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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]

976112-fernusCan Shape-Shifters Change Into God-Like Beings?

The answer to the titular question is yes and no. However, in order to properly explain how I have come to this conclusion we first have to define the type of shape-shifter. There are the… [more]

ForceChokeDarth Vader – Office Bully

It wasn’t until I recently rewatched the three original Star Wars movies (and The Force Awakens) that I realized the Rebels win because of their diversity.  They have women in positions of power and non-white… [more]

rogue-one-character-posters-tall-CThe Road to Rogue One

This time last year, as we were preparing to dig into the delights of The Force Awakens, long-time fans knew that at the very least the thought of doing a seventh episode and a third… [more]

ejufn8srvuznzqyu68f9_le-train-de-projectilesThe Present Future: A Critical Examination of Contemporary Science Fiction and its Connection to Current, Historical, and Social Events

Great science fiction is not defined by space operas or interstellar warfare, it is defined by its execution and integration of social, historical, and contemporary issues and whether it instills a specific message or conveys… [more]

left hand coverRevisiting The Left Hand of Darkness

Reading Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness in Freshman English during college was a formative experience. Only, I wasn’t prepared yet as an eighteen year old to fully appreciate how so until years… [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]

wing vs fistWord on a Wing: Claremont’s Samurai Detective Colleen Wing

Colleen Wing, the samurai detective who formed one half of the investigative agency Nightwing Restorations Ltd. with Misty Knight, is a complex and vastly underrated character. Created in 1974 by Doug Moench and Larry Hama… [more]

wp_ss_20161007_0001“The Universe Doesn’t Care. This Is Not Punishment, But Rather It Is Appreciation…” Celebration, Commiseration and Concern in Providence #10

“I will tell the audient void. . . . I do not recall distinctly when it began, but it was months ago. The general tension was horrible. To a season of political and social upheaval… [more]

punisher-polar-bearUntil the End of the World – A Guide to Garth Ennis’s Comics: Introduction

Comics criticism has a Garth Ennis problem. Despite a considerable body of work spanning almost three decades which shows little sign of stopping – at the time of writing, he’s currently working on two monthly… [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]

mirihd248Star Trek Re-Watch, Episode 11 – “Miri”

The most significant event in “Miri”, the twelfth episode of Star Trek – halfway through the first season – was the arrival, behind-the-scenes, of a new producer named Gene L. Coon. Whenever the production and… [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]

Kirk_Adams_Chair_2266Star Trek Re-Watch, Episode 10 – “Dagger of the Mind”

“Dagger of the Mind” (which aired almost exactly 50 years ago, on November 3, 1966) is one of a few episodes of the original Star Trek to deal with psychology. Obviously, Gene Roddenberry had a… [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]

whatarelittlegirlsmadeofhd237Star Trek Re-Watch, Episode 9 – “What are Little Girls Made Of?”

Robert Bloch, who wrote the script for “What Are Little Girls Made Of?” was a big fan of HP Lovecraft. That’s probably the key to understanding what makes this peculiar episode of Star Trek interesting.… [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]

Spidey Super StoriesDesign Sense: Steve Ditko’s “Jack” is an Ace Compared to Marvel’s

Few images are as iconic in Western culture as the grinning gourds that populate our harvest festivals. Initially, such sturdy fruits made practical lanterns. The artistry of carving faces, and weaving religious and secular folklore… [more]

large_fj3SKugJjiyJNwgtBaSNzsJV1KwWhy Daughters of Darkness is the Classic You Should be Watching this Halloween

With Halloween coming up, the need to compile a list of horror films to watch increases, so consider this my modest proposal for a film you may not be familiar with. True horror aficionados may… [more]

Romulan_Commander_on_Enterprise_ViewerStar Trek Re-watch, Episode 8 – “Balance of Terror”

“Balance of Terror” is one of those Star Trek episodes that fans often rank as one of the best of the original series, and deservedly so. It’s suspenseful, exciting, intelligent sci-fi action, essentially an extended… [more]

Charles_EvansStar Trek Re-Watch, Episode 7 – “Charlie X”

“Charlie X”, like many of the early episodes of Star Trek, has a strong science fiction idea at its core, but stumbles a bit with the execution, producing an episode that’s intriguing but sometimes feels… [more]

Sulu_FencingStar Trek Re-Watch, Episode 6 – “The Naked Time”

By any measure, “The Naked Time” is a strange episode of television. The crew of the Enterprise is infected with some sort of virus that causes their emotions to become completely unblocked and they give… [more]