless it is devised with all the care and verisimilitude of an actual hoax.” – H.P. Lovecraft to Clark Ashton Smith (17 October… [more]

Providence CoverWatching a Serial of Strange Aeons: Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ Providence

A lot of people, and I do mean a lot of people, are writing about Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ Providence and have been for quite some time. You can look at Joe Linton, Robert… [more]

StevenA Myth of Love and Metals: Gem Fusion in Rebecca Sugar’s Steven Universe

“So we thought, why don’t we all marry each other?” “Ta-da!” “And if that’s not human enough for you, we throw in a little being born and some dying …” “We’re very sorry for your… [more]

Undertale It’s MeThe Demon With a Thousand Names and One in Toby Fox’s Undertale, Part 2

In Part I of The Demon With a Thousand Names and One in Toby Fox’s Undertale, we focused on some of the game’s background, its medium and genre tropes, and began the process of illustrating… [more]

Alan Moore JerusalemA Journey Through Alan Moore’s Jerusalem: Modern Times

In “Modern Times” we don’t get any answers to the previous chapter, or even new questions about the things that we already know. One hazard in writing these “reader impressions” of mine for each chapter… [more]

Alan Moore JerusalemA Journey Through Alan Moore’s Jerusalem: X Marks the Spot

A lot of events occurred in Jerusalem’s “Rough Sleepers” chapter. Moore’s nature of time, at least with regards to Northampton and the Burroughs had been revealed as eternalism: as space and time existing simultaneously in… [more]

Alan Moore JerusalemA Journey Through Alan Moore’s Jerusalem: Rough Sleepers

I didn’t know what to make of this chapter at first. To be honest, it’d been a while since I’d read Jerusalem after taking time to undertake some other projects. Certainly the preceding chapter “ASBOs… [more]

Women on FireA Journey Through Alan Moore’s Jerusalem: “ASBOs of Desire”

There are a few things worth noting before I go on here. I might have mentioned this earlier, through my impressions of the previous chapter but unlike Alan Moore’s previous novel Voice of the Fire,… [more]

Undertale Promo ImageThe Demon With a Thousand Names and One in Toby Fox’s Undertale, Part 1

Sequart has “sequential art” as the general focus of both its articles and its studies. Sequential art, a term that was coined by Will Eisner and expanded on by other comics creators and theorists such… [more]

ODY-C SebexShe Made Them in Their Image: Sebex in the Universe of ODY-C

For the longest time, ever since high school, I have been reading Homer’s Odyssey.  This is something that has followed me from Undergrad all the way into my Graduate studies. But not too long ago… [more]

AARGH! coverAARGH! RESIST! A Retrospective and a Prelude

In my four-part article Not By Something As Accidental as Blood: Bash Back, my research into Lawrence Gullo, Fyodor Pavlov, and Kelsey Hercs’ work took me to places I hadn’t gone before while, in other… [more]

Bash Back Violet – last pageThe Narrative Power of Violence and Self-Determination in Bash Back

In Part III of this article, we looked at how Bash Back‘s narrative and The Family utilize and represent violence as a form of self-defense. In Part IV of “Not By Something as Accidental as… [more]

Bash Back Kickstarter ImageLGBTQ Fantasies of Violence in Bash Back

In Part II of this article, we looked at some of the characters and how they might represent The Family in Issue #0 of Lawrence Gullo, Fyodor Pavlov, and Kelsey Hercs’ Bash Back: A Story… [more]

William Blake JerusalemA Journey Through Alan Moore’s Jerusalem: A Host of Angles

You know there’s going to be a story when you’re told, flat out, that the protagonist is going to go insane. I feel like for every detail I catch in my reading of Jerusalem, there… [more]

Bash Back Lawrence Gullo Page 51The Family and Identity in Bash Back

In Part I of this article, we examined some of the possible origins, influences, resonances and echoes behind Issue #0 of Lawrence Gullo, Fyodor Pavlov, and Kelsey Hercs’ Bash Back: A Story of the Queer… [more]

