BlazBlue sucks, last time I checked, but in my teenagerdom BlazBlue and its characters were fucking iconic.Continue reading “I Hate That I Love BlazBlue’s Platinum the Trinity”
When people recommended the young adult novel Elatsoe to me, it was never as a quirky take on a fantasy world. That’s what it is, though: a modern America with spirit summoners, vicious vampires, and fairy children as its typical citizens. Magic is a known factor that makes travel convenient, complicates crime scenes, causes fantastical global warming.
Rather, the book was introduced to me as a story about grief, healing, and ghosts that features a Native lead. This is also a true statement about what Elatsoe is. What interests me about the discrepancy is how people don’t see a need to mention the setting, bizarre though it may be. Seemingly nobody is saying, “Brace yourselves, because this story has kind of an unusual world…”
That must be because the setting’s not so weird after all. Not since approximately 2005.Continue reading “Hide No More: The Cover-Up Trope in Fantasy Fiction (And How Elatsoe Kills It)”
Recently I finished Ultimo, a manga which history will remember only as a footnote in Hiroyuki Takei’s career that weirdly has Stan Lee’s name on it. While I didn’t finish it back in the day (when, after many delays, it petered out into a ‘meh’ conclusion), I was always captivated by its high ambition, its sleek art style, and its sheer charm. Take Ultimo himself: his design strikes me as effortlessly cute, cool, and beautiful at the same time.
Cuteness and coolness. Beauty and strength. Today I notice that for Ultimo’s character, these are not contradictions. If anything, his beauty is implied to be the reason he embodies ultimate power and goodness.Continue reading “Pretty Strong: Ultimo, Shōnen Heroes, and Gender Roles in the Early 2010s”
“I’d love to make a comic. If only I could draw…” Stop right there, buster.
Anyone can draw. Not everyone can make a still life—not everyone can hold a pencil with perfect poise—but everyone can get marks on the paper.Continue reading “How to Draw Comics (When You Can’t Draw)”
I had no thought of writing this until my friend Thedude3445 wrote a great coming-out post and made the point that personal stories all along the gender spectrum need to be shared. But I’m not writing this post hoping to twitch the needle in any big way. I just hope it can be one interesting action, perhaps valuable in its small way, in a sea of actions, in a general movement.Continue reading “Agender: Another ?Trans? Narrative”
4Kids TV gets such a bad rep. Let’s fix that.Continue reading “It’s Time to Admit You Love 4Kids Theme Songs”
The fourth part of this action-adventure-comedy-sci-fi webcomic I’ve been making for a while debuts today! That’s what I mean by “takes off.”Continue reading “StarCrash Takes Off!! (with Jeff)”
I can’t believe the fiftieth anniversary of Scooby-Doo just crept up on me, despite me having written about The Fifty Names of Scooby-Doo.
Ruh-roh.Continue reading “Retrospective: Fifty Years of Scooby-Doo!”
Maybe I should watch a Melissa McCarthy movie soon, eh?
I mean that I need a better word.