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the_man_in_the_high_castle_putnamcoverMan in the High Castle and The Flexibility of the Science Fiction Genre

Science fiction is one of those genres everyone thinks they know, but seems to find it difficult to pin down in terms of a definition. It’s such a porous genre, that is, one that can… [more]

Mswc1coverStar Wars: From a Successful Film Franchise to One of the Greatest Hits in Comics

For some reason, I’ve never been a fan of film adaptations, much in the same way that I’m not a fan of videogames turned into comics, or TV series transformed into novels. In my opinion,… [more]

Imacon Color ScannerMy (Very Brief) History with SF

Speculative Fiction, more commonly referred to as “Science Fiction”, has been described as perhaps the best means of conveying complex ideas.  It is a broad genre that was, and for some remains pigeon-holed, like comic… [more]

Image2 2Sid and Marty Krofft’s Wormholes to Hell

If you’re an American of a certain age, chances are you fondly remember the weird and wonderful worlds dreamed up by Sid and Marty Krofft—especially H. R. Pufnstuf, Lidsville, and Land of the Lost. Those… [more]

TheStarsMyDestinationCoverThe Stars My Destination: A Sci-Fi Masterpiece for Sci-Fi Week

When Alfred Bester’s The Stars My Destination was first recommended to me, it was with the promise that he “packs as much world-building, plot and character into 170 pages as Asimov did in the entire… [more]

Reverie19Constructing a Perfect Reality

“Thus only in a dream we are at one, Thus only in a dream we give and take The faith that maketh rich who take or give”-  Monna Innominata by Christina Rossetti The topic of… [more]

prime-image000-caponcapWe are the Heroes of Earth-Prime: The Role of the Reader in the Multiverse

You. Yes, you. Staring at us. Studying us. Picking over these words and looking for meaning. Did it not occur to you that you are the one giving this significance?  Every word you read is… [more]

Hellblazer #49 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 39

Author’s note: Up to this point in my analysis I’ve tried to remain as objective as possible in the analysis of the content within the series,  but the subject matter of the following issue, combined… [more]

469735950Jessica Jones and Netflix’s New Storytelling

SPOILER WARNING Jessica Jones has a lot going on. It’s about trauma, PTSD, rape, and domestic abuse. (Oh, and superheroes, and Hell’s Kitchen, and the Marvel cinematic universe MCU). The fact is that Jessica Jones… [more]

021409Fancy02.4781147Samuel Fuller’s Fraught Release: White Dog

The American film White Dog was finished in 1981. It was released in Europe in 1982. It wasn’t released in America until 2008, when Criterion released the film on DVD. You can probably tell by… [more]

Bat-ManSuperheroes: The American Mythology Part I

Beginning in 1938, two simple creators will develop an entire genre of entertainment that will change the world. The humble beginnings of superheroes as pure heroes to guide America through the Great Depression. [more]

Hellblazer #47 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 38

Issue #47-48 “The Pub Where I Was Born” & “Love Kills” Writer: Garth Ennis; Pencils: Will Simpson, Mike Hoffman; Inker: Stan Woch; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Cover: Tom Canty; Being that Hellblazer is… [more]

0d794f9b693da11363c2a2efedba0ceeEco-Horror: Energy Crises, Pollution, & the End of Humanity

The eco-horror genre of films may now have a proper name, but it’s been around for a long time. Movie goers have been flocking to theaters to see the explosive battle between man and nature… [more]

Issue 46 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 37

Issue #46 “Falling into Hell” Writer: Garth Ennis; Pencils: Will Simpson; Inker: Mark Pennington, Mark McKenna, Kim DeMulder, Stan Woch; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Cover: Tom Canty; As with any ongoing comic series,… [more]

straitgate001Portraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Sixteen : Meet Dave

So, who’s this “Dave” guy you heard mentioned in our last segment here, anyway? Yeah, okay, you may have gathered that he’s the central figure in John Smith and Sean Phillips’ Straitgate, but beyond that,… [more]

1380272-crisis50Portraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Fifteen : Les Enfants Terrible

Debuting in the pages of the well-regarded (and, at least by some of us, much-missed) British comics anthology series Crisis — specifically in issue number 50, cover-dated September, 1990 — John Smith and Sean Phillips’… [more]

tf-chap-1-image-0017Portraits in Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Fourteen : I Used To Think That The Day Would Never Come —

And you, dear reader, could be forgiven, what with the uber-sporadic nature of these posts in recent months (sue me, I’ve been busy), that the day would never come when yours truly would finally get… [more]

Hellblazer #45 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 36

Issue #45 “The Sting” Writer: Garth Ennis; Pencils: Will Simpson; Inker: Tom Sutton; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Cover: Tom Canty; In the comic medium, every character or series has moments that become paramount… [more]

635560680919636292-MAD-MAX-FURY-ROAD-MOV-jy-1019-Feminism on the Fury Road: Imperfect Tropes in Mad Max

As part of my continuing effort to catch up with all the summer movies I missed (my home theatre is more comfortable, equal in quality and a whole lot cheaper than going to a theatre,… [more]

stephen-amell-in-arrowThe Flashback Paradox: How Comic Book Television Deals with Remembrance of Things Past

In the eight decades or so of American comic books, finding obscure things in dark corners to dust off and reinvent has become an industry unto itself. Indeed, one of the first known printed uses… [more]

ASanotherday01Another Day, Another Dollar: Harvey Pekar’s Last American Splendor

For the last few years of Harvey Pekar’s life, he was on a creative roll. His American Splendor comic had never really gone away, but in the 1990s and early 2000s, Pekar was focusing more… [more]

Issue 44 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 35

Issue #44 “My Way” Writer: Garth Ennis; Pencils: Will Simpson; Inker: Tom Sutton; Colors: Tom Zuiko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Cover: Tom Canty; American founding father Benjamin Franklin is famously known for the quote from a… [more]

Batman - Two-FaceLooking Glasses: Sexual Dangers and Curious Responses in Carroll’s Alice Books and Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, Part Two

Yet the Alice books do not celebrate our heroine’s change, as suggested by Alice’s several disturbing mirrorings with older women. Three of the four major women in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass… [more]

Hellblazeer 43 coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 34

Issue #43 “Friends in High Places” Writer: Garth Ennis; Pencils: Will Simpson; Inker: Malcolm Jones III; Colors: Tom Zuiko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Cover: Tom Canty; From a narrative perspective comic books offer many storytelling methods… [more]

Batman - JokerLooking Glasses: Sexual Dangers and Curious Responses in Carroll’s Alice Books and Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, Part One

The seminal Batman graphic novel Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, by writer Grant Morrison and artist Dave McKean, recontextualizes the themes and the motifs of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass… [more]