Bash Back Geeks Out Present POWER coverNot By Something as Accidental as Blood – Bash Back

It’s funny what you can find hidden right in plain sight. Sometimes you know it’s there, but you just don’t know where to look. Perhaps you’ve seen it in other forms, in various other permutations.… [more]

Alan Moore JerusalemA Journey Through Alan Moore’s Jerusalem: Work in Progress

This is an experiment, you understand. I haven’t written for Sequart in quite some time and in addition to other articles I want to write, I’ve decided I wanted to try something I haven’t really… [more]

Phoenix 8On the Art and Cycle of Proper Suffering: The Artist-Figure in Phoenix: Karma Part 3

In the second part of this article, we looked at the challenges that faced each artist-figure in Phoenix: Karma. Now, in the final part of this article, we will look at how they come to… [more]

Phoenix 3On the Art and Cycle of Proper Suffering: The Artist-Figure in Phoenix: Karma Part 2

In the first part of this article, we looked at the beginnings of the artist-figure Tezuka Osamu, the cultural time period that informed his work, the era he chose to create Phoenix: Karma in and… [more]

Phoenix 0On the Art and Cycle of Proper Suffering: The Artist-Figure in Phoenix: Karma

It is neither a new nor a culturally specific idea that art is created through suffering: that the figure of the artist is an individual who must experience great ordeals in order to accomplish his… [more]

Dream 1Flowers, Fire, and Dreams in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: Overture #1, Part 3

The next segment of The Sandman Overture Issue #1 doesn’t have a very auspicious beginning.  Pages twenty-five and twenty-six open up into a spread with Morpheus flying towards his Castle and his Dreaming kingdom: now… [more]

Dream 1Flowers, Fire, and Dreams in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: Overture #1, Part 2

In the next part of The Sandman Overture Issue #1, we now get to focus on Morpheus’ tools in trade: dreams. After transitioning to page fourteen, what we have waiting for us is something that… [more]

Dream 1Flowers, Fire, and Dreams in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: Overture #1

An overture is traditionally the opening or introduction to an opera. Yet if anything in the past twenty-five or so years of the comics medium can be compared to an opera–as a masterpiece made up… [more]

Spread 2Sharing the Love From Ground Zero: Spread by Justin Jordan and Kyle Strahm

In the comics medium, a spread is usually an image that takes up two or more pages in both volume and sheer scope. That is what most fans and comics scholars would first think when… [more]

Heropa Image 1Revisionism Comes to a Silver Age: Or Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa?

Julian Darius, in a response to a comment of mine in his article “On Underworld Unleashed, Precursor to Kingdom Come” explains that Reconstructionism with regards to the superhero comics genre is a term coined by… [more]

Image 14The Stitching Together of a Mythos: Kris Straub’s Broodhollow Part 3

In Parts I and II, we looked at the influences and aesthetics of Kris Straub’s Broodhollow as well as the stories that led to its creation respectively. But now, we move away from considerations of… [more]

Image 9The Stitching Together of a Mythos: Kris Straub’s Broodhollow Part 2

When we last left off in Part I, we were looking at the beginnings of Broodhollow: at its possible horror and comic influences and how its aesthetics is centred around the exploration and fear of… [more]

Image 1The Stitching Together of a Mythos: Kris Straub’s Broodhollow

It’s a rare thing to watch a reality in the process of its own formation. It’s like observing a building being created row by row: block by block. But in this case it’s more like… [more]

Picture 10Yet Those Hands Will Never Hold Anything: Emiya Shirou as the Interactive Superhero of Fate/Stay Night (Part 2)

Continued from part one. At some point in the superhero trope, the hero has to start building on the foundation of their training and perfecting their powers. For Shirou, this results in the mangling of… [more]

Picture 0Yet Those Hands Will Never Hold Anything: Emiya Shirou as the Interactive Superhero of Fate/Stay Night (Part 1)

The super-hero genre is something that has not only cross-pollinated into different media, but has–in itself–been subject to a considerable amount of scrutiny. Superheroes have been changed into gritty, horrifyingly realistic beings by the Revisionism… [more]

